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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone & they don't have books, don't fuck 'em."--John Waters

I'm the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE DEAD LETTERS, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. Look for my next one THE LAST KIND WORDS due out May '12 from Bantam Books. Contact: PicSelf1@aol.com

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pic & the Punisher plus Another of those Damn Memes


Been parceling out the info in drips and drabs the past couple of weeks, but the paperwork has been signed and things are official now.

My story "Dolls" will appear in Punisher #75, an oversized issue featuring 4 tales that's due out in October. I know brilliant crime novelists/comic writers Charlie Huston and Gregg Hurwitz will also be in this one, so that's a serious fuckin' honor right there.

Originally Marvel wanted a 4-6 page story but my terrific editor kept giving me more and more room. The final piece will be 10 pages long, about half the length of a regular issue. All the stories had to touch on the day in Central Park when Castle's family was murdered.

"Dolls" opens as Frank is about to take a sniper shot at a mobster when a little lost girl asks him to help her find her father. It's her birthday soon and she asks if he'll buy her a present. He buys her a doll that--ding ding--reminds him of his own dead daughter. Frank only has a certain amount of time to take out his target and is torn between helping the girl and leaving her and getting back to killing the guy.

The brilliant Laurence Campbell is slated to do the artwork. A sample of his work is up top.

Total fanboy geeking out here.
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Got tagged with this four-shot meme which is going around to crime writers all over the place.

Four Movies You Can See Over and Over

Seven Beauties (fave film of all time)
The Wild Bunch
Sunset Boulevard
The Maltese Falcon

Four Places You Have Lived

There's only been two:
New York
Colorado

Four TV Shows You Love to Watch

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Dexter
The Odd Couple
Lost

Four Places You Have Been on a Vacation

Santa Fe, NM
Phoenix AZ
Quebec City, CAN
New York, New York (If I had my way this is where we'd always go).

Four of Your Favorite Foods

New York Pizza
New York bagels
Pasta Fasool (I make it better than your grandma does)
London Broil

Four Websites You Visit Daily


Four Places You Would Rather Be

Manhattan (okay, so it's a running theme)
Florence, Italy
Newport Beach, CA
1977 (so I could tell my younger self not to be such a dweeb)

Four Things You Hope to Do Before You Die

Have a New York Times bestseller
Have Hollywood woo me
Do film commentary for a film based on one of my novels
Celebrate my 83rd birthday with my 18-year old second wife Bambi (heart over the "i")

Four Novels You Wish You Were Reading for the First Time

THE DEAD FATHER by Donald Barthelme (fave novel)
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
CATCH-22 by Jospeh Heller

3 comments:

Adam Blomquist said...

I can't wait to pick up that Issue of The Punisher! I've been delinquent in my reading since Ennis left, but that issue sounds fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Nice movie picks! This would be my top 4 movies I could watch over and over again:

1) Blade Runner
2) The Usual Suspects
3) Barton Fink
4) Desperato

(And because it kills me to only list 4:

5) Unforgiven {Eastwood}
6) The Grifters
7) The Naked Gun
8) Alien

Sorry for cheating.)

T.T. Zuma

Kid Dork said...

My wife actually squeeeed! when I told her you were writing 'The Punisher'. It's the only comic she reads, which shows the sort of woman I married.