Monday, July 9, 2012

Pulp Ink 2 and Other Stuff...

Fantastic weekend at the beach celebrating a friend's birthday. The sun was hot, the sea was warm, the cuba libres were cold. The sand was yellow and my skin turned pink (although I'm sure it'll fade to a lovely even honey colour over the next few days. No, really.)

Along with the friend, S.O, and myself were Marley and the latest addition to our household, Lady Bumble. She's a gorgeous 2 or 3-year-old of indeterminate origin, who had been fostered from a local dog shelter by a fantastic couple in Seoul.

Life's a bitch/beach - Lady Bumble (right) & Marley relax in the shade.
 Nobody's quite sure of her story, just that Bumbles came from Busan City dog pound about 6 months ago. Although she started very shy and nervous, she's really come out of her shell in the few days she's been with us, and is settling in very nicely indeed.



In the meantime, some people have been doing some real work, such as those lovely lot over at Snubnose Press. Pulp Ink 2 is out now. The first book earned a bunch of rave reviews and this one will do the same, I wager. You lucky yanks can even get your hands on a paperback edition (and thus get to hold Eric Beetner's cover in your own hands), or buy for your fancy-dan-ooh-it's-like-living-in-the-future Kindle device here (US) or here (UK). The line up is seriously good:

JAMES EVERINGTON
KIERAN SHEA
BV LAWSON
COURT MERRIGAN
MATTHEW C. FUNK
JULIA MADELEINE
R THOMAS BROWN
KATHERINE TOMLINSON
HEATH LOWRANCE
ANDREZ BERGEN
PATTI ABBOTT
WD COUNTY
JOE CLIFFORD
CINDY ROSMUS
KEVIN BROWN
MIKE MINER
CHRISTOPHER BLACK
RICHARD GODWIN
ERIC BEETNER

Where the first book was all about crime, this one is a crime/horror mixture. A lot of the crime stories have a horror bent, and vice versa - but it's still got the same cool vibe as the original. And with names like those above involved, you know you're in for a treat.

Great job everyone involved: Snubnose Press, editors Chris Rhatigan and Nigel Bird, and all those writers for giving up some fantastic stories to charity.

This is what the cool kids say:

“It’s varied, it’s wild and it’s not for the faint hearted… An addictive collection.” – Benoit Lelievre of Dead End Follies 
“This anthology shone so brightly that I felt I had to wear shades when reading it… This is up there with the best of them and possibly my most enjoyable read this year.” – Darren Sant of Daz’s Short Book Reviews 
“Murder and madness, sex and seduction, revenge and redemption, Pulp Ink has a little bit of everything going on.” – Elizabeth White of Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

4 comments:

  1. I know, she's so sweet. Couldn't you just eat her up?

    They were a real couple of hot dogs on the beach. But then, we all got a bit roasted.

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  2. Christopher, your story has the rockingest title--and then it follows up on that promise. Really blessed to have so much talent in PI2.

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  3. Thanks Chris. Talent is right. It's a hell of a lineup with some seriously good stories.

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