By Jason Thibault
Since we decided that we didn’t have enough work to do already here at Optimum Wound we decided to build a second site over the last few months.
I give you BLUNT FORCE BEATING, our new online crime magazine. This has been in the planning stages for eons. It’s only recently that we decided that talk was cheap and it was time to build the damn thing.
My friend and long-time collaborator Chris Williams were sitting on a patio over beers one afternoon dreaming up a site that would cover every facet of the crime genre. TV, comics, film, books, video games, and documentaries. No stone would be left unturned.
There’s amazing horror sites out there like Bloody Disgusting and Fangoria covering the horror beat but I couldn’t find any similar site doing the same for crime.
There’s been an amazing worldwide output of crime and revenge films from every imaginable corner of the earth. A bonanza of African crime fiction has arisen in the last few years. Unique publishing houses like Akashic and Soft Skull Press have been releasing profound but largely undocumented books. And the comic scene is seeing genre books like The Hunter make great strides into the mainstream.
I couldn’t sit on it any longer. We needed to get a crime culture journal put up on the net. Richard Serrao, Chris Williams and contributing writers like Violet Dear started producing reviews and essays while I got to work putting the framework of bluntforcebeating.com together.
The gloves come off over there. There’s no censorship and the profanity can get quite loud. I wanted to create a home away from home for people that are passionate about violent, noirish tales both fiction and non-fiction that span every medium across the globe.
It’s been fun as hell so far. Hope you dig it.