To her knowledge, Frank had no friends. Betty’s not even sure he existed before they met. It comes as a major surprise, then, when several strange faces appear at the funeral, each of them bringing their own stories of what Frank meant to them.
As the day goes on, it becomes increasingly apparent that Frank was not the man she thought he was.
Thirteen new and established writers collide in this brand new novel-of-stories project from Ryan Bracha, the brains behind Twelve Mad Men, The Switched, and The Dead Man Trilogy. All proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s charities.
Featuring contributions from:
Dominic Adler – The Ninth Circle
Jason Beech – Moorlands
Kevin Berg – Indifference
Paul D. Brazill – A Case of Noir, Guns of Brixton, Kill Me Quick
Robert Cowan – The Search For Ethan, For All is Vanity
Craig Furchtenicht – Dimebag Bandits, Behind the 8 Ball
Shervin Jamali – The Devil’s Lieutenant
Jason Michel – The Death of Three Colours, The Black-Hearted Beat
Allen Miles – This is How You Disappear
Alex Shaw – The Aidan Snow series
Martin Stanley – The Gamblers, Glasgow Grin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Billingham Forum
Mark Wilson – The dEaDINBURGH series, On The Seventh Day, Ice Cold Alice
Check out THE DOMINANT HAND:
‘I met him on a Monday and although my heart didn’t stand still, per say, it certainly skipped a beat or two, I can tell you,’ said Martyna. She giggled. ‘But then that was Philly Bailey. He was a charmer, alright. Not to everyone’s taste I know, a bit rough around the edges and that. But he always had something about him. A twinkle, you know?’
Martyna finished her gin and tonic. She sucked on an ice cube.
‘He was certainly a hell of a ladies man,’ said Ryan. ‘I’ll give him that.’
Read the rest HERE.
Over at Amazon.co.uk , Warren Stalley says:
‘Big City Blues is littered with the usual Brazill razor sharp one liners honed to perfection. To summarise this is another polished winner from Paul D Brazill and Near To The Knuckle publishing.’
Over at Amazon.co.uk , he says:
By MARK HEWITT on 3 May 2017
I saw this gem on the telly the other day and good stuff it is, too. I’d never heard of it before.
There’s a ropey version of the film on You Tube but you’re better off watching the trailer to get a taste and then getting a proper copy.
Some recent faves …
Rob Pierce is surely the noir Raymond Carver. In this brutal and brilliant short story collection you’ll find a veritable cornucopia of tightly written and gritty tales of people living on the razor’s edge of life.
James Newman’s latest spin on the private eye novel is a potent piece of futuristic noir. Fun City Punch is winding and twisting tale that vividly blends Beat poetry and pulp prose to create something quite special.
Fast-moving and hilarious, McDonnell’s knockabout crime caper is a joy from start to finish. Great characters, fantastic dialogue and full of twists and tuns, I bloody loved it.
Kolakowski follows up his cracking debut short story collection with a full-on slice of hard-boiled pulp fiction. Blackly comic, violent and jam-packed with richly drawn characters, A Brutal Bunch Of Heartbroken Saps is a hell of a read.
PDB: Can you pitch YOUR NEW BOOK in 25 words or less?
Switchblade Issue 1—the very latest no-limit crime fiction anthology. Featuring the very best in the business outside the big 5; a real steal for only $6.95
PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?
I wish I’d written the script for “Heat” (Michael Mann) A film that inspired the 1997 North Hollywood bank shootout, and was most famous for Pacino and Di Niro’s first scene on film together. It’s a brilliant piece of work, filled with pure style. The downtown LA shootout scene was probably the most accurate and dynamic depictions of combat on film, next to “Saving Private Ryan”. Cast-wise it’s got everyone—except maybe for Michael Madsen. “Heat” is my top pick for contemporary film noir.
PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?
Well, being a fledgling author who’s yet to make the leap from short fiction to novel-length prose—I think any talk of scripts based on the novels I haven’t written yet is kind of putting the cart before the horse. However, I do have a finished short script adapted from my short story, “The Pareto Principle”, which appeared in Pulp Modern 10.
PDB: Who are your favourite writers?
You know, I just love the kind of authors who can take the reader to a pivotal plot point, and then switch gears completely, denying the reader of any possible dissatisfaction in knowing what’s going to happen next. Christa Faust does this flawlessly. I also love authors with a knack for humanizing unlikable protagonists—Jim Thompson does this very well, and so does Lawrence Block, whose “Hit Man” series is one of my favourites. I’m also a big fan of tech noir, and Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon series is one of the absolute best in that genre. If you haven’t read these books, they’re a little like PKD’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep thrown into a vat of hard boiled hydrochloric acid.
PDB: What’s your favourite joke?
What do caviar and Michael Jackson have in common?
They’re both black and come on little white crackers. Okay, so that was a little off-color, but I’m not exactly known as a man of taste. Sadly, I can’t claim that one, it isn’t mine.
PDB: What’s your favourite song?
Megalomania by Black Sabbath, off of the Sabotage album. It’s a layered piece about religious deprogramming, and one man’s interior struggle between the ego, and the id. It’s incredibly melancholy for about the first two minutes, then Bill Wards percussion builds into a fist pumping tempo, and once Tony Iommi’s guitar kicks in it’s like the roar of a high performance muscle car, taking a sharp corner—practically going off the rails, before Ozzy even starts to sing. And then it gets really good.
PDB: What’s on the cards?
Failure—and then success. And isn’t that what we all want? Bad news before the good news.
PDB: Anything else?
Yes—check out Paul D. Brazill’s Brit-Grit flash fiction piece, Getting Away With It, between the pages of Switchblade 1
Bio: Scotch Rutherford is an independent screenwriter and short fiction author, out of Los Angeles. His fiction work has appeared online and in print. He is the creator and managing editor of the quarterly noir anthology, Switchblade.
Over at Amazon.com, Renato Bratkovic says:
‘This is another little literary treasure’
There aren’t many better ways of spending a couple of hour’s reading-time than in the company of one of Brazill’s books…… mystery, cultural references, action, violence, enough boozing to sink a battleship, memorable characters and a genius for situational comedy