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Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Fiction, A New Issue of Crime Factory, and Cool News

Lords of Flatbush,

You can read a new short fiction piece of mine called "How to Jail," out this week in Crimefactory, the excellent new journal of short fiction, reviews and interviews put out by Keith Rawson, Cam Ashley and Liam Jose.You can read it for free as a PDF, or you can also download it to Kindle or Nook.

This month's issue features some excellent crime fiction by Jed Ayres, Greg Bardsley, Kieran Shea, Sandra Seamans and Daniel B. O'Shea, as well as Liam's excellent interview with Nash Edgerton, who directed The Square, which is one of the best crime films of recent years. The film has been in limited release, but if you love great independent film you MUST find it immediately. There are also reviews by the always-excellent Peter Dragovich (the Nerd of Noir) and Jed Ayres, as well as nonfiction from South African crime writer Roger Smith and Australian Leigh Redhead that will be of particular interest to writers and aspiring writers.

Another cool piece of news is that "How to Jail" might become a short film. The excellent Paul Von Stoetzel, who made the absolutely compelling documentary "SNUFF" is looking at trying to turn my short story into a short movie, which would be awesome. Paul and his company, Killing Joke Films, have produced a bunch of prize-winning films ranging from documentary to Lovecraftian horror.

If you haven't seen it, SNUFF is an examination of the urban legend of snuff films, movies that depict actual murder on-screen. Of course it's disturbing, but it's also fascinating, chasing the increasingly elusive truth of whether such films may have been produced. (Though, for the record, the eponymous movie called "Snuff" from the seventies is a ridiculously unconvincing, if awful and unsettling, attempt to sell a poorly-shot porn film by dressing it up as real-life horror. As my filmmaker son, Dave, pointed out: "They changed camera angles in the middle of the 'murder.')

My new novel, "Wolves of Fairmount Park," is out on June 22nd! My next post will be details on the tour...

5 comments:

  1. Congrats, Dennis! I hope it happens, man!

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  2. I'd love to see it. How to Jail was a great story

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  3. Congrats on the new book, Dennis. I also loved The Square. Look for THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES from Argentina. When did we lose the ability to make movies like these?

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  4. Great stuff. You got a nice review here, BTW http://nastybrutishshort.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-jail-by-dennis-tafoya.html

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