Monday, February 4, 2019


A look at a few great anthologies.

Looking for fast, sharp action of the dark and fictional kind? Find below a compilation of titles recently or soon to be published. 

A Time for Violence: Stories with an Edge by Max Collins (Author), Joe Lansdale (Author), Richard Chizmar (Author), John Russo (Author), Richard Matheson (Author), Bev Vincent (Author), Stewart O’Nan (Author), Paul D. Brazil (Author) Craig Douglas (Illustrator), Andy Rausch (Editor), Chris Roy (Editor). 

This anthology is an ode to the great anthologies of yesteryear. Stories by a variety of talents, packaged neatly and often connected by a singular theme. Coming soon, May 1, 2019.

Culprits: The Heist was Only the Beginning by Brett Battles (Author), Jessica Kaye (Author), Joe Clifford (Author), Manuel Ramos (Author), Zoë Sharp (Author), Gar Anthony Haywood (Author), David Corbett (Author), Richard Brewer (Editor), Gary Phillips (Editor). 

A hard-bitten crew of professional thieves pull off the score of their lives, coming away with seven million in cash. Like any heist there are some unforeseen complications, and unfortunately, they don’t get away without a few bodies dropping. Despite this, they get away with the swag. But that’s when the real trouble begins. In this unique anthology, we follow each member of the crew of culprits as they go their separate ways after the heist, and watch as this perfect score ends up a perfect nightmare. February 27, 2018.

Deadlines: A Tribute to William Wallace edited by Chris Rhatigan and Ron Earl Phillips. In 2017 we lost William E. Wallace who was a writer, a fan, and a friend to all who loved the crime fiction genre. All proceeds will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, whom, like William, speak for the underdog and uphold freedom of speech.

Featuring: Preston Lang (Author), Jen Conley (Author), Joe Clifford (Author), Will Viharo (Author), Paul D. Brazil (Author), Patricia Abbott (Author), Rob Pierce (Author), Sean Craven (Author), Eric Beetner (Author), Sarah M. Chen (Author), Nick Kolakowski (Author), S.W. Lauden (Author), Scott Adlerberg (Author), Gary Phillips (Author), Renee Asher Pickup (Author), Eryk Pruitt (Author), Todd Morr (Author), Travis Richardson (Author), Anonymous-9 (Author), Sean Lynch (Author), Alec Cizak (Author), Greg Barth (Author), C. Mack Lewis (Author). September 28, 2018.

Death Toll 3: End Game by Matt Hilton, Douglas Stewart, Alex Shaw (Author), Charlie Flowers (Author), Stephen Edger (Author), Paul D Brazil (Author), Dominic Adler (Author), Paul Grzegorzek (Author), Jamie Mason (Author), JH Bográn (Author), Liam Saville (Author) and Harlan Wolff (Author). 

This anthology is an uncompromising, page-turning crime thriller that brings together crime writers based in eight different countries spanning five continents. This is the best short thriller fiction from today’s best crime writers. January 31, 2019.

Dirty Boulevard: Crime Fiction Inspired by the songs of Lou Reed by Jonathan Ashley (Author), Rusty Barnes (Author), Reed Farrel Coleman (Author), Alison Gaylin (Author), Lee Matthew Goldberg (Author), Cate Holahan (Author), Gabino Iglesias (Author), David James Keaton (Author), Erin Keaton (Author), Ross E. Lockhart (Author), Tony McMillen (Author), Richard Neer (Author), Chris Orlet (Author), J. David Osborne (Author), Rob Pierce (Author), Eryk Pruitt (Author) and Patrick Wensink (Author). David James Keaton (Editor). 

Inspired by the outcasts, outlaws, and other outré inhabitants of rock legend Lou Reed's songbook, Dirty Boulevard traffics in crime fiction that's sometimes velvety and sometimes vicious, but always, absolutely, rock & roll. Inside, you'll find stories from the fire escapes to the underground, stories filled with metal machine music, stories for gender-bending, rule-breaking, mind-blasting midnight revelries and drunken, dangerous, dark nights of the heart. September 13, 2018.

Murder A-Go-Go’s edited by Holly West Holly West (Author), Lori Rader-Day (Author), Hilary Davidson (Author), Susanna Calkins (Author), Thomas Pluck (Author), Lisa Brackmann (Author), Nadine Nettmann (Author), Diane Vallere (Author), Eric Beetner (Author).

