Out Now: 13 Shots Of Noir by Paul D Brazill

  English writer Paul D Brazill’s 13 Shots Of Noir is a collection of short stories in the vein of Roald Dahl, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.The first story, “The Tut”, was nominated for a 2010 Spinetingler Award, while the story “Anger Management” was chosen as one of the Predators and Editors topContinue reading “Out Now: 13 Shots Of Noir by Paul D Brazill”

Short Sharp Interview: J J Connolly

J J Connolly wrote the classic London crime novel Layer Cake over a decade ago. Since then it’s become a thing of legend and was adapted for the big screen, starring Daniel Craig. Now he’s back with a  sequel –Viva La Madness. We had  natter. PDB: In true Hollywood style, can you pitch Viva La Madness inContinue reading “Short Sharp Interview: J J Connolly”

Guest Blog: NINA by Nick Triplow

  For the first few months, Ray couldn’t enter the flat without being struck by its emptiness. The sparse second-hand furnishings gave little sense of occupation. Barely functional, they told of a limited, almost monastic existence. The moment he shot the front door bolts and their echo died on the scuffed laminate, he felt himselfContinue reading “Guest Blog: NINA by Nick Triplow”


The stagecoach shook and rattled, like a drunk in the first stages of withdrawal, invading Frank’s dreams and dragging him into consciousness. He wrenched open his eyes, but the day was as bright as a migraine, and he clamped them shut again.    He counted to ten and slowly and peeled back his eyelids.   The coach was hotContinue reading “CRIMSON TRAIL BY PAUL D BRAZILL”


  The protagonist of Tony Black’s previous four novels is Gus Dury-a boozy  journalist turned private eye. Dury is an antisocial, cantankerous, stroppy, trouble maker who lives on the cusp of catastrophe. Black’s newest novel, however, is a police procedural  featuring  Edinburgh cop Rob Brennan, a family man. So, you may be forgiven for thinkingContinue reading “TRUTH LIES BLEEDING BY TONY BLACK”


I was in the band Halcyon Days  from 1981 to 1982. The band was Richard Sanderson (guitar/vocal), me (bass),Peter Ord (guitar) and Ronnie Burke (drums).   As Richard says: ‘One of the odder unfinished projects was “Sweeney!” from which these three tracks came. Influenced by the 70’s cop show of the time, we conspired toContinue reading “SWEENEY! BY HALCYON DAYS”