Readers who have read A Vampire Named Fred are well aware that Hermie and Al helped Fred and his assistant, Carl, with a couple of issues. While Kermit felt it wasn’t easy being green, being a vampire in these times of extreme prejudice caused by bogus Hollywood movies isn’t easy. Not to mention the fact that cats don’t like vampires and will come by the hundreds to the home and yowl in the yard. Neighbors don’t like that sort of thing.
Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments
A Case of Noir by Paul D. Brazil takes readers on a dark and twisted road through five chapters. Even though each one is a fairly contained short story, the five chapters link together to form a complex tale featuring Luke Case.
Except his name isn’t really Luke Case. Not…Continue
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Originally published in the excellent anthology, On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir, Bill Crider’s very good and very dark tale “Piano Man” is now available as a short story. Somewhere near Fort Laramie in the year 1880 there sits a place known as the “Bad Dog Saloon.” It is the home for a man who forsook nearly everything else because of the booze. He is known as…Continue
Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 3:07am — No Comments
Jack Reacher was on the west coast when it happened. A sniper, loose in Paris, took a shot at the President of France. The shot was fired from 1400 yards out by someone on an apartment balcony. Some kind of new glass held saving the life of the politician. As the situation was investigated and the reality of just how difficult a shot it was to pull off a list of potential snipers with that kind of skill level was drawn up by those who should know.
It has been determined that…Continue
Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments
One day in August of 1991, I was uptown and saw the local taekwondo club had a special offer of two weeks' free classes. I'd always been interested in martial arts, so I thought this sounded like a good deal and started classes.
I'd been in Oskaloosa less than a year and soon after starting my job at the radio station I joined the local community theatre group. I had been acting in plays since…Continue
Added by Stephen Brayton on September 26, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments
The very run down house next door had been on the market for about 15 years when it finally sold. Al, who is 12, loved exploring the old place, but his mom worried about rotted out floors, broken stairs, snakes in the basement, and the bugs and dirt. While his parents would not buy the old place like he wanted them to, at least his Mom never forbade him from going over there. He had loved going over there and poking around as long as he could remember and often his buddy Hermie went over…Continue
Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 22, 2014 at 11:56pm — No Comments
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and The Sex Slave Murders, comes a powerful new historical true crime short, in eBook and audio: Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion…Continue
Added by R. Barri Flowers on September 22, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a powerful new historical true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont…Continue
Added by R. Barri Flowers on September 22, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments
I really enjoy the forms of the American Taekwondo Association. The white belt form has 18 moves and you work yourself up to 81 moves for the first degree black belt form. White belt starts with some very basic moves, punch, front and side kicks, low, high, and middle blocks, and a knifehand strike (karate chop). Each form thereafter introduces a new move or combination move with some extra turns, and so…Continue
Added by Stephen Brayton on September 19, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments
Private Detective Ignatius Jepson goes by the name of Nate. On the mean streets of Seattle he is known as “Nasty.” It is not a nickname he likes, but considering the way he earned it, that nickname isn’t going to be something he will ever get rid of easily. Things don’t come easy to Nate and the way his latest case arrives won’t be easy either.
It was early in the morning a couple of hours before dawn and Nate was on a secluded beach contemplating the meaning of life. More…Continue
Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 13, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments
My first bike was a 5-speed Schwinn. The gear shift was in the middle with a big black knob on the end. Banana-type seat. Later, I had a ten speed which I outgrew. In Oskaloosa, I had, for a short time, a three speed several decades old, complete with a headlight. Unfortunately, I kept it in the laundry room and someone stole it. Now I have a ten speed that is just a bit small for me, but it…Continue
Added by Stephen Brayton on September 13, 2014 at 12:03am — No Comments
I've just had a story published in "Hardboiled." Unfortunately it is their last issue after almost 25 years of publication.
Some great stories by some great writers, many of whom went on to be very successful authors. Gary Lovisi did an outstanding job as editor/publisher through the years.
The magazine will be missed!
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I went out for track in both junior high and high school. I never placed in any of my races. I went out for basketball as a junior in high school but the first warm up made my legs hurt for three days.
I'm not a fast runner but I've built up the endurance through taekwondo and through persistence.
I break down my running exercises into two categories. Intervals and…Continue
Added by Stephen Brayton on September 5, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments
If you have read the author’s fiction before you are aware that betrayal is a theme found in many of his works. Such is the case here in Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime Stories. All twenty stories have been previously published in a variety of platforms both print and electronic. It also happens that all of them are good ones while also very frequently packing a hard punch to the gut.
The book opens with the signature story “Alive Into Hell” where…Continue
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