Recommended Read: Ersatz World by Richard Godwin

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ersatz worldPublisher Samuel Verso’s  world is crumbling. Ebooks are taking over paper books and his wife wants to be dismembered. And he’s being followed.

Richard Godwin’s Ersatz World is marvelous. A veritable cornucopia of crime fiction, bizarro, sci-fi, noir, gangsters, voyeurism, lyricism,  paranoia, vanity and violence. And more.

Another winner from Number Thirteen Press.

What Goes On? Ayris, Godwin

Caffeine Nights, Ian Ayris, Near To The Knuckle, number 13 press, Number Thirteen Press, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, What Goes On?

Ian Ayris

jason deanWell, 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 on the 7th April. It’s taken me the best part of three years to write, so it’ll be a fantastic feeling to finally have it out skating in the ether. April Skies carries on two years after the end of Abide With Me, following John as he attempts to navigate the perils of adult life. He does his best, bless him, but everyone has a history. And with a history like John’s, the past is never far behind.

Here’s a little extract:

The bloke next to me’s readin the back pages. Looks over the top and asks me if Thommo’s mental. I says he is.

‘Always been like that, has he?’ the bloke says, puttin his paper on his lap.

‘Not always,’ I says. ‘Glue. Fucked him right up.’

‘He want a sweet?’ the bloke says.

I tap Thommo on the shoulder.

‘You want a sweet, Thommo?’ I says.

APRIL SKIES coverThommo don’t even turn round.

‘He’s all right, mate,’ I says. ‘Cheers, anyway.’

The bloke opens up a pack of Refreshers, chucks half of em in his mouth in one go, picks up his paper, and carries on readin.

I’m watchin Thommo lookin out the window, the fields goin by like they was movin faster than the train. And I’m wonderin if Thommo knows this time tomorrow he’ll be back in the nuthouse with the screamin and the bangin and the walls, and that the fields he’s lookin at now won’t even know he was ever here.

It’s still an hour before kick-off.  We’re up at the Holte End, me and Thommo, this massive fuck off terrace behind the goal. There’s Hammers comin in all the time, fillin it right up.

Thommo’s lookin at me with this stupid grin on his face. It’s the same grin he had as a kid, but it don’t mean nothing no more. It’s just his mouth doin a shape.

Apart from the writing, I’m also teaching novel writing for a second year on an Arts Council funded project for Barking and Dagenham Council, entitled Pen to Print. The idea is to take adults through the process of writing a novel.

It’s brilliant fun, and unbelievably rewarding.

So, that’s me 🙂

Bio: As well as being the author of One Day in the Life of Jason Dean, Ian has forty short stories published online and in print. His debut novel – Abide With Me – was published in 2012 by Caffeine Nights Publishing, and its sequel – April Skies – is to be published in April 2016.

Ian is a qualified counsellor, a creative writing tutor and runs his own editing business.

At weekends he works in a care home for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues, whilst also indulging in his lifelong passion for the Mighty Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

Ian lives in Harold Hill, Essex, with his girlfriend, Karen, his three children, Mollie, Charlie, and Summer, and two guinea pigs by the name of Sanchez and Bob.

Richard Godwin

savage highwayMy novel Savage Highway was published this January. It is about abductions in Arizona, lawlessness, the criminal mind and revenge. Here is some Blurb.

Women are disappearing on the highway, a drifter hunts the men who raped her, and a journalist discovers law has broken down in the area.

On a remote highway in Arizona women are disappearing at truck stops. Journalist Johnny Sullivan travels to the area to investigate. He encounters hitchhiker Patty, who is being hunted by violent trucker Red. Patty tells Johnny of the local myth of the maniac trucker. Johnny also meets Valentino de La Cruz, a mysterious Mexican who is looking for his missing sister.

Valentino is having an affair with Natasha, the wife of recently murdered businessman, Theodore Mills, whose wealth funds the corrupt police force in the area. The local Highway Patrol is run by sexually sadistic Sam Roche and Franklin Norman and they want to put an end to Johnny’s snooping. Marshall Simmons knows a lot about the goings on in the area, and has a young woman captive in a house. He is reprogramming her identity. Meanwhile Johnny discovers that years previously serial killer Donald Lake disappeared in the area while in transit between prisons. And it seems he had police help. But what is being done to the women? And who is running the criminal organisation that controls the area? Savage Highways is about lawlessness and the hunt for justice in a no man’s land. Pedal to the floor all the way, the narrative speeds towards its stunning and unforeseeable conclusion.

