The slaying of writer’s block, Backflash, 361, and podcasts

One reason I haven’t been posting much lately is because I’ve had an acute case of writer’s block. You see, I read both Backflash and 361 recently, and felt obligated to write about them. It wasn’t working. And that was stopping me from writing anything else.

361 itself was partially a product of [...]

News for week ending 2011-05-28

Sorry for being away! Should be back soon. In the meantime, new blog post: Wolf Moon by Ed Gorman http://violentworldofparker.com/?p=4679 # Nick Jones at Existential Ennui begins a series on Donald Westlake's science fiction: http://bit.ly/iRcsMl #

Review: Wolf Moon by Ed Gorman

If you’re looking at the above cover image and scratching your head, don’t worry–you’re still at The Violent World of Parker and I haven’t gone off the rails.

Ed Gorman’s Wolf Moon is a Western, but it is also noir. It certainly fits Otto Penzler’s definition that “noir is about losers” (a definition [...]

News for week ending 2011-05-14

Max Allan Collins tells a bit about saving the upcoming Westlake novel The Comedy is Finished: http://bit.ly/iZraaz # Wednesday with Wallace Stroby: http://toddritteronline.com/blog/?p=134 #

News for week ending 2011-05-07

David Corbett at Spinetingler on a novel it sounds like I simply must read, and soon: http://bit.ly/ldXZhJ # Scott D. Parker at Criminal Element–The Art of The Hunter: Parker Meets Don Draper http://bit.ly/ekgE05 # The latest news from Darwyn Cooke: http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/Boston_Comic_Con_-_Darwyn_Cooke_Panel [...]