COMING in NOVEMBER 2016 from 280 STEPS Publishers ******
KISS the DEVIL GOOD NIGHT
An outrageous, gonzo noir, road-trip crime novel.
“Yale dropout, Iraq War veteran, and laid-off garbage-truck driver Bill Derringer drops his kids at summer camp in Orlando before robbing a gun show with wife Edie and sexy Aunt Ida. Before he knows it, he’s cooling his heels in prison, with wife and aunt, now lovers, having played him for a sap and made a gleeful getaway to Mexico. Released on parole five years later, Derringer has vowed revenge—and a job picking up the lost suitcase of William S. Burroughs provides the perfect excuse to travel south of the border. This is the literary equivalent of a Big Daddy Roth drawing: all bulging eyeballs, lolling tongues, and high octane propulsion (even if Derringer ends up driving a VW Bug through the jungle). Like Hunter S. Thompson crossbred with Gil Brewer, Woods revels in paranoia, hallucinations, hapless saps, and language both playful and profane. Exuberantly shotgunning pulp-fiction clichés (from Mexican sojourns to Nazi scientists), he slathers on film noir homage and shakes until it explodes like the radioactive suitcase at the end of Kiss Me Deadly. Pulpy, pervy fun for those who like the wild stuff.”—Keir Graff, Booklist
“Jittery Iraq War vet Bill Derringer, the narrator of this picaresque story of antic insanity from Woods (A Death in Mexico), and his wife, Edie, decide on a whim to drive from their home in Atlanta to Orlando, Fla., to attend the murder trial of a woman accused of killing her baby and maybe eating it. They stay in Orlando with Edie’s Aunt Ida, who persuades the couple to help her rob a gun show. After the heist, Edie and her aunt leave Bill behind and run off to share a lesbian relationship in Mexico. Five years after his conviction for armed robbery, Bill leaves prison for a Miami halfway house with nebulous plans for revenge. When he gets a chance to look for William Burroughs’s long-lost suitcase somewhere in Mexico for a collector, with the added possibility of finding Edie and Aunt Ida, he and Jane Ryder, his new companion from the halfway house, fly to Mexico City. There they have a series of barely related adventures involving gratuitous sex, death, and mayhem. Fans of offbeat noir will find a lot to like. (Nov.)”—Publishers Weekly
“Kiss the Devil Good Night is a jumpy and sexually explicit tale…exploring locales from Florida to Mexico, as well as the dark ruminations of its antihero…[for] readers who like their noir with a side of vulgar.”
“Jonathan Woods’ Kiss the Devil Good Night, is debauched, deadpan, and inebriating—the confessions of a comedic psychopath. Wild fun! You’ll never take sex or death seriously again. Buy this book!”
—Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity, Voluntary Madness and Fur People
“What a wonderful novel. I flat out loved this book…[I had] a pure surge of delight on reading it, it’s fun, fast, furious, frantic and oh so fantastically written. A rare treat.”
—Ken Bruen, two-time Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards, London Boulevard, Blitz and Purgatory
“Jonathan Woods’ Kiss the Devil Good Night is a street-smart, fast-paced and deliciously cynical tale that races like an 18-wheeler with blown brakes from Florida’s badlands to the dark heart of Mexico. The story it tells of sex, money and revenge is as steamy and dangerous as a crocodile-ridden swamp.”
—Stephen Amidon, author of Human Capital and Security
“Kiss the Devil Good Night is a frenzied and sprawling masterpiece that blasts through the boundaries of southern-gothic. Featuring one of the most memorable anti-heroes in literature, this novel cements Jonathan Woods' reputation as one of the truly original voices in crime fiction.”
—Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion and Factory Town
"KISS THE DEVIL GOOD NIGHT is a hell of a ride. Buy yourself a ticket now."
—Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising, Doctor Sleep and The Color of Night
SWINGERS ANONYMOUS (the movie) rocks!!!
And in 2016, screening at HollyShorts Film Festival, April 2016 monthly event.
It's already screened at:
- Key West Film Festival 2014
- New FilmMakers New York WinterFest 2015
- Vancouver Badass Short Film Festival 2015
- Cannes Film Festival 2015 @ the American Pavilion
- SAFILM (San Antonio Film Festival) 2015
- FilmGate Miami 2015
- Tom Frank - Best Actor
- Audience Award - Best Film
"Deeply, often hilariously, twisted." - Booklist
The author of the fine thriller A Death in Mexico (2012) and the short story collection Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem (2010) offers up another fistful of fantastic short fiction featuring people whose lives are seriously out of whack. There’s a guy who commits a crime because an elevator tells him to; another guy who does something really nasty because a voice on a phone (claiming to be Charles Manson) tells him to; a woman whose murderous plot goes murderously wrong. Sometimes it’s the story’s premise, rather than its characters, that is wildly offbeat in a thoroughly engaging way (like the one about a couple of big-name twentieth-century writers out on the town in Cuba, or the one about a conspiracy involving the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature). Cleverly written and deeply, often hilariously, twisted, these stories are little gems of noir. — David Pitt
"You need a man to go to hell with." -- Tuesday Weld
“Woods’ wild mix of smart stories will run you through just enough hell to make you like it!” -- Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity and Iguana Love
“The stories in Phone Call from Hell are taut and compelling little gems from an exciting and unique talent. I loved this book!”
-- Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, Bad Chili and Mucho Mojo
"Brilliant," says preeminent international crime fiction blogger Paul D. Brazill
"Jonathan Woods' latest collection is a belter. The quirky and inventive collection starts off with quotes from Anthony Burgess and the Coen Brothers and leads with a story called 'The Handgun's Tale' which is just that - the world from the perspective of a gun.
Other gems include the title story in a which an eternal loser gets a phone call from Charles Manson, 'The Old Man' is classic and classy, 'The Other Suitcase', the story of Kafka's missing smut and 'Hearing Voices,' which has a smart and funny twist on the femme fatale trope. 'Crash & Burn,' the final story, is a cinematic, high octane thriller.
Rich writing full of strong images. Twisted and funny and brilliant.
5 out of 5 stars." -- Paul D. Brazill
Phone Call from Hell among the best of 2014.
at indie BookPeople Bookstore in indie
Austin, TX names
Phone Call from Hell one of the TOP 5 CRIME SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS of 2014.
"From the wonderful warped imagination of Jonathan Woods, the second installment of twisted satiric tales. From an out-of-control swingers party to a man getting a phone call from Charles Manson, Woods proves he is the mad scientist of short fiction."
Check out the entire list on the MysteryPeople blog.