"Woah, didn’t see that coming. This story was challenging since I really couldn’t decide who I was aligned with. But that one of the things I dig about it. Powerful and intense." September 28, 2020 by John Casey
By Dave Wilde on July 4, 2013 I understand that the Thuglit site has been around for a while. I stumbled on these anthologies by accident and have consumed all six thuglits. I can therefore attest that there is not a bad story in any of these collections and some of them are on the edge of excellence. You can't go wrong with Any of these. PIN by Hugh Lessig discusses new ways to rob ATMs. Wheels by Rena Robinett simply raises the bar a little higher. It's about a trip to Kabul for commerce. Don't let it throw you that there's a female lead. Come on Home by Scott Alderberg is the third selection. A man is working late and when he calls home he's told by a voice that his wife is dead. Chilling! The fourth story is Having Chiqui by Kieran Shea. It's about gangsters, guns, girls, and a #3 sub sandwich. Soul Collection by Dunham has a catchy title. It's another good one bout a drug deal in Philly. A drug deal gone bad. Sweet Caroline by Jessica Adams is an odd tale about heading down to Mexico. It simply struck me as odd. The Ghost Wife by Aaron Fox Lerner is the next story. It is a story regarding gangsters and pool halls in rural China. It is a good read except for the ending. Rogues Gallery by BH Shepherd is a sweet little story about Sanchez Penitentiary.
Reviews for "Wheels" on Goodreads
Goodreads.com "...it is off to Asia in “Wheels” by Rena Robinett. Nick trained her long ago how to move drugs by being a smuggler. She is good at it though she does have a problem as her flight has been grounded short of her destination by bad weather. That is definitely a problem. So too is the increasing interest being shown to her by a friendly stranger..." Click here to read the review.
Reviews for "Breath" on Twitter
twitter.com @ML949 "Thank YOU for sharing your writings. I loved that short story (Breath) very much for multiple reasons. I'll read more from you..."
Reviews for "Paradise" in Thuglit, Issue 21, on Amazon
By Dave Wildeon January 1, 2016 Each edition of Thuglit is like a box of chocolates. You don't know exactly what you are going to get, but you know you'll gobble it up quickly and follow it up with a double shot of whiskey. No. 21 hits that sweet spot with stories dragging you from the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii to the stinky truck stops of I-5. There are stories about cold-hearted criminals and about guys who have had just about enough. Also, there's a special treat for those who have just had it with the peanut mafia. There are people out on the edge and people who have to track down stolen guns. Especially enjoyed Soldan's The Long Drive Home about hitchhiking and family values and Dale Sandlin's Mercy about truck stops and being the toughest guy around.
By TheRevTimon January 2, 2016 I am hopelessly devoted to five things in this life... my wife, my family, my friends, my pets. And Thuglit. Call it mystery, call it crime fiction, call it neo-noir... I don't care. I'm a fan, and the more hard-boiled, the more uncompromising it is in vision, language and content, the better I like it. Make mine hardcore, baby. I find myself, every 60 days, looking forward to reading that next issue of Thuglit. At $1.99 an issue, it's ridiculously inexpensive, and damn if it doesn't get better with each one I read. This newest one is no exception. Editor Todd Robinson -- a fantastic writer himself, author of The Hard Bounce -- continues to do one hell of a job editing this magazine. I won't go over each story in detail -- discovering for yourself the setting, characters and story behind each of these dark visions is half the fun, after all. I will say that each story paints, through the hands of 8 different writers, a portrait of desperation, of chaos and violence, of revenge and brutality, which will linger in your memory long after you finish the issue. If you haven't already, I urge you to read this issue. And once you do, I promise you'll start to work your way back through the entire catalog.
By J. Lentzon January 4, 2016 Rena Robinette shines in this issue.