If you are interested you can buy it here in the US

http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Highway-Richard-Godwin-ebook/product-reviews/B01AL7AC0O/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R2FXA2C1ZUNEOI

And here in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Savage-Highway-Richard-Godwin-ebook/dp/B01AL7AC0O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453201099&sr=8-1&keywords=Savage+Highway+by+richard+godwin

And you can listen to me talk about it on You Tube here

Richard Godwin Discusses His New Novel SAVAGE HIGHWAY

The year has really started with a bang and looks to continue that way, with the publication of my tenth novel, Ersatz World this month. It is about the age of surveillance and the rise of the digital revolution and how that may be eroding identity and be part of  a wider and more sinister social engineering programme with the ultimate goal of cloning humanity. Here is some Blurb.

Samuel Verso is an ordinary, old-fashioned publisher trying to resist the lure of e-books. As his wife fills the hallway with prosthetic limbs and his business partner is replaced with an exact replica he realises that his problems run deeper than books on a computer screen. But it is only when he is serially abducted, beaten and accused of terrorism that he understands it isn’t that he’s paranoid – it’s that he isn’t paranoid enough.

You can read more about it here

Guest blog: ERSATZ WORLD by Richard Godwin.

If you are interested you can buy it here in the US

http://www.amazon.com/Ersatz-World-Richard-Godwin/dp/1530025826/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1455956822&sr=8-2&keywords=Ersatz+World+by+richard+godwin

And here in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ersatz-World-Richard-Godwin/dp/1530025826/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455957051&sr=8-1&keywords=ersatz+world+by+richard+godwin

ersatz worldNext month my novel, The Pure And The Hated is published. It is a Vermont based novel, a state I know well, and is about the nature of forgiveness in a corrupt world, redemption, the extent to which we can know anyone, even in a family structure, and moral compromise, something I think is definitively Noir and two words I think about a lot when writing Noir.

In June my novel Disembodied is published. It is narrated in four different genres and is about surveillance and espionage.

I will have up to eight novels released this year. In October

Buffalo And Sour Mash is published. It is about a man called Murphy Stubbs, who wants to bring the Wild West to Surrey. He organises an all-female rodeo show as part of his own dark and Southern psychosis. Coming all the way from Oklahoma, he brings with him a level of anarchy that rips through the tidy lives of the locals. Then there is Rhonda, his rodeo star and the woman who shakes it up. High drama in Surrey as it is transformed into a Southern state by a lunatic. It is a novel full of hustlers and low lifes. I am currently writing a sequel to both Wrong Crowd and it, involving the central characters of each novel.

My first novel Apostle Rising, is being translated into Slovenian and will be published in Slovenian in August or September.

I will also have a literary novel called The Artist published at some point.

Bio: Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. You can find out more about him at his website www.richardgodwin.net , where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

 

Guest blog: ERSATZ WORLD by Richard Godwin.

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RICHARD GODWIN EATS THE WORLD!!!!!!!!Someone is playing computer games with mankind.

REALITY?

‘The medium is the message.’

Marshall McLuhan.

Here are some thoughts about my latest novel Ersatz World.

ERSATZ

As defined by the OED:

‘(Of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.

Etymology

Late 19th century from German, literally, ‘replacement.’

This is a novel about a man who thinks he is being followed, who is abducted four times by the same two men in different styles and periods of dress because they think he has some information they need. Each abduction is told in a different genre. While the novel has a Noir feel, it may be satire, it may be a thriller, it may be sci fi, or something hybrid, something else. It resists genre and portrays a world of simulations. The protagonist, a publisher, hates the digital age of publishing and believes we are being turned into code. His wife is suffering from body dysmorphia and collecting prosthetic limbs. The protagonist thinks his business partner is working with androids. His bestselling author has disappeared.  As he searches for the author the police arrest him. They think the author’s manuscript is a blueprint for a terrorist attack on London.

LIVING IN THE REPLACED WORLD

This is what he tries to do as he is accused of planning a crime, hiring two men to abduct him, plotting an incendiary attack, and having an affair with a gangster’s moll. The word Ruby occurs throughout. It may be a clue in a paranoid puzzle. It may be the name of his mistress, married to a dangerous man. The world he knew is gone, he struggles to find it.

ersatz worldSIMULATED WORLD

That is what he sees, the publisher afraid of code. He seeks the real body, the body politic beyond the code. There are different segments of reality going on in the novel, different states of truth that the protagonist has to work his way through. As he does he begins to understand his wife’s obsessive need for disembodiment, for a disembodied state of being.

He escapes his captors and then the police arrest him for murder and ask him about the code word Ruby. It may be that his wife’s emails have triggered a false positive. It is all unreal now, simulated world of spies, the age of surveillance, of voyeurism. Then there is a terrorist attack on London.

