Short, Sharp Interview: Jason Michel

the death of 3 coloursPDB: Can you pitch THE DEATH OF THREE COLOURS in 25 words or less?

A dark and surreal tale of organised crime, betrayal, the nature of evil and one man’s obsession with the Mexican folk saint, Santa Muerte.

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

Barry Adamson’s Moss Side Story, They Live!, and Twin Peaks.

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

Well, I am thinking of writing a screenplay for TDo3C, but I’d love to see a version of The Dice Man on the screen. Or The illuminatus Trilogy.

jason 2016.PDB: Who are the great Italian novelists?

Well, Umberto Eco’s the big one, of course. D’Annuzio is a controversial one, part of the Decadent movement and the works I have read show a mad artistic genius there. The kind that doesn’t seem to exist today. There’s also the current of “Giallo” literature, one I need to learn more about…

PDB: Is blogging killing journalism?

Maybe it should.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

Chaos and misfortune, knowing my luck.

Jason Michel is the dictator of PULP METAL MAGAZINE. He lives in Italy.

 

Out Soon ! ! ! Totalitarian Drone Groove by Jason Michel.

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Jason Michel’s brilliant and sad Totalitarian Drone Groove is a dislocated and dislocating dystopian sci-fi-Gothic with echoes of J G Ballard and Nick Cave’s And The Ass Saw The Angel.

Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton, 13 Shots Of Noir, Snapshots, Red Esperanto.

Totalitarian Drone Groove Coming is soon from PULP METAL FICTION, with an introduction by Richard Godwin.

And there’s more …

News, Updates etc

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Well, both of the  noir novelettes that I wrote for the Italian publisher Atlantis are now available from Amazon. In English and Italian.

You can get Red Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon here.

I’ve recently finished a third story in the series. This is set in the Spanish city of Granada and should be published sometime in April.

The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 10 is NOW available for purchase.

The latest in Maxim Jakubowski’s anthology series includes stories from Neil Gaiman, Lee Child, Tony Black, Richard Godwin, Col Bury, Paul Johnstone, Nick Quantrill, Steve Mosby, Ian Ayris and me, amongst others. My story, Who Killed Skippy? was first published in issue one of Noir Nation.

The eighth edition of The Mammoth Book Of  Best British Crime also includes a yarn from me called Guns Of Brixton– which was first published in CrimeFactory.

Guns Of  Brixton has been developed into a novella and will be published in May by Byker Books as part of their Best Of British series. ‘A sweary Ealing Comedy.’

And sometime in March or early April, Pulp Metal Fiction will be publishing another novella, called The Gumshoe. ‘Dostoevsky meets Tony Hancock.’

And I’ve a few  more irons in the fire too. It’s all happening!

PULP METAL MAGAZINE – DEADLIER THAN THE MALE – OUT NOW !

OUT NOW!

PULP METAL MAGAZINE’S DICTATOR JASON MICHEL HAS ROUNDED UP A GANG OF WILD WOMEN FOR THE LATEST ISSUE OF PULP METAL MAGAZINE.

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CROSSOVER by Cecelia Chapman

Paul Brazill…  Kate Laity’s Column – 

He Didn’t Say That, I Did – Noir Goddess: Ida Lupino by Kate Laity

Odd Fiction –

Skin Seeker by Lily Childs

Shake Moves On by Pamila Payne

Grub by A J Humpage

Requiem by Katy O’Dowd

In the Pines by Jodi MacArthur

The Fog by Carrie Clevenger

Buttercup by Julia Madeleine

Awake by Mav Skye

The Poifect Crime by Absolutely*Kate

A Losing Life by Aleathia Drehmer

OUT NOW ! ! ! MURDER BY MOONLIGHT BY VINCENT ZANDRI

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THE BLURB:

‘In Murder by Moonlight, Vincent Zandri’s cunning detective Dick Moonlight returns with his toughest case yet: proving an open-and-shut murder investigation isn’t over at all.

Joan Parker is the last woman private eye Dick Moonlight would ever expect to see in his Albany office. From the right side of the tracks—neighboring Bethlehem—she bears her upper class upbringing as effortlessly as a string of pearls. She also bears a scar running down her head and face—a brutal reminder of the ax attack that took the life of her husband. Her twenty-one-year-old son, Christopher, now sits in jail charged with the crime.

According to the official report—based on Joan’s answers to police when they arrived at the house and found her barely alive—she identified Christopher as the culprit. But sitting in Moonlight’s office, she reveals that she has no recollection of the event, yet is certain of one thing: Christopher didn’t do it.

Moonlight knows a thing or two about being nearly dead. And he also knows the tragedy of the police jumping to the wrong conclusions—a past case of a falsely accused client still haunts him—so he agrees to take the job and get to the truth of what happened that day. At first the trail of clues—from the crime scene to Joan’s original accusation—keeps the finger pointed at Christopher. But soon Moonlight turns up something he never expected, something more sinister than anything he’s ever come up against.’

And if you’re a fan of Vincent Zandri’s Dick Moonlight, then why not pick up a copy of the anthology Drunk On The Moon 2  where he encounters the werewolf detective Roman Dalton in an exclusive story entitled Full Moonlight.

