Recommended Read: All Due Respect Magazine 5

adr 5The latest issue of ALL DUE RESPECT magazine is a knockout.

Edited by Chris Rhatigan and Mike Monson, ADR is proving itself to be one of the best pulp magazines on the market. Even though they publish my stuff!

The magazine opens with Broken Prayer, an atmospheric and very well written novel excerpt from Steve Weddle– who is interviewed by Jed Ayres later in the magazine. This is a very tasty slice of what is sure to be a beaut book.

Next up is Keith Rawson’s marvelous Alkaline – a delirious and blackly comic road trip. A kind of noir primal scream.

My story The Last Laugh is next, and after that is  Angel Luis Colon with the story of a gambler whose luck runs out. A classic slice of hardboiled fiction.

Garnett Elliot‘s story is as gritty as can be and a great look at life at the bottom. Great characters and a perfectly pitched ending.

Gabino Iglesias gives us a tale of waking up in a motel with a mashed up face. A cracking story, full of atmosphere, great images and cruel humour.

Joe Sinisi’s The Faces Of The Dead Ones is a brutal but touching love story which ends the magazine’s fiction section with a bang.

As usual, ALL DUE RESPECT magazine finishes with an interview- the aforementioned Weddle/ Ayres double act – and a fistful of interesting reviews of books from the likes of Donald Westlake and Nigel Bird.

The fifth issue of ALL DUE RESPECT magazine is well worth your time and cash.

Short, Sharp Interview: Jedidiah Ayres Can you pitch PECKERWOOD in 25 words or less?

Partnership between a cop and a local gangster is tested by state police, organized crime, and one low-rent douchebag with a million bad ideas.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

Last 6 months: Music – the new Neko Case, Nick Cave’s Push the Sky Away

Books – Little Boy Inside by Glenn Gray, Country Hardball by Steve Weddle, The Baddest Ass by Anthony Neil Smith, Ghosting by Kirby Gann, Corrosion by Jon Bassoff, Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya, Saint Homicide by Jake Hinkson, Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell, Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto, Carrion Birds by Urban Waite

Films – Jeff Nichols’ Mud, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Hoon-jung Park’s New World, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, Brian Jun’s Joint Body, Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright, Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, Victor Nunez’s Coastlines, Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person, David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot, Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium

Television – Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Rectify, Top of the Lake

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

Yes? No. No? Yes. Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Sure, but I’d rather write for money.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

No idea, but I’m sure that my books are lowering the average.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Very. All the immediate feedback helps me stay foc… hold on… I got message

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I was going to ask you. Who should I see about that?

Bio: Jedidiah Ayres lives in a Hardboiled Wonderland.


Top Tips: Recommended Reads

 The Rapist – Les Edgerton

The Rapist cleverly blends Camus and Jim Thompson in an existential crime novel that is as dark and intoxicating as strong Irish coffee.

Les Edgerton smartly pulls us into the corkscrew mind of Truman Ferris Pinter, a twisted man with skewed perception of the world, as his life spirals toward oblivion, like dirty dishwater down a plughole.

It reminded me of Jim Thompson’s classic Savage Night in its delirium, which can’t be bad.

A Scattering Of Ashes – Craig Douglas.

In A Scattering Of Ashes, Craig Douglas’ intense, debut  short-story collection,  we find sixteen hard-hitting tales of  well-drawn, realistic and  conflicted characters dealing with – or attempting to deal with – the stuff of life.

Life is loss, of course. Loss of hope. Innocence. Home. Family. Trust. Youth. Faith. And eventually life itself goes down the Swanee, which Douglas is clearly all too aware of.

Some of the collection’s most powerful stories:

Thunder On the Horizon– the tense tale of dystopian Britain on the verge of implosion.

Flesh and Blood – ‘Some of them would be dead by morning’ is the opening line of this hard-hitting story of soldiers in the heart of a war zone

Scargill’s Man– the aftermath of  living though civil war in Thatcher’s Britain.

The Incident At Wetzendorf Woods – an old man reflects on a harrowing wartime incident that continues to haunt him.

Homecoming – a traumatised soldier’s desperate attempts return to the dull thud of normality.

Douglas’ unflinchingly honest portraits and snapshots may not be for the delicate but this is a cracking collection.

Fierce Bitches – Jedidiah Ayres

Jedidiah Ayres Fierce Bitches is a fantastic, tense and remarkably well-written short, sharp shock of small town noir.

Small towns are dark and sinister places, of course. Claustrophobic and repressive, they are much more suited to noir than the bright lights of the big city with its limitless possibilities. Noir is for losers, after all.

So, welcome to Politoburg, a sweltering hell-hole – somewhere south of hell- where Ramon runs a dive of a cantina and a host of prostitutes, all called Maria, who service the criminal gringos that are dumped there by a big city gangster.

With echoes of Jim Thompson’s brilliant The Getaway, Fierce Bitches is just as smothering with its multiple POVs and desperate characters trying to escape the past. Or just escape.

A whip-crack of a read.

Short, Sharp Interview: Jedidiah Ayres

PDB: Can you pitch  A  F*CKLOAD OF SHORTS  in 25 words or less?

Snubnose Press collected several of my short stories including three that were the source material for the films F*ckload of Scotch Tape and Viscosity.

 PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I mostly read new books (because of the blog I write for Barnes & Noble) and Tom Piccirilli’s The Last Kind Words hit me harder than anything so far this year, but I did get a chance to catch up with James Lee Burke’s Lay Down My Sword & Shield and that was an ass-kicker.

Breaking Bad is hands-down my favorite thing on TV, though I really liked the first season of Boardwalk Empire and Archer is gleefully perverse – which I appreciate.

The Yellow Sea is probably the best movie I’ve seen this year, and The Skin I Live In just fucking rocked. I dug Rampart quite a bit, too.

 PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

I don’t… care? If you don’t read anything you may still be a decent writer (I mean, Beethoven didn’t listen to music, did he?), but it’s not likely. And if your style or voice stops developing at some point, it’s probably the end of your relevance, though it doesn’t have to be other writers that are influencing you. Todd Snider’s got a great line that keeps coming up for me: “You’re either out of control or you’re stuck.”

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Shit, yes. Novels and short stories allow the writer to be all-powerful, but there’s something exciting about collaborative efforts too. I’ve had one original screenplay produced and had a couple of my short stories adapted for film and in each case the adapting writers, actors and directors dug things out of my material that I never would have come up with. I love it when that happens -it’s a real kick in the grapes.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Of mine? Somewhere between zero and not much.

 PDB: How useful or important iare social media for you as a writer?

As a writer it’s nice to have access to the support and occasional kick in the ass that a community of like-minded folks can give you, but it’s a danger too – too many, too easily pleased people won’t help your writing improve.

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

Scott Phillips and I are publishing a second volume of the Noir at the Bar anthology series, and I should have a novella out by year’s end.