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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon August 31, 2013 - 12:07pm

'The Booked. Anthology'

Discussion has officially started!

Synopsis: Booked. They've traveled the country tirelessly for two years, with stops in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Milwaukee, L.A., North Korea, The Dark Side of the Moon, and damn near every Waffle House along the way, all in order to bring you, the listener, over 150 episodes, over 75 authors. They've won awards, covered scoops, scandals, archived hours of authors acting badly. They've broken a few hearts on this journey - their voices can be like Russian Roulette in the headphones of the unsuspecting - but now they've called in their markers to leave their own stain on the literary landscape. And you're holding it in your hands, or your hook, which would probably tear the hell out of lesser books. But not this one. All original stories, multiple genres, never been seen, never been read. It's their way of giving back. Although these authors probably consider it more like theft. The Booked. Anthology. There's a period in the middle because it's that serious to say it out loud. Featuring Stories by: TW Brown, Craig Clevenger, Chris Deal, Joshua Alan Doetsch, Christopher J Dwyer, Sean P Ferguson, Matthew C Funk, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Amanda Gowin, Nikki Guerlain, Seth Harwood, Kevin Lynn Helmick, Gordon Highland, Anthony David Jacques, David James Keaton, Nik Korpon, Bob Pastorella, Cameron Pierce, Mark Rapacz, Caleb J Ross, Axel Taiari, Richard Thomas, Paul Tremblay, Fred Venturini, and Craig Wallwork.

If you've listened to the podcast, you know these guys have excellent taste. And if any of you have read Warmed & Bound, you know Pela Via kills it as an editor. When all three of these people get together to compile an anthology, you know it's going to be something everybody wants to read. Every author in this collection brings their A game to the table. You won't be disappointed with this one.

I also happen to know that we will be having many of the authors stop in to answer questions and share their opinions of the other stories. October is going to prove to be an awesome month!

Discussion has officially started!

If you go to BookedPodcast.com and order your electronic copy of the book from there, you can put in the discount code LR50 and get the ebook for $4 until the end of October.

Order the paperback from Amazon here!

Get to reading!

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore August 31, 2013 - 1:04pm

Yep yep, I'll be here. Hell, I've got questions, myself.

Also worth noting, that e-book edition contains a couple of bonus stories.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 31, 2013 - 1:22pm

down for this. it'll be a BLAST.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On August 31, 2013 - 1:38pm

Wait, is it only an ebook, or is there a print version?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! August 31, 2013 - 1:45pm

Got my copy :)

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore August 31, 2013 - 2:12pm

There's a paperback version. Amazon and B&N. Amazon keeps listing a shipping delay, but the Booked guys insist that's untrue and that they ship normally.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On August 31, 2013 - 8:58pm

Sweet. Buying.

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David James Keaton from "the water" is reading Kill Kill Faster Faster by Joel Rose September 1, 2013 - 7:44am

reading it right now. this will be fun.

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers September 1, 2013 - 9:52am

I just finished it the other day. Now I'm sad. Wishing there was more. 

 

 

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) September 2, 2013 - 6:06am

Reading it now :)

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life September 3, 2013 - 10:20am

These guys again.

Just kidding. Quite a collection. Got myself a copy.

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chrisdeal from NC is reading The Maid's Version September 3, 2013 - 5:59pm

I've read a bit over half the stories in here. All of them damn good. I've said it a number of times, but I'm right honored to be involved.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters September 5, 2013 - 10:35am

I have a copy, haven't started reading yet, but I'll be sure to chime in with a few observations. 

beware

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and September 6, 2013 - 5:18pm

Stoked for this.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break September 8, 2013 - 1:15pm

Just got it. This will be good for breaking up the long trek that is 1Q84.

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. September 8, 2013 - 3:38pm

Just bought it.

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day September 23, 2013 - 6:31am

Ordered my copy - looking forward to reading it!!

