The event itself was a beast - eight (8!) readers - eight books for sale (including early copies of Frank Sinatra in a Blender, which evapofuckingrated), three states, two podcasts and a shitload of beer, wine and minors. Yes, indeed, because they apparently didn't learn last year or perhaps because they just grow em thick of skin in the Hoosier State, there was, yet again, a handful of young ones in attendance at our tawdry, foul-mouthed literary event that was full of violence, drugs and what my unsuccessful home state representative Todd Akin has coined - legitimate rape.
Because I'm such a swell host and ice breaker, I read first - a quick selection from my story The Whole Buffalo.
Second Story read an essay about writing noir, and why she feels she comes up short... something about ideas N@B alum Richard Thomas put in her head. Tricky Dick strikes again. You do just fine, Carrie.
Right here, and no place else).
Right here is the only place to get that.
Second Story reader, Lou Perry, read next from a piece titled something along the lines of Things That Are Awesome. And, would it be gratuitous to suggest that the story itself belongs on the list? Well, it does... along with tits and Mastodon.
Pulp Pusher. The good news for those of you who missed the fleshed out reading - Keaton's short story collection Fish Bites Cop will include the full-length story and about fifty others. I'm reading that beast now and, holy shit, it's ridiculously good. Anyhow, DJs is another story of a cop's bad luck with the perp they pulled over - something of a theme in Keaton's work.
Plots With Guns whenever that goes up. You don't have to wait for that to go live to read some kick-ass Edwards though. Uncle B's Drive In Fiction is now available featuring six novellas of decidedly questionable taste from Edwards, Keaton, Jimmy Callaway, Alec Cizak, Matthew C. Funk and Garnett Elliott. I got mine.
N@B will be back in St. Louis Thanksgiving weekend.... Stay tuned for details. A very special N@B with international guests and holiday spirit!