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…

DUST TO DUST BY MARK SLADE

  Here’s a story for you. This was about eight or nine years ago, just when I first bought the building which has become my shop/office/place of residency. Francis and her friend Jan came in my shop by accident. There was a pale blue box sitting on the counter by an old book of Virginia…

Recommended Reads: Rausch, Kalteis, Morr.

  Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch Mob enforcer Coke’s son is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and Coke heads off to redneck country to extract his bloody revenge. Bloody Sheets is a violent and powerful crime drama choc-full of great characters and crackling dialogue. Poughkeepsie Shuffle by Dietrich Kalteis In ’80s Toronto, an ex-con trying…

Out Now! A Time For Violence: Stories with an Edge

  Throughout the years countless wordsmiths have produced their own story collections, but the book you are now holding is a love letter to the great anthologies of yesteryear, assembling stories by a variety of talents, packaged neatly and often connected by a singular theme. Grab it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and loads of other joints!

Out Now! Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch

When a young black man is lynched in a small Alabama town, his estranged father — a crime world enforcer — sets out for revenge, embarking on a blood – soaked journey that will leave the ravaged bodies of dead Klansmen in his wake. “Rausch unleashes a flurry of gut-punches both painful and thrilling, his…

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: The Power of the Donk by Jim Shaffer

 When Tommy slammed on the brakes of the ’56 Chevy Bel Air, two things happened: Ellie’s face bounced hard off the dashboard and the body on the back seat bashed against the front seat and collapsed on the floor.           “Gonnamn it, Tommy!” She sounded like she was talking in a bucket.           Ellie punched…

Fiction: SHAFER WORK BY MARK SLADE

For some reason Peter Choaladi decided the Englishman would be a great partner for Barry London on this particular job. Obviously it was a secret joke between Pop and Choaladi. When he was telling London about the job, Choaladi and Pop would snicker. Could it be because my last name and the guy is British?…

Fiction: MOLOTOV COCKTAIL LOUNGE By Tom Leins

Molotov Cocktail Lounge is taken from Meat Bubbles & Other Stories, which is out now from Close To The Bone Publishing. I slowly unwrap the grease-poof paper. Inside is a human hand. It is half rotted, with flaked yellow skin clinging to the bone. I swallow the bile rising in my throat, and chase it…