John Wisnieski interviews Jason Beech

When did you begin writing, Jason? Did you begin by writing short stories?  I started writing in the late 1990s, but only to see if I could. I didn’t write anything that a publisher would touch but the two books did teach me to finish something and to recognise what did and didn’t work. I’d…

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…

Where You Can by Ian Copestick

Every day the rain keeps falling This is one of the worst and most Depressing summers that I can remember. You just have to get your good times Where you can. When I first woke up At 6: 30 a.m. the sun was shining, The sky was beautiful. By 10 it was Raining again, but…

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…

John Wisniewski interviews Maxim Jakubowski

JW: When did you begin your career as a writer /editor of pulp writing,  Maxim? MJ: I never meant to specifically be involved in what you term ‘pulp’. From early childhood I was an avid reader and quickly found out that I actually wanted to write stories and all followed from there. My early tastes…

True Brit Grit eBook only 99p/ 99c!

TRUE BRIT GRIT. Edited by Paul D. Brazill and Luca Veste. Introduction by Maxim Jakubowski. The Line Up: 1. Two Fingers of Noir by Alan Griffiths 2. Eat Shit by Tony Black 3. Baby Face And Irn Bru by Allan Guthrie 4. Pretty Hot T’Ing by Adrian Magson 5. Black Betty by Sheila Quigley 6….

Ray Banks’ Cal Inness Quartet, by Paul D. Brazill

  Ray Banks is one of my favourite British writers and I was first introduced to his work via the Call Inness quartet. Never read, em? Well here’s what you’re missing out on. Saturday’s Child – Cal Inness is fresh out of the slammer when he’s hired by gangster Morris Tiernan to track down a…

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…

What The Hell Is Brit Grit ? by Paul D. Brazill

America may well be the official home of pulp and noir but the United Kingdom, long perceived as the land of tame Dame Agatha style cozies and stuck-up, Latin quoting police detectives, also has a grubby underbelly which has produced plenty of gritty crime writing. And there is a new wave of Brit Grit writers…