The Werewolf Detective Howls Again!

Back in 2012 I wrote a story for the late lamented Dark Valentine Magazine. It was a noir/ horror crossover yarn called Drunk On The Moon, and it featured a werewolf private eye called Roman Dalton. The story proved to be quite popular and I wrote a few more Roman Dalton yarns. There were even a couple of anthologies where a wide range of authors wrote Roman Dalton yarns. Oh, and he’s been translated into Slovenian and Polish.

Anyway, I recently decided to collect as many of the yarns as possible in one place. There are stories from me, K A Laity, Carrie Clevenger, Graham Wynd, Matt Hilton, Vincent Zandri, Allan Leverone and more! (Artwork by Marcin Drzewiecki – Ilustrator)

When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City’s neon and blood soaked streets. Vivid and violent noir horror stories based on characters created by Paul D. Brazill

Netflix ought to swoop in and bag those stories for a new series.’

‘It’s noir. It’s supernatural. It’s sleazy as hell.’

“A crackling fun read that puts werewolves in a Sin City/hardboiled world.”

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Brilliant and Dark

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Noir Fun with a Werewolf Detective

5.0 out of 5 stars.  A Howling Good Read!

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Both gruesome and awesome

Why not sink your teeth in, if you fancy?

Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

19601336_471413026540927_4071050112285606313_nPDB: Can you pitch YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK in 25 words or less?

Raised in an orphanage, trained as assassins by a surrogate father who first offers chocolate and later the bullets that could kill them. (Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell)

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written?

I’m a fan of old time Rock ’n’ Roll and Rockabilly music, and have actually penned some tunes myself, and being an author have written books, but would love to claim I’d written The Stand. Really would have loved to pen an episode of Banshee on TV, or (am I cheating here?) the movie adaptation of my book The Shadows Call (as it is so personal to me).

 PDB: Which books do you think would make great films or TV series?

Ehm, The Shadows Call, or my Joe Hunter series? Seriously though, I’d like to see an adaptation of Robert E Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian that stays true to the original (I’ve enjoyed the movie incarnations to date, but they still haven’t fully caught the essence of the original stories for me), and would like to see them given a similar treatment to Game Of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings.

matt hiltonPDB: Can you tell me a joke?

(Scratches head trying to think of something clean and PC).

Q: What’s pink and wrinkly and hangs out Grandpa’s underpants?

A: Grandma on washing day.

PDB: Who are the great British writers?

I might be the wrong person to ask. I’m not well read in regards British authors. One day — I promise — I’ll read Arthur Conan Doyle.

 PDB: What’s on the cards?

I’ve got WORST FEAR, the fourth book in my series featuring Tess Grey and Nicolas ‘Po’ Villere, being published in September, and have just recently seen my twelfth Joe Hunter book, MARKED FOR DEATH, published. At present I’m working on a possible new series that mixes police procedural with the supernatural, and if a publisher picks it up will be my first published crime thriller set in my native UK.

PDB: Anything else?

 Joe Hunter will be back. Book 13 – Unlucky For Some.Guest Blogger: Matt Hilton - Genesis to Generation -or how characters are born

Bio: Matt Hilton is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, and the Tess Grey and Po Villere thrillers. His first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust’, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013 and 2016.

Matt has published novels in the supernatural/horror genre, namely ‘Preternatural’, ‘Dominion’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Shadows Call’.

His twelfth Joe Hunter novel, Marked For Death, was published July 2017, and his next Tess and Po novel, Worst Fear, is published September 2017.

Have A Brit Grit Christmas!

martinaI 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 especially at Christmas! And song has to be ‘Fairytale of New York’ as I adore The Pogues and Kirsty! (I remember when they were called Pogue Mahone! Kiss my arse in Gaelic!)

Lesley Welsh:

I’m going to be really tedious and say ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.‘ Still gets to me every time. Music-wise, Jona Lewie and ‘Stop The Cavalry’. Christmas book? That’s a difficult one, I never much liked Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’ and don’t really recall others specifically about that time of year as I would probably have avoided them like the proverbial. So can I have a play instead? For which I nominate Steven Berkoff’s one-man short play ‘Harry’s Christmas‘. Devastating.

