Saturday, December 18, 2010

Beat to a Pulp is Unstoppable

David Cranmer and Elaine Ash's Beat to a Pulp is on a roll lately -- but seriously, when are they ever not on a roll?

If you haven't read the latest Mystery Scene, Bill Crider gives a nice shout out to the anthology Beat to a Pulp: Round One in his review column "Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered." He highlights contributions by Paul S. Powers, James Reasoner, Robert J. Randisi, and Evan Lewis. "Don't pass up Beat to a Pulp: Round One," says Crider. You heard the man!

Ron Scheer and Farley's Bookshop also reviewed the anthology. It was a great pleasure to be able to contribute the essay "A History of Pulp" to the collection and to be included amongst so many friends and wonderful writers. Of all the pieces I've written, it is the one I am most proud of.

Not sure what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Beat to a Pulp: Round One is still available to purchase here at Amazon.

In other BTAP-related news...

Mr. Crider delivers the latest Weekly Punch. This one is called "The Quick and the Dead." With dashes of mystery, revenge, and horror, the story is wild, unpredictable, and impossible to put down. Not wanting to ruin its surprises, I'll just say that it is about a young woman with a 12-gauge shotgun on an unusual mission for vengeance.
She pushes the thought out of her mind and tries to find something to eat in the kitchen. She cannot remember when she last ate real food. She has been existing for weeks (months?) now on whatever she can scavenge from other houses, from stores. There is never much. Others who are still alive have always been there before her, and she has to be wary of them. The others are more dangerous to her than the dead.
And Mr. Cranmer himself has also been in the headlines lately. Keith Rawson, over at Day Labor, named "The Great Whydini" as the sixth best short story of the year. If you haven't read it, take a look and you'll be sure to agree with Rawson's praise. Under the pen-name Edward A. Grainer, Cranmer's latest Cash Laramie story is over at Dark Valentine. It is called "Justice Served," another terrific entry in the on-going Western series. Fingers crossed that someday soon we'll see a collection of all these stories in print. (Hint, hint, to any publishers out there...) And over at Women of Mystery, there is an interview with David about Beat to a Pulp.


  1. Your essay in the book is fine work indeed. You definitely get to be proud of that...

  2. So what are you going to write for ROUND 2?

  3. Round 2, already? Phew, I'm still punching my way through Round One!

    Yes, great Pulp overview, Cullen.

    Nik Morton


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