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PULP INK [Kindle Edition]

Eric Beetner , Chris F. Holm , Matthew C. Funk , Richard Godwin , Reed Farrel Coleman , Allan Guthrie , Hilary Davidson , Gary Phillips , Nigel Bird , Chris Rhatigan
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PULP INK is the bizarre, chaotic side of crime fiction. From an ass-kicking surfer on acid to an idiot savant hitboy, these tales are dark, funny, action-packed and told with all the gleeful insanity of a Tarantino flick.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll roll into the fetal position and beg for mercy.

So sit back. Pour yourself a cup of joe, crack a beer, tie off – whatever you need to get comfortable – and get ready for a dose after dose of pulp action.

With stories by:
Allan Guthrie
Reed Farrel Coleman
Gary Phillips
Hilary Davidson
Matthew C. Funk
Paul D. Brazill
AJ Hayes
Michael J. Solender
Richard Godwin
Naomi Johnson
Jimmy Callaway
Sandra Seamans
Patti Abbott
Jodi MacArthur
David Cranmer
Chris F. Holm
Jason Duke
Eric Beetner
Ian Ayris
Kate Horsley
Matt Lavin
Jim Harrington
Nigel Bird
Chris Rhatigan

“Pulp Ink may explore familiar territory: revenge, lust, greed, murder, betrayal and downright stupidity, but it does so unflinchingly and in its own indomitable style… This is one of the best collections of short fiction you will ever see. Grab it now: Pulp Ink is ready to thrill, chill and entertain in ways you never thought possible.” -- Julie Morrigan, author of the short story collection GONE BAD and the novel CONVICTIONS

"The writers of PULP INK were raised on Tarantino, but then went and rebelled on him like all good children do at some point. Here's the future of pulp fiction, a slice of the good stuff from those surviving the brutal sandbox of modern crime fiction and emerging, scraped and bruised, to turn around and spit in its eye." -- Anthony Neil Smith, author of HOGDOGGIN’ and YELLOW MEDICINE

"Tongue-piercings. Foot-fetishists. Murderous cinephiles. This gritty, grimy, giddy collection is as pulpy as they come, transcending the Tarantino reference material and stepping into its own. All because of a stable of home-run crime writers who know just what the hell they're doing." -- Chuck Wendig, author of DOUBLE DEAD and BLACKBIRDS

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  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Needle Publishing (August 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HB3TDW
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Tales in a Fantasttic Collection August 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Pick up this collection of stories now. It's fantastic, varied, hard hitting and at times touching. Each of these stories takes some part of the movie, Pulp Fiction, as inspiration but the talented authors let their fertile imaginations run. This creates a collection that ranges over the genre of crime fiction while remaining a coherent whole.

In Requiem for a Spider, Reed Farrel Coleman gives us the mob. Russians. Gunplay. Backstabbing. A story with so much packed into it. Best thing about it is the wise, but not always informed narrator. It's that feeling of something not quite right, but that he can't place exactly, that creates the tension that moves the story.

In You Never Can Tell, Matthew C. Funk crafts a dirty, sweaty story that oozes with setting, anger, and deceit. Mr. Funk wraps up the tale in slick fashion, giving the reader full knowledge, but never letting his characters off the hook.

In his story, Clouds in a Bunker, David Cranmer touches us with a tale about family and the frightening act that is growing old. Of course, it's not heavy handed. It's told through a tense scenario that illustrates rather than educates.

In Surf Rider, Ian Ayris weaves a trippy tale of a burned out icon and two douche bags who think they can make an easy score. I don't want to spoil it, but you can't take something from someone when it's a part of them. Even douche bags should know that.

Threshold Woman by Richard Godwin is a dirty and sexual story with a thin veneer that draws you into the heat of the players. The entire story is a mood, a feeling, and as such, though it doesn't resolve, is satisfying.

Misirlou by Jimmy Callaway is the shortest novel I have ever read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 411 on Pulp Ink August 19, 2011
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Okay, full disclosure: I (Naomi Johnson) have a story in the PULP INK anthology. Presumably this creates a conflict of interest in any attempt on my part to review it. Well, hah! I say, and hah, again! (I'd say something stronger, but I save those words for my stories and close friends. And politicians.)

Sure, this means I'm not likely to say bad things about the anthology. But it doesn't necessarily follow that the good things I'm about to say regarding PULP INK are thereby false. In fact, you can strap me to a lie detector and test my veracity: There are some exceptionally fine stories in this collection. Were that not the case, I would go to some lengths to pretend I had no part in this whole scheme, instead of parading the fact that I got a story placed in the same book as -- ahem! -- Allan Guthrie. As Reed Farrel Coleman. As Hilary Davidson. As Gary Phillips. Not to mention a host of other excellent writers whose names are not (yet) so well-known.