GENRE

Simulation, parody, definitions of style and approaches to a reality that cannot be defined, cannot be caught in a net, there is no genre in the novel. This is hybrid Art. It seems that the protagonist may be right after all, he may be under surveillance, but then he thinks we all are. In this passage at the beginning of the novel, as he gets up and reads the newspaper he ponders on the real:

‘He scanned the article, seeing ruins crumble, entire edifices of the world he once felt was secure becoming powder, like the dust that settled each night on his marital bed. He felt historicised, as if a resident zeitgeist were fracturing his being, splintering his identity like a piece of bone. The familiar taste of nausea flooded his mouth as he sipped his coffee, and he wondered if he lived in a state of permanent apprehension, as if some part of him knew what was about to occur. And as he stared at his reflection in the kitchen window he wondered what it was he feared, what denouement in his waning drama would be the act that shook him to his core, feeling as though some watchful conspiracy were about to embroil him in its agenda. The world was becoming unfathomable to him.

… The drive to work in Kensington was the same as it had been for weeks. Buildings and people passed by his white Volvo S80 as if on a reel of film that replayed itself over and over on a daily basis and from time to time Samuel wondered if any of it was real, as if London itself had been caught in some mirror that merely fed simulations of the city’s life to its inhabitants.’

Coming soon from  NUMBER THIRTEEN PRESS:

Ersatz World by Richard Godwin.

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A Couple Of Top Reviews For Kill Me Quick!

BRIT GRIT, Crime Fiction, Kill Me Quick!, number 13 press, Number Thirteen Press, Paul D Brazill, Reviews, Richard Godwin

kill me quick coverOver at Amazon.co.uk , Richard Godwin says:

‘Brazill’s Kill Me Quick is a smart and insane ride through the underbelly of crime’

While Mark Hammonds says:

‘Brazill peppers his landscape with enough oddballs, fruitcakes, hard cases and nutcases to keep you shouting for another shot, and it’s all shaken in with his typical mix of scabrously funny one-liners and wet-yourself-laughing dialogue.’

Check ’em out!

 

Uwaga ! Polski Noir

David Malcolm, flash fiction, K A Laity, Kasia Martell, noir, noir nation, Patti Abbott, Poland, Richard Godwin

kasia krakowPolski Noir ma na celu zapoznanie polskich czytelników czarnych kryminałów z międzynarodowym gatunkiem literackim zwanym noir flash fiction.

Polski Noir is a new crime e zine that aims to introduce international noir flash fiction to Polish readers.

The editors are Marta Crickmar and I.

The first story is live. It’s one of mine.

The Tut / Cyk is by Paul D. Brazill and translated by Martyna Bohdanowicz

There are more stories to come from Patti Abbott, K A Laity, David Malcolm, Richard Godwin and more.

(Photo (c) Kasia Martell)

Short, Sharp Interview: Richard Godwin

BRIT GRIT, Crime Fiction, London, noir, noir nation, Richard Godwin, short sharp interviews

cover-godwin-wrong-crowd-2015-200pxPDB: What’s going on now?

Wrong Crowd, my latest novel is out, here is the jacket Blurb

A sultry novel in which an art thief finds himself out of his depth in a criminal maelstrom when he meets a beautiful woman with no past.

When Claude meets Maxine in the Caribbean he falls for her. He does not expect he will start an affair with her back in London, then again he does not expect to have to call on the help of his old mate Spike, nor that will they become embroiled with Russian gangsters Vladimir and Grigory.

But then Claude will do anything to hold onto Maxine.

Peopled with thieves, hustlers, gangsters, gun runners and pimps, Wrong Crowd is a slick and action-packed ride into London’s low-life. East End villains and the Russian Mafia collide in a fast-paced novel of deceit and criminal obsession that sparkles as it speeds towards its astonishing conclusion.

PDB: How did you research your latest book/ short story?

I mingled, I observed.

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

Apostle Rising, largely because it is the first and has had more time to get rolling, great sales and foreign rights. Second, Noir City.

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

I do not have one now that I think of it.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Absolutely.

PDB: What’s next?

I have just signed for publication of my next novel, out next June. It is narrated in four different genres.

409b6-1111aaaagodwinBio: Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme and Wrong Crowd. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. You can find out more about him at his website www.richardgodwin.net , where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

Recommended Read: Wrong Crowd by Richard Godwin

BRIT GRIT, Crime Fiction, noir, recommended reads, Richard Godwin

cover-godwin-wrong-crowd-2015-200pxClaude, a divorcee with a dark past, holidays in the Caribbean where he meets Maxine, a beautiful woman who is out of his league. A night of passion leads to a dangerous obsession as Godwin twists and turns the story like a corkscrew and we encounter low rent thugs, London gangsters, psychopathic Russian mobsters, art theft and a great deal of violence.

