Guest DJ—Will Viharo

We are THRILLED to have “gonzo pulp” author Will Viharo as our Guest DJ this week! I think you’ll agree that this playlist—including everything from Henry Mancini and David Bowie, to Nina Simone and Blondie—is a great way to kick off the weekend. Who knows, it might even inspire you to mix up a cocktail or three.

emailsignatureEarlier this week, Viharo launched Thrillville Press with an announcement on Facebook: “To say the creation of my own imprint followed a circuitous path is a gross understatement. It’s basically 37 years in the making, beginning when I wrote the first draft of CHUMPY WALNUT at age 16 in 1979.”

Since then, Viharo has released several impressive books through a variety of small presses and self-publishing platforms. His two most recent releases, both from 2015, include HARD-BOILED HEART (Gutter Books) and THE SPACE NEEDLER’S INTERGALACTIC BAR GUIDE (Createspace).

The four anthologies currently available from Thrillville Press include: CHUMPY WALNUT AND OTHER STORIES; LAVENDER BLONDE and DOWN A DARK ALLEY;  A MERMAID DROWNS IN THE MIDNIGHT LOUNGE and FREAKS THAT CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE UP TO THE ROOM, and THE VIC VALENTINE CLASSIC CASE FILES (cover design by Matt Brown).

viccoverthrillvillepress1smallBut, sorry folks, Thrillville Press is not open to submissions. This is a one man show.

“Thrillville Press, like all of my artistic endeavors over the past thirty-odd (very odd) years, is purely a labor of love. I’m truly at the point where if anybody doesn’t dig who I am or what I’m about or the work I produce, it simply isn’t my problem. Self-reliance is the key to professional happiness, at least for me.”

I’ll drink to that. Cheers, Will!

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in September 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in March 2016.

Guest DJ—Andrew Hilbert

Andrew Hilbert is a writer living in Austin, TX. His poems and stories have been in numerous journals and websites since 2009. His novella, DEATH THING, was released by Double Life Press in Spring 2015.

Death ThingHere’s what Benoît Lelièvre at Dead End Follies had to say about DEATH THING in his review: “Stories like DEATH THING are the best legacy Ronald Reagan America left to the human race: grindhouse, paranoid tales of conservative America gone rogue. Not that there are several stories like DEATH THING, for it is quite unique and amorphous, but it shares a fascination with the underbelly of the Norman Rockwell revival of the late 70s, early 80s.”

Along the way, Hilbert co-founded Beggars & Cheeseburgers, has contributed articles to Austinist.com, and was a columnist at Out of the Gutter Online. He was a fiction editor for Foxing Quarterly for three issues and co-founded an audio short story website, Slagdrop. Andrew is also a founding member and creator of the weirdo-press Weekly Weird Monthly.

This week he is spinning an eclectic collection of songs ranging from The Minutemen and Parliament to Slick Rick and Townes Van Zandt.

Find Andrew Hilbert: Website and Amazon

Previous Playlists:

Guest DJ—Eryk Pruitt

Guest DJ—Tom Pitts

Guest DJ—Craig T. McNeely

Guest DJ—Angel Colon

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

29 SoCal Punk Songs

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Guest DJ—Eryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author, filmmaker and radio host. And starting today he is also a Guest DJ! Check out this amazing playlist featuring everything from Bob Dylan and Lee Hazlewood to Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and Sublime. And don’t miss our radio/podcast discussion about “Music in Crime Fiction” this Monday, Dec. 14.

The Crime SceneIf you aren’t already familiar with Eryk’s work, you’re missing out. His short fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary ReviewThuglitPulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others. In 2014, his fiction was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and also a finalist for a Derringer Award. His debut novel, DIRTBAGS, and his follow-up novel, HASHTAG, are both available now.

He wrote and produced the short film FOODIE which won eight top awards at over sixteen film festivals. Since then, he has written several others, including KEEPSAKE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview I did with Eryk Pruitt earlier this year.

ErykAuthorPhotoHow does your approach to short stories differ from your longer works?

I can write a first draft for a short story in a day. If I get the kernel of an idea, I can sit down and write and then set it aside and come back and rewrite a couple days later, then do it again… and after a couple weeks I will have a polished, fine-tuned little piece of fiction. That’s pretty rewarding. Finishing something is its own reward, and the short story allows you to reward yourself more often than you can with a novel.

