Out now … Noir Carnival !

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noir-carnivalCool publishers FOX SPIRIT have published K A LAITY‘s new anthology NOIR CARNIVAL,  and I have a ROMAN DALTON P I story in there, too, called SHE’S MY WITCH.

FOX SPIRIT have also published K A LAITY’s WEIRD NOIR anthology, which also contains a ROMAN DALTON story, BLACK MOON RISING.

This is what they said over at FACEBOOK:

‘The rough table of contents for NOIR CARNIVAL: there may be some rejiggering yet, but you can see who will be there.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Caravan ~ K. A. Laity

Family Blessings ~ Jan Kozlowski

In the Mouth of the Beast ~ Li Huijia

Idle Hands ~ Hannah Kate

The Things We Leave Behind ~ Chris L. Irvin

She’s My Witch ~ Paul D. Brazill

The Mermaid Illusion ~ Carol Borden

Natural Flavouring ~ Rebecca Snow

Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye ~ Chloë Yates

Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot ~ Alan Watson

Carne Levare ~ Emma Teichmann

Leave No Trace ~ A. J. Sikes

Fair ~ Robin Wyatt Dunn

Things Happen Here After Dark ~ Sheri White

Mister Know-It-All ~ Richard Godwin

Trapped ~ Joan De La Haye

The Price of Admission ~ Neal Litherland

Take Your Chances ~ Michael S. Chong

Young Mooncalf ~ Katie Young

The Teeth Behind the Beard ~ James Bennett’

fox spirit

It’s going to be a good un so save up yer dosh!

Short, Sharp Interview: Jan Kozlowski

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PDB: Can you pitch Die, You Bastard Die ! in 25 words or less?

Paul, I’m lucky in that I think the title says it all, but here goes: DIE, YOU BASTARD! DIE! is a down-and-dirty, grindhouse-style revenge story that registers somewhere between Misery and Last House on the Left on the EEK! meter.

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

Films: The only new one I have any interest in seeing is Seven Psychopaths, with Christopher Walken, Harry Dean Stanton, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell & Tom Waits.

Old ones saved to the permanent DVR queue: Machete, Jennifer’s Body, Secondhand Lions, Dust Til Dawn& Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2.

Television: The Walking Dead, Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Hot in Cleveland & Dave’s Old Porn.

Books: Oh, man…too many to mention! I tend to read a bunch of books at a time and right now I’m in John Skipp’s Psychos, Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows and short story collections Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, and Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels.

The books I’ve most recently finished have been: Chastity Flame by K.A. Laity, Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke and A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir edited by Megan Abbott

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

My problem with writer as reader is not so much objectivity, as it is just being able to kick back and enjoy a good read without turning into nasty editor lady. I’ve spent most of life as a writer and the last 15 years or so as a freelance editor, so just being able to relax and sink into a story without (or without noticing) grammar, typos, fact checking or plot glitches is a rare and beautiful thing.

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

Years back I had a short story that I was asked to turn into a short movie script and then that movie was shot locally. I was lucky enough to actually be on the set as a technical consultant during the shoot and I had a blast. Unfortunately the film, to my knowledge, never made it out of post-production, but it was a great experience.

It was different in that I had to get used to creating by committee and at one point on the set I thought that if I heard my own words repeated one more time

I’d scream…but all in all it was a lot of fun and I’d certainly consider doing it again if the project was right.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

As much research as I need to do to make the story credible and as factually accurate as possible. For BASTARD, I relied mostly on my own history, emotional truths and work experiences. Back in the 80’s, I was an urban EMT and I grew up in an area much like where BASTARD is set. About the only hard research I needed to do, besides finding out how long cockroaches could live underwater, was to make sure that my main character’s paramedic equipment and treatments were up to date and followed today’s protocols.

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

Social media is absolutely vital to professional writers today. It is our salon, our professional gatherings and publications, our local watering hole, our backyard fence and in many cases, our employment office.

Don’t like Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads or Pinterest or Google+ ? Too bad, if you’re going to be a professional writer, that is one who gets paid for their work, suck it up and learn how to manage it. Personally, I aspire to Jonathan Maberry’s disciplined approach of spending ten minutes of every hour on Facebook or Twitter and the other 50 minutes writing…but stuff (and fun conversations) happen. So I do the best I can and the quest for balance continues!

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012/13?

Hopefully lots and lots of writing! I’ve been busy with conferences for the past couple of months, so it will be nice to hang up my traveling shoes and concentrate on putting words on the page again. I have a new novel project that I JUST started working on and I have a couple of fun editing projects on the horizon that I’m looking forward to as well.

Bio: Jan Kozlowski is a freelance writer, editor and researcher. Her first novel DIE, YOU BASTARD! DIE! was published in 2012 by John Skipp’s Ravenous Shadows imprint. Her short horror stories have appeared in HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance and FANGBANGERS: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love, both edited by Lori Perkins, NECON EBOOKS FLASH FICTION ANTHOLOGY BEST OF 2011 and WEIRD NOIR edited by Kate Laity. Her websites are: www.jankozlowski.com and www.butshekeepsanicelawn.com

Short, Sharp Interview: K A Laity

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PDB: Can you pitch CHASTITY FLAME in 25 words or less?

KAL:  Sexy super secret agent has mad flings and chases wild things as a Norwegian mastermind and a Belgian hacker try to crash the European market.

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

KAL: I’m reading so many books! I’m deep into Vol 3 of Len Wanner’s Crime Writer Interviews, as well as Off the Record 2 which is just chock full of good stuff, same goes for my colleagues in Tales of the Nun and Dragon and I’m plunging into K. T. Davies’ The Red Knight which has massive battle scenes, quite different stuff. I haven’t been to a film since I got to NY and we don’t have television out here in the country, so we just rewatched all of Arrested Development. Steve Holt!

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

KAL: No. Wait, you wanted more than a monosyllable? I read with different levels of attention, but it doesn’t take much of an error to get me scribbling in the margins or annotating my Kindle. I hate anything that takes me out of the story.

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

KAL: I do but I’ve been so busy with prose that everything’s fallen by the wayside. Horrible to be gainfully employed all of the sudden. I’m getting so much less done.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

KAL: It varies: I used CHASTITY FLAME as an excuse to hang around my favourite spots idling: the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge. I did have to research the lounges on the Eurostar because I have no intentions of being suffocated in a tunnel under the British Channel.

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

KAL:  My lifeline! I don’t know how I’d manage without it. At any given time I am too far away from some people I love and being back in the States in the midst of a political race is a monumentally depressing thing. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends cheering me. I’m a bit of gypsy, too, so social media is how I make sure I have some place to sleep at night! 🙂

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?

KAL: My dark fiction collection UNQUIET DREAMS is out on October 4th from Tirgearr; I’m wading through the submissions for WEIRD NOIR that needs to be out in e-book form before NoirCon in November, so I am feeling the whip. I’m also stealing time to work on my next novel WHITE RABBIT which is also a kind of weird noir tale with fake psychics, a murdered trophy wife and a strange drug cult. I hope to have the first draft done before the end of the fall semester. The next CHASTITY FLAME book, LUSH SITUATION comes out in January,so there’s no let up, eh?