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Have A Brit Grit Christmas!

martinaI asked a bunch of Brit Grit writers about their favourite Christmas book, film and song, and this is what they said:

Martina Cole:

Well my favourite Christmas book has to be John Updike and Edward Gorey’s ‘The Twelve Terrors of Christmas.’ Film has to be Lon Chaney as The Wolfman. I love old horrors especially at Christmas! And song has to be ‘Fairytale of New York’ as I adore The Pogues and Kirsty! (I remember when they were called Pogue Mahone! Kiss my arse in Gaelic!)

Lesley Welsh:

I’m going to be really tedious and say ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.‘ Still gets to me every time. Music-wise, Jona Lewie and ‘Stop The Cavalry’. Christmas book? That’s a difficult one, I never much liked Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’ and don’t really recall others specifically about that time of year as I would probably have avoided them like the proverbial. So can I have a play instead? For which I nominate Steven Berkoff’s one-man short play ‘Harry’s Christmas‘. Devastating.

Douglas Skelton: 

The book has to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ obvious I know but it’s the only actual Christmas book I can remember reading! I know when I see other choices I’ll kick myself (so if you have any suggestions, let me know) For film I’d have to go with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, although ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ comes a close second. And song – there are so many – but ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ has the right blend of sweetness and melancholy for me.

HIT THE NORTH! NICK QUANTRILL INTERVIEW!Nick Quantrill:

Book I can’t really look beyond Dickens with ‘A Christmas Carol’, though you can’t beat a winter’s evening in the warmth with a book from a favourite author. Film Being a cynical and hardboiled crime writer is fine for 364 days of the year, but the remaining day has to be reserved to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Song, all of Kate Rusby’s “While Mortals Sleep” is great and the use of a brass band gives it that distinctive Yorkshire feel that warms me.

Luca Veste:

Book – ‘The Grinch who Stole Christmas’ by Dr Seuss Film – ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. Song – ‘White Wine in the Sun’ by Tim Minchin

Matt Hilton:

The Spy Who Came For Christmas” by David Morrell, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby

Mark West:

Favourite book –‘The Mystery Of The Invisible Dog’ (it takes place between Christmas and New Year. Favourite film – either ‘Scrooged’ or ‘Die Hard’. Favourite song – ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade.

Alex Shaw:

Book: ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Film: ‘Die Hard.’ Song: ‘Feed The World.’

Sheila_Quigley-320x320Sheila Quigley:

‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’  – I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it – ‘White Christmas.’

Sarah Hilary:

‘The Long Shadow’ by Celia Fremlin. ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ (Cary Grant, David Niven).’The World of Winter’ by Bing Crosby

Ian Ayris:

Here we go: Christmas Book – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charlie Dickens, Christmas Film – ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Christmas Song – ‘White Christmas’ – SLF.

Richard Godwin:

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Deep Throat’, Frank Zappa’s ‘Bobby Brown.’

Martin Stanley:

Okay, right now, off the top of my head: my favourites are Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Bad Santa’, and The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’.

jason 2016.Jason Michel

Book/ story – ‘A Christmas Carol’, Film – gotta be a Bond, not traditional, of course, but the nostalgia of a Christmas evening Bond flick, Song – I would say Slade then again, I have a tradition of listening to Frank Sinatra at Christmas.

Graham Wynd:

Um…’Little Women’, ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’, and oh, everyday a different answer so….Darlene Love, ‘Christmas Baby Please Come Home’. Best Xmas LP ‘A John Waters Xmas’.

Ryan Bracha:

‘The Little Matchgirl’ by HC Anderson for book, or ‘Mog’s Christmas’. The best and most underrated Christmas film ever is ‘Scrooged’. Song has to be ‘Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M’. Tune.

Betsy Reavley:

Oh easy, Charles Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’, ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ – Elvis Presley and film would have to be ‘Home Alone’.

nigelbirdNigel Bird:

Run Run Rudolph’ by Chuck Berry, ‘Diner’ (Barry Levinson) and ‘The Christmas Star’ (it’s a short story, so I hope that counts) by Mina Lewiton.

Graham Smith:

Can’t think of an Xmas book but ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Fairytale of New York.’

Paul Heatley:

My favourite book is ‘Sausagey Santa’ by Carlton Mellick III, song is ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade, but film is a toss up between ‘The Santa Clause,’ ‘Elf,’ and Ron Howard’s ‘The Grinch’ – I like the garishly colourful and OTT ones!

