Back With a Vengeance,
Yea, I know what you’re thinking. It’s like, different around here. Or if this is the first time you’ve visited This Desperate City (affectionately called TDC ‘round these parts) you’re thinking, seems cool, but, I don’t think I get it. Yes, it is different, and no, you don’t have to worry if you don’t get it.
TDC was initially created (some 4 years ago) to tell interesting stories. Those stories came in the form of webcomics (mainly) and free prose (secondarily). And I didn’t want to stray from that, so in this re-launch first in my mind was, and will always be, telling, spreading, reading, or talking about stories.
But as a career develops, targets switch. And as a writer, or artist, or entertainer, or anyone in the business of people can attest, you initially start firing center mass, but once you’re good enough, you always go for the headshot. The new TDC site is hopefully just that. A more focused, intense, and satisfying experience for the reader (you) as well as the creator (me).
So how different is it? Well. You’re smart, so I have faith you can click around and find out. But I will give some highlights.
Find all of JJ Sinisi’s (that’s me) published works to date, along with a sample to get your mouth watering and an easy to follow link. A LOT of them are free and if you’re a fan of me, or a fan of crime fiction, or a fan of really modest guys doing GREAT work, then you should click through and give them all a site visit. These amazing people support the industry with little recognition and even less appreciation. It’s a thing of wonder so many of them have accepted my work into their publications, and the very least I can do is push, pimp, and prod you all into becoming avid readers of their stuff. Some of the links will bring you straight to Amazon or a buy now site. These are for purchase only items, but don’t be too cheap, the priciest ones top out at less than a cup of coffee, and most for less than a buck. And all of those feature other great talent as well in the same issue.
You like free stuff, right? Sure ya’ do. Under stories you’ll find dirty little tales of desperate men and smart women, or sad babes and evil evil pricks. Or any mixture of the strange and pulpy figures featured in my crime stories. The running novel Great Dame which featured prominently on the old TDC site will also be back soon, though this will be more of an event coupled with some social media tie ins. More on that in the coming year, but for now, we premier with the story The Hardest Men, a mid-century noir piece two parts Bogart, one part Untouchables. Drink it warm, so it doesn’t burn all the way down.
Ah the webcomics. A big part of the old site was the running comic This Desperate City, along with a smattering of one off stories under the Streetlight Stories banner. This Desperate City the webcomic has been shelved for the time being, though the shorter Streetlight Stories are re-linked (and easier to navigate) here. If you’ve read them before, take another look, it’s probably been awhile. If you’re new, these little blasts of crime fiction are just enough to start your day in mean mood. The goal is to expand this section, with more stories by different artists and possibly different writers. As far as when, we’ll call it second on the list.
New posts on any of the above tabs as well as the blog will be announced on the home page, including any new publications or stories.
If you’re a member of G+ or Twitter, throw me a follow (links above) as a lot of blog material will be siphoned through there as well. And finally, if you love my stuff, or want to shoot me some email, or if you really REALLY want to send me more junk mail including penis enhancement, Nigerian Prince contact information, or 45% off a spatula, you’ll find a spanking new email address above, as well as right here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t be afraid to stick around and get your hands a little dirty. It can gritty in here, so I hope you like playing in the mud.
Fighting through the filth,
J. J. Sinisi is a professional out of New York but spends what little free time he has strolling dark alleyways creating crime fiction. His work has appeared at Spelk Fiction, Yellow Mama, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to the Knuckle, Dead Guns Press, All Due Respect, Thuglit, Dark Corners, Shotgun Honey, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Heater, and he received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Short Story contest.