The strange tale of the Disco Loris by E F Fluff

  I met him at a rave. Or, to be more exact, the after-rave of a rave. He was a blonde, whippet skinny, and a skater. He mumbled, and spoke in constant oscillation from normal to almost incomprehensible nasty comment peppered sub-frequencies, and on to furious infrasound muttering. He lived with his brother, who he…

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,…

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Jaka Tomc

BOOKS I love reading almost as much as I love writing. I rarely read a book in one sitting, because I like pauses between chapters. Sometimes they last a cigarette, sometimes a week. I like reading books that haven’t been read by many people. I feel special when I do it. There are some books…

Paul D. Brazill interviews filmmaker Andreea Boyer

PDB: Poet, filmmaker or actress? Which of those descriptions do you identify most strongly with? AB: I would say all, and I’m also interested and active in other work areas. I’m also the Festival Director for my Mabig Film Festival in Bavaria, Germany. International submissions to my film festival can be made online on FilmFreeway….

Love is a Grift by Victoria Squid

  The theme song for Graham Wynd‘s new noir LOVE IS A GRIFT available from from FoxSpirit.co.uk. ‘Four cities, one woman… and a trail of bodies.‘ This song is what brought her to that point. See GrahamWynd.com for more. Lyrics Love is a Grift ©2019 K. A. Laity Love is a grift, love is a…

Jolly New Songs by TRUPA TRUPA

Jolly New Songs by TRUPA TRUPA ‘A cracking album from this fabulous Polish Avant Rock group. Highly recommended and a great follow up to their superb 2015 album ‘Headache’. In fact, I think I like this a bit better. They have their own unique sound, but the easiest elements to nail are the psychedelic feel…

Tom Ripley’s Film Career by K A Laity

The film version of The Talented Mr Ripley from 1999 did a lot to bring some attention back to the works of Patricia Highsmith. By the time of her death in 1995, she had done a lot to drive people away from herself (read Joan Schenkar’s biography to get a vivid picture of the author’s…

Tchao Pantin (So Long, Stooge) by Jim Shaffer

Lambert drinks. He works the night shift as a pompiste at a 24/7 petrol station in a quartier called Belleville in the northeast of Paris. Ensconced in the petrol station’s tiny office, Lambert sits alone and drinks. On his way home from work in the morning, he stops by a bar and drinks. Arriving home,…

Brit Noir Films by Cathi Unsworth

Pic (c) Julian Ibbitson. Brighton Rock (Boulting Brothers, 1947) Hard to imagine now, perhaps, but Richard Attenborough was perfectly capable of personifying evil and the first time he achieved it was in his seemingly effortless depiction of juvenile delinquent Pinkie in the first adaptation of Graham Greene’s peerless seaside noir. Ably abetted by a young…

William Ryan’s Korolev Trilogy by Paul D. Brazill

William Ryan is deservedly getting a great deal of positive attention for his latest novel, A House Of Ghosts, but his first three novels – featuring Captain Alexei Korolev – were also more than somewhat tasty and are well worth checking out. The Holy Thief. The first of the Korolev trilogy, The Holy Thief is…