Thomas Pluck

Location New Jersey
Occupation Viking

Books by Thomas Pluck
  • by Thomas Pluck
    CreateSpace, 2011.

  • by Glenn Gray, John Hornor Jacobs, Kent Gowran, Kieran Shea, T...
    BEAT to a PULP, 2011.

  • by Thomas Pluck, George Pelecanos, Wayne D. Dundee, Chet Willi...
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

  • by Thomas Pluck, G. Wells Taylor, Chris Rhatigan, Matthew C. F...
    , 2012.

  • by Frank Larnerd
    Woodland Press, LLC, 2012.
  • About Me

    I grew up in an industrial pocket of Nutley, a middling New Jersey suburb next door to down dirty Newark. Most of my friends and family were hard workers, veterans. Others were bikers, cops, boxing promoters, jailbirds, soldiers, builders, boozers, bartenders, truckers, musicians, hairdressers and hash-slingers. They told the best stories, and I try to honor them in my own.

    I train in mixed martial arts and strongman training in my spare time.

    Why do you write?

    I write unflinching fiction with heart. Dennis Lehane said the social novel is now in the genre of crime fiction, and I agree. What I write is often categorized as noir, crime fiction, or urban fiction. I write about the kinds of people I know from the industrial neighborhoods of New Jersey eking their way into suburbia.

    I also write humor, mostly satire, fueled by the absurdity of intelligent monkeys trying to run a planet.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Andrew Vachss: Down in the Zero; Shella
    Tana French: Faithful Place; In the Woods
    Sam Lipsyte: The Ask
    John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces
    Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
    James Joyce: Ulysses; Dubliners
    Lawrence Block: All the Flowers Are Dying; When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
    Chuck Bukowski: Pulp
    JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
    Peter Beagle: The Last Unicorn
    Jonathan Lethem: Gun, With Occasional Music; Motherless Brooklyn
    Christopher Moore: Lamb

    Right now? Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policeman's Union

    Thomas Pluck's Wall

    Gill Hoffs – Oct 29, 2011

    Thank you [belatedly] for the lovely comment and fave on 'Creature in the coal' - glad you enjoyed it!

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 21, 2011

    no, not snarky AT ALL! that was never taken by me, only support, you are very supportive! And i loved what you said.

    Joshua Michael Stewart – Sep 21, 2011

    Thomas, thanks for commenting on my poem. I love noir so I'll be back to check out more of your work. I even have a poem here called film noir. take care. JMS

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 20, 2011

    Mr. Pluck - thank you kindly for your nice words for my piece "Throwing Back"! I really think the story got tighter because of the support it got here and some small edits I was able to make because of the support. What you said made me happy about hungry for more. I thank you very much.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 12, 2011

    Dear Tom,
    Thank you for sharing your rejection letter about your penis with us here. At this time, we do not reject rejection letters... however, sorry to say, we also do not publish them.

    I am afraid that puts you in limbo. Please be aware the 99% of the penises who share their rejection stories with us are also in limbo.

    I hope your atoms are well. You seem to have very nice ones.

    yours, the editor.

    David Ackley – Sep 09, 2011

    Thomas, very much appreciated your digging "In the Woods" out of the woods.

    Joani Reese – Sep 06, 2011

    Thomas: Thank you for your response to "The Lost Boy," but you deserve even more thanks for your own generosity. Thank you.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 06, 2011

    Glad you enjoyed my story about the science teacher. Thanks for the comment and the read.

    Susan Tepper – Sep 05, 2011

    Tom I'm glad you feel "kid" did the job it was intended to do. Bravo (a) to you and Fiona!!

    Robert Vaughan – Sep 04, 2011

    Hi Thomas, I posted a poem, today to support your project called Bombs Keep Falling.!it's here on Fictionaut, and I'd love to have your feedback.

    Gill Hoffs – Sep 04, 2011

    Thank you for the comment on 'Annie MacLeod' and your generosity with the project. Both are much appreciated!

    Jane Hammons – Sep 04, 2011

    The thanks go to you for posting the challenge and inspiring me to write Lettie in the Ozarks, which is actually part of something longer, a kind of reworking of The Grapes of Wrath from the pov of young children--though I realize it is a rather outrageous project! Grapes and Winter's Bone are two of my all-time favorite books.

