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About Hector Acosta
Hector Acosta was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States. He spent time in El Paso and Dallas before moving with his understanding wife and dog to New York. His time living on the border left an impression on him, and much of his writing revolves around that area and its people. In his free time he enjoys watching wrestling and satisfying a crippling Lego addiction.
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THUGLIT:
THE FIRST DAY OF HELL WEEK by J.D. Hibbitts
REDEMPTION by Terrence McCauley
RED EYED RICHARD by Paul Heatley
DOING THE JOB by Hector Acosta
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Ed Kurtz
PEEK-A-BOO by John Hodgkins
LUCKY FOR ME by Rob Brunet
WAKEY WAKE by Nathan Pettigrew
PLUS: Part III of Thuglit's exclusive first look at the upcoming novel by Todd Robinson, THE HARD BOUNCE from TYRUS BOOKS
In “Lockdown,” 19 of today’s finest suspense, horror, and crime writers explore how humanity reacts to the ultimate pandemic. From New York City to the Mexican border, from the Deep South to the misty shores of Seattle, their characters are fighting for survival against incredible odds. An anthology for our time, showing how the worst crises can lead to the best of us. Proceeds from LOCKDOWN will go to support BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, as it seeks to help booksellers recover from the devastating COVID-19 crisis.
Contributors to LOCKDOWN include:
Ann Dávila Cardinal
Angel Luis Colon
Terri Lynn Coop
Michelle Garza/Melissa Lason
Renee Asher Pickup
Includes a confrontational foreword by ring legend 'Pulverizing' Pat McCrunch (as told to Jeff Strand)… An all-new story starring Nick 'The Widowmaker' Bullman from James Newman’s wrestling noir, "Ugly as Sin"… And ex-boxer turned strip club bouncer Reggie Levine ("Tijuana Donkey Showdown," "Damn Dirty Apes") returns for another action-packed misadventure.
Original fiction by:
Duncan P. Bradshaw
David James Keaton
and Jason Parent
urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR.
Featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the
occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters
aren’t just your average molls and mugs—the vamps might just be vamps. It’s
Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered
through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but
irresistible all the same.
With stories from
Chloë Yates, Richard Godwin, Karina Fabian, Hector Acosta, Jan Kozlowski, Andrez Bergen, Carol Borden, Paul D. Brazill, Jennifer Martin, Katherine Tomlinson, Jason Michel, Asher Wismer, Michael S. Chong, Leeyanne Moore, Christopher L. Irvin, Joyce Chng, W. P. Johnson
and an introduction by K.A.Laity
Featuring 25 stories of crime:
“A Boy Like Billy” by Patricia Abbott
“Border Crossing” by Michael McGlade
“Looking for the Death Trick” by Bracken MacLeod
“Maybelle’s Last Stand” by Travis Richardson
“Predators” by Marie S. Crosswell
“Twenty to Life” by Frank Byrns
“So Much Love” by Keith Rawson
“Running Late” by Tess Makovesky
“Last Supper” by Katanie Duarte
“Danny” by Michael Bracken
“The Plot” by Jedidiah Ayres
“What Alva Wants” by Timothy Friend
“Time Enough to Kill” by Kent Gowran
“Copas” by Hector Acosta
“Yellow Car Punch” by Nigel Bird
“Love at First Fight” by Angel Luis Colón
“Traps” by Owen Laukkanen
“Down the Rickety Stairs” by Alan Orloff
“Blackmailer’s Pep Talk” by Chris Rhatigan
“With a Little bit of Luck” by Bill Baber
“As Cute as a Speckled Pup Under a Red Wagon” by Tony Conaway
“Chipping off the Old Block” by Nick Kolakowski
“Young Turks and Old Wives” by Shane Simmons
“The Hangover Cure” by Seth Lynch
“Highway Six” by John L. Thompson
The island still hasn’t recovered completely; a victim of continued neglect and the continued efforts of many to demean and frame Puerto Ricans as “other” or “lesser” even though they are citizens of the United States.
Net proceeds from ¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! will benefit The Hispanic Federation: UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico, a program working to help those still affected by the disaster and ensure continued safety in the face of continued weather-related events that can and will happen again.
With a foreword by editor Angel Luis Colón and 11 stories from veteran and newcomer Latinx authors who need to be on your radar, ¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! is a loud and proud celebration of Latinx writing, joy, trauma, and most of all, love.