Douglas Skelton: 

The book has to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ obvious I know but it’s the only actual Christmas book I can remember reading! I know when I see other choices I’ll kick myself (so if you have any suggestions, let me know) For film I’d have to go with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, although ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ comes a close second. And song – there are so many – but ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ has the right blend of sweetness and melancholy for me.

HIT THE NORTH! NICK QUANTRILL INTERVIEW!Nick Quantrill:

Book I can’t really look beyond Dickens with ‘A Christmas Carol’, though you can’t beat a winter’s evening in the warmth with a book from a favourite author. Film Being a cynical and hardboiled crime writer is fine for 364 days of the year, but the remaining day has to be reserved to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Song, all of Kate Rusby’s “While Mortals Sleep” is great and the use of a brass band gives it that distinctive Yorkshire feel that warms me.

Luca Veste:

Book – ‘The Grinch who Stole Christmas’ by Dr Seuss Film – ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. Song – ‘White Wine in the Sun’ by Tim Minchin

Matt Hilton:

The Spy Who Came For Christmas” by David Morrell, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby

Mark West:

Favourite book –‘The Mystery Of The Invisible Dog’ (it takes place between Christmas and New Year. Favourite film – either ‘Scrooged’ or ‘Die Hard’. Favourite song – ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade.

Alex Shaw:

Book: ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Film: ‘Die Hard.’ Song: ‘Feed The World.’

Sheila_Quigley-320x320Sheila Quigley:

‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’  – I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it – ‘White Christmas.’

Sarah Hilary:

‘The Long Shadow’ by Celia Fremlin. ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ (Cary Grant, David Niven).’The World of Winter’ by Bing Crosby

Ian Ayris:

Here we go: Christmas Book – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charlie Dickens, Christmas Film – ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Christmas Song – ‘White Christmas’ – SLF.

Richard Godwin:

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Deep Throat’, Frank Zappa’s ‘Bobby Brown.’

Martin Stanley:

Okay, right now, off the top of my head: my favourites are Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Bad Santa’, and The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’.

jason 2016.Jason Michel

Book/ story – ‘A Christmas Carol’, Film – gotta be a Bond, not traditional, of course, but the nostalgia of a Christmas evening Bond flick, Song – I would say Slade then again, I have a tradition of listening to Frank Sinatra at Christmas.

Graham Wynd:

Um…’Little Women’, ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’, and oh, everyday a different answer so….Darlene Love, ‘Christmas Baby Please Come Home’. Best Xmas LP ‘A John Waters Xmas’.

Ryan Bracha:

‘The Little Matchgirl’ by HC Anderson for book, or ‘Mog’s Christmas’. The best and most underrated Christmas film ever is ‘Scrooged’. Song has to be ‘Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M’. Tune.

Betsy Reavley:

Oh easy, Charles Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’, ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ – Elvis Presley and film would have to be ‘Home Alone’.

nigelbirdNigel Bird:

Run Run Rudolph’ by Chuck Berry, ‘Diner’ (Barry Levinson) and ‘The Christmas Star’ (it’s a short story, so I hope that counts) by Mina Lewiton.

Graham Smith:

Can’t think of an Xmas book but ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Fairytale of New York.’

Paul Heatley:

My favourite book is ‘Sausagey Santa’ by Carlton Mellick III, song is ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade, but film is a toss up between ‘The Santa Clause,’ ‘Elf,’ and Ron Howard’s ‘The Grinch’ – I like the garishly colourful and OTT ones!

Tess Makovesky

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas on the planet.  I quite like some of the old traditions, but hate the modern, consumer-driven, hyped-to-hell-and-back, be-perfect-or-else-you’ve-failed version, which tends to bring me out in a severe case of Bah Humbug.  So my choices of reading, watching and listening matter over the festive period tend to reflect this.

