“Grizzly Season” Signings & Readings

grizzly-seasonHere’s a list of a few places you can find me in the next month or so. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say “Sup, bro?”

  • Mysterious Galaxy SD with Eric Beetner, David Moss and Dietrich Kalteis—San Diego CA, Saturday, Oct. 22 —> MORE INFO
  • Noir at the Bar LA—Los Angeles CA, Sunday, Oct. 23 —> MORE INFO
  • LitCrawl NoHo with SinC LA readers including Rochelle Staab, Tammy Kaehler, James Ziskin, Carlene O’Neil and Glen Erik Hamilton—North Hollywood CA, Wednesday Oct. 26 —> MORE INFO
  • Book Carnival signing with Tim Hallinan and Eric Beetner—Orange CA, Saturday, Nov 12 —> MORE INFO
  • WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN/Replacement Anthology Launch with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner and Jay Stringer (via Skype from Scotland) at Book Show—Los Angeles CA, Friday, Nov. 18 (NEW DATE!) —> MORE INFO

And you can also get info on where to find me at my WEBSITE.

BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published Oct. 11, 2016. His novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—Christa Faust & Gary Phillips

sketchyphilfauWho: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips—PEEPLAND co-writers

What: Christa Faust is a crime writer, pervert and pulp enthusiast whose novels include MONEY SHOT, CHOKE HOLD and HOODTOWN. PEEPLAND is her first comic series.

Born under a bad sign, Gary Phillips must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads. He was editor of the bestselling anthology ORANGE COUNTY NOIR, and co-editor of the groundbreaking BLACK PULP. Dropping the end of October from DC Comics will be his street level superhero miniseries VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND, and his collection of short stories, TREACHEROUS: GRIFTERS, RUFFIANS AND KILLERS, is also out now from Down & Out Books.

Where: Los Angeles

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Let’s start with the obvious question: How did two established West Coast-based crime authors get involved with this neo-noir comic series?

CF: Though I’ve lived in LA for more than 20 years now and love my adopted city, I still consider myself an East Coast ex-pat. I’ll always be a New Yorker at heart. Anyway, I’ve been writing for Hard Case Crime boss Charles Ardai since 2008 and have published two novels with his crime fiction imprint. He’s one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with and so when he told me he was starting a comic line, I jumped at the chance. I had this idea kicking around in my head for several years, something set in the peep booths where I worked in the late 80s. I knew that story really needed to be told through a visual medium and had considered pitching it as a TV series, but in the end somebody way more talented than me beat me to the punch with a similar concept. When this opportunity came up with Hard Case Comics, it seemed like some kind of crazy hardboiled destiny.

But I’d never written a comic script before and felt like I needed an experienced tag team partner. I knew Gary had written comics and was old enough to remember those bad old days as well as I did. Plus he’s dealt with some similar themes in his own work and seemed like a perfect match for this project. He’s the wily veteran to my mouthy rookie and together I think we came up with something more than the sum of our parts.

GP: I’ve talked about this elsewhere, but for me, I’d once visited New York back then as a teenager. Like a lot of folks my impression of the city was from films like “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” “Ms. 45,” “China Girl,” and “Alphabet City.” Films I’d see at the Tower Theater in downtown L.A., three in a row—be in there from early to late afternoon. Steeped in that kind of filmic lore, I had to jump at the opportunity to work with Christa to tell this crime tale of late ‘80s Times Square and its characters.

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It’s “Grizzly Season” Pub Day!

Grizzly Season Front CoverI’m thrilled that the second book in the Greg Salem series is available today!

The action in GRIZZLY SEASON picks up right where BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION left off—former punk musician and disgraced police officer Greg Salem is hiding out in the mountains with his sidekick Marco. They’re going for a hike, but stumble on a sophisticated marijuana growing operation run by a sociopathic cult leader who calls himself Magnus Ursus.

From there it’s all GROWL SNORT PUNCH PUNCH KICK POW POW VROOM BOOM!—set to a soundtrack of SoCal punk rock. You get the picture.

Big thanks to Tyson Cornell and the whole crew over at Rare Bird Books. And a special shout out to my editor, Elaine Ash.

I’ll also be taking the show on the road this month. You can find out about GRIZZLY SEASON signings and readings HERE.

In the meantime, here’s what a few people have had to say about GRIZZLY SEASON so far:

“Unflinching, GRIZZLY SEASON is a powder keg, a sustained, dissonant punk rock chord that shakes the reader until its final climactic cadence. Superb.”

—Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of BOULEVARD and BEAT

“Lauden’s new novel is wired with promises and threats that anything just might happen, and then it does—again and again. The furious pace never lets up. By the end you’ll be bruised by the ferocious beauty of Grizzly Season.”