Contributors: Chantel Acevedo, Hector Acosta, David Bowles, Hector Duarte Jr., Carmen Jaramillo, Jessica Laine, Richie Narvaez, Christopher Novas, Cina Pelayo, Alex Segura, and Désirée Zamorano.
Praise for ¡PA’QUE TU LO SEPAS!
“While cause-related anthologies aren’t unusual, what clearly separates Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas from the pack is the diligence and care the contributors obviously put into their work, and how deftly Angel Luis Colón curated the writers and their stories. This is an important, necessary, lovely collection, one that plunges the reader into the variety of cultures and beauty within the LatinX community. Truly, Sepas is magical, and filled with magical writing. A must-read, now and always.” —E.A. Aymar, author of The Unrepentant
In 2014, Crimespree Magazine held an internet-based flash fiction contest. The rules were simple: somewhere in the story you had to “Kill Dan Malmon.” That was it. The story had to be brief, inventive, and somewhere, Malmon had to die. Now, thanks to Down & Out Books, those original stories, plus a few more, are being collected into one volume with all proceeds going to the MS Society. If you hate MS as much as we do, and if your feelings towards Dan Malmon are rather ambivalent anyway, then this is the volume for you.
Featuring stories by Hector Acosta, Eric Beetner, Dana Cameron, Sarah M. Chen, Matthew Clemens, Angel Luis Colón, Hilary Davidson, Cory Funk, Danny Gardner, Paul J. Garth, Rob Hart, Ed Kurtz, S.W. Lauden, Russel D. McLean, Jeff Macfee, Erin Mitchell, Erica Ruth Neubauer, Brad Parks, Thomas Pluck, Bryon Quertermous, Todd Robinson, Alex Segura, Jeff Shelby, Nathan Singer, Josh Stallings, Jay Stringer, R.D. Sullivan, Bryan VanMeter, Holly West and Dave White.
Praise for KILLING MALMON:
“I’ve never quite understood why people keep killing off Malmon. But they make a good case. Several cases. Many, many cases—for a good cause! Killing Malmon for fun and non-profit!” —Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Day I Died
“You can’t spell marvelously grisly and a funky good time without K-I-L-L-I-N-G M-A-L-M-O-N. Do yourself a favor and dive in.” —Shaun Harris, author of The Hemingway Thief
“Look, I like Dan Malmon, so I feel kinda guilty enjoying the hell out of his many untimely demises. But this collection, which features some of the best crime writers on the planet, is a gonzo pulp confection that hits your system like a sugar high and leaves you smiling the whole way through.” —Chris Holm, Anthony Award-winning author of The Killing Kind and Red Right Hand
“Your mom is going to hate this.” —Kristi Belcamino, author of the Gabriella Giovanni thriller series
“Killing Malmon is an incredibly satisfying crime fiction sampler. Read it. I guarantee you’ll leave with at least three new writers to check out (plus an inexplicable desire to protect and nurture Dan Malmon).” —Jess Lourey, TEDx presenter and Anthony- and Lefty-nominated author of the Witch Hunt thrillers and the Murder by Month mysteries
“Come for the death of Dan Malmon, stay for the super-group of authors letting it all hang out, dropping tasty cut after tasty cut of pure noir.” —Matthew FitzSimmons, author of the Gibson Vaughn series
“Killing Malmon is like Murder on the Orient Express except (spoilers!) it’s not by Agatha Christie, or on a train, or on its way to the Orient. Still, there’s something wonderful and sweet watching thirty talented mystery writers line up to shoot, strangle, poison, dismember, and otherwise spell the demise of the one of the genuinely nicest guys in the business. If you’re into that kind of thing like I am, read Killing Malmon.” —Matthew Iden, author of the Marty Singer mystery series and The Winter Over
“Life sure is hard for you.” —Judy Malmon, Dan’s mom
“I love these stories!” —Diane Hackbarth, Kate’s mom
It isn’t long before RBWL—The Royal Brooks Wrestling League—have a rival in Woodland Terrace, a nearby apartment complex with their own wrestling promotion run by Eddie Tornado, an unhinged teenager with a connection to Tori and a hard-on to see Spencer and Billy fail.
When Spencer breaks into Eddie’s home and steals a gym bag he believes holds Woodland Terrace’s championship belt, the feud between teenagers and promotions escalates. Before long, Spencer will find the world of professional wrestling can be more real and dangerous than anything seen on television.