Tess Makovesky

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas on the planet.  I quite like some of the old traditions, but hate the modern, consumer-driven, hyped-to-hell-and-back, be-perfect-or-else-you’ve-failed version, which tends to bring me out in a severe case of Bah Humbug.  So my choices of reading, watching and listening matter over the festive period tend to reflect this.

Favourite Christmas song: there’s a special mention for Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ which brings back happy memories of school Christmas parties.  But the winner, hands down, is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty McCall.  Any Christmas song that includes lyrics like You scumbag, you maggot, You lousy old faggot gets my vote every time, and the harmonies (even with lead singer Shane McGowan apparently on such a massive bender he could barely stand up during recording) are amazing.

Favourite Christmas movie: I can’t really handle all those mushy-gushy sanctimonious ‘isn’t family wonderful’ type movies that you’re supposed to like at Christmas.  But Home Alone won me over the first time I saw it.  It has just the right blend of mischief, quirkiness, and sheer evil joy, from parents forgetting one of their own children, to Macauley Culkin’s 8 year old dreaming up ever nastier ways to keep the burglars out of the family home.  Great fun!

Favourite Christmas book: this one really had me stumped.  I wasn’t sure if there were any specific Christmas books, and when I googled, I’d never read most of them and wasn’t keen on the rest.  However, my favourite as a kid was probably ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis for the sheer magic and inventiveness of the story.  Although these days, I probably have more sympathy with the Wicked Witch than I ought to.  Imagine: always winter but never Christmas.  I can think of worse things…!

HAVE A BRIT GRIT CHRISTMAS!

Guest Blog: NOIR CITY, CONFESSIONS OF A HIT MAN AND MORE by Richard Godwin.

the pure and the hatedPublishing really is in a state of flux, with the rise and rise of Amazon and it still seems many publishers do not know what they are doing and behave with a lack of the kind of professionalism and regard for Artists that you would expect given the fact that without the author without the novelist there would be no publisher, a fact that seems all to easily to have been forgotten.
I have had four novels already published this year, Savage Highway, The Pure And The Hated, Ersatz World, and Disembodied. This September sees the translation of my novel Apostle Rising into Slovenian, now that seems postponed, and the coming months are going to be busy. One interesting event, or two rather, have been the demise and behaviour of two Italian publishers, Lite Editions an imprint of Atlantis, and MeMe. I received notification from Lite that they are shutting down, no explanation, and then I had to email them repeatedly to get the right letter and payment from them. As a result I have the full rights back to my erotica Noir Novel, Noir City, which I have extensively re-written and which is available here and here.
This is a synopsis:

Dangerous, blonde Gigolo, Paris Tongue, uses his looks to seduce beautiful and wealthy women and introduce them to the Secret Hour, that hidden time when they can escape their lives. Using his inheritance to travel, he penetrates the erotic essence of different cities, from London, to Paris, Rome, Madrid and Dusseldorf. But his sexual escapades begin to catch up with him. When he sleeps with the wife of a Mafia Boss he is hunted across Europe by hit men. He manages to evade his assassins, until they find him in Spain. But by then he has understood the deeper philosophy of Eros at the villa owned by the illegitimate granddaughter of Georges Bataille, and he sees them off. He is, after all, the bastard child of a killer, who knows how to survive. In Germany he meets Anja from Croatia, the first woman he wants to settle down with.

MeMe contacted me to say they are selling the company and I waited for six months to receive further news, none came. So I got my rights back to Confessions Of A Hit Man..
Once again a synopsis:

Confessions of a Hit Man is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation.

My new novel Buffalo And Sour Mash is now out from Down & Out Books, and you can buy it here and here. It is a crime novel about distorted love. A Western. A lyrical slice of the prairie, a frontier narrative. A noir novel about obsession and revenge, desire and predation. A look at one man’s grip on insanity and a story about female beauty and showmanship.
‘It was those wild eyes that did it to them every time. Every look as intense as a cobra stare, as if he was looking through the spider webbed surface of a broken window.’

I am on the BBC talking about it soon. My novel Locked In Cages is to be published this December.

