Coming Soon: Paladins

About the end of February there will be a new anthology put together by Aidan Thorn to honour of the courage of Henrietta Furchtenicht. These gritty stories have one other thing in common: they’re all about people who step up to the fight because they see someone in need. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Myeloma Foundation.

From Henrietta’s foreword:

A few years ago I would have never imagined myself writing these words on the night before Christmas 2015. When my oncologist first diagnosed me with Multiple Myeloma in June of 2012 he only gave me 6 months to live. I was already in the last stage of this rare form of blood cancer that attacks the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. At the time of my diagnosis I had seven broken ribs on my left side. He told me that there was no cure for my type of cancer. We could only treat it to the point of remission with high doses of chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. This is when I was first introduced to Dr. Guido Tricot, the finest oncologist that Belgium has ever produced. He has kept me alive, though at times I thought he was trying to kill me in the process…

Table of Contents

Foreword – Henrietta Furchtenicht
Heir to the Throne – Keith Nixon
Jabs and Uppercuts – Jason Beech
Free Fall – Bill Baber
Strangers in Vegas – Aidan Thorn
Regarding Henri – Darren Sant
Uncle Jim – Ryan Bracha
The Caller – Cal Marcius
Deathsmell – Linda Angel
Pass the Parcel – Robert Cowan
Then Tommy Came Home – Craig Furchtenicht
The Burned Earth – Gareth Spark
Take My Pain – Matt Mattila
Inevitable – Graham Wynd (Kate Laity)
Low and Outside – Christopher Davis
Balancing the Scales – Dave Jaggers
Back in the Day – Gabriel Valjan

My story ‘Inevitable’ is a creepy tale of nuisance neighbours that gets more and more dangerous as the hours pass by and the vengeance escalates. Yes, of course it’s also a Fall song title.

In the coming days I’ll give some more teasers of what’s in store from this great slate of writers, writing from the heart — and kicking you in the gut.

 

Rogue: Gareth Spark

  1. Who’s your Rogue?

Hi. My rogue is John Lee Dixon, a deserter from the US Army hiding in the Underworld of blitzed out and war beaten Britain. After his girl is murdered, he takes on the gangsters and spivs of the East End the only way he knows how, with ol’ fashioned Appalachian retribution and a LOT of bullets.

  1. What crime would you really want to get away with?

I’d like to ramraid the Bestseller list with a novel filled with furious anger…either that or rob a casino…preferably whilst wearing a tuxedo.

  1. What author can’t you do without?

The early Hemingway is kind of a spiritual big brother of mine, and always will be (this is pre-Safari and millionaire lifestyle Hem)…but I’d give up all the Hemingway in the world rather than lose Cormac McCarthy….

  1. What movie best captures the criminal life?

The criminals I’ve known have been more along the lines of Trainspotting than Goodfellas: tracksuit wearing predators, haunting the dole queue and the off licence and, above all, avoiding the dentist. Sexy Beast , however, best approximated the lives of some retired ‘gentlemen’ I knew in Spain, particularly in the opening third of the movie. It was quite authentic.

  1. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

Both probably, depending on who you asked.

Find Gareth on line:

@garethspark1

garethspark.blogspot.co.uk

Buy it at Amazon US or UK.

Out Now: Bonkers in Phoenix

Rogue Bonkers in Phoenix

Get your Rogue on! Yes, the hard-hitting anthology of 22 killer tales is out now from Near to the Knuckle. Watch the trailer and check out the list of names included —

You find yourself on the wrong side of town. It’s late and your only option is to walk down a narrow pitch-black alley. Your heart is pounding. You’re sure that you can hear footsteps, but there’s no one in sight. The sound of soft feet approaching, is getting ever closer. You start to break into a jog. There’s a light at the end of the alley but suddenly a figure steps from the shadows. He is smartly dressed and smiling and yet you have a bad feeling about this. He reaches into his pocket…

Rogue the second anthology from the Near to the Knuckle website brings you a whole host of talent all bringing you their best stories featuring Rogues. This anthology was brought to you by this list of Rogues:
Gareth Spark, Tess Makovesky, Gabriel Valjan, Craig Furchtenicht, Paul Brazill, Richard Godwin, Aidan Thorn, Gary Duncan, Dave Jaggers, Walter Conley, Cal Marcius, T Maxim Simmler, Mark Cooper, Bill Baber, Robert Cowan, Ryan Bracha, Matt Mattila, Graham Wynd, Benedict J Jones, Liam Sweeny, Alan Griffiths and Keith Nixon

Buy it at Amazon US or UK. Listen to the Fall song that inspired my story.

Gloves Off for the Rogues!

Gloves Off FINAL4.0The Rogue anthology will be punching its way into the world very soon, but there’s still time to catch up with Near to the Knuckle’s first anthology of hard-hitting tales, Gloves Off. It’s got some of my favourite writers, so you know there’s quality in those pages. Here’s the scoop:

Gloves Off is a collection of dark stories from the cream of the literary crop. These stories have one thing in common: they will come at you, all guns blazing. There’s a story lurking down every dark alley. Just when your back is turned a plot-twist is ready to attack. The stories in this anthology are mainly crime, but there is also grim humour and the supernatural; dark tales for an adult audience featuring hit men, mobsters, bikers and stalkers. Are you prepared for the bloody scenes within? This anthology was spawned from the dark, talented minds of: Gareth Spark, Richard Godwin, Paul D. Brazill, Aidan Thorn, Pete Sortwell, B.R. Stateham Brian Panowich, Ryan Sayles, Chris Leek, David Barber, Vic Errington, Graham Smith, Walter Conley, Tom Pitts, Allen Miles, Jim Spry, Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw, Mike Monson, Alan Griffiths.

Get it Amazon.com and Amazon.UK