In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
About Raymond Hamilton: Raymond is a hippie. He does not use the internet. He pays for things with cheque or cash because he never owned a credit card. He owns a stupid rusty Godrej typewriter instead of a laptop. He started writing when he was penniless and stranded in Goa. Now since all the cool hippies have migrated to Hampi, I guess he also moved there for holidays. He speaks seven languages fluently. He is a gem of a person. He loves every human in the seventeen countries he has been to so far. His home is wherever his heart seems to be. He can consume two bottles of 750ml each of whiskey and still ride a motorcycle on the chaotic streets of India. I met him on my own Goa misadventure. He keeps in touch with letters rather than phone calls. He owns a mobile handset which cost him Rs. 1500 only when bought brand new. So you can guess the shitty nature of the phone. He writes crime, erotica and fantasy fiction. Currently, he is penning two novels simultaneously. I hope to stay in touch just so I can be entertained by his daily life-stories.
This emailer is to announce the new Anthology Theme. This year we will have a themed contest to solicit short stories for the anthology. Theme: Story must include one of the many elements of various crime genre ingredients such as crime, punishment, death, women, sin, money, revenge, greed, temptation, goons, politics, corruption, noir, pulp, etc.
There will be three winners:
1. First Prize : US $ 100 to be paid via PayPal
2. Second Prize : US $ 50 to be paid via PayPal
3. Third Prize : US $ 25 to be paid via PayPal
All entries need to submit an entrance fee of US $ 5 to participate in this themed anthology contest. Only one entry per participant is allowed. The Anthology will contain only a “Dirty Dozen” stories to be published by FFJ in December 2013.
Submissions are open as of today. Email editor @ freedomfiction.com for queries.
Contest deadline is 30 October 2013. All submitted entries are eligible to be nominated for The Pushcart Prize. www.pushcartprize.com
FFJ Themed Contest 2013 Entry
for Freedom Fiction Journal
No Strings by Mark SaFranko reviewed in 5 minutes or less.
The novel “No Strings” by Mark SaFranko reviewed in 5 minutes or less. Mark SaFranko started writing at a young age. He attended schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His mundane working life has consisted of a multitude of jobs: political risk analyst, dating advice column ghostwriter, freight loader, teacher, landscaper’s assistant, deliveryman, truck driver, clothes salesman, astrologer, short order cook, fast food worker, bank clerk, proofreader, bar musician, government pensions clerk, brewery worker, reporter, telephone solicitor, stock clerk, and chauffeur, among others. His goal in life is to avoid further such mundane work.
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho reviewed in 5 minutes or less.
The latest novel from the #1 internationally best-selling author of The Alchemist. One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and The Pilgrimage. Translated into 74 languages, his books have sold more than 140 million copies in more than 170 countries.
What is a five-minute-novel? Well most novels are tedious, verbose and boring. I will endeavour to read these piles of crap and give you the gist in 5 minutes or less.It’s like watching a football or baseball game summary. Only I will be bitter. Truth is bitter and I don’t have a sweet tooth.
How many of you really read pulp-fiction? And how many of you bemoan the genre of pulp-fiction. By definition it is allegedly cheap writing on cheap pulp paper. Yet, somehow, genius emerges even in such decrepitness. It is like watching a beautiful lotus bloom at night in the middle of a sewage pond. Is it the night that darkens the mood? Is it the sewage that betrays the night? Is it the lotus which makes us feel comfortable in the dark, stenchful, middle of nowhere?
What I am rambling about is the latest work by Mark SaFranko. A writer who just happens to write hardboiled fiction. Startling thrillers. Yet they are not what you see in mainstream bookstores with large cut-out advertisements promoting their run-of-the-mill product as the new New York Times Bestseller. Mark SaFranko is a writer first and a pulp narrator later.
He knows his craft. So you don’t get silly slang nor useless poetry. What you get is raw and naked like the woman next door to your motel room or the food rotting in your fridge.
Another speciality of Mark SaFranko is relationships. Especially the rough, warm, uneasy and ecstatic relation between a man and a woman. They come in and they go out. They move in and they move out. What remains is the lesson that man (and woman) are bound by human nature, temptation and the errant hand of fate.
In “No Strings” we have snoop-jobs, bunch of women, sex, obsession, guilt, blackmail, death, love, disillusionment, crime and punishment. This is a heady mix of fun, sin and literary effort. A combination that Mark has excelled in previously as well – whether it be the dreary “The Favor” or the rabid “Hating Olivia”. Here again, he combines “wit, women and worry” to churn out a thriller and a truly enjoyable pulp fiction. Try one, try the rest. Keep reading fellas.
Extract from the novel: “For the first time in a long while I was in the mood to accomplish something. I switched off the TV and pulled out the Oriole epilepsy drug ads and spread them over my desk. Then I picked up my red pen and went to work.”
It gives me great pleasure to list the 6 nominees from FFJ for the Pushcart Prize for the year 2012. Each independent press or publisher is allowed to nominate 6 published works of the year. This is a difficult choice from the many we love and remember and cherish.
I am sure if you read these, you will agree they are quite accomplished in the craft of writing. My best wishes to all nominees for the prize which will be announced on April 2013. In chronological order of publication:
“The Eye Of The Beholder” by Rob Ambrose
“Dangerous” by Nicomedes Austin Suárez
“Sergeant Bert Dalton & the Hag” by Alan Dawson
“Can You Come Here For Christmas?” by Gary Ives
“The Monster Wrestler” by Josh Bugosh
“The Cunt Cleaner’s Hobby” by Raymond Hamilton
For more information on Pushcart Prize and its significance in the publishing industry please visit: http://www.pushcartprize.com/ or the Wikipedia article on the same.