Steven J. McDermott

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Steven J. McDermott has bounced around western Washington most of his life with stints in California and Scotland adding seasoning. He currently lives on the easternmost of the San Juan Islands with his wife Therese. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and his BA in English and Philosophy (with a minor in Anthropology) from Western Washington University. His short stories have been published in online and print journals such as Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, Carve, Passages North, Red Wheelbarrow, The Rockford Review, Timbercreek Review, Westview, and most recently in The Angler, Scarecrow, Thieves Jargon, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, and elimae.

Paperback Writer

The Beatles nailed the sentiment with their song Paperback Writer: “It’s a dirty story of a dirty man . . . but I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer.” Ah, the dream to write pulp fiction at a penny a word!

One of the things I find most amazing about that era of pulp fiction writing is the speed with which those writers wrote those novels. Robert Silverberg, for example, says:
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Winter of Different Directions

3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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Winter of Different Directions (Literature & Fiction)
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Saddle Sinners
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Wow! Noir masterpiece for sure. How did did this not get mentioned in the books on crime and pulp fiction by Horsley, Haut, O'Brien, and Ritt? How did this not get made into a movie in the 1950s?! Soon as I finished this I went back and read it again ...more
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The uneven quality of the writing - prose that lapses at times into cliches and extended expository telling - had me speed reading a fair amount of the time, but otherwise this is an interesting noir about a private nurse who moves in with a family a ...more
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So much great advice in these essays, and O'Connor is so quotable. Much easier to quote than to emulate. On this reading I took the time to read the four essays—which I'd previously skipped—relating to the writer and religion and was surprised to fin ...more
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Wow, Parker is such an amoral bad ass! His entrance into the city, walking across the George Washington bridge, and then his little crime spree to raise cash, is one of the best character introductions, in any genre, that I can remember reading. As a ...more
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No Nice Girl by Perry Lindsay
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Perry Lindsay was a pseudo of Peggy Gaddis. When this novel was reprinted in paperback in 1946, it was one of the first of a bewildering array of Gaddis paperback reprints that began appearing along with her paperback originals in the late 1940s and ...more
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Steven Most recently I scored a bunch of 1st editions at the Seattle Mystery Book Store, Powells in Portland, and Robert's Books in Lincoln City, OR. And then I bought some from individual sellers on Amazon. And also got lucky at a few garage sales and at the Fremont Market in Seattle. But I'm not always reading the originals, just linking to those editions because the covers are cool. But I do have a lot of the originals. Wish now I kept all the ones I had in junior high! But heck they were disposable pulp fiction :-(

Corey wrote: "You're obviously on a pulp fiction quest but where are you finding all these old ones with their wonderfully lurid covers?"


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Corey You're obviously on a pulp fiction quest but where are you finding all these old ones with their wonderfully lurid covers?


message 1: by Katrina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:25AM)

Katrina Hi, Steven!


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