Hey there again crime fiction people. I’m back again, that makes twice this week. And finally, I’ve got the big announcement you may have been waiting for, the announcement of our Guest Editor for Crime Syndicate Issue Two, which will feature ten, rather than eight, short crime stories. I’m talking, of course (as you garnered by this post’s title), about the man, the myth, the Man From Vansterdam himself, Dietrich Kalteis.
About Dietrich (lifted from the jacket to his new novel, Triggerfish): Triggerfish is Dietrich Kalteis’s third novel. His debut novel, Ride the Lightning, won the bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards for Canada West Regional Fiction and was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels. More than 40 of his short stories have been published internationally, and his screenplay Between Jobs was a finalist in the Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. He resides with his family in West Vancouver, and is currently working on his next novel.
Dietrich’s highly addictive writing is his own unique brand of “West Coast Noir” set in and around Vancouver and greater British Columbia. I got the opportunity recently to check out an ARC of his latest book, Triggerfish (which drops June 1st from ECW Press), and to say it’s highly entertaining is an understatement. It’s badass. Straight up.
As you probably noticed with Crime Syndicate Issue One, a lot of our preference in terms of style and subject matter depends on the Guest Editor’s personal taste (in addition to our own). Thus, I can think of no better way to give yourself an idea of what kind of stories Dietrich is likely to select for Issue Two than to go out and pick up one of his books.
I recommend The Deadbeat Club, which I previously reviewed for Crime Syndicate here. It has a unique humor woven into Dietrich’s patented writing style, which favors sharp, direct bursts of prose intermingled with quirky characters taking unconventional routes to achieving their goals. Trust me, you’ll be a Dietrich Kalteis fan afterward, too.
A big thank you to Dietrich for agreeing to be a part of Issue Two, I think I speak for everyone when I say I can’t wait to see what stories he ultimately selects. I certainly can’t wait to see what stories the writers submit.
Crime Syndicate Issue Two drops May 1, 2016.
Oh, and one last thing: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN, so send us your best. Peace!