Monday, December 8, 2014


IT STARTED with a message on her answering machine: ‘JESUS SAVES SATAN INVESTS.’ Living comfortably off the spoils of her ill-gotten gain as the centerpiece of a blackmail ring, Janet did not need to know the caller was currently sharing trunk space with a fresh corpse.

Enter Todd Morr, an energetic crime fiction writer who has published his latest novel JESUS SAVES, SATAN INVESTS, with Spanking Pulp Press. Todd took some moments to talk to me about his latest book and the writing game. The new novel is set to turn a few heads and a great addition to the SPP stable.    

NEWMAN:  Great title. Where did the title come form?   

MORR: I've had the title for awhile, like a decade or so. The working title for this book was something else.  I intended JSSI for something else that did not turn out so well, but the title stayed with me.

NEWMAN: It has that kind of "bumper sticker" punch to it, the title that is. The novel is a fast paced roller-coaster, full of twists and turns. Which authors do you like to read and is crime a genre you find yourself reading mostly if push came to shove?

MORR: Crime is definitely my go to genre.  Richard Stark, Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard are some of my favorites,  though the list of writers I like is long. I've always been a big Steven King fan, I stole my parents copy of Carrie and read it on the sly after they told me I was not old enough to read it, though I think they knew, when I was about ten.  I don't know if it shows, but when I started writing JSSI I was going for a John Woo Hong Kong movie feel with some near over the top type action sequences.

NEWMAN: was thinking it seemed super cinematic. Have you ever wrote any screenplays or tried your hand at writing for the screen
MORR: Yes, not recently and nothing that ever got any traction, and given my lack of experience it is quite possible they were terrible.  As I was writing JSSI I was thinking cinematically, actually I always do,  but I am more comfortable writing in a book rather than a screenplay format. It is something I would like to try again.

NEWMAN: You've published some shorter works, I think.. How important for you is publishing short stories as well as full length novels?

MORR: Definitely prefer novels, but some ideas are not novel length and it is nice to get those out there.  I'm an anomaly of sorts in that the first thing I ever published was a novel, and then worked backwards and published some short stuff.  I like the challenge of flash fiction, getting an idea across in an entertaining way in under a thousand words.  It forces me to look at things and keep it tight and concise, which carries over into longer work. 

NEWMAN: What's in store for Mr Morr in 2015?

MORR: Damn good question, Hell if I know, really.  I just moved to the central coast and am still figuring out what to do up here.  I'm going to keep writing, for sure. It's nice up here but different than Southern California. I'm just putting the finishing touches on novel with the working title Sadistic Home Alone, and have another couple things done I would like to unleash on the world next year.  I've also started covering the Denver Nuggets basketball for, which has been fun. 

NEWMAN: Wish you all the best. And hope that Jesus saves while Satan invests. Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 21, 2014



The first in a series of PULP COLLECTIONS. This triple ZOMBIE offering is a dish not to be missed.

First up:


Lizzy and Frank are seemingly the only two people left in the world after a zombie apocalypse. Lizzy has visions of being the world's new Eve. The only problem is Frank being its new Adam. He's big, dumb, doesn't look after his teeth, and his bloodshot left eye makes her suspect he's heading for life as one of the undead. She wants to get away from New Jersey to the less populated New Mexico, but Frank has unfinished business. He wants to find Danny, the man who betrayed his gang of armed robbers, even though he knows he's one of the brain-dead horde.

In the meantime Lizzy deals with her own demons, checking her old home and the sister she locked away years ago. When she suspects there might be another human out there, a woman to rival her status as Eve, Lizzy's actions lead to an explosive ending.

AUTHOR: JASON BEECH lives with his wife and daughter in New Jersey. As a kid he once stole a mushroom from a corner shop. The owner’s dog followed him all the way home, making him walk about a mile’s diversion from where he lived to shake the damn thing off. Otherwise, he’s a law-abiding citizen who loves crime fiction. He has authored the novel Over the Shoulder and short story collection Bullets, Teeth & Fists. His work can be found at Shotgun Honey, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Plots with Guns, and Pulp Metal Magazine. He structurally edited Monica Kaushik’s Maya & the Butterfly, and her soon-published Warriors of the Darkness.

And then:


In a zombie-ravaged world, only the fittest and most cunning survive. Dwight Fitzgerald used to spend his time smoking weed, going to school, and working on the Treasure Island Adventure Show in Miami as the captain of a pirate ship. Now he fights for survival, and he's playing the role for real. As he approaches Chicago, hoping that the rumors of a zombie-free city are true, he has no idea that he's about to clash with the ruler of the Windy City, Captain Meth-Mouth. This lunatic and former junkie has always wanted to be a pirate, and when he sees Dwight's ship, he seizes the opportunity to live out a savage childhood fantasy . . .

AUTHOR: JOHN BRUNI has never wanted to live in the zombie apocalypse or be a pirate, but he's always wanted to be a writer. His dream has come true. He is the author of STRIP and TALES OF QUESTIONABLE TASTE, and his work has appeared in many publications, most notably in SHROUD, CTHULHU SEX, A HACKED-UP HOLIDAY MASSACRE, and ZOMBIE! ZOMBIE! BRAIN BANG

And finally:


Johnny Coca Cola, once infamous for filming THE ZOMBIE DINNER PARTY is on the skids in a Malaysian port where he finds Beth who is looking to leave town fast. Together they climb aboard a cargo ship heading for Hamburg with a stopover at Sri Lanka to pick up a container load of dead monkeys. Conner is the middle man, CIA, who is instructed to lose the cargo overseas somewhere in the Indian ocean. All he knows is that the specimens are part of a US funded scientific project to reanimate dead flesh. What could possibly go wrong?

AUTHOR: JAMES A. NEWMAN has published over fifty pulp short stories in various publications all over the world; most recently for STRANGE STORY SATURDAY, BIG PULP and TWISTED TALES Magazines. He writes mainly horror, crime and sci-fi shorts and has recently turned his hand to screenplays after picking up an option for crime novel THE WHITE FLAMINGO.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The good people at FREEDOM FICTION have published a short story I wrote all by myself. Well almost, a friend gave me the idea. It's called GHOST HIT.



Beat Goes On.