ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay Stringer was born in 1980, and he’s not dead yet. He has been nominated for multiple Anthony, Derringer & McIlvanney Awards and was Not The Booker Longlisted.
He’s English by birth and Scottish by rumour; born in the Black Country, and claiming Glasgow as his hometown.
Jay is dyslexic, and came to the written word as a second language, via comic books, music, and comedy. He writes hard boiled crime stories, dark comedies, and social fiction.
His first three books, the Eoin Miller Trilogy explored the political and criminal landscape of the West Midlands. He now writes books set in Glasgow and New York.
Jay won a gold medal in the Antwerp Olympics of 1920. He did not compete in the Helsinki Olympics of 1952, that was some other guy.
October 19th sees the release of Killing Malmon, a collection of stories from thirty crime authors, published by Down & Out books. We have so many questions. Like, what is this book? Why does it exist? Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Here to help us get to the bottom of things, is an exclusive interview between Jay Stringer and a panda.
PANDA: So who is Dan Malmon, and why does he need to die so many deaths?
STRINGER: We needed to be sure he was dead.
PANDA: And the real answer?
STRINGER: Seriously. Had to be sure.
PANDA: I guess I need to do all the work here. So, Killing Malmon is an anthology in which thirty different authors get to murder the now legendary Dan Malmon, of Dan Malmon fame.
STRINGER: See, you’re good at this.
PANDA. Shut it, bear talking. Dan is a regular contributor to Crimespree Magazine and, along with his partner Kate, an important part of the crime fiction community.
STRINGER: I think you should put important in quotes. An ‘important’ part of the crime fiction community.
PANDA: And you’re one of the authors who killed him.
STRINGER: Ah. Here we go. I get to talk about myself. I’m interested now…
PANDA: Hold up. Still doing the important stuff. So, the anthology is edited by Kate and Dan, published by Down & Out books, and all proceeds go to British supermarket chain M&S.
STRINGER: No, no, wait, stop. No. Proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
PANDA: Well, if you’re so sure of yourself, why don’t you tell people what it’s all about.
STRINGER: Okay. Kate Malmon –who we all know is the real brains behind the whole Malmon operation- was diagnosed with MS many years ago. Kate does a lot of great work raising awareness and battling the condition, and captains a MS cycling team, Saint Kate’s Cycling Saints.
PANDA: Kinda makes you look lazy, doesn’t it?
STRINGER: With Killing Malmon, you get to read thirty of your favourite crime authors—
PANDA: Twenty-nine, plus Jay Stringer…
STRINGER: Thirty of your favourite crime authors, each dreaming up a different grizzly end for Dan. And as a bonus, we get to raise money to tackle the condition.
PANDA: You said grizzly just for me, didn’t you?
PANDA: Okay, so now we get to talk about you. Or, really, about me. Why did you feel the need to get a Panda hooked on heroin?
STRINGER: I’d like to point out no actual bears were harmed during the writing of this story.
PANDA: I got pretty hurt.
STRINGER: The Malmons invited me to write a story. At Bouhcercon last year, I was on a panel moderated brilliantly by Kate, and for some reason I started telling stories about when I worked in a zoo. From there, Kate and Dan challenged me to write something about stealing an animal from a zoo. So, I cooked up The Panda Heist.
PANDA: I note they did not say ‘write a story where a Panda gets addicted to drugs.’
STRINGER: No, I came up with that my own self.
PANDA: You’re evil.
STRINGER: What? You’re fine. It’s not like I killed you off. You outlived Dan.
PANDA: Spoilers. The readers don’t know that. I might be a ghost.
STRINGER: You’re clearly not.
PANDA: GHOST PANDA JUDGES YOU.
Okay. Well, I think that cleared everything up, right? Who could possibly have any questions left after that?
Killing Malmon is released on October 19th, and available wherever book are sold. Alongside GHOST PANDA, you’ll also find the talents of Hector Acosta, Eric Beetner, Dana Cameron, Sarah M. Chen, Matthew Clemens, Angel Luis Colón, Hilary Davidson, Cory Funk, Danny Gardner, Paul J. Garth, Rob Hart, Ed Kurtz, S.W. Lauden, Russel D. McLean, Jeff Macfee, Erin Mitchell, Erica Ruth Neubauer, Brad Parks, Thomas Pluck, Bryon Quertermous, Todd Robinson, Alex Segura, Jeff Shelby, Nathan Singer, Josh Stallings, Jay Stringer, R.D. Sullivan, Bryan VanMeter, Holly West and Dave White.
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