Recommended Read: What Happens In Reno by Mike Monson

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Matt Hodges is a failed gambler, an alcoholic and a perennial  screw-up who has a chance to sort out some of his life’s problems when he sells his late mother’s house. And, in true noir fashion, that’s when things really spiral out of control, of course.

Mike Monson’s What Happens In Reno is a spiked and lethal cocktail of booze, crime, sex, violence, misanthropy, pulp, noir and pitch black comedy. I loved it.


Recommended Read: All Due Respect Magazine 6

adr 6The sixth issue of All Due Respect Magazine is another beaut slice of pure hardboiled fiction.

You get gamblers, wrestlers, bank robbers, juvenile delinquents, drunks, and double crosses galore. Every story is a gem but Wayne Kershaw Goes to Church by C.J. Edwards is particularly good and is as noir as it gets.

The magazine is, as usual, rounded off with some terrific reviews of  some tasty crime fiction and is highly recommended.

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.

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.



Short, Sharp Interview: Mike Monson.

mike monsonPDB: Could you tell us about your latest publication?

It is called Criminal Love and Other Stories. Basically it is 23 stories — nearly all the stories I wrote from about June or July of 2012 to January or February of 2013. Seventeen of these were published either online or in anthologies.

PDB: How long did it take you to get the collection together?

Not long. I created a word file and found the perfect photo for the cover. Then, I went on Amazon and followed all the instructions. When it was first published it looked all wrong so I sought help and JW Manus was able to clean it up so it looked okay. So, maybe two days. Is that what you are asking? It took about eight months to write all the stories.

PDB: What makes criminal love different to legal love?

In the title story part of what attracts the couple to each other — both emotionally and sexually — is the excitement of the crime they are involved in with each other. So their love is tied to criminal behavior. For the entire collection I think it refers to the love of reading and writing about criminals. I mean, I really like it.

PDB: Which writers’ work do you enjoy?

Long list. Michael Connelly, Jen Conley, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Tom Pitts, George Pelicanos, Joe Clifford, Robert Ellroy, JA Kazimer, Jake Hinkson, Eric Beetner, Les Edgerton, T. Jefferson Parker, Mathew Funk, Cormac McCarthy, Chris Leek, Will Viharo, Robert Parker, Jim Thompson, Brian Panowich, CS DeWilt, Ed Kurtz, Renee Pickup, Sam Hawken, Ryan Sayles, Isaac Kirkman, Jordan Harper, Tyler Dilts, Heath Lowrence, Mike McCrary, Chris Rhatigan, Greg Barth, Joe R. Landsdale, Kevin Helmick, Christopher Cook, Chris F. Holm, Don Winslow, Jason Starr, Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Phillips, Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake, Christa Faust and on and on. I love to read and I love writers for some reason.


criminal lovePDB: Is travel important for a writer?

I don’t know if it is important because I think all it takes to write well is a great imagination and incredible desire. However, certainly, travel has a positive effect on one’s imagination.

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2013?

My novella A Scent of New Death is being edited by Tom Pitts at Gutter Books and it might come out in 2013, or later. I’m not sure. I’m also writing a new book that might become a full length novel. It is about a 40-year-old Robitussin freak who is living off of a small workers comp settlement while staying with his drug, alcohol and sex-addicted mother in Modesto. He has x-wives and  children all over and he gets caught of in some horrible criminal events related to his most recent former wife.

PDB: Where can people find out more about your writing?