Favourite Christmas song: there’s a special mention for Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ which brings back happy memories of school Christmas parties.  But the winner, hands down, is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty McCall.  Any Christmas song that includes lyrics like You scumbag, you maggot, You lousy old faggot gets my vote every time, and the harmonies (even with lead singer Shane McGowan apparently on such a massive bender he could barely stand up during recording) are amazing.

Favourite Christmas movie: I can’t really handle all those mushy-gushy sanctimonious ‘isn’t family wonderful’ type movies that you’re supposed to like at Christmas.  But Home Alone won me over the first time I saw it.  It has just the right blend of mischief, quirkiness, and sheer evil joy, from parents forgetting one of their own children, to Macauley Culkin’s 8 year old dreaming up ever nastier ways to keep the burglars out of the family home.  Great fun!

Favourite Christmas book: this one really had me stumped.  I wasn’t sure if there were any specific Christmas books, and when I googled, I’d never read most of them and wasn’t keen on the rest.  However, my favourite as a kid was probably ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis for the sheer magic and inventiveness of the story.  Although these days, I probably have more sympathy with the Wicked Witch than I ought to.  Imagine: always winter but never Christmas.  I can think of worse things…!

HAVE A BRIT GRIT CHRISTMAS!

Recommended Read: Blood Tracks by Matt Hilton

blood tracksPortland private eye Tess Grey is hired to go to Louisiana and track down a missing police witness. She enlists Po, an ex-con who is familiar with the locale, to help her.

Blood Tracks is the first of a new action-thriller series from Matt Hilton, creator of Joe Hunter, and it kicks off this great new series with aplomb

Blood Tracks is a tense, tightly-paced, action-packed thriller  with some great characters, and very likable protagonists.

Highly recommended.

Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

blood tracksPDB: What’s going on now?

I’m kind of busy at the moment; some of the time constraints are good, but some bad. I’m writing the second in a new series featuring a female investigator called Tess Grey, and her sidekick, Nicolas “Po” Villere, who is an ex-con, and have to have it ready before the end of next March. My wife is suffering with her back, and has done for months, and is due surgery in a few days time, so a lot of my spare time is being eaten into with hospital trips etc. Other than that, I’ve two new books on the shelves this month, with Blood Tracks out in the UK from Severn House Publishers, and the latest Joe Hunter thriller, The Lawless Kind, finally coming out in the USA from Down and Out Books on 16th November, so I’m busy promoting both.

PDB: How did you research your latest book?

Blood Tracks is set partly in Maine and partly in Louisiana. I haven’t been to either state, so have relied a lot on what I’ve read. Luckily I’m a fan of John Connolly, James Lee Burke and J.A. (Jack) Kerley so have had plenty literary inspiration.

PDB: Which of your publications had been the most successful?

On paper it’s probably my first Joe Hunter novel, Dead Men’s Dust, which was a Sunday Times best seller, a Daily Telegraph thriller of the year 2009, shortlisted for the ITW new thriller award 2009, and a Kindle Top 10 best seller in 2013. But I’d like to think my most successful novel is yet to come so keep working at it.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme of 2015?

I haven’t been to the cinema this year, but have caught up on a number of movies on DVD etc, and am unsure if I’m being current or not when saying I thoroughly enjoyed “The Conjuring” and “Annabel” as a spooky double bill. I do love a creepy horror movie.

I really enjoyed “No One Gets Out Alive” by Adam Neville. Neville writes the kind of seriously creepy horror that I aspire to.

Music, I recently discovered JD McPherson and loved his song Scratching Circles (though I’m sure it was recorded a few years ago now).

TV, I love The Blacklist, Banshee, and The Walking Dead equally.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

As long as I’m sitting in front of my computer I’m good, but it’s usually in my living room at home, with the Jeremy Kyle on TV blaring behind me for background ambience, and my two dogs around my feet.

PDB: What’s next?

Blood Tracks 2 (for want of a better title) is the book I’m currently writing, but I’ve got a few projects in mind begging to get started. I’ve also recently finished writing Joe Hunter 11 – No Safe Place – so foresee some work to do on that before it finally hits the shelves. There’s also a stand-alone suspense novel I’m jumping back and forward into during down time, and have ideas for a new horror novel, so plenty to keep me busy.

