Weehawken library staff member Gary Cahill will be very busy on the New York literary scene the next few weeks.
Three of his new crime short stories will be published in varying formats, and he’ll be appearing at four live events in Manhattan.
His "flash" (very short) fiction story, “Hudson County, November ’80s” goes up Monday, Sept. 30 on the free Shotgun Honey crime fiction website. His story “Ninety Miles, a Million Miles” about kids growing up during the Cuban Missile Crisis and November, 1963 is featured now in the e-book Plan B Anthology Volume II (from plan-b-magazine.com) and will be on their free website Nov. 1. And “Fathers, Sons, Ghosts, Guns” – about Hudson County, New York, Texas, and the murder of JFK – is in the Big Pulp Magazine print anthology, The Kennedy Curse.
Cahill will join a Mystery Writers of America New York panel, discussing and answering audience questions on New York City mystery writing, at the New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Branch at 40th Street and Fifth Avenue at 6:30 on Monday, Sept. 30.
He’ll read at the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon at Bar Thalia, 95th Street and Broadway, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and will read at an event for “The Kennedy Curse” at the 2A Bar, 25 Avenue A at Second Street in the East Village, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.
He’ll also read as part of an eight-author evening at the famed literary venue KGB Bar, 85 E. Fourth Street, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Cahill was raised right up the street from the Weehawken Library, after his family moved there from the “Shades” neighborhood. They had lived above the old Cahill's Bar and Grill where the Exxon station is now.
He attended the Weehawken public schools and obtained a B.A. from St. Peter's College (now University)
“I'm more of a character and atmosphere and social commentary guy than puzzle person, so crime fiction is much more what I do and am drawn to than 'mystery', per se,” he said last week. “Crime is both personal and a socio-political concern, and all the best crime fiction, for my money, anyway – the dark existential, indifferent or downright hostile universe, noir stuff -- is born of and emphasizes all that.”
He said that living in Hudson County helps inform his fiction.
"I grew up right on land’s end of eastern New Jersey, with that postcard view of Manhattan looming a mile away across the river,” he said. “There were people here repulsed by New York City, and people like me enthalled with even the idea of such a place. Yet here you could escape from it, physically, if not psychically. And let me say, living in the legendarily corrupt Hudson County, longshoring on the old Jersey City shipping piers, and working a long time in Hell's Kitchen during its worst Irish/Italian mob days, you can't help but appreciate hard-boiled crime, for what it is, in fact and fiction."