Stories For Sunday : Black, Krohn, Laity, Rosmus.

There are lots of juicy slices of short fiction out and about the interweb at the moment.

Get stuck into this little lot:

Christopher Black makes his debut at Thrillers, Killers n Chillers with a visceral and lyrical tale of one man’s descent into HELL.

Bydgoszcz born globetrotter Magdalena Krohn is over at Litro with DREAM GUN. A man returns to Thailand to come to terms with the past in a vivid and hard hitting story.

The past hurtles towards the regulars at O’Malley’s bar as fast as a speeding bullet in K A Laity’s ASBO BAMBI which is over at Pulp Metal Magazine.

Pulp Metal Fiction have recently published Death Takes A Snow Day, a collection of short stories by Cindy Rosmus. If you want a sample of Cindy’s writing before buying her collection, then pop over to Shotgun Honey where she gives us a corking bit of flash fiction called BANG,BANG.

There you go! That should help your hangovers!

(The pic is of Warsaw Old Town, by the way)

Richard Godwin Interview – Apostle Rising eBook

Richard Godwin’s smashing debut novel Apostle Rising is out as an eBook ,with some extras included: an excerpt from his second novel  Mr. Glamour and four noir short stories.

For the US for $3.24

For the UK for £2.05

So, I had a natter with him.

PDB: Apostle Rising has just been published as an eBook. What’s it all about, Richard?

Apostle Rising is about a serial killer who is literally crucifying politicians. He is recreating the original murder scenes of an old case and leaving no forensic clues. It is also about the effect that dealing with evil has on a police officer. Here’s a brief synopsis.

Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now years later, mauled by the press, and traumatised by nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case.
He and his partner DI Jacki Stone enter a deadly labyrinth, and at its centre is the man Castle believes was responsible for the first killings. He’s running a sinister cult and playing dark mind games with the police. The investigation has a shattering effect on the lives of Castle and Stone. The killer is crucifying politicians, and he keeps raising the stakes and slipping through their hands. Dark coded ritualistic killings are being carried out on high-profile figures and the body count is rising.

Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, and he begins to dig into the killer’s psyche. But some psychopaths are cleverer than others.

Karl Black is the man Castle believes is responsible for The Woodland Killings, and the investigation places him at the top of the list of suspects. Black hates the police and from the moment Castle and Stone visit him he sneers at them and then begins to undermine the investigation.

The novel contains a great twist. No one who has read it has guessed who the killer is and the discovery is a huge shock to the central characters.

PDB: Why do you think people are so drawn towards serial killer stories?

Because there’s one living right next door to you. I think it’s part of our fascination with the outer reaches of the human psyche. We use words all the time that lack definition. We say something is human or inhuman. Yet if you look at the annals of history, at the atrocities of the Nazis, the kinds of things we see committed by serial killers have occurred historically during tyrannies. They are, to use Nietzsche‘s line, “Human, All Too Human”.

The fictional portrait of a serial killer allows a reader to study the phenomenon at a safe distance. But while many fiction readers may scrutinise the content of their chosen novels closely, and question the realism of events portrayed, stranger things are reported in the papers all the time. Psychosis occurs in individuals and societies. When you look at those crimes on a societal level there is a sense of real horror. I believe by studying serial killers we may learn what it is in the human psyche that leads men and women to commit these acts.

PDB: Do you think the structure of the police procedural is a way to contain the chaos of the world?

Short answer within the context of fiction yes. All narrative structures are an attempt to contain chaos. In real terms police procedures are an attempt to impose law on the essential lawlessness of humanity, the reason we are here from an evolutionary standpoint and as illustrated by martial law.

As such, fictional representations of the above may be more flattering to the reality than the reality.

PDB: Do you think your writing is distinctively English?

I think it is influenced by the vast and incalculably on-going history of the greatest literature in the world. Shakespeare recoined the English language. Jonson was the greatest plotter to have been underestimated. However, I love writers of all nations. I am receptive to writing wherever it resonates, beyond any superimposed notions of identity.

PDB: Do you think there is a noticeable difference between crime writing from different countries?

Yes. British crime writing still has class consciousness embedded into it, it’s there in our society and literature has always reflected it. If there is a correlative in US crime fiction it may be the motivational urge to acquire. I think generic Puritanism began there. Acquisitional pursuits often get people into sticky situations. The police procedural may tie certain authors together but the methods are different.

Italian crime fiction contains more scenes detailing family life in my opinion. While if you take an author like Leonardo Padura he is more Noir, more interested in the decay and sexual lives of his characters, a Cuban gem if you want to try something different.

PDB: Is location very important in your writing? Mr Glamour is the ultimate London novel for example but Piquant digs deeply into the heartland of the USA.

I think in some of my stories it is less important than in the novels, since some of my fictions deal with disintegration. London is important, I was born and bred here. Mr. Glamour is packed with descriptions of London, from the East End to the wealthy areas. People are also defined by their sense of place in the novel. In Apostle Rising the killer frequents certain territories, and exemplifies the need for territoriality. Richmond Park, an expanse of green land with deer where Henry the Eight hunted, features heavily.