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! October 1, 2013 - 2:09am

I'm nearly done, just a couple more stories to go... :)

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) October 1, 2013 - 7:04am

Okay, I just want to say, a big fuck you to Fred Venturini for being first in the book and setting the damned bar so high. 

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 1, 2013 - 7:44am

Haha, yeah, that was one hell of a story. I thought the same thing - how the hell do you follow that?

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life October 1, 2013 - 7:47am

Tough one to read, especially at 8 in the morning.

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Axel Taiari from Paris, France is reading Paradise Lost October 1, 2013 - 7:57am

Yep--Fred completely killed it, in the best way. Hell of an opener.

"Kill her or torture her. What a world."

Shit doesn't get much more noir than that.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories October 1, 2013 - 8:34am

I'm only about half way through, but I'm enjoying so many of the pieces. Really nice anthology. Yeah, that opening story was killer. I had to put it down for a minute at the jaw scene.

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chrisdeal from NC is reading The Maid's Version October 1, 2013 - 8:46am

That was sadly my first time reading Venturini's work. I need to remedy that. Have Liv or Robb publicly revealed how they got that story?

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers October 1, 2013 - 9:04am

Yeah, how they got their hands on Fred's story is a story itself. Compelling nonfiction. 

Everything about that story just clicks in place perfectly, so I guess my first question directed at Fred is did the plot of the story just fall into your lap, or was there a lot of back and forth in outline form before actually commiting it to words?

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 1, 2013 - 9:25am

stoked to start this conversation!

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Livius Nedin from Chicago, IL is reading Murder As A Fine Art October 1, 2013 - 1:29pm

And so it begins.

I want to first thank Pete for making this discussion a possibility. Pete, you're the best!

Secondly, I'd like to thank everyone that's supported this anthology either through contributing to it or reading it. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 

Lastly, I'd like to thank any of the podcast listeners. Without you guys, we wouldn't have this book to discuss. 

I'll be on-hand regularly to answer any questions you may have. 

Thanks to all of you!

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) October 1, 2013 - 1:31pm

Chris already asked you a question.....

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three October 1, 2013 - 1:43pm

woohoo!

 

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Livius Nedin from Chicago, IL is reading Murder As A Fine Art October 1, 2013 - 1:56pm

I hereby declare that Amanda will be my assistant in this discussion. She will point out to me that questions have been asked :)

 

Chris, yes we've publicly divulged the back story to how we obtained A Pound of  Flesh. But I'm happy to do it again here. 

Fred has the only story in this collection who's appearance we reverse engineered. Every one else was asked for a story because they'd appeared on our podcast. 

When Jed Ayres sent us an early coy of Noir at the Bar 2, it included two stories from Fred. Although both were good, this one really stood out. I contacted Ayres to find out which story he was using and he said he was going with The Low Man. I wasn't really sure how Jed could let this one get away, but I was thankful for the opportunity to try and snatch it up. We contacted Fred and asked him for the story and forced him into an interview so that we could include it in the book. I'm really glad that everyone seems to be enjoying it as much as we did. 

Thank you, Fred for letting us have this. And thanks Jed for letting it slip away :)

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 1, 2013 - 2:05pm

ALSO: The Booked. Anthology ebook is available here http://www.bookedpodcast.com/ for half off with the discount code LR50. 

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chrisdeal from NC is reading The Maid's Version October 1, 2013 - 3:41pm

My favorite line from Pound of Flesh was "Sometimes love is deciding whether to take your wife’s teeth out with a pipe wrench, or brain her with it." Pretty much, in my mind, sums up that story perfectly.

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) October 1, 2013 - 4:53pm

I hereby declare that Amanda will be my assistant in this discussion. She will point out to me that questions have been asked :)

as it should be!

 

also, yeah, I sorta wanted to kick that guy in his own teeth - the wife was a much better person. I like that the story was pretty much titled for what he didn't have the balls to do. She took care of business. 

