More Bizarro Than Bizarro – Out Now!

“It’s not even Halloween yet, but the stripper at the Dirty Lemon is already wearing a Santa hat. I drop a fake pound coin in her pint glass and she smiles through broken teeth. Out-of-season seaside towns – other people’s last resorts. I pick my way through the crowd – day-time drinkers crouched perilously on the edges of their barstools, like swollen suburban gargoyles – and head to the toilet.”

Out this week from Bizarro Pulp Press: ‘More Bizarro Than Bizarro’ edited by Vincenzo Bilof.

This collection includes my story, Here Comes That Weird Chill, which plays out like a grindhouse version of Scooby Doo. Set in the Westcountry!

Here is an interview on the Bizarro Pulp Press site in which I discuss my story.

Amazon UK link.

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Skull Meat – Out Now!

My Paignton Noir novelette SKULL MEAT is available for Kindle now, via Amazon. This story is intended as a teaser for my forthcoming collection MEAT BUBBLES (& OTHER STORIES), which should be out later this summer.

Here’s the pitch:

Hired by mobster Marie Andretti to ransack the office of morbidly obese local nightclub owner ‘Swollen’ Roland Smart, Paignton private investigator Joe Rey quickly finds himself plunged into a dangerous cat and mouse game – which leaves him fighting for his life. His quest for answers – and vengeance – sees him plunge headfirst into the queasy underbelly of the grubby little seaside town he calls home. Rey is a man with a dark past, and, it seems, very little future. Welcome to Paignton Noir.

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SKULL MEAT grew out of a few old, unfinished pieces I found lurking on my hard-drive. The prologue, ‘Paignton Rust’, was previously published as part of the Akashic Books’ ‘Mondays Are Murder’ series a few years ago, while other excerpts were featured by A Twist of Noir and Straight From The Fridge. It is too long to publish as a short story, and too short to be a novella, so an e-book seemed like a good idea.

If anyone reading this would like a free copy (mobi or PDF) in exchange for a review, drop me a line through the contact form.

Queasy @ Horror Sleaze Trash

“It was the day of my Uncle Alvin’s funeral when they came for me. I always knew they would.”

Earlier this month I made my second appearance at the excellent Horror Sleaze Trash. The story was called Queasy, which tells you everything you need to know.

If you enjoy Queasy, make sure you check out my previous Horror Sleaze Trash story, Actress On A Mattress.

Queasy Tom Leins

Jailbait @ Near To The Knuckle

“I twist the screwdriver out of his neck, and it makes a sound like a sloppy kiss. To his credit, he doesn’t even flinch.”

UK webzine-turned-publisher Near To The Knuckle has been serving up essential reading for fans of short crime fiction for quite a while now, and it is always a thrill to have a new story published by Darren and Craig.

My latest short, Jailbait, went live at the weekend – I hope you enjoy it!

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Used For Glue @ Near To The Knuckle

“The first thing I hear when I regain consciousness is the sloshing of rancid juices. It sounds like death.”

Following in the footsteps of Christmas Eve Can Kill You and Wet Work, this month saw my third story of the year go online at Brit-grit stronghold Near To The Knuckle.

Fuck with the wrong people in Paignton, and you may end up getting Used For Glue

USED FOR GLUE Tom Leins

If you enjoy Used For Glue, there is even a sequel available: The Organ Donor.

Massive Bereavement @ Spelk Fiction

“His face is more dented than the needle bin in Parkside toilets. He used to be a big man, but now he seems deflated: a faded heap of blood and tissue.”

I was extremely pleased to have a second story published by top-notch UK flash site Spelk Fiction this week.

Brace yourself for a Massive Bereavement... and remember to pay your respects.

Massive Bereavement

 

Paignton Rust @ Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder

Akashic Books has been one of my favourite publishers ever since my first encounter with their excellent Noir Series. (Las Vegas Noir, I think.)

As such, I am very pleased to be the first UK writer be included in Akashic’s new online-only Mondays Are Murder series. There have been some great stories to date, so make sure you check it out.

Tom Leins: putting Paignton on the literary map – one story at a time.

Here is Paignton Rust.

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