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Featuring stories by K.L. Abrahamson, Sharon Hart Addy, C.W. Blackwell, Clark Boyd, M.H. Callway, Michael A. Clark, Susan Daly, Buzz Dixon, Jeanne DuBois, Elizabeth Elwood, Tracy Falenwolfe, Kate Fellowes, John M. Floyd, Billy Houston, Bethany Maines, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Joseph S. Walker, Robert Weibezahl, and Susan Jane Wright.
Whether it’s 1950s Hollywood, a scientific experiment, or a yard sale in suburbia, the twenty-two authors represented in this collection of mystery and suspense interpret the overarching theme of “heartbreaks and half-truths” in their own inimitable style, where only one thing is certain: Behind every broken heart lies a half-truth.
And behind every half-truth lies a secret.
Featuring stories by Sharon Hart Addy, Paula Gail Benson, James Blakey, Gustavo Bondoni, Susan Daly, Buzz Dixon, Rhonda Eikamp, Christine Eskilson,Tracy Falenwolfe, KateFlora, John M.Floyd, J.A. Henderson, Blair Keetch, Steve Liskow, Edward Lodi, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Peggy Rothschild, Joseph S.Walker, James Lincoln Warren, Chris Wheatley and Robb T. White.
Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.
And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.
This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.
Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!
An Imprint Book
"Well, I think we're the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world..." - Joey Ramone
Ramones changed rock-n-roll forever and 45+ years later their legacy is as strong as ever.
Gabba Gabba Hey is an anthology of fiction inspired by the music of the Ramones.
We asked writers from all over the world to choose a Ramone's song and write a story inspired by that song . The resulting 24 stories contained in this anthology are as varied as the songs themselves ranging through the Crime, Horror and Music genres from writers from all across the world - some of whom knew or met or even played with The Ramones. For example the anthology kicks off with a first-hand account written by David Noonan (DT Graves - drummer & founder member of punk stalwarts The Cryptkeeper Five) where he recounts the night he backed up Joey Ramone on the drums - from there the anthology blasts off into a world of Ramones tales & stories that just keep building and building with an intensity that mirrors the songs themselves.
Add to that an Introduction written by Fahrenheit Press founder and life long Ramones fanatic Chris McVeigh + a preface by author & LA Punk Queen Brenda Perlin and it's fair to say that this book really is something special and a definite must have for any Ramones fan.
Oh, and we might also have just accidentally created the greatest Ramones compilation album ever - seriously, look at this track-listing...
- Do You Remember Rock 'n’ Roll Radio by David Noonan
- It's Not My Place by Philip Charter
- I Wanna Be Well by Christopher Bond
- Somebody Put Something in My Drink by CW Blackwell
- I Wanna Live by Clark Boyd
- Pinhead by Kelly Robinson
- Suzy Is A Headbanger by Derek Farrell
- Cretin Hopp by Mike Burr
- Rockaway Beach by Lex Vranick
- The KKK Took My Baby Away by Kevin David Anderson
- The Crusher by Shaun Avery
- 7/11 by Amanda Crum
- I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by Vinnie Hansen
- S.L.U.G. by Thomas Pluck
- Danny Says by Hannah O’Doom
- My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) by Bret Nelson
- Baby I Love You by Tina Jackson
- Chainsaw by Gregory Nicoll
- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by James Ryan
- Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) by Joshua L. James
- Sheena Is a Punk Rocker by Wendy Davis
- I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement by Christina Delia
- Main Man by Joseph S. Walker
- Too Tough To Die by Jon Park
Put on some Ramones records, read these stories, and lose yourself in the universe of one of the most influential rock-n-roll bands that ever walked onto a stage.
"Gabba Gabba Hey, One of us, One of us, We accept you, One of us..."
Contributors push hard against the boundaries of crime fiction, driving their work into places short crime fiction doesn’t often go, into a world where the mean streets seem gentrified by comparison and happy endings are the exception rather than the rule. And they do all this in contemporary settings, bringing noir into the 21st century.
Like any good cocktail, Mickey Finn is a heady mix of ingredients that packs a punch, and when you’ve finished reading every story, you’ll know that you’ve been “slipped a Mickey.”
