Recommended Read: Satan’s Sorority by Graham Wynd

In 1950’s America, Sandra’s parents send her off to a small town university in order to keep her out of trouble. While there she encounters Trixie Faust and the rest of the Sigma Tau Nu sorority. Blood, sex and satanism quickly ensure.In spades! Satan’s Sorority by Graham Wynd is a smart, witty and marvelously well written…

Recommended Read: Donny Jackal by Paul Matts

It’s 1978, and young Donald Jackson is stuck in a dead-end job and in a dead-end town. But Donald is invigorated by the punk music revolution that is sweeping the country and he dreams of being the singer in a punk rock band. When a local band’s vocalist dies, Donald has his chance … Paul…

Recommended Read: Saturday Night Sage by Noah C. Lekas

Noah C. Lekas’ Saturday Night Sage is a brutal and briliant poetry collection crowded with losers and loners, laments and lullabies, and booze and blood stained torch songs for the twilight hours.  Highly recommeded.

Elton Motello vs Plastic Bertrand

Elton Motello was the pseudonym of singer- songwriter Alan Ward who released the single ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’ on the Belgian record label Pinball in 1977. The exact same backing track was simultaneously used by the Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand – which was a pseudonym of musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter Roger François…

Gerry and The Holograms

Manchester post-punk band Gerry and The Holograms – CP Lee and John Scott – released their debut single Meet The Dissidents on Absurd Records in 1979. The ‘theme song’ – ‘Gerry and The Holograms‘ – clearly served as a blueprint for New Order‘s mega-hit Blue Monday, though neither band seems to have admitted to this!…

EBooks for 99c/99p from Close To The Bone

Indie publisher CLOSE TO THE BONE has made a handfull of their eBooks available for ONLY 99c/99p. These include: Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch Small Time Crimes by Paul D. Brazill Boneyard Dogs by Tom Leins A Time For Violence: Stories With An Edge The Blood Red Experiment Her Name Is Mercie by Chris Roy

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL D. BRAZILL

TELEVISION Happy Happiness Happy Valley   BOOKS Happy Birthday, Wanda June – Kurt Vonnegut The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde A Happy Death- Albert Camus   FILMS The Happiest Days Of Your Life Happiness Happiness   MUSIC Happiness Is A Butterfly – Lana Del Rey Everybody’s Happy Nowadays – Buzzcocks The Happy Man – Thomas…

Recommended Reads: Abide With Me and April Skies by Ian Ayris.

In American fiction, the lines of genre are regularly blurred so that characters in the writings of ‘dirty realists’ like Nelson Algren, Harry Crews, John Fante and Charles Bukowski can comfortably inhabit the same world as those of crime fiction writers such as James M Cain, Jim Thompson and Charles Wilford.  This, of course, is a very…

Recommended Reads: Swierczynski, Lauden, Black.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist by SW Lauden Straight out of the slammer, a former musician sets out to steal a rare Beatles single. Pistol…

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…