Manifesto Destination

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

MFI am really excited to announce the release date for Alec Cizak’s novella Manifesto Destination. On Tuesday September 17, 2013 you will be able to purchase this dark dystopian noir story from Amazon in both physical book and ebook formats. Anyone who enjoys hard boiled fiction or stories about non-traditional PIs will enjoy this book.

Alec Cizak has been writing for a long time, and writing well. If wondering the internet looking for gritty tales of crime is your thing, you probably have come across his work which has appeared in places like Beat To A Pulp and A Twist of Noir. He is the editor of the fantastic fiction magazine Pulp Modern and the driving force behind Uncle B’s Drive-In Fiction, a collection of six novellas inspired by the golden age of drive-in movies.

I first met Alec at the University of Indianapolis in a creative writing class. We were all writing paragraphs to read out loud in class. Most of the students were of the traditional type in their late teens or early twenties and read the usual romantic story beginnings about love, sunshine, and butterflies. When my turn came I cleared my throat and proceeded to read the following:

Jackie Wiggles was a street whore. The last two of her twenty-four years were spent picking up her Johns, and then nice and quick sucking the twenty, or ten, and yes sometimes even five dollar bills from their sweat-stained wallets. She had been raped twice, stabbed three times, robbed, hit by cars, arrested, and beaten up more times than she could count. Two babies and three infections later, she was the most experienced and street savvy whore on the near east side of Indianapolis.

There were several wide eyes and some stares after that, but I still don’t think that paragraph was that shocking. After class Alec came up to me and told me to submit something to the fiction webzine he had started called All Due Respect. That night I read all the stories on the site at that time and was thoroughly impressed. Over the next couple months I wrote a story that Alec would eventually publish called “The Peeper.”

Since then I have become friends with Alec and have been very impressed by his writing and his editing skills. His occasional suggestions to my own writing have been right on the money every time. Now I have the pleasure to participate in publishing some of his work.

So join us on Facebook for the online book release party on September 17. Stop in, leave some words, and do yourself a favor. Buy a book!

Full Dark City Press

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

FDC GraphicJust a quick note to all of you keeping an eye on Full Dark City Press. We experienced some issues with the original web host and transferred our site to a site. The link is listed below.

Full Dark City Press is closed to submissions at the moment because we have a number of projects we are working with which is one of the reason I have been so horribly negligent with keeping up this blog. There will be some announcements soon however, and we are looking forward to our upcoming releases.


A Memory of Light

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

A_Memory_of_Light_coverWarning, I might sound a little mushy in this post, but at least there won’t be any spoilers. I say mushy because Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is by far my favorite fantasy series that I have had the pleasure to read. Every year for over twenty years I have been eagerly awaiting the next book to come out. Yesterday I finished the last chapter in the last book of a series that will go down as one of the greatest in the genre.

I was a sophomore in high school when I first discovered book one The Eye of the World. At that stage in my reading career fantasy was still new to me. Oh I had sampled the Dragon Lance Chronicles and ripped through a couple series by David Eddings, but most of the books I found in the fantasy section of the book store read like poor reflections of Lord of the Rings or were just a little too hokey for me. Then I came across The Eye of the World.

The book store was in the tiny mall in Bismarck North Dakota. Yes I went to High School just outside of Bismarck. A private boarding school of all things, and we got to go to town every other Wednesday. Back then I pretty much sailed through a book between town nights so my first stop was almost always the Walden Books book store in the mall. I’d scoped out The Eye of the World a few times, but there had always been another book on my list. I dug the cover and finally decided to give it a whirl.

Barley a chapter in I realized this book was something different. This was something I had been searching for, and this novel began a series that drowned out anything I had read up to that point. In my opinion it remains unmatched as far as world building and only George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series has come close. One of the best highlights of Jordan’s epic work was the way he used “magic” in his story. For some reason spell casting mages and sorcerers in flowing robes have always annoyed me. Jordan’s creation had none of that and even though the story centers around the use of a “magic” system called the one power with a male and female half, it is unique and not once did it annoy me.

