Now Available from Down & Out Books: UNLOADED, Crime Writers Writing Without Guns

All Proceeds To Benefit States United to Prevent Gun Violence
UNLOADED, Crime Writers Writing Without Guns
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TAMPA, Fla. - April 22, 2016 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that UNLOADED: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"I wanted to put together an anthology of great crime fiction stories, the stories we all love to read and write, but leave out the guns," said Eric Beetner, who edited the book. "I knew we could do it. The guns weren't the crux of the story, and if we could show how easy it was to do without for a little while, well maybe it could spark a conversation about guns.

"Down & Out Books fully supports this project and its objectives," publisher Eric Campbell added, "and we are pleased to be a part of it. The project achieves our mission to give back to wonderful causes benefiting the communities we live in."


For the first time, more than two dozen crime and mystery authors have joined together to use the strongest weapon at their disposal - words - in a call for reasonable gun control in the U.S.A. In this collection you get all the thrills and excitement you come to expect from a great crime story, but without any guns.

From best sellers and writing legends to the brightest stars of the next generation of crime writers, the twenty-five authors here have taken pen in hand to say enough is enough. Gun violence has got to stop and this is our way of speaking out - by showing that gun violence can be removed from the narrative, and maybe from our lives.

It's not anti-gun, it's pro-sanity. And above anything else, these are thrilling crime stories that will surprise and shock, thrill and chill - all without a gun in sight.

The writers are from both sides of the political aisle and many of the authors are gun owners themselves. But everyone felt it was time to speak out. Featuring the talents of J.L. Abramo, Patricia Abbott, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Alec Cizak, Joe Clifford, Reed Farrel Coleman, Angel Luis Colón, Hilary Davidson, Paul J. Garth, Alison Gaylin, Kent Gowran, Rob Hart, Jeffery Hess, Grant Jerkins, Joe R. Lansdale, S.W. Lauden, Tim O'Mara, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Pitts, Thomas Pluck, Keith Rawson, Kelli Stanley, Ryan Sayles, and Holly West.

Proceeds from the sale of UNLOADED will benefit the nonprofit States United to Prevent Gun Violence (

Praise for UNLOADED …

The 25 short stories in this thought-provoking theme anthology prove that clever crime writers can generate just as much mayhem, weirdness, and chills without the use of firearms. - Publishers Weekly

Meet the editor: Eric Beetner is the author of more than a dozen novels including Rumrunners, The Devil Doesn't Want Me, Dig Two Graves, and The Year I Died Seven Times. He is co-author (with JB Kohl) of One Too Many Blows To The Head, Borrowed Trouble and Over Their Heads and co-wrote The Backlist and The Short List with author Frank Zafiro. He lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts the Noir At The Bar reading series. For more about the author, visit

About Down & Out Books …

Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books ( is an independent publisher of crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, or to request an interview with the author, contact

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