Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let's Talk About Needle

Yesterday, the Fall 2011 issue of Needle dropped. We've got some incredible fiction in here by a whole slew of talented folks. These folks, in fact:

Michael Sheedy, Peter Morin, Michael Moreci, Alan Leverone, Nolan Knight, David James Keaton, Andrew Hook, Daniel Davis, Michael Oliveri, Stephen D. Rogers, Keith Rawson, Art Taylor and Holly West. Plus it has the conclusion of the serialized WOLF TICKETS by Ray Banks.

And last, but by no means least, we've got a previously unpublished story from the estate of deceased pulp hack extraordinaire Gil Brewer who wrote for the sorts of cheesy, over the top pulp mags of his day that we hope to emulate.

Well, with better typography, higher quality art and printing, more stringent submission requirements, and fewer exclamation points.

But other than that, we're just like them.

Okay, we really do try to keep the misogyny out. And all those ads for Spanish Fly and penis lengthening weights, too.

Anyway, none of this would be possible without the guidance of Steve Weddle, the design sense of John Hornor Jacobs and my fellow editors Naomi Johnson, Dan O’Shea, and Matt Funk.

One of the things that separates Needle from all the other magazines out there isn't the quality of the writing. Most, if not all of the writers we've had have been in other publications. They're all fantastic writers and we wouldn't have them if they weren't.

No, the thing about Needle is the production value and the philosophy behind it. John Hornor Jacobs' design and layout makes Needle stand out. This is 200 pages of nothing but fiction. No reviews, no articles. More anthology than magazine. And it's print only.

Yes, this thing is a fucking book.

So if you want to pick up a short story anthology of kick-ass noir fiction that you can't find anywhere else, pick up a copy. Hell, pick up the whole line.  You won't be disappointed.

Buy the Fall issue of Needle here.

4 comments:

Sabrina E. Ogden said...

Needle is my favorite.

nigel p bird said...

superb news. those guys do such a great job.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

That is the best cover to date. At least I think so. Going to order me a copy tonight.

BTW- Your story, "For The Children", in Needle: Summer 2010 was excellent!

Mike Dennis said...

Fall issue just ordered. Am now awaiting delivery.