Mike MacLean
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About Me:
My fiction has bloodied the pages of The Best American Mystery Stories, Thuglit: Hardcore Hardboiled, The Deadly Bride, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (not to mention the great e-zines Thuglit, Thrilling Detective, and Plots with Guns). Recently, I've begun a screenwriting career working for independent film legend Roger Corman.

A teacher of America's youth, I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, a city just a few degrees cooler than hell. I still live there today with the world's best wife, my beautiful baby daughter, and two lazy dogs. When not teaching or writing, I practice Ja-Shin-Do and watch way too many violent movies.
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Books And Authors I Like:
I dig more authors than I can name here. The short list includes: Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Duane Swierczynski, Ken Bruen, George P. Pelecanos, James Ellroy, Richard Stark, Victor Gishcler, J.D. Rhodes, Anthony Neil Smith, Dave White, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Frank Miller, Garth Ennis, and Ed Brubaker.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Professional, Way of the Gun, Big Trouble in Little China, The Godfather, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, Heat, Brave Heart, L.A. Confidential, The Matrix, Sin City, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, The Road Warrior, Rushmore, The Big Lebowski, Galaxy Quest, Die Hard, Robocop and the fine, fine films of Roger Corman.

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Sadomasochistic Fun

If you’ve got time to kill, check out my story “Safe Word” posted over at A Twist of Noir. Gothy, Sadomasochistic fun. While you’re over there, peruse some of the other stories. Lots of heavy-duty hardboiled stuff. A great zine.

And speaking of great zines, my story “Little Gun” is still… Continue

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 3:53pm

New Thug Lit!

That’s right, a brand spankin’ new Thug Lit is up, featuring “Little Gun” by yours truly. Wait, there’s more! Call now and we’ll include cool neo-noir by CrimeSpace regulars Jimmy Callaway and Matthew Quinn Martin… at no extra cost!

Oh yeah, and there’s a new little Thug in the world. Thug Lit editor Lady Detroit announced the birth of a bouncing baby… Well, she didn't fess up to whether the little one is a boy or… Continue

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

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At 10:26am on March 6, 2012, Charles Kelly said…

Hey, Mike.  I'm such a recluse.  I think I said we should have coffee something like a year ago.  It will happen at some point.  Hope you are doing well.

At 9:29am on December 29, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
I'm putting together a Mystery Cruise. Nov. 14-21, 2010. We're sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Cabins start at $400. You can contact me for panels. You can contact Beverly@cruisingsmart.com for info.

We're going to have a good short story panel.
At 11:55pm on October 2, 2009, Jimmy Callaway said…
Oh, absolutely. I don't think I've missed a Swierczynski comic yet. Definitely a worthy successor to Ennis' run.
At 1:30pm on September 3, 2009, Christopher Grant said…
The Hard Case Crime Quarrys: The Last Quarry and The First Quarry. In November, Quarry In The Middle will be out.

I've been trying to track down the very first (actual first, not the one from HCC) Quarry for forever.

I also have and have read Primary Target, which is an underrated and really forgotten Quarry novel.

And, of course, there are some shorts out there with Quarry as protagonist, one of which is in Robert J. Randisi's collection Greatest Hits (you may still be able to track this down).

I found a real gem of MAC's the other day, even though it has nothing to do with Quarry, in Lawrence Block's anthology Opening Shots.

Titled Public Servant, Collins says that it was a Jim Thompson pastiche and, as I read it, I thought, "This reads like something from ATON". It was really strange and exciting and so was the story.

So those are my suggestions as far as Quarry goes. I really wish someone would reprint all of them.
At 7:27pm on September 2, 2009, Matt Hilton said…
Hi Mike, thanks for picking up my book and jumping it to the head of your tbr pile. I'm anxious now: hope you find it was worth the effort and really do enjoy it.
At 6:30am on September 1, 2009, Hilary Davidson said…
I knew your name seemed familiar! I really liked your story "McHenry's Gift." Thanks for your note.
At 3:10pm on August 31, 2009, JackBludis said…
Instead of "trash," I might have said "hack work." about 300 of my 400 stories were written first draft and barely proofread and most were in the category of erotica ... no so sure it was hard core because I was complimented by editors again and again for the characterization, the structure, etc. Some of what I wrote I am still being paid for on a quarterly basis.

Three novellas that I wrote sold 3 different times each (These were pulp-like mysteries that seem to hit a note with more than one editor.) Currently, it is sitting in the computer awaiting a decision by me whether to just let them die of rust or try to market them again.

They are the kind of pulp that we used to read in the army and mark the "interesting" paragraphs.

Every novel or story the bears the "Jack Bludis" name is a novel or story I am proud to show.

Of the the other 100+ Some are pretty good, some not so good. And a few ... hell, even I don't get the point.

Thanks for asking.

Roger Corman's is Academy Award when related to most of my many pseudonyms.

Thanks for asking. If you don't mind, I'm going to put this note on my own page as well as yours.

Maybe we can get a discussion going on the forum related to what is and is not trash when it comes to mysteries.

At 6:53am on August 31, 2009, Mark Bouton said…
Thanks, Mike. Good to be here. Looks like a good site. Mark
At 6:04am on August 31, 2009, JackBludis said…

Thanks for the props about my stories at ThrillingDetective.com

I consider myself a novelist first. As to why the best doesn't get published? Perhaps we are too blinded for our love of a piece to see it in perspective.

As to stories. I usually only write stories when I have have no novel project ... or when I just get the bug.

Although I have sold 400+ stories, they were generally trash and often for less than a penny a word. Yep, even today stuff goes for a penny a word. But I am proud of my work at: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/ and at http://www.backalleywebzine.com/

But I haven't cracked the biggies like AHMM and EQMM. But I have appeared in a couple of anthologies including Laura Lippman's "Baltimore Noir."

Again, thanks for your positive comments.

Please chat back ... could be fun.
At 1:31am on August 31, 2009, O'Neil De Noux said…
Pretty sure I read your 'Little Secrets' in EQMM. My story 'When the Levees Break' was in EQMM's tribute to New Orleans issue. I have a story coming out in the Jan/Fed Issue of AHMM.

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