Another big plus for was how real the combat and violence felt. One has only to look at Jordan’s two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded a number of medals for bravery to find the source of this realism. In every violent confrontation I could feel every blow, taste the blood, and smell the sweat and fear. Jordan’s books were so real to me that for the first time I experienced reading without reading if that makes any sense at all. I would get so caught up in the story that the words became invisible and the story played out in my head like a movie. Every one of the books in this series, even the one or two that are criticized as being too slow, created this effect.

Jordan fans feared the worst when he passed away in 2007. Fortunately for us he prepared for the day that he would be unable to carry on and finish his work. I don’t know how much if any say he had in choosing Brandon Sanderson to finish the books, but he did leave copious notes, large portions of written scenes, and a detailed synopsis of how the series should end for Sanderson to use as he wrote the final books. And what a finish it was. I was a little worried about the last three books that Sanderson wrote, but it turned out to be a needless one. Straight from the prologue I was thrown into action that rarely slowed right up to the last chapter of the last book. A Memory of Light is one of the fastest paced books in the series and most of it is dominated by combat. There were also some scenes that are very emotional for true fans of the series. I will not give away anything, but Jordan’s characters, even the secondary ones, are like family to me and some scenes brought the hint of tears to my eyes.

It may sound cheesy, but The Wheel of Time has probably influenced me more as a reader, and definitely as a writer who dabbles in fantasy more and more these days, than any other series of books I have ever read. As a writer one of my goals is to someday connect with readers in the same way that Jordan did with me. It will be a life long journey, and I know I may never reach that goal. But in the end, I think just striving for it is a worthwhile way to spend a writing career.

Thank you for reading my somewhat overly found thoughts on the Robert Jordan series. Thanks to Brandon Sanderson for taking on the job of finishing the story for all of us, and the greatest thanks to Robert Jordan himself for giving us such an amazing story. I salute you sir. May you always find water and shade.

Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

fierceI know it’s still early in 2013, but I’m already calling it. Jedidiah Ayres’ novella Fierce Bitches will be one of the best books I read all year. Filled with violence on a biblical scale, Fierce Bitches shocked me with prose that borders on poetry. When I first sat down to read it, my intent was to read it a section at a time in between some of my own writing and editing. I was drawn into the story by Ayres’ carefully crafted use of language. Two hours later I was finished, stunned, and wanting more.

South of the border there is a hellish town filled with gringos on the lam and populated with a colony of desperate whores doing anything they can to get by. Fierce Bitches is an allegorical tale of survival and deliverance doled out from the most unlikely source imaginable. In addition it is filled with some pretty fierce bitches.

It is hard to explain the feeling of enjoyment this book brought. With such a bleak and brutal world you would expect it to be a little harder to get through, but the way Ayres uses language really made it impossible to put down. I got that ahhhh feeling as soon as I started reading, like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold day or a punch to the gut sugar on top. Ayres makes noir look easy, and I cannot recommend this book enough.

You can preorder Fierce Bitches now at the Crime Factory. Give it a try. I promise you’ll love it.

ADR For Sale Now!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

All Due Respect All Due Respect is here! What a pleasure it has been working on this first publication for Full Dark City Press. All the writers are fantastic and are people to watch in the future. Eric Beetner really brought it with some gritty cover art, and Chris Rhatigan edited his fingers bloody over the past few weeks. I am so excited to announce that All Due Respect the Anthology is no for sale on Kindle.

In the next few weeks it will also be released on Nook, Ipad, and in print. So if you aren’t a Kindle user, your copy is on the way. Also upcoming in 2013 is a novel by Mike Miner and a novella from across the pond from David Siddall. This year will be a busy and exciting year for Full Dark City Press.

Now come on out and support us for less than a dollar. You’ll be glad you did.

In 2010 the online crime fiction journal All Due Respect blasted its way across the internet leaving a trail of blood and mayhem. Written by some of the best up and coming authors on the crime fiction scene, the stories inside this volume will leave you breathless. A few of them may even make you sick to your stomach and then double check all your doors and windows before you go to sleep. These pages are filled with thugs, grifters, dope dealers, and killers who make no apologies about who they are or what they do. All Due Respect is about crime, not the solving of crime, not the bemoaning of crime, just the bad things that bad people do. So pull up a chair, grab a drink, and keep an eye on that guy in the corner as you read All Due Respect.

