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11:00 am: Myths and Mobsters - Cross Posted from CSNI


I’m getting this announcement in before my co-editor lets the cat out of the bag over at Book Smugglers. Yup, I said co-editor. That’d be Mike Stone. And we’d be editing a collection of short stories. Crime fiction stories, as if you had to ask.

A while ago, I was contacted by Mark Deniz (markdeniz ), who runs the ever-growing small press Morrigan Books. He’d read some of my work and enjoyed what was happening over at CSNI. He also happened to know that Mike Stone is a good friend of mine, and as he’d wanted to work with Mike on a project for quite a while, he figured I might be able to persuade him onto this one.

Morrigan Books aims to put out the very best in dark genre fiction, and who does dark crime fiction better than the Irish? Nobody, in my opinion. And luckily, Mark was willing to accept this opinion. It left one small problem, though. How to set this collection apart from Ken Bruen’s excellent Dublin Noir and Colin Bateman’s forthcoming Belfast Nights? Well, it’s Morrigan Books, right? Morrigan is the Celtic goddess of war. Why not ask for stories with an Irish mythology theme? Why not, indeed?

We asked a bunch of writers and they all seemed intrigued. We’ve even received a number of stories already. Ken Bruen, Adrian McKinty, Garbhan Downey, Sam Millar and Tony Bailie have each sent us something. And I know Paul Charles has completed a first draft of his contribution and that Neville Thompson is working on his. We’ve also received positive interest from Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Arlene Hunt, Aifric Campbell, Lucy Caldwell, Ian McDonald and John McAllister. Me and Mike might even write something, but next to the talent we’ve attracted, we’d need to write something special to justify a place amongst it.

So, what do you think?

And if the whimsy takes you, could you suggest a title? Me and Mike are stumped. At the moment, Stuart Neville’s suggestion is in the lead; Myths and Mobsters (which I've swiped for the title of this post). Mike’s decided to run a draw in which you can win a paperback copy of his novella collection, Fourtold. Each suggestion will be entered into it and the winner picked at random. I’ll sweeten the deal by adding a crime fiction book from my collection. I’ll give the winner a choice of books after the draw. Leave your answer here, or over at Mike’s Book Smugglers piece. It should go live in about four hours.
 


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From:tammy_moore
Date:December 11th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Annals of the Four Murders
The Red Branch Club
The Red Gun Cycle
Cattle Raids
Grin of the Hound

It sounds like fun :D (I knew it existed, but not the details. I think it works)
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From:gerardbrennan
Date:December 11th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Hiya, Tammy

Nice suggestions. I think my favourite is The Red Gun Cycle.

gb
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From:tammy_moore
Date:December 11th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
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:D I like 'Grin of the Hound'. I might nick that back one day ;)
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From:gerardbrennan
Date:December 11th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Now that you've said it, I like Grin of the Hound now. You can't have it.

Nah, kidding. The Red Gun Cycle is still my favourite.

gb
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From:xjenavivex
Date:December 11th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Super sweet!
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From:gerardbrennan
Date:December 11th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Like sugar.

Thanks, MG.

gb
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From:catephoenix
Date:December 11th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations, I'm guessing it will be brilliant.
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From:gerardbrennan
Date:December 11th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I appreciate your confidence. And you're absolutely right!

Cheers

gb
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From:jerrygordon
Date:December 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I like Myths and Mobsters. Nice lineup you're cooking up!
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From:gerardbrennan
Date:December 18th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
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I kinda like it too, but while we have the opportunity, we're casting the net.

Cheers, Jerry.

gb
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