Joe Clifford’s third novel, Lamentation, has just been published by Oceanview Publishing. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says Clifford, “understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption, and his lean, gritty prose never lets characters or readers off the hook.” Revolt Daily’s Renee Asher Pickup writes, "Crime writers are known for getting down to the grit of real life, but not all of them can pull off the heart Clifford works into his writing. Through the story you will roll your eyes at the protagonist one moment, cheer for him the next, and find your heart breaking by the end."
Since graduating from the MFA program, Clifford has published a collection of short stories, Choice Cuts, his thesis novel, Wake the Undertaker, (both, Snubnose Press), and an autobiographical novel, Junkie Love (Battered Suitcase Press). While in the MFA program, he was editor of Gulf Stream Magazine, and since graduating he has pursued editing as well as writing. He is co-editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive. In December, Out of the Gutter and Zelmer Pulp will bring out Trouble in the Heartland, a collection of crime stories inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen that Clifford has edited.
Clifford's book tour will bring him to Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 19th, and he’ll be among the presenters at Miami Book Fair International Sunday Nov. 23rd. He discusses his time in the MFA program and his path to publication in an interview with MFA student Justin Bendell in Sliver of Stone Magazine's latest issue. More info. at Clifford's blog, Candy and Cigarettes.