The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns by Paul D Brazill​ is FREE !

the gumshoe and other brit grit yarns.The eBook of The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns by Paul D Brazill​ is FREE for the next couple of days.

The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns is a collection of gritty, violent and blackly comic short stories and flash fiction from Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton.
The Gumshoe itself is  the short, sharp story of Peter Ord, a divorced teacher who decides to become a private detective in fading ‘one-whore-town’ somewhere in the north-east of England. Dark farce and tragicomedy ensue.
Published by Blackwitch Press, with a great cover by Marcin Drzewiecki.
Get it from AMAZON UK, AMAZON and all the other online shops named after South American rivers.

Short, Sharp interview: Lynn Kostoff

Words to Die For FINAL 101-a copyPDB: What’s going on?

My novel, Words to Die For, will be released April 15, 2015 from New Pulp Press. It felt like Nathanael West was looking over my shoulder while I wrote this one.

I’m also working on a draft of a new novel entitled The Head Start. Its protagonist is a female probation officer whose professional and personal life become dangerously tangled.

PDB: How did you research Words to Die For?

I did quite a bit of research for Words to Die For because of the intersection of the subjects in the plot line: autism, public relation agencies, food poisoning outbreaks, the self-help movement, poultry processing, and the Iran Contra scandal. Research was a mix of online sources, print, and interviews.

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

That’s kind of like asking which of your children you love the best. I like each novel for a different reason: A Choice of Nightmares for its protagonist; The Long Fall for style; Late Rain for the intersection of setting and character; Words to Die For for its cultural scope and range.

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

Music: Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, The Cramps, Replacements, REM, Johnny Cash, Mazzy Star, Van Morrison, Patsy Cline, Patti Smith, Warren Zevon, Billie Holiday, and early Stones and Beatles.

Films: Chinatown; Cutter’s Way; True Confessions; Night Moves; Killing of a Chinese Bookie; Fargo; Repo Man; Mean Streets, Wild Bunch, Hud, Bad Lieutenant; Out of the Past; Ace in the Hole; Get Carter (the original with Michael Caine).

Books: Heart of Darkness; The Great Gatsby; Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts and Day of the Locust; Oedipus; Death of a Salesman; The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins; Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

I see setting as important as and often functioning as a character in itself. I’ve set novels in Miami, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, a fictional coastal boom town in South Carolina, and a fictional Midwestern rust belt city.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Once a year on my birthday.

PDB: What’s next?

I’m researching, outlining, and sketching characters and scenes for a novel entitled The Length of Days. I see it using multiple points of view and ensemble protagonists. If I can make it work, I’d like to take Arnold’s “Dover Beach” and the Book of Ecclesiastes and use them as a basis for a crime novel.

Lynn KostoffBio: Lynn Kostoff is a Professor of English and the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Writer-in-Residence at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. His other highly praised crime novels include A Choice of Nightmares (available from New Pulp Press), The Long Fall, and Late Rain. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana State University, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his MFA in fiction. His website is at www.lynnkostoff.com

Words to Die For by Lynn Kostoff

The Story: The year is 1986 and fall is declining into winter in a small Midwest city where ten-year-old Tina Brackett languishes in a coma caused by tainted fast food chicken produced by the Happy Farms Co.  Raymond Locke, operative for the high-flying public relations firm that represents Happy Farms, is damage control central.  But tragedy begets opportunity, and everyone is angling for a game-changing piece of the action surrounding Tina’s impending death.  Among the players in this Darwinian battle for survival are the District Attorney looking at a possible murder charge, a reporter working on the story of his career, a high-minded crusader against corporate greed and malfeasance, and Tina’s enigmatic single parent, Ken Brackett.  Pitted against these sordid foes, Raymond Locke is trying to save his job and his marriage, crumbling beneath the weight of caring for an autistic son.  A noir journey into the heartland of America and the American psyche, Words to Die For evokes a shadowy, Mad Men-like world were the truth is less important than the spin.

The Tut is at Tales To Terrify

tales-to-terrify-vol-1-large-adMy yarn THE TUT is currently over at the horror podcast TALES TO TERRIFY.

Tales To Terrify 168 Dunham Brazill Hemphill

The full line-up is:

Coming Up:
Good Evening: 00:37
T. Fox Dunham’s The Missing Ingredient: 02:22
Paul D Brazill’s The Tut: 11:56
JC Hemphill’s Cheating the Shroud: 19:38
Pleasant Dreams: 33:06

Check it out!

Short, Sharp Interview: Tom O. Keenan

the father 2PDB: What’s going on now?

Writing book two in the Sean Rooney series that needs to be with the publisher later this year. Fatherland is about a gothic and dystopian Glasgow, a place of risk and adventure, where crime families rule and where Sean Rooney has new challenges.

PDB: How did you research this book (The Father)?

Living in Glasgow and having a knowledge of the subject helped, but I also shamelessly exploit the Internet.

