On the west side of Toronto there’s a little town of about 600,000 called Mississauga. That’s where Julia Madeleine lives and works and writes nasty little tales of mayhem and suspense. She’s also a tattoo artist and runs a shop with her husband. You can check out her artwork at www.malefictattoos.com.
B.R. writes like a shadowy back alley. He nails his words to the page with a sledgehammer. & as for Smitty, well, Smitty damn well smoulders in his stories. Dark eyes & an even darker heart. If your stairs creak at night just hope it ain’t Smitty.
P D B recently chewed the literary fat with him.
PDB: Your character Smitty has really captured people’s dark imagination. How did he come about?
For those of you who have been long time Pulp Metal & online crime/horror addicts, Richard Godwin will need absolutely no introduction. His short stories are filled with suspense, humour, grotesque violence &a superlative sense of eloquence. His series for PMM, Pony Trip & his Mustard Man one-offs, have drawn praise from all quarters.
Allan Guthrie’s novel SLAMMER is one of my favourite books and he’s recently released a couple of cracking eBooks too.
Allan was decent enough to answer some of my daft questions recently so ‘Hey Ho, Lets Go!’
PDB: Congratulations on Bye Bye Baby getting into the Kindle Crime Top Ten and Killing Mum getting into the Kindle Thriller Top Twenty. Is this the end of ‘proper’ books for you?
AG: Thanks! Ebooks represent a terrific opportunity for us ‘mid-list’ writers, no question. But I think it’s a mistake to look at it as an either/or proposition. I’d like to be greedy and have both! I’ve been lucky enough to have managed that with both the books you’ve mentioned, KILLING MUM having come out in paperback in June ’09, and BYE BYE BABY due out in 2013.
PDB: Bye Bye Baby is an adaptation of a short story of the same name. How did that work out?
Scottish crime writer Tony Black has written four cracking novels featuring the wonderfully stroppy journalist -turned -Private Eye Gus Dury. In his latest novel, TRUTH LIES BLEEDING, however, Black has taken a rest from Dury. The protagonist is Detective Inspector Rob Brennan.
Lynn Alexander is an indomitable force in the Underground Literature Scene. She is described by the Literary Underground Wiki as “an American writer, artist, poet, and independent producer of publications and web content” but she is so much more than this. She is a defiantly independent individual who, amazingly in this day & age of apathy, actually retains a spark of the Radical Press. She produces one of the best fiction & poetry ‘zines out there – the mightyFULL OF CROW , which was an inspiration for the ‘zine that you’re reading now, as well as being a regular contributor to the non-fiction political opinion ‘zine ON THE WING.
There is a gypsy goddess from the dark side of the moon living in Texas under the guise of Melanie Browne. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her for Pulp Metal Magazine. She is well known for her strong, quirky flash and abstract poetry, what you don’t know is she is a former sculptor, art teacher, and most recently chooses to express herself through dance. She is editor and creator of the nostalgic and bizarreThe Literary Burlesque, and has authored a poetry book called Heaven Is a Giant Pawn Shop. Links to her works are provided below.