Here are a few words on it: The therapist was paid to take their nightmares away, their abductor is putting them back in.
That’s nine, not bad for a year, and next year looks like it will be eight, including the long -awaited release of the sequel to Apostle Rising.
You can find out more at my website :

Richard Godwin is down Brit Grit Alley

buffalo-and-sour-mashOver at OUT OF THE GUTTER ONLINE, there’s a great guest BRIT GRIT ALLEY column from crime writer RICHARD GODWIN where he talks about publishing:

‘Publishing really is in a state of flux, with the rise and rise of Amazon and it still seems many publishers do not know what they are doing and behave with a lack of the kind of professionalism and regard for Artists that you would expect given the fact that without the author without the novelist there would be no publisher, a fact that seems all to easily to have been forgotten.

Read the rest HERE.

Recommended Read: The Pure And The Hated by Richard Godwin

the pure and the hatedFamily man Shepherd Butler is mourning the death of his son when he decides to take in a homeless man who has also suffered a violent tragedy. Things then quickly spiral violently out of control.

Richard Godwin’s The Pure And The Hated starts as an atmospheric tale of loss, then twists into a graphic cross between Cape Fear and Grande Guignol horror.

Richard Godwin Reviews Cold London Blues.

CLB---3d-stack_d400Over at Amazon.co.uk , Richard Godwin gives Cold London Blues 5 stars and says:

”Real, gritty, hard core, lowdown. Brazill has scored here with a close intensive look at the dark underside of London. Vernacular and edgy, with Brazill’s trademark popular culture referencing, this novel drips with menace and menacing humour. Compelling, brilliant.”

Check it out!

 

Recommended Read: Ersatz World by Richard Godwin

ersatz worldPublisher Samuel Verso’s  world is crumbling. Ebooks are taking over paper books and his wife wants to be dismembered. And he’s being followed.

Richard Godwin’s Ersatz World is marvelous. A veritable cornucopia of crime fiction, bizarro, sci-fi, noir, gangsters, voyeurism, lyricism,  paranoia, vanity and violence. And more.

Another winner from Number Thirteen Press.

What Goes On? Ayris, Godwin

Ian Ayris

jason deanWell, the reissue of my Kindle novella – One Day in the Life of Jason Dean – has just been released by the brilliant Near to the Knuckle, and April Skies – the sequel to my debut novel – Abide With Me – is due for publication in both paperback and Kindle versions on the 7th April. It’s taken me the best part of three years to write, so it’ll be a fantastic feeling to finally have it out skating in the ether. April Skies carries on two years after the end of Abide With Me, following John as he attempts to navigate the perils of adult life. He does his best, bless him, but everyone has a history. And with a history like John’s, the past is never far behind.

Here’s a little extract:

The bloke next to me’s readin the back pages. Looks over the top and asks me if Thommo’s mental. I says he is.

‘Always been like that, has he?’ the bloke says, puttin his paper on his lap.

‘Not always,’ I says. ‘Glue. Fucked him right up.’

‘He want a sweet?’ the bloke says.

I tap Thommo on the shoulder.

‘You want a sweet, Thommo?’ I says.

APRIL SKIES coverThommo don’t even turn round.

‘He’s all right, mate,’ I says. ‘Cheers, anyway.’

The bloke opens up a pack of Refreshers, chucks half of em in his mouth in one go, picks up his paper, and carries on readin.

I’m watchin Thommo lookin out the window, the fields goin by like they was movin faster than the train. And I’m wonderin if Thommo knows this time tomorrow he’ll be back in the nuthouse with the screamin and the bangin and the walls, and that the fields he’s lookin at now won’t even know he was ever here.

It’s still an hour before kick-off.  We’re up at the Holte End, me and Thommo, this massive fuck off terrace behind the goal. There’s Hammers comin in all the time, fillin it right up.

Thommo’s lookin at me with this stupid grin on his face. It’s the same grin he had as a kid, but it don’t mean nothing no more. It’s just his mouth doin a shape.

Apart from the writing, I’m also teaching novel writing for a second year on an Arts Council funded project for Barking and Dagenham Council, entitled Pen to Print. The idea is to take adults through the process of writing a novel.

It’s brilliant fun, and unbelievably rewarding.

So, that’s me 🙂

Bio: As well as being the author of One Day in the Life of Jason Dean, Ian has forty short stories published online and in print. His debut novel – Abide With Me – was published in 2012 by Caffeine Nights Publishing, and its sequel – April Skies – is to be published in April 2016.

Ian is a qualified counsellor, a creative writing tutor and runs his own editing business.

