at Ransom Notes about what I want for Christmas and good people like Brian Lindenmuth will come from the east bearing gifts. Thanks to that Baltimore wise man I should be receiving Don Winslow's Power of the Dog in the mail soon. So, I'm trying not to Scrooge it up over here and keep the good will flowing. That's why I'm offering two Reed Farrel Coleman titles this week, The James Deans and the Ken Bruen collaboration, Tower. As usual, to enter, just leave a comment on this post and Friday I'll draw the winning names.
Speaking of the good Mr. Lindenmuth, head on over to the really ridiculously high quality Mulholland Books blog for Brian's piece on the fall and rise of crime comics, and after that go back to Ransom Notes for my piece about that other Baltimore son Nik Korpon's debut novel Stay God. I had the pleasure of meeting Nik at NoirCon several weeks ago - he's scary bright and plenty cool, and I'm hoping Stay God is a big base hit for his career.
Out of the Gutter has a brand new issue featuring Tony Black, Ian Ayris, Michael Bracken and William Boyle whom I also met at NoirCon. Come to think of it, the first time I saw Korpon's name was when we shared space in Out of the Gutter's Revenge Issue - that was a kick ass issue too, folks. Aside from yours truly and Korpon, it featured Charlie Stella, Vicki Hendricks, Mike Sheeter, Glenn Gray, Matthew Mayo and Sophie Littlefield among others.
Ms. Littlefield and Mr. Mayo both have pieces in the brand new issue of Needle magazine too alongside the likes of N@B alumn Anthony Neil Smith and Matthew McBride, as well as Kieran Shea, Graham Powell, Matthew C. Funk, Graham Bowlin, Michael Gonzales, Richard Godwin and Libby Cudmore, another pleasant face to face I had at NoirCon. But the truly exciting bit about this issue of Needle is that it marks part 1 of the brand new serialized novel Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks. Boo-ya. I'm ordering mine now.