Rusty Barnes is a 2018 Der­ringer final­ist and author of the sto­ry col­lec­tions Break­ing it Down (Sun­ny­out­side Press 2007) and Most­ly Red­neck (Sun­ny­out­side Press 2011), as well as four nov­els, Reck­on­ing (Sun­ny­out­side Press, 2014), Ridgerun­ner (Shot­gun Honey/Down & Out Books, 2017), Knuck­le­drag­ger (Shot­gun Honey/Down & Out Books 2017) and The Last Dan­ger (Shot­gun Honey/Down & Out Books 2018), His fic­tion, poet­ry and non-fic­tion have appeared or are forth­com­ing in many jour­nals and antholo­gies like Dirty Boule­vard: Crime Sto­ries Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed (Down & Out Books 2018), Best Small Fic­tions 2015, Switch­blade, Mys­tery Tri­bune, Goli­ad Review, Smoke­long Quar­ter­ly, Red Rock Review, Porter Gulch Review and Post Road. His poet­ry col­lec­tions include On Broad Sound (Nix­es Mates Press, 2016) and Jesus in the Ghost Room, (Nix­es Mates Press 2017). He found­ed and edits Tough, a jour­nal of crime fic­tion and occa­sion­al reviews, with a sto­ry by Matthew Lyons appear­ing in Best Amer­i­can Short Sto­ries 2018, edit­ed by Rox­ane Gay. He lives in Revere, MA, but grew up in rur­al north­ern Appalachia. You can find him on Twit­ter @rustybarnes23.