2 From Jake Hinkson by Paul D. Brazill

THE DEEPENING SHADE An alcoholic cop, a Jesus freak, a pregnant homeless teenager, a stripper, a cop in debt to a gangster, and the manager of a fast food joint who is in the wrong place at the wrong time are all  part of the rich and varied cast of characters in The Deepening Shade,…

Fiction: N.Y. State of Mind By Michael A. Gonzales (inspired by Nas)

Photo by Paul Price “The illest niggas in New York City live in Brooklyn,” my homeboy home LaRoc used to say, and in the summer of ’86, when we both dwelled in the hell that was the Brooklyn Arms Hotel, nothing could’ve been more true. More than two decades later, the building itself, which was…

Fiction: The Knife Angel By J.B. Stevens

The Knife Angel brought tourists. A hundred thousand blades surrendered and turned into a sculpture. A black hole, sucking up everything nearby. Back home in Savannah everyone had guns. Here in Britain it was knives. Same problem, different tool. Each visitor was an opportunity. Billy made the most of it. When he left Georgia to…

Ray Banks’ Cal Inness Quartet, by Paul D. Brazill

  Ray Banks is one of my favourite British writers and I was first introduced to his work via the Call Inness quartet. Never read, em? Well here’s what you’re missing out on. Saturday’s Child – Cal Inness is fresh out of the slammer when he’s hired by gangster Morris Tiernan to track down a…

Fiction: Blood On Stacks by Robert Ragan

Waiting in his car in front of the Brentwood apartment building, Gary Walter is turned in his seat staring up at a window on the second floor. He slaps the steering wheel, “Come on! What the fuck are y’all doing in there?” Finally, he hears the sweetest music to his ears…gunshots going off. Gary is…

Out Now! Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch

When a young black man is lynched in a small Alabama town, his estranged father — a crime world enforcer — sets out for revenge, embarking on a blood – soaked journey that will leave the ravaged bodies of dead Klansmen in his wake. “Rausch unleashes a flurry of gut-punches both painful and thrilling, his…

Fiction: Smiles by Liam Sweeny

I’ve perfected all the smiles and they’re in my wallet like credit cards. When I’m lugging my grocery basket on the bus home and the driver tells me ‘hey, it could be worse,’ I pull out the ‘Amen’ smile. That one’s tearing around the seams, I use it so much. When my boss gives me…

Short Story in a Song— The Go-Go’s “Vacation” by S W Lauden

I usually write about songs that would make a great short story, but this time I actually did it. My take on “Vacation” is included in the new anthology, MURDER-A-GO-GO’S, out this week from Down & Out Books. Having lived through the band’s meteoric rise in the 80s, I always thought of this New Wave…

Fiction: The Kid with the Sad Face by Jason Beech

Molly Molly sat hunched opposite him, her face hidden behind long blonde hair, the smell of cheap bacon a nasty tenant in her nostrils. He rested on his elbows, raisin eyes fierce in a doughy face, a giant above her – angry being with her, angry she couldn’t stem the tears, angry she couldn’t open…