It’s a dark, dangerous world out there. And sometimes inside of us, too.
Eryk Pruitt knows how to sublimate both realms into fiction and films that resonate with our common reality, while maintaining his individual style and unique voice, both of which are tailor-made not only for the noir genre, but for contemporary art in general, spanning multi-media platforms.
As they say in the trades, he’s a natural born storyteller, without any self-imposed limits.
The work and lives of authors are often intertwined to such an extent that the barrier between creativity and reality blurs.
The innately great writers, like relatively unsung literary genius Pearce Hansen, don’t even bother trying to define that line, because ultimately Art reflects Truth, even if it’s artistically embellished.
In Pearce’s case, Art is his life, and his life is Art. It’s a totally organic symbiosis in the grittiest, gutsiest possible sort of way.
by Will Viharo
Two states that have long been bastions of classic crime fiction are Texas and Florida, literally hotbeds for hotheads. Blame it on the sticky humidity, the exotic wildlife, the thriving gun culture, and/or the diverse demographics trying to peacefully co-exist in a contentious climate and competitive economy; but whatever the formula, the results make for some great reading.
And great writers, who also happen to be amazingly cool people, regardless of the steamy weather, like Hector Duarte, Jr.
Fiction is easier to categorize than fiction writers, at least much of the time.
Take award-winning, bestselling, universally lauded “crime writer” Les Edgerton. Designating him as such may be promotionally correct, but it doesn’t begin to distill the essence of a man that has led a long, complex, tormented, challenging, and ultimately rewarding life.
To pigeonhole Les Edgerton merely as a “crime writer,” even though he technically writes “crime fiction,” would indeed be a crime, or at least a misdemeanor, of intellectual laziness.
It’s very gratifying to discover authors, via online networking, that write books you actually want to read, as if they had you in mind all along.
Earl Javorsky is one such like-minded author in my social media sphere. I feel a creative kinship with his literary perspective, since we view our common world through a similarly skewed prism. He makes poetry out of pulp, and magic out of the mundane.