I’m excited to reveal the cover for my forthcoming Paignton Noir book Repetition Kills You, which will be published by All Due Respect (an imprint of Down & Out Books) in September 2018. The striking design is courtesy of Ben Shanks, who has done a great job!
Here’s a little bit about the book…
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’. The key stylistic influence on this collection is ‘The Beach Murders’ (1966) by J.G. Ballard, which was collected in Low Flying Aircraft and Other Stories(1976). Like the letters of the alphabet, Ballard’s fragments can be arranged in any order. So can my stories.
Combined in certain 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.