Recommended Read: Dig Ten Graves by Heath Lowrance

Heath Lowrance‘s follow up to his classic debut novel THE BASTARD HAND – to be republished later this year – is a searing collection of hard-boiled, dark fiction. The blackest of noir permeates the pages of DIG TEN GRAVES and oozes into its dark alleyways, its blood stained streets and its rain soaked gutters – even the crevices on the faces of its battle scarred and booze battered protagonists. Heath Lowrance’s DIG TEN GRAVES is a lethal cocktail of noir, pulp fiction, horror. bizarro and even sci-fi. There are shades of Kafka and Lovecraft, satire and absurdist humour, chills and sadness. Recommended.

Grab Exiles: An Outsider Anthology for only 99p/ 99c!

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To celebrate the latest ALIBI  noir festival in Slovenia, EXILES: AN OUTSIDER ANTHOLOGY is currently only 99c / 99p!

A powerful Noir short story collection edited by the Bukowski of Noir, Paul D. Brazill. Exiles features 26 outsiders-themed stories by some of the greatest crime and noir writers, K. A. Laity, Chris Rhatigan, Steven Porter, Patti Abbott, Ryan Sayles, Gareth Spark, Pamila Payne, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel, Carrie Clevenger, David Malcolm, Nick Sweeney, Sonia Kilvington, Rob Brunet, James A. Newman, Tess Makovesky, Chris Leek, McDroll, Renato Bratkovič, Walter Conley, Marietta Miles, Aidan Thorn, Benjamin Sobieck, Graham Wynd, Richard Godwin, Colin Graham, and an introduction by Heath Lowrance.

Recommended Read: The Bastard Hand by Heath Lowrance

the bastard handI first read Heath Lowrance’s The Bastard Hand in 2011, when it was first published by New Pulp Press. Here’s what I said then:

The Bastard Hand by Heath Lowrance grabs you by the lapels and drags you on a wild, wild bar crawl that leaves you battered and bruised at the gates of hell. Like Jim Thomspon jamming with Robert Johnson and Nick Cave on the eve of the apocalypse.”

Re-reading it last month, I would say I liked it even more than the first time. Highly recommended.


Recommended Read: Dig Ten Graves by Heath Lowrance

dig ten gravesHeath Lowrance’s Dig Ten Graves is a lethal cocktail of noir, pulp fiction, horror. bizarro and even sci-fi.

There are shades of Kafka and Lovecraft, satire and absurdest humour, chills and sadness.

Dig Ten Graves is a great taster/ introduction to Heath Lowrance’s writing and is well worth checking out.

Short, Sharp Interview: Heath Lowrance

The blurb: Heath Lowrance’s City of Heretics is a crime novel about an aging con named Crowe, just out of prison and back in Memphis, ready for some payback against the criminals who got him sent up.

Before Crowe can enjoy his revenge, he has to track down a brutal murderer cutting a swath through the city — ultimately leading Crowe to confront a bizarre secret society of serial killers masquerading as a Christian splinter-group.

I interviewed Heath Lowrance.

PDB: Can you pitch City Of Heretics in 25 words or less?

Aging con Crowe slams up against a secret society of killers disguised as a Christian splinter-group. Violence and bloodshed follow, as well as uneasy revelations.

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

TV is actually better than the movies lately. I love Hell on Wheels, Justified, Boardwalk Empire, and, for a little comedy, Community.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

I can’t speak for everyone, but for me—no, not exactly. But knowing something about writing can often make the reading experience richer.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Yeah, but only for the money. PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Usually it’s just fly-by research into the geography of the location, or the pertinent history. With Westerns, of course, there’s a bit more research, but I like to approach Westerns as mythology more than history.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Without Facebook (and yes, even the dreaded Twitter) it would be almost impossible for me to get word out about my work. The folks who re-tweet or re-post or whatever have made all the difference.

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

I have another Gideon Miles novella brewing for David Cranmer’s Beat to a Pulp, and one more Hawthorne story to round out the year, as well as a couple of short stories here and there. Beyond that, into next year, I’ll be focusing on a third full-length novel (or two!) and more Hawthorne.

BIO: Heath Lowrance is the author of the cult novel THE BASTARD HAND, as well as a short story collection called DIG TEN GRAVES. His other stories have appeared at Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Chi-Zine, Pulp Metal, The Nautilus Engine, and others. He has been a movie theater manager, a tour guide at Sun Studio, a singer in a punk band, and a regular donor of blood for money. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.

