Sunday, October 28, 2012
How much the shit is Frank Sinatra? So much the shit that Ken Bruen wrote it a helluva introduction in which he claims that reading McBride for the first time was comparable to his first samplings of James Crumley and Daniel Woodrell... Ouch.
So take that, fence-sitters. Beef O'Brady's is gonna be extra meaty Saturday night, and I wanna see you there.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
this piece about DW for the Irish Times recently. Nice. Also, got to see Dennis Lehane that week in St. Louis and he says Ben Affleck will be adapting Live By Night as his next film (the second Lehane adaptation for Affleck after Gone Baby Gone). Took in Affleck's latest, Argo this week and he continues to impress me as a film maker - nothing particularly new or gimmicky, just solid fast-ball down the middle film making that featured at least three fantastic sequences.
this call for submissions for issue #8. Ryan Sayles? Tom Pitts? Whoever over there is the one to see - N@B is sending Sonia L. Coney your way, I hopes ya pay attention.
Got Pulp? Brown is best known for his role as Dan Dority on Deadwood, but he's been in tonsashit, and apparently was a classmate of Scully herself, Gillian Anderson. Go the hell read it. I'd love to see McBride interview more folks, he got in there good.
I'm looking forward to seeing Matt and other N@B survivors like Frank Bill, David James Keaton and Les Edgerton in Corydon, Indiana next Saturday, November 3. Sounds like the Booked podcast crew will be hauling some folks down from Chicago (perhaps more N@B pals like Richard Thomas, Dan O'Shea and Kevin Lynn Helmick?) Anyhow, go the hell to Beef O'Brady's Saturday night - we'll put on a helluva show - promise. Have you seen the cover of Les's next book, The Rapist? Good gawd, that's striking. And Helmick's got a hot novella tearing ass down the lost highway in a matter of weeks, look for Driving Alone soon.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
So, come out and see us at Beef's.
And for fuck's sake, if you're in Chicago over the next week - try the hell to get a seat for one of the three Chicago International Film Festival screenings of F*ckload of Scotch Tape (Oct. 18, 20 & 23). Director Julian Grant will be there for each - go tell him how big his balls are and find out his new one Sweet Leaf is going (then be sure to drop me the skinny here).
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Won first place in the Johnny Shaw Look-alike contest
Finally got to hang out with the cool kids at the Wonderbar (Eric Beetner, Josh Stallings, Dan O'Shea, Les Edgerton, John Kenyon, Jonathan Woods, Glenn Gray, Todd Robinson, John Stickney, Mike Dennis, Chris F. Holm, Sabrina Ogden, Greg Bardsley, Fleur Bradley, Kent Gowran, Peter Farris, Thomas Pluck, Peter Rozovsky)
Creeped out Frank Wheeler Jr.'s lovely wife... it was really easy. Hardly fair. I hope I have another chance to make a last impression some day.
Got to hand out contributor and blurber copies of Noir at the Bar Volume 2 to Glenn Gray, Robert Randisi, Duane Swierczynski, Jon McGoran, John Rector, John Connolly and Sophie Littlefield (as well as a blurbage copy of A F*ckload of Shorts to Dave Zeltserman). Sold out of N@B2 tho. So, sorry you other contributors and blurbers, I've got more ordered and will get them out as soon as I can.
Took a long walk with Mr. Shaw and Helen Smith while we searched for Stuart Neville's Ratlines party. Never found it - sorry Paul Oliver - we really did try to find it, but it was a lovely stroll in the bracing, sober-making Cleveland wind.
Amazon or BN.Com or Goodreads just on your blog, magazine or wherever for A F*ckload of Shorts. I'll give you till November first to post one, at which time I'll draw a couple names from those who've posted reviews - don't have to love it - and send the winners a copy of Cash Out by Greg Bardsley. Now that should be motivation. Just be sure to alert me to your review, so you'll be eligible.
Tomorrow night Daniel Woodrell will be in St. Louis at the Frontenac branch of the library, and Saturday, in the same spot, is Dennis Lehane. Guess my plans are made.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Off to Cleveland this weekend. Looking forward to seeing all of you Friday night at The Wonderbar. Bring some cash for paper books (I'll have A F*ckload of Shorts and Noir at the Bar Volume 2 with me) and your eReaders for instant downloading pleasure from Snubnose authors Eric Beetner, Dan O'Shea, Les Edgerton, Jonathan Woods, Josh Stallings and John Kenyon. No Ryan Sayles though. Apparently he'll be busy with his Out of the Gutter duties, and you'll just have to lump it.
Gonna be a crazy good week for authors in St. Louis when I get back. Thursday at the library is Daniel Woodrell and Saturday is Dennis Lehane. Must make mental note not to tie on a week-long hangover with roomies Glenn Gray and Todd Robinson.
N@B2 is moving fast. Remember, other than seeing me in person, the only way to get your own copy is from Subterranean Books in St. Louis. Booked Podcast spent an episode reviewing it and gave some special attention to Matthew McBride, Les Edgerton, Jon McGoran, Robert Randisi & Christine Matthews, Duane Swierczynski, David James Keaton and especially Jane Bradley. Give it a listen and hear Robb Olson get all choked up.
Been a while since I've posted at Ransom Notes, but today I've got a good 'un - an interview with Grant Jerkins author of A Very Simple Crime, At the End of the Road and The Ninth Step. A Very Simple Crime has been optioned by Barbet Schroeder who's made a thing or two in his time (Barfly, Reversal of Fortune, Single White Female, Kiss of Death and the interesting miss Our Lady of Assassins). I'd love to see him score with a kick ass adaptation of Grant's sick ass book.