The soundtrack to true terror is classic country. Only classic country from the 1950s and 1960s has the raw, heartbroken emotion of bone-deep despair that makes the blood run cold. The people of LonePine, Wyoming, like in most small towns in the slowly dying American West, know about heartbreak and economic despair. And ever since the undead showed up, they know about terror too. That’s probably why every pickup truck radio, every jukebox in every saloon, and every portable radio is belting out classic country while the rest of the world has moved on.Read More
Posts from Pumpjack Press authors and contributors about culture, books, economic and social justice topics, history and more, with the occasional poem and short story.
“Being a werecrow is just as pointless as being a real crow. Or a real human. The world is still full of idiots, present company excepted, of course,” I added sarcastically. “I’m still bored. And nothing we do really matters at all.” I pecked at the fence post angrily, knocking splinters loose. “It’s not like we’re werewolves or anything. Now that would be cool. They get to rip stuff up. They get respect.” #horrorRead More
Today, twenty-one years after the union of the authors of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, we offer up this poem written twenty-one years ago.Read More
Hanford is located just a few hundred miles from our home in Portland, and they offer public tours throughout the summer. The tours book up quickly. Interest is high. This summer, Kathleen and I finally made it onto the list and we had the opportunity spend a day on a bus touring the Hanford Nuclear Complex. No one is allowed to take photos. Apparently, the disposal of nuclear waste is just as sensitive as the process of nuclear enrichment.Read More
We had a great time at KBOO on the News In Depth segment with host Ken Jones earlier this summer. Ken is a great interviewer and KBOO community radio is a Portland treasure.Read More
A good bit of the commentary about The Highwaymen has focused on the idea that this new film sets the story straight, transferring the hero’s mantle to the deserving law enforcement men who brought the bandits to justice.
But what really happened was far from justice.
A little literary license to juice up a storyline isn’t particularly egregious but The Highwaymen badly misleads on three points in order to build the case that the lawmen were heroic. They weren’t.Read More
In advance of the publication of the last book in the Bonnie and Clyde series, authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall answer questions about Bonnie and Clyde and the origins of their alt-history series that imagines the outlaw lovers never died.Read More
From hidden marriages to Hollywood glamour shots, Bonnie and Clyde had a lot of secrets.Read More
Bonnie and Clyde seized the imagination of 1930s America with their daring criminal exploits, narrow escapes and doomed romance. But the misdeeds that turned Clyde from a hardscrabble farm boy into a notorious outlaw legend seem pretty tame in retrospect. The first brush the he had with the law was for stealing chickens. It was 1926 and, not surprisingly — given the long shadow of the Great Depression — he and his family were broke and hungry. He only got a warning though.Read More
Nothing lasts forever except true love, and tattoos. Bonnie and Clyde made plenty of mistakes in their short lives (she died at 24, he at 25) but misguided tattoos were somewhere near the top of the list.Read More