Bio: Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘The Devil’s Anvil’ – Joe Hunter 10 – published in June 2015 by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust’, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013. The Joe Hunter series is widely published by Hodder and Stoughton in UK territories, and by William Morrow and Company and Down and Out Books in the USA, and have been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian. He has a new series beginning with Blood Tracks, featuring investigator Tess Grey, to be published by Severn House Publishers in November 2015. As well as the Joe Hunter and Tess Grey series’, Matt has been published in a number of anthologies and collections, and has published novels in the supernatural/horror genre, namely ‘Preternatural’, ‘Dominion’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Shadows Call’. He is currently working on the next Tess Grey novel, as well as a stand-alone suspense thriller.

www.matthiltonbooks.com

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Guest Blog: Something outside the norm by Matt Hilton

Preternatural I’ve just self-published a novel to eBook called Preternatural. Nothing uncommon or unusual there, because it’s neither my first published book, nor my first self-published effort, except that it comes with a long story of more than eight years and a few ups and downs.

Back in 2005/2006 I was hard at work on a novel about a British vigilante who sets off to America in search of his wayward brother who has fallen into the sights of a serial killer.  It was called ‘Jubal’s Hollow’ and featured a character called Evan Hive and his sidekick, Rink. Some of you familiar with my work will recognise certain elements of that description, and you’d be right in assuming that a few years later it would be published under the title of ‘Dead Men’s Dust’ and the first Joe Hunter thriller to hit the stands. But here’s the thing: between writing the original novel and publication a few speed bumps were thrown in my way. First, when it was written I didn’t have an agent or publisher. I was still a copper working the beat, and was writing in my spare time. Just as I finished writing the original and was about to send it out, my family suffered a terrible tragedy when we lost our seventeen-year-old daughter. As you might imagine, sending off to agents and publishers was the last thing on my mind for some time, and I admit to falling into a funk of grief for a long time. As part of the recovery process I actually put away my writing aspirations and picked up my paints and brushes and spent too much time at the canvas as opposed to the keyboard. But I guess I was always a writer and after about a year I began playing around with ideas again. Maybe it was because of my loss, but my mind was in a different place. It was dark, but it was also miraculous and filled with some kind of hope. Because of this I penned a novel about a father coming to grips with the loss of his own young family, but in a strange and unusual way.

I wrote what would later becomePreternatural back in the latter half of 2007 under the working title ‘The Thin Grey Man’, and just as I was putting the finishing touches to the book had regained my impetus and aspiration to write. Largely I’d lost my spark as a police man, I see that now, and my heart and mind were in a different place, and I again came to the conclusion that life was too short and I should be following my dream. Now here’s the thing: before she died, my daughter was the only person who had read ‘Jubal’s Hollow’ (Dead Men’s Dust) and she had enthused about it and urged me to send it off to publishers. As a legacy to her memory I thought why not. I was fortunate – who knows there might even have been some guiding hand behind it all – in that the book was picked up for representation by Luigi Bonomi Associates, and quickly went to auction between five of the big publishing houses. Out of it I got a five-book contract from Hodder and Stoughton (which has since become nine to date) to write an ongoing series featuring Joe Hunter. Absolutely amazing news, and it allowed me to retire from the police force and concentrate on my writing career full time. But I’m not going to lie. It was hard work, and time consuming. I lived and breathed Joe Hunter every day without fail (and still do to some extent) and had to put aside all other projects while I worked to hit deadlines. The first Hunter book was published in 2009, and the publishing schedule remained relentless until the beginning of 2013 when Hodder decided to go to one book a year as opposed to the two I had been delivering. As a result, my other novel languished on my hard drive all that time, and to be honest I rarely looked back at it. I did offer it to my agent a couple of times, but he wasn’t interested. I was the ‘Joe Hunter’ man, and publishers might not want to cause any ‘reader confusion’ if I published a book in a different genre.

