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About Jay Butkowski
Jay Butkowski is a writer of fiction and an eater of tacos who lives in New Jersey. His fiction has appeared online at Shotgun Honey, The Flash Fiction Offensive, All Due Respect, Yellow Mama, Near to the Knuckle and Story and Grit. He’s the Managing Editor at Rock and a Hard Place Magazine, and has also co-hosted a series of Noir at the Bar readings in Asbury Park, NJ. He has two children who threatened him at knifepoint to be included in this bio, and a loving, supportive girlfriend who’s slightly less violent.
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With a boss convict like this, who needs jailers?
The best fastball in Gaza might have to stay there.
In polyglot Budapest, the language that counts is power.
What’s the difference between a duck?
With this issue Rock and a Hard Place becomes a six-pack. Pop a top and pound these tales of bad decisions and desperate people. Stories by:
Jeff A. Esterholm
Gabriel M. Hart
William R. Soldan
Rock and a Hard Place is the magazine that takes noir beyond crime to the world at large. On the run from your past? Need a dead-end job? Got a no-hope scam? Our authors are here for you.
Tell yourself dancing is dancing and just do it.
Sometimes the only thing you get to choose in life is how you check out.
Cue the meth gators.
Rock and a Hard Place is back with Issue 4, the downest and dirtiest chronicle of bad decisions and desperate people yet, with contributions from:
Jay Bechtol, Michael Chin, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Laura Dizon, Paul J. Garth, Dan Georgakas, Stephen J. Golds, Bruce Harris, Russell W. Johnson, Wilson Koewing, Diane Krauthamer, Susan Kuchinskas, Jeff Maschi, Jess Messier, Roger Nokes, Andrew Novak, Thomas Pluck, Richard Risemberg, Peter Rozovsky, Jason Mykl Snyman, Stefen Styrsky, N.B. Turner and Jane Young.
Rock and a Hard Place is the place for noir that goes beyond crime to a view of the world. Anywhere substance abuse, sex work, dead end jobs and hopeless scams are the obvious choice, you'll find our authors digging deep.
What are you waiting for?
Yeah, turn your back on that gray-haired woman in the old Lincoln.
Dumpstering a life is never just a job, especially when the owner is watching.
Rock And A Hard Place shifts into fifth gear, and the people have never been more desperate or the decisions worse. Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography by:
Travis Wade Beaty
Paul J. Garth
James D.F. Hannah
Michael J. Moore
John Joseph Ryan
Tim P. Walker
In issue five of Rock And A Hard Place you’ll find crime and much more. Wherever making the rent or a day of sobriety counts as a win, and wins and losses never even out, that’s our territory, and yours.
Drop the sandwich and step away.
Booze, meth, heroin, guns, and sex don’t mix (Did you really need that explained to you?).
And there’s more, because Rock and a Hard Place is back with Issue Two, the further chronicles of bad decisions and desperate people.
Rock and a Hard Place is the magazine that expands noir beyond crime fiction to a view of the world. The authors in these pages take on life as it’s lived on the margins, where one mistake is both one too many and inevitable.
Enter if you dare.
A woman celebrates seclusion beneath the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The homeless struggle to carve out a place safe from the night.
Shocking acts stain the walls of a truck stop.
Crucifixion comes for a priest who rats out a cartel.
A girl sells beautiful flowers, brazenly taken from gravesites.
In Rock and a Hard Place Magazine, no one escapes. The guilty and the innocent fight side by side, railing against desperate times, facing similar fates.
Featuring Works by:
Judson Michael Aglia
Jeffrey C. Eaton
Rock and a Hard Place is a fiction magazine publishing new work focused on the plight of marginalized, poor, depressed, and desperate. In our pages, you’ll find stories about people battling to overcome poverty, the criminal justice system, disease, the horrors of abusive relationships, the weight of addiction, the trenchant structures of racism and discrimination.
These are stories of desperate people.
And what they do next.
Call this issue a hat trick of desperation. Rock and a Hard Place 3 continues the chronicles of people who might make one good decision if they could catch a single break.
Fiction, essays, and art by:
Stephen J. Golds
Donald D. Shore
Robb T. White
In Rock and a Hard Place the struggle never ends, and our attention never flags.
BRISTOL NOIR - ANTHOLOGY 1
A collection of stories from some of the best new and established crime and dark fiction writers from around the world.
All with a dose of noir and dirty realism.
Alpheus Williams, Andrew Davie, Anthony Neil Smith, B.F. Jones, Ben Newell, Blake Johnson, Bobby Mathews, C.W. Blackwell, Curtis Ippolito, David Tromblay, Don Stoll, F.J. Romano, Gabriel Hart, Graham Wynd, Ian Ayris, Jason Butkowski, J.B. Stevens, and John Bowie.
a genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.
a film or novel in the noir genre.
a style of writing, originating in the US in the 1980s, which depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life
It’s meticulously researched; the style is an unforgiving dirty realism. — Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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