Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – November 2013 Archive (6)

Review: "Genre Shotgun: A Collection Of Short Fiction" by Terry W. Ervin II

Genre Shotgun: A Collection Of Short Fiction features thirteen previously published tales classified into four categories. Published by Gryphonwood Press last year the book continues the author’s word count assault on the reading public with quality storytelling and interesting characters. Like his Flank Hawk series, there are plenty of twists and surprises in these very good tales.


The book opens with the “Horror/Suspense” category. There are…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 25, 2013 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Review: "Thuglit: Issue 8"

Thuglit 8 is the latest installment of the series and another hard hitting anthology of eight stories that portray life on the edges of society. If you want to feel good about humanity you should look elsewhere for your reading material. Or, read Thuglit 8 after donning a pair of rose tinted glasses and loading your favorite shotgun.


After a brief intro by Todd Robinson, the stories begin with “McFerrin and Black” by Buster Willoughby. Working at…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 20, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Review: "One Thousand Dollars A Word" by Lawrence Block

It is a very familiar plight for just about any writer. James “Jim” Trevathan wants a raise and after twenty years he doesn't think it is unwarranted. He is a writer for a magazine edited by Warren Jukes. Jim has been placing stories nearly every month for over twenty years and still gets only 5 cents a word. He wants and deserves more.


Editor Warren Jukes isn't prepared to pay more. In his mind there is no need. If Jim wants more money he better produce more stories each…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 17, 2013 at 3:35am — No Comments

Review: "The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room For Thirds" edited by J. Alan Hartman

Have you ever looked at that classic Norman Rockwell picture of Thanksgiving where the bird is about to meet its end at the utensils of all the happy family at the table and seen something sinister going on? What might possibly lurk behind those smiles? Is a smile on one or more at the table just a little too forced? Maybe you think the picture is fine. Maybe your own family is a cause to contemplate a little holiday murder. You get the family you are born into, but who says some of them…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 17, 2013 at 1:15am — No Comments

Review: "Mind Prison: A Short Story" by Dave Zeltserman

Graham Winston has a plan to revolutionize what it will mean to be a prisoner in Massachusetts. Because the Governor and a number of other key political people are on board with it, technology will be used to rehabilitate prisoners while also saving the state tens of thousands of dollars.


Whether the plan is ethical or morally right is another question. A question Dr. Graham Winston isn't at all prepared to answer. Especially since he is cheating on his wife with a beautiful…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 17, 2013 at 12:46am — No Comments

Book Review: "The Devil's Bones" by Larry D. Sweazy

Late August of 2004 finds Deputy Jordan McManus in the bed of a former girlfriend early one morning while drought grips Dukaine, Indiana. Like the drought that grips the area, McManus is gripped by the past. A past that includes the love of his life, Ginny, who has been married for quite some time and has changed. Whatever they had once, years ago, has been tarnished by time and the fact she has a child and is married to Ed Kirsch. Not known for being mentally stable at the best of times,…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 2, 2013 at 11:42pm — No Comments

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