So the book just sat there doing nothing.

After I became a published author and my news spread, I was approached by many hopeful and aspiring authors who thought I had the magic formula for getting published. I didn’t of course. I was a beginner at the publishing game, but to them I must have had the golden touch and was swamped with requests for information, a nudge in the right direction, or introductions to agents/publishers. I wanted to help, but with the best will in the world I was already snowed under with my responsibilities and deadlines. But to assist them, I decided to run a website where aspiring authors could share their work with their peers and gain valuable feedback. From this idea I launched ‘Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers’ and the stories came flooding in. TKnC grew and grew and became well respected, award winning, and a go to site for top fiction. The story of TKnC is an article in itself, so I’ll only jump forward to what’s important to this story. Back in 2011, it was approaching Halloween, and the editors at the time decided to share some of their writing as a special block posting and we all agreed to write a short tale specifically for the site. I was scratching my head and thought, ooh, what if I use the characters from that old book I’ve got on my hard drive. From that idea I penned a short tale featuring Carter Bailey (and his murderous brother Cash) called ‘Suffering Succubi’ and posted it as my editor’s special. It was met by rave reviews and comments, and readers were begging me to write a book based on these characters. I of course tried not to sound smug when saying; “Actually there is a book already”. It prompted me to go back and take a harder look at the novel that had sat for the past four or five years doing nothing. When I read it I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. But it needed work. It needed a good edit and being a few years old required updating – it’s surprising how quickly pop culture references and technology goes out of date. So…while writing the next Joe Hunter books, I dipped in and out of the Carter Bailey novel, and brought it up to a decent standard. I gave it to a reviewer and part time editor friend to read, and she gave me some valuable insights into the story (thanks Kirstie), and after making these changes, I again set aside the book, hoping to send it off to publishers in 2013. Alas, I’m still the ‘Joe Hunter’ man, so there was no enthusiasm shown by any of the publishers for something in a different genre, and the book was again consigned to the hard drive. But here’s the thing: over the last few years I’d also been toying with the idea of self-publishing and had already put out a couple of my unpublished horror novels (“Dominion” and “Darkest Hour”) and had collected, edited and published two action collections (Action: Pulse Pounding tales Vols 1 and 2) and thought that I could probably do the same again with this novel.

While working on my other books, I kept the novel as a side project and readied it for publication between writing the other stuff. The book was finally published as an ebook on the Kindle platform on 3rd March 2014, under the title  PRETERNATURAL.

Why “preternatural’? Well, I wanted a short, snappy title that weighed up the book. “The preternatural (or praeternatural) is that which appears outside or beside (Latin præter) the natural. In contrast to the supernatural, preternatural phenomena are presumed to have natural explanations that are unknown.” – from the 21st century Grimoire ‘Wikipedia’.

Here’s the blurb:

One man, two minds. One is a killer, but is the other insane?

On the remote Connor’s Island in the North Atlantic, archeologists unearthing an ancient Viking settlement have loosed a curse upon the land. People are dying, and everyone is in fear of the Haugbonde and his monstrous servant, the Skeklar.

To catch a monster you must think like a monster. Carter Bailey is the unfortunate vessel of two spirits: his own and that of his dead brother ‘Cash’, a serial killer who murdered Carter’s wife and unborn child. Most people think Carter delusional, and he suspects they are most likely correct. Only one man, horror writer Paul Broom, believes that Carter is blessed with abilities bordering on the supernatural.

Is the curse true, is a creature out of legend killing the people of Conn, or is the murderer firmly entrenched in the real world? Which begs another question: is Carter Bailey as crazy as he thinks, or is he a man with astonishing powers and the ability to sniff out evil? Mad or blessed with powers, it doesn’t matter, it’s down to Carter – both hindered and helped by Cash – to end the Skeklar’s hellish reign of terror.

Hope you enjoy it and there’s no ‘reader confusion”.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IR9XS4G/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Shzftb0VAWE5H

UK link

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IR9XS4G/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Shzftb0VAWE5H

USA link

And if you’d like to read the short story ‘Suffering Succubi” it is still archived at TKnC right here: http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/tknc-editors-halloween-special-matt.html

 

 

Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

matt bookPDB: Can you pitch THE LAWLESS KIND in 25 words or less?

