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LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY (and JRJ Reading at Powell’s)

LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY, the new novel from Wonderland Award Winning author J. David Osborne, is now available!

“It’s about meth, fishing, trash American culture and young adult despair. Imagine a Raymond Carver or Jim Thompson for the text message age and that would only begin to get it.”–KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of Reverend America

Trapped in a rural Oklahoma town fueled by meth and doused in codeine, Arlo Clancy has made it his life’s goal to keep his troubled younger brother, Sepp, out of prison. Poverty and the lure of easy drug money were pressure enough, before a gruesome discovery beneath the waters of their favorite fishing hole sent their lives into a tailspin.

Torn by cowardice and conscience, the brothers make a fateful decision which will bring them ever-closer to Danny Ames–a vicious enforcer for the local meth trade–and a nightmare world where their only chance of escape might be…


“Sometimes mysterious, sometimes vicious, and always engaging, LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is a unique take on the crime novel that will satisfy readers who like their fiction as murky as a river after heavy rains. Here’s a good way to describe J. David Osborne: Daniel Woodrell, James Ellroy, and Cormac McCarthy all wrapped into one, stripped to the bones, and given a new voice.”–OUT OF THE GUTTER

“A gritty tapestry of subversive drama the likes of which I’d compare to Harmony Korine’s Gummo packed in with the terse lines of Bukowski.”–MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER, author of My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting

“If you’re looking for something more than just blood and guns and meth, you need to get this book immediately. Osborne has an innate talent more dangerous than a trunk full of C4. To give some sort of visual, take one of James Sallis’ Spartan scenes, lock in it a single-wide with a bag of crystal and a light bulb then rip out the air conditioner and check back in a week. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY creates sensations that haunt you long after you’ve started your next book.”–SPINETINGLER

“LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY is working class fiction at its best. It reeks of desperation, busted dreams, and hard times. But mostly, it reeks of literary talent. Whatever J. David Osborne writes, I’m reading. And you’d better too.”–BENJAMIN WHITMER, author of Pike and co-author of Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

“J. David Osborne holds a literary style distinctive enough to raise his work above the waterline of contemporary fiction. LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY challenges and hurts and mystifies its readers. The weave of characters is stunning. Intricate storylines cross and worm through each other to form a dense and powerful mystery.”–MANARCHY MAGAZINE

“In LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY, Osborne reaches out into the scabrous hinterlands of landlocked nowhere to unveil an intertwined collection of reluctant dreamers and three time losers, all trying to get by while navigating rusted out acres of convenience store ice heads, run down bars, and greasy doublewides. Strange, brutal, yet disturbingly familiar, this is the sort of story you can taste on the back of your tongue, and makes you appreciate every last clean and hopeful thing you have in your life.”–DARK INTENT

“A highly talented new author. Osborne is one to watch.”–BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM

Get it now at Amazon,, Or For Kindle.

Check out the great reviews at OUT OF THE GUTTER, MANARCHY, SPINETINGLER, and BOOKED.

Dig the excerpt at MANARCHY.

Also, if any Portland readers are interested, Powell’s should have copies of LDDRE by the end of this week.

And for people on the East coast, J. David will be doing a reading from LDDRE this Monday, March 11th, in New York, along with Sam Pink, Scott McClanahan, and Cameron Pierce. Here are the details at TIME OUT NEW YORK.

POWELL’S READING: This Monday, March 18th, 2013 I’ll be reading at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside as part of their annual SMALLPRESSAPALOOZA event. Since my readings tend to run “blue” I’ve got the late night spot at 9:45pm. Should be great fun.



Live What You Write

by J. David Osborne

I don’t think it’s wrong to want to set your novel in a different country, at a different time. It does, however, carry with it some very specific responsibilities. On a deep level, I think that you owe it to the people you’re writing about to get it at least sort of right. Ghosts are pretty spooky and you don’t want to have a bunch of pissed off spirits haunting you because you’re lazy. On a more present note, you owe it to your readers to not sound like a 21st century American (or Canadian, or whatever) telling people what things might have been like at a certain point in time. People are investing their time with you because they think you are going to fuck their brains but good, and no one wants a limp-dick fiddle fucker poking around the sweet spots.

