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)
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.
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).
Out to prove that BIGGER isn’t always BETTER, the Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt sits down with three authors of crime novellas, including one that is a publisher. S.W. LAUDEN (Crosswise), ANGEL COLON (The Fury of Blacky Jaguar) and All Due Respect’s Mike Monson (A Killer’s Love) talked about their experiences with the novella and much, much more, with Hashtag author Eryk Pruitt on March 14, 2016 a.d.
Alex Segura (Silent City, Archie Meets Kiss), Erik Arneson (Fortune) and Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust, Snow Blind) stop by to discuss “Comics in Crime Fiction” with Eryk Pruitt on THE CRIME SCENE, 02.08.16.ad.
Among the many works and authors discussed in this episode are William Gibson, Cormac McCarthy, Patricia Highsmith, THE BLACK HOOD, ARMED GUERRA, Torpedo Books, ALIAS, SCALPED, Ed Brubaker, Rob Hart, CODE NAME: BABOOSHKA, THE JADE CITY CHRONICLES, 100 BULLETS and THE WALKING DEAD.
Plus, get my thoughts on corporal punishment (NOT capital punishment.)
Authors Christa Faust (The Money Shot, Choke Hold) and Johnny Shaw (Dove Season, Big Maria) stop by The Crime Scene to talk “Sex in Crime Fiction” with Eryk Pruitt. Broadcast on January 11, 2016 a.d. Topics discussed include sex, serial killers, tropes, and much, much more.
Among the works discussed in this issue are the short film “Dinner with Holly”, The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown, Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks, Tampa by Alissa Nutting, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, “Hoosier Daddy” by Jedidiah Ayres, Dare Me by Megan Abbott, Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn, the works of Richard Prather, and a whole lot more.
Host Eryk Pruitt chats with David Terrenoire (left) and Mel Melton (center)
Durham author David Terrenoire (Beneath a Panamanian Moon) and zydeco blues musician Mel Melton (Papa Mojo and the Wicked Mojos) join Eryk Pruitt in the booth for “Music in Crime Fiction,” broadcast on December 14, 2015.
Among the topics discussed are music in crime fiction, the murder ballad, Christmas music and Christmas fiction.
Scheduled to appear was S.W. Lauden (Bad Citizen Corporation), but due to a technical difficulty on our end, this did not happen. We apologize to SW Lauden and are working to book him on a future date.
Virginia author S.A. Cosby (Trotherhood of the Blade, THUGLIT), Durham author, poet, and playwright Howard Craft (Jade City Chronicles), and (via phone) Los Angeles author and actor Danny Gardner (A Negro and an Ofay: The Tales of Elliot Caprice) [broadcast 2015-11-09] — Host Eryk Pruitt with the second episode of The Crime Scene with guests Cosby, Craft, and Gardner, discussing the intersection of race and crime fiction.
In studio, left to right: Howard Craft, S.A. Cosby, and Eryk Pruitt
Howard Craft: “Superman doesn’t come to Brooklyn.”