What passes for the website of Patrick Shawn Bagley, writer of crime fiction, horror and good ol' weird shit.
"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of "The Collector" series, The Killing Kind, and Red Right Hand.
"A refreshingly new voice in noir." --Ed Kurtz, author of Nothing You Can Do and The Rib From Which I Remake the World.
"A glorious boilermaker of noir and East Coast gothic. The action is taut as a sprung snare and Bagley tightens the screws with every page." -- Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase and Blood Standard.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery Edited by Sarah Cortez and Liz Martínez Arte Público Press, 2009 ($19.95)
I’m always wary of any anthology that purports to present the “best” of anything. Editors who set such a high literary mark often fail to reach it. However, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery delivers seventeen top-notch stories by established and lesser-known writers. Among my favorites in this anthology are Manuel Ramos' "The Skull of Pancho Villa," Carolina Garcia-Aguilera's "The Right Profile" and "In the Kitchen with Johnny Albino" by Richie Narvaez. I'm a sucker for Steven Torres' Precinct Puerto Rico novels, so the inclusion of a Luis Gonzalo story was a great treat. There's also a Chico Santana story by A.E. Roman. This was my first exposure to Roman's fiction, and it has me looking forward to his debut novel, Chinatown Angel.
As co-editor Sarah Cortez notes in her introduction, the stories in Hit List run the range from hardboiled to cozy. While I don't much care for the latter, this antho's strength is that it offers a good sampling of Latino crime writing to suit just about any taste. Do these short stories truly represent the “best” of Latino mystery? I don't know. But it's a damn fine anthology that deserves to be read, passed around, and read again.
Patrick Shawn Bagley'sstories of rural mayhem have appeared in Crimespree, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, The Iconoclast and the Bleak House Books anthology Uncage Me (edited by Jen Jordan). He was a founding editor of The Lineup: Poems on Crime, and has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast. Bagley lives and writes on a dead-end dirt road in a one-stoplight town.
Down and Out Bookswill reissue Bagley's crime novel, Bitter Water Blues, in paperback and e-book on March 19, 2018.
Bagley works at a community supports program for adults with cognitive disabilities. He is currently working on a horror novel and a new crime novel.