This week we explore the noir traditions of the nation’s second largest state. That’s right, we’ve got an episode that’s “Texas AF” with Gabino Iglesias (ZERO SAINTS), Mike McCrary (GENUINELY DANGEROUS), and Michael Pool (DEBT CRUSHER and FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS)
Rysa Walker [broadcast 2016-10-17] — Cary author Rysa Walker joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about her new book The Delphi Effect, the first in a new series from the author of the ABNA winning and bestselling CHRONOS Files, that series also being the basis of a new comic book series The Chronos Files: Time Trial.
This month, on THE CRIME SCENE, we are privileged to have S.W. Lauden guest host the show. S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been published by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine—among many others. His short story, “Customer,” will be featured in the upcoming anthology, WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: STORIES OF CRIME AND HEARTBREAK INSPIRED BY THE REPLACEMENTS (Gutter Books—Oct. 15, 2016). His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, features the adventures of a Southern California punk rock cop named Greg Salem. The second novel in that series, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published October 11, 2016.
Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and STRAWBERRY YELLOW). Books in this series have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French (September 2015 publication date).
MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next in the series, A GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE, was released in April 2015.
For more information, go to her website, www.naomihirahara.com.
Rob Hart is the author of New Yorked, nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel, as well as City of Rose and the upcoming South Village.
He’s also the publisher/COO at MysteriousPress.com and the class director at LitReactor.
Rob’s short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, All Due Respect, Thuglit, Needle, Kwik Krimes, Helix Literary Magazine, and Joyland. He’s received both a Derringer Award nomination and honorable mention in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. Non-fiction articles have been featured at LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, Mulholland Books, Criminal Element, The Literary Hub, Electric Literature, the Powell’s bookstore blog, and Nailed. South Village, the third entry in the Ash McKenna series, will be out in October 2016, followed by a fourth book in summer 2017. He’s also co-writing a novella with James Patterson as part of theBookShots program.
The music in this episode is from THE MISSION CREEPS, whose album FRIGHT NIGHT FREAK OUT was just released.
This month The Crime Scene talks about crime fiction anthologies with three guys who know what they’re talking about. James R. Tuck who edited the outlaw country crime fiction anthology MAMA TRIED, Tommy Pluck, who edited PROTECTORS 2, and Joe Clifford who edited TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND.
Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh [broadcast 2016-09-05] — San Francisco author Sabaa Tahir (in studio) and North Carolina author Renée Ahdieh (via phone) discuss their latest young adult fantasy novels, A Torch Against the Night and The Rose and the Dagger, ahead of their joint appearance at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday, September 6. For some background on Tahir and Ahdieh and their books, see my article in this week’s Indy Week.
In studio at WCOM: co-host Mur Lafferty (left) and guest author Sabaa Tahir (right).
John Claude Bemis [broadcast 2016-08-08] — Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about The Wooden Prince, the first in his new Out of Abaton series which re-casts the story of Pinocchio in a Steampunk/alchemical/magical Venetian Empire. We also talked about his Clockwork Dark trilogy for young readers, his background in teaching, and his time as the Piedmont Laureate.
Jay Posey [broadcast 2016-07-11] — Posey was last in studio for his “Legends of the Duskwalker” series, returning to talk about his new military science fiction novel Outriders (Angry Robot Books, May 3) as well as his work on the forthcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Ubisoft/Red Storm). Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Runtime: 68 minutes.
This month, THE CRIME SCENE talks “Rural Noir” with authors S.A. Cosby (Brotherhood of the Blade, THUGLIT #10, #14, and #23) and Greg Barth (Selena, Diesel Therapy, Suicide Lounge).
We talk about things we love, things we hate, and black snakes. We talk about Shawn’s trips to the outhouse. Of course, meth gets mentioned somewhere. We namedrop Jed Ayres for the tenth consecutive episode. Also mentioned are Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, Marietta Miles (Route 12), and Nicky Turner. Jamie Mason (Monday’s Lie) and Katie Estill (Dahlia’s Gone, if you can find it), and the TV shows Fargo and Justified.
This month, THE CRIME SCENE features “The Reviewer in Crime Fiction.” We’ve top-loaded the episode with the great Ben Lelievre (Dead End Follies), Renee Asher Pickup (formerly of the Books and Booze podcast) and Keith Rawson (LitReactor).
Join us while we talk about some great works and some not-so-great works, and even a dark turn into my least favorite subject: Star Wars and comic book movies. We get into it about how much we love Gabino Iglesias’ Zero Saints, or Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, and Steven Graham Jones, Jedidiah Ayres (once again), Tom Pitts (Hustle, Knuckleball), T.E.D. Kline, Andrew Vachss, and Alex Segura’s Down the Darkest Street.
Smack dab between a mess of Spring Fever, the country has been awash with Noir at the Bar of late. During a 30 day span, there will have been readings in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, and Harrisburg, PA. Catch a quick interview with Jed Ayres (Peckerwood, Fierce Bitches), who popularized N@TB’s current incarnation, then a chat with Harrisburg host Erik Arneson (Fortune), James R. Tuck (Blood and Bullets) and Ed Brock (Pale in Death).
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August 29 -- Sam presents a one-man-show of literally "live flipping" through The Big Book of Science Fiction, the definitely, gargantuan 105-story anthology recently edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
September 5 -- In advance of their September 6 "in conversation" appearance at Quail Ridge Books, YA fantasy authors Renee Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.
September 12 -- The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt presents a discussion of anthologies in crime fiction with Joe Clifford, Thomas Pluck, and James Ray Tuck Jr.
September 19 -- Debut of "The Best of Carolina Book Beat", a 2-hour sampling of past shows and highlights available in the podcast, which will run when we don't have new shows scheduled.
Further ahead: Cary author Rysa Walker, Triangle-based publisher Month9Books with publisher Georgia McBride and author Leigh Statham, and more in the works. Stay tuned!