Find Eryk Pruitt: Website and Amazon

Previous Playlists:

Guest DJ—Tom Pitts

Guest DJ—Craig T. McNeely

Guest DJ—Angel Colon

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

29 SoCal Punk Songs

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Guest DJ—Tom Pitts

Tom Pitts has had a busy year. He is half of the editorial team that runs The Flash Fiction Offensive for Out of the Gutter. His new monthly podcast for Authors on the Air, “Skid Row Chatter,” has had great interviews with crime fiction luminaries like Todd Robinson, Benjamin Whitmer, Jack Getze and Les Edgerton. And somehow he still found time to promote his debut novel from 2014, HUSTLE, while releasing a killer novella, KNUCKLEBALL, as a follow-up.

Knuckleball_frontcover_dress_finHere’s what Mr. Pitts had to say about KNUCKLEBALL in our interview earlier this year: “The impetus for the story came to me while I was in Golden Gate Park walking the dogs. The whole Bryan Stow thing was happening at the time. Bryan Stow was the poor bastard who was beat down at a Giants game at Dodger Stadium and to this day has never recovered. The search was on for the assailants and that afternoon a police artist’s sketch came out with an accompanying description: 5’10” Latino male. That was it. The sketch, the description, it could have been anybody. They were describing half of L.A. So I wondered … man, if you knew someone who looked even remotely like that, you could really fuck them up if you fingered them. All it would take is some hatred and a phone call.”

Tom Pitts at BoucherSo what’s next? Well, rumor has to that Mr. Pitts is sitting on two new novels that fans like myself hope will see the light of day in 2016. In the meantime, he’s on the turntables this week spinning everything from John Prine and April Wine to Johnny Thunders, Black Flag and The Replacements.

If you need more Tom Pitts in your life, you can find him on his website, Amazon and Facebook.

Previous Playlists:

Guest DJ—Craig T. McNeely

Guest DJ—Angel Colon

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

29 SoCal Punk Songs

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Guest DJ—Angel Luis Colon

THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR was easily one of the best novellas I read in 2015. Angel Luis Colon has created a kickass character who is the kind of guy you’d want on your side in a fight, but somebody you would never want as an enemy. This book is a true page-turner—fast-paced, violent and intense.

Fury BlackyWhen I heard that Blacky was making a special appearance in the upcoming “Cruel Yule” edition of Thuglit, I asked Angel to create a playlist of songs that Blacky would love. The results are up above.

Here’s what Angel had to say about the new Blacky Jaguar short story, A Very Blacky Christmas: “After busting heads and making mistakes in THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR, our titular hero finds himself down south in a town called Christmas. Trying to make an honest buck, the holidays go a little sour when Blacky runs afoul of the most feared woman in town: Krissy Kringle.”

Cruel YulePrevious Playlists:

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

29 SoCal Punk Songs

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

My 29 Favorite SoCal Punk Songs

My debut mystery novel may be named after a fictional SoCal punk band called BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, but the music that influenced this murderous story is very real.

Up above you’ll find a playlist including 29 of my favorite punk songs by SoCal bands from the 70s to the 2000s. I’m loosely defining SoCal as the region between San Diego and Santa Barbara for the purposes of this playlist. Likewise, the definition of “punk” is also pretty loose because it’s one of those words that means something different to everybody who uses it. So save your aggression for the pit, bro.

rsz_screen_shot_2015-09-08_at_101842_am-2The list currently includes Descendents, Red Cross, The Dickies, The Runaways, Circle Jerks, The Gun Club, Black Flag, X, Pennywise, The Bags, Unwritten Law, Minutemen, Face To Face, Agent Orange, War Called Peace, Lagwagon, Simpletones, Social Distortion, Adolescents, Black Randy & The Metro Squad, Wasted Youth, Germs, Rocket From The Crypt, Fidlar, Smut Peddlers, The Vandals, D.I., The Leaving Trains and Fear.

There are, of course, hundreds of other songs I could have included—and my “favorites” change from week-to-week—but I think this list would make my protagonist, Greg Salem, proud.

Take a listen and let me know what SoCal punk songs you would add in the comments below.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books on November 3, 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.