MARSH BARTON FINK By Tom Leins

Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon. Silvio Foxx is a tall, uneasy looking man. He watches me cautiously from across the buckled concrete floor of his warehouse, an unlit high-tar cigarette dangling from his plump, girlish lips. “Mr Rey?” “That’s what my probation officer calls me…” He grunts, unimpressed with my humour, or my prison…

Matt Phillips’ Countdown by Jack Bantry

I’ve been a big fan of Matt Phillips since I first read THREE KINDS OF FOOL and his novella, BAD LUCK CITY. I’d go as far as saying they’re two of the best noir books I’ve read in recent years, and COUNTDOWN is right up there. Cannabis sales have been decriminalised in California, but it’s…

John Wisniewski interviews Tom Leins

How did you begin writing, Tom? I believe you were a film critic before you started writing books? I started writing fiction in around 2002 – half a lifetime ago – and my first ever short story, ‘The Box’, was included in an anthology by a UK publisher called Skrev the following year. I notched…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: MARIETTA MILES

TELEVISION – Zombies. I love zombies. The Walking Dead. Fear the Walking Dead. Both shows are very different from when they first began. I admit I am not as obsessive as I used to be, but I still watch and look forward to the episodes. American Horror Story, though I haven’t watched an episode since…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: NIGEL BIRD

TELEVISION I’m not sure what it is, but I’m still trapped in a time-warping loop that takes me back to a different age. My devices are filled with episodes of Columbo, Van Der Valk and Frazier and I can safely say I’m an addict. It might be that life feels stressful a lot of the…

The Weather Prophet by Paul D. Brazill

It had been another one of those seemingly endless days when, like King Midas in reverse, everything I touched turned to shit. True, cold calling was a thankless and futile task at the best of times. In fact, most people in the company hated it but me, well, I just seemed to have a knack for it. A…

2 From Jake Hinkson by Paul D. Brazill

THE DEEPENING SHADE An alcoholic cop, a Jesus freak, a pregnant homeless teenager, a stripper, a cop in debt to a gangster, and the manager of a fast food joint who is in the wrong place at the wrong time are all  part of the rich and varied cast of characters in The Deepening Shade,…

Fiction: A VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER By Tom Leins

11am. The Black Regent Rooming House. I peel the bloody dressing off my nose and drop it into the sink. Jesus. My face looks like something out of a fucking horror-show. I’ve been sticking my nose into other people’s business for longer than I can remember. Usually for money, sometimes out of sheer perversity. My…

Fiction: That Voodoo That You Do by Tess Makovesky

Ball regarded the mess on the warehouse floor. Felt slightly sick. Wished he was back home watching Blazing Saddles, which he had been until his henchmen called him out. Annoying, that. It had just got to the farting – his favourite bit. He felt his face twitch into a grin, had to smooth it back…

Recommended Read: Welcome To HolyHell by Math Bird

It’s 1976, and Britain is in the grip of an unbearable heatwave when Bowen leaves London to return to his home town in northeast Wales. As events spiral out of Bowen’s control, his old partner Nash follows his trail. Meanwhile, young Jay finds a briefcase stuffed with cash. Math Bird’s Welcome To HolyHell is just…