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Speedloader [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Woods , Richard Thomas , Nik Korpon , W.D. County , Matthew Funk , Nigel Bird , Sandra Ruttan , Brian Lindenmuth
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Book Description

Speedloader is the debut title of Snubnose Press.

From the trenches of WWI to the abandoned rowhomes of Baltimore; From a rural charnel house to the Texas-Mexican border these six stories explore the dark heart of crime fiction today.

Speedloader features stories of…

…revenge that will challenge you to a game of uncle that you may not win and will haunt those who are able to finish it.
…clashing motives on the Texas Mexico border
…a slide into an alcoholic haze
…a struggle with the weight of a personal choice when confronted with the sins of the past
…getting caught up in actions far beyond one’s control
…small crimes covered up and lost amidst larger forces

Speedloader is six stories slammed home and ready to kill

With all new, original stories from Richard Thomas, Nik Korpon, Nigel Bird, newcomer WD County and Spinetingler Award winners Matthew C Funk and Jonathan Woods.

Product Details

  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Snubnose Press (June 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056UBJ22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories right out of Hell September 15, 2011
By Heath
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If their first outing, Speedloader, is any indication, you'd be wise to keep your eye on Snubnose. This is six stories right out of Hell, featuring writers who know their business and don't pull their punches. It's very hard to disturb me as a reader, but a couple of the selections here had me squirming uncomfortably. So, you know... well-done, mates.
The incomparable Nigel Bird opens the collection with the gripping "You Dirty Rat", a WWI-era tale of revenge that manages to be beautifully layered and thrilling at the same time. I've not seen Bird take a misstep yet.
"Plastic Soldiers", by W.D. County, is an engrossingly disturbing story about a boy faced with the evil of monstrous adults, and forced to take a stand to save his own life and the lives of some other kidnapped boys.
Mathew C. Funk's "Cuffs", is a chilly, nerve-wracking tale about a motorist accosted by a scary cop, and it's fueled by a nice sense of paranoia and doubt.
"Mori Obscura", by Nik Korpon, is another genuinely disturbing tale, involving an ex-junkie, a kidnapped child, and some very, very bad men...
"Herniated Roots", from Richard Thomas, is a dark, somewhat depressing story about a "recovering" alcoholic trying to keep his life together, until he meets a beautiful woman who offers him either redemption... or total ruin.
And finally the awesome Jonathan Woods gives us "Crash & Burn", a wildly unpredictable story about corrupt Mexican drug cops, a slighted woman, a raped Mexican official out for revenge, and... the vice president of the United States. Written with the usual Woods flair and black humor.
So, a solid collection, and a nice mix of writers I'm familiar with and ones I'd never read before.
Very much looking forward to Snubnose re-loading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The darkest center of noir July 14, 2011
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The debut effort from Snubnose Press, a six short story collection called Speedloader, is packed full of dark material.

I hear you already: "Of course it's dark, Rhatigan. It's noir. That's French for black, moron."

And I hear that. But trust me--this is noir burned to a crisp.

Particularly W.D. County's Plastic Soldiers, which has received special attention in nearly every review I've read. For good reason, too. This is an unflinching look inside a child-rape factory through the eyes of one boy. It's riveting material and County uses the boy's toy soldiers to great effect.

Nigel Bird has a gem in here as well in You Dirty Rat, an unconventional revenge tale set during WWI. Bird has quickly gained a reputation for crafting emotionally complex and thoughtful work with fully developed characters, and this story highlights his strengths.

I've seen a lot of Richard Thomas lately (Shotgun Honey, Dirty Noir). He delivers here with the seriously depressing Herniated Roots. A recovering alcoholic finds a girl who proves to be his true love. Or the cause of his slow death. Something like that. The message that "You're screwed!" comes through loud and clear and brilliant. The character's meandering yet inevitable demise proves to be (somehow) very satisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't sit still June 29, 2011
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I only read one of these six stories before publication. PLASTIC SOLDIERS by W.D. County. After a few paragraphs, I realized I was twisting in my chair, on edge, completely uncomfortable. About halfway through, I started asking myself if I had the courage to read another paragraph. PLASTIC SOLDIERS is the most gripping, frightening, saddest, hopeful, and demanding short story I have ever read. W.D.County, whose short story MY NAME IS PRICILLA is available at, is a writer you'll want to discover and stick with as his career blossoms. I'm betting PLASTIC SOLDIERS kicks off a long list of awards for Mr. County.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took the top of my head off! June 27, 2011
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Emily Dickenson, in one of her more memorable quotes, gave her definition of what constitutes great poetry, when she said: "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?"

Well, Ms. Dickenson just described the inaugural offering of Snubnose Press, "Speedloader." It did just that to this reader--took the top of my head off. These were black, dark stories, along the lines of the best of Bukowski, and every single author wrote a masterpiece. This is writing; this is literature.

Now... give us more from these writers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some good, some great September 22, 2013
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Just one of them below the par...

Jonathan Woods novella is very very good. Would like to follow this lot ( or those which did not die, anyway. )
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth getting -- keep going for the bonus stories December 17, 2012
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I too was absolutely taken with "Plastic Soldiers" -- heartbreaking, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting.

If you're reading on the Kindle, however, there are many more good things beyond the six that are billed on the cover. "The Instrument of Their Desires" by Patti Abbott is superb. Compact, emotional, and surprising, it is just what the short-story form should be. It prompted me to get her "Monkey Justice" collection straight away.

Nigel Bird, a recent favorite of mine, offers something that can perhaps best be described as a black-humored "Paths of Glory."

I also liked the teasers for Nik Korpon's "Old Ghosts" and Eric Beetner's "Dig Two Graves." Korpon is new to me; I know Beetner from his entries in the "Fight Card Series."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a Dark Vision of the world
Speedloader is one of the darkest, grittiest collections of stories ever penned. From battlefields to tenements to soap operas in the Mexican desert, the authors of the stories... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Wilde
4.0 out of 5 stars solid anthology
This collection of six stories, which the publisher calls an anthology, looks like a sampler than a full anthology. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ray Garraty
1.0 out of 5 stars ugh
I kept reading the next chapter, thinking, hoping it was going to get better.
It never did.
Even free is too much when you consider the time you will spend reading it.
Published on April 9, 2013 by SQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely collection
Great stuff from Richard Thomas, Nik Korpon, Nigel Bird, WD County, Matthew C. Funk. and Jonathan Woods. A quality collection and great introduction to some talented writers. Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Steve Weddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Noir
Six terrific noir tales from the best up and coming writers in the genre. After reading this you will immediately seek out the rest of their work. Highly Recommended.
Published on December 28, 2011 by Edward V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, dark and edgy
Speedloader is a collection of six short stories, published by the excellent new publishers on the block, Snubnose Press. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Luca Veste
5.0 out of 5 stars The new wave of noir
Speedloader showcases the latest neo-noir talent to emerge in recent times. Comprising of six short stories touching on topics from war memorials, deranged police officers,... Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by OzNoir
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting crime fiction from an impressive group of authors
Snubnose Press is the new e-publishing arm of Spinetingler Magazine, and they've come roaring out the gate with their first offering, Speedloader. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Elizabeth A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedloader is a lethal weapon
What a nicely balanced group of stories to debut from Snubnose Press. They are companionable yet each one has a different tone, setting, style. Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by pattinase
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