Crime Fiction

Short Story: GUN COVEN

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I’m pretty excited to say that my first published short story is now live over at the mighty Spinetingler Magazine. A pulpy little tale of a trolley hold-up gone bad, GUN COVEN is set in my old stomping grounds of Salem, MA. Check it out! GUN COVEN.

I hope you guys dig it!

8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE (1986)

8 Million Ways to Die 1986

This Friday, the big screen adaptation of Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones hits theaters. Liam Neeson, riding high on his action renaissance sparked by Taken, plays Block’s iconic private eye and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. It’s a damn good book and from what I’ve heard, Scott Frank’s film for the most part stays faithful and captures the grittiness and black soul of Block’s vision.

This isn’t the first time a Scudder novel has made its way to film. Back in the summer of ’86, Jeff Bridges first played him in Hal Ashby’s 8 Million Ways to Die. The adaptation had some truly solid writers behind it: Oliver Stone, David Lee Henry (Road House), and Robert Towne (Chinatown). This turned out to be the final film for Ashby, who was one of the most captivating filmmakers of the ‘70s. He was a socially conscious director whose output represents some of the most heartfelt human dramas of the era (Harold & Maude, The Last DetailBeing There).

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