Sunday, March 1, 2009
Putz With a Gun... And a Sword... And a Bikini
The latest quarterly issue of Plots With Guns is up on-line and it's a corker. Friends of Hardboiled Wonderland, Greg Bardsley and Keith Rawson have stories there as well as Frank Bill, Anonymous 9, Jason Hunt, Mark Raymond Falk, Neil Richter and Jonathan Woods. The PWG Winter 2009 edition also marks the return of Mr. Manners himself Trev Maviano and a welcome return it is. Find out what he's been up to... then try and forget. Forget with a story like Crazy Larry Smells Bacon in which Bardsley delves further into the creepiness across the suburban street. Nevermind Blue Velvet, CLSB will have you closing the blinds and checking out the neighbors with your lights off and if you smell bacon... lock the doors, sit in your closet with your eyes screwed shut and hands over your ears chanting "The neighbors are good people the neighbors are good people." Apologies to the other authors as I've yet to get to their stories, especially you, Keith, but I promise to asap, (Bardsley actually sent me a sneak preview some time ago). But Anthony Neil Smith has promised a "barfight" of an issue, so dig in. And anybody out there with an idea of what crime fiction will look like in 500 years, get busy with a story for the next issue, the first ever themed PWG - Plots With RAY Guns. Can't wait. By the way, if you're curious about the handsome book cover featured up top, get thee to a website and track down a copy of the Plots With Guns Anthology published by Dennis McMillan which features some of the best stories from the original incarnation plus contributions from top names in crime fiction.