Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hell In 2012

I'm only going to mention Hell On Church Street intermittently on The Night Editor since my purpose here is to talk about fiction and film by other folks, but I thought this first-of-the-year post would be a good place to take note of the roll out of my debut novel.

Right off the bat, I should say that this has been one of the best experiences of my life. To see my first novel published is quite literally a dream come true, and I couldn't be more happy with the physical book itself. Many thanks to my publisher, New Pulp Press and its lord of the dark arts, Jon Bassoff.

Since its release the book's gotten some pretty sweet reviews. Here are some highlights (with links to the full reviews if you're interested):

Eric Beetner at Criminal Element called the book "one of the finest pieces of contemporary Noir I've read."

At Spinetingler Magazine the Nerd of Noir said "Hell On Church Street, Jake Hinkson's addictively creepy debut novel, reads fast but lingers long."

And James Reasoner writing at Rough Edges called it a "very strong debut" and
singled out the setting and characters as authentic, which is the kind of detail that only Baptists (in this particular case) can testify to.

Over the course of the year, I'll be doing readings at various bookstores and conferences, and I'll post that information here. I've also started a Facebook page for anyone interested in following my goings-on that way. And, of course, I'd love to hear from anyone who's read the book and has thoughts (or complaints, or fiery admonitions) that they'd like to share.


StephenD said...

And you got a mention in the Los Angeles Review of Books: http://lareviewofbooks.org/post/16287074616/hell-hurt-blood-and-rapture

It's getting a lot of good press, so I hope folks are checking it out. I plan to pick up a copy next time I'm in my local bookstore.

Jake Hinkson said...

Thanks, Stephen!