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Random Shots

by Fred on 1-13-2009

I don't read nearly enough George Pelecanos. I just finished Shame the Devil. It starts with that classic staple of crime fiction, the heist gone wrong. Twenty pages and five dead bodies later, I was already hooked. It's as good as any Pelecanos I've read.

Where the Party's At

by Fred on 1-7-2009

I felt fortunate when I walked into El Dorado and saw Melody sitting alone at the bar. Even on the rare occasion she isn't on a man's arm, every guy in the place is elbowing for her attention. Tonight, the bar was nearly empty and Melody drank unmolested. She was casually dressed in snug jeans and an olive scoop-necked top with sleeves that barely covered her shoulders. She didn't wear much makeup. She didn't need it.

Your Dying Town Sucks

by Fred on 12-31-2008

Bob "BobServo" Mackey wrote an article about Youngstown, Ohio for Something Awful. It's unsurprisingly negative. I've chosen not to argue with it.

Unphotogenic Man

by Fred on 12-29-2008

Welcome back, true believers! When we last left our hero, he had just foiled a dastardly mugging after the culprit fainted at the sight of his driver's license. In today's episode, Unphotogenic Man becomes... The Man Who Blew to Mulch!

Beer Wine Snacks

by Fred on 12-26-2008

(Originally published in Plots with Guns, May/Jun 2003)

First Publication of 2009

by Fred on 12-26-2008

Crime and Suspense will publish my story "Loose" in its Jan/Feb 2009 issue. It's a heartfelt coming-of-age tale about a boy and his dog. Tony Burton, the magazine's editor, called it "grotesque." His check didn't bounce, so I assume he meant it as a compliment. Thanks, Tony!

Know Your Tequila

by Fred on 12-26-2008

Of all the liquors, tequila is perhaps the most misunderstood. Even hardcore alcoholics turn into shivering bitches at the prospect of doing a tequila shot. Well, I won't lie to you. Much of the malignment surrounding tequila has good reason behind it. But like all liquors (except gin), there's a time and place for it, and there's a right way to drink it. Here's a handy guide to some of the major brands of tequila, with comments on the best way to serve it, how it tastes, and what you can expect it to do to you.

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