A Story For Sunday: IN THE (RESERVOIR)DOG HOUSE

Bonny is volcanic. She’s so angry that she can hardly speak but, unfortunately for me, hardly is the operative word. As she tries to scrub the blood stains from my best white shirt, she goes on and on about the meal she’d cooked the night before and how long it had taken her to cookContinue reading “A Story For Sunday: IN THE (RESERVOIR)DOG HOUSE”

A Story For Sunday: This Old House

Ten Sycamore Hill was, in Peter James’ mind, the font of all of his misfortunes. While women, work, cars and kids came and went, the only constant in Peter’s turbulent life – apart from the copious amounts of alcohol that he consumed, of course – was that weather-beaten Victorian detached house overlooking Hart Village; itsContinue reading “A Story For Sunday: This Old House”

I’m Interviewed By Chris Rhatigan

Chris Rhatigan interviews me over at the All Due Respect blog: ‘Paul D. Brazill is one of the most entertaining and original voices in the independent crime fiction community. I recently spoke with him about Last Year’s Man, his latest book through All Due Respect about ageing hit man Tommy Bennett. — When I first learned aboutContinue reading “I’m Interviewed By Chris Rhatigan”

A Story For Sunday: Copped It by Graham Wynd

The only sound in the squalid room was the relentless dripping, as if someone had neglected to turn the tap all the way round. Their breath filled the small space, too, but that was slowing, quieting. Dixon looked over at Burnett, worried by his lack of movement. He slumped on the pile of boxes onContinue reading “A Story For Sunday: Copped It by Graham Wynd”

Keep It Simple. Keep It Short.

  I think I’ve always liked singles more than LPs. Preferred the short, sharp burst of a 45 rpm vinyl to 33 and 1/3 rpm of a few decent tunes padded out with fillers. And maybe that’s why I was drawn to flash fiction. I started off my crime writing ‘career’ – arf – submittingContinue reading “Keep It Simple. Keep It Short.”

ANGER MANAGEMENT

I used to get angry all the time. Especially when I was a teenager. The “difficult years,” doctors used to call it. As if there could ever be any other with a father like mine. I’d see crimson, burn up like a volcano, rant, rave, spit, scream – the whole deal. Sometimes I’d even blackContinue reading “ANGER MANAGEMENT”

A Story For Sunday: A Twist Of Noir by Eric Beetner

Christopher Grant‘s late great A Twist Of Noir was one of the first places to publish my yarns, and was the home to writing from all sorts of top crime crime writers. Including Eric Beetner who went all capricious when he came up with this: ‘Keith and Jake were two of the sorriest excuses forContinue reading “A Story For Sunday: A Twist Of Noir by Eric Beetner”

A Story For Sunday: A Red Lipstick by Cormac Brown

‘Gold, black, green and purple spots. When they are part of an Impressionist painting, they are beautiful, but Lara’s skin is not a canvas by Monet. No, in the dingy light of the diner bathroom, her arms and legs look like they’ve been touched by the brush of DeSade or Torquemada. She winces, not atContinue reading “A Story For Sunday: A Red Lipstick by Cormac Brown”