Sunday, 9 November 2014


Writer Beware®: The Blog

Shining a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. Also providing advice for writers, industry news and commentary, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

      Noir Nation
International Crime Fiction

Noir Nation No. 5: Jihad and its Metaphors

Now available on Amazon 

Featuring a host of Kick ass Authors and including my contribution 'Darko'

George Beck -  Deadly Mirage
Bianca Bellova - Stickey Business
Lauren Cahn - Flight From Floor 105
Lindsay Moran -  HUMINT
Deborah Pintonelli - Sequelles
Andrew Scorah - Touched by the Hand of God
A.J.Sidransky - Mother Knows Best
Frank Sonderborg - Darko
Jonathan Sturak - Don't Kill the Camel
Barbie Wilde -    Mr Duggin's Stigmata
The sword, the hood, the crimes that turn the sands of Abraham scarlet, and the weeping pain that circles the world 1,000 times before high noon, may seem to you like the video games you love to play in the dark, the kind played by self-sucking swine drunk on darkness. But look into my blue eyes and their pointy lashes and know my bullets are eternal. They shall sear like burning coal in your lower regions forever… All nine heavens shall laugh at you… I shall laugh at you… and your 72 virgins will be mine.

Noir Nation is the only mystery magazine in the world that joins international crime fiction and tattoos. Its content is often dark, hard-boiled, sometimes creepy, but because it embraces crime fiction in all its forms, readers can also enjoy the occasional humorous story and cozy mystery. Issue No. 5 explores the current conflict in Syria and Iraq from perspectives available only to fiction. It also includes interviews with former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik and exiled Iranian novelist Naïri Nahapétian, classic desert noir from Sax Rohmer, and an early detective story from Arabian Nights.

New fiction and nonfiction by George Beck, Bianca Bellová, Lauren Cahn, Doug Levy, Lindsay Moran, Andrew Scorah, Deborah Pintonelli, A.J. Sidransky, Sax Rohmer, Frank Sonderborg, Jonathan Sturak, Diane Vacca, Eddie Vega, and Barbie Wilde. 
An interesting Video was released on Youtube to advertise the book launch.
Cool, menacing & intriguing was one of the comments and I must agree. 
It is a magnificent piece of work. Check it out on the link below.

Friday, 18 July 2014

 Fahrenheit 451

“The books are to remind us what asses and fool we are. They're Caeser's praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, "Remember, Caeser, thou art mortal." Most of us can't rush around, talking to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don't ask for guarantees. And don't look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

 Interesting article in the Huffington Post

Are There 5 Reasons to Stick With Major Publishers?
No, There Are Zero Reasons

Respectfully, there aren't five reasons to go with New York. Actually, there are zero reasons.
If they can't do a good job with Hillary Clinton's new book, and that release is generally viewed as a flop, why would they do any better with a book written by a mere mortal?

Monday, 7 July 2014

Finally signed a contract for my short story 'Copenhagen Assault.' With Pro Se Productions.
They had been sending me emails about the contract. Which I have never received. But finally, one got through so now its just a matter of editing the piece so the Editor is happy with it. I have no idea when this will be released or what the final name of the anthology will be called.
It started out as a Pulp-alternative edition. But they are running with so many new titles with all sorts of New Pulp and Genre Fiction. That it could easily morph into another form entirely.
But as any Author will tell you, as long as it gets into print I will be very happy.

Anyway looking forward to working with these guys. As they seem to be very passionate about what they do. And what they are doing is producing a great platform for a lot of new writers to cut their teeth on the New Wave Pulp and Genre Fiction that Pro Se Productions is producing. This could be the new Golden Age of Pulp. Who knows:D~

The Exploding Typewriter

Here is an interesting interview with Tommy Hancock covering the start of Pro Se Productions. Worth a listen as these guys are passionate about what they are doing.

In the age of self-publishing when anyone can be a writer and the gatekeepers no longer matter, the question of whether or not publishers are still necessary is often raised. Tommy Hancock, editor-in-chief of Pro Se Productions, returns to the Exploding Typewriter to discuss these very topics. Listen to Tommy as he explains what Pro Se offers its authors, how they put out their books, and whether or not publishers are still viable. Perry and Tommy also discuss the current state of New Pulp, some of the problems it faces, and some of the ways it can expand beyond its current boundaries.


Sunday, 1 June 2014


Andrew Scorah has put together an anthology of fine writers called Shadows & Light. Where all  money from sales will be going to Women's Aid. They are a key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children

I have had a short story called "The Summer of Penny Walsh" accepted for this edition. 
Its the story of youth and summer and a girl. It happened a long time ago. When the summer school holidays where hot and seemed to stretch on forever. I am sure every man and boy has a Penny Walsh story.This is mine.

It always gives me a buzz to be included with some excellent writers and make a noise for a great cause.

Here is the line up of Authors so far for the Charity Anthology:

A Ballard Tale:  
Andrew Scorah

Andrew Vachss

The Battered Wife:
Graham Masterton 

Seumas Gallacher

The Valley of the Shadow:
David Edgerley Gates

Keith Dixon

Williams of the Yard in:                                                       
The Foxborough Case:
Andrew Peters 

The Deaths of Andrea Ford:
David Monk             

Across the River:
Samuel Dickens

The Dare:
Juliet B Madison

The Other Wife:
Absolutely-Kate Pilarcik

The Last Girl on Earth:
K.A Hambly

The Summer of Penny Walsh:
Frank Sonderborg

Finding The Phoenix:
Caitlin O'Connor

Black-Eyed Susan:
Thomas Pluck

The Blues Detective:
The Affair of the Precious Packages:

Andrew Peters

All Mine:
George Beck  

Emily’s Valentine:
Gerry McCullough

Killing in the Name of:
Aidan Thorn 

The Princess The Fox & The Crow:
William Rose

The Scent of Pancakes:
Tina Bausinger 

The Man Behind the Curtain:
Paul D. Brazill

Doreen’s Tomorrows:
Gay Ingram

East Meets West:
Jane Morris

The Visit:
Dana Wright

Heaven’s Scar:
Caitlin O’Connor

Jane Unbound:
Kerry E.B. Black

Marie Bishop  

Almost Christmas:
Rayna L Stiner 

Floorboard Hoofbeats:
Cass McMain

An Irish Story:
Roderick Craig Low

Accounts Payable:
Hector Duarte Jr

The Same Old Story:
Kevin Holton

Little Brother:
Cath Bore

Through Two Unblackened Eyes:
Linda Bonney Olin

Now on sale through Amazon:


Thursday, 16 January 2014

 Story in The Big Adios - Yippee ki-yay

Just had my story "The Kid at the Crossing" accepted by The Big Adios
Now online at the home of great western stories on

About the Big Adios

The Big Adios was a digital magazine for those who dream of the freedom
and uncertainty imbued within the mythology of the American West.
We aim to tell big tales of men who live by their wits
and the cadence of their walk.
Of women who are cunning, smart and willing to endure
what any man has to set before them.
These are stories of spirit more so than
location or time, the American West is timeless as are its stories.
No its all gone to the big wagon train in the Interweb Sky.
But you can still get access to my story via the Wayback Web Archive Machine -

Feed Back:

Kid at the crossing, would like to see more from this author, realistic.

Bruce Harris :
Tense and plenty of action. Nicely done!