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Scotch Rutherford and Alec Cizak preview the future of criminal takes on technology in special editions of Switchblade and Pulp Modern. Available now in print and digital.

Switchblade: Tech Noir

Switchblade: Tech Noir
Contents Page
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner
Eric Beetner “Killer App”
Callum McSorley “Baby on Board”
John Moralee “Bad Score”
Mandi Jourdan “Folie à Deux”
Hugh Lessig “Muscle Memory”
Nick Kolakowski “Night Mayor”
Alec Cizak “Post-Biological-Stress-Disorder”
Matthew X. Gomez “Galatea in the Garden of Eden”
James Edward O’Brien “Torna Nails, Mindbender”
Rob D. Smith “Sundown”
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade: Tech Noir October 2019
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover Photos: Scotch Rutherford
Cover Model: Kiana Gonzalez
5” x 8” 222 pages
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Pulp Modern: Tech Noir

Pulp Modern: Tech Noir
Contents Page
Alex Cizak: From the Editor
C.W. Blackwell “A Deviant Skin”
Nils Gilbertson “The Moderator”
Tom Barlow “Love in the Time of Silicone”
Deborah L. Davitt “Leaving Red Footprints”
Angelique Fawns “A Time to Forget”
J.D. Graves “Three, Two, One Zebra-Stripe Shake-Off”
Don Stoll “15 Minutes”
Jo Perry “Lights Out”
Zakariah Johnson “Walking Out”
Contact and Links

Pulp Modern: Tech Noir Fall 2019
Chief Editor: Alec Cizak
Guest Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Design: Richard Krauss
Cover and Interior Art: Ran Scott
Cartoons: Bob Vojtko
5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages
Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99
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Switchblade No. 11

Switchblade No. 11

Brian Beatty “The Husband” (verse)
Contents Page
Scotch Rutherford’s Editor’s Corner: Dysfunctional Relationships

Sharp & Deadly Short Fiction
George Garnet “Exotic”
Misha Burnett “Whatever Lola Wants”
Serena Jayne “Garden Variety Creeper”
John Timm “Strangers, Perfect Strangers”
J.D. Graves “Amid the Noise & Haste”
Alec Cizak “The Radical Mr. Bogota”
Robb T. White “The Alibi”

Quick & Dirty Flash Fiction
Jim J. Wilsky “A Brand New Outfit”
David Rachels “The Lady Urologist”

Switchblade Person of Interest: Alec Cizak
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade No. 11 back

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir No. 11 November 2019
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 136 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle $2.99

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Switchblade No. 10

Switchblade No. 10

Brian Beatty “Vacancies” (verse)
Contents
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner

Quick & Dirty Flash Fiction
C.W. Blackwell “For Love or Money”
Serena Jayne “The Nature of Nurture”
Eddie McNamara “Greaser Jack”

Sharp & Deadly Short Fiction
Jim Towns “Bad Coffee and the Bomb”
N.W. Barcus “Roadside Diner”
Christian Goss “Perry, the Red Haired Girl, and the Gangster”
Tim V. Decker “Exit Schulz”
Gene Breaznell “Killing Raskolnik”
Beaumont Rand “Throw the Fight”
Jim Wilsky “Can’t Win for Losing”
Timothy Friend “Last Stand at the Rough Riders Roadside Old Town & Gunfight Museum”

Switchblade No. 10 back cover

Person of Interest: C.W. Blackwell
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir No. 10
July 2019
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
Model: Lisa Douglass
5” x 8”, 174 pages
POD $7.99 Kindle $2.99

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Five-Star Edition

Switchblade issue two

Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

A solid second issue of a welcome new crime digest. The upgrade in design looks great on paper, or in pixels—but the stories are the main event. Collectively, a five-star rating, with Charles Roland’s “Profski Gets It” the standout, S.E. Bailey’s “A Talent for Killing” worth extra points, and Scotch Rutherford and Stephen D. Rogers in a dead sweat for best flash.

Quick & Dirty Flash

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

Graphic sex and violence abound in J.L. Boekestein’s “Years of Paper and Steel” appropriately kicking off this issue’s Quick & Dirty Flash section. When it boils down to a very bad existence or none at all, which would you choose?

Great to see some flash from editor Scotch Rutherford in his own magazine. A couple of “Bookie Boyz” want part of the action on the ASU campus, but does the fraternity want them? Terse and tough like a switchblade’s snick.

Stephen D. Rogers’ “Meeting the Demand’s” single page goes by in a scarlet flash of carefully minced words.

To paraphrase Woody Allen, “The rewards of a robbery are nice at the time, but a double-crossis something you alway have.” A twisted quote that seems to fit Peter Dichellis’ “Hostile Plans” in which two former partners in crime reunite with malice aforethought.

Switchblade No. 9

Switchblade No. 9

“Voodoo Spider” (verse)
Contents
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
Jack Bates
“Lucky Fuck”
Mark Slade “Death Letter Blues”
Richard Risemberg “Prisoners”
A.F. Knott “Stanley”
Stefen Styrsky “Black Flies”
Paul D. Marks “House of the Rising Sun”
J. Rohr “Unanswered Prayers”

Quick & Dirty Flash
Fred Rock
“Squaring Up With Eddie”
Glenn A. Bruce “Bobby ‘Eggs’ and Grady”
John Kojak “Going to California”

Switchblade No. 9 back

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir No. 9
May 2019
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 160 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle $2.99

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Ashley Erwin’s M&M

Switchblade issue two

Ashley Erwin will school you on the art of Mayhem and Motherfuckery in the deep, deep south,” is Editor Scotch Rutherford’s apt description of Switchblade No. 2’s final entry in the Sharp & Deadly Fiction section. A worthy entry, but its full immersion in dialect, had me double-backing every few lines to figure out what was what. The extra effort made it hard for me to dig the story’s flow.

William Dylan Powell’s Deep Ellum

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

Stanley Dunlop, deadbeat writer, is ushered back to his fleabag apartment at knifepoint by a mugger fresh out of the can in William Dylan Powell’s “A Death in Deep Ellum.” The unspoken contest of (dim) wits is entertaining and funny and ends with a neatly tied ribbon.

S.E. Bailey’s Talent for Killing

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

Rival mobs vie for territory in S.E. Bailey’s “A Talent for Killing.” Like the previous yarn (“My Brother’s Keeper by Rob T. White), the protagonist is captured and tortured, recalling the events that brought him to his deadly predicament. The horrors to come are both imminent and twisted. Bailey builds the tension in “Talent” nicely, and the opening inner monologue about killing in battle is excellent.

Rob T. White’s Brother’s Keeper

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

The protagonist in “My Brother’s Keeper” by Rob T. White, wakes to a living nightmare, bound and gagged by a couple of masked strangers intent on torture. As he drifts in and out of consciousness between sessions, he slowly pieces together a possible reason for this horror. Thankfully, there’s more to this story than its cringingly vivid action.