The twenty contributors, some of today’s most respected short-story writers and new writers making their mark on the genre, include J.L. Abramo, Ann Aptaker, Trey R. Barker, Michael Bracken, Barb Goffman, David Hagerty, James A. Hearn, David H. Hendrickson, Jarrett Kaufman, Mark R. Kehl, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mikal Trimm, Bev Vincent, Joseph S. Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Stacy Woodson.
And the music played on. As Harold says in The Big Chill, “There is no other music, not in my house.”
Spinning their chosen tunes and the tale of its matching crime are: Earl Staggs, Jack Bates, Linda Kay Hardie, Jeanne DuBois, Terrie Farley Moran, Heidi Hunter, Merrilee Robson, Claire A. Murray, Michael Bracken, Maddi Davidson, Joseph S. Walker, Dawn Dixon, Karen Keely, Paul D. Marks, Wendy Harrison, Mary Keliikoa, Maxim Jakubowski, James A. Hearn, C. A, Fehmel, Catina Williams, Josh Pachter, and John Floyd, talented writers all.
In addition to enjoying the holiday magic that is bumping off family members we don’t like, this year’s Killer also honors the dedication to the writing world by the late TKWC contributor Earl Staggs.
Serving up a sixth season of stories are the following dinner guests: Bobbi A. Chukran, Bert Paul, C.C. Guthrie, Catina Williams, Herschel Cozine, J.B. Toner, Joseph S. Walker, Kari Wainwright, Lesley A. Diehl, Steve Liskow, Steve Shrott and Trey Dowell. Lisa Wagner returns with all-new recipes, helping you to fill your stomach and tickle your funny bone at the same time.
So have a seat, grab a plate of food (we wouldn’t try the stuffing if we were you), and get ready to laugh until you’re cranberry in the face!
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In our cover story, “The Figurine” by Edward Lodi, a lead figurine of The Grim Reaper leads a failed artist in New Orleans to madness and murder.
“Neon Lights” by Shea E. Butler explores the age-old question, does the end justify the means? A burnt out, big city detective now working in a small southern town, has to ask herself just that when a serial killer and the FBI come to town.
“Two Taxis” by William Burton McCormick: Two thuggish-looking men. One feisty female. One overworked hotel concierge. Two waiting taxis in the French Rivera. What could go wrong?
In “Golden Lives” by Joseph S. Walker, Private Annalee Lincoln was overseas when her little brother Ike died. The police said it was a botched robbery and moved on, but Annalee can't. Now she's back in Sacramento, looking for answers.
“Cult Of Personality” by Nick LeGrand: Some say a man's character is his most prized possession, but what of his sanity? John Fielding, a down-on-his-luck attorney, has just received the offer of a lifetime, but first he'll have to pass an interview testing the very fabric of his reality.
In “The Case Of The Red Ribbons” by Benjamin Mark, Detectives Blunt and Sharpe are at it again in this new adventure. Jewelry is being stolen. All employees are scanned for metal upon entering and exiting the premises. And yet, the jewelry is disappearing. Time for Captain Elias Young to call in his prime detectives, Bartholomew Blunt and Samuel Sharpe.
In “Never Kidnap A Crime Novelist” by Stan Dryer, a young couple who kidnap Martin, the author of the Buck Slammer detective series, successfully collect the ransom, but then discover their lives will never be quite the same again.
Deception awaits around the next curve in the road. Rumors spread over garden hedges, fishing ponds, and knitting circles. Neighborhood cats discover a boneyard.
And when Death strolls through the tranquil countryside or checks into the quaint village inn for the weekend, it's the intrepid - and often accidental - investigators who must find and decipher clues, unravel mysteries, and bring the killer to justice.
Includes stories by John M. Floyd, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Annie Reed, Lauryn Christopher, C.C. Guthrie, Joseph S. Walker, Margaret S. Hamilton, Ben Harshman, C.J. Mattison, Clifford Royal Johns, D.T. Langdale, Kelly Zimmer, Merrilee Robson, N.K. Wardley, and Ursula Hoult. Edited by Lyn Worthen