New Story: The Colombian

by Fred on 2-21-2011 ‚ 0 comments

Spinetingler published my story "The Colombian" this morning.

The sedan crunched over gravel on Marco‚s driveway. Marco squinted into the early afternoon sun. The visitor stepped out of the sedan and started down the stone steps toward the shore. Marco grimaced and turned back to his traps.

‚How‚s it going, Marco?‚ The visitor stopped at the bottom of the stairs.

‚You never visit with good news, Albright.‚

The detective smeared the sweat on his forehead. ‚Your brother‚s in trouble again.‚

Marco reset the last trap and dropped it into the water. ‚What else is new?‚

‚This won‚t go away with probation and a fine. You hear about the two city cops who got shot?‚

Read the whole thing at Spinetingler.

Historical Anachronisms in the New Sherlock Holmes Movie

by Fred on 1-6-2010 ‚ 0 comments

Guy Ritchie's blockbuster version of Sherlock Holmes may be entertaining, but there were quite a few moments when historical inaccuracies ruined my suspension of disbelief. These are just a few of them.

  • Sherlock Holmes would not have referred to cocaine as "yayo."
  • Although the characters call them "instant telegrams," Holmes is clearly reading Dr. Watson's messages on a Blackberry.
  • Oliver Cromwell did not invent the Segway.
  • Europeans did in fact call America the "New World," but not because they thought that it was literally a different planet.
  • Passenger pigeons did not have prehensile saddles. Holmes could not have ridden one from London to Edinburgh, let alone strapped a gatling gun to its breastbone.
  • The psychokinetic implant that Watson uses to set Parliament on fire with his mind was not invented until 1926.
  • When Robert Downey Jr. takes off his shirt and slowly oils his chest, the bird tattoo above the pelvis makes it obvious that his body double was Asia Argento.

New Story

by Fred on 11-14-2009 ‚ 2 comments

Beat to a Pulp posted my story "Conjugal" today. Check it out. While you're at it, check out editor David Cranmer's blog, Education of a Pulp Writer. He links to some cool stuff, like an interview with Patricia Highsmith and a documentary about Los Angeles during the time of Raymond Chandler.

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Elaine Ash for her input on "Conjugal." The folks at BTAP are a good bunch.

I'm still hard at work on the reboot of Crime and Suspense. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories. The new issue is just around the corner.

What the Hell Is Wrong with You People?

by Fred on 9-8-2009 ‚ 0 comments

Last month, the #1 search term that people used to find this site was "bound to the floor and pounded." Now that I've quoted that exact phrase in a post, maybe I'll get to see a social application of Heisenberg's principle.

The rest of the searches were mostly about tequila.

Crime and Suspense

by Fred on 9-4-2009 ‚ 1 comments

It's official. Crime and Suspense will start publishing online again with yours truly as the managing editor. We need submissions, so if you've written any stories where someone gets shot, stabbed, or mugged, check out the guidelines and let me see what you got.