Beaten to a Pulp 2: Fresh Blood Orange
Come and meet the Queen of Junkyard Dogs: Clem Astor lives in the desert, the mirage of Vegas on the horizon, where she breeds dogs for fighting. She dreams of the Astor family junkyard where monsters ran, monsters she has brought to life.
Meet Layla, fresh out of cryo stasis at Bar-L detention centre. A child murderer, she has been released back onto the streets of Glasgow after twenty years with a new name and a new face.
Say hello to Gale, a child of Caribbean immigrants and slaves, who does battle for dominance among the Gorbals razor gangs. With her man – the Cut-Throat King – dead, she must decide if it truly is better to reign in hell…
Which brings us to Mateo Báez, condemned to Dante’s Inferno for the Catholic sins of being gay and committing suicide, now escaped to the Purgatory of summer in LA. If he can get justice for newly-murdered Lexie he might just see Paradise.
All this and more! So roll up, get close, and drop the money in the hat!
Dead in Autumn, Buried in Winter
Old Blue Eyes, Madonna, Chewbacca and Frankenstein’s Monster go trick-or-treating in the upmarket part of town. They find a lavish three-storey house lying empty, the keys left in the lock.
They should post them through the letterbox, they should hand them in to a neighbour, they should leave them under the doormat. But they don’t.
It is Hallowe’en after all. The time, if any, to do the wrong thing…
David and Carol Tempest involve their two young children in a spontaneous burglary with consequences farther reaching and more severe than either of them can imagine.
Teenage loner, Cameron, and his infant sister, Alesha, take to the road in their parents’ car, heading anywhere Cameron’s daydreams and nightmares lead them.
Police Constable Warwick fails to keep his breakfast down when he finds a pair of mutilated corpses. Taken under the wing of a zealous senior detective, he has stumbled upon a case where it isn’t only the suspects who have secrets.
Callum’s debut novel is out now in paperback and on Kindle.
Beaten to a Pulp!
A collection of short stories
A manuscript discovered on a broken hard drive reveals a tale of secret societies, drugs and murder in Victorian Glasgow.
In ancient Japan a scarred servant plots to take down a dragon slumlord while in modern Tokyo, gangster Hiroshi is stalked by a seemingly invincible samurai.
Smugglers from an independent Scotland cross Hadrian’s Wall – now a military border – to sell contraband single malt whisky down south, and further in the future a blight leaves the world on the brink of apocalypse.
Beaten to a Pulp! is a collection of short stories that travel widely across location, genre and time, all tied together with distinctive pulp style.
Callum’s debut short story collection is out now on kindle and in paperback.