How I Got the Gun: Eric Beetner

For as long as I remember, Eric Beetner has been a fixture of the crime writing community. He became part of the Shotgun Honey community with his story “A Measure of Time” back in 2011, our inaugural year. He’s contributed to our Shotgun Honey Presents series, kindly blurbed some of our novels, and is often […]

Tonight by Eric Beetner

Somewhere in Los Angels tonight there is a body in a trunk. The car is traveling south on the 110 from Compton to San Pedro. The man driving the car doesn’t know who it is, or why they are there. He doesn’t care. The car is a four-door sedan and the ads when it was […]

Shotgun Honey Presents Favorite Reads of 2019 (Part One)

2019 is almost gone, and it’s that time of the year we reflect back on the books we’ve read. I know the books I’ve read and those that still tower in my TBR pile all cattywampus next on and around my nightstand is sizable. I’m always willing to make that pile larger, so I’ve asked […]

Where the Long Road Ends by Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner - Photo by Mark Krajnak

Her dreams died long before she did. They were on life support before I even met her. But that’s what this town does to you. When I was a kid I heard an uncle say the U.S. tilted to the left and all the nuts ran downhill and landed in California. I knew the truth […]

Debut of Writer Types with Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden: Episode 1

Something pretty cool happened. What? The debut of a new podcast produced by Shotgun Honey alums Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden. It features interviews, reviews, banter, and a reading from the Shotgun Honey archives. This episode Eric and Steve talk to Megan Abbott, Lou Berney, Steph Post. The dynamic duo (not Eric and Steve, or […]

Up on the Rooftop by Eric Beetner

Turns out a snowman is no place to hide. Bullets go right through. Mr. Halvorsen learned that one the hard way.

This was the day before Christmas Eve when I was nine. The Halvorsens were our neighbors. My bedroom looked out onto their house and when I was a teenager I’d spend a lot of time watching and waiting for Marjorie to walk past her window in her underwear, but this was before that. All I had on my mind two days before the big day were presents.

Now, don’t ask me why Mr. H decided to pull this stunt a day before the day Santa Claus is supposed to come around, but I guess he had his reasons. Maybe he could only rent the suit on an off day since all the other dads intent on giving their kids the thrill of a lifetime with a visit from the actual Santa Claus had reserved the red outfit in advance. That’s just me speculating.

Safety by Eric Beetner

The kid was a pain in the ass, but that’s what a little brother is for. Mark knew the kid worshipped him. What he couldn’t figure was how to parlay that into an all access pass to his sister’s panties. Marcia let Stevie hang around way too much and Mark suspected it was because she […]

A Measure Of Time by Eric Beetner

It takes 23.3 seconds to empty a 30-round magazine in my Colt M4 Carbine. How do I know that? Because I emptied one last night. And I’m here to tell you what happens in those 23.3 seconds. How did I get an M4? None of your fucking business. So, first few seconds is all about […]