Short, Sharp Interview: Benedict J Jones

devilsbrewforprPDB: Can you pitch THE DEVIL’S BREW in 25 words or less?

Urban noir meets rural horror; dog fights, horse mutilation, private eyes, country cults – dark secrets and danger lurk behind every hedge!

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

Well, I always say I’d prefer to write my own stuff BUT if I had written The Damnation Game (Clive Barker), Red Dragon (Thomas Harris), or The Friends of Eddie Coyle (George V Higgins) I’d be pretty chuffed with myself. Likewise if I had written the TV shows True Detective, The Shadow Line, or Edge of Darkness (original BBC series rather than Hollywood remake).

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?

It would have to be the Charlie Bars stories and books. I think they would lend themselves well to a down and grimy adaptation. After seeing the recent success of Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor books being adapted to the small screen it has made me believe that we might be seeing a resurgence of real noir on the TV. The only problem would be deciding who could play Charlie!

 PDB: Who are your favourite writers?

It is always difficult to distil it down to a few names but I’ll give it a go; Jim Thompson, Chester Himes, Umberto Eco, Clive Barker, Ken Bruen, Adam Nevill, and Donald Ray Pollack.

PDB: What’s your favourite joke?

I think jokes are becoming something of a lost art – I remember when my dad would come home from work on a night with a new joke, or someone would tell one at school, it this digital era we seem to have lost that somewhere.

My favourite would have to be about the monkey being interviewed after the coach crash – I’ve seen it written down but it’s funnier with the visuals. If you haven’t heard (and seen) it you should…

PDB: What’s your favourite song?

That’s nearly as difficult as the favourite writers! Right now I’ll go for; Slick Rick’s “I own America Pt II”, Nas’ “Halftime”, and Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World”.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

Well, the new novel “The Devil’s Brew” is dropping now so I’m looking forward to seeing what people, especially those who enjoyed “Pennies for Charon” and “Skewered”, will make of this one.

It seems for the past few years I’ve mainly been caught up in my longer works so I‘ve been giving some much needed attention to various pieces of short fiction that should be coming out.

I have recently finished a further Charlie Bars novel and I am also working on a pair of longer works that combine WW2 and horror (with a healthy dose of noir).

ben jones PDB: Anything else?

Just a big “thank you!” to you, Paul – cheers.

Bio: Benedict J Jones lives in London. He writes crime, horror and western fiction. He has had over thirty short stories published as well as the collections “Skewered; And other London cruelties” and “Ride the Dark Country”, the novellas “Slaughter Beach” and “Mulligan’s Idol”, as well as the novels “Pennies for Charon” and “The Devil’s Brew” both featuring his ex-con turned private eye Charlie “Bars” Constantinou.