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Pat McDonald Reviews Drunk On The Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology

Drunk On The Moon 2016Over at, she says:

This is Paul D Brazill at his best; the humour is just tongue in cheek but the descriptive prose is perfection. It is so atmospheric it appeals to all the senses; I swear that there was one moment when I could even smell the cigarette smoke curling into the air of the bar (that I looked around the room for some evidence of it). This is a Roman Dalton anthology which begins with the Brazill ‘Drunk on the Moon’, a zombie/werewolf collection. If you read any of this book, you must read the first especially if you are a writer, a would-be writer or a ‘wish I was’ a writer – here is the first lesson. Had me totally intrigued just from the exquisite prose, the story is merely incidental. His dedication, however, to women with red lipstick is as cameo as Hitchcock’s appearance in his own films, if you read enough of his books you’ll know what I mean. Excellent! Pat McDonald British Crime Author.


Roman Dalton Howls In Polish

polski-noir-logoThe first Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI yarn, Drunk On The Moon, has been translated into Polish by Aneta Uszyńska.


And you can still get any number of Roman Dalton yarns over at Amazon, in English and even in  Slovene. 


Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

blood tracksPDB: What’s going on now?

I’m kind of busy at the moment; some of the time constraints are good, but some bad. I’m writing the second in a new series featuring a female investigator called Tess Grey, and her sidekick, Nicolas “Po” Villere, who is an ex-con, and have to have it ready before the end of next March. My wife is suffering with her back, and has done for months, and is due surgery in a few days time, so a lot of my spare time is being eaten into with hospital trips etc. Other than that, I’ve two new books on the shelves this month, with Blood Tracks out in the UK from Severn House Publishers, and the latest Joe Hunter thriller, The Lawless Kind, finally coming out in the USA from Down and Out Books on 16th November, so I’m busy promoting both.

PDB: How did you research your latest book?

Blood Tracks is set partly in Maine and partly in Louisiana. I haven’t been to either state, so have relied a lot on what I’ve read. Luckily I’m a fan of John Connolly, James Lee Burke and J.A. (Jack) Kerley so have had plenty literary inspiration.

PDB: Which of your publications had been the most successful?

On paper it’s probably my first Joe Hunter novel, Dead Men’s Dust, which was a Sunday Times best seller, a Daily Telegraph thriller of the year 2009, shortlisted for the ITW new thriller award 2009, and a Kindle Top 10 best seller in 2013. But I’d like to think my most successful novel is yet to come so keep working at it.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme of 2015?

I haven’t been to the cinema this year, but have caught up on a number of movies on DVD etc, and am unsure if I’m being current or not when saying I thoroughly enjoyed “The Conjuring” and “Annabel” as a spooky double bill. I do love a creepy horror movie.

I really enjoyed “No One Gets Out Alive” by Adam Neville. Neville writes the kind of seriously creepy horror that I aspire to.

Music, I recently discovered JD McPherson and loved his song Scratching Circles (though I’m sure it was recorded a few years ago now).

TV, I love The Blacklist, Banshee, and The Walking Dead equally.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

As long as I’m sitting in front of my computer I’m good, but it’s usually in my living room at home, with the Jeremy Kyle on TV blaring behind me for background ambience, and my two dogs around my feet.

PDB: What’s next?

Blood Tracks 2 (for want of a better title) is the book I’m currently writing, but I’ve got a few projects in mind begging to get started. I’ve also recently finished writing Joe Hunter 11 – No Safe Place – so foresee some work to do on that before it finally hits the shelves. There’s also a stand-alone suspense novel I’m jumping back and forward into during down time, and have ideas for a new horror novel, so plenty to keep me busy.

Bio: Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘The Devil’s Anvil’ – Joe Hunter 10 – published in June 2015 by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust’, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013. The Joe Hunter series is widely published by Hodder and Stoughton in UK territories, and by William Morrow and Company and Down and Out Books in the USA, and have been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian. He has a new series beginning with Blood Tracks, featuring investigator Tess Grey, to be published by Severn House Publishers in November 2015. As well as the Joe Hunter and Tess Grey series’, Matt has been published in a number of anthologies and collections, and has published novels in the supernatural/horror genre, namely ‘Preternatural’, ‘Dominion’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Shadows Call’. He is currently working on the next Tess Grey novel, as well as a stand-alone suspense thriller.



