Interrogation—Joe Clifford

Clifford 16.2Who: Joe Clifford

What: Acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of several books, including JUNKIE LOVE, LAMENTATION, and DECEMBER BOYS, as well as editor of  TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND: CRIME STORIES BASED ON THE SONGS OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

Where: San Francisco

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

Congrats on the release of DECEMBER BOYS, your latest Jay Porter novel. What can you tell us about the latest installment in the series?

The condensed version? I like Jenny Milchman’s blurb from DECEMBER BOYS, which I think is true for all Jay Porter novels. [These novels] are about “broken people who come back swinging, achieving the kind of partial triumphs and halfway heartaches only real life―and the best writing―can depict.”

At least I hope the “best writing” part is true. The broken people and not going down without a fight part certainly is. I love Springsteen.

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Great New BCC Review From Out Of The Gutter

Always amazing to wake up and find a “Bad Citizen Corporation” review waiting. This morning I discovered this little gem from the badasses at Out of the Gutter.

Here’s a sample:

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Seriously awesome. Totally blown away. Read the whole review HERE.

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.

Some Recent Short Stories

Looking for a quick read? Here are a few of the short stories I have published in the last year.

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 in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Back In The Gutter— “Airplane Mode”

rsz_screen_shot_2015-08-08_at_125013_pm_2The Flash Fiction Offensive (at Out of the Gutter Online) was one of the first places to ever publish a short story of mine. That piece of flash was called “Dead Beats”. It features a murderous rock band on the road to a major label record deal—until the rhythm section kills a drug dealer.

After “Dead Beats” was accepted, my good friend and roving rock star Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult, Bad Astronaut,  Nerf Herder, Swingin’ Utters, et al) agreed to do a dramatic reading of it. That became the first in an audio flash series that I have been producing for TFFO/Out of the Gutter. Other installments have included “Daddy’s Girl” by Nicky Murphy, and “How I Got Into The Navy” by Travis Richardson. Today, my latest short story “Airplane Mode” went up.

The audio that accompanies “Airplane Mode” was read by LA-based mystery writer, Andrew Jetarski. Jetarski’s fiction has appeared in anthologies published by the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime (“Ladies Night” and “Last Exit to Murder“—Down & Out Books), and his story “The Sunset Premium” was featured as part of Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” series. His story “Dance Man” was a Derringer Finalist in 2014. You can find Andrew Jetarski on his website, Facebook or Twitter.

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 in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.