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

This one.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life or Local Hero; Crime and Punishment or Ulysses; Raglin Road; Mrs Brown’s Boys.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Indeed, Glasgow is a great location: gothic and on the edge, where anything can happen.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Never!

PDB: What’s next?

Book Three.

tokBio: Born and bred in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, 12 miles south of Glasgow. I left school at 15 with no qualifications and went straight into an apprenticeship in the new television repair trade. I had a television repair shop in Hamilton for eight years and then went to college to become a social worker in mental health, which I am to this day. I became an independent social worker in 2001, forming a business in mental health law. I live in the West End of Glasgow having spent seven years in Tarbet at Loch Lomond. I have been writing as long as I can remember but only ever as a hobby. As a young boy I always wanted to be creating something, whether it was poetry, songs, drawings or stories. Later I became a bit more serious, writing plays and attending workshops and writing novels.

www.tom-odgen-keenan.co.uk

A Story For Sunday: JUST A MATTER OF TIME BY B. R. STATEHAM

a-killing-kissB. R. Stateham‘s Smitty is back at PULP METAL MAGAZINE.

‘ We walked out of the neon glare of the hospital’s front door and sank into the gloom of the hot still night like unwanted nightmares. Neither of us felt like talking. Behind us, in Intensive Care Unit, was a friend of ours struggling to find the strength for his next breath. Adizzying array of tubes and electronic devices were plugged into his body. Bright screens for monitors filled the soft light of his hospital room with the note of every breath, every heartbeat, every electronic pulse zapping through his cranium. Except the screen for the brain scan was flat lined.

Two bullets in the chest did that to you. Turned you into a zombie. A zombie kept alive by machines.

As far as the doctors would say . . . which they wouldn’t, but you could see it in their eyes . . . Patrolman Darnell Goodland was gone. The odds of pulling out of this one, after all the blood loss, wasn’t looking good. He was alive . . . yes.’

Read the rest here.

And get more Smitty here

Out Now! The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns by Paul D. Brazill

the gumshoe and other brit grit yarns.

I’m tidying up Blackwitch Press at the moment and have put together a collection that includes The Gumshoe and a few other waifs and strays. The older books ‘Gumshoe’ and ‘Snapshots’ are no longer available although there are a few paperbacks floating around, it seems.

The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns is a collection of gritty, violent and blackly comic short stories and flash fiction from Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton.

Contents

The Gumshoe

The Beginning Of The End.

Life On Mars?

Scopey’s Choice

Snapshots

Seeing Blue

Thicker Than Blood

Anger Management

Seven Minutes To Midnight

Catch As Catch Can

The Hit Man & Her

The Sharpest Tools In The Box

Gareth And Fiona Go Abroad

A Big Payoff

Killing Mr Cornflakes

In The (Reservoir) Dog House

Published by Blackwitch Press with a great cover by Marcin Drzewiecki – Ilustrator

Available in paperback here or as an eBook from here, and here.

Get 13 Shots Of Noir For 99p/ 99c !

13 shotsIf you want to pick up a copy of my flash fiction collection 13 Shots Of Noir, now is the time.

13 Shots Of Noir – published by UNTREED READS – is currently 99p / 99c at Amazon.

The blurb: English writer Paul D Brazill’s 13 Shots Of Noir is a collection of short stories in the vein of Roald Dahl, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.The first story, “The Tut”, was nominated for a 2010 Spinetingler Award, while the story “Anger Management” was chosen as one of the Predators and Editors top twenty crime stories. Crime, horror and dark fiction are contained within the pages of 13 Shots Of Noir.

A Story For Sunday: Last Exit by Chris Leek

btapChris Leek’s Last Exit is classic hardboiled stuff over at BEAT TO A PULP.

People say life begins at forty. It doesn’t. The fact is it’s been going on all the while, only you’ve been too busy to notice; forty is just the age when you start to worry about how much of it you have left. I looked up at the Williamsburgh Tower just as the hands on the clock there crawled past midnight and Monday turned to into Tuesday. Like death and taxes, time is relentless.

Read the rest HERE.

Out Now! Near To The Knuckle presents Rogue: The second anthology

rogueIncludes my yarn ‘Route 66 And All That.’ The blurb: ‘You find yourself on the wrong side of town. It’s late and your only option is to walk down a narrow pitch-black alley. Your heart is pounding. You’re sure that you can hear footsteps, but there’s no one in sight. The sound of soft feet approaching, is getting ever closer. You start to break into a jog. There’s a light at the end of the alley but suddenly a figure steps from the shadows. He is smartly dressed and smiling and yet you have a bad feeling about this. He reaches into his pocket… Rogue the second anthology from the Near to the Knuckle website brings you a whole host of talent all bringing you their best stories featuring Rogue’s. This anthology was brought to you by this list of Rogues: Gareth Spark, Tess Makovesky, Gabriel Valjan, Craig Furchtenicht, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Aidan Thorn, Gary Duncan, Dave Jaggers, Walter Conley, Cal Marcius, T Maxim Simmler, Mark Cooper, Bill Baber, Robert Cowan, Ryan Bracha, Matt Mattila, Graham Wynd, Benedict J Jones, Liam Sweeny, Alan Griffiths and Keith Nixon’

The eBook is out now!

