“I used to be a main-eventer. People knew my name. Kids bought my poseable action figure. Now I’m a motherfucking curtain-jerker in a shit-heap town. My prospects are going down quicker than a truck-stop rent boy on Christmas Eve…”
I’m delighted to confirm that my new short story collection, The Good Book: Fairy Tales For Hard Men, will be out on 10th January 2020, via All Due Respect (an imprint of Down & Out Books).
Some of these stories appeared online a few years ago, but now the collection has been reworked, refreshed and retooled – and bulked up with some never-before-seen content.
I’m seriously proud of this book, and it has the perfect home at All Due Respect, a publisher which has put out so much high-quality lowlife literature in recent years.
I can’t wait for people to read it!
Here’s the synopsis:
Testament, Florida is the town where the American dream bottomed out. A town that was bled dry and kicked into the weeds by venal men with bad intentions. A town so insignificant that it no longer appears on any map.
During the 1980s, however, it was home to the Testament Wrestling Alliance, the chaotic wrestling promotion that made stars of Gringo Starr, ‘Voodoo’ Ray Blanchette and the Jazz Butcher. The man who made it happen was promoter Frank ‘Fingerfuck’ Flanagan, who ruled his territory with an iron fist. A tough man willing to make tough decisions, Flanagan’s personal road to hell is paved with dead wrestlers.
The Good Book: Fairy Tales For Hard Men is an interlinked 21-story collection which takes place between 1980 and 1999 Florida. These stories are grubby, hardboiled tales that explore the lives of desperate men – men who can’t leave their rivalries in the ring. In Testament, every action has a reaction and every feud ends in carnage. If someone else wins, you lose.
Here’s the artwork: