Sloppy Operator @ The Flash Fiction Offensive

“Her real name is Carol Cummings, but she prefers to be called Khandi Kane. She likes to tell people she works as a glamour model, but as far as I know she only ever made one topless calendar—for a local petrol station. She is better known as ‘Snow White,’ after she fucked a couple of midgets while shooting a video for a smut-freak called Caruso back in the ‘90s. She was supposed to fuck all seven but the others were too drunk and sat around in the background, wanking and smoking noxious-looking cigarettes.”

Last month I had a brand new Paignton Noir story featured online at the Flash Fiction Offensive: Sloppy Operator, Big thanks to editorial tag-team Rob Pierce and Hector Duarte Jr. for running the story!

I’ve had a whole bunch of stories online at the F.F.O. since making my debut on the old website way back in August 2009 with Triggerman, and it is always a real pleasure to be featured on the site.

Interview @ Col’s Criminal Library

Earlier this month tireless UK book blogger Colman Keane invited me to take part in a Q&A at his excellent Col’s Criminal Library blog. Among other things, we discussed my new novelette Skull Meat, 10 years of Paignton Noir and my haphazard creative process. Thanks to Col for putting me through my paces!

And, in case you missed it, here is a link to Col’s top-notch review of Skull Meat.

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.

Amazon UK link

Amazon US link

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.

Clawfist @ Spelk Fiction

Gordon Guthrie is wearing a signet ring bearing his dead wife’s initials.

The fingers of his clawfist — his left hand — are cracked and withered, and he twists the ring idly with the fingers of his right. He stares out of the boxy TV set at me with bloodshot eyes.

“If you are watching this video, it means I am dead.”

At the end of March I had a brand new Paignton Noir story published by the always-entertaining UK flash fiction site, Spelk. Thanks to editor Gary Duncan for having me back on the site for a 9th time!

Check out Clawfist.

Waiting To Be Forgotten Out Now

This month saw the publication of Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements, edited by British crime writer Jay Stringer, and published by US-based Gutter Books.

I am delighted to confirm that my story Nightclub Jitters is included in the anthology. It’s a brutal slab of Paignton Noir – a private eye story about reputation, legacy, sex, alcohol and violence.

It is a cracking collection, and the impeccable list of contributors (see below) tells you everything you need to know about the level of quality on offer.

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Waiting To Be Forgotten – The Tracklisting:

  1. Customer – S. W. Lauden

2. I’m In Trouble – Hailey Ardell

3. God Damn Job – Ed Kurtz

4. Run It – Rick Ollerman

5. Within Your Reach – Alex Segura

6. If Only You Were Lonely – Gorman Bechard

7. Androgynous – David Accampo

8. I Will Dare – Jay Stringer

9. Unsatisfied – William Boyle

10. Gary’s Got A Boner – Johnny Shaw

11. Hold My Life – Jen Conley

12. Kiss Me On The Bus – Angel Luis Colon

13. Bastards Of Young – Josh Flanagan

14. Left Of The Dial – Eric Beetner

15. Here Comes A Regular – Mike McCrary

16. I.O.U. – Rory Costello

17. Alex Chilton – Franz Nicolay

18. Nightclub Jitters – Tom Leins

19. The Ledge – Josh Stallings

20. Election Day – Erik Arneson

21. Achin’ To Be – Kristi Belcamino

22. I’ll Be You – Manuel Royal

23. Darlin’ One – Eyre Price

24. Out Of Shape – Jerry Bloomfield

25. The Last – Liam Sweeny

Buy Waiting To Be Forgotten!