You can now read my new short story Hello! Housekeeping! in The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine! College Man is a college drop out, cleaning rooms in a city hotel for spare change. It’s not too bad a job – he gets to work alone and management are all right. His coasting comes … More Read Hello! Housekeeping! in The Dark City Mystery Magazine
Beaten to a Pulp 2 Fresh Blood Orange by Callum McSorley Queen of Junkyard Dogs Clem hadn’t thought about the junkyard in years. Not since Bobby phoned her up long-distance to tell her Paw was dead. She wasn’t surprised; nobody was. He’d been turning yellow with tobacco and whisky twenty years ago when … More Fresh Blood Orange [Excerpt]
Hallowe’en is upon us, and to celebrate I’m offering you all a treat. The Kindle edition of Beaten to a Pulp! is free for the day. There’ll also be another special announcement so stay tuned! Get Beaten to a Pulp! free here.
Happy to say another of my stories has been picked up! ‘Naoko’ is a prequel to the story ‘Year of the Money Lender’ that appears in my debut collection, Beaten to a Pulp! and details Sato’s life following the great fire (YML was first published by Freedom Fiction back in Feb.) ‘Naoko’ was published by the excellent … More Read ‘Naoko’ on Aether & Ichor
Really excited to announce my debut collection of short stories Beaten to a Pulp! is now available in paperback. You can order a copy from Amazon or CreateSpace for £4.50. Buy here Beaten to a Pulp! A manuscript discovered on a broken hard drive reveals a tale of secret societies, drugs and murder in Victorian … More Beaten to a Pulp! now available in print
It’s been a while since my last post as I’ve been sorting out stuff for the print edition of Beaten to a Pulp! (exciting times) among other things, including getting down to writing some new stories. Today’s author is best-selling Japanese crime writer Natsuo Kirino. Kirino’s first major work, Out (the first of only four … More Pulp! Influences: Natsuo Kirino
Kazuo Ishiguro has recently become one of my favourite authors, and in the last few months I’ve ploughed through most of his back catalogue – starting with his latest novel, The Buried Giant (2015). Ishiguro is a Booker prize winning author, among many other accolades, well-known for his distinct, literary style, a voice you could … More Pulp! Influences: Kazuo Ishiguro
“The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel.” This is one of my favourite opening sentences and comes from, possibly, my favourite sci-fi novel, William Gibson’s Neuromancer. With its release in 1984 Gibson near single-handedly created the cyber-punk genre and many writers and filmmakers have cribbed from it … More Pulp! Influences: William Gibson
My short story Queen of Junkyard Dogs is featured alongside some great pulp crime stories in Dead Guns Press’s latest Hardboiled offering. Excited to finally get a read at it! Sadly this might be DGP’s last anthology, so best get yours hands on it while you still can. Read here.
I’ve decided to write a few short blogs on books and authors that influenced Beaten to a Pulp! starting today with Edgar Allan Poe. “The Great American Hack” – a title to aspire to. Credited as one of the original creators of the Penny Dreadful, pulp fiction, shock tales and gory horror, Poe now holds … More Pulp! Influences: Edgar Allan Poe