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Kevin Lynn Helmick from Lake Villa IL is reading Train, Pete Dexter October 1, 2013 - 5:48pm

I think it's a great collection of work with many diferent voices and styles that somehow seem to work together. Everybody involved stepped up. I have some favorites and not so favorites, but that's just personal taste. It's all solid writing, and polished like a gem. Proud to have a few pages in it.

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fventurini from Aviston, Illinois is reading Books October 1, 2013 - 6:28pm

Wow, I seriously have to thank everyone for their thoughts about my story. I'm glad that Robb and Livius reverse-engineered me into such a damn fine collection. 

Bob, you asked "did the plot of the story just fall into your lap, or was there a lot of back and forth in outline form before actually commiting it to words?"

Admission time: I'm not much of an outliner. I seriously never outline short stories. I like to let pieces that small take on a life of their own since you can always scrap them or just go back and fix things up or completely change them. Novels, I have a weird way to outline, but that's a different story. 

The story is actually two stories in one. I was working through my MFA and my wife, who scares so easily that she can't watch Dateline alone, asked me why I always wrote stuff she couldn't read. "Why can't you write a love story?" 

So I did. I was going to set up this loving old couple, with a crotchety dad who alienated one of their daughters, and as I tried to "turn" the story over, kind of get it into a climax or resolution, nothing happened. I couldn't finish it. I asked myself, "how can I test their love?" That's when I wrote the line that Chris mentioned, "Sometimes love is deciding whether to take your wife’s teeth out with a pipe wrench, or brain her with it." This is the part where you are free to question my sanity. 

His wife was definitely an ass kicker, the better half, as wives usually are. Her love changed him throughout their lives, so I thought the ending was a nice way for him to channel her strength.

Overall, I'm so proud to lead off a collection like this. I loved the variety. I'd like to re-read a few favorites and post more thoughtful comments on them when I get a chance. 

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robb from Chicago is reading Doctor Sleep October 1, 2013 - 6:30pm

Just checking in to let everyone know I'm here. Happy to field some questions or talk about the book process. 

 

Glad to see Fred's story is the gut punch for all of you that it was for us when we found it. I'm proud to have it front and center. 

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monkeywright from Los Angeles is reading The Narrows by m. craig October 1, 2013 - 6:39pm

I'm here as well! We can turn this into one of those unwieldy comic-con sized panels where there are so many people onstage nobody knows what to ask.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 1, 2013 - 9:23pm

@FRED - so did you ever show this to your wife? i don't show my wife MOST of what i write :-)

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! October 2, 2013 - 2:06am

I loved Fred's story, total unexpected gut punch introduction to the anthology. I read it quite late at night and I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit I had trouble going to sleep after it. The real (as oppose to supernatural) fucked up stuff in stories or films scares me the most and this is just the kind of things I can imagine happening in the world.

Bravo Sir, and yeah that line was a killer.

 

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fventurini from Aviston, Illinois is reading Books October 2, 2013 - 5:26am

Richard: I read it to her. She was appropriately freaked out. Now if I give her something and say "You should read this" she gets nervous. I gotta say, if you write scary stuff even on occasion, get a fraidy-cat spouse, it's kind of fun. 

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers October 2, 2013 - 5:51am

@Fred. That's really cool. For some odd reason, I figured that was one of those rare short stories that was outlined, mainly because of the pacing, how everything clicks into place. It's good to know that it wasn't outlined. I've got a weird way of doing it when it comes to longer stories as well, but I've never plotted out a short story either--seems like too much work for something so small, and it's much better when it just happens naturally. That one line sets the tone very ambigiously, the reader just can't tell which way it's going to go from that point on, but they cannot stop reading at that point, or at least I couldn't. Great story. Good to see you here. 

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore October 2, 2013 - 6:36am

Welcome, noobs. Coffee's brewing, beer's in the fridge, yadda yadda.