Inspired by punk but not yoked to it, the Go-Go’s broke important musical ground by combining cheeky lyrics, clever hooks, and catchy melodies, perfectly capturing what it feels like to be young and female in the process. But beyond the Go-Go’s effervescent sound and cheerful pop stylings, a darkness underlies many of their lyrics and melodies, hinting at the heartache and frustration inherent in growing up. In other words, plenty to inspire murder and mayhem. Net proceeds from Murder-a-Go-Go’s benefit Planned Parenthood, a crucial provider of women’s affordable reproductive healthcare.

Skin & Bones by Patricia Abbott (Author), Charles Ardai (Author), Lawrence Block (Author), Joe Clifford (Author), Angel Luis Colón (Author), Bill Crider (Author), Glenn Gray (Author), Tim Hall (Author), Rob Hart (Author) , Tess Makovesky (Author), Terrence McCauley (Author), Marietta Miles (Author), Richie Narvaez (Author), Stuart Neville(Author), Thomas Pluck (Author), Ryan Sayles (Author), S.A. Solomon (Author), Jason Starr (Author), Liam Sweeny (Author), Dave Zeltserman (Author), and Dana C. Kabel (Editor).

From a host of bestselling and award-winning authors come the stories from the darkest corners of their imaginations featuring one of the most abhorrent acts of mankind; cannibalism! Throughout history, human beings have feasted on human flesh. Whether it was to survive starvation or to horrify their enemies or to satisfy their own deranged urges, people have eaten other people for centuries. 


Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrant Stories by Walter Koenig (Author), Linda Rodriguez (Author), Patricia Abbott (Author), Teresa Roman (Author), R.C. Barnes (Author), James B. Nicola (Author), Eric Beetner (Author), Katherine Tomlinson (Author), Heath Lowrance (Author), Kimmy Dee (Author), Mark Rogers (Author), Sheikha A. (Author), Mark Hauer (Author), Berkeley Hunt (Author), Manuel Royal (Author), Kathleen Alcalá (Author), Christine Mathewson (Author), Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw (Author), Zoe Chang (Author), and James L’Etoile (Author), Chris Rhatigan (Editor) and Katherine Tomlinson (Editor). 

From searing poetry drawn from a Native American perspective to essays chronicling the marginalization of LGBT people, to the crime fiction of new Americans and writers whose ancestors were brought to the country in bondage, Strangers in a Strange Land examines the intersection of hope and despair that defines the immigrant experience. January 25, 2019.

The Night of the Flood by E.A. Aymar (Author), Rob Brunet (Author), Sarah M. Chen (Author), Angel Luis Colón (Author), Hilary Davidson (Author), Mark Edwards (Author), Gwen Florio (Author), Elizabeth Heiter (Author), J.J. Hensley (Author), Jennifer Hillier (Author), Shannon Kirk (Author), Jenny Milchman (Author), Alan Orloff (Author), and Wendy Tyson (Author).   E.A. Aymar (Editor) and Sarah M. Chen (Editor).

Fourteen of today’s most exciting crime writers will take you to the fictional town of Everton. Whether it’s a store owner grimly protecting his property from looters, an opportunistic servant who sees her time to strike, or two misguided youths taking their anger out against any available victim, The Night of the Flood is an intricate and intimate examination of the moment when chaos is released—in both society and the human spirit.

Unloaded Volume 2: More Crime Writers Writing Without Guns by E.A. Aymar (Author), Kris Calvin (Author), Andrew Case (Author), Steve Cavanagh (Author), Bill Crider (Author), Chris Holm (Author), Michael Kardos (Author), David James Keaton (Author), Dana King (Author), Nick Kolakowski (Author), Jon McGoran (Author), Laura McHugh (Author), Lori Rader-Day (Author), John Rector (Author), Scott Loring Sanders (Author), Alex Segura (Author), Terry Shames (Author), Josh Stallings (Author), Jay Stringer (Author), James R. Tuck (Author), Dave White (Author), Lili Wright (Author), and James W. Ziskin (Author) and Eric Beetner (Editor).

The top priority in these stories is to entertain with thrilling action and suspense that readers know and love about a crime story. To do so without guns leads to some creative leaps from writers who spin tales of simians on the loose, androids with buried secrets, punk rock shows and tattoo shops.


steve said...

Fantastic selections. I seem to have missed a couple. Have to pick up that Lou Reed one, for sure. Thanks

Holly West said...

Some great collections here. Thank you for including MURDER-A-GO-GO'S!