I just got a package in the mail from my friend M.V. Moorhead, containing these two books—Gold Medal paperbacks! The Burnett one is perfectly timed, as I’m writing a column about him for The Big Click.
The only one of Hamilton’s Matt Helm novels I’ve read is The Removers. I remember liking it, but that was decades ago, so I’m looking forward to reading The Betrayers.
Speaking of Moorhead, and of pulp fiction—he’s the author of a great zombie novel, The Night Before Christmas of the Living Dead.

I just got a package in the mail from my friend M.V. Moorhead, containing these two books—Gold Medal paperbacks! The Burnett one is perfectly timed, as I’m writing a column about him for The Big Click.

The only one of Hamilton’s Matt Helm novels I’ve read is The Removers. I remember liking it, but that was decades ago, so I’m looking forward to reading The Betrayers.

Speaking of Moorhead, and of pulp fiction—he’s the author of a great zombie novel, The Night Before Christmas of the Living Dead.

Flaunt: The Selfie Issue

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Those who only notice the visual stylishness of Flaunt may miss that it has a willingness to take risks in its articles that few other mainstream magazines will. Over the years it has published powerful work by Larry Fondation and others. When i wrote a ten thousand word article about the executions I had witnessed, "Why I Watch People Die," it was turned down by so many magazines (some because of its length, some because of its subject matter, some because of both), I thought it would never be published. But in 2008 my friend Andrew Pogany, who was then the editor of Flaunt, published it, and it won a FOLIO award in the Best Single Article category. 

Andrew Pogany left the magazine a while ago, but he returned recently to work on The Selfie Issue, which has just been published, and I’m happy to be in it.

First published in paperback by PM Press/Switchblade three years ago, The Wrong Thing is the second novel in my Phoenix Noir series. It’s atypical in that, though it ends up in Phoenix, home of the doomed, most of it takes place in Santa Fe. It’s also one of my best books.

When I wrote it, I knew I had written a better book than I had aspired to write, ever. Others seem to agree; it was a finalist for the Spinetingler best novel of the year in the Legend category, even though I’m not a legend. (I was beaten by Lawrence Block, who most certainly is.) 

While the paperback is beautiful, I learned recently that there were formatting or scanning problems with PM Press/Switchblade’s Kindle version, and I think it was a bit pricey at nearly $10. So I’m happy to announce this new Kindle edition, with a new cover and perfect formatting, published by Cracked Sidewalk Press, at a lower price.

Tomorrow: Portland Noir at the Bar 2 will be decadent and depraved

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Back in December, Portland had its inaugural Noir at the Bar, and it was superb. (For my account of that night, click here.) The second one happens tomorrow night, and it looks like being another one to remember. I don’t know the work of all the writers who’re taking part, but I do know that of J. David Osborne, author of the great novel Low Down Death Right Easy and other books, Alex C. Renwick, who as Camille Alexa is the author of the elegant and compelling  pulp fiction story collection Push of the Sky, and Jemiah Jefferson, author of the red-hot, pitch-dark Voice of Blood series of vampire novels and other books.

Ringmaster/carnival barker for the evening will be Johnny Shaw, bestselling author of Dove Season, Plaster City and Big Maria.

There will be books on sale.

Be there or be uncool.

TriMet teams with Lamar Advertising to make life even harder for homeless people in Portland

In a ridiculous piece of spin doctoring, TriMet has announced on its website that, in exchange for free advertising, Lamar Advertising is providing 600 “upgraded” benches at bus stops. What “upgraded” means is that the benches have a raised rail in the middle, so that there isn’t enough room for a person to lie down.

The purpose of these benches (which are also used in Phoenix, AZ) is to make it impossible for homeless people to sleep on them.

Mental Health Association of Portland has started a hashtag on Twitter:

#hurtsthehomeless @trimet @LamarOOH