Advent Calendar ’16 Dec 12th: WETSIDE STORY by Steve Vernon

I had a lot of fun writing “Wetside Story”, my gay squid noir pulp adventure tale. I’m always happy to hear about how much somebody else enjoyed one of my earlier stories.

The story originally appeared in my indie-published collection BAD VALENTINES. It isn’t in paperback yet. I keep meaning to get around to getting both BAD VALENTINES and BAD VALENTINES 2 into paperback. Might want to do that soon, before February rolls around.

MATTHEW BRIGHT

It’s back! The blog advent calendar. I enjoyed last year’s blog theme last year—re-reading twenty-four books of my youth—so much, so this year I’m applying the same approach to short stories, trawling through a myriad bunch of collections and anthologies I’ve read in the last few years.

December 12th: Wetside Story by Steve Vernon

s245970311962353406_p193_i1_w907Tell me about your first time: There’s a ton of great stories in the Wilde Stories 2013 but I’ve never forgotten this story. It’s an unapologetic, unpretentious, gloriously insane bit of brilliance. And don’t get me wrong: I love a moping queer magic realist epic as much as the next time, but sometimes you just need some gangster squid.

Sum it up: A pair of squid private eyes are enlisted by the FBI (the ‘pinks’) and a local mob boss to tangle with the Nazi fish that run the bay…

Give me a quote: “Bucky grinned me…

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