Guest Blog: Something outside the norm by Matt Hilton

Col Bury:

Prolific writer Matt Hilton on his exciting new book, inspired by the tragic loss of his daughter, Megan.

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

Preternatural I’ve just self-published a novel to eBook called Preternatural . Nothing uncommon or unusual there, because it’s neither my first published book, nor my first self-published effort, except that it comes with a long story of more than eight years and a few ups and downs.

Back in 2005/2006 I was hard at work on a novel about a British vigilante who sets off to America in search of his wayward brother who has fallen into the sights of a serial killer.  It was called ‘Jubal’s Hollow’ and featured a character called Evan Hive and his sidekick, Rink. Some of you familiar with my work will recognise certain elements of that description, and you’d be right in assuming that a few years later it would be published under the title of ‘Dead Men’s Dust’ and the first Joe Hunter thriller to hit the stands. But here’s…

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Halloween Special – Heartbreaker by Chris Allinotte

Col Bury:

Halloween shorts, over at Thrills, Kills ‘n’ Chaos…

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Melinda walks away again. She’s crying, again. Bile gnaws at my gut. The floor is saturated with her blood. It’s deep enough that it splashes a little under her feet.

In an amazing trick of the acoustics in here that I can hear each individual footstep despite the too-loud music coming through the walls. The neighbours are playing Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” on repeat, and it always skips just as the song gets to the climax. Over and over Pat sings “Fire Awe-weh-weh-weh-weh.” Eventually the song starts over.

As soon as the door closes behind Melinda, the phone rings. I let it. It’s George. It’s always George.

Without picking up I go into the kitchen and open the fridge. Maybe this time will be different. I wonder for the hundredth time how long I was away. There’s no way to tell except for the puff of…

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Crime writer, Paul D. Brazill, is in the booth with his latest books: Guns of Brixton & Gumshoe

Col Bury:

Brazill on top form as ever…

Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:

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Can you tell me about your new book?

Well, I’ve got two out at the moment. Byker Books have published Guns Of Brixton as part of their Best Of British series. It’s a knockabout, foul-mouthed and violent gangster yarn.

Pulp Metal Fiction have just published Gumshoe, a blackly comic story of a middle aged divorcee living in a run-down English seaside town who decides to become a private eye.

What sparked the original idea?

For GOB – as I like to call it – I wanted to write a fun tale with a colourful cast of characters. Like an Ealing Comedy but with more swearing.

With Gumshoe it was the Stephen Frears film Gumshoe – about a bingo caller obsessed with Bogart – and Mike Hodges’ Pulp. Plus a big slice of Tony Hancock and Billy Liar. It may be grim up north but you can make the mundane magical.

What research, if…

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In the Booth with Ruth – Howard Linskey, Author

Col Bury:

Top Brit Grit crime author and all round nice bloke, Howard’s great company too. Ps. Mine’s a pint of John Smith’s, mate! ;-)

Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:

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What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?

I started writing years ago for a very popular Newcastle United fanzine ‘The Mag’. That was the first time I saw my name in print and it gave me the confidence to go on and become a journalist working for regional newspapers. I’ve written all sorts of things over the years, for websites, magazines and newspapers but I was also writing fiction as well. Like most writers, I got plenty of rejection letters but they were nice ones. They usually told me my stuff was good and that was enough to keep me going. Obviously I read books but I think I am even more inspired by films if I’m honest. My first book ‘The Drop’ has been compared to ‘The Long Good Friday’ and ‘Get Carter’, which I am pretty chuffed about, as I love both…

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Top Tips: Recommended Reads. June 2013

Col Bury:

Always knew that boy Brazill had great tastes! ;-)

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1 lost summerRichard Godwin – One Lost Summer

Richard Godwin’s masterful One Lost Summer is a sweltering, intense noir set amongst London’s rich and powerful.  A claustrophobic, psychological study of obsession and loss, voyeurism and sex, with echoes of Simenon, Highsmith and Hitchcock.

