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Josh Stallings

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Josh Stallings is author of three critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime books, and All The Wild Children a noir memoir.

He has been in no particular order, a film editor, taxi driver, criminal, father, husband, club bouncer, a trailer editor, a screen writer, a bad actor and a good friend.

He lives in the city of his birth, Los Angeles with his wife Erika, two dogs and a cat.


Dyslexia, a word, a label, a condition. I’m dyslexic in a text based world. I write novels. I drive my copy editors to drink. I drive my copy editors to distrust their own judgment on word spelling. I drive my copy editors to their own personal dyslexia. I have burned out three good editors so far. More will fall before my career is over, but it can’t be helped.

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“Pulling out onto the highway I noticed a stone pillar commemorating the Donner Party. They were a true testament to the American spirit, push forward at all costs and eat the dead when necessary. Wasn’t that the American dream in a nutshell.”
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“A pink puff danced off his head. And he was dead. His eyes would haunt me later. But not then. Then, it was killing time.”
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message 133: by Josh

Josh Stallings I am stunned and humbled to find All The Wild Children: A noir memoir nominated for an Anthony Award along side so many of my favorite writers. Congrats to all. Thanks to Tad Williams for the brilliant introduction, and to Snubnose Press for publishing me.
http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/Awa...


message 132: by Josh

Josh Stallings I feel like a barker outside of the Condor strip club. "Come and get 'em, LAST DAY all three McGuire books as .99." http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_...


message 131: by Josh

Josh Stallings All three Moses McGuire novels are on sale for .99 for two more days. Grab a big handful of hardboilded goodness. http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UT...


message 130: by Josh

Josh Stallings Skip on over tho SONS OF SPADE for a quick Q&A, leave a message if you feel so inclined. http://sonsofspade.blogspot.de/2013/1...


message 129: by Josh

Josh Stallings New review for One More Body-"Flabbergasted. Sated. Speechless. Once again, I am in awe of the tale spun by the Josh Stallings."
http://quirkygurl.com/2013/11/08/quic...


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message 127: by Josh

Josh Stallings "One More Body reads like a west coast based, punk rock fueled take on Andrew Vachss' Burke series of novels. The thrilling action and powerful moments of character drama that fans of the McGuire series have come to expect are in abundance in this novel, which is even better than the previous two entries in the series." - Dave Richards (criminalelement.com)
http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/...


message 126: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children  A noir memoir by Josh Stallings**** "Like Ellroy’s MY DARK PLACES, Stallings writes a brutal truth that’s honesty is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking."

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message 125: by Josh

Josh Stallings Mystery People/Book People
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Open daily, 9am to 11pm
(512) 472-5050
Are carrying all of my books. May is SNUBNOSE PRESS month. If you are in Austin, check them out.

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message 124: by Josh

Josh Stallings "The strike of your fist on your face carries a weight like no other. Believe me. Or check it out. Just don't pull the punch." The Blow Jobs - a new story over at BEAT TO A PULP
http://www.beattoapulp.com/stor/2013/...


Alexandra Aldrich Hi Josh- Thanks for being my goodreads friend. Please consider reading/rating my new memoir The Astor Orphan. Thanks, Alexandra


message 122: by Josh

Josh Stallings We are having a book release party/reading for All The Wild Children: A noir memoir
Saturday, April 27, 201 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm
[Where]
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Love to have you join us.


message 121: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children: A noir memoir Book PARTY! Saturday, April 27, 2013 2:00pm until 5:00pm - Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Josh Stallings will be reading and signing. All others will be drinking and noshing and chatting and generally paying the author no mind --- Books will be available for sale.

https://www.facebook.com/events/35222...


message 120: by Josh

Josh Stallings "Stallings brings to the table a writing style that makes this personal account read like fiction. The mixture of straightforward prose with philosophical views on things like affection, fatherhood, responsibility, and politics turn All the Wild Things into a survival manual for those born and raised in the midst of chaos." - Gabino Iglesias


http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2... All The Wild Children  A noir memoir by Josh Stallings


message 119: by Josh

Josh Stallings OUT OF THE GUTTER HAS SPOKEN - "Raw, brutally honest, very entertaining, and wonderfully heartfelt." - Gabino Iglesias

All The Wild Children  A noir memoir by Josh Stallings


message 118: by Josh

Josh Stallings Book launch Party - All The Wild Children (a noir memoir)
Wine beer and a reading? What more could you ask?
-- Saturday, April 27, 2013 --- 2:00pm until 5:00pm

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

http://www.facebook.com/events/352228...


