Recommended Film: Charlie Bubbles

“Are you still working sir or do you just do the writing now?”  Charlie Bubbles (1967) is the only film the late, great Albert Finney ever directed. Charlie is successful writer; an aging angry young man who – jaded and cynical, drunk and disorderly – living in London. He  decides to go home again to revisitContinue reading “Recommended Film: Charlie Bubbles”

Recommended Read: Killer’s Countdown by Wendy H. Jones

Killer’s Countdown (A DI Shona McKenzie Mystery): 1 (The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries) Now, this is the way to to kick-off a series! Killer’s Countown is a deftly plotted and engrossing police-procedural that is full of grit and warmth – despite the Dundee weather. Grippng and emotionly involving in equal measure, Wendy H. Jones‘ firstContinue reading “Recommended Read: Killer’s Countdown by Wendy H. Jones”

Shots In The Dark: A Short Story Sampler.

‘Another gem of a collection from Paul D. Brazill here, as he dishes up several of his customary helpings of grimly fascinating, gruesome and frequently laugh-out-loud noir. Downbeat anti-heroes cause joyous mayhem while creating (and creatively disposing of!), a plethora of corpses in a bizarre and wonderfully eclectic series of bite-size shorts. ‘ Short stories, flashContinue reading “Shots In The Dark: A Short Story Sampler.”

Black & White & Red All Over by Paul D. Brazill

When I think about it, my most vivid and powerful memories of childhood are in black and white. The monochrome of the Saturday morning Odeon’s Kidz-Klub, and the Hollywood films on afternoon television, seemed so much more vibrant than anything that real life could come up with. And, as you would expect of someone who grewContinue reading “Black & White & Red All Over by Paul D. Brazill”

This Old House by Paul D. Brazill

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 overlookingContinue reading “This Old House by Paul D. Brazill”

A Bit Of A Pickle by Paul D. Brazill

A BIT OF A PICKLE 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. AContinue reading “A Bit Of A Pickle by Paul D. Brazill”

THE TUT BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

After enduring forty-five years of a marriage that was, at best, like wading through treacle, Oliver Beacock Robinson eventually had enough and smothered his wife with the beige corduroy cushion that he’d accidentally burned with a cigarette two fraught days before. Oliver had been, for most of his life, a temperate man and he hadContinue reading “THE TUT BY PAUL D. BRAZILL”

THE MAN WHOSE HEAD EXPANDED AND EVENTUALLY POPPED by Paul D. Brazill

THE MAN WHOSE HEAD EXPANDED AND EVENTUALLY POPPED Lenny Cray had always thought that the quest for experience was a vital part of a man’s learning curve and so, throughout his life, whenever a window of opportunity opened up, he jumped straight through, headfirst if necessary. And at times he just kicked the bugger in.Continue reading “THE MAN WHOSE HEAD EXPANDED AND EVENTUALLY POPPED by Paul D. Brazill”

The Gift That Keeps On Giving by Paul D. Brazill

ONE Living well is the best revenge, or so my arthritic old grandmother used to say. And , for most of my life, I have lived very well – once I’d broken free of Seatown’s umbilical cord, which was strangling me like a noose. Fame. Money. Drugs. Travel. Fast cars. Faster women. All of the above.And itContinue reading “The Gift That Keeps On Giving by Paul D. Brazill”

The LAST LAUGH: CRIME STORIES BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

‘The stories in The Last Laugh are vivid and violent slices of Brit Grit and international noir, full of gaudy characters and dialogue sharp enough to cut your throat. The Last Laugh is a violent and blackly comic look at life through a shot glass darkly.’ From France, to Spain, to the northeast of England,Continue reading “The LAST LAUGH: CRIME STORIES BY PAUL D. BRAZILL”