Col Bury – The Cops Of Manchester

Another hard-hitting and realistic collection of flash fiction and short, sharp stories from Col Bury. The standouts are the grittiest – ‘A Public Service’ and the fantastic vigilante tale ‘Mopping Up.’ More from The Hoodie Hunter please?

Noir Nation: International Journal Of Crime Fiction 2

I was lucky to have a story – Who killed Skippy? – in the first issue of Eddie Vega’s Noir Nation. The second issue is another classy mix of great visuals, non-fiction and short stories. Cort McMeel‘s interview with Madison Smart Bell is fascinating and the short stories from Ray Banks, Court Merrigan and Andrew…

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Out Soon! Soul Destruction: Unforgivable by Ruth Jacobs

Col Bury:

I’ll be reading this. Ruth does a lot of selfless work for charity…

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

SD-front border-1Soul Destruction: Unforgivable by Ruth Jacobs is released 29 April 2013. Available worldwide from all major online retailers in paperback and e-book. Pre-orders are available direct from Caffeine Nights

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable

Enter the bleak existence of a call girl haunted by the atrocities of her childhood. In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard is a drug addict with a heroin habit and crack psychosis. Her desirability as a top London call girl is waning.

When her client dies in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel, Shelley’s complex double-life is blasted deeper into chaos. In her psychotic state, the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Amidst her few friends, and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies.

During this tumultuous time, she is presented with an opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. But…

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In the Booth with Ruth – Col Bury

Col Bury:

Thanks for having me ‘in the booth’ Ruth!

Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:

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What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?

I was always pritty good at England at school innit!

Seriously, as a spotty teen, I used to meet up with fellow Mancunian writer and school-pal, David Barber, and we’d chat about the books we’d read and writers we admired (while I beat him at pool). It was mainly horror, back then; namely, the late great James Herbert, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. But then I read a novel called Switch by William Bayer that I’d picked up in a second-hand book stall up town for 50p (two murder victims’ heads were ‘switched’ to confuse the cops). This, er, turned my head to crime fiction.

Dave and I used to swap each other’s latest attempts at amateurish short stories and offer feedback, but we didn’t know what we were doing really. We went our separate ways, though…

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Col Bury:

David Gaughran, a man with his finger on the pulse of digital publishing, unravels Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads….

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ammygrThe doom-mongers have been running wild on Twitter with the news that Amazon is to acquire Goodreads. Much of that nonsense is typical (hysterical) Amazon bashing, or reflexive defense of the status quo.

I’m not going to deal with the Chicken Little stuff. I have less and less patience with people who claim that Amazon has or is striving for some kind of evil monopoly that will subjugate authors and readers when all the evidence to date is that they will treat authors better than any publisher and provide readers with cheaper books, a bigger selection, and a better customer experience than any other retailer.

There are some more reasonable fears about what this purchase entails. I would like to deal with these in turn, then discuss how I think this acquisition will be beneficial to writers – particularly self-publishers. I respect the fact that this is a hot-button…

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Col Bury:

Times are certainly changing…

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Amazon Publishing said in a letter to literary agents Monday that it will start paying its authors royalties on a monthly basis, up from every three months.

“In this digital age, we don’t see why authors should have to wait six months to be paid,” Amazon’s VP of publishing Jeff Belle wrote in the letter. “Beginning with our March payment cycle, we will move to paying our authors on a monthly basis. More specifically: each month’s royalties will be released within 60 days of the end of that month, every month.  For example, royalties for sales in January will be released by March 31, royalties for sales in February will be released by April 30, etc.”

Most publishing houses pay royalties twice a year. Authors who self-publish through Amazon’s KDP and Createspace lready receive monthly royalties.

Belle also wrote that “Based on sales in February, Amazon Publishing now ranks as…

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New eBook – THE COPS OF MANCHESTER – out now!

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