John Wisnieski interviews Jason Beech

When did you begin writing, Jason? Did you begin by writing short stories?  I started writing in the late 1990s, but only to see if I could. I didn’t write anything that a publisher would touch but the two books did teach me to finish something and to recognise what did and didn’t work. I’d…

John Wisniewski interviews Albert Tucher

When did you begin writing, Albert? Did you write short stories? In the mid-1980s I became fascinated with medieval Roman history, especially the tenth century and the story of Marozia. She ruled the city of Rome for several years until her own son overthrew her in 932. (In fairness, she was conspiring to kill him.)…

John Wisniewski interviews Tom Leins

How did you begin writing, Tom? I believe you were a film critic before you started writing books? I started writing fiction in around 2002 – half a lifetime ago – and my first ever short story, ‘The Box’, was included in an anthology by a UK publisher called Skrev the following year. I notched…

Taco Truck By Nick Kolakowski

  She doesn’t look like much, Jesus sometimes mused, but she gets us through. Under his baby’s dented hood roared a Chevy 350 V8 capable of zero to sixty in a blistering twenty seconds, provided you pointed her down a steep hill before you hit the gas. Inside the onboard kitchen, the exhaust fan hacked…

What can be more noir than February? – #Fahrenbruary by Aidan Thorn

If you’re a reader of these pages I imagine you like your entertainment dripping in noir and with the spirit of punk running right through its core. So, I probably don’t need to introduce you to Fahrenheit Press and its hard-boiled and experimental imprint, Fahrenheit 13. But you may not be aware of the levels…

Fiction: SPARROW By Ray Zacek

The hard part is done. He picked up the spent brass cartridges. And it wasn’t that hard. Bobby Uccello  — Bucci, they called him — put the brass in his pocket; removed the magazine from the small, semiauto pistol; ejected the unfired round from the chamber and unscrewed the suppressor from the threaded barrel. Everything…

A First Time for Everything by Bill Baber

When I found Skeeter Hyland he was a fuckin’ mess. Chucky Nuts found him before I did. All I was supposed to do was break a bone or two. Chucky had done more than that and now I would have to find Chucky. Shit, I didn’t relish that thought. I was liable to end up…