Monday, February 12, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Controlled Burn by, Scott Wolven

I don't remember when I first heard about Scott Wolven, but I remember getting hooked by his stories. A number of years ago, they just started popping up on all the crime fiction zines and each one was brilliant. Wolven didn't have his own blog or website and wasn't part of the crime fiction community like a lot of other writers, but he had an avid following due to the strength of his writing. Unfortunately, we haven't heard much from him in a while.

I finally tracked down a copy of Controlled Burn, his collection of short stories. Every story in this collection is great. He portrays characters at the fringes of society - convicts, ex-convicts, and people who work in cash only businesses because they're hiding from their pasts. His spare, muscular prose is engaging. And yet, like in stories like "Tigers", his language is poetic.

My favorite stories are probably "Tigers", "The Copper Kings", and "Vigilance".

If you're a fan of good writing, you should track this collection down.

Monday, February 5, 2018