    Gill Hoffs – Jul 30, 2011

    Thank you for commenting on 'Shoot first' and making such helpful suggestions - the sites are duly bookmarked, and shall be submitted to soon. Please excuse the delay in my replying to you here, we're all ill and it's not been much fun! Thanks again, Gill

    Jack Swenson – Jul 27, 2011

    Hey, Thomas, I really appreciate the read and your comments on "Sisters." Thanks for the fav, too!

    Joani Reese – Jul 27, 2011

    Hi Thomas: Thanks for taking the time to seek out "A Letter from Your Sisters." I appreciate your comments. Looking forward to reading more of your powerful flashes and stories.

    Marda Miller – Jul 19, 2011

    Well, fancy seeing you here :) Thanks for reading and liking The Escapists. Your comment made me smile. Cheers!

    MaryAnne Kolton – May 12, 2011

    Glad you liked the biker vignet, some of them are such sexy beasts!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Apr 26, 2011

    Hi Thomas! Thanks so much for commenting on my latest and for making it a favorite. Much appreciated.

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 25, 2011

    Thanks for the fave, Thomas!

    Erin Zulkoski – Apr 23, 2011

    And you should write a rebuttal letter in response to my zombie rights one. Do it!!

    Erin Zulkoski – Apr 23, 2011

    Tommy, I think you and I are the only people enjoying this Adonkalypse thing. Taffy and I thank you for the fave :)

    Jack Swenson – Apr 21, 2011

    Hey, Thomas. I'm glad you like "Men Are Beasts." Thanks.

    Larry Strattner – Apr 18, 2011

    Thanks for the Rat Hunter. And I gotta say - If those books are real I'll be reading them.

    Mike Lynch – Apr 15, 2011

    thomas: thanks for the comments re: "burrito porn"! ya think i oughta end it w/ some patricide and the foreign legion, eh? HMM...sounds pretty classy to me! maybe i could also squeeze in a monster battle. i'm thinking: FLYING SQUID vs ULTRA TURBO DEATH TOASTER. good times!

    Erin Zulkoski – Apr 12, 2011

    Tommy-bo-bommy: I really appreciate your comments on "Valentine." I agree with you, and will edit this bitch. You are rocketsauce awesome.

    Rebecca Coffey – Apr 12, 2011

    Thomas, thanks so much for the note on "Dorothy's Parker House Rolls." I'm reading your stuff and liking it. The line I LOVE, though, is "We're a thousand monkeys, I'm the one with the typewriter." Wish I'd said that.

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 08, 2011

    Thank you, Thomas!

    Robert Vaughan – Mar 20, 2011

    Hi Thomas, thanks for your fun comments on "Tami Miami." I appreciate them!

    Mark Reep – Mar 18, 2011

    Hi Thomas, thanks for reading & commenting on Snowdick. Much appreciated!

    Chelsea Biondolillo – Mar 15, 2011

    Thomas, thank you for your comment on "Punk Rock Girls"--does it lessen my cred to know it was a Violent Femmes show?

    Christian Bell – Mar 11, 2011

    Also, thanks for the same on "Jambalaya." Much appreciated!

    Christian Bell – Mar 11, 2011

    Thomas, thanks for reading and commenting on "1910, What I Wanted"!

    Lavinia Ludlow – Mar 10, 2011


    Mary Lane – Mar 10, 2011

    Hey Thomas, thanks for reading and faving my Boy piece. It is a looooong work in progress. Thank you, thank you. HM

    James Lloyd Davis – Mar 10, 2011

    Thomas, thanks ever so much for your generous comment and fave on "1967, The things they wanted."

    Keith U. – Mar 05, 2011

    Wow, thank you for your comment on "1991." I know of WCW's work, and that is just an amazing comment. Thank you.

    Darryl Price – Mar 03, 2011

    A stand up comedian who reads Ulysses? Cool!

    Robert Vaughan – Mar 03, 2011

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Thomas! 'Bout time!

    Erin Zulkoski – Mar 01, 2011

    Hey, who let you in? Please wipe your feet; I just vacuumed.

    Lynn Beighley – Mar 01, 2011

    Here you are! Welcome!

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