Drunk On The Moon at The Word Crimes Podcast

Roman Dalton WPI_web 96dpi‘On this episode, Scott Detrow gets his werewolf voice on as he reads “Drunk on the Moon” by Paul D. Brazill.’

Thanks to Scott Detrow and Erik Arneson for this great interpretation of the first Roman Dalton Yarn:


Out Now ! The Neon Boneyard by Paul D. Brazill

‘In the neon-soaked, blood-spattered hell-hole they call The City, Roman Dalton The Neon Boneyardstruggles to fight the forces of darkness, even when he becomes a creature of the night. Werewolves, vampires, zombies: they’re all just amateurs when it come to the real menace who haunts the streets. Let Brazill take you on a grim dark journey to hell and back. Bring lots of whisky: it’s a rough ride.’ K A Laity, author of White Rabbit. Get the eBook from, etc. Or get the paperback here.

I’m in the Hartlepool Mail

I was very pleased to find out that my home town’s newspaper, The Hartlepool Mail, had a feature on me this week. The main focus is A Case Of Noir, of course, but there was also some stuff about my family etc.

Thanks to journalist  Tracy Walker for the article and to my brother Brian for the scan.

Hpool Mail

Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI and The Indie Contribution

Roman Dalton WPI_web 96dpiI was more than somewhat chuffed to find out – via Valerie Laws – that Roman Dalton- Werewolf PI was hat-tipped in Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution by Chris Longmuir. 

Here’s the blurb on the book:

Serial killers, private eyes, cops, and bodies inhabit this guide to crime fiction in the electronic age, where reading habits are undergoing change with the growing use of e-books and e-readers.

The focus is on e-books and the independent authors, known as indies, who write them, and the aim is to introduce indie crime fiction to discerning e-book readers.

This guide considers murder and mystery, from the cosy to the noir, and how it has developed over the years, stretching from The Newgate Calendars, through the dime novels and penny dreadfuls, covering the golden age authors typified by Agatha Christie, the hard-boiled era of Hammett and Chandler, and on to the modern crime and thriller novels.

As well as sections on e-books and e-readers, the indie author and publisher, and publishing options, thereindie are sections on many subgenres of crime fiction including mystery, cosy, romantic suspense, historical, paranormal/supernatural, psychological, humour, medical, legal, political, hard-boiled, female sleuths, police procedural, noir/dark, tartan noir, and serial killers.

Chris Longmuir is an award winning novelist. Her crime novels have won the Pitlochry Award, and the Dundee International Book Prize.

Short, Sharp Interview: K A Laity

it's a cursePDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

KAL: I have two or three: do I get more words? No?! IT’S A CURSE: Roman Dalton gets mixed up with a couple of dames and things go badly. “Carlos” in SHAPESHIFTERS: FOX POCKET ANTHOLOGY 2 is another shifter of a very different sort with some classic Hollywood riffs. A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS: CHASTITY FLAME 3 is a break-neck paced international thriller.

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

I’m watching American Horror Story: Coven, which is taxing my patience though Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates keep luring me back. Does no one in television pay attention to creating serial narratives? The showrunner or producers should be fired and someone who understands character development brought in at once. Meanwhile we’re also going through Arrested Development, which my sweetie had not seen before, which is a delight. I’m getting review copies of a lot of Hard Case Crime, the best of which so far have been Christa Faust’s two novels and Elissa Ward’s The Secret Lives of Married Women, which I haven’t written up yet. And I liked the Alan Moore/Malcolm McLaren/Fecundio Percio Fashion Beast a lot more than I thought I was likely to do.

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

Nah, you’re always thinking, “Oh no, that doesn’t work!” and how they should have done whatever you think isn’t working, because of course your way is the only way. Or if it’s really good you just gush with adoration because it’s so rare.

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

I love writing for theatre and it’s been a while, but in my massive to-do list is a play that’s not finished that I started for a conference and then got too busy to work on. If it doesn’t have a deadline and a publisher tapping her foot, the project goes to the end of the line, alas. I have a film script idea I’d like to work on but it has to wait until I finish something else.

k a laityPDB: How much research goes into each book?

Depends on the project: I’ve had to research the state of a body after being in the water for 12 hours as opposed to 24; the physical specifics of capybaras; working on a medieval thing that makes me look up a lot of details of material culture—although I’m a medievalist, most of my expertise is entirely in literature so I have to look up practical things like what underwear actually looked like.

