ON OVER 14 BEST OF 2011 LISTS
"Someone once said of Raymond Chandler that he wrote 'as if pain hurt and life mattered.' That's true of Josh Stallings, too. Hop on, kick the starter, and let him lead you on a long, painful, but entertaining ride through Moses McGuire's world. One hint: wear your helmet and your leathers. It might get messy." -Tad Williams NY Times Best selling author
"The man knows what to do with paper and ink. Read the damn thing." -Charlie Huston (Author, Hank Thompson Trilogy)
"This is one of the best books that I've read this year. No question. Lean, but with depth. Violent, yet human. BEAUTIFUL, NAKED & DEAD shines as a perfect example of what can still be done within genre work." Johnny Shaw (Author, Dove Season and Big Maria)
"Stallings has this way of writing, this brutally stunning way with words that rips a character right open in front of you - shows you it all - blood dripping, heart beating, the darkness aflame." - Ian Ayris (Author, Abide With Me)
"This novel deserves mention, praise, attention, and indeed any treatment that would ultimately result in such a magnificent book by such a talented writer attaining commercial success and widespread house-hold-name recognition." - Pearce Hansen (Author, Storm Gods)
BEAUTIFUL, NAKED AND DEAD From East L.A. home, through the legal brothels of Nevada and finally to a battle with the mob in the mountains above Palo Alto, this is a sex soaked, rage driven, road trip from hell.
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Josh Stallings is your average ex-criminal, ex-taxi driver, ex-club bouncer, film making, script writing, movie advertising editing, punk.
His work has appeared in Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, numerous anthologizes including Protectors and Blood and Tacos.
He wrote and edited the feature film "The Ice Runner," a Russian/American co-production. "Kinda Cute for a White-Boy" an independent feature he directed and co-wrote with novelist Tad Williams, won best picture at the Savannah International Film Festival.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Erika, two dogs and a cat named Riddle. BEAUTIFUL, NAKED & DEAD is his first novel.
"what rises Beautiful, Naked & Dead above the fray is the strength of the narrative voice. McGuire's voice, as written by Stallings, is infectious, tough, vulnerable and likable. It pulls the reader along until the end like the greatest bar story ever told."
BEST OF 2011 -" Gangster or stripper, cop or ex-con, the characters in Stallings' world are neither heroes nor victims, deserving neither admiration nor pity. They are simply people struggling, with varying degrees of success, to make their way through the world to the best of their respective abilities...."
-Elizabeth A. White (Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White)
Best Novel 2011 "Josh Stallings might be one of the most talented newcomers in the literary landscape this year. Beautiful, Naked And Dead is worth every second you're going to put into it"
-Benoit Levievre DEAD END FOLLIES
BEST OF 2011 "It truly is an amazing book. Hard-boiled, dark, full of suspense and fast cars, this is a debut novel with a character that can be stuck on repeat for years without me getting weary. Seriously. I didn't call Moses hubba-hubba superlicious in a previous post for no reason, ladies."
-Sabrina E. Ogden MY FRIEND CALL ME KATE
"Exceptionally well -written, high -octane , debut novel"
-Paul D. Brazill YOU WOULD SAY THAT WOULDN'T YOU
"It is a rough, bleak yet heart warming tale of hopelessness, evil and love... Stallings is an able guide through the seedy underworld of LA. He describes the destruction of young girls as they descend into a nefarious world that begins with stripping to earn some extra cash, and ends with porn and drug addled prostitution. The girls in the story are not judged or pitied by Stallings, rather he portrays them as real women who are survivors in the brutal and tough corners of society.... The bleakness in the story is expertly balanced with humour... There's lots of guns, blood and bone-crunching badness... You will not be disappointed." ---McDroll, Imeanttoreadthat.com, March 20th 2011
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