"California Oregon" by Cameron Pierce. That one stuck with me a while after reading (as did many that we'll get to). The choose-your-own-adventure device didn't come off as gimmicky, and it was no problem reading it straight through. What I liked best was that notion of fatalism or inevitability he explored regardless of which path was taken. That, while life circumstances would change dramatically, other things might not, maybe just taking some time to align. I dug it.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 2, 2013 - 7:43am

It's funny, when I got to Cameron's story, I was thinking - I just read Richard's choose your own adventure story not too long ago. Richard pulled it off, but can it be done in an original way again? I kind of groaned when I realized it was choose your own adventure. But then it was so, so good!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 2, 2013 - 7:57am

@fred - yeah, that's definitely a weird sensation, watching your wife read something of yours, knowing the reaction is going to be one of fear or sadness. funny that you talk about wanting to write something sweet or romantic for your wife. i get that all the time, and then, much like what Stephen King says, it turns out dark and strange anyway. "Flowers for Jessica" and "Fireflies" were two of my stories where I tried to inject some heart, but in the end, the wives die. LOL. so, not sure if i succeeded. :-)

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manda lynn from Ohio is reading Of Love and Other Demons (again) October 2, 2013 - 8:24am

Yeah, Cameron's was equally satisfying and fucked up. You want to think when there's a huge fork in the road you took the right one, it's both comforting and scary, the notion that if your thought processes and basic personality development follow similar paths you're going to end up in pretty much the same spot emotionally.

 

i think I pretty much just said everything Gordon said, but I moved the words around!

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life October 2, 2013 - 8:37am

Was gonna bring Cameron's story up. One of my favorites, so far. I got the CYOA vibe, but never considered reading it any way other than straight through. It's more like the movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow (sorry, Cameron).

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 2, 2013 - 8:54am

Oh right, I ended up just reading it straight through too.

I like that it basically shows that you have a choice, you can make the right decisions, but fate is still guiding you no matter what your actions are.

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chrisdeal from NC is reading The Maid's Version October 2, 2013 - 9:31am

I ended up getting a page in, seeing what was what, then I went back to the start and read each section individually, thought that was cool, then hit it up again and read it straight through that time. Both rewarding reads in their own way.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life October 2, 2013 - 1:02pm

Hey, @fventurini: After I read your story I looked you up online and saw that you had a novel, Samaritan. Then I read that Samaritan was out of print, and a re-edited version is coming out from Picador in August 2014 (congrats, btw). I was all, fuck waiting, and got a criminally cheap copy on Amazon Marketplace.

Question: How different is this new edit? Please and thanks!

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fventurini from Aviston, Illinois is reading Books October 2, 2013 - 2:34pm

Josh, thanks for looking into my book. I turned over probably 50 percent of the book. New ending, new twists, more time in the second half world of the book and less time in the first half world. I'm sure it will further evolve as I go through editorial with Picador. 

I'm really glad I took a chance with an indy publisher with my first book. The big reason for the changes is that I was probably more nihilistic and raw back then, making for a narrative thread that was a slow plunge. I rewrote it wanting a few more peaks and valleys for the main character, and I always had the new ending hanging around in the back of my head, which in turn gave it a little more commercial appeal, I think.

Thanks for looking into it, certainly get in touch with me and let me know what you think. There's plenty of time to let this version fade a little before picking up the new one (which I hope you do!)

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chrisdeal from NC is reading The Maid's Version October 2, 2013 - 3:02pm

Clevenger's The Confession of Adelai Shade was a surprising story in how different it feels from the rest of the man's writing, but in how simple and how much it just worked. The voice was perfect, and it just made since in a weird way.

Fred, I've got your book on my Kindle, I'll definitely need to hit it up before the new version comes out. I could kiss your ass all night over Pound of Flesh. About showing our work to our significant other, I don't do it all that often with my wife, especially when I go dark (she's a wimp), but she seemed very happy with my story in this collection, mostly because she knows who it's about.