23 February 2020

New story in Flash Fiction Offensive

Hey! Read this!

I pay and go outside. It’s a cool night, moon up over the air base. Past the newspaper box and the propane tank, I tuck around the corner and listen for Ramon. 
In my vest’s inner pocket is a Taurus 9mm. A gift from my daughter. She hoped that if I had a gun, I’d worry less about her. She was wrong. Not that I’ve ever used the gun. I told Larry I never would. He didn’t believe me. He shrugged and said, “Just a matter of time.”

01 August 2019

Manzano Mountain Review Seeks Subs ----> Prose, Poetry, Art!

Starting August 1, Manzano Mountain Review is open for ALL SUBS!

Prose, Poetry, Art --> Submit!

Theme: Wilderness, how ever you choose to define it.

Window closes on October 1, so dolly up those drafts and bios and send em to us.


27 June 2019

New fuguers cove record released and reviewed!

In this week's Alibi, August March writes, 

"In Justin Bendell’s work as fuguers cove, there are moments when comparisons are apt but it’s still like walking out on the wing of a really big and fast jet airliner when it comes to the rocanrol that this dude makes in a home studio.
"Yeah this could have come from a four-track sitting in a basement in Dayton, Ohio or New Hope, Pa.—but it’s coming from right now, out of an expansively, exquisitely and ironically fertile desert. You can tell by the twang."

Here's the album, fully released and ready for streaming.

18 June 2019

31 March 2019

Albuquerque Writers of Crime Fiction

Hey Crime Writers in the Albuquerque Area:

Join this group:

This group is a place for greater Albuquerque writers of crime fiction (including but not limited to the noir, hardboiled, detective, mystery and thriller subgenres) to gather, discuss and share their work.

04 December 2018

Mystery Tribune publishes "Long Lost Sally"

My story "Long Lost Sally" will appear in Issue No. 7 of Mystery Tribune. I really enjoy the language in this gritty noir tale, and I am very pleased to see it find a home in what I believe is a terrific up and coming mystery/suspense x literary journal.

You have to pay to play, but the issues are thick (~240 pp.) and beautiful. Here is the first half page to whet (or kill) your appetite:

The house is warm. I melt in my pants. 
I'm hot like a red river hog going after tree fruit. My pink knees are hot and pink. It feels like I'm bleeding, but I'm not. I'm full of stallion. I'm full of viper. I need to get laid. 
The miracle worker is on the job. I can call her but I can't. She doesn't like it. 
The phone screams. 
I know who it is. No one calls but him. I let it ring. I know what he needs. 
I open the fridge. The milk is bad. 
I remember cigarettes and milk. Thick fat and smoke, the way it mingled. The way it danced on my tongue and in my lungs. Jar of pickles. Yellow mustard. The last limp radish. I ate it's brothers. Devoured, skinned, and suckled. 
The phone screams. I laugh. Just a little bit. Then I laugh like a red river hog, and I pickup the phone.

09 November 2018

Manzano Mountain Review Issue No. 3

Manzano Mountain Review Issue No. 3 is now live.

Here is my editor note for the issue:

I wake to wild winds spitting yellow leaves against the stucco. Wind chimes scat with abandon. The garden is dry husk. The kingbirds are gone.

It is October Country in Albuquerque, and on the mind is Ray Bradbury, who grew up in the same neck of the woods as I did. I should read some Bradbury, I think, but then I remember that Manzano Mountain Review requires my full attention.

Kristian and I have been reading submissions since August. We have been reading for longer than that, but the official open date was August 1, and we have been racing ever since, making sure each piece gets our full consideration while also pushing for a quick turnaround.

And here we are, Issue No. 3.

This is our second November issue, and our first to feature assistant editor Cathy Cook, who has been a great help to us, and who recently won the 2018 Albuquerque City Poet Slam Championship, which is pretty cool.

The theme for this issue is "elemental." We provided a definition, but our want was to keep it loose. We have poems that reference mountain origami and Northern Harriers, flash floods and undersea biology, lithography and depression. We have stories about siblings and det cord and New Spain spirits. We have art that captures the raw color and movement of a wildly thriving and insatiable earth.

We planned to spotlight flash fiction written by New Mexicans, but we did not get enough flash. This led us to make some decisions about our next issue.

One is that we are taking a hiatus in Spring 2019 to make some adjustments.

Two is that our fiction submission window, like your favorite coffee shop, will be opening early and closing late. As of February 1, please send us your funniest, scariest, wittiest, wildest flash. I want to publish flash fiction that is as effective at gaining my attention as autumn's leaf-spitting winds.

Thanks to the talented writers and artists who shared their work with us this season. We hope we've done it justice.

- Justin