At weekends he works in a care home for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues, whilst also indulging in his lifelong passion for the Mighty Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

Ian lives in Harold Hill, Essex, with his girlfriend, Karen, his three children, Mollie, Charlie, and Summer, and two guinea pigs by the name of Sanchez and Bob.

Richard Godwin

savage highwayMy novel Savage Highway was published this January. It is about abductions in Arizona, lawlessness, the criminal mind and revenge. Here is some Blurb.

Women are disappearing on the highway, a drifter hunts the men who raped her, and a journalist discovers law has broken down in the area.

On a remote highway in Arizona women are disappearing at truck stops. Journalist Johnny Sullivan travels to the area to investigate. He encounters hitchhiker Patty, who is being hunted by violent trucker Red. Patty tells Johnny of the local myth of the maniac trucker. Johnny also meets Valentino de La Cruz, a mysterious Mexican who is looking for his missing sister.

Valentino is having an affair with Natasha, the wife of recently murdered businessman, Theodore Mills, whose wealth funds the corrupt police force in the area. The local Highway Patrol is run by sexually sadistic Sam Roche and Franklin Norman and they want to put an end to Johnny’s snooping. Marshall Simmons knows a lot about the goings on in the area, and has a young woman captive in a house. He is reprogramming her identity. Meanwhile Johnny discovers that years previously serial killer Donald Lake disappeared in the area while in transit between prisons. And it seems he had police help. But what is being done to the women? And who is running the criminal organisation that controls the area? Savage Highways is about lawlessness and the hunt for justice in a no man’s land. Pedal to the floor all the way, the narrative speeds towards its stunning and unforeseeable conclusion.

If you are interested you can buy it here in the US

http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Highway-Richard-Godwin-ebook/product-reviews/B01AL7AC0O/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R2FXA2C1ZUNEOI

And here in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Savage-Highway-Richard-Godwin-ebook/dp/B01AL7AC0O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453201099&sr=8-1&keywords=Savage+Highway+by+richard+godwin

And you can listen to me talk about it on You Tube here

Richard Godwin Discusses His New Novel SAVAGE HIGHWAY

The year has really started with a bang and looks to continue that way, with the publication of my tenth novel, Ersatz World this month. It is about the age of surveillance and the rise of the digital revolution and how that may be eroding identity and be part of  a wider and more sinister social engineering programme with the ultimate goal of cloning humanity. Here is some Blurb.

Samuel Verso is an ordinary, old-fashioned publisher trying to resist the lure of e-books. As his wife fills the hallway with prosthetic limbs and his business partner is replaced with an exact replica he realises that his problems run deeper than books on a computer screen. But it is only when he is serially abducted, beaten and accused of terrorism that he understands it isn’t that he’s paranoid – it’s that he isn’t paranoid enough.

You can read more about it here

Guest blog: ERSATZ WORLD by Richard Godwin.

If you are interested you can buy it here in the US

http://www.amazon.com/Ersatz-World-Richard-Godwin/dp/1530025826/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1455956822&sr=8-2&keywords=Ersatz+World+by+richard+godwin

And here in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ersatz-World-Richard-Godwin/dp/1530025826/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455957051&sr=8-1&keywords=ersatz+world+by+richard+godwin

ersatz worldNext month my novel, The Pure And The Hated is published. It is a Vermont based novel, a state I know well, and is about the nature of forgiveness in a corrupt world, redemption, the extent to which we can know anyone, even in a family structure, and moral compromise, something I think is definitively Noir and two words I think about a lot when writing Noir.

In June my novel Disembodied is published. It is narrated in four different genres and is about surveillance and espionage.

I will have up to eight novels released this year. In October

Buffalo And Sour Mash is published. It is about a man called Murphy Stubbs, who wants to bring the Wild West to Surrey. He organises an all-female rodeo show as part of his own dark and Southern psychosis. Coming all the way from Oklahoma, he brings with him a level of anarchy that rips through the tidy lives of the locals. Then there is Rhonda, his rodeo star and the woman who shakes it up. High drama in Surrey as it is transformed into a Southern state by a lunatic. It is a novel full of hustlers and low lifes. I am currently writing a sequel to both Wrong Crowd and it, involving the central characters of each novel.

My first novel Apostle Rising, is being translated into Slovenian and will be published in Slovenian in August or September.

I will also have a literary novel called The Artist published at some point.

Bio: Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. You can find out more about him at his website www.richardgodwin.net , where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

 

Guest blog: ERSATZ WORLD by Richard Godwin.