message 117: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children  A noir memoir by Josh Stallings
"Read this book if you need solace; if you love humanity; if you’re curious about the Sixties; if you want support; if you're broken and need help and inspiration; need to give up one of your crutches; or if you love fantastic stories." Nigel Bird





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message 116: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children: A noir memoir
"This is not a crime story. Yes there are crimes in it but it’s not noir. Some of you will be misled by the phrase “A Noir Memoir”. This is a story of hope, love, family, and loyalty." Dave Wahlman - CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE


message 115: by Josh

Josh Stallings Ian Ayres gave All The Wild Children: A noir memoir a wonderful review- "Having read the first two thirds of the book with my jaw hanging open, I read this last third on the edge of tears... This book is about courage. It is about unbreakable bonds and the immutability of love." - I.A.

http://www.ianayris.com/2013/03/all-w...


message 114: by Josh

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message 113: by Josh (last edited Mar 21, 2013 11:04AM)

Josh Stallings Tad Williams and I spent our wild years in Nor Cal. From the late 1950’s to the early 2000’s a lot of things happened, to us all. I’m claiming, planting my tattered flag on my corner of it.
I have piece up over at Loitering With Intent.

http://loiteringwithintent.wordpress....


message 112: by Josh

Josh Stallings PENGUINS AND VOMIT (or how to write a memoir sure to piss off your mom, and your kids.)

New blog piece....

http://www.elizabethawhite.com/2013/0...


message 111: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children: A noir memoir

"Today I went to the Glendale jail and spoke to my son through a phone and video screen. He's down for possession. Says it wasn't his. I let the lie slide between us."

New essay http://spaceythompson.blogspot.com/20...


message 110: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children  A noir memoir by Josh Stallings
Introduction by Tad Williams Praised by Ken Bruen and Charlie Huston

New essay about crime and redemption from father to son by
Josh Stallings

http://spaceythompson.blogspot.com/20...


message 109: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children: A noir memoir coming Friday. I discuss it at Paul Brazzil's joint. http://pauldbrazill.wordpress.com/201...


message 108: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children: A noir memoir

"Outside of Mazatlan we hit the toad crossing. It’s night. I’m rolling with a bunch feverish moaning diarrhea streaked junkies. I am related to most of them. I am 13. I am smoking like a chimney to keep the smell at bay. Dry lightning spiderwebs the sky. Then I see them. The road is covered with toads stretching out a hundred feet or more. The car slides as if on ice. Swerving back and forth, hydroplaning on toad soup. A minute later we’re back on dry asphalt, rolling on as if it never happened. Sometimes life is stranger than drugs." - All The Wild Children COMING 03.15.13


message 107: by Josh

Josh Stallings All The Wild Children a noir memoir releasing March 15th. Introduction by NY Times best selling author Tad Williams.

From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir. Raised in the 60's counter-culture, a teen in the 70's, and a father in the go go 80's. White boy in a ghetto high school. Guns. Drugs. Sex. Fatherhood. Heart warming, uplifting and tough. A life writ large.


message 106: by Josh

Josh Stallings The countdown begins. On March 15th Snubnose Press will be publishing "All The Wild Children" My Memoir. Drugs, guns, love, betrayal, getto glitter rockers and so much more. It's a noir memoir.


message 105: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Josh. Thanks so much for Friending me, and Happy New Year to you. Hope the writing's going well :)


message 104: by Josh

Josh Stallings OUT OF THE GUTTER just reviewed Out There Bad - "Buckle up boys and girls, it's a town full of losers and Moses McGuire is pulling out for the win."- great stuff, check it out.
http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2...


message 103: by Josh

Josh Stallings Ok my friends Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT is out! 41 amazing writers - Vachss, Lansdale, Stella , Pelecanos, Bruen a bunch of other very tallented writers and even this Stallings guy! Grab it while its hot.

http://www.amazon.com/Protectors-Stor...


message 102: by Josh

Josh Stallings "Man, Josh Stallings can write... a combination of Chandleresque asides and observations, spare but vivid scene-setting and a keen eye for nailing his characters dead-on" -Martin Stanley Beautiful, Naked & Dead
http://thegamblersnovel.com/2012/08/1...


message 101: by Josh

Josh Stallings Beautiful, Naked & Dead is fast paced, well honed and purrs like a V-8 with the hammer down. There are no punches pulled here, only some damn fine writing. - Great new review over at Nevada Roadkill

http://nevadaroadkill.blogspot.co.uk/...


message 100: by Josh

Josh Stallings Last day to get the critically acclaimed mystery novel - BEAUTIFUL, NAKED & DEAD, on Kindle for free.

