Submissions Are Now Open…

Col Bury:

Writers… subs open at Thrills, Kills ‘n’ Chaos.

Originally posted on THRILLS, KILLS 'n' CHAOS:

Hi all,

It’s been a while, but it is with great pleasure that I announce Thrills, Kills ‘n’ Chaos is now open for submissions.

Please fully read the SUBMISSIONS page and if your story falls within those parameters then send it over.

With HALLOWEEN fast approaching I would love to see some good old fashioned horror stories, too. Ghost stories, slashers, haunted houses, vampires, werewolves – you get the idea.

Write them, edit as best you can and send them to

Good luck,


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Here is my interview with Matt Hilton

Col Bury:

Matt Hilton’s been a huge source of encouragement and inspiration to many writers and is a top bloke to boot (not literally). Ta for the mentions, mate.

Originally posted on authorsinterviews:


Name Matt Hilton
Age 48 (in body) 21 (in mind)
Where are you from?
I was born in Scotland, but grew up and still live near Carlisle, Cumbria UK
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m one of five brothers, the middle one, and one sister. I’m married and have recently enjoyed my 28th anniversary (my wife Denise told me to write that bit). I live in a small coastal village with Denise and our dog, Spooky, who is a rambunctious 10 months old Samoyed/white German Shepherd cross. I’ve a son Jordon, and we sadly lost our daughter Megan a few years ago. These days family is everything to me: I’ve learned the important things to me and now concentrate on them. I spent a large proportion of my adult life in the security industry and the police force, but have always been a writer…

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Here is my interview with Graham Smith

Col Bury:

Reviewer-turned-writer and all-round good egg, Graham Smith on writing and his forthcoming debut novel, Snatched from Home…

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Name – Graham Smith
Age – 42
Where are you from – Gretna Green
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – I’m married to Helen and we have a nine year-old son Daniel. My day job is General Manager of my parent’s hotel and wedding venue, The Mill Forge.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Earlier this year I managed to secure a publishing contract with Caffeine Nights Publishing for my debut novel, Snatched From Home will be released as a paperback and eBook on the 19th of March 2015

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing around four years ago. After spending thirty plus years as a reader and a couple of years as a reviewer for I felt that I was ready to try my hand at writing something myself.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself…

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Col Bury Is Down Brit Grit Alley

Col Bury:

Cheers for the invite Paul. If my post encourages one person to persevere instead of quitting then job done. ;-)

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

DRUNK ON THE MOON AT COL BURY'S NEW GAFF.Col Bury is my latest guest columnist over at Out Of The Gutter Online’s Brit Grit Alley, where he talks about the long and winding road that led to his recent contract with Caffeine Nights Publishing.

Check it out!

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At Last! CAFFEINE NIGHTS will be publishing my crime novel…

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Recommended Read: Noir City by Richard Godwin

Col Bury:

Godwin’s dark psychological fiction is some of the best around….

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

noir cityIn Noir City, Richard Godwin unflinchingly and masterfully digs beneath the surface of London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Dusseldorf, and the cities’ recalcitrant denizens, as he follows the trail of sociopathic gigolo Paris Tongue deeper and deeper into the darkness.

Beautiful prose and a claustrophobic sense of dread make Richard Godwin’s Noir City  a lyrical hybrid of noir,erotica,crime fiction and psychological drama worthy of Hitchcock or Argento.

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Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey

Col Bury:

Proud to call Howard a mate and so chuffed for him on his Penguin deal…

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

PDB: Congratulations on the deal with Penguin. How did that come about?

HL: Thanks. I’d been working on a new book with some different characters and my agent, Phil Patterson at Marjacq, sent it out to publishers.

One of the first to read it was Emad Akhtar at Penguin Random House and, luckily for me, he really liked it. They completed the deal during the London Book Fair,which was very exciting, as Phil kept calling me from the stand there to update me and I could hear the buzz of the fair in the background. It took a little while to sink in though.
Like every author, I’d dreamed of a big publisher buying my books one day. I am obviously absolutely thrilled to be moving to Penguin. They are the most iconic name in publishing so I feel really honoured to be working with them.

PDB: How do…

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AJ Hayes Writing Contest at Noir @ the Bar L.A.

Col Bury:

A fitting tribute to the great, late Bill ‘AJ’ Hayes…

Originally posted on Ashedit:

The essence and style of AJ Hayes was very evident last night as crime writers and readers hoisted toasts at the bar, read excerpts of his work, and celebrated the winners of the first annual crime writing contest named after him. It was an event within an event, hosted by Noir at the Bar L.A. and held at the Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles. First, the Hat…

To the side of the stage, a battered chair sat with a brown fedora on the seat. This was the designated place of honor for AJ's hat.

To the side of the stage, a battered chair sat with a brown fedora on the seat. This was the designated place of honor for AJ’s hat. Just a few seats away, in the front row, sat Thury Hayes, AJ’s beautiful wife, anxiously waiting to hear the names of the winners.

Thury & Nestle

Eric Beetner(L) announced the talented recipients of cash prizes made possible by the excellent promotion and publicity of Steve Weddle and the Do Some Damage crew.

Angel Luis 
1st Place: Angel Luis Colon…

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Out Now! The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 11

Col Bury:

Honoured to be in great company for the third year running…

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

mammoth 11Edited by the legendary MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI and includes my Warsaw set noir yarn RED ESPERANTO. (If you enjoy that BTW, pick up A CASE OF NOIR to see what happens next!) This is my third time in a MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH CRIME so a big thanks to MAXIM!

Here’s the blurb:

This superb annual anthology of the year’s most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK is now well into its second decade. Jakubowski has succeeded, once again, in unearthing the best short crime stories of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish authors (along with a handful of US writers living in the UK, and some expatriate Brits). With this collection he showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of…

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R I P Colin Graham

Col Bury:

A lovely tribute from Paul Brazill for an all round good guy and talented writer, Colin Graham… R.I.P.

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

Just yesterday, I found out by accident – via his Facebook page- that my friend Colin Graham had died suddenly. Tocolin g say it was a shock is an understatement. I knew Colin when I lived in Warsaw and a many a good drinking session and chinwags with him. At the time he was doing a lot of journalism, especially for New Warsaw Express, which became New Poland Express.

The last time time I saw him was about seven years ago when he visited me here in Bydgoszcz and we went to the speedway together, he was writing an article about the rivalry between Bydgoszcz and Torun speedway fans. We had regular contact after that via Skype, SMS and Facebook.The last contact I had with him was regarding the forthcoming charity anthology that I’m editing, Exiles – An Outsider Anthology.Colin had kindly donated a piece to this collection as…

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