Recommended Read: Frank Sidebottom-Out Of His Head by Mick Middles

The mind of Chris Sievey was clearly a treasure trove – indeed, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave – of bright and shiny ideas, many of which, thankfully, came to fruition. Most notably in the effervescent forms of The Freshies and Frank Sidebottom. The Freshies were a brilliantly eccentric power pop/ new wave band who cheekily surfed…

Recommended Read: I Swear I Was There by David Nolan

David Nolan’s  I Swear I Was There – Sex Pistols, Manchester and the Gig that Changed the World is a hell of a yarn that ostensibly tells the story of the Sex Pistols’ impact on the Manchester music scene in the mid-1970s.  It focuses on three events – the Sex Pistols‘ first gig at Manchester’s Lesser…

Short, Sharp Interview: David Nolan

PDB: What’s going on? I’m just recovering from the shock of my first novel being published. I still struggle saying the N Word… novel. It sounds so weird. Author is quite utilitarian but novelist still sounds suspect to me. This is the bit where I plug the book, right? It’s called Black Moss and it’s…

Short, Sharp Interview: John Bowie

PDB: What’s going on?   JB: Reading, drinking, being a silly father, reading more, being a trying husband, and… drinking more. Oh, and scribbling and writing — for my sanity and madness; all in perfect balance. Teetering on life’s beautiful edge that’s fueled by all the pre-mentioned that put me there in the first place….

Recommended Read: Untethered by John Bowie

John, the protagonist of Untethered, is a man with a dark and secret past who is living a new life under witness protection.  As he sits alone in his flat, drinking and writing in his journal, John becomes embroiled in the search for a missing neighbour. John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and…

Coming Soon: Manchester Vice by Jack Strange

Bio: The mysterious Jack Strange hails from the town of Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire , England. He’s a man with a checkered past, having worked in a morgue, been a labourer, and a salesman. He’s dug holes… professionally (to what end, he refuses to say – sales? corpses? possibly both?),  even more terrifying – he’s a former…

Short, Sharp Interview: Col Bury

PDB: What’s going on now? CB: At long last, my debut crime novel MY KIND OF JUSTICE has just been released by Caffeine Nights Publishing. So it’s signings, interviews (at all the best blogs!) and then back to the sequel, plus a few other bit ‘n’ bobs I’m working on. PDB: How did you research…

Stories For Sunday: Amore, Formetta, Peters.

The Garbage Collector by Dani Amore The Garbage Collector is part private eye, part hit man. He is hired by a group of big shot Detroit lawyers to head off to Florida and track down  their former partner, who has absconded with some important confidential documents.  The missing lawyer is also a former Delta Force…

Short Sharp Interview: Gordon Harries

    PDB: How did you first get interested in Dashiel Hammett? This is a fairly convoluted story, but many years ago I had a friend who ran a used book shop. He’d pass me books that he thought might be of interest. One of these was ‘The Big Nowhere’ by James Ellroy, which I…

NoirSongs: Joy Division – Shadowplay

Both of my Noir Songs so far have been connected to the 1979 Futurama festival in Leeds- where I saw Joy Division before they went synthypop. Very noir city,Leeds.  This is very cinematic and dramatic, eh? To the centre of the city where all roads meet – waiting for you To the depths of the…