Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Tattoo And A Review Featuring, Author Heath Lowrance

Another session on my dragon half sleeve today at Malefic Tattoos, with my daughter Sam, our apprentice, and Fabien both working on it together.

I chilled with Heath Lowrance's new novel on my iPad, City Of Heritics, just released this month by Snubnose Press.

I've been waiting on this book from Heath for a while now, and as I suspected it's been worth the wait. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's damn good, hard to put down, and kept me up late the night before.

The story is about an aging gangster named Crowe who's just out of the pen after a seven year stretch. Now back out on the streets of Memphis, he hooks up with his old crime operation to do a hit on the man who brutally murdered and mutilated the mob boss's wife.

Yeah, I'd say that guy's in a wee bit of trouble.

It was a rainy day today, a little cold and dreary, so we decided to do things up old school at the tattoo shop and broke out the bottle of maple whiskey that Fabien brought back from Quebec where he did a two week guest artist's spot at Nephtys Tattoos in Sherbrooke.

Brandy, our piercer extraordinaire, joined us and the first shot went down so smooth I had to follow it with three more. I swear to Bob we don't normally do this at the shop. Actually we never do this. But here we are drinking on the job and probably giving tattooist everywhere a bad name. Yeah, cause we didn't have that already, even though the fact is that most tattooists today are art nerds coming straight out of art school (like my daughter), and not prison the way the stereotype would have it.

Anyway, today we had more fun than being on a rooftop with an AK47 and a herd of zombies... Well, maybe not quite that much fun, but it was close.

In the chapter I'm reading in City Of Heritics, Crowe has just woken up with an old friend he finds at a club called the Cuba Libre. A beautiful black bartender named Faith who makes bacon and eggs for Crowe and serves it up with a bottle of rum for herself. Yes, for breakfast. That's what she's drinking. Rum. The last time I had rum for breakfast I was in Mexico. I'd get up with the birds, park my ass in the hot tub that overlooked the ocean, order my first of many Pina Coladas and watch the sun rise. And there I would stay for most of the day. My kind of vacation.

Heath Lowrance's first book, The Bastard Hand, is another awesome crime novel that takes place in the Mississippi where Heath has previously lived. I highly recommend this novel. It has something like thirty-one five star reviews. So, yes, people are loving it.

Heath has a collection of short stories available called Dig Ten Graves. It has over twenty five star reviews. Check out the previous Tattoo And A Review Featuring, Heath Lowrance where I talk about Dig Ten Graves.

Heath also has a very cool story in Pulp Ink 2, a collection of crime fiction, along with myself and some supremely talented crime writers that I recommend as well.

You can visit Heath at his blog Psycho-Noir where he writes about crime fiction and stuff, and learn more about his other books and stories. He's got plenty.

Cheers City Of Heretics, another impressive crime novel.

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Tattoo And A Review Featuring, Action - Pulse Pounding Tales by Matt Hilton

Today I'm at Malefic Tattoos getting inked by not only Fabien, by my daughter Sam (the kid as I affectionately refer to her), tattoo apprentice extraordinaire.

I've got Matt Hilton's Action - Pulse pounding Tales Vol 1 rocking my iPad to cope with the pain. The only thing distracting me is reading about other people's pain in this collection of deadly short crime stories about bad people doing bad things, usually to other bad people.

Did I say pain? Yes, in spite of the pharmaceuticals in my veins there is pain. The elbow and the inside of the elbow are particularly nasty places on the human body.

Look at my face in this picture. I'm being tortured. Okay, I'm lying it's not really that bad.
You can tell I'm faking and I take the drugs cause I like the buzz.

Matt Hilton put together this really cool collection of short stories in Action - Pulse Pounding Tales Vol.1 , inviting a number of other talented crime writers to contribute. The result is an impressive collection of down and dirty stories that cut a violent, blood-soaked swathe across the page. Stories that are intense and brutal and superbly written.

I particularly enjoyed Terrence P. McCauley's "Blood Moon of 1931". Gangsters in the prohibition era running around with tommy guns. Love it. The completely hypnotic and elegantly written, "Avenged: Sixfold" by Natasha Marie Thomas, the story of a serial killer cop, was another favourite of mine. I was pleased to see Paul D. Brazill's story in the mix. Always get a thrill reading some Brazill. As I was to see Irish writer K.A. Laity with her brilliant story "Chickens".

Sam and Fabien are both working me over at the same time in this shot. The savages! What a strange feeling that is. Kind of like lying on a nest of fire ants. Or disturbing a hive of killer bees--serial killer bees--with not only stingers but miniature machetes in their little insect legs. Kind of like that.
No little kitten scratches from these two, makes me wonder what I said to upset them. No wonder I resist getting tattooed. Fabien started this design more than a year ago. But now the two of them have decided that I would be the perfect canvass to collaborate on while Fabien instructs Sam on the fine art of tattooing. So I'm forced to get this piece finished.

By the way, Sam is taking appointments if you'd like to get inked. She's been tattooing for a couple of months now, getting better and better. Check out my previous post, My Daughter The Tattoo Artist and you can see the tattoo she inked on herself. Also A Tattoo And A Review With My Daughter Sam, where she reviews one of my stories.

Matt Hilton has a series of action books featuring Joe Hunter. According to Matt's website,"He's not a cop. He's not a bounty hunter. He's not a private detective."So who is he? I have no idea. You'll have to read the books. Judging from his story "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in this collection, they're guaranteed to be damn fine and worth the read. Visit Matt Hilton's website and you can find out all about it.

In the meantime, pick up Action - Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 1 on Amazon and Amazon UK. Or else. Or else I'm going to unleash the fire ants and machete wielding serial killer bees on your ass.