(This interview first appeared at Noir Nation)

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

I’ve read a fair bit of  new stuff recently- and done quite a bit of re-reading too- so here are a handful of  some of the books that have tickled my fancy of late.

Bang Bang, You’re Dead by Nick Quantrill.

Nick Quantrill is best known for his slow burning, evenly paced P I novels – Broken Dreams and The Late Greats. BBYD however, is an in-your-face, Brit Grit novella that tells the story the story of Sam, who is fresh out of the slammer and trying to get his life back on an even keel. But those ties from the past still bind him. Hard hitting and involving, this shows a more visceral side to Quantrill’s writing which he carries off with aplomb.

The Spider Tribe by Heath Lowrance.

Hawthorn is back !  In The Spider Tribe, Heath Lowrance’s pulptastic creation confronts the Iktomi, an ancient, supernatural race that grow powerful when people are consumed by hate and fear. Since the white man is currently ripping up the Black Hills, they are in full force and only Hawthorn can stop them. The Spider Tribe is another vivid and fast paced horror/western novelette from the massively talented  Heath Lowrance.

The Mill by Mark West

Michael is a young widower who  communicates with the memory of his late wife in his recurring dreams. However, after attending a Bereaved Partners’ Group meeting, he discovers that there may be more to his dreams than he realizes. The Mill is a wonderfully written novelette that proves to be both chilling and moving, and stayed in my thoughts for a long time after reading it.

Driving Alone by Kevin Lynn Helmick

When roughneck Billy Keyoe jumps in his Cadillac to flee his small town blues, he encounters a girl named Feather at the crossroads and embarks on a journey into darkness and painful self-discovery in Kevin Lynn Helmick’s brilliantly lyrical and richly painted hybrid of cinematic noir and magic realism. Superb.

Chastity Flame by KA Laity.

K A Laity confidently grabs hold of  the Modesty Blaise template and ratchets its components  up to 11 with Chastity Flame. And what she gives us is  a highly addictive,  fast-moving, clever, sexy and funny globe-trotting,  spy romp. The first in what is sure to prove to be a massively enjoyable new series.

The Claddagh Icon by K A Laity.

K A Laity’s The Claddagh Icon is a classic hardboiled story of a chancer who gets in over his head when he meets a Galway femme fatale. A tightly written story that drags you along by your tie, belt and whatever else it can get its hands on. Also available in Italian.

The Secret Hour by Richard Godwin.

Richard Godwin’s The Secret Hour is a lyrical hybrid of noir,crime fiction and psychological drama worthy of Hitchcock. Godwin once again masterfully digs beneath the surface of London, and its inhabitants, to reveal the darkness that the dazzle of glamour hides. Also available in Italian.

So, get stuck into that little lot, eh?

Short, Sharp Interview: Heath Lowrance


PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication in 25 words or less?

       DIG TEN GRAVES, a collection of bleak, violent stories designed to make you feel horrible about the world..99 cents for a limited time.



PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I usually catch television shows way after the fact by renting them on DVD. Having said that, I just finished up Deadwood, which I enjoyed a lot, and the first season of Dexter. Yeah, I know, old news. Movies, I’ve even farther behind. Just saw a great Charles Bronson flick called Chato’s Land, re-watched the Coen Bros. True Grit, and obsessed over The Sweet Smell of Success for a while.


PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

I can’t speak for all writers, but it’s difficult for me. That probably has just as much to do with being a constant reader as it does being a writer, though. You become hyper-aware of what makes a story work and you notice little details, good or bad. But it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment too much.


PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Oh, hell yes. I’d love the chance to write a film script especially.


PDB: How much research goes into each book?

The least amount I can get away with. There’s more research involved in writing a Western, of course, because even if the story is more mythological than historical, you still have to place in firmly in the context of history. Writing stories that take place modern day, however, the only research I do tends to be on the fly, just details.


PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

HUGELY important. I wouldn’t be here now without it. Not just the tedious self-promotional stuff, but also the network of friends and fellow writers who offer support and keep you up to date. I don’t think I’d ever have sold a single book if not for that.


PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?


Lined up at the moment, I have the second Hawthorne story to finish (coming very soon!) from Trestle Press. The first one, “That Damned Coyote Hill”, was surprisingly well received and so Hawthorne is set to become a series character. Two or three commissioned stories after that which I can’t really say much about yet. Sometime in ’12 Snubnose Press will be releasing my second full-length novel, CITY OF HERETICS, and then it’s back to work on my third novel, which I started a couple months ago but have been sadly neglecting.


(find out more about Heath Lowrance here)