Monday, May 31, 2010


Okay, this blog post is basically a place holder until I can do a proper post about my trip to Italy. Met a lot of great writers and musicians. Ate a lot of good food. So much to talk about. So many people to thank. Later.
For now, I want to express my appreciation to my Italian publisher Meridiano Zero (Hi Marco! Hi Matteo!). Apparently, THE PISTOL POETS was successful enough that they've gone back for another printing. Also, they're going back to GUN MONKEYS as well and doing a run in mass market paperback.

Cool stuff.

More later....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bullet Points A Go-Go!

* First, a big-ass thank you to Chris and the staff at Madness Games & Comics for having me out to their excellent store in Plano, Texas. If you're within a 100 miles of this store, you should hop in your vehicle and go check it out. I signed like 2 billion comics and books. Awesomeness.

* And if Texas didn't get enough of me, I'll be coming thru Houston and Austin with Duane Swierczynski in early June. Details as doings unfold.

* I am drinking black, black 8 o'clock Bean coffee as I write this blog post.

* Super Blogpocalypse thanks to Graham Powell for bringing formatting betterness to my e-book THREE ON A LIGHT. Still available for the cheap-ass price of a buck ninety-nine. All you Kindle monkeys should rush to Amazon and make that purchase RIGHT NOW.

* Speaking of purchases, my new crime novel THE DEPUTY has been getting some interesting attention according to my agent. Better go buy your copy now and see what all the fuss is about.

* I bought a new cell phone yesterday. A cheap one.

* Director Adam Egypt Mortimer has finished his screenplay adaptation of my novel SHOTGUN OPERA and it's pretty damn sweet. We hope to start showing it soon. Hey producers! Bring money.

* "Joan Crawford has Risen from the Grave" is an underrated Blue Oyster Cult song.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Worst. Sales-pitch. Ever.

His, folks. I want to introduce you to THREE ON A LIGHT now available on Kindle. Allow me to tell you about it.

THREE ON A LIGHT is a "novel of linked short stories." What's that? Good question. It's pretty self-explanatory, but it's also something I read about when I was a grad student earning my master's degree in English at the University of West Florida. This would be more than twelve years ago. As a naive grad student, I really liked the sound of that. "A novel of linked short stories." Yes, individual stories, but when you smash them all together into a collection they somehow equal something greater than the sum of their parts. In theory. Or something like that.

Grad students love that kind of crap. As a grad student I was also very interested in genre conventions and tropes. What would happen, I wondered, if I took the conventions of a private eye genre and the conventions of the horror genre and mashed them together? Never mind that lots of other writers had already explored this and had probably done a better job. I was curious. I had and idea! So I started writing.

THREE ON A LIGHT chronicles the adventures of private eye Dean Murphy. He's come into the possession of a cursed Zippo lighter, and as a result he finds himself taking on cases that involve werewolves, vampires, witches and other things that go bump in the night.

So if you're curious about my early work and have an extra 1.99 to spare (and own a Kindle) then give this book a try. I'm new at this Kindle thing, and don't expect to earn as much cash as Lee Goldberg and J.A. Konrath, but the book was picked up twice by two different small presses and for whatever reason, both enterprises went south. So Kindle had now given the book a second (third?) life.

I think it's an especially good selection for readers who enjoyed Vampire A Go-Go.

Good luck.