The Last Laugh in All Due Respect Magazine

adr 5I was very pleased to have a story in the first issue of ALL DUE RESPECT MAGAZINE and am also pretty damned chuffed to have a new one The Last Laugh in the fifth  issue. Here’s the blurb: ADR‘s heads to the Bayou with an excerpt from Steve Weddle‘s upcoming novel Broken Prayer and an interview with the Needle editor. More of the mean, gritty crime fiction we’re known for from Keith Rawson, Paul D. Brazill, Angel Luis Colón, Garnett Elliott, Gabino Iglesias, and Joe Sinisi.

ADR 5 is out now!

Exiles Guest Post: Midnight Train to Delhi by Chris Rhatigan

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My story in the EXILES  anthology is “Midnight Train to Delhi.” Unlike most of my stories, this one is based on a specific experience. My wife, Melanie, and I have lived in India for the last two years. (This is the first story I’ve written that’s set here.)

We traveled around the country in the winter of 2012. One of our favorite cities was Jodhpur. There’s an incredible fort on a hill there, a relic from the Maharaja era. The entire city is a maze of alleys lined with blue houses. The food’s great. We stayed at a wonderful guest house with a very welcoming family. We were there for about a week and got a good feel for the place. We wandered around the city frequently.

One day we got lost in the alleyways and a bunch of kids began pelting us with rocks. Not really sure why they did this. In any event, we left on a very early morning train back to Delhi. We took an auto-rickshaw to the station and the city was empty. I remember it vividly because the narrow streets always bustled with all matter of traffic–pedestrian, car, scooter, goat, cow–and it was silent and quiet on the way to the station.

We arrived at the station exhausted and mildly confused about which train to take. We were standing at a platform when a group of high school boys on a school trip came up and started talking to us. There are very few white people in India, so we tend to attract a lot of attention–usually people just want to take a photo with us, for some reason. A couple of these high schoolers wanted to practice their English with us, which was fine. But before we knew it, there was a group of about thirty boys crowded around us. One of them asked if we spoke Hindi. We said we didn’t. (This was a rookie mistake.) He started saying dirty things in Hindi to my wife. All his friends laughed. They started crowding in closer. We tried ignoring them. They surrounded us–the one guy egging the rest of them on. It was the only time while I’ve been in India that I was scared. Their teacher just walked by like nothing was happening–that guy is a spineless piece of shit.

Then a train station security guard–a woman–blew a whistle and waved a cricket bat around. The high schoolers scattered, and we took a long, relieved breath. Most of the time being a foreigner here means you’re privileged. But the status can be a double-edged sword.

The story I wrote is a composite–in part it’s this experience, in part it’s based on the stories foreigner women have told me. Single women (or women who happen to be traveling without a guy) are frequently harassed–lewd comments, groping, constant unwanted attention. It’s a real problem. And a good subject for a crime story.

Bio: Chris Rhatigan is the editor of All Due Respect. He is the author of more than fifty published short stories and the book The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other.

The Bucket List at All Due Respect

adr 1I’m more than somewhat chuffed that my story The Bucket List will be included in the upcoming debut issue of  All Due Respect magazine.

The full line up is:

Chris F. Holm
Paul D. Brazill
Walter Conley
Travis Richardson
Renee Pickup
Todd Robinson
Mike Miner

With a great pulp cover from Eric Beetner.

All Due Respect is edited by Chris Rhatigan & Mike Monson and published by Full Dark City Press.



Bits And Bobs.


… well I gave a short  REVIEW OF 2012 over at VIC WATSON’S blog … at CHRIS RHATIGAN’S DEATH BY KILLING,  I chose five of my favourite short stories of 2012 … and AJ HAYES included my flash story, RETURN OF THE TINGLER – which was at SHOTGUN HONEY- in his FIVE YOU CAN’T MISS.




Looking tasty, eh? Great cover by Steven Miscandlon. More info and cast list at Luca Veste’s Guilty Conscience.

Watch You Drown by Chris Rhatigan.

If ever there was an American equivalent of the Brit Grit writings of, say, Nigel Bird or Luca Veste, then it must be the stories in this fantastic début collection.

With Watch You Drown, Chris Rhatigan  mixes up micro fiction, flash fiction and short stories that show us slices of life that are far from cosy and that pull a tattered rug from under the protagonists without a moments notice.

Rhatigan shines a torch on people at the bottom trying to dig themselves out of a hole and only getting deeper and deeper under. People with no hope. People with messed up ideas. And people who can’t help but screw up. Crime, noir, social realism, black comedy and more. Just like in life.

Watch You Drown is a dark, realistic and funny collection of tarnished gems from a very talented craftsman. Highly recommended.

Laughing At The Death Grin! Out Now FROM Pulp Metal Fiction


Laughing At The Death Grin!

A short fiction anthology from PULP METAL MAGAZINE.

Edited by JASON MICHEL with stories from




& MORE including ME!