MH: Hunter faces his most dangerous opponent yet when he goes up against a Mexican crime cartel to save a child from his own father.

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

MH: “Hot Rod 57”, a new rockabilly band, has kept my toes tapping. James Lee Burke’s “The Neon Rain” kept me turning the pages. “Banshee” kept me tuning in on TV. And for movies it has to be Avengers Assemble – I laugh every time I hear the Hulk mutter the line “Puny God”.

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

MH: Yeah. I learned to write by reading, so it must have been important for me.

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

MH: I’ve been thinking about writing a TV script recently and done a bit of research. It’s just finding the time between writing the novels where I struggle.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

MH: I mainly research little nuggets of info these days, or locations, but pretty much write the books from the knowledge I already keep stored in my noggin.

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

MH: Very. It’s where I communicate most with my readers and peers. If I didn’t use social media I’d likely never speak to anyone!

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

MH: I’ve a new Joe Hunter book (number 9) coming out in January 2014 called ‘The Lawless Kind’, and have also just finished the first draft of a standalone paranormal/crime novel I hope to see published. Hopefully my publishers will have enough faith in me and Joe Hunter to keep the series going.

Bio: Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘Rules of Honour’, published in February 2013 and the upcoming ‘The Lawless Kind’ (January 2014) by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, Dead Men’s Dust, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, and was recently a Kindle bestseller.

Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.

www.matthiltonbooks.com

Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI UPDATES!

Roman Dalton WPI When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City‘s neon and blood soaked streets.

Created by International Thriller Writers member Paul D. Brazill.

Books so far …

Roman Dalton – Werewolf P I by Paul D. Brazill. (Available as an eBook and in paperback.)

It’s A Curse: A Roman Dalton Yarn by K. A. Laity

Insatiable: A Roman Dalton Yarn by B. R. Stateham

Chances Are: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Carrie Clevenger.

The Darke Affair: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Allan Leverone.

Booze & Ooze: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Matt Hilton.

Full Moonlight: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Vincent Zandri.

Drunk On The Moon   A Roman Dalton anthology. Stories by  Paul D Brazill,-Allan Leverone, K A Laity,B R Stateham, Julia Madeleine, Richard Godwin, John Donald Carlucci, Frank Duffy, Jason Michel, Katherine Tomlinson.

There is also a podcast of Drunk On The Moon at Crime City Central

And there’s more to come …

The Liberator is OUT NOW!

The Liberator.The Liberator is short, sharp story that kicks off a violent  new noir/ horror serial from Paul D. Brazill, creator of Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI.

A priest tracks down his kidnapped sister and finds her trapped in a nest of evil.

Van Helsing meets The Punisher in this hard-boiled noir/ horror serial from Paul D. Brazill.

The Liberator is a version of a story that first appeared in Matt Hilton’s Action- Pulse Pounding Tales 1.

 

Red Stripes – A Joe Hunter Short Story by Matt Hilton.

red stripesJoe Hunter is bored and killing time drinking expensive coffee, when the waitress tells him that someone has been looking for him. The someone in question is a loose end from a kidnapping case that Joe had recently been involved in. A dangerous loose end at that.

Red Stripes is a tightly written and hard hitting short, sharp story which packs a hell of  lot into its forty pages.

And Joe Hunter is easily the most likeable action hero around – the only one I’d like to have a pint with, that’s for sure!

Red Stripes is a great introduction to Matt Hilton‘s cracking high-octane series.

Matt Hilton is a member of THE HARDBOILED COLLECTIVE.

Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volume One is out NOW !!!


That’s exactly what you get in this collection of action stories from top thriller authors, both established and on the rise.

