I just "love" it when this kind of shit happens.
This kind of thing dumps the entire apple cart over and makes everyone leery of everyone else because you never know if someone's ripping you off.
If you haven't read it by now or don't know what I'm talking about, head on over and read A Rage of Angel: I've Been Plagiarized...and I'm Not Alone.
It's hard enough being a writer, trying to come up with stuff that you think is going to be original (and what's really original anymore?), to have someone blatantly rip you off must be a knife to the brain and heart and a kick in the ass or balls.
It's hard enough being an editor, reading great story after great story, only to realize that there's a reason that it's so great; Stephen Fucking King wrote it ten years ago and someone ripped him off, changing a couple words here or there.
I try to read as much crime and noir-related fiction as I can on the web (it's impossible to read everything) so as to know who deserves a boost and a look from everyone that reads ATON.
And, of course, everything that comes to me is read by me and me alone with as sharp an eye as I can manage.
There is only one editor of A Twist Of Noir and thus only one set of eyes. Therefore, if there's something I haven't read myself getting passed off as someone else's work, how am I to know?
As such, I have to rely on the honor system, that everyone coming here with story-in-hand is on the up-and-up.
I want to be clear about this:
I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY REASON TO DOUBT THAT EVERYONE HERE HAS BEEN 100% HONEST.
However, because of this schmuck (and there will be others, there always are), there have to be safeguards put into place.
The one I want to inact is the following:
The writers here aren't just writers, they're readers, too. They read everything that gets posted on this site and then some.
I'm depending on all of you to look out for each other.
Goddamn it, I hate when this shit happens.