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March 25, 2013

Todd Robinson HARD BOUNCEs Los Angeles

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 10:01 am

 

ThuglitA fresh breeze blew into Los Angeles for the weekend, bringing with it the accent of New York and vigorous raconteury in the Irish tradition powered by good old American testosterone.  This heady intoxicant radiated from the person of Todd Robinson,  creator of Thuglit, one of the first  online crime publishers. Todd and his crew at Thuglit launched the careers of countless writers, (myself included under my pseudonym Anonymous-9). As long as he remained in town, Los Angeles was transformed, and writers attended his readings to listen, pay respect, and warm ourselves at his fire.

Todd’s first novel THE HARD BOUNCE is out in hard back from Tyrus Press after a ten year slog through the wilderness. Los Angeles turned out to celebrate. There was more kissing, backslapping, handshaking and hugging than an Irish wake. Comments are enabled at the end of this piece.

Elaine/Anonymous-9 & Todd Robinson at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach. MG is on the cutting edge of the crime writing scene.

Elaine/Anonymous-9 & Todd Robinson at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach. MG is on the cutting edge of the crime writing scene.

L to R: Erica and Josh Stallings, Dirty Words

L to R: Erika & Josh Stallings, Sabrina Ogden and Richard Ogden, who made the trip from Utah to be with us.
London, singer/songwriter with band of the same name and Todd. London had fond memories of New York club nights with Todd.

London, singer/songwriter with band of the same name and Todd. These guys had fond memories of New York club nights back in the day.

LA author CHRISTA FAUST [Butch Fatale] sparkled the party and offered props to organizer-and-exhibit- one-of-urbane-cool, ERIC BEETER, (The Devil Doesn't Want Me).

LA author CHRISTA FAUST [Butch Fatale] sparkled the party and offered props to organizer and exhibit-one-of-urbane-cool, ERIC BEETNER, (The Devil Doesn’t Want Me).

L to R: JULIA MADELEINE [The Truth About Scarlet Rose], STEVE?, ELAINE ASH [Hard Bite] and her fabulousness, ERIKA STALLINGS. fabulousness

L to R: JULIA MADELEINE [The Truth About Scarlet Rose], STEVE?, ELAINE ASH [Hard Bite] and the fabulous ERIKA STALLINGS.

AJ HAYES and lovely, well-read wife THEORY traveled up from San Diego. A gathering of noir-istas would not be complete without them.

AJ HAYES and lovely, well-read wife THEORY traveled up from San Diego. A gathering of noir-istas would not be complete without them.

Todd headlining at The Mandrake, holding the room with an excerpt from his short story collection. A bravura performance. We wanted more.

Todd headlining at The Mandrake, holding the room with an excerpt from his short story collection. A bravura performance. We wanted more.

JOSH STALLINGS gave an inspired reading from his upstart memoir, All the Wild Children, a noir memoir. There's heat around this one, as Stallings finds his stride.

JOSH STALLINGS gave an inspired reading from his upstart memoir, All the Wild Children, a noir memoir. There’s heat around this one, as Stallings extends his stride.

TODD  and co-organizer STEPHEN BLACKMORE (Dead Things].

TODD and co-organizer STEPHEN BLACKMORE (Dead Things].

Me and ALDO CALCAGNO, one of my very first editors at POWDER BURN FLASH. Aldo was introduced from the audience to huge applause from grateful readers and writers.

Me and ALDO CALCAGNO, one of my very first editors at POWDER BURN FLASH. Aldo was introduced from the audience to huge applause from grateful readers and writers. THANK YOU, Aldo.

Christa and Stephen share a bon mot at THE MANDRAKE on La Cienega, where there's always a seat for a drinking writer.

Christa and Stephen share a bon mot at THE MANDRAKE on La Cienega, where there’s always a seat for a drinking writer.

L to R: TODD MORR who read from Captain Cooker, TODD ROBINSON, eith JACLYN of Mysterious Galaxy who expertly juggled mobile book sales with an air of  effortless cool. (It ain't as easy as she makes it look.)

L to R: TODD MORR who read from Captain Cooker, TODD ROBINSON, with JACLYN of Mysterious Galaxy who expertly juggled mobile book sales with an air of effortless cool. (It ain’t as easy as she makes it look.)

Film director JOHN ALTOBELLO (find him on IMDB) engages STEPHEN BLACKMORE who appears to be signing Dead Things. John is an old friend of Todd's and dropped by for the noir.

Film director JOHN ALTOBELLO (find him on IMDB) engages STEPHEN BLACKMORE who appears to be signing Dead Things. John is an old friend of Todd’s and dropped by for the noir.

Bright young things at the party. (My fav photo of the night.) LONDON & JACLYN TAYLOR

Bright young things at the party. (My fav photo of the night.) LONDON w/ JACLYN TAYLOR

Please feel free to leave comments, below. Anything that you didn’t get to say to Todd last night, leave it here.  BUY HARD BOUNCE HERE.HARD BOUNCE

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11 Comments »

  1. What a time it was. And no one left in a squad car. Too much fun.

    Comment by Josh Stallings — March 25, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  2. grats all ’round, to all 🙂

    Comment by laughingwolf — March 25, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

  3. Hi Josh! Can’t wait to hear you read out loud again–it was that good.
    Laughing Wolf, wish you could have been there with us. Thanks for dropping by.
    Elaine

    Comment by Elaine Ash — March 25, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  4. Nobody left in a squad car? Come on, you just weren’t trying!

    Obviously, a great time was had by all. And if it give The Hard Bounce a bounce, that’s all to the good.

    Comment by Al Tucher — March 26, 2013 @ 4:55 am

  5. There’s a crew of interesting folks. BTW, I just realized that you bear a passing resemblance to Andrea from The Walking Dead! Has anyone else ever noted that?

    Comment by cgramlich — March 26, 2013 @ 6:27 am

  6. what a swell group

    Comment by Steve Weddle — March 27, 2013 @ 5:57 am

  7. Charles, you dirty rat. And I thought my secret was safe. Yes, I’m a ZOMBIE!
    Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — March 27, 2013 @ 9:08 am

  8. Wish ya hadda been there, Steve. The party would have been complete.
    Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — March 27, 2013 @ 9:09 am

  9. Nice pix of you. You worry too much.

    Comment by marpreston — March 30, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  10. And only one pic with someone with a drink and it could be iced tea. That’s noir-ish. Congrats on the great time.

    Comment by oscar case — March 30, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  11. Hi Oscar! The camera missed me imbibing a “Dark & Stormy” (goslings rum with fresh ginger, gingerale and lime) followed by a Mint Julep. I had to stop there.

    Comment by ashedit — April 1, 2013 @ 8:20 am


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