Short, Sharp Interview: Dominic Milne

A of C CPDB: What’s going on now?

Right now is kind of mayhem. Just had the release of the Eddie Kane trilogy, so trying to push what feels like a million buttons at once. Fantastic stuff though – really exhilarating. ‘Act of Contrition’ is already beginning to turn some heads. This feels in some ways like the culmination of so many years hard work, which of course it isn’t at all – it’s just the beginning.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I had what I imagine was every crime-writers idea of a gift horse of a head start. In the early 2000s I spent several years working in HMP Wormwood Scrubs, which gave me an absolute mountain of inspiration and potential storylines. I was working directly with inmates, getting to know them, hearing their stories and experiences, and I can honestly confirm that truth is a hell of a lot stranger than fiction – if anything, as a writer I’m having to moderate the things I’ve heard to make them plausible. The beauty is I’ve only scratched the surface so far. There’s plenty more in the tank for the future.

A of M CPDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

I’m deeply proud of ‘Act of Contrition’ and ‘Act of Madness’, but ironically it was actually Act of Vengeance that kicked this series all off, despite now being the third in the series chronologically. Act Of Vengeance got me in the doors of a few major publishers a few years ago, meetings that led to a lot of excitement, but ultimately no cigar. I think of it as a kind of wayward son, hopefully one who’ll come good in the end.

PDB: What is your favourite film/book/song/TV programme?

Film-wise I love some of the darker noirs of the late forties/early fifties, such as ‘The Prowler’ with Van Heflin, an actor who was also in a top piece of dark cinema called ‘Act of Violence’ (which you won’t be surprised very nearly also became the name of an Eddie Kane book). Top place has to go to ‘The Servant’ though, directed by Joseph Losey, who also made ‘The Prowler’. It’s one of the more bizarre and weirdly dark films I’ve come across. That said, I could probably watch ‘The Wicker Man’ on a loop if pushed.

Favourite book I’ll give to Cathi Unsworth’s ‘The Singer’, which I think is a triumph of punk noir. It helps that it kicks off in Hull, where I grew up. It also reminds me of ‘The Wicker Man’.

Favourite song has got to be ‘No More Heroes’ by the Stranglers. It gets the pulse racing, without really actually meaning, well, anything. But that’s cool. Sums up my early life.

Favourite TV programme goes to ‘The Sopranos’, which could be quite worrying.

A of V CPDB: Is location important to your writing?

Totally and utterly, and I love living where I live in North London for that very reason. The Eddie Kane books are set largely in Hackney and Islington, which are fantastic places in terms of criminal history, dark streets, alleys, pubs full of character and endless storyline possibilities. The most enjoyable part of writing crime novels is getting the feel for places and brainstorming ideas, a great excuse for checking out the less-reputable pubs and bars on the manor. You have to watch your back though. I’ve been mistaken for police a few times by suspicious locals in dodgy haunts, wondering why I’m looking at them then scribbling stuff down. It’s a risky business this writing. People don’t realise the sacrifices we make for their pleasure.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

I can honestly say that so far I barely look at them – but I’m sure I’ll cave sooner or later and become a ridiculous obsessive.

PDB: What’s next?

Plug the books, until I’m unpleasant to be around I guess. I have another novel ready and written, based on one of the characters from ‘Act Of Vengeance’ called Dan Harwood, so that will probably come out later in the year. It’s a stand-alone, but Eddie Kane also makes a crucial cameo. I’m also currently working on the fourth Eddie Kane novel, which involves him stepping heavily on the toes of Turkish mafia in north London. Let’s hope I don’t do the same while I’m researching it.

dominicsphotos00Bio: Dom Milne was born and raised in Hull, East Yorkshire. He spent many years working as a musician, before moving to London to train and then work professionally as an actor. After a spell working in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in the early 2000s, he began writing and has since written several novels and short stories, including the Pulp Press original, ‘My Bloody Alibi.

March 2015 saw the release of the Eddie Kane trilogy, the first three crime novels in the new series featuring the maverick, Hackney-based detective. The titles, ‘Act Of Contrition’, ‘Act Of Madness‘ and ‘Act Of Vengeance‘ are available now on ebook worldwide.

Paul D. Brazill: Chaos and Order: An Interview

PaulDBrazill:

I’m interviewed by Hector D. Junior.

Originally posted on Sliver of Stone Magazine:

Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case of Noir, Guns of Brixton and The Neon Boneyard. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc. member whose writing has been translated into Italian, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste.

Paul was interviewed by Hector Duarte Jr.

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You are a big fan of music. What role did music play in your getting into writing? How does it continue to influence you?

Well, some of the first ‘writing’ I ever did was lyrics. Torch songs, really. There was once a half-plan for me and my mate Peter…

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