Eric is an ex-con, bareknuckle boxer better known around his Chicago neighborhood as “Ugly”, who wants to shed his past and build a life with his family. But his past won’t be so easily left behind…STAY UGLY by Daniel Vlasaty.
THE GOOD BOOK by Tom Leins is an interlinked, 21-story collection that takes place between 1980 and 1993. These stories are grubby, hardboiled tales that explore the lives of desperate men, where every action has a reaction and every feud ends in carnage. If someone else wins, you lose.
Set in a tiny border town in eastern California, TRUE DARK by Mike Miner chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Murphy family, capturing a dangerous world where the lines between good and bad are blurry but the lines between family are black and white.
A moment-by-moment exploration of moral paralysis, MAN STANDING BEHIND by Pablo D’Stair charts the psyche of a random man caught in the roils of a mortal circumstance nothing to do with his own life. Is he a witness, a victim…or something altogether worse?
In THE HURT BUSINESS, Mike Miner's subject is pain. The moments captured in these stories are like car crashes, quick and violent and life changing. Fasten your seatbelts, readers, you're in for a bumpy ride.
THE DEEPENING SHADE, Stories by Jake Hinkson. In these stories and more, which range from the heartbreakingly tragic to the bizarrely funny, characters struggle violently with each other, and with themselves.
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrant Stories, edited by Chris Rhatigan and Katherine Tomlinson, is an anthology that explores immigration in poems, essays, and short stories by a diverse collection of authors who offer their own experiences, observations, and speculations.
Dan is a con man and drifter who thinks he just hitched a ride back east. Instead, he finds himself going 70-miles-an-hour with a gun pointed at his head. But instead of a bullet, he’s hit with a proposition to make some fast money…in SUNK COSTS by Preston Lang.
From gun dealers to murders to the simply self-destructive, THE THINGS I LOVE WILL KILL ME YET by Rob Pierce is filled with stories of men and women whose dreams can never take them out of their realities.
From a bank robbery gone horribly wrong to a shipwrecked man with a serious anger problem to a lonely teenage Peeping Tom, I’M NOT HAPPY TILL YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, Ryan Sayles’s second collection of stories, steam rolls along.
STREET WHISPERS: Stories by Liam Sweeny. An eclectic collection of pulp, grit and noir stories inspired by the Capital Region of New York, a rust-belt crossroads in the shadow of the city that never sleeps.
CROOKED ROADS: Crime Stories by Alec Cizak. “With fists pounding against cliché and convention, Alec Cizak creates prose that is bold…and bloody.” —David Cranmer, author of Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles, and publisher of Beat To a Pulp Books
EVERGLADE by Greg Barth. Fifth and final book in the Selena Series. “Not for the faint of heart but definitely for hardcore fans of fast paced, unrelenting pulp-noir in the fashion of nobody except Greg Barth.” —Shane D. Keene