Upstart Noir Magazine is raising funds on Kickstarter. The publication plans to be "The first-of-its kind tablet magazine for the mystery, thriller and true crime genres in all mediums." Some of the best-known names in the genre are already on board, including Megan Abbott, who will serve as the magazine's Editor at Large. The Board of Advisers and contributors include Ace Atkins, Cara Black, Ed Brubaker, John Buntin, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Joel Engel, Lyndsay Faye, Sara Gran, Denise Hamilton, John Harvey, Stephen Hunter, Leslie Klinger, Denise Mina, T. Jefferson Parker, Otto Penzler, Ian Rankin, April Smith and Joseph Wambaugh.
The third issue of Blood and Tacos is out. This online and Kindle-zine is edited by Johnny Shaw, who touts this issue that "includes a schwack of fist-pumping fiction from the legendary Stephen Mertz, along with Garnett Elliott, Todd Robinson, Chris La Tray and Rob Kroese. Like you couldn't have read that on the cover. We're also featuring a great article this month on the Cannon studio and four exemplary films from same and reviewing Doomsday Warrior (specifically book 9). Finally, have a look at our new feature, Cooking Like a Tough Guy."
Crime Factory #11 is live, with Road To Perdition writer Max Allan Collins; comics-superstar Jimmy Palmiotti; a discussion of boxing pulp novels by Paul Bishop, Mel Odom and Eric Beetner; fiction by Jonathan Woods, Michael A. Gonzales, Matthew C. Funk, Michael Bracken, Robin Jarossi, John Kenyon and Nigel Bird; and much more.
The winter issue of Plots with Guns has short fiction by Eric J. Bandel, Taylor Brown, Terry Butler, Andy Henion, Erik Lundy, Dan Ray, Craig Renfroe, Rick Ripatrazone, and Tim L. Williams.
Spinetinger's latest reviews include The Prophet by Michael Koryta and the TV show Breaking Bad, and there's also Spinetingler's view on the recent revelations about fake Amazon reviews (a/k/a "sock puppets") in an essay titled "Internet Integrity and The Ethics of Review."
The editors of Near2TheKnuckle created it to provide an outlet for darker, grittier fiction. Now, they're looking for submissions for their first Kindle anthology of stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. You can still submit stories for the regular website zine, too, which at present are nonpaying, publicaton only. The editors hope to raise funds from the anthology to pump up the website zine and also offer a print anthology in the near future.
If you've got a hard-boiled or noir short story of 4,000 words or less looking for a home, Beat to a Pulp has opened its submissions again through October 15.
The "Six Questions For" blog featured Eddie Vega, Editor-in-Chief of Noir Nation, an eBook journal of high quality crime fiction, essays, and author interviews, illustrated with living art: tattoos. Vega talks about what he looks for in submissions and what he's learned about writing based on his experience as an editor.