Recommended Read: Rival Sons by Aidan Thorn

In Rival Sons, Kyle Gordon returns to his home town to take care of his dying mother only to find the place in an even worse state than when he’d left it. And it’s all down to his younger brother Graham, a lone shark and drug dealer.  Aidan Thorn’s Rival Sons is a brutal and…

Short, Sharp Interview: Beau Johnson

PDB: What’s going on? BJ:  Let’s see…oh yes, I have a new book coming out.  It’s called THE BIG MACHINE EATS.  A loose follow-up to my first collection, A BETTER KIND OF HATE, it includes direct sequels to a few of the stories found there, and of course, the ongoing narrative of Bishop Rider, but…

Recommended Read: Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski

Fiona and Bill – the stars of Kolakowski’s cracking debut A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps – are  lovers on the lam  from New York gangsters The Rockaway Mob. Bill is hiding out in Havana and Fiona is taking a job in Nicuragura when they are tracked down. Mayhem and violence quickly ensue. Like A Brutal Bunch…

Short, Sharp Interview: Tom Pitts

PDB: What’s going on? Other than signs of the apocalypse flaring up in the headlines every day? I’m out there hitting the circuit, promoting my new novel American Static. PDB: Do you listen to music when you work? Fuck no! I can’t do it. I think perhaps I could when I was younger, but these…

Submissions

Book submissions are currently open at ALL DUE RESPECT, the splendid publishers who’ve put out books by the likes of Rob Pierce, Paul Heatley, Eric Beetner, Marietta Miles, Alec Cizak, and even me. They say: Submissions are open. What we want: low-life literature. Criminals, thugs, douchebags, cheaters, gamblers, pickpockets, ne’er-do-wells, guns, cigarettes, bath salts, booze, beer,…

Keep It Simple. Keep It Short.

I think I’ve always liked singles more than LPs. Preferred the short, sharp burst of a 45 rpm vinyl to 33 and 1/3 rpm of a few decent tunes padded out with fillers. And maybe that’s why I was drawn to flash fiction. I started off my crime writing ‘career’ – arf – submitting yarns…

Small Town Creed at Shotgun Honey

I’m over at SHOTGUN HONEY again with a little yarn called SMALL TOWN CREED. ‘A golf club slammed into the side of Sammy Lee’s face. He fell to the ground and looked up at Crispin.  ‘Is that the best you’ve got? You soft Southern shite,’ he said through broken teeth. He spat blood as he…

Updates, News Etc

There’s a lot of it about. First up, the paperback of TOO MANY CROOKS is out now! You can grab it at BARNES&NOBLE, AMAZON, and a few other places, I’m sure, Also, the paperback of COLD LONDON BLUES is now available from Amazon.com  A CASE OF NOIR will soon be given a reboot from those…

#FRIDAY FLASH: DEAD PIMP IN A TRUNK

I WAS GOING to tell you about why I killed Lewis Quad and how he’d had it coming to him. How he’d asked for it and deserved everything he got. Tell you what an evil bastard he was and how many lives he’d destroyed over the years. All the shitty little things he’d done just…

#FRIDAY FLASH: In The Devil’s Name

Isabelle told the man with the porkpie hat that she had only stopped off at the bar for a couple of drinks to drown her sorrows and that it really wasn’t the sort of establishment that she usually frequented. ‘My father’s funeral, you know?’ she croaked, eyes down, as if she were playing bingo. Since…

Short, Sharp Interview: Marie S. Crosswell

PDB: What’s going on now? My novella, Texas, Hold Your Queens just came out a couple weeks ago. This is my first formally published book, so that’s pretty cool. I have another novella, Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart, coming out at the end of July from a different press. PDB: How did you research…