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PULP INK by [Beetner, Eric, Holm, Chris F., Funk, Matthew C., Godwin, Richard , Farrel Coleman, Reed, Guthrie, Allan, Davidson, Hilary, Phillips, Gary]
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  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Needle Publishing (August 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HB3TDW
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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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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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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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