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Carmen Jaramillo’s Long Arm

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade issue two, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

Carmen Jaramillo reaches for justice in “The Long Arm,” a tightly-crafted yarn about long- and short-term thinking—all of it bad. Rolly Walden found the Lord in Joliet. Little Mary found Rolly in a Minnesotan mining town watering hole. The only question between this pair is, “Who’s the stranger?”

And speaking of indie pulp digests, EconoClash Review’s Editor/Publisher posted the first review of The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 on Goodreads. Thanks JD!

Charles Roland’s Profski Gets It

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade issue two, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

“Profski Gets It” by Charles Roland opens with a short, gross prelude, meant to set the mood. Fortunately, this PI procedural takes off directly after, along with Profski, for New Orleans. When a Milwaukee runaway stops texting her younger sister, an infernal alarm finally triggers her parents to hire Profski, after the NOPD comes up clueless. Profski follows each new lead further into more dubious locals. Roland paints a beautifully gray picture of where second-thoughts should never let us go. An issue highlight.

Renee Asher Pickup’s Salsa Verde

Switchblade issue twoStories from Switchblade issue two, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

“Salsa Verde” by Renee Asher Pickup gives a first person account of a robbery in-progress for the spoils of an earlier heist by the narrator and her partner. Good idea, good action, and good dialogue—that’s an anaphora, the repetition of a word or phrase that begins every clause. Unfortunately, there’s one in “Salsa” too. “It’s my job to do this,” “It’s his job to do that,” recurring often enough to call attention to itself; which for me, broke the story’s otherwise natural flow.

Switchblade: Issue Seven

Switchblade No. 7William R. Soldan “The Bastard Girl of Tampa Ray” (verse)
Contents
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
Bryce Wilson “Dogfight”
R. Daniel Lester “Nowhere to Go but Dead”
Jon Zelazny “Jackass Junction”
Jack Bates “Kettle’s Wake”
Michael R. Colangelo “Tick Tock”
J.L. Boekestein “Sleep Tight Hannibal”
Mark Slade “The Last Savior”
C.W. Blackwell “Kiss for Karma”
Arthur Evans “Dead Drop”
Bill Davidson “Sister”
Nick Kolakowski “My Worst Morning Ever”

Switchblade No. 7 back coverQuick & Dirty Flash
Stephen D. Rogers “Last Day of Summer”
David Rachels “A Serial Killer Buys a Watermelon”
Scott Hallam “Choices”
Matthew X. Gomez “Queen of Vice City”

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 189 pages
Kindle $2.99

Switchblade Magazine website
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Switchblade Sixx

Switchbalde SixxThe wait is over. The print edition of Switchblade Sixx is now available, so what’re you waiting for?

Contents
William R. Soldan “Seattle” (verse)
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner

Quick & Dirty Flash
George Garnet “Down Payment”
Aidan Thorn “Hooked”
Rex Weiner “On the Way Home”

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
John Bosworth “Cold Comfort”
Mike Payne “The Vice Aisle”
Jim Thomsen “Dead Men Tell Tales”
E.F. Sweetman “The Usher”
Travis Richardson “Chowda”
Rusty Barnes “Implement of Destruction”
Scot Carpenter “Lost Girl”
Danny Sophabmisay “Road Rage”
Tom Barlow “The Bargain”
Tais Teng “The Magician’s Left Hand”
Evelyn Deshane “Violet”

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade Sixx backSwitchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Demi Cobar cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 170 pages
POD $7.99 Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Switchblade Magazine website
Switchblade Merchandise

Switchblade No. 5 April 2018

Switchblade #5 coverContents
Lisa Douglass “The Hidden” (verse)
Editor’s Corner

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
Rob Pierce “A Good Week’s Work”
Alec Cizak “Nasty Habits”
Court Merrigan “Discretion”
Danny Sophabmisay “Play Your Hand”
Tom Barlow “Chemo Queen”
Jack Bates “Daughter of Diamonds”
Rick Risemberg “The Comforter”
Tony Genova “Crossing Lines”
E.F. Sweetman “China Township, MI”
Chris McGinley “These Hills”
Robb T. White “Vanishing Girl”
Timothy Friend “Bad Dog”

Switchblade #5 back coverQuick & Dirty Flash
David Rachels “The Big Blind”
Preston Lang “Lama Todd”
Tom Andes “Lights of San Francisco”

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 190 pages
POD $7.99 Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Switchblade Magazine website

Switchblade #4

It’s always great to see the glint of Scotch Rutherford’s Switchblade, an anthology of noir. Under issue four’s red hot cover:

 

Switchblade #4 coverLisa Douglass “Members Only” (verse)
Scotch Rutherford Editor’s Corner photo by Jack Valentine
Quick & Dirty Flash Fiction
Jeffrey B. Burton “The Duck Blind”
Henry Brock “Cigarettes”
Aaron Majewski “The Dark Gleaming Blade”
J.D. Graves “Oh Sugar”
Peter DiChellis “Eternal Love”
Sharp & Deadly Short Fiction
Pearce Hansen “Seen One, Seen ‘Em All”
Nick Manzolillo “Extreme Hunting”
Max Sheridan “The Heart Handshake”
Tais Teng “Doch das Messer sieht man nicht”
Diane Deverell “Organ Trade Off”
Mike Derochick “Sunrise at the Devil’s Pulpit”
Lisa Douglass “Tumblr Girls”
Keith Rawson “So Much Love”
A.B. Patterson “White Powder, Black Leather, Grey Badges”
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade #4 back coverSwitchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photo: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 130 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Switchblade Magazine website