Highlighting lowlifes in hardboiled homilies – these stories stick it in and break it off. Tender as a brick, subtle as a Molotov Cocktail. – Jedidiah Ayres author of Fierce Bitches

ALL DUE RESPECT is the sort of anthology you dole out to yourself piecemeal. You read “Even Sven” and then shake your head, looking off into the distance, trying to make sure you start breathing again. You read Matt Funk and Patti Abbott the way you eat a good meal in that restaurant you go to for your anniversary. You savor the characters, the plot undertones. When a Joe Clifford character says that something “tastes like a cat’s ass,” you nod that, yeah, that character probably has that experience. Full of great stories from David Cranmer, Thomas Brown, Fiona Johnson, Ryan Sayles and more, ALL DUE RESPECT is a book you’ll read a story at a time, maybe one a night, like that after-dinner drink you can’t put down.

Steve Weddle, editor, NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir

All Due Respect

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 by C. J. Edwards

All Due Respect Full Dark City Press is about to release our first publication, and I can’t be more excited about it. All Due Respect has made a name for itself as a hard hitting crime fiction publication. As the website says, these are not stories bemoaning crime or solving crime. They are about criminals doing bad things and boy does this e-zine get it right. ADR has blown me away every month with stories about people we all hope we never have to meet.

The anthology has pulled stories from the website as well as some original work that will be seen in this collection for the first time. The stories are dark, seedy, and populated by some pretty desperate and sick individuals. FDC Press is proud to publish this collection and share it with the world. The e-book will be available in the next couple of weeks, and a print edition will follow.

The cover was created for us by the very talented Eric Beetner, and below is the lineup of authors who splattered their guts onto the page to write these short stories for your enjoyment. It’s a pretty sick lineup, and we hope you’ll like it.

Joe Clifford, Tom Hoisington, Mike Toomey, Erin Cole, Stephen D. Rogers, Scotch Rutherford, Patricia Abbott, Nigel Bird, Andrez Bergen, Benedict J. Jones, Garnett Elliott, Alec Cizak, Christopher Grant, Gary Clifton, Jack Bates, Ryan Sayles, Tom Pitts, Pete Risley, CJ Edwards, Jim Wilsky, Chris Leek, Richard Godwin, Mark Joseph Kiewlak, Mike Monson, Tyler M. Mathis, Matthew C. Funk, Fiona Johnson, Ron T. Brown, David Cranmer

Frank Sinatra In A Blender by Matthew McBride

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by C. J. Edwards

FrankSo I feel a little guilty for a couple of reasons. First, because it has been so long since I’ve posted anything on this here blog. About every week during the last few months I kept meaning to get some irresistible posts out there but just haven’t for one reason or another. The second reason is that I read a book back in September that impressed the hell out of me and I am only now just posting about it. So with all due apologies to those of you who actually read my random thoughts, here is what I thought of Frank Sinatra In A Blender by Matthew McBride.

I was first introduced to Matthew McBride’s writing when I was invited to a Noir At The Bar hosted by Frank Bill and Jedidiah Ayres. McBride read his story The Tar Hole from Noir At The Bar’s second collection of short stories. The Tar Hole is the shit and is both funny and disturbing from one paragraph to the next. By the end I knew I was going to have to grab his brand new novel Frank Sinatra In A Blender.

I was not disappointed. FSIAB is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It takes the hardboiled detective story, kicks its ass, and drags it into the 21st Century. McBride is Chandler, Hammett, and Himes all grown up in 2012. His character Nick Valentine, armed with a sawed off shotgun and a chainsaw, is a real son of a bitch that you can’t help but root for in this alcohol and oxy fueled jaunt through the streets of St. Louis filled with bank robberies and murder. Also, it has a cute pooch named Frank Sinatra, what a kick ass name for a dog.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that McBride has been gifted with the ability to make you cringe and laugh all at the same time. FSIAB is filled with great one-liners alongside disturbing images of violence that complement each other creating a fantastic and exciting read. The best of these is the best description of a mustache I have ever read. For this line alone you should put this book at the top of your reading list.

From what I understand, McBride has completed his second novel and it sound like it will be just as good if not better than the first. I for one will be itching to get my hands on it as soon as it appears.