Song for a Saturday: There is a Light That Never Goes Out

A lovely cover by Sara Lov of a well-known tune by the Smiths; I suspect I probably first heard this via Mr B, so I raise a glass of thanks. Many glasses this week: maybe sorrows just float.

Song for a Saturday: Black Crow

That’s me, always going after every shiny thing…

Okay, actually a rook…

Rogue: The Trailer!

Roll up, roll up!

Craig Douglas and Darren Sant, the lads behind popular crime fiction website Near to the Knuckle, and Ryan Bracha, the best selling author of Strangers are Just Friends you Haven’t Killed Yet and the Dead Man Trilogy, present Rogue, a sprawling anthology featuring twenty two of the finest names in indie fiction, including my ‘Bonkers in Phoenix’. Available from April 22nd. Music – Campag Velocet ‘Ain’t No Funki Tangerine’ taken from the album ‘It’s Beyond Our Control’.

*Warning – Contains flashing imagery*

Ham On Heels by Graham Wynd

My latest surreal bit of noir bizarre —


Tyler Fitzgerald threw himself down at the bar, sweating profusely. “Gimme a whisky.” Seeing the bartender’s scowl he added, “please.”

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Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 2

Featuring me and some other fine writers including host Erik Arneson.

Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast

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Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 2 (S2E4)

This episode of Word Crimes was recorded live at NoirCon 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during a panel called THREE MINUTES OF TERROR.

It features readings by ten authors: Kevin Catalano, Matt Cook, Keith Gilman, Rob Hart, William Hastings, Nik Korpon, Peter Rozovsky, Wallace Stroby, Graham Wynd, and me.

THREE MINUTES OF TERROR was organized and hosted by Joe Samuel Starnes. It was great fun for the readers and audience alike — the fast pace works very well. Enjoy!

This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 is available here.


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Short, Sharp Interview: Graham Wynd

SSI with Mr B!


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I have a story ‘Headless in Bury’ in the new Fox Spirit anthology Missing Monarchs. It sets a PI named Wolf on the trail of the head of a long-dead King, St Edmund. There’s a bunch of great folks in this collection including Jo Thomas, Geraldine Clark Hellary and the always hilarious and blisteringly profane Chloë Yates. I also have a fun little tale about obsession over at Pulp Metal Magazine “30 Versions of Warm Leatherette” which is based on a true story. Well, only so far as my pal Marko gave me 30 versions of “Warm Leatherette” though on CD because he’s old school.

PDB: How did you research this book?

For once, I did: I used some of my medieval background because the story of St Edmund (as in the town of Bury St Edmunds) has him getting captured and…

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FFB: Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

A classic!

K. A. Laity

I know, I know — when you suggest a classic author for FFB a lot of people will roll their eyes. “Forgotten by whom?” but I’d make an argument for Red Harvest very much being out of favour in the traditional canon of crime classics. I admit to not having the love for the Continental Op the first time I read those stories. The Maltese Falcon is just so good and I so adore The Thin Man and the films based on both those books, classics in their own right, too.

And no kidding, there are classic films associated with Red Harvest too — no less than Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars, too. Plus the Coen brothers swiped the title and concept for Blood Simple from the book and while Miller’s Crossing isn’t exactly an adaptation, it pulls a lot from this novel. The Big Lebowski is more…

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Keeping it Peel: Remembering John, a decade on




Today – Saturday 25th October – marks the tenth anniversary of the day we lost John Peel, who, in the days before 6Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube and a myriad of music blogs from the shinily corporate to the shoddily pirate, showed the discerning music enthusiast a planet of sound quite often far removed from that on the daytime airwaves but also one that often was a window onto future popular taste.

Although eclectic radio shows are now another genre on yr TuneIn app, Peel almost invented the concept, with the aim of introducing the curious listener to new artists, bands and genres outside the traditional comfort zone. Similarly, Peel would seemingly be constantly reinventing the content of his shows: discarding prog rock for punk rock, snubbing indie guitars for dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass, irking the purists with his ambivalence towards The Stone Roses and Springsteen and his…

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Chastity Flame: New Print Editions!

Out now in cheap paperback editions! Get ’em all.

K. A. Laity

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Just when you thought Chastity Flame couldn’t get any more gorgeous — well, she does! Look at the shiny new print editions from Tirgearr with those ginchy wrap around covers by the ever fabulous S. L. Johnson AKA The Queen of Everything. So if you’ve been holding out on the ebook revolution (why? oh why?) now you can get Chas’ first three adventures in lovely old-fashioned print.

Will there be more adventures from the sexy secret agent? Ask Lady Fleming 😉

“Step aside, 007, and make room for Chastity Flame. Ms. Flame outwits, out-spies and definitely out-sexes James Bond in this rollicking, witty and exceptionally well-written erotic spy thriller. If you’re a fan of British media, look for the in-jokes. If you’re not, there’s more than enough humor, action and hot sex to satisfy any lover of romantic suspense!” ~ Dana Fredsti

“I was very pleased to find that…

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