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Deer hunting season starts in three days, and nearly everyone in the Ozarks is preparing to gun down a big buck.

But in the backwoods town of Doe Run, Missouri, wild game won’t be the only target.


 

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"Recalling grit lit titans like Larry Brown and Daniel Woodrell, Jacques delivers the kind of old testament country noir that lives with you long after the last page. Doe Run is a beautifully rendered Ozark drama, a tale of friendship, grief and small-town tragedy by a storyteller who knows the land and his people down to the core. With prose that pops like birdshot and paints with stunning authenticity the hardscrabble hills of southwest Missouri, our 'hero' Pen Cullen may prove that You Can't Go Home Again but I will gladly return to the well if it's got Sean Jacques' name on it." 

Peter Farris, author of 
Last Call for the Living and
The Devil Himself 

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Deer hunting season starts in three days, and nearly everyone in the Ozarks is preparing to gun down a big buck. But in the backwoods town of Doe Run, Missouri, wild game won’t be the only target.

 

A desperate drifter on the run, Pen Cullen, reluctantly returns home after a thirteen-year absence for the sole reason to pick up a family inheritance, and he discovers that his no-good father had squandered it all before dying. He also surprisingly learns that his former flame, Tara Hawkins, had ended up marrying his childhood buddy, Byron Tisdale, but their relationship recently derailed after they’d tragically lost their little boy to an accidental shooting by the hands of a hot-headed farmer.

 

Grief-stricken Tara has since gone to religion. Byron has turned into a hallucinating drunk and maniacal recluse. And as Pen reacquaints himself with the town and these two old relations, their secret obsessions over greed, guilt, revenge, and redemption slowly ignite into a violent reckoning on the opening day of the hunt.

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Sean Jacques

...was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. Currently, he resides in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, and a bird dog named Rye.

An author across multiple genres, he has contributed short stories, essays, plays, and poems to several literary publications, including Starlite Pulp Review, Shotgun Honey, Across The Margin, Cowboy Jamboree, and 34 Orchard. He also has written screenplays and television projects for TNT, John Woo, Maverick Films, and other film producers, plus, he previously served as a creative executive for The Weinstein Company and worked as a script analyst for Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios. 

His debut novel, Doe Run, releases in June 2o24 from Shotgun Honey Books.  

About

"Pit!"

by Sean Jacques

Word has spread that a new cockfighting pit has been set up in the Missouri backwoods, and regional cockfighters have secretly gathered for a hot summer afternoon of bloodthirsty sport. So far, the day has belonged to a mouthy hick named Juney Kruger, who's won six out of six contests, but he might have met his match when he goes up against a contingent of Mexican immigrants who have their eyes set on taking the arrogant bastard down for good.  

 

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Fifteen pulp yarns from fifteen different authors! 

 

The lineup here is amazing, featuring Craig Clevenger, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Trevor Holliday, Sean Jacques, Nolan Knight, Terrance Layhew, Brodie Lowe, Patrick R. McDonough, Jim Ruland, Aaron Paul Schaut, Alex Slusar, CW Stevenson, Phillip Thompson, Manny Torres, and Brian Townsley.  Noir, Crime, Sci Fi, Horror, Westerns. Good stuff. 

Interviews & Reviews

Reckon Review "Calling Card": Doe Run was supposed to be a movie. My movie. My meal ticket into Hollywood glamor and fame.

Best Thriller Books: This southern noir is terrific. It’s dark, gritty, and packed full of violence, infusing guilt and redemption into a classic thriller.

Crime Fiction Lovers: Always something new to discover in the crime fiction genre... two authors who are new to the site – Donna Morfett and Sean Jacques.

Suit Up! Podcast: With Sean Jacques and Doe Run. Today, we’ll be talking about books everyone should read, Sean’s journey from screen writing to novels, his debut novel Doe Run and much more!

Starlite Pulpcast: The novel, Doe Run; the modern state of noir; literary and film influences; and the process of getting published.

Starlite Pulpcast: Author Round Table for Starlite Pulp Review #3 (including Sean Jacques for "Pit!")

More Coming Soon!

Short Stories

"Little Spear of Destiny" (Across The Margin): A personal and comical journey into the dynamic world of bullfighting.

"Pig" (Flyover Country): A 1970s coming-of-age tale about bullying at a rural elementary school.

"Croaking Frogs" (34 Orchard): A reflective man remains haunted by a tragic frog hunting accident from thirty years ago that killed his childhood friend.

"The Knife Job" (Shotgun Honey): Two low-level criminals search in the desolate woods for their boss’s lost hunting knife.

"Spark McGlothlin Loved To Hunt" (Pulp Modern Flash): After a hunter is left by his wife, he finds solace by searching up young women on Instagram who post sexy photos of themselves killing trophy animals.

"The Stronghold" (A Thin Slice of Anxiety): A heartbroken loner goes on a spiritual odyssey to the desert and imagines being eaten alive by siren-esque buzzards. *Pushcart Nominated

Plays

"A Spoke" (Cowboy Jamboree): A yokel from the backwoods is brought to a small-town police station for questioning about two dead bodies found in a tent.

Poetry

"Lupine Bitch" (Punk Noir): A series of marital and family complaints by a female Alpha wolf.

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