I'm not going to beat you over the head with details on each and every story. There are 24 of them, for crying out loud, and I can't sit here holding your hand all day long. So these are my very most ultra-favorites in this collection. Each of them alone, I promise you, is worth the $2.99 USD price of admission:

ZED'S DEAD, BABY by Eric Beetner. I've already said it in other places around the 'Net, and it bears repeating: This is a terrific story: fast-paced, tightly written, sharply focused. The protagonist, an enforcer type, is on the hunt for Zed, to do a little, uh, enforcing. But everyone says Zed is dead. Everyone has a reason to lie, too. But it isn't really enforcement until someone loses a finger, is it? This one will have you grinning wickedly and will make your thumbs ache.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Royale August 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes, I have a story in this collection but I still recommend this whipcrack of a read. There are lots of gems but favorites Include:A J Hayes' intense 'Padre',Patricia Abbott's Highsmith meets Gothic 'The Wife Of Gregory Bell',Jimmy Callaway's mini movie 'Comanche', Hilary Davidson's smart 'The Little Piggy' and the hardboiled 'Requiem For A Spider' by Reed Farrel Colman.Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed Enjoyment! September 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first picked up this collection after hearing so many good things about it and you know what? They are all true. Anthologies can be hit and miss, especially ones that "specialise" in a genre - not so with Pulp Ink.

I won't go through all the stories but suffice to say that every author brought something different to the table - revenge, sex, hitmen, greed and money. Some of the stories were told from differing POV - the criminal, the hired gun, the victim...

Certainly a collection that deserves its time in your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Took a while to work my way through this, reading it as I was as part of a plan to read a little something from all the various collections I've accumulated, but it was worth it. I enjoyed this assortment of stories very much, particularly because the variety was so broad. If you think an anthology based on PULP FICTION song titles would be something of a one-trick pony, you'd be horribly wrong. Great stuff, and I hear this editorial crew is going to put out another collection. Something worth keeping an eye open for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulp It To Me November 30, 2011
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It may be that the anthology format will be the best one for e-publishing. At least with the newer generation of pulp writers, this seems to be the best introduction to their works. I found this collection to be a quick and deadly read, perfect for my Sony e-Reader. Editors Bird and Rhatigan are to be commended for putting together a selection which is of superior quality.
The editors of Pulp Ink had a great idea: take little snippets of dialogue from Pulp Fiction the movie, send them to a host of writers working the same groove and ask them to write short stories based on the ideas. The result is this tome, a book with an edge every thousand words. I'm no Tarantino scholar (are there any?), but I do feel the vibe of his 90's classic funneled through these stories.
I will warn any potential reader that most of these tales are from the dark side. There's not to many people in them to be admired. So if you are looking for stirring stories of inspiration, look elsewhere. If you are looking for demons of the inner mind, you'll find plenty in this collection. Typical is "Zed's Dead, Baby" written by Eric Beetner. It's from the point-of-view of a loan shark enforcer who reminisces over the sound of broken bones when he'd found a reluctant payee.
Reed Coleman's "Requiem for Spider" leads the pack. It's the story of a Jewish gangster named Moe who's hired by his boyhood Italian friend Spider to help broker a deal with Russian Jewish mobsters. Spider wants his old friend to supply back-up because he's of the same persuasion. But as Moe tries to explain to his buddy:

"Oy, Spider," I said. "These guys aren't Jews the way you know Jews. They pretty much grew up godless, without religion like you know it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars something missing in this collection
of shorts.

A lot of known, good authors. A lot of known players in the genre, but, beyond some worthy exceptions, this selection has missed the point, in my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bordeaux Dogue
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable short stories.
Filled with short stories that make you wish it was a full book.
If you like stories with a dark/funny/unpredictable twist - here you go!
Published 19 months ago by Sonja Steenkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high hit ratio
Even the stories that I found to be a little wide of the mark were never less than intriguing. The ones that I enjoyed the most -- especially Naomi Johnson's -- pulled off the... Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by Mets6986
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
It's a very good book. Very vibrating reading. I recomend this book to everyone. Paul Brazil is one of the best writers of crime stories.
Published on March 1, 2012 by Gregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and terrific
Most writers who feature in this collection have hit a home run. This is an addictive collection and there's no real let down here but the best stories have been written by David... Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Jean-Benoit Lelievre
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology Bargain of the Year
PULP INK is probably the short story bargain of the year so far, if you consider sheer volume of stories as well as the quality of those stories. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The anthology of the YEAR
It was obvious to me by the time I had read the first three or four stories of this anthology that I had a problem. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Grooydaz39
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Nasty Good Fun!
Purged from the dark and twisted minds of some of the most talented crime writers today, Pulp Ink is an intense and dirty fusion of nefarious short stories and smack you right in... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Julia Madeleine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of shorts, with a fantastic prompt!
Pulp Ink is a collection of short stories based on soundtrack titles from the movie Pulp Fiction. Featuring writers of the calibre of Allan Guthrie, Eric Beetner, Ian Ayris, Paul... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Luca Veste
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