Monday, September 5, 2011

Pulp Ink Review

Purged from the dark and twisted minds of some of the most talented crime writers today, Pulp Ink is an intense and dirty fusion of nefarious short stories and smack you right in the kisser flash fiction. Rising up like a carousing prize fighter in a dark alley, these stories will clobber you with an elbow smash to the noggin when you least expect it.

Sometimes you never know where you’ll end up falling in love. It could be tied to a chair in a cellar with a woman who’s got a gun to your head, and who’s nice enough to dig a bullet out of your ass, as in Jodi MacArthur’s story, Jack Rabbit Slim’s Cellar The $5 Mil Hak. This is one particular story from this amazing collection that has lodged itself inside my brain and remains there long after reading it. It’s simply a perfect story in every way. I loved it so much I’ve read it more than once.

AJ Hayes pulls no punches as he shines a light into the shadows of human trafficking in his wickedly powerful tale, Padre.

What’s a girl to do when the boy she goes to such lengths to impress, ends up rejecting her? Why Masie will show you just what ought to be done in, Your Mother Should Know, by Allan Guthrie. A truly disturbing story of young love gone wrong.

Another girl you don’t want to mess with, or make a loser out of, is Rosie, the six-foot-four arm wrestling champion in Nigel Bird’s edge-of-your-seat tale, A Whole Lotta Rosie.

Sometimes it’s best not to find missing loved ones as in Paul D. Brazill’s, The Lady & the Gimp, A Peter Ord Investigation. When a private eye is commissioned by a childhood friend to find his mother, the happy reunion turns into a bloody disaster in a taut atmospheric tale of lust and loss.

Some people take their movie watching very seriously as in the chilling, cautionary tale, A Night At The Royale by Chris F. Holm. When you behave like an insolent little jerk while people are trying to watch the show, bad things can happen.

A master thief realizes that every time he goes on a job some bizarre illness befalls his wife in Patricia Abbott’s, The Wife Of Gregory Bell. A deliciously dire story with a rather Twilight Zone mood.

What happens when a newspaper reporter shows up to a meeting with something other than the customary microphone? Chis Rhatigan spins a tense, heart-pounding and tragic story of a reporter’s experience with slipping a gear in, The October 17 Economic Development Committee Meeting.

And this is only a fistful of the fierce and raw tales that will grab you unexpectedly by the squash and send you in a spinning headlock to the pavement, then take the combat boots to your ribs. Quite simply put, Pulp Ink is some nasty good fun. Highly recommended!

Get it on Amazon for a mere $0.99!


  1. Spot on! Glad you liked the Peter Ord story!

  2. Thanks much, Julie. This is a great endorsement from a writer of your caliber.

  3. a powerful review from an agile mind. thanks. think you'd beat Rosie, by the way, but not in an arm-wrestle.