Think back to the days when heroes were heroes and the action was furious and full-blooded. When often as not, the hero was quite the opposite: an anti-hero – but he needed to be, to bring the kind of violent justice to villains worse than him. When political correctness took a back seat, even as the bullets and karate chops were flying. Basically it was good old harmless fun. It was a case of disengaging your moral compass and getting down with the hero as they took on all comers, and they did it with balletic grace and uncompromising violence. Gratuitous? Mostly. Realistic? Not always. Great fun? You betcha!!!

Then fast forward to the here and now: What if the current action and thriller authors set their minds to bringing back the action genres of old?
Well, that question is answered here.

Within these pages you will find secret agents, vigilantes (both just and insane), cops, villains, soldiers, veterans, gangsters, swordsmen, privateers, Ninja and even a crypto-zoological beast you might recognise. Some of the tales are delivered with shocking realism, some as lighter entertainment, some on the grittier side, but each and every tale included in Action: PulsePounding Tales Volume 1 is sure to get your heart racing.
Kick back and enjoy the ride!
Contents:

Introduction by Matt Hilton

Strangers on a Train by Stephen Leather
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Matt Hilton
Valley of Death by I S Paton
The Real Deal by James Oliver Hilton
Jingle Bells by Adrian Magson
Death By Licence by Joe McCoubrey
The Night Butterflies by Zoë Sharp
Gallance by Col Bury
Battle For Baghlan by Matt Hayden
The Stranger by David Barber
Expiry Date by Gavin Bell
A Most Honorable Death by Jochem Vandersteen
Jack Be Nimble by Steven Savile & Steve Lockley
At Close Range by Ian Graham
Cutter’s Law by James Hopwood
Angel Tough by Absolutely Kate
On Her Majesty’s Bloody Service by Iain Purdie
The Legend of Jimmy-The-Gimp by Keith Gingell
Blood Moon of 1931 by Terrence P. McCauley
Skinner Alive by Daniel Moses Luft
Jobs Taken by Asher Wismer
The Handler by Gavin Hunt
Blood on Their Hands by Les Morris
Issa’s Island Prison by Graham Smith
Eastern Fury by Andrew Scorah
The Liberator by Paul D. Brazill
The Tower of Marnir by Paul Grzegorzek
Bit Part Player by Theresa Derwin
The Judgment of Jean Lafitte by Evan Lewis
Avenged: Sixfold by Natasha Marie Thomas
Man or Mouse by Mark Dark
Stokey by Robin Jarossi
Savage Sun by Richard Godwin
One Flew Over the Policeman’s Bonnet by Pete Sortwell
Born of Woman by Laird Long
Chickens by K.A. Laity
*Bonus Story* Trench Warfare by Matt Hilton

Acknowledgements

Afterword by Matt Hilton
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this collection will go to the charity Help for Heroes http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/

Short, Sharp Interview- Matt Hilton


PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less? 
 
Joe Hunter seeks missing women in the Arizona Badlands and faces off against a family tougher than their surroundings, but there’s No Going Back. 

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 
 
I’ve been reading some books that I’ve been meaning to catch up on for a while, and throughly enjoyed Adrian Magson’s latest Harry Tate thriller, ‘Deception’, and Stephen Leather’s latest Jack Nightingale book, ‘Nightmare’. 
 
Books that have struck me – and stayed with me – in the last year or two are R J Ellory’s ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’, and Ken Bruen’s ‘American Skin’, but if I’d to pick one book I read recently and wished I’d written it would be ‘No Country For Old Men’ by Cormac McCarthy, that was/is a true modern masterpiece.
 
I’ve really loved the current TV offerings like ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Spartacus’ (all three series), ‘American Ghost Story’ and the two series’ based on Chris Ryan’s ‘Strikeback’. All have been violent and gory, but more than that they’ve all been beautifully shot and throbbing with drama. 
 
As far as movies go, I’ve been loving the resurrection in spy/assassin fare with ‘Salt’, ‘Hannah’, and last night watched ‘Sucker Punch’, which to be honest took me by surprise. Weird, yes, but a superb piece of art in motion.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 
 
I think as a writer you have to be. You can learn more about writing by reading other people’s work and studying what they do that makes for a terrific book. But that’s not to say you can’t simply read for pleasure. I love a deep book, but I also love something where I can simply disengage my brain and enjoy the ride.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 
 
I started off writing scripts when I was a boy – my attempt at paying homage to monster movies like ‘King Kong’, and Ray Harryhausen’s ‘Sinbad’ series. But I moved on and turned to writing fiction instead: a much easier format in my opinion. 
 