The best way to write historical fiction is to read. A lot. It’s not good to take extensive notes or anything. You don’t want to sound like a history paper. I live in present day Oklahoma, but I could probably tell you very little about the facts on the ground as they pertain to Oklahoma politics or whatever (which says a lot about me). What I can tell you about modern Oklahoma is what it’s like to go to a grocery store and have Mr. Truck Nuts hollering about Nobama this and that whilst buying eight bags of Fritos and a box of frozen corn dogs. I can tell you what it’s like to go fishing and what it’s like to walk outside every day not knowing if you’re going to need SPF 500 or a ski mask. And I get all of this information by living in it.

So, you need to live in the world that you plan on writing about. The best books for this aren’t the dry historical accounts of things, which are only really good for discovering historical events that you might want to place characters inside of, but rather the oral histories, the books that tell you what it was like to live at that time, in that place, from the mouths of those who lived it. I got lucky with By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends. Gulag by Anne Applebaum reads like a novel. The details that she put into her book, the spoken parts from the prisoners, all of it not only helped me to establish a setting and the things that go on inside said setting, but what the prisoners were actually feeling when they were stuck there.

The other books had nothing to do with gulags per se, but were more designed to help me hear the voice of the prisoners. Pushkin’s Children by Tatyana Tolstaya is an excellent collection of short stories full of the inner monologues of Russian people. Different cultures think differently, obviously. Reading these stories helped me to hear that voice, and internalize it, and forget it. I was writing with a sort-of “Russian persona.” If you read my second novel, Low Down Death Right Easy, the reason it feels so different is because two different people wrote it.

The “facts” aren’t really important; there are a metric fuck-ton of books out there already, written by stuffy folks with big libraries and lots of time, that intricately chronicle the straight-up “facts” (whatever those are) of certain places and times. What you want to do, being a fiction writer, is immerse yourself in the people of the time, make it so their voice is the voice in your head.

It’ll feel authentic, because to the best of your ability, it is.

J David Osborne lives in Norman, OK with his wife and dog. His work has appeared in WARMED AND BOUND, JOHN SKIPP’S DEMONS, and several other online and print publications. He is the winner of the 2010 Wonderland Award for Best Novel for BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE’LL BE FRIENDS. His newest novel is the pitch black Oklahoma noir LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY.

“DEMONS” Up For a Stoker Award! Bizarros Rejoice!

This morning, the Horror Writers Association announced their official ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. And my DEMONS anthology made the list.

I don’t know if this is the first time a Bizarro author got nominated for a Stoker, but it’s certainly the MOST Bizarro authors ever nominated in one fell swoop.
So congrats to LAURA LEE BAHR, CODY GOODFELLOW, VIOLET LaVIOT, CARLTON MELLICK III, J. DAVID OSBORNE, JAMES STEELE, and ATHENA VILLAVERDE, who brought the mad Bizarro flavah to the book, and held their own with Neil Gaiman, William Peter Blatty, and the rest of the fancy gang.
Yer pal,

Podcast Interview with J David Osborne

J David Osborne discusses his story “Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily”  in the Velvet Anthology Warmed and Bound,By The Time We Leave Here We’ll Be Friends, kindle induced anxiety, and his upcoming novel Low Down Death Right Easy in Episode #31 of The Booked Podcast: Warmed and Bound Sessions. 




 Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology featuring stories by J David Osborne, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Cameron Pierce, Steven Graham Jones, and Bradley Sands is available now.

The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction #5

The latest issue of The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction is now available! This one is guest-edited by Cameron Pierce.

Feature Novella: The Obsese by Shirley Jackson Award-winner Nick Antosca. Imagine The Birds with obese people instead of birds and you’ll have a slight idea of what this brilliant social satire is all about.

Also featuring:

Fiction by Stephen Graham Jones, Bradley Sands, Andersen Prunty, R.J. Sevin, Matty Byloos, J. David Osborne, Kirsten Alene, a collaborative story by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson, and an exclusive excerpt from Sam Pink’s forthcoming novel, The No Hellos Diet.

Non-Fiction by Douglas Lain, Molly Tanzer, Patrick Wensink, J. David Osborne, and Caris O’Malley.

The author spotlight this issue is on multi-talented bizarro favorite Andrew Goldfarb.