OUT NOW! Born Under A Bad Sign: Stories of Bad Luck

‘As you read these stories remember gentle reader: life and luck can turn on a dime. All of the foundations of your life can crumble in an instant. While you think about that, enjoy this collection of pulp, noir and horror stories about luck and all the misfortune and mishaps it has in store for us.’

Edited by Mark Slade with stories from Andy Rausch, Mick Rose, Paul D. Brazill and MORE!

Born Under A Bad Sign: Stories of Bad Luck

OUT NOW! TWISTED PULP # 7

Prepare to be wowed with pulpy plots and questionable thoughts in the newest issue of Twisted Pulp Magazine. Join us as we dig our way into the brains of comic legends such as Michael T. Gilbert and Tony Isabella. What!? That ain’t enough for ya? Well, it’s chockfull of stories and articles by the likes of Paul D. Brazill, ES Wynn, Thom Malafarina, Lucy Hall, Jessica Bauer, blah blah blah, and of course your loyal page fillers, Mark, Chauncey, and Lothar return.

NAB IT HERE

I’m Interviewed by Mark Slade

Mark Slade interviews me over at the Marchaic Media site.

What was the first thing you remember reading?

Probably comic strips in newspapers. ‘Chipper’ in The Hartlepool Daily Mail, ‘Garth’ and ‘Andy Capp’ in The Daily Mirror, ‘The Broons’ and ‘Oor Wullie’ in The Sunday Post.’

Read the rest here.

Pre-order Coming Through in Waves: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Pink Floyd

Perhaps no other major band or artist has equaled the lyrical and musical poignancy that Pink Floyd has achieved in landmark records such as The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.In this, the fourth installment in Gutter Books’ Rock Anthology Series, we pay tribute to, and hopefully in some small way enhance the legend of, a band that has spoken so compellingly to— and for—millions of people searching for meaning in the modern world.Featuring some of today’s most exciting authors, and edited by horror author and cancer survivor T. Fox Dunham, Coming Through in Waves weaves together a plethora of dark, strange, and intriguing images that only Pink Floyd could inspire.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COME IN NUMBER 51, YOUR TIME IS UP – DBSCHLOSSER. A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS PAUL D. BRAZILL MOTHER – KIMBERLY GODWIN HAVE A CIGAR – FRASER MASSEY FEARLESS – LINDA SLATER HEY YOU – PHIL THOMAS ARNOLD LAYNE – BILL BABER BRAIN DAMAGE – TOM LEINS CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE – MARK SLADE HEART BEAT, PIG MEAT – KENNETH W. CAIN ONE OF THESE DAYS – JIM SHAFFER JUGBAND BLUES – C. W. BLACKWELL JULIA DREAM – MORGAN SYLVIA KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY STACK – RENEE ASHER PICKUP LUCIFER SAM – K. A. LAITY NOBODY HOME – JOSEPH S. WALKER ON THE RUN – S. W. LAUDEN REMEMBER A DAY – KURT REICHENBAUGH OBSCURED BY CLOUDS – ALLAN ROZINSKITHE SCARECROW – KAREN KEELEY WISH YOU WERE HERE – ANDY RAUSCH CHILDHOOD’S END – A. B PATTERSON WAITING FOR THE WORMS – PAUL WILLIAMS

PRE ORDER COMING THROUGH IN WAVES HERE

Out now! Nightside : Tales of Outre Noir

Nightside: Tales of Outre Noir is a collection of stories that hash together the Bizzare and the Noir. With authors who are on top of their game, this book is filled with tense prose and horrifying scenes that lovers of dark fiction will appreciate.

There are screenplays mixing Lovecraftian horror and Biblical tales, and stories of detectives solving gruesome murders. It’s a sub-genre cocktail, shaken and shared with murderous crazies that could very well be your friends or family members.

Edited by Mark Slade, it includes my Roman Dalton yarn, Drunk On The Moon.

Pre-Order Nightside : Tales of Outre Noir

Edited by Mark Slade and includes my Roman Dalton yarn Drunk On The Moon.

Nightside: Tales of Outre Noir is a collection of stories that hash together the Bizzare and the Noir. With authors who are on top of their game, this book is filled with tense prose and horrifying scenes that lovers of dark fiction will appreciate.

There are screenplays mixing Lovecraftian horror and Biblical tales, and stories of detectives solving gruesome murders. It’s a sub-genre cocktail, shaken and shared with murderous crazies that could very well be your friends or family members.’

A Couple of Top Reviews for Gumshoe Blues

Over at Amazon.com, Mark Slade and Beth Fine have given GUMSHOE BLUES 5 STAR REVIEWS, which is very nice indeed.

Mark Slade says:

One of my favorite crime writers is back and doesnt disappoint! My man, Paul Brazill spins some great crime tales!

and Beth Fine says:

Paul Brazill succeeds with Gumshoe Blues by keeping his story focused on his main protagonist, Peter Ord, after developing his character through a series of witty encounters and flashbacks. His supporting characters move the plot forward, and frequently provide comic relief to lighten the mood, preventing the book from feeling too dark or tragic. This book engrossed me so much that I finished it in two sessions. I highly recommend it.

Check ’em out here, if you’re that way inclined.

Gumshoe Blues

Short, Sharp Interview: Mark Slade

mark sladePDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

I’m writing stories based on art by Darwin’s Mishap for Sunburry Press. Genres ranging from horror, mystery to SF and Fantasy. His surreal art will be featured prominently, about 14 or 15 paintings.

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

Ah! I love British TV. Recently got into Psychoville…..strange show. Never would make it on TV in America…that’s why I like it. IT Crowd is great. Mighty Boosh is genius.

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

Yeah they can be. Since that’s what they are to begin with before they started writing. If someone else s work isn’t your cup of tea, then that’s where it should be left at. Just move on to another book you like.

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

I’d definitely like to write plays or even radio scripts because that seems to be a lost art. I’d like to learn the craft of those. I’d like to write for an ongoing comic book series.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Depends on the story. It might just go as far watching a movie about that time period or going to the library and getting a ton of books on the subject.

Mark Slade Book Cover ws (2)PDB; How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Its a double-edged sword I’m finding out. It’s great to make contacts, friends from different countries, different worlds. Its also a worrying factor when a group can band together against one person and make their life hell. For the most part its been great connecting with people. I think the problem, especially using social media for promotion, is a writer ends up selling the book to other writers who are just as poor. So if anyone can find find a happy medium, that would be the ticket.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I’m going to have two books come out. One for Death Throes publishing, the art book/story compilation for Sunbury Press. Keeping Nightmare Illustrated horror magazine with Horrified Press rolling, and I’m hoping to finish the punk rock crime story with L.A. Sykes.

Bio:  MARK SLADE lives in Williamsburg,VA, U.S. With his Wife and Daughter and a Pomeranian who uses mind control on humans. In Sept. 2013 Horrified press released his first book, a horror-fantasy-western, A SIX GUN AND THE QUEEN OF LIGHT. He is co editor with Nathan Rowark of the horror magazine Nightmare illustrated, which is in the spirit of EC Comics.