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

Essential! If it weren’t for social media I would spend all my time weeping in despair. Now I can see that most of my creative friends are likewise suffering from the world’s indifference to their genius, so I don’t feel quite as bad. Writing is such solitary work; I can go online and instantly get the 21st century equivalent of Hal’s St. Crispian’s Day speech from friends half way around the world and feel energized that we few, we happy few, are creating stories and getting them out there before they are crushed by the Godzilla foot of indifference. With the globe spread out before me, I can actually find people who laugh at my jokes.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

January brings the Fox Spirit noir novella by Graham Wynd with the sexy cover by Sarah Langton, Extricate. It’s vintage noir in the north, two guys who are the best friends until one of them gets a woman the other wants. Sex, death and betrayal—not necessarily in that order and sometimes, all at once.

Later in the spring will be my next novel, the slightly supernatural noir White Rabbit, also from Fox Spirit. I know S. L. Johnson is working on a cover and I can’t wait to see what it looks like. James Draygo is a disgraced former officer who makes a living as a fake psychic—until the tacky trophy wife of a media mogul gets gunned down in front of him. There’s a conspiracy, a secret drug cult and a persistent journalist—and just maybe some real spooks. Dashiell Hammet meets Blue Sunshine! Still working on that blurb, obviously >_< What I love about Fox Spirit: Adele sees the value of these weird books that are hard to shoehorn into traditional genres.

So I should mention the call for stories for Drag Noir, which I’ll be editing for FS: got an idea for gender-bending tale, where glamour meets grit? Read the guidelines and submit!

Find out more about K. A. LAITY here.

Out now! Insatiable: A Roman Dalton Yarn by B R Stateham


Insatiable: A Roman Dalton Yarn is a noir/ horror short story based on characters created by Paul D. Brazill. 

In B R Stateham’s Insatiable, PI Roman Dalton gets a request from an old friend to help him solve a murder. A murder so horrible, so brutal, it had to be caused by a werewolf! Dalton is approaching his ‘change’ and at the same time trying to solve a vicious crime. How does he stop himself from leaping onto his friend, when the time comes, and making his old buddy an evening snack? How does he find and remove from the city a werewolf who happens to be much older, and far stronger, than he is–and not create a panic among all the potential meal tickets walking around?

Out now! It’s A Curse: A Roman Dalton Yarn by K A Laity

it's a curse

It’s A Curse: A Roman Dalton Yarn is a noir/ horror short story based an characters created by Paul D. Brazill.

Roman Dalton’s woken up in the wrong place again, but this time he can’t blame it on the moon. Never mind the bikers, gamblers and gangsters, this time he’s got real trouble. Finding himself in a tug-of-war between two lovely women might sound like he’s landed in clover, but one wants to ‘save’ him and the other—well, he’s got a feeling she’s a whole lot of trouble wrapped up in that slinky designer gown. As far as our favourite werewolf PI’s concerned, IT’S A CURSE.

Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI UPDATES!

Roman Dalton WPI When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City‘s neon and blood soaked streets.

Created by International Thriller Writers member Paul D. Brazill.

Books so far …

Roman Dalton – Werewolf P I by Paul D. Brazill. (Available as an eBook and in paperback.)

It’s A Curse: A Roman Dalton Yarn by K. A. Laity

Insatiable: A Roman Dalton Yarn by B. R. Stateham

Chances Are: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Carrie Clevenger.

The Darke Affair: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Allan Leverone.

Booze & Ooze: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Matt Hilton.

Full Moonlight: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Vincent Zandri.

Drunk On The Moon   A Roman Dalton anthology. Stories by  Paul D Brazill,-Allan Leverone, K A Laity,B R Stateham, Julia Madeleine, Richard Godwin, John Donald Carlucci, Frank Duffy, Jason Michel, Katherine Tomlinson.

There is also a podcast of Drunk On The Moon at Crime City Central

And there’s more to come …

Chances Are: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Carrie Clevenger is Out Now!


Jack Benson is just another old shoe a few years shy of retirement from The City Police. His favorite conviction? Putting his daughter’s oppressor behind bars. But when the same man gets back on the street, the threat looms far larger than Jack could have ever expected.

Based on characters created by Paul D. Brazill.

Available from the  various Amazons.