Joseph Di Prisco, author of THE ALZHAMMER and THE POPE OF BROOKLYN

“GRIZZLY SEASON is a pulse-pounding, pulpy slice of LA noir that embroils an ex-cop punk-rock surfer, a lethal ‘Frankenstein’ hybrid strain of weed, and a seedy underbelly of grizzly mountain drug dealers in a break-neck thriller by S. W. Lauden that leaps off the page. A must read that echoes Raymond Chandler mixed with Kem Nunn.”

Lee Matthew Goldberg, author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR

“Whether screaming from beneath the West Coast beach waves or rising above the Pacific Crest mountain heights, the continuing adventures of Punk Rock Cop Greg Salem will indeed rip your head off in the most mellow of ways.”

Delfin Vigil, author of DEATH OF A NEWSPAPERMAN

“Sex, drugs, rock & roll…and bears. Lauden’s latest has everything you want in a great thriller.”

Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, editor, creative consultant

“I finished this book and thought of Travis McGee—that Florida Keys shaggy PI that John McDonald came up with. Or, better, Ian MacKaye as Joaquin Phoenix from Inherent Vice…”


“Hard-edged with a deft eye and ear portraying the stone cold graspers hustling for their illicit piece of the illusory rainbow, S. W. Lauden delivers the delicious jagged goods in Grizzly Season.”

Gary Phillips, author of 3 THE HARD WAY  and PEEPLAND

“The heart of Los Angeles pumps fast and hard in this modern noir mystery packed with immediate action that doesn’t stop for a beat. Lauden laces Grizzly Season with so many twists, readers won’t know what hit them.”

Anne Tibbets, author of CARRIER AND WALLED, plus EXTINCTION BIOME as Addison Gunn

rsz_bcc_coverS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, was published Sept. 2015 by Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published Oct. 11, 2016. His novella, CROSSWISE, is out now from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—S.G. Redling

fb_img_1476026447466Who: S.G. Redling

What: Author of over a half-dozen novels, including the thriller FLOWERTOWN and the sci-fi drama, DAMOCLES. A former radio host, Sheila now spends her non-writing time traveling and arguing with her cats about traveling. Her latest novel is AT RISK.

Where: West Virginia

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congrats on your fantastic new novel, AT RISK. Can you tell us a little about how this one came about?

AT RISK is a departure for me from my previous thrillers. I gravitate toward protagonists who are less traditional—women with occasionally questionable hygiene, a love of profanity, and a warm flirtation with substance abuse. (The first person who says “Write what you know” gets punched in the face.) As you know, writing is all about trying new things, pushing yourself a little farther. I didn’t know if I could write a protag who was, by all appearances, pulled together. Colleen is polite, reserved, tasteful. On the inside, however, she is a complete disaster, the core of her confidence beaten to pieces by her violent first marriage. She challenged me and surprised me.

On a sad side note, from which I promise I will pull back, I finished this book as my mother was dying. I didn’t know if I could do it. In some ways it felt as if I was writing on scabs. On the other hand, I reaffirmed that writing really is my solace. Still, there are parts of this story that feel alien to me, written by some part of me that writes on when everything else is falling apart. On the up side, I think my mother is delighted that I finally wrote a hero who is comfortable in sweater sets and pearls.

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Bouchercon 2016: A Love Letter

It was great meeting Kristin at Bouchercon 2016!

Where All Bad Kristins Go To Die

Bouchercon is one of those things that I always knew I’d get to eventually, though I had intended to make the trip maybe after I sold a book, or established myself more as a writer. This year, though, between the lure of the location and the amount of people I knew who were going, I caved and bought a ticket. Fairly late into the game, sure, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.

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Interrogation—Jay Stringer Talks Replacements

Who: Jay Stringer

What: Jay Stringer was born in 1980, and he’s not dead yet. He’s English by birth and Scottish by rumour; born in the Black Country, and claiming Glasgow as his hometown. Jay is dyslexic, and came to the written word as a second language, via comic books, music, and comedy. He writes hard-boiled crime stories, dark comedies, and social fiction. Jay won a gold medal in the Antwerp Olympics of 1920. He did not compete in the Helsinki Olympics of 1952, that was some other guy.

Jay is the author of WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW, HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE and the Eoin Miller series. He is also the editor for WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: STORIES OF CRIME AND HEARTBREAK, INSPIRED BY THE REPLACEMENTS, available Oct. 15 from Gutter Books.

Authors included in WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: Hailey Ardell, Ed Kurtz, Rick Ollerman, Alex Segura, Gorman Bechard, David Accampo, William Boyle, Johnny Shaw, Jen Conley, Angel Luis Colon, Josh Flanagan, Eric Beetner, Mike McCrary, Rory Costello, Franz Nicolay, Tom Leins, Josh Stallings, Erik Arneson, Kristi Belcamino, Manuel Royal, Eyre Price, Jerry Bloomfield, Liam Sweeney, S.W. Lauden and Jay Stringer.