A few years back I did script a short horror movie called ‘Quilt’ but it never came to anything. More recently I’ve been working with a friend of mine called Richard Gnosill, who is a movie maker, and we’re putting together a short movie based upon my apocalyptic story, ‘The Day’. 
 
I love the synergy between writing and images that end on a screen and can’t wait to see the finished result. Funnily enough, some people say I write in a cinematic fashion, maybe that’s because of my earliest attempts at telling tales through storyboards and scripts. Will I write more scripts in the future? I’m not sure, but things do tend to come around again, so I’d never say never.

PDB: How much research goes into each book? 
 
It largely depends on the book. Some of my Joe Hunter thrillers have quite a few locations and facts that I must check out, whereas others have very few and I only research to check some of my points later. Mostly I tend to research as I go, and use Mr Google and Mr Google Earth for what I need to know. Also, because the Joe Hunter books are set in the USA, I try to get across the pond a couple times a year, but this is more to ‘feel’ the atmosphere and get a couple details to add local flavour, like accents, brand names and landmarks and such.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer? 
 
I’m pretty useless when it comes to ‘Twitter’, and don’t fully understand what people get out of it. It’s very limited in my opinion, but that’s probably more my lack of understanding than it is the system. However I do use Facebook quite a lot, as well as Blogger and have my own website. I’ve found the social media sites invaluable for making contacts and friends, and for engaging with my readers. 
 
My one big grump about it all is the massive distraction it causes to my writing time. It’s so easy to get caught up updating all the different social media sites, then replying to people when they respond, that I can easily lose half a day. But I still think in today’s climate, an author needs to market him/herself and there’s no better way to do so (for free).

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?
  
 
I’m working on a few different projects at the moment. Coming soon is an anthology of action-oriented short stories that I’ve collected, aptly called ACTION: Pulse Pounding tales Vol 1, which contains some terrific stories from established and upcoming authors alike. At this time my plan is to release the collection as an eBook some time this May.
 
Also, I’ve a couple of other short stories appearing in anthologies this year, including ‘True Brit Grit’, which you are familiar with Paul, plus ‘Uncommon Assassins’, collected by Weldon Burge for Smart Rhino Publications.
 
As far as Joe Hunter goes, I’ve recently seen publication of book 7 in the series – No Going Back – and the paperback will be out this July. In the USA, a reprint of book 2 ‘Judgment and Wrath’ will be released in paperback this fall/autumn, with books five and six to follow soon. I’ve also recently published a collection of short Joe Hunter stories in ebook called Six of the Best. I’m busy marketing all of these.
 
On the work front I’m currently writing Joe Hunter 10, and have started work on a new project featuring a character called James Rembrandt who I hope to set up in a series of his own. Also, I’ve been asked to add a novella length episode to Steven Savile’s techno-thriller series ‘Viral’, and am also penning a few short stories and such for different markets. 
 
As we speak I’ve just finished a Joe Hunter 10k words short story I hope to have out as an eBook and special addition to one of the novels, plus a ‘violent western’ story called ‘Trench Warfare’ for inclusion in the aforementioned ACTION anthology. So loads on. 
 
As far as publicity, I’ve all sorts coming up and will be at Crimefest in Bristol, Harrogate and at Cleveland, USA for this year’s Bouchercon, as well as loads of other appearances here and there. Then I’ll start thinking about marketing and publicity of the next Joe Hunter book – Rules of Honour – coming at the end of the year. 
 
So I guess I’m going to be kind of busy again. That doesn’t include the social media stuff, the blogging or the editing for Thrillers, Killers ‘N’ Chillers, the webzine I run with Col Bury and Lily Childs. Oh, and the life I’ve to live.