- File Size: 348 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: Snubnose Press (June 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056UBJ22
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of six stories, which the publisher calls an anthology, looks like a sampler than a full anthology. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Ray Garraty
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. )
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.
I too was absolutely taken with "Plastic Soldiers" -- heartbreaking, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Mets6986
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 morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Steve Weddle
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.
Speedloader is a collection of six short stories, published by the excellent new publishers on the block, Snubnose Press. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by Luca Veste
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 morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Elizabeth A. White
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