Mark Butkus


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  • The NOIR Issue on July 13, 2011

    A blend of short fiction and shorter poetry set in the seamy underbelly of a time and place near you. The Noir Issue evokes Chandler, Hammett, their private dicks and girls gone wrong. Hell, even Keroauc's Dean Moriarty makes an appearance as two characters - Dean and Moriarty - who are looking to hit the road in Matthew C. Funk's From Death Trip to Road Trip. These five minute reads are perfect reading while waiting for the next train. The Noir Issue bring together the talents of 27 rising nouveau crime authors and visual artists in 25 chapters of graphic squalor and ambivalence. Who's been wronged? Who's gone missing? And who's just seen too many dead bodies? It won't take you long to get to the answers in these lyrical crime scene photos - the stories end while you are still blinded by the flash bulb. Read the full review at...
  • A Glimpse Beyond... on Oct. 25, 2011

    UK poet Phil Gibson can make you squirm and fear the dark while you are standing in broad daylight. The author of Apocalyptic Visions has a new - free - ebook available through Smashwords - A Glimpse Beyond. A Poe for the 21st century, Gibson's tell-tale heart is mankind's destruction of the planet that we call home. The horror of Phil's poetry is amplified by the brutal honesty of the crimes we commit against the environment and each other. From the opening lines of A Glimmer of Light through to the closing lines of the Alice Cooper induced nightmares of The Treatment Phil Gibson's EP of poems (there are but a mere five selections in A Glimpse Beyond) will have you reaching for the bedside lamp tonight...not just for light but as a weapon to ward off the demons that are sure to invade your thoughts and dreams. If it is a nightmare that you are looking for this Halloween or an excuse to alarm others put down "The Raven" and pick up Phil Gibson's e-chapbook A Glimpse Beyond. Phil's Prosperity Calls from Apocalyptic Visions exemplifies his concerns for the environment and was featured on The Bar None Group website in the summer of 2011. (This review first appeared on the Bar None Group website on October 25, 2011.)
  • A Blueness I Could Eat Forever on Sep. 30, 2013

    With an eye towards minutiae and color...especially color Jeffrey White explores moments captured in time. "A Blueness I Could Eat Forever" seems to be a cathartic exercise to clear the author's soul of the loss of his parents and of his longtime girlfriend who are remembered poetically with kindness. But there is more than loss within the words of this thin volume. A worthwhile read.