Spinetingler Magazine is pleased to announce the launch of Snubnose Press, an e-publisher of crime fiction.

Spinetingler Magazine has been publishing new and emerging writers since 2005. Building from that foundation Snubnose Press will seek to publish only the best in short crime fiction.  With the traditional publishing market contracting, Snubnose Press will fill this gap by publishing original anthologies, novellas and short novels.

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The debut title of Snubnose Press is an anthology of six original short stories called Speedloader. Upcoming releases will include short story collections by Patti Abbott and Sandra Seamans.

Speedloader Description:

From the trenches of WWI to the abandoned row homes of Baltimore; from a rural charnel house to the Texas-Mexican border these six stories explore the dark heart of crime fiction today.

Speedloader features stories of…

…revenge that will challenge you to a game of uncle that you may not win and will haunt those who are able to finish it.
…clashing motives on the Texas Mexico border.
…a slide into an alcoholic haze.
…a struggle with the weight of a personal choice when confronted with the sins of the past.
…getting caught up in actions far beyond one’s control.
…small crimes covered up and lost amidst larger forces.

Speedloader is six stories slammed home and ready to kill.

With all new, original stories from Richard Thomas, Nik Korpon, Nigel Bird, newcomer WD County and Spinetingler Award winners Matthew C Funk and Jonathan Woods.

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Shaken – An Appeal

Here’s a project that I’d like as many people as possible to support.  It’s a bunch of top-drawer crime writers who are trying to help out those caught up in the devestation in Japan from this year’s disaster.

You can find a personal interview over at:

One hundred percent of the royalties from this new collection of original
stories will go directly to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund administered by the Japan
America Society of Southern California. EVERY PENNY the Fund receives will go
directly to northern Japan, to rebuild shattered communities, reunite families,
help men, women, and children to get on with their lives despite dreadful loss,
and cope with the continuing threat of nuclear contamination.

collection was born out of the writers’ concern for the people in the disaster
zone. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is an attempt by writers to pool their talents
to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.

The book
contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne
Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi
Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker,
Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and
Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is
and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They’re all working at the top of their
games in this volume. SHAKEN; STORIES FROM JAPAN is art for heart’s sake, and
the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least
soothe, these terrible losses.

Not all the stories are mysteries; the
consensus was simply that all writers should submit something that touches on
Japan. Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho,
translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both
translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony
Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens.


“Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.” -George
Wendy Hornsby’s “stories are edgy, menacing, and masterful.”
Dianne Emley’s books are “Intense and hard-edged… First-rate.”
-Tess Gerritsen
“[Naomi Hirahara] is truly one of a kind.” -Chicago
“[Brett] Battles is a master storyteller.” -Sheldon Siegel
I. J.
Parker’s books are “terrifically imaginative work” -Wall Street Journal
Kuhlken’s writing is “Elegant . . . haunting, and beautiful.” -Don Winslow.

Jeffrey Siger’s work “Brilliantly explores a fascinating culture” -Leighton
“Hank Phillippi Ryan understands plotting and she writes beautifully.”
-Robert B. Parker
Adrian McKinty is “One of his generation’s leading
talents” -Publishers Weekly.
Jeri Westerson’s work is “creative and
enthralling…” -John Lescroart
“Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty
parables.” -Michael Connelly
Vicki “Doudera expertly weaves a tale of
suspense.” -Tess Garritsen
Rosemary Harris is “Hilarious” (Kirkus Reviews),
“A rising star” -Crimespree Magazine
Timothy Hallinan’s writing is
“razor-sharp, convincing, and heartbreaking.” -Gregg Hurwitz
C.J. West’s work
is “Powerful, thought provoking and massively entertaining.”
Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc novels are an “irresistible series
set in Paris.” -New York Times
“Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the
mystery pantheon.” -Scott Nicholson
[Dale]”Furutani manages a fluid mix of
cultural history and swashbuckling adventure.” -Publishers Weekly
Hammond created the “Essential guide to Hong Kong’s mind-bending films.”
-Entertainment Weekly


I found out today that my story ‘Sisterhood‘, one of the Dirty Old Town collection, has been accepted into the ‘Best Of British Crime Stories Volume 9’.  That’s
about as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned and I’m honoured to have been

Thanks to Maxim Jakubowski for all his splendid efforts.

News came the morning after I bought my first copy of
‘Best Of British Crime Stories 8’ which is an extraordinary collection. I already have
my 2 contributor’s copies, so this is one I promised to a friend for lending me
the box sets of ‘The Wire’.

In case you haven’t seen the cast list for Volume 8, then it’s about time you did.  Here they are:

Ian Rankin, Mick Herron, Denise Mina, Edward Marston, Marilyn Todd, Kate Atkinson,
Stuart MacBride, David Hewson, Alexander McCall Smith, Nigel Bird, Robert
Barnard, Lin Anderson, Allan Guthrie, A.L. Kennedy, Simon Kernick, Roz Southey,
Andrew Taylor, Sheila Quigley, Phil Lovesey, Declan Burke, Keith McCarthy,
Christopher Brookmyre, Gerard Brennan, Matthew J. Elliott, Colin Bateman, Ray
Banks, Simon Brett, Adrian Magson, Jay Stringer, Amy Myers, Nick Quantrill,
Stephen Booth, Paul Johnston, Zoë Sharp, Paul D. Brazill, Peter Lovesey, Louise
Welsh, Liza Cody, Peter Turnbull and Nicholas Royle.

Any one of those would be worth the entry fee alone, so what are you waiting for?

Other good news is that another piece has been accepted as one of 9 to be used as a stimulus for an art exhibition and a book.

Things are very exciting at Dunbar Noir, as you might imagine.

Pulp Ink also cracks on apace.  We’re at the proof-reading stage and it won’t be long
until it’s sent on to Needle Publishing for the setting up.