Paul D. Brazill
Near to the Knuckle/Close to the Bone
Werewolves, vampires and other creatures of the night prowl the neon and blood soaked streets in this sharp short story collection that places the supernatural in a hardboiled noir world.
Honestly, I probably have read most of the stories in here before — hell, I probably own them in other collections, but I always grab the latest from Mr B just in case there’s anything I missed. I didn’t even know how much I missed Roman Dalton, his werewolf detective, until I started reading through the stories again. Netflix ought to swoop in and bag those stories for a new series.
There’s a mix of other protagonists here, too — a variety of one-offs like ‘The Liberator’ that nonetheless fit in the same dark demonised streets that Roman roams. Like Lenny said, you want it darker? Then this is your world. Howl at the moon and watch your back.
He’s even got a playlist for the book!
I was lucky enough to get a story in the new edition of Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Of course I turned to the original crooner of ‘Drunk on the Moon’ for inspiration and chose a tune from One from the Heart, an unjustly overlooked disc from Waits and the crystal-voiced Crystal Gayle.
‘Broken Bicycles’ takes a look at the collateral damage of crime in The City and how desperation drives people to try mad ways out of apparent hopelessness — even if your only role models come from comic books. Check out the whole collection for more adventures with the werewolf P.I. Great stories and the price is right.
Yes, you can get the brand-spanking-new edition of Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology for FREE! Thanks to Mr Brit Grit himself, Paul D Brazill, who created the werewolf detective and the crazy City he prowls. Take a gander at the contents:
Drunk On The Moon by Paul D Brazill
The Darke Affair by Allan Leverone
It’s a Curse by K A Laity
Insatiable by B R Stateham
Fear the Night by Julia Madeleine
Back to Nature by Jason Michel
Getting High on Daisy by Richard Godwin
Silver Tears by John Donald Carlucci
A Fire in the Blood by Katherine Tomlinson
Broken Bicycles by Graham Wynd
Yep, that’s right, I’ve got a story in this new edition where I get to take Mr B’s world for a little spin. You can make out like Ton Ton Philippe and snatch it up for free but you better act fast. Click the cover above to buy or just here.
The hits just keep on coming — out now and FREE for 48 hours, more adventures from your favourite werewolf PI: The Neon Boneyard.
‘In the neon-soaked, blood-spattered hell-hole they call The City, Roman Dalton struggles to fight the forces of darkness, even when he becomes a creature of the night. Werewolves, vampires, zombies: they’re all just amateurs when it come to the real menace who haunts the streets. Let Brazill take you on a grim dark journey to hell and back. Bring lots of whisky: it’s a rough ride.’ K A Laity, author of White Rabbit.
The Neon Moon
A Roman Dalton Anthology
Ed. Paul D. Brazill
Another fistful of fun from Blackwitch Press. A bunch of terrific writers run away with Paul D. Brazill‘s werewolf detective Roman Dalton and the dark madness of The City. Matt Hilton brings ‘Booze and Ooze’ while Vincent Zandri takes on ‘Full Moonlight’. ‘Chances Are’ you’ll enjoy Carrie Clevenger’s fresh take on the old cop tale. Ponzi schemes from JJ Toner, darkness from Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw and wild times from Chris Rhatigan, Ben Sobieck and Ben Lelièvre. The lad himself rounds out the collection with ‘The Brain Salad Murders.’ Spend a night with the werewolf detective and you’ll never be the same again — and who’d want to be?
Today’s Rogue is Mr B, the godfather of Brit Grit, Paul D. Brazill: readers of this blog will already be familiar with the mastermind behind Roman Dalton, Gumshoe and of course Exiles. It won’t surprise anyone that he’s a Rogue, too…
Who’s your Rogue?
Diggsy in ‘Route 66 And All That’ is a small-town postman who occasionally dips his toes into the dirty and shallow waters of small-time crime.
What crime would you really want to get away with?
I’ve always thought that ‘crimes against humanity’ would sound impressive on a rap sheet. Better to be hung for a herd of sheep etc
What author can’t you do without?
Askey. Sorry, what was that, I’m a bit mutton …
What movie best captures the criminal life?
Wild Bill: Former tough guy Bill returns home to his dreary flat in a London tower block, after 11 years in the nick, only to find out that his wife has done a runner to Spain, leaving their two young sons to fend for themselves. Writer Danny King, director Dexter Fletcher and a collection of great performances turn what could have been merely grim social realism into a splendid, funny and moving film.
Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?
A criminally minded dreamer.
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