“When I was a small child, my uncle Alvin was engaged to a carnival stripper called Magdalena. It seemed like an impossibly glamorous lifestyle at the time, and it was only years later – when I actually watched a carnival strip-show for myself – that I realised how horrific the prospect truly was.”
Ladies and gentlemen, boy and girls… my new book Repetition Kills You is out today, from All Due Respect (an imprint of Down & Out Books)!
Many thanks to the people who made this possible, namely All Due Respect publisher Chris Rhatigan and Eric Campbell and Lance Wright at Down & Out Books. Additional thanks to Nigel Bird, an editorial consultant at ADR, whose great suggestions really improved the manuscript.
Here’s the synopsis:
Repetition Kills You is an experimental noir. A novel-in-stories. A literary jigsaw puzzle.
The book comprises 26 short stories, presented in alphabetical order, from ‘Actress on a Mattress’ to ‘Zero Sum’. Combined in different ways, they tell a larger, more complex story. The narrative timeline is warped, like a blood-soaked Möbius Strip. It goes round in circles—like a deranged animal chasing its own tail.
The content is brutal and provocative: small-town pornography, gun-running, mutilation and violent, blood-streaked stories of revenge. The cast list includes sex offenders, serial killers, bare-knuckle fighters, carnies and corrupt cops. And a private eye with a dark past—and very little future.
Welcome to Paignton Noir.
And here’s a little taster. This is my story ‘The Carny’ being performed live in Hong Kong at the Liar’s League back in 2015:
Check it out – and let me know what you think!