There is a great sense of the grotesque about the characters in Wrong Crowd, and an almost Dickensian feel for London, with its low life bubbling just below the surface of all the glitter and glitz.

Wrong Crowd by Richard Godwin is a tense slice of international noir that oozes atmosphere and is his best novel yet.

The Wrong Crowd at All Due Respect 7

Crime Fiction, Reviews, Richard Godwin

adr 7The seventh issue of the splendid ALL DUE RESPECT MAGAZINE is out now and includes my review of Richard Godwin‘s latest crime novel Wrong Crowd. 

And what else? Well there’s …

‘More kick ass crime fiction than you can handle from Ray Zacek, Joe L. Murr, Math Bird, Matthew J. Hockey, Brian Haycock, and Frank Byrns. Plus interviews with Patti Abbott and Kjetil Hestvedt, reviews, and a sneak peek at Eric Beetner’s upcoming novella, Nine Toes in the Grave.’

Alibi International Crime/ Noir Festival

Alibi, Artizan, Eddie Vega, noir, noir nation, Paul D Brazill, Renato Bratkovic., Richard Godwin, Slovenia

alibiALIBI is the first Slovenian festival of Crime&Noir literature in idyllic Gora pod lipo. It’s organised by Gora, Artizan advertising agency and publishing house (concept and communication), Hotel Jakec (lodging for guest writers) and Tednik Panorama(media sponsor).

And I’ll be there at the end of September, along with Richard Godwin, Eddie VegaAndrej Predin, Neven Škrgatić.

Find out more about it at the website and like the Facebook page if you fancy.

Short, Sharp Interview: Richard Godwin

BRIT GRIT, London, noir, Richard Godwin, short sharp interviews

HitmanCover-01 (1)PDB: What’s going on now?

My thriller Confessions Of A Hit Man is out in paperback and as an E book in both English and Italian. It is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation.

It is available here in the US

And here in the UK

Also this year saw the publication of Meaningful Conversations. It is a Noir novel about a well-adjusted psychopath. Bertrand Mavers is a professional cellist who is resisting a control programme through the use of artistic paradigms, he is also abducting people and building a body at The Farm.

It is available here in the US

And here in the UK

PDB: How did you research this book?

For Confessions Of A Hit Man reading about espionage and surveillance and talking to people who work in the field.

Meaningful Conversations is an organic novel that grew out of my observations of contemporary society.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

If I had to choose one I would say One Lost Summer, since it would reach widest audience.

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

I find it hard to say.

No Country For Old Men.

Dickens Great Expectations or Dostoyevsky Crime And Punishment.

David Bowie Moonage Daydream or Tom Waits Rain Dogs

Morse.

cover of meaningful conversations finalPDB: Is location important to your writing?

It depends on the novel but usually it is.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

When I can get to them.

PDB: What’s next?

I have four to be published this year, a dystopian novella, the sequel to Apostle Rising, one of the several my agent is pitching now, and a hard core London crime novel that Down And Out Books are publishing at the end of the year.

Bio: Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations and Confessions Of A Hit Man.

He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child, published by Constable & Robinson, as well as the anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, published by Pulp Metal Fiction in February 2012.

Apostle Rising is a dark work of fiction exploring the blurred line between law and lawlessness and the motivations that lead men to kill. It digs into the scarred soul of a cop in the hunt for a killer who has stepped straight from a nightmare into the waking world. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights in Hungary, to Alexandra, translated as A Romlas Labirintusa; in Italy, to Lite Editions, translated as L’Apostolo; and in Slovenia, to be published in late 2014 by Artizan Press.

Mr. Glamour is about a world of wealthy, beautiful people who can buy anything, except safety from the killer in their midst.a0ea8-noircity It is about two scarred cops who are driven to acts of darkness by the investigation. As DCI Jackson Flare and DI Mandy Steele try to catch the killer they find themselves up against a wall of secrecy. And the killer is watching everyone. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights to Italy and France, to be translated early 2015 by MeMe.

One Lost Summer is a Noir story of fractured identity and ruined nostalgia. It is a psychological portrait of a man who blackmails his beautiful next door neighbour into playing a deadly game of identity. It is available here.

Noir City is about dangerous gigolo Paris Tongue, who seduces the wife of a Mafia boss and is hunted across Europe by hit men. It is available here .

It will be translated into Italian in 2015.

Meaningful Conversations is a Noir novel about a well-adjusted psychopath. Bertrand Mavers is a professional cellist who is resisting a control programme through the use of artistic paradigms, he is also abducting people and building a body at The Farm. It is available here.

Confessions Of A Hit Man is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation. It is available here. It is being simultaneously published in English and Italian October 2015.

Richard Godwin was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King’s College London, where he also lectured.

You can find out more about him at his website  www.richardgodwin.net , where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.