Friday’s Forgotten Books: Confessions Of A Black Dog by Jason Michel

Confessions of a Black Dog

By Jason Michel

Close your eyes … Welcome to Sam’s world. A world where dreams melt into reality from the rain soaked streets of London to the ex-pat community of Bangkok. A world where ghosts from the past, evangelical cults, dog-headed psychopomps and drunken artists meet in a surreal noir story of escapism, lost souls and revenge. When is the end of the world? Where do Australians go when they die? And what is the Black Dog?

This blurb gives a fair indication of what you will encounter if you listen to the CONFESSIONS OF A BLACK DOG by JASON MICHEL which was published in 2008.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once described London as being a ‘great cesspool into which the flotsam and jetsam of life are inevitably drawn’ and the same might reasonably be said of the world of TEFL teaching. A Teacher Of English as a Foreign Language can usually be described as either flotsam – perhaps a fresh faced young thing taking a break from University – or jetsam – the middle aged man with the inevitable drinking problem and enough skeletons in his closet to keep a paleontologist happy for months.

Many TEFL teachers have become writers –and vice versa- JK Rowling, James Joyce and Jason Michel. Jason – a self-confessed purveyor of pulp fictions and penny dreadfulls -is now resident in France but has tripped, tumbled and stumbled around the world getting into scrapes and encountering the weird and the frightening. This has clearly been the grist of Confessions Of A Black Dog.

Take a gander at this example:

‘Sitting down on a bench next to Sam, he surveyed his gathered
comrades. There was also a smattering of old friends, acquaintances and
hangers on scattered in and around the outside of the pub.
A skinny man with glasses leant forward and offered his hand as a
greeting. He had a big grin on his face and Chelsea tattoos on his arm.
His name was Freddie. B grinned back and pulled Freddie in for a hug. It
had been a while. B had worked together with Freddie and Wolfgang at
Rough Trade in the warehouse. He hadn’t seen Freddie for a long time as
he was now a resident of Portugal. Sam and Freddie had lived together in
the Spanish enclave of Melilla off the north coast of Morocco a couple of
years earlier. It was through Freddie that B had met Sam.
Samuel, the rolling stone.’

And on rolls that stone …
COABD is freewheeling and sprawling. Sometimes, the words tumbled out like a gang of drunks staggering out of a pub at closing time. Like a good drinking session it loses it way at limes but it always gets back on track and takes you to some smokey, pokey dives. How good does THAT sound?. And, of course, it’s very funny.

CLICK on the post header for a link to LULU where you can buy Confessions Of A Black Dog and Jason Michel’s short story collection THE WRONG MIND.


One Too Many Blows To The Head by JB Kohl & Eric Beetner.


One Too Many Blows To The Head marks the debut collaboration of authors JB Kohl and
Eric Beetner.
This taut and gritty Noir takes place amid the seedy world of fixed fights and mob
influence. Uniquely, it features two first-person narratives as we follow the intertwining story of
the hunter and the hunted.
From the jacket:
Kansas City, 1939.
In a world of fixed fights and mob influence Ray Ward and his brother Rex are two of the only
clean fighters in town. With Ray in the corner and Rex in the ring they are headed for the big
time. Until that fateful night. Now Ray has a score to settle using a lifetime of lessons in how to
fight back.
Dean Fokoli is a detective with a new partner, an alcoholic wife and a guilty conscience. At least
the boxer on the radio who just got beat to a pulp won’t end up in his homicide file. But when
the dregs of the crooked fight world start turning up dead, Fokoli is on the hunt for the killer.
The chase will take him to the underbelly of the Kansas City night and hopefully keep him one
step ahead of his past.
One Too Many Blows To The Head is a razor-edged story of revenge, redemption and
what happens when you confront the ghosts of the past.

It has garnered praise from Edgar Award winning author Megan Abbott:
“One Too Many Blows to the Head feels like a long-lost pulp you find in a favorite bookstore”

If you CLICK on the post header you’ll get a link to Eric Beetner‘s blog with information of where to buy the book. Watch The trailer below.

One Too Many Blows To The Head

Book trailer One Too Many Blows To The Head from Eric Beetner on Vimeo.

This week sees the pubication of ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD by Eric Beetner & JB Kohl. Enjoy the trailer and CICK on the post header for Eric’s blog


“Razor sharp debut from noir partnership Beetner and Kohl. From its first savage punch, the
dark world of organised crime and boxing grips and refuses to let you go. Highly
Nick Quantrill, author of Broken Dreams