Short, Sharp Interview: T. Maxim Simmler

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”

Short, Sharp Interview: Aidan Thorn

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”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

The Street Martyr by T. Fox Durnham Over the years, America has given us an abundance of great urban poets, such as Johnny Thunders, Chester Himes, Tom Waits, George V. Higgins, Bruce Springsteen, Nelson Algren, Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes. Poets that simultaneously eulogise, celebrate and chastise the neon soaked and blood stained streets ofContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Short, Sharp Interview: Darren Sant of Near To The Knuckle

PDB: What the hell is Gloves Off? Gloves Off is the first anthology of the Near To The Knuckle website. As you can see by the URL we like to confuse and challenge our readers… http://www.close2thebone.co.uk/ For those that don’t know the site it is the darker of crime fiction with occasionally others genres thrownContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Darren Sant of Near To The Knuckle”

Out Now ! ! ! Gloves Off ! ! !

Near To The Knuckle presents “Gloves Off”. “Gloves Off” is a collection of dark stories from the cream of the literary crop. These stories have one thing in common: they will come at you, all guns blazing. There’s a story lurking down every dark alley. Just when your back is turned a plot-twist is readyContinue reading “Out Now ! ! ! Gloves Off ! ! !”

Coming Soon: GLOVES OFF!

So, this is Steven Miscandlon‘s well tasty cover for GLOVES OFF, the forthcoming anthology from Darren Sant and Craig Douglas, the people behind the NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE ezine . There’s more information about the anthology over at my latest Brit Grit Alley column at Out Of The Gutter online, where you’ll also find aContinue reading “Coming Soon: GLOVES OFF!”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

 The Rapist – Les Edgerton The Rapist cleverly blends Camus and Jim Thompson in an existential crime novel that is as dark and intoxicating as strong Irish coffee. Les Edgerton smartly pulls us into the corkscrew mind of Truman Ferris Pinter, a twisted man with skewed perception of the world, as his life spirals towardContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”