Cullen Gallagher interviews Paul D. Brazill

Long ago, I interview one of my favorite noir writers, Paul D. Brazill, about his then-recent novella, Kill Me Quick! Whether it was fate, circumstance, or just laziness, Pulp Serenade sort of faded away and I shamefully did not publish the interview. Now, years later, I’m trying to make amends. Paul was kind enough to…

Poetry:The Big Fight by Ian Copestick

I was re-reading ” Big Sur ” tonight And I noticed that I’m the same age As Kerouac was when he died. I’ve got to say That it scared the shit out of me. I’ve written a fraction of what he has But I guess I’ve probably drank as much Alcohol, and taken a hell…

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…

2 Poems by Ian Copestick

 Why Is It Always Me? Why, oh why does everything seem to go wrong ? Other people’s lives look so ordered And seem to run so smoothly. Mine is like a house where I’m trying to keep The roof up with only two walls And the wind is blowing like mad. I wonder if their…

Fiction: The Kid with the Sad Face by Jason Beech

Molly Molly sat hunched opposite him, her face hidden behind long blonde hair, the smell of cheap bacon a nasty tenant in her nostrils. He rested on his elbows, raisin eyes fierce in a doughy face, a giant above her – angry being with her, angry she couldn’t stem the tears, angry she couldn’t open…

3 Poems by Tissy Taylor

Masquerade of Peace   In crevices and creases lonely breeds Worn like pulled yarn stretched tautly at the seams Fluttered remnants of wishes hoping to land like an unfettered breeze she can’t see   Emptied Hope, her golden chalice lay bare Vibrant the mask she wears, painted fear The depth of sorrow unyielding, beating heart dancing…

Poetry: A Poisoned World by Ian Copestick

I thought that when I grew up I’d feel part of this nation A useful member of society But no, it seems like my alienation Is starting to get the better of me There’s no place for my politics or my ideas There’s just a  concensus, a slump to the right A government ruling by…

Short Story in a Song: ‘Lola’ by the Kinks By Paul Matts

  It’s happened to all of us hasn’t it? To the best, to the worst. In a club or pub. In ‘North Soho’ possibly? Maybe elsewhere? Or some other public place, even. There are others I suppose. Minding our own business, or maybe interrupting somebody else’s. And bang. An attraction to another human. A connection….

Short Story in a Song— Suprgrass’ “Caught by the Fuzz” by S W Lauden

  Britpop. Bands that defined this ad hoc 90s musical genre took their inspiration from previous decades—60s pop, 70s glam and punk, 80s new wave—blending them together into a vibe-y cultural cocktail. The best songs from the era delivered melodies, hooks and plenty of snotty attitude from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Pulp and…