My latest publication is another crime story: yes, that seems to be my groove now. I’m even going to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July the better to network and immerse myself in the crime writing world. Should be fun, eh?
My story “Chickens” takes place in 1968, when a couple of Bakersfield irregulars decide to leave the farm behind and go mess with some hippies, the phenomenon they’ve learned about from watching the nightly news with the elder statesman of television, Walter Cronkite. Bonus appearance by Cal Worthington and his dog Spot!
I killed all the chickens the day I left. I’d have preferred to kill Maw but I wasn’t ready at the time for a crime of such proportions and besides, I was looking forward to saying to Bud with a laugh, “I spent the morning chokin’ chickens!” because I knew he’d laugh like he always does in that hee-haw kind of way. Maw always said he was half ass anyway (the only funny thing she ever said in her miserable life that I can recall) but I forgot to tell him because he was so excited about buggin’ out to the smoggy wonderland.
“We’re gonna get some girls,” Bud said, hee-hawing a mile a minute as we pulled away from their farm. Dawn in Bakersfield, the most uninspiring sight a body can see anywhere in this great nation I am sure. The golden light just cast a beautiful glow on the stunted fields and ugly houses of mile after mile of failing farms and subsidized indolence...
Matt Hilton edited this monster-sized anthology — nearly 300 pages of non-stop mayhem, including folks like my pal Mr B and Richard Godwin, Absolutely Kate, Col Bury, David Barber, Graham Smith and many many more. Chock full of action, just like it says on the tin — er, cover. Vol 2 already in the planning stages. This is going to be big!
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