Life has been good to me, I can write that today as I sit here healthy. Eleven years ago I didn’t feel so lucky, it was maybe a week before Christmas 2004 when I found a lump on my right bollock (I can say bollock, it’s fine, I’m a gritty crime writer – ask anyone).Continue reading “Guest Blog: Paladins by Aidan Thorn”
TRUE BRIT GRIT. Edited by Paul D. Brazill and Luca Veste. Introduction by Maxim Jakubowski. The Line Up: 1. Two Fingers of Noir by Alan Griffiths 2. Eat Shit by Tony Black 3. Baby Face And Irn Bru by Allan Guthrie 4. Pretty Hot T’Ing by Adrian Magson 5. Black Betty by Sheila Quigley 6.Continue reading “True Brit Grit now only 99p/ 99c!”
Published by Joyride Press and edited by Liam Sweeny, Last Word is a collection of hard-hitting stories from eleven of the best writers in the crime, pulp and noir genres. And it includes my yarn The Luck Of The Devil. Other contributors are Les Edgerton, David Jaggers Steve Weddle , Court Merrigan, Jack Getze, Tess Makovesky, ToddContinue reading “Out Now! Last Word – crime, pulp, noir!”
PDB: What’s going on now? I’ve completed the Black Orchestra WW2 spy trilogy with A Postcard from Hamburg. The first book was strictly historical fiction. The second was an attempt to write a page turner – much more action adventure than history. With the third I tried to incorporate the best of both – soundContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: J J Toner”
Andrew Hook’s punkPunk anthology is an eclectic and electric mix of short stories inspired by punk rock music and the ’70s punk movement. There’s American punk, British punk, Australian punk. There’s social realism and science fiction. There’s black comedy and coming of age tales. And there’s a sense of bittersweet nostalgia that permeates some ofContinue reading “Recommended Read: punkPunk edited by Andrew Hook”
‘Rogue contains 22 exceptional stories.’ Check out the rest of the review here.
The ROGUE anthology is reviewed by Anthony Watson at DARK MUSINGS. Here’s what he has to say about my yarn: ‘There’s politics too – though in a subtle, tangential way and even some humour – though of the darkest variety. The latter is most evident in Paul D Brazill’s Route 66 and All That whichContinue reading “Route 66 And All That is Reviewed at Dark Musings”
Includes my yarn ‘Route 66 And All That.’ The blurb: ‘You find yourself on the wrong side of town. It’s late and your only option is to walk down a narrow pitch-black alley. Your heart is pounding. You’re sure that you can hear footsteps, but there’s no one in sight. The sound of soft feetContinue reading “Out Now! Near To The Knuckle presents Rogue: The second anthology”
Includes my yarn ROUTE 66 AND ALL THAT. From GRITFICTION. GLOVES OFF, the first NEAR 2 THE KNUCKLE anthology, is available here and pretty tasty it is, too. It includes my yarn THE HIT MAN AND HER and more besides.
Starburst Magazine takes a gander at Drag Noir, the anthology edited by K A Laity and published by Fox Spirit Books which includes my yarn A Bit Of A Pickle. ‘Other highlights include Kiki Le Shade by Chloe Yates, a lovely little horror story that mixes noir, drag and something else into the mix toContinue reading “Drag Noir is reviewed at Starburst Magazine”
PDB: What’s going on now? TMS: I’m giving a story for Near To The Knuckle’s ROGUE anthology a polish, and then I have three weeks to finish “Noon at Midnight”, a short crime novella supposed to be out in February. PDB: How did you research this book? TMS: “Noon at Midnight” is loosely based onContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: T. Maxim Simmler”
PDB: What’s going on now? Now? Now I’ve just signed a contract with GritFiction Ltd (Better known to most of you as Darren Sant and Craig Douglas the brains behind Near to the Knuckle) to publish my second short story collection, Urban Decay. And, I could not be happier about it! We’ve been discussing itContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Aidan Thorn”
‘The ghost of a Petula Clark song drifted into The Bag O’ Nails through a partly open window. A shard of sunlight sliced through the blinds, picking out specks of dust that floated in the air. An old electric kettle boiled in another room. A refrigerator hummed. A dishwasher chugged dully. A mangy black andContinue reading “CLIP: A Bit Of A Pickle by Paul D. Brazill”