RICHARD GODWIN EATS THE WORLD!!!!!!!!Someone is playing computer games with mankind.

REALITY?

‘The medium is the message.’

Marshall McLuhan.

Here are some thoughts about my latest novel Ersatz World.

ERSATZ

As defined by the OED:

‘(Of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.

Etymology

Late 19th century from German, literally, ‘replacement.’

This is a novel about a man who thinks he is being followed, who is abducted four times by the same two men in different styles and periods of dress because they think he has some information they need. Each abduction is told in a different genre. While the novel has a Noir feel, it may be satire, it may be a thriller, it may be sci fi, or something hybrid, something else. It resists genre and portrays a world of simulations. The protagonist, a publisher, hates the digital age of publishing and believes we are being turned into code. His wife is suffering from body dysmorphia and collecting prosthetic limbs. The protagonist thinks his business partner is working with androids. His bestselling author has disappeared.  As he searches for the author the police arrest him. They think the author’s manuscript is a blueprint for a terrorist attack on London.

LIVING IN THE REPLACED WORLD

This is what he tries to do as he is accused of planning a crime, hiring two men to abduct him, plotting an incendiary attack, and having an affair with a gangster’s moll. The word Ruby occurs throughout. It may be a clue in a paranoid puzzle. It may be the name of his mistress, married to a dangerous man. The world he knew is gone, he struggles to find it.

ersatz worldSIMULATED WORLD

That is what he sees, the publisher afraid of code. He seeks the real body, the body politic beyond the code. There are different segments of reality going on in the novel, different states of truth that the protagonist has to work his way through. As he does he begins to understand his wife’s obsessive need for disembodiment, for a disembodied state of being.

He escapes his captors and then the police arrest him for murder and ask him about the code word Ruby. It may be that his wife’s emails have triggered a false positive. It is all unreal now, simulated world of spies, the age of surveillance, of voyeurism. Then there is a terrorist attack on London.

GENRE

Simulation, parody, definitions of style and approaches to a reality that cannot be defined, cannot be caught in a net, there is no genre in the novel. This is hybrid Art. It seems that the protagonist may be right after all, he may be under surveillance, but then he thinks we all are. In this passage at the beginning of the novel, as he gets up and reads the newspaper he ponders on the real:

‘He scanned the article, seeing ruins crumble, entire edifices of the world he once felt was secure becoming powder, like the dust that settled each night on his marital bed. He felt historicised, as if a resident zeitgeist were fracturing his being, splintering his identity like a piece of bone. The familiar taste of nausea flooded his mouth as he sipped his coffee, and he wondered if he lived in a state of permanent apprehension, as if some part of him knew what was about to occur. And as he stared at his reflection in the kitchen window he wondered what it was he feared, what denouement in his waning drama would be the act that shook him to his core, feeling as though some watchful conspiracy were about to embroil him in its agenda. The world was becoming unfathomable to him.

… The drive to work in Kensington was the same as it had been for weeks. Buildings and people passed by his white Volvo S80 as if on a reel of film that replayed itself over and over on a daily basis and from time to time Samuel wondered if any of it was real, as if London itself had been caught in some mirror that merely fed simulations of the city’s life to its inhabitants.’

Coming soon from  NUMBER THIRTEEN PRESS:

Ersatz World by Richard Godwin.

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A Couple Of Top Reviews For Kill Me Quick!

kill me quick coverOver at Amazon.co.uk , Richard Godwin says:

‘Brazill’s Kill Me Quick is a smart and insane ride through the underbelly of crime’

While Mark Hammonds says:

‘Brazill peppers his landscape with enough oddballs, fruitcakes, hard cases and nutcases to keep you shouting for another shot, and it’s all shaken in with his typical mix of scabrously funny one-liners and wet-yourself-laughing dialogue.’

Check ’em out!

 

Uwaga ! Polski Noir

kasia krakowPolski Noir ma na celu zapoznanie polskich czytelników czarnych kryminałów z międzynarodowym gatunkiem literackim zwanym noir flash fiction.

Polski Noir is a new crime e zine that aims to introduce international noir flash fiction to Polish readers.

The editors are Marta Crickmar and I.

The first story is live. It’s one of mine.

The Tut / Cyk is by Paul D. Brazill and translated by Martyna Bohdanowicz

There are more stories to come from Patti Abbott, K A Laity, David Malcolm, Richard Godwin and more.

(Photo (c) Kasia Martell)