Short, Sharp Interview: Will Viharo

PDB: Can you pitch LOVE STORIES ARE TOO VIOLENT FOR ME in 25 words or less?  Yes. PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? I really dig the works of my Gutter Books editor Joe Clifford. I especially recommend his novel Wake the Undertaker and his fictionalized memoir JunkieContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Will Viharo”

The Tobacco-Stained Sky: Out Now!

And it includes my yarn Murphy’s Bright Spark. The Tobacco- Stained Sky is an anthology edited by Guy Salvidge & Andrez Bergen, published by Another Sky Press and based around the noir/dystopia of Andrez Bergen‘s novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat. WRITERS Andrez Bergen Gerard Brennan Kristopher Young Guy Salvidge Josh Stallings Gordon Highland Chad Eagleton Paul D.Continue reading “The Tobacco-Stained Sky: Out Now!”

Guest Blog: Imported From Detroit: The Muscle by Carolina Bertrand

In classic film and in true crime annals the tough guys had one word for icing the impossible enemy: Detroit. The archetypal gangster film, Little Caesar (1931), based on the 1929 novel by the hard-boiled master W.R. Burnett, made it standard gang protocol to bring in the expert hit men from Detroit. The film’s impactContinue reading “Guest Blog: Imported From Detroit: The Muscle by Carolina Bertrand”

Off The Record 2- At The Movies is Out Now !!!

Off The Record 2- At The Movies is an anthology of 47 short stories, based on film titles, from some of the  best and most bad-bum writers around. And all proceeds go to charity. Find out more in my latest Brit Grit Alley column which is, as usual, over at Out Of The Gutter Online.

Small Town Creed by Paul D. Brazill

When You’re Growing Up In A Small Town/ You Hate It And You Want To Get Out.’ Lou Reed. ‘The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.’Sherlock Holmes And small town America seems to be even worse. If we goContinue reading “Small Town Creed by Paul D. Brazill”


Noir Nation is an eBook journal of high quality crime fiction, essays, and author interviews, illustrated with living art: tattoos. Issue No. 2 is rich with stories that tell of being stopped at a tense Israeli checkpoint, a man reflecting on the death of his sadistic mother while getting a tattoo, hunting jaguars in theContinue reading “NOIR NATION 2 IS OUT NOW !!!”

Robert Mitchum – The Soul Of Film Noir.

‘Some walk like they own the place /Whilst others creep in fear/ Try if you can to walk like a man /You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight’ Or so said, Jarvis Cocker,and, indeed, he really could have been talking about the great uncaged beast that was Robert Charles Durman Mitchum. Big Bob, certainlyContinue reading “Robert Mitchum – The Soul Of Film Noir.”

Tobacco -Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen

  I’ve seen The Future and and it’s … Noir. Tobacco- stained noir at that.   Andrez Bergen’s brilliant Tobacco-StainedMountain Goat is set in a Dystopian version of Melbourne, in a not too distant future, after some sort of catastrophe has wiped out the rest of the world.   The city itself is split into differentContinue reading “Tobacco -Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen”


  PDB: Can you pitch The Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat in 25 words or less? AB: Er… a tankard of classic noir, peppered with sci-fi, humour and a heart, and accompanied by a hardboiled herring or two on the side? PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? AB: Film-wise, I’m constantly raiding theContinue reading “SHORT SHARP INTERVIEW: ANDREZ BERGEN”

Guest Blog: Kent Adamson On Deanna Durbin and the Christmas Holidays in Hollywood

There is a fascinating little movie that has shown up spliced into several parts on YouTube. One of the most defiant and rebellious feature films ever turned out in Hollywood stars the often nauseatingly cheery Deanna Durbin as a hard bitten hostess in a southern brothel. It co-stars the usually lighter than air smiley hooferContinue reading “Guest Blog: Kent Adamson On Deanna Durbin and the Christmas Holidays in Hollywood”

Guest Blog: Kent Adamson on After the Triumph of Your Birth

The superb directorial debut of Jim Akin, After the Triumph of Your Birth, breaks boundaries as a personal film. It is unmediated storytelling from the heart, brain, and hands of a director using digital tools as instruments to communicate in words, visuals and music. Carefully crafted, it expands form and content in truthful and intimate ways.Continue reading “Guest Blog: Kent Adamson on After the Triumph of Your Birth”