Saturday, March 7, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Columbus Noir

SMFS list members have been published in the new anthology, Columbus Noir. Edited by SMFS list member Andrew Welsh-Huggins, the read is part of the Akashic Noir Anthology Series. The read is available in both print and eBook formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

Tom Barlow with "Honor Guard."

Andrew Welsh-Huggins with "Going Places.”

Publisher Synopsis:

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Brand-new stories by: Lee Martin, Robin Yocum, Kristen Lepionka, Craig McDonald, Chris Bournea, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Tom Barlow, Mercedes King, Daniel Best, Laura Bickle, Yolonda Tonette Sanders, Julia Keller, Khalid Moalim, and Nancy Zafris.

From the introduction by Andrew Welsh-Huggins:

Today, Columbus is an epicenter of the opioid epidemic, awash in heroin and the even deadlier fentanyl as dealers flood the city with their wares . . .  The wealth gap in the city is growing, and Columbus is now one of the deadliest places in the state for babies trying to make it to their first birthday, even more so if their mothers are African American. These days, Columbus is a place forensic investigators are moving to. Overdoses, homicides, infant mortality: at long last, we’re finally as lethal as any big American city.
In that light (and darkness) I’m pleased to present Columbus Noir, a collection of shadowy tales from the city’s best storytellers set in neighborhoods across the metropolis. Sexual passion drives many of the stories, appropriate for a genre marked by protagonists striving for things out of their reach. Racism makes an appearance or two, as do those twin pillars of noir, greed and pride. Still, a deep appreciation of Columbus runs through the book as forcefully as the swath cut by the Olentangy after a couple of days of hard rain.

Table of Contents
Part I: Sin in Cbus
“The Satin Fox” by Robin Yocum (Victorian Village)
“Gun People” by Kristen Lepionka (Olde Towne East)
“Curb Appeal” by Craig McDonald (German Village)
“My Name Is Not Susan” by Chris Bournea (Eastmoor)
Part II: Capital Offenses
“Going Places” by Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Ohio Statehouse)
“Honor Guard” by Tom Barlow (Clintonville)
“An Agreeable Wife for a Suitable Husband” by Mercedes King (South End)
“Take the Wheel” by Daniel Best (Short North)
“The Dead and the Quiet” by Laura Bickle (Union Cemetery)
Part III: Buckeye Betrayals
“The Luckiest Man Alive” by Lee Martin (San Margherita)
“The Valley” by Yolanda Tonette Sanders (Whitehall)
“All That Burns the Mind” by Julia Keller (Ohio State University)
“Long Ears” by Khalid Moalim (North Side)
“Foreign Study” by Nancy Zafris (West Broad Street)

Watch or listen to Andrew Welsh-Huggins provide a sneak preview of Columbus Noir on All Sides Weekend: Book (WOSU, Columbus, OH NPR).
Read a feature on Columbus Noir at Columbus Dispatch.
Read a “Seven Questions with editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins” interview at Columbus Monthly.

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