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Recommended Reads: Revenge Is A Redhead by Phil Beloin Jnr / Of Blondes And Bullets by Micheal Young

revenge is a redhead.Here are two cracking slices of modern pulp fiction from two up-and-coming new pulp publishers.

Phil Beloin Jnr’s Revenge Is A Redhead is a classic slice of low-life noir. The blackly comic tale of a loser whose life spirals out of control. Published by All Due Respect.

Micheal Young’s Of Blonde’s And Bullets is the story of a man in the wrong place at the wrong time . Hard-hitting hardboiled crime fiction. An absolute belter. Published by Number Thirteen Press.

Here are the blurbs:

Revenge Is  A Redhead. Rich Brown is out of cash and luck when he finds stripper Cherry Pop. Like so many before him, Rich falls for the redhead, but all he can afford is a quick peep show.

But soon Rich has bigger problems than lack of love and money when he stumbles into a homeless shelter that’s really a front for a bunch of shady dealings. He crosses paths with Cherry Pop again, and to survive the night, the duo have claw their way out of all kinds of mayhem.

OfBlondesandBulletsSmallOf Blondes And Bullets. No good deed goes unpunished!

Sometimes you don’t think, you don’t plan, you only act. When he pulled the blonde from the icy waters, Henry wasn’t thinking about what would happen next. But when she disappears again he’s going to have a hard time explaining the truth to the men who want to find her. And if he is to protect his family, it’s time for Henry to make some hard choices.

Love, or life?
Fight, or flee?
Blondes, or bullets?

With a touch of David Goodis’s everyman-noir, a dash of Brit Grit, and a whole lot of hardboiled, Of Blondes and Bullets shows just how easy it is for the world you thought you knew to crumble before your eyes.

Trashy, funny, and filled with pure pulp action, Revenge is a Redhead is the ideal to kill time before you die.

Short, Sharp Interview: Michael Young

OfBlondesandBulletsSmallPDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

Of Blondes and Bullets is the first novella from Number Thirteen Press. An innocent man saves a life and is pulled into a violent criminal underworld. Everyman-noir with a Brit-Grit twist and a dark heart. Like David Goodis on holiday in Dorset.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

Well, most nights it’s just me, Tom Waits and the bottle. Sometimes there isn’t even a bottle.

Still, True Detective was pretty bloody good, eh?

Films: Blue Ruin, Walk Among the Tombstones, Only God Forgives, and The Rover was absolutely brilliant – like Mad Max meets Point Blank.

Best film recently? Under the Skin. Best music I’ve recently discovered?  Pop. 1280, if only for being named after a Jim Thompson novel. Which is also who I’ve been reading, along with JG Ballard and Elmore Leonard.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

It can be hard when I’m between projects, especially reading things that are similar to but not exactly what I would write. Sometimes I just have to get back to pure genius that cannot be questioned. You know, Kafka, Doestoevsky, Philip K Dick, people like that.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Nope, not at all. I think it’s a very different skill set to writing prose.

Film would be interesting but it just looks too damn technical. I’d like someone else to make my books into films, and give me money.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Not a lot, to be honest. Apart from life and shit. There’s a lot of life and shit, reconstructed from unreliable memories. The rest gets made up as I go along.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

I think they’re hugely important for writers these days, especially in genre fiction and e-publishing. But I just don’t. I’d like to say I let my writing do the talking, but actually I just can’t be arsed.

I did sign up for Goodreads. Are they still going?

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I’ve got a psycho-noir novel set back in Hong Kong that just needs a good work over and an edit. Maybe I’ll self-publish again, we’ll see. A few other projects. And, nearly 3 years later, it’s probably time I pulled that Harry Vee sequel out of somewhere before the people asking for it go away.

number 13 pressBio:Michael Young is a miserable bastard. He drinks scotch, smokes cigarillos, and wears a lot of black. He is also the author of two hardboiled novels – The Sky Might Fall and All Blood is Red. Both are set in the dizzy slums of Hong Kong and both are available on Kindle. Of Blondes and Bullets is the first release from Number Thirteen Press and is available on all e-formats and POD paperback from the 13th of November, 2014. Michael very rarely blogs on http://harry-vee-pi.blogspot.co.uk/.

