The Best Of Brit Grit 2016

Well, 10 of the best, anyway. There were a few other Brit Grit gems I also read in 2016 that I really enjoyed. If I had to pick one book to personify The Best Of Brit Grit this year, it would probably be Marwick’s Reckoning by Gareth Spark. However, in no particular order, here are…

Have A Brit Grit Christmas!

I asked a bunch of Brit Grit writers about their favourite Christmas book, film and song, and this is what they said: Martina Cole: Well my favourite Christmas book has to be John Updike and Edward Gorey’s ‘The Twelve Terrors of Christmas.’ Film has to be Lon Chaney as The Wolfman. I love old horrors…

Recommended Read: April Skies by Ian Ayris

In ’90s London, John Sissons – the protagonist of Ian Ayris‘ brilliant debut Abide With Me– is out of the slammer and trying to get by, working at a market stall. When he loses his job, he gets a job at a door factory and his luck starts to change. But is it for the…

What Goes On? Ayris, Godwin

Ian Ayris Well, the reissue of my Kindle novella – One Day in the Life of Jason Dean – has just been released by the brilliant Near to the Knuckle, and April Skies – the sequel to my debut novel – Abide With Me – is due for publication in both paperback and Kindle versions…

Guns Of Brixton: Update

As you may well  know, last year my comic crime novella GUNS OF BRIXTON was published as an eBook by the great BYKER BOOKS – as part of their Best Of British series- and did pretty well, in the UK at least. And I am more than somewhat chuffed to announce that I have recently…

What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?

  America may well be the  official home of pulp and noir but the United Kingdom, long  perceived as the land of tame Dame Agatha style cozies and stuck-up, Latin quoting police detectives, also has a grubby underbelly which has produced plenty of gritty crime writing. And there is a new wave of Brit Grit…

OUT NOW – PROTECTORS : STORIES TO BENEFIT PROTECT

’41 stories. One cause: PROTECT 100% of proceeds go to PROTECT and the National Association to Protect Children – the army fighting what Andrew Vachss calls “the only holy war worthy of the name,” the protection of children. We’ve rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT’s…

True Brit Grit

True Brit Grit is out now! “The BRIT GRIT mob is coming to kick down your door with hobnailed boots. Kitchen-sink noir; petty-thief-louts; lives of quiet desperation; sharp, blood-stained slices of life; booze-sodden brawls from the bottom of the barrel and comedy that’s as black as it’s bitter—this is BRIT GRIT!” 45 British writers, 45…

Recommended Read: ABIDE WITH ME BY IAN AYRIS

In American fiction, the lines of genre are regularly blurred so that characters in the writings of ‘dirty realists’ like Nelson Algren, Harry Crews, John Fante and Charles Bukowski can comfortably inhabit the same world as those of crime fiction writers such as James M Cain, Elmore Leonard and Charles Wilford.  This, of course, is a very…

Laughing At The Death Grin! Out Now FROM Pulp Metal Fiction

  Laughing At The Death Grin! A short fiction anthology from PULP METAL MAGAZINE. Edited by JASON MICHEL with stories from   U V RAY, RICHARD GODWIN   B R STATEHAM   HEATH LOWRENCE    IAN AYRIS,   CHRIS RHATIGAN   FRANK DUFFY JODI MCARTHUR   & MORE including ME!   Get it HERE!  …

Guest Blogger: Ian Ayris – If Shakespeare Worked at Tesco . . .

If Shakespeare Worked at Tesco . . . by Ian Ayris. I have spent the whole of my working life in low paid manual work, ranging from delivering washing machines to working in a record shop, a door factory, a gin factory, and currently spend every weekend cleaning toilets and bathing grown men for a…