A short story a day review

Tag: Beat to a Pulp

“House Warming, or a Gentleman Prefers Blondes” by Keith Rawson

by kattomic

“House Warming, or a Gentleman Prefers Blondes” by Keith Rawson


Story 136/366

Rawson’s the writer of hard-boiled fiction that writers of hard-boiled fiction read on their days off.  Take this line, for instance: “I guess it’s true what they say, you never really know a person, at least until they stick a .45 in their mouth and you can rummage in their underwear drawer without fear of being caught.”

The story appeared in Beat to a Pulp and you can read it here. You can check out his blog, Bloody Knuckles, Calloused Fingertips, here.

See You Tomorrow!


“The Things We Do For Love” by Patti Abbott

by kattomic

“The Things We Do For Love” by Patti Abbott


Story 104/366

When it comes to Patti Abbott’s short fiction, it’s hard to pick just one story to single out. In the last year I’ve read her collection (Monkey Justice), her stories on Spinetingler and Beat to a Pulp, and A Twist of Noir and in the Grimm Tales collection. She is just all over the place spreading the awesome. And then there’s this story which rocks the second person POV in a perverse tale of kinky love.  You can read this story at Shotgun Honey. You can read her “Dancing with Myself”  interview with herself on Nigel Bird’s Sea Minor blog here.

See you tomorrow!

Fatal Flaw by Cathi Stoler

by Barb Goffman

From the e-zine Beat to a Pulp, April 2011.


When a hot dame tries to seduce you into helping her catch a bunch of jewel thieves, you might want to think with your head and not your …

This story is a finalist for this year’s Derringer Award in the short-story category.