The States is also important, since I spend a lot of time there and have visited eighteen States. In Piquant, The Mustard Man frees himself from the pages of a pulp novel to wreak havoc across America. He epitomises the heartland and knows each State’s geography. He also uses local herbs. When he goes to Montana to set up a restaurant he does so in Anaconda. He has now left Arizona.

PDB: Should a writer have a sense of social responsibility when he/she writes?

That’s a good and often pondered question. But to define social responsibility you have to define social bias and political agenda, and therein lies the rub, as Hamlet said.

There are things a writer may do that fall under the category of is that irresponsible? Yet is the news irresponsible for reporting crimes? If you are a Marxist then you will hate certain novels, and vice versa if your leanings are towards the right you will detest those that aim to posit a Socialist political program.

Koestler’s Darkness Before Dawn and Orwell’s 1984 are arguably great political novels, but I believe on the whole literature and politics do not make good bedfellows, as the hideously flawed attempts by Hitler and Stalin to impose their own retarded notions of Art demonstrate.

So, the bottom line is, write great characters and tell a good story. If someone out there needs to complain then they may need to ask themselves what crusade they are on. Setting moral guidelines for fiction is an invitation to the kind of censorship that stifles great writing. Totalitarianism has no place there.

PDB: You second novel, Mr Glamour, paints a picture of the London high-life as living in a particularly decadent city. Is that a view you have of London?

Not particularly. London is a huge city, full of different people. Obviously I was writing a crime novel and focused on certain types of people. There is also the suburban in Mr. Glamour, and all its dark and hidden decay.

The core of the novel focuses on the wealthy pleasure seekers. The Roman Empire had its fair share of decadence and hedonism, which was regarded as a philosophy. No, that is not my view of London. And while we may today be a far cry from Aristippus of Cyrene, there are plenty of people like those I describe and expose with their particular sexual proclivities and spending habits in every wealthy city of the world.

What I wanted to explore within a fictional context was the modern obsession with brands as a form of acquisition and status. And the way the consumer is being manipulated.

Richard Godwin’s tasty Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse can be found here

And here’s a cool video trailer for Apostle Rising which is, of course, also available in paperback

OUT NOW !!! PIQUANT BY RICHARD GODWIN

Horror/crime writer Richard Godwin, author of the magnificent “Apostle Risingand “Mr Glamour“, brings you six spicy and horrifying tales to make you sweat and squirm.

The Mustard Man cometh.


A hot killer with a penchant for all things that make your eyes water.The Mustard Man first threatened the public in the irreverent PULP METAL MAGAZINE and all the stories featured in PMM are now brought to you in one volume with two delicious extra side helpings of terror never before released to the general public.


 
 
 

Watch You Drown by Chris Rhatigan.

If ever there was an American equivalent of the Brit Grit writings of, say, Nigel Bird or Luca Veste, then it must be the stories in this fantastic début collection.


With Watch You Drown, Chris Rhatigan  mixes up micro fiction, flash fiction and short stories that show us slices of life that are far from cosy and that pull a tattered rug from under the protagonists without a moments notice.


Rhatigan shines a torch on people at the bottom trying to dig themselves out of a hole and only getting deeper and deeper under. People with no hope. People with messed up ideas. And people who can’t help but screw up. Crime, noir, social realism, black comedy and more. Just like in life.


Watch You Drown is a dark, realistic and funny collection of tarnished gems from a very talented craftsman. Highly recommended.

AND THE STREET SCREAMED BLUE MURDER BY JASON MICHEL

Hard drinking investigative journalist Alfie Lime wakes up in his Paris apartment soaked in the blood of the prostitute whose corpse lays next to him. Whose heart has been ripped from her body.Who heart has been placed on a black cloth, on the sideboard, with a nail hammered through it. 


So Alfie Lime- a ‘man with no strings attached’- gets out as quickly as he can, goes under the RADAR, and investigates the murder.


AND THE STREET SCREAMED BLUE MURDER! is a cracking novella. It is hellof a yarn stuffed with rich and vivid characters, such as a man known as Elvis, Bamboozle- Lime’s fellow hack and booze-hound- and the streets of Paris itself, including the richly described  Rue De La Mort.


But it’s not just the story and the characters that make AND THE STREET SCREAMED BLUE MURDER! a classy piece of surrealistic noir worthy of David Lynch at his ‘peak’. It’s the writing, the images.The atmosphere. The lines and lines of wonderful descriptions.

 



With AND THE STREET SCREAMED BLUE MURDER! Jason Michel has come up with something special. Groundbreaking, intoxicating, fun.

Out Now !!! And The Street Screamed Blue Murder ! by Jason Michel

And The Street Screamed Blue Murder! is the latest novella from the mind of Jason Michel – Pushcart Prize nominee and The Dictator of the cult Pulp Metal Magazine.

Beginning with an impossible murder, the story leads us on a spiralling journey of betrayal into the surreal underbelly of Paris and its most secret and sinister street.