Issue #41 of the literary magazine Lowestoft Chronicle features fiction by Robert Boucheron, James Gallant, Robert Mangeot, and Jennifer Swallow; poetry by Mickey J. Corrigan, Daniel Galef, Richard Luftig, Ron Singer, and Lee Clark Zumpe; and creative nonfiction by E.O. Connors, Summer Koester, and Warren Merkel. Plus, check out my exclusive interview with acclaimed historical fiction writer Sheldon Russell.
James Gallant, award-winning author of La Leona and Other Guitar Stories, praised the current issue as “a pleasing jaunt through a variety of spaces real and fictive, with a stylistic variety to match the geographical.” And Mickey J. Corrigan, author of Project XX and What I Did for Love, said of the Spring 2020 edition: “This month’s issue of Lowestoft Chronicle takes us around the world in 40 minutes (more or less) with a delightful pastry hunt in Venice, a pinball match in Paris, a map view of Saskatchewan (Prince Albert is still in his can), and more. Funny, sweet, and sensuous, this is armchair travel at its best.”
“Rich in detail and exquisite prose, and with an unpredictable, weaving narrative, A Forgotten Evil is an ambitious, impressively told tale full of vivid landscapes and unique characters with an authentic voice and a distinctive presence. Russell convincingly conveys the gory conflicts, the injustice felt by Native Americans and their acts of retaliation, and the assault on Washita River, one of the bloodiest in frontier history, making A Forgotten Evil a compelling, moving story that will linger in the memory.”
I’m very familiar with the works of Sheldon Russell, having read all ten of his books, from his American frontier novels and tales of the Oklahoma Land Rush, to his postwar mysteries and his fictional account of Francisco Vázquez Coronado’s 1540s North American expedition. This, his latest, is a deeply moving tale set in the post-Civil War period where bloody skirmishes rage between the U.S. Army and Native American peoples. I’d argue that it is his best book to date, and so I’m very pleased to have been able to write an in-depth review of it, published today in the Colorado Review.
“In the gripping fifth book in Sheldon Russell’s critically acclaimed historical mystery series, one-armed railroad detective Hook Runyon goes undercover as a hobo to hunt down a formidable serial killer who is murdering and mutilating vagrants.
Set shortly after the Second World War, The Bridge Troll Murders marks the welcome return of Russell’s tough, book-loving Yard Dog, last seen in the top-notch 2013 novel The Hanging of Samuel Ash.”
My review of The Bridge Troll Murders by Sheldon Russell, book five in his marvelous Hook Runyon Mystery series, is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.