I recently heard from a new small publisher here in Chicago called Criminal Class Press, who were kind enough to send along as well the latest issue of their book-length literary journal, Criminal Class Review; and I've ended up really enjoying it this week as I've slowly made my way through it at random moments, so wanted to make sure to put up a mention of them here too, so that you all could check them out as well. Inspired by such edgy '80s writers as Irvine Welsh and Jim Thompson, CCP is a collection of dark-lit fans who are attempting to create a haven of sorts for the next generation of such authors, providing not only the paper journal but also producing a series of live events, and of course with a website that keeps growing each day. This latest issue, their fourth, is in fact completely dedicated to contemporary noir tales, and I think all you genre fans out there will get a big kick out of it.
Just this weekend CCP had two big shows here in Chicago, one at Quimby's Bookstore and the other at indie-rock haunt The Empty Bottle, that latter event featuring the author of one of my all-time favorite books from the 1990s, Jim Goad of The Redneck Manifesto and of course the infamously offensive zine Answer Me! And then on March 13th, the CCP crowd will be sponsoring a live show in San Francisco as well, specifically at Evergold Gallery near the Powell Street BART station; among other performers will be two friends of mine, Michelle Tea and Bucky Sinister, so I can guarantee that a fun time will be had by all. I encourage you to make it out if you're in the Bay area yourself, or to at least pick up the latest issue of their high-quality trade-paperback journal.