Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hard Crackers Issue 6 Release Celebration

Join me and the other New York editors of Hard Crackers for a celebration of Issue 6. Copies will be available, and we will have mercifully short readings.

Freddy's Bar and Backroom
Sunday 3/24, 2pm
627 5th Ave, Brooklyn

From the introduction:

This is the sixth edition of Hard Crackers Magazine. Malcolm X once said about this country, “the South is everything south of the Canadian border.” In keeping with this general principle, we are tackling the South here. The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word south is “the direction to the right of one facing east.” That’s enough of that. We would rather share the Medgar Evers position, “I don’t know if I’m going to heaven or hell, but I’m going there from the South.”

If you can't make it, pick up a copy here... and once you're doing being a reader, consider becoming a contributor!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Morbid Symptoms, Part II: Attack on Rikers Island

I have published the second of six reviews chronicling the pseudonymous Fred S. Kreider’s Rikers Island Series, a horror franchise set on present-day Rikers Island. In the first installment we met narrator Nicholas Billings, a rookie guard whose scrupulous recounting of guard life at Rikers is often more grim and terrifying than the book’s horror story, constituting detailed workplace writing evincing an intimate knowledge of the island’s institutional life.

In Attack on Rikers Island, the island is beset by an army of malevolent mutant rodents, the legacy of the island's history as a landfill worked upon by forced labor in the early twentieth century.

Two down, four to go.