Where: Glasgow

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your Replacements-inspired anthology, WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN, will be released by Gutter Books on October 15. How did this project come together?

I’d been toying with a couple of music-related ideas for years. One had been to put out a collection of short stories inspired by Lou Reed’s New York album. Another had been The Replacements. They’ve always been in the DNA of my work. Not long after Gutter Books released Joe Clifford’s Bruce Springsteen anthology, I mentioned on Facebook that I’d love to see a ‘Mats collection someday. Tom Pitts got in touch to say, well, why not right now?

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Interrogation—Erik Arneson

Who: Erik Arneson

What: His short stories have appeared in ThuglitNeedle, Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes, Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder, and many other places. THE THROES OF CRIME is his first published book. His comic book, FORTUNE, is available from Comixology, Indy Planet, and NoiseTrade.

Where: Pennsylvania

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congrats on the release of your excellent short story collection, THE THROES OF CRIME. How did this project came together?

Thank you! I’m glad you like it. This is a collection of stories that have been published by various magazines and websites, plus a handful of brand new stories.

The first thing I remember publishing was a four-page, handwritten newsletter called The Atari Times back when I was in third or fourth grade. I wrote it, my father photocopied it, and we distributed free copies to people in our development trying to drum up some subscriptions. That didn’t work—I think there might have been a second issue, but I couldn’t testify to that. But it did plant the seeds of interest in self-publishing, or indie publishing.

So when I had enough short stories ready that the collection would be a good size—it’s just under 50,000 words—my natural inclination was to compile them and put it out indie style. I’m fortunate to be married to an incredible editor, Beth, and to know a super-talented artist, Dillon Samuelson, who created the skull for the cover.

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Interrogation—Ro Cuzon

ro-cuzonWho: Ro Cuzon

What: Born in Brittany, France, Ro boxed for several years as a teenager and dropped out of high school to play guitar in a band. He has lived in France, San Francisco, the Caribbean, and Brooklyn, and finally settled in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. His fiction has appeared in Crimespree Magazine and Thuglit. He is the author of UNDER THE DIXIE MOON and UNDER THE CARIB SUN.

Where: New Orleans

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Bouchercon is coming to your town this week. What’s the BEST advice you have for first time visitors to New Orleans? More importantly, what’s the WORST advice?

I know this will be hard to do for some Bouchercon visitors in the 3-4 days they’ll be down here, but remember that New Orleans is much more than the French Quarter. Try to get out and explore the city a bit. Not getting shit-faced on Day 1 helps. If nothing else, at least ride one of the streetcars, either the classic green line along St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park, or the red one to City Park (incidentally a better place to get coffee and beignets than Cafe du Monde, at Morning Call: no wasted time waiting in line for an hour). And this is something you can do hungover or even drunk.

The worst advice would be to tell you to go explore the streets of the Quarter drunk and alone after 2 a.m. You’re bound to get robbed. Or worse.

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S.W. Lauden At Bouchercon 2016

Hey there! If you’re in New Orleans next week and want to get together for a drink, to break some bread, or to plot world domination, here are a few good places to start looking:

nb-boucheronNoir at the Bar—Bouchercon (Reading)

Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, now in LaGalleries 6 (moved from LaGalleries 4&5)

Start off your Bouchercon right with a special Wednesday Noir at the Bar speed reading event. 20 authors doing super short readings and then a FREE BOOK giveaway. It’s fast and fun and the perfect way to kick off your Bouchercon right. Spread the word. Look at that freakin’ line up!!!

Skid Row Chatter with Tom Pitts (Podcast)

Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. (Somewhere in New Orleans)

Details are sketchy, as is the host.

Down & Out Books—Fifth Anniversary Party (Reading)

Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Cosimo’s Bar (French Quarter, New Orleans)

Down & Out Books is celebrating 5 years! AND–We want to celebrate with YOU! Join us for a special night of drinks and readings featuring: James Ray Tuck (AND he will be our MC), Eric Beetner, G.J. Brown, Jen Conley, Jeffery Hess, Dana King, S.W. Lauden, Gary Phillips, Tom Pitts, Ian Truman, J.L. Abramo, Grant Jerkins and Danny Gardner.

“Born On The Bayou”—Louisiana Stories (Panel)

Saturday, 3:00pm-3:50pm, LaGalleries 6

Bill Fitzhugh (M), S.W. Lauden, Bill Loehfelm, O’Neil DeNoux, Harley Jane Kozak and Jaden Terrell

All Other Times

I’ll be the author hanging around the hotel bar. You won’t be able to miss me.

You can always get info on my whereabouts at my snazzy new author website.

BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in Sept. 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.