Short, Sharp Interview: Michael Young

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less? 
 
I’ve seen this bit and lots of people just cheat: 
 
The Sky Might Fall is a short novel out now for Kindle. A hardboiled PI playing the Englishman abroad tries to save an almost innocent schoolgirl embroiled in an international conspiracy. In Hong Kong, mostly. With guns and girls and car chases and stuff. A noir-flavoured thriller, really.  
 
49 words, never mind. 

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 
 
I’m quite behind on TV. The only shows I’ve watched regularly over the last year or so are Walking Dead and Dr Who. Sopranos will be started soon enough (told you I was behind), but I’m wary of how boxsets can take over your life. Also, I really want to check out that Atlantic City thing, Boardwalk Empire? And that old David Lynch one with rabbits, can’t remember what it’s called. Looks pretty crazy, although I’m not sure it was ever actually broadcast on TV.
 
In movies, I’m getting pretty tired of wading through Hollywood’s shit to find the gems. Most recently, Drive was pretty good; I thought it caught the mood and style of the book really well. Tarantino, Lynch and Cronenberg are about the only modern directors who regularly float my boat, and they don’t make anywhere near enough movies. 
 
Out east I like Park Chan-Wook in Korea and Takeshi Miike in Japan. Okay, pretty obvious, but they make classy intelligent films, and hunting down Miike’s back catalogue always throws up some interesting stuff. Those two both feature in Three…Extremes (2004), a pretty cool and bizarre little horror triple bill I saw last week, also featuring Fruit Chan from Hong Kong, who I’ve never heard of but has a really nice name and tells a fantastically sordid story in his segment.
 
My reading has always been random, sporadic, and varied. Right now I’m liking Josh Stallings, Ray Banks, Allan Guthrie, Christa Faust, Anthony Neil Smith. The new pulp masters, you might say. There’s a lot of young talent getting a chance through the likes of Untreed Reads, or self-published, and I’m a huge fan of New Pulp Press, and Hard Case, of course, especially now they’re on Kindle. Also, I am thrilled by the resurgence of the novella in ebooks. 
 
But I try to keep it varied. There’s always some Bukowski, JG Ballard, Bulgakov or Hemingway that I haven’t read, as well as others. And one of my favourite hobbies is to drink prodigious amounts of cheap rum and read aloud from Finnegan’s Wake until I pass out. Aaah, good times.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 
 
Yes, but ebooks rushed out on the net can make it difficult. It’s not so much the writing as the editing. “Ooh,” I’ll think, “Someone should’ve caught that typo.” 

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 
 
I’d love to see my own books turned into movies, but I’d rather have some pretentious and ultimately useless role in the project. Stick me in a Hollywood apartment for 6 months, call me a script editor and I’ll complain about what the writers are doing to my work until the movie’s finished. Then I’ll bitch about it at the premiere, while downing all the free booze.

PDB: How much research goes into each book? 
 
Details, mostly. I like to have my facts straight about things that exist in the real word. With guns and cars, for example, I like to know all about them so I don’t make some basic error. Even if I don’t specify the model in the book, I want to know that the car I’m thinking of really is available in metallic British racing-green, and what capacity magazines are available for the CZ-75. So most of my research is writer’s block by another name. At some point I have to look in the mirror and shout ‘Get on with it!’ like an extra from The Holy Grail.

Research is most important for science bits, historical fiction or countries you’ve never been to, and I don’t write any of that. Anything else you can make up.
 

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer? 

 
I’m here aren’t I? Go, people, go buy my book. It’s only 99 cents on Kindle for goodness sake. Buy another one for your brother-in-law’s birthday, he’ll love it!
 
No, I’m not on twitter or facebook. But I do have a bit of a blog.


PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012? 
 

 
I have a sales target in mind before I write a sequel, but there could be one out by the end of summer. It was so fun to write (even though it was heartbreaking) that I know I could produce another pretty damn quick. I’ve kinda been thinking in terms of a trilogy, but with nothing quite concrete yet. Also, producing the cover was really fun. I’d like to put out another self-published book just to do that again. A few other interesting projects are underway, so we’ll see what happens to them.
 
Meanwhile, The Sky Might Fall is out now for Kindle. 99 cents, 77 pennies or 0,87 euros. And thanks very much for having me!