Compendium Of Cool

It's the end of July and all of you are busy doing something else than reading blogs. It's cool, I understand. It's a bit demoralizing though, so instead of pining, let me tell you about various cool things happening right now on the web. I'm getting slowly reacquainted with my Playstation these days and SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD is helping me being excited about something coming up. In this amazing trailer you can witness how over-the-top and adrenaline pumping the new game is. No need for character development in video games, it's the only medium where rhythm and badassness will suffice. 

Talking about badassness and character development, many cool books are coming up, starting next week. Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs, Crimes In Southern Indiana by Frank Bill and Hell And Gone by Duane Swierczynski are three you want to look out for. But make sure to read the first part of the trilogy Fun And Games, which I am right now (and it's pretty darn good). My good man Greg Z. from The New Dork Review Of Books has written a great post about loving fiction, but not being about to WRITE it, which prompted huge violin solos in the comments section (that was to be expected, I guess). I haven't found a way to answer without putting my foot in my mouth yet, but I'm working on it. It's going to involve talking about Breaking Bad I'm sure, but meanwhile, read it and tell me what you think. I think Greg had the balls and the humility to speak about something that's in every reader.

Writer/Blogger/Friend Heath Lowrance has started a very interesting project over at Psycho Noir. A nine parts essay on the history of hardboiled/noir. Needless to say, I'm learning a lot. Heath's been reading crime fiction for a lot longer than I did. Which, reminds me. Did you know legendary noir writer Lawrence Block was on friggin' Twitter? You should drop by and say "hi" to him. The man is awesome. He lives up to the reputation his books created for him. Talking of Tweeting cool cats, Chuck Wendig has shared with us his suggestions to put some glamor back into writing. I've been a fan of his place, Terrible Minds, for a while now and I can get behind anybody who suggests that Terry Pratchett should take a dump in Dan Brown's mailbox. By the way, Chuck has a new eBook about writing out. It's called 250 Things You Should Know About Writing. It's coming from a well traveled veteran you should trust.

The short story season is starting again. Since the blog traffic is most likely to be bad for another month, I'm gonna concentrate on this and start writing in my downtime at work again. Since I've been working in the middle of a landing strip for about a year now, I'll need killer music to keep me in the zone. I got me some Mötörhead, Anthrax and some badass Sia to help me rock out and write some badass stories. Hopefully, some turn out to be good enough for the Fall publication. Stay tuned.


I'm a pop culture blogger and author living in Montreal, Canada with my better half Josie and my dog Scarlett. I am a proud member of author collective Zelmer Pulp and have about a dozen of short stories published to my resume.


  1. You, sir, are entitled to one free beer. Thanks for the link!

  2. Hi Ben,
    Yes, I hear you man! Blog traffic has decreased on my side, too :(
    I, myself, don't have time to write since I have many projects and activities on hand. ;)
    BTW, Chuck's book, is that only offered in Kindle? I prefer books (conventional).

  3. Thanks for the shout-out. It's hard not to be happy being included in a post called "Compendium of Cool"...

  4. @Greg & Heath: No Sweat guys, I've been meaning to do a link compendium for a good while.

    @Claudia: Sadly, no. It's something self-published I think. Only way to do it for free is on Kindle.