Accidental Outlaws by Matt Phillips

Three linked crime novellas that follow working class antiheroes as they indulge in theft, murder, and lawless shenanigans. Ain’t no cops running things out this way. In “Mesa Boys,” Ronnie plots a haphazard heist with a twisted con man. In “The Feud,” tough-as-nails Rex lets his resentment for a local pot dealer cloud his judgement. […]

Three Kinds of Fool by Matt Phillips

For ex-con and pool cleaning man Jess Forsyth, life is a California rhythm of surf, work, tacos, and drink. He’s gone straight, and he’s happy with that…Sort of. When he runs into an old pal, Jess finds himself taking money (and pride) from a well-heeled drug dealer. But things get twisted. On the journey that […]

Matt Phillips

  Matt Phillips lives in San Diego. His books are Three Kinds of Fool, Redbone, and Bad Luck City. He has published crime stories across the web at Powder Burn Flash, Near to the Knuckle, Out of the Gutter’s Flash Fiction Offensive, Pulp Metal Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Manslaughter Review, and elsewhere.  

Setting In Noir Fiction: Going Nowhere Fast

by Matt Phillips Here’s what I love most about stories: They let us travel from one place to the next, from one reality to the next, without getting our asses up out of the easy-chair. Call me lazy for reading so darn much, but while I have a book open I’m walking the seedy streets […]

Issue #43 — January, 2013

THE WISDOM OF SOGHOMON By Travis Richardson When he got the call at three in the morning, Soghomon wasn’t surprised. It was inevitable. As he slipped into his Armani suit and knotted a tie, he knew Manoug would die young. At twenty-three he’d already lived longer than expected. Grabbing implements of negotiation—cash roll, drugs, and a […]

Issue #3: September, 2010

OPEN ROADS AND FREEBIRDSby JJ Kinni When I was ten I took off. The wind scooped me up and took me clear from the backwaters of Louisiana, and propelled me on a path rarely traveled. Just ten and I was already taking to my own way of living. Of course my more formative years were […]