Thursday, February 24, 2011

Title Contest - Last Call

I really need a title for my next collection of short stories. Here's what I said earlier today:

It has a total of six stories (Revolver? Six-Shooters?) Two stories star Stupendous Jones (aka Stoop the Thief) a young boy who lives by his wits on the streets of NYC. Real heartbreakers, I think.

Two other stories are about Ray Cruz, a real tough guy, hired killer who has no qualms beating the living p**p out of you to get what he wants.

Another story is called "Elena Speaks of the City, Under Siege." Probably one of my best stories, it's about a young woman trying to keep it together in a Sarajevo-like environment. What is Sarajevo-like? It's a city under siege, of course.

And lastly, I have a story called "Early Fall." It's about a woman who tries to save a very young prostitute from her own addictions and the meanness of the streets. The woman has her own demons to wrestle with and the police are not too helpful either.

My first thought was something like Stoop the Thief and Other Urban Heroes but that somehow sounds a bit bland. Here are other attempts:

City without Mercy: Stories
Mercy Free Zone: Stories
Pitiless City

You see I'm no good at this. Stop me. Come up with a title I can use, and I'll send you a book.

The books I have on hand include signed hardcovers by SJ Rozan, Laura Joh Rowland, Alafair Burke, and if it's testaterone your crave, how about a Lee Child paperback?



Blogger Marian Allen said...

Sidewalk Sixpack

Marian Allen

February 24, 2011 7:46 PM  
Blogger Berek said...

How about Canyons of the Mind?

February 24, 2011 9:27 PM  
Blogger r2 said...

Here's mine:

Down Dark Alleys

February 24, 2011 10:21 PM  
Blogger Jerry House said...

Desperate Streets

City Voices

No Good Deed

The Bottom Below

February 25, 2011 5:55 AM  
Blogger Warren Bull said...

How about?:

Dead End City

Noir City


No Escape

February 25, 2011 8:47 AM  
Blogger Graham Powell said...

"Climb Through Steven's Left Ear And Roam Around In His Head A Bit".

February 25, 2011 9:46 AM  
Blogger Marian Allen said...

LOL!!! I vote for Graham's. ~grin~

February 25, 2011 9:59 AM  
Blogger Conda V. Douglas said...

I like Graham's too, but here's a couple more: "Stoop of the City" and "City Falls".

February 25, 2011 12:40 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

Hi all,
I like a lot of these, especially "Sidewalk Sixpack," but I can't really use them. I guess you have to read the stories to get the feel of them and...Well, I sound like a mother hen.
Still, if Marian contacts me via email (check shortmystery) I'll be happy to send her a book - her title came closest and might be the inspiration for the final product. We'll see.

February 25, 2011 3:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

How about one of these:
City Under Siege,
Six in the City, or
Dark Streets

February 25, 2011 9:51 PM  

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