Beautiful, Naked & Dead by Josh Stallings

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message 99: by Josh

Josh Stallings Beautiful, Naked & Dead is FREE on KINDLE for the next few days... Grab a great mystery book, and enjoy.

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message 98: by Josh

Josh Stallings Beautiful, Naked & Dead - 25 - 5 Star reviews (Amazon) 47 - 5 Star reviews (Goodreads) 13 best of 2011 lists. "Brutally honest" "Moses McGuire is one of the most compelling noir anti-heroes I've read in some time." "Gritty, intense and fast paced." "brutal and it is magnificent."

Have you read it?


Beautiful, Naked & Dead


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message 97: by Josh

Josh Stallings “Damn girl, that pinches. What are those, real cuffs?”

“Sorry baby.” She leaned down, kissing his wrist and giving him a look down her top at her breasts.

“Mmmm, they little, bitty things, but I still love to suck on those dark cherries. I hear the darker the berry …” That was the last thing he ever said. The blast from the twelve-gauge...

BLOOD AND TACOS #2 is out.

http://www.bloodandtacos.com/sunshine...


message 96: by Josh

Josh Stallings I have a story in the pulp masterpiece of a magazeen; BLOOD & TACOS - My story is, Sunshine: Stripper Assassin in THE G-STRING GUNDOWN. Hope you like it.

http://www.bloodandtacos.com/sunshine...


message 95: by Josh

Josh Stallings Snubnose Press Sampler: The openings of upcoming releases
May 23, 2012 - Including my upcoming memoir - All the Wild Children by Josh Stallings

http://snubnosepress.wordpress.com/20...


message 94: by Josh

Josh Stallings "Beautiful, Naked & Dead is written with raw power and authenticity and Moses McGuire is one of the most compelling noir anti-heroes I've read in some time. If it's true that authors get better the more they write, then we have a lot to look forward to from Josh Stallings."

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Naked...


message 93: by Josh

Josh Stallings Ok, I am both stunned and please by Ian Ayris's review of Beautiful Naked & Dead. To have a fine writer get what you do and dig it is about as good as it gets.

"If the days of our lives moved along on wheels of justice, Moses McGuire would be the leader of the free world, and Josh Stallings would be its poet laureate.

BEAUTIFUL, NAKED & DEAD is brutal and it is magnificent.

And you need to read it.

NOW." - Ian Ayris

http://www.ianayris.com/2012/05/beaut...


message 92: by Josh

Josh Stallings I have an essay in the current CRIME FACTORY, it may well be the best I know how to write. Give it a read, let me know what you think.

Josh

http://www.thecrimefactory.com/2012/0...


message 91: by Josh

Josh Stallings If you love a ragged titty bar bouncer and a book about him, BEAUTIFUL NAKED & DEAD head over to Spinetingler Magazeen and vote . http://www.spinetinglermag.com/2012/0...


message 90: by Josh

Josh Stallings OMFG! Beautiful, Naked & Dead was nominated for a SPINETINGLER award! 2012 Spinetingler Award: Best Novel – New Voice - WOW. I am proud to bursting.

http://www.spinetinglermag.com/2012/0...


message 89: by Josh

Josh Stallings Beautiful, Naked & Dead - "This book was like when you are expecting a nice kiss from your grandma but instead she grabs the back of your head with both hands and head butts you! ... If you like your stories Intelligent and bloody than you are doing yourself a disservice by not picking this up." - Michael @ Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 88: by Josh

Josh Stallings Fantasic news, Snobnose Press will be publishing my memoir All The Wild Children - publication is still a few drafts off, but damn I'm proud to join the Snubnose Press crew.

http://snubnosepress.wordpress.com/20...


message 87: by Josh

Josh Stallings The romantic side of Moses McGuire and a cupcake, you really cant go wrong.

http://myfriendscallmekate.blogspot.com/


message 86: by Josh

Josh Stallings Best Noir of the 21st Century
Hardboiled, crime and noir stories. - Cool list of great writers! Give it a look see.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/17...


message 85: by Josh

Josh Stallings Beautiful, Naked & Dead "one of the best books I've read in quite a while... This is a great book, beautifully written by an author that brought a lot of heart to the keyboard." - Pearce Hansen

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Naked...


message 84: by Josh

Josh Stallings "Two novels you should get immediately are THE BASTARD HAND by Heath Lowrance and BEAUTIFUL, NAKED & DEAD by Josh Stallings. These two get talked about a lot and for good reason. One is noir as hell, the other hard-boiled as a bastard." - Charlie Williams


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