Tag Archives: Crime

It’s my party and I’ll release a new book if I want to…

So, two things going on today.

One: I’ve officially entered mid-life crisis territory.

Two: I’ve released a surprise novella!

We’ll not dwell too much on the former, but the latter? Well, that’s something I do want to talk about. New book’s called THE GIRL IN THE BASEMENT and it’s a crime/ horror hybrid about a young goth girl called Kayley who… well… ends up in a basement. You can grab it now on all e-reader devices for the paltry sum of 77p.

(That’s 99c for our friends in the US).

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Double-barrelled review: the wounded and the slain/ the vengeful virgin (Hard Case Crime)

So, I’m back on a bender with Hard Case Crime books. Haven’t heard of them? Well, they’re the guys who breathe new life into a lot of old classic pulp and noir novels, with a facelift to boot, so they look like this…


Not bad, eh? But isn’t it dangerous to judge a book by its cover?

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book review: dead street by Mickey spillane


I’m a HUGE fan of pulp fiction and of Hard Case Crime in particular. I’ve read and reviewed books by Donald E. Westlake, Christa Faust, Richard Aleas, Lawrence Block, Jack Clark and more. My own writing is greatly influenced by pulp and noir: I’ve often described my zombie novel FLU as noir with zombies and in his review of my most recent novel, PLASTIC JESUS, fellow genre hack, David Moody said: ‘it’s as if the cast of a hard-boiled crime novel had simply been picked up and dropped into Wayne’s future nightmare.’

That all said, there are still many classic pulp novels and writers that I had yet to read. Mickey Spillane, for one.

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12 Paragraphs on 2012

2012 was a cracking year for me (see picture).

Got another couple of books out (FEVER and DOLL PARTS), and a few translation/ rights deals sorted. All of my books came out on Audio in the UK (through Audible), with the FLU series seeing release in the US (through Tantor Media).

Was out and about quite a bit, mainly through the NEVER TRUST A MAN WITH HAIR tour with fellow genre hack David Moody. That was an absolute hoot from start to finish, not in small part due to how much I enjoy Dave’s company (as always, thanks to the extended Moody clan for putting up with me). The SFX Weekender was great as always. As was Grimmfest, where I got the opportunity to interview none other than Pollyanna McIntosh of THE WOMAN fame. Also enjoyed catching up with Mike and everyone at the Cardiff and Bristol Comic Expos, and moderating/ taking part in a few panels.

I started penning reviews for Gerard Brennan’s excellent CRIME SCENE NI blog, and a regular column for Splatterpunk Zine. Two old friends, Dave Lightfoot and Daniel McMurty, set up a facebook fan page for my writing (Thanks, guys!).

So, what’s in store for 2013?

Well, more of the same, really.

I’ve just started work with an editor with a view to unleashing my sci-fi novel PLASTIC JESUS on the world. Hopefully more on that early 2013.

Meanwhile, I’ve three other manuscripts in progress. A hardboiled noir entitled EX, a top secret vampire yarn that I don’t want to say very much about right now, and VOODOO CHILE, my 80s New Orleans slasher colab with fellow genre hack and badass Andre Duza. They’ll all be wrapped up and ready to shop sometime 2013.

Oh, and at some stage, I fully intend to write the third FLU book. You guys ready for another one of those?

There’ll be LOADS more out and about, including a horror con in Cardiff (SCARDIFF 2013) which I’ll be co-producing with Mike Allwood around Halloween. More info coming soon.

For now, I want to sincerely thank every one of you who have picked up one of my books, or suggested someone else pick up one of my books.

Here’s wishing  all of  us a happy and prosperous new year!