Poster for the 1950 B-Movie, "Deadly Is The Female"

{ The beginning of this story came to mind after a vacation with my wife in September of 2015 in western Virginia, our first vacation in maybe 15 years. The time off reinvigorated my creative soul. What prompted the story? Not sure. I do know that I penned most of this on the day after the Columbus day mentioned at the start. I think the impetus for the story was to write some dark comedic humor for a mystery/crime fiction story. I think some of the dialogue is hilarious, and some of my best writing. Actually, my wife thinks it’s one of my best starts ever. }

© 2016 Craig S. Hartranft (Usual caveats apply: this a rough draft, complete with spelling errors and grammar issues.)

On Monday October 12, it was Columbus Day, and the day after her second wedding anniversary, Missy Aldritch killed her husband George, giving him a gut shot with her Sig Sauer and then a bullet to the head when he wouldn’t stop moaning and whining and asking why.

Missy didn’t know why. She really wasn’t good at why. Finding out why. Or wondering why. He just wouldn’t shut up.

Shooting George on that cool overcast morning seemed the best thing to do. He had the day off, all day. He had three plans that day. One was sleeping in. The second was banging his wife silly. That wasn’t happening. The third was was detailing his 2014 Ford F-150 extended cab pick up truck.

Christ. Missy hated that thing. A silver behemoth that George drove one mile, total, back and forth each day to work. One half mile each way. Geez. He could have walked, worked off that damn beer gut he was developing.

Maybe that was the why. That fucking truck.

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Craig’s Heavy Metal Chili Recipe, Finally Revealed, and The Secret Ingredient

12 April 2016 Recipes

{ My recipe for Craig’s Heavy Metal Chili has an appropriate history. Several years ago, Classic Rock (UK) magazine offered a calendar which featured recipes from the book Hellbent For Cooking. (For those who don’t know, the title is a play on the famous Judas Priest song, Hellbent For Leather.) The recipes were compiled from heavy […]

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The Travels of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely

5 April 2016 A Writer's Life

Here’s something of interest I picked up yesterday at the Ephrata Public Library’s annual Mystery Lovers Book Sale, a copy of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely. (Photo,right) Chandler was a pioneer of in the 30’s and 40’s noir crime fiction with his Phillip Marlowe private detective character. None of that is all that extraordinary; it’s […]

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Romeo Jones Prequel: As a Deputy United States Marshal Fugitive Hunting in the Poconos

26 November 2015 Crime Fiction

{ I have many ideas for detective Romeo Jones, not the least of which are being worked out in Blood Ties Die. But, like any good character, Rome has a past, a history. His most recent past, prior to coming back to his home town of Trinity, was as a Deputy United States Marshal, a […]

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New Music Review : Dark Moor – Project X : Symphonic Melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal from Spain

11 November 2015 Dangerdog Music Reviews

Spain’s Dark Moor is another band that has been pressing on for a long time, better than 20 years. Formed in Madrid by guitarist Enrik Garcia, the band returns with their tenth album, Project X. While I can’t be sure, as information about the album is lacking from the band, it appears this album has […]

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