Exiles Guest Post: Midnight Train to Delhi by Chris Rhatigan

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 theContinue reading “Exiles Guest Post: Midnight Train to Delhi by Chris Rhatigan”

Exiles Guest Blog: Pacific Coast Highway by James A. Newman

The story behind Pacific Coast Highway is quite simple. My friend literary critic and blogger Kevin Cummings would often tell me these stories that related back to his youth back in the States, we were both transplanted to Bangkok – Him from California, me from just outside London. We’d both been living in the FarContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Pacific Coast Highway by James A. Newman”

Exiles Guest Blog: Gardening and committing a crime – How I came to write ‘Taking out the Trash’ by Aidan Thorn

When I saw the suggestion that contributors to Exiles do a piece talking about what inspired them to write the story that we’ve contributed to the anthology I have to say I wasn’t keen. I can rarely recall what it is that inspires me to write. I always think I just write stuff that comesContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Gardening and committing a crime – How I came to write ‘Taking out the Trash’ by Aidan Thorn”

Exiles Guest Blog: Wetwork by Walter Conley

I tend to begin short stories the way Harold Pinter said he began plays: Throw a couple guys in a room (in my case, a seedy bar or U-haul truck) and eavesdrop on them. My story for Exiles, “Wetwork,” is a departure for me, as it was inspired by a location.   I’ve been drivingContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Wetwork by Walter Conley”

Exiles Guest Blog: Dullcreek by Carrie Clevenger

Homosexuality was a non-topic when I was growing up in the eighties. The ultimate ‘weird,’ and though I was never gay, I knew people who were. People I loved who suffered privately while playing a charade of heterosexuality. Boys chased after girls, who in turn were meant to be pretty for them. A prize worthContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Dullcreek by Carrie Clevenger”

Exiles Guest Blog: THE RAIN KING BY JASON MICHEL

The inspiration for my story, The Rain King, is on one level, a very simple one. It was the song Kingdom Of Rain (LINK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEcXz7b2Bk0) by Mark Lanegan and redone by Lanegan and Soulsavers. Listening to the song can speak to you more than any explanation that I could give. The story is just myContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: THE RAIN KING BY JASON MICHEL”

Exiles Guest Blog: Boxing Day in Muros by Steven Porter

I was delighted to be asked to appear in Exiles: An Outsider Anthology. I guess a lot of my writing is about outsiders, but Boxing Day in Muros seems to fit the bill perfectly. The story first appeared on the Dogmatika website, then in my own collection Blurred Girl and Other Suggestive Stories. So, likeContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Boxing Day in Muros by Steven Porter”

Exiles Guest Blog: Agent Ramiel Gets The Call by Pamila Payne

When I was asked to contribute a piece to Paul Brazill’s Exiles: An Outsider’s Anthology, I was flattered, but it also elicited a wry laugh. I’ve been a long time lurker on the fringes of this rather fluid writing community made up of outsider crime and horror authors. But I’m also appropriate to the themeContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Agent Ramiel Gets The Call by Pamila Payne”

Exiles Guest Blog: The Story Behind The Story by Chris Leek

At the time Paul asked me to contribute to Exiles I had just finished reading Ron Kovic’s powerful Vietnam memoir, Born on the 4th of July. I was also knee deep in submissions for another charity anthology; Zelmer Pulp’s Bruce Springsteen inspired noir magnum opus, Trouble in the Heartland. Those two things came together like a head on collisionContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: The Story Behind The Story by Chris Leek”

Exiles Guest Blog: Never A Vessel Large Enough by Ryan Sayles

I was honored that Paul invited me into this. That is, until I had written my first draft. After perusing it a time or two I wasn’t too enthralled with my product at all. In fact, I was so worried I wrote a turd that I actually had fleeting thoughts of bowing out of theContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Never A Vessel Large Enough by Ryan Sayles”

Exiles Guest Blog: We Are All Special Cases by Patti Abbott

In the spring of 2011, we let an apartment in Paris for two weeks. It was in the Marais district and delightful in every way except it was four flights of very uneven stairs to get to it. After a long day of seeing the sights, we would often arrive home, dead on our feet,Continue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: We Are All Special Cases by Patti Abbott”

Exiles Guest Blog: What Friends Are For by Rob Brunet

Like a lot of my stories, “What Friends Are For” is set in the country. Dirt roads and the life along them have always been a fascination of mine. One I owe to my father who grew up in rural Ontario and whose childhood home stands—to this day, I believe—on a dirt road. The story’sContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: What Friends Are For by Rob Brunet”

Exiles Guest Blog: Exiles – The short story behind the short story by Sonia Kilvington

Being a very willing exile living in Cyprus, I was delighted to be asked by Paul D. Brazill to join the ‘Exiles’ gang with a short story for the exciting, new noir crime collection. In time, I have encountered many different types of exile, some who have chosen to escape from unworkable or painful situations,Continue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Exiles – The short story behind the short story by Sonia Kilvington”

Exiles Guest Blog: Dead Man Walking by Tess Makovesky

The clue’s in the title on this one.  The story was inspired by a news report, sometime last year, from America.  A man had disappeared several years earlier and had eventually been declared dead by his relatives and/or the authorities.  Then he turned up again, alive and well, but the sting in the tale wasContinue reading “Exiles Guest Blog: Dead Man Walking by Tess Makovesky”