David Cranmer’s The Drifter Detective Volume One Foreword by Kevin Tipple The Drifter Detective by Garnett Elliott Hell Up in Houston by Garnett Elliott The Girls of Bunker Pines by Garnett Elliott Wide Spot in the Road by Wayne D. Dundee The Don Juan of Eldorado by Alec Cizak
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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 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
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 Pulp Modern website
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: 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
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”
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
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.
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.
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: 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
“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.
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.
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.