Sacred Taboos

“This month’s All Due Respect spends some time in the sleaziest possible environment– a Hollywood movie shoot!  International super-star Nigel Bird breaks one of the most sacred taboos in Hoodwinked.”  Alec Cizak (No Moral Centre)

If you’re sensitive, you shouldn’t go – seriously, otherwise, you’ll find my story is the April edition of the wonderful All Due Respect.

Enjoy the weekend.

SPINETINGLING

http://www.spinetinglermag.com/2011/03/24/2011-spinetingler-award-short-story-on-the-web-nominees/

2011 Spinetingler Award: Best Short Story on the Web nominees are

Times Past by Matthew C. Funk from All Due Respect

Hold You by Steve Weddle from A Twist of Noir

Pillow Talk by Jodi MacArthur from Beat to a Pulp

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson from Mysterical-E

Secretario by Catherynne M. Valente from Weird Tales

Ghostman on Third by Chad Eagleton from The Drowning Machine

Carpaccio By Lily Childs from Thrillers, Killers ‘N’ Chillers

How to Jail by Dennis Tafoya from Crime Factory

Home Invasion by Jen Conley from Thuglit

Beat on the Brat by Nigel Bird from The Drowning Machine

It’s an absolute honour and I should be popping corks.  Instead I’ll have a ginger beer or similar. 

If you have any love for the short story or for crime-fiction, the stories linked to here are a definite must read. 

Enjoy.

 

More Sinned Against

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The first work I read by Dave White was his story in the ‘Terminal Damage’ anthology.  That’s a brilliantly constructed piece about a young man who has lost his grip.  It was so good that I had to get hold of ‘More Sinned Against’ as soon as it came out.

Here I found a very different voice. 

I met Jackson Donne, a Private Detective in the classic mould who has a strong enough profile to make him stand out from the rest.

This is a series of tales that are beautifully self-contained.  There’s enough tension, pathos and character in each one to make them the perfect read for fans of the detective genre. 

It’s extremely satisfying, also, to have complete stories that can be read in one sitting, reminding me of Block’s Hit Man in that respect.  Nourishing tales in manageable bites, it’s just the kind of thing Kindle was invented for.

Jackson (and I feel I know him well enough now to use his first name) is just the kind of man I’d want batting on my team.  A+

And now I’m on to Smokeheads by Edinburgh’s Doug Johnstone and I’m hooked.  Marvellous.

the old dog

Two new reviews this week at Amazon for Dirty Old Town, both of them by writers I admire.

Here goes:

‘Noir With Soul – There is depth, humanity, an ironic sense of humor mimicking real life. His stories reach in and ask questions, where most noir forces the answer without taking the time to build the question. I find this incredibly refreshing and it shows Nigel’s talent. I would love to read a longer work by this writer. For lovers of noir and crime this collection is a must read.’ Jodi MacArthur (Sea Of Imagination)

‘Every story is really well-written and each brings its own charms and surprises. The stories are really varied – touching, menacing, chilling, sad, violent – but what they all have is honesty and immediacy… Really good stuff. I always look forward to one of Nigel’s short stories because I know I’m going to get something fresh and exciting.’ Donna Moore (Old Dogs)

For me, the smiles of the week. 🙂

I’m also delighted to have been sent a review copy of Heath Lowrance’s new novel, The Bastard Hand (out soon from New Pulp Press).

A Twist Of Noir

I’ve just had a story put up by the wonderful Christopher Grant at A Twist Of Noir. It’s called ‘Breakfast TV’ and it’s at:

http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/2011/03/twist-of-noir-667-nigel-bird.html

I’ve also had a piece up at Patti Abbott’s site, Pattinase, in her series ‘Why I Wrote This Story’. That one’s over at:

http://pattinase.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-i-came-to-write-this-story-nigel.html

They’re both there for entertainment, so why not go over and be entertained.

Into Thin Air

Today saw the release of a story of mine called Into Thin Air, an existential romance set in Copenhagen.

The publisher is the American Untreedreads and the price of the story is $1:50.  It’s a bargain when compared to most things, most things other than ebooks that is. 

Hopefully you’ll get around to downloading it yourself one day.

Hopefully.

Interview with the legendary Lawrence Block

Today at my blog, Sea Minor, I’ve posted an interview with one of the few writers who can be seriously thought of as being a living legend.

Lawrence Block has written more great books that I’ve had…I’m not sure I know how to finsh that sentence.  Anyway, he’s written tons of books in the Crime, Detective, Thriller, Noir, Erotic genres.

To see what he has to say, go to Sea Minor or click the link in the side-bar.

I’m only glad that I live long enough to be able to put this one out.

Go see for yourself.

With love from Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising

REVIEW: Nigel Bird’s ‘Dirty Old Town (And Other Stories)’

From the opening story ‘Drinkin Wine’ Nigel Bird’s collection of stories grabs the bull by the horns.

His use of dialogue and pacing is exemplary and his characters live and breathe smut and crime.

Nigel Bird writes with an assured narrative voice that never bores or relents from its insistence on making the characters live and that is the sign of a great storyteller.

He maintains this throughout and the concluding story ‘Silver Street’ is both concise and brilliant.

Here is a sample from the opening story.

Any writer who writes tight narrative like this deserves to be read:

‘It was a red carpet all right. Furry and stained with wine. Wouldn’t have done a thing for me if it hadn’t been for the silver stud. Way it rattled against her teeth made me tighten my thighs.’

He knows what he’s doing and he knows how to deliver it.

I found this collection enjoyable and sharp.

Nigel Bird is edgy and has great tone in his stories.

The last story has the lines which encapsulate his ability to create a neat scar on the edge of velvet:

‘The tip took without problem. If it hadn’t been for the thickness of the scarring, nobody would have noticed anything was amiss.’

He writes with a tight control on his phrasing and characterisation, he is an immensely readable immensely enjoyable writer.

This is crime writing at its best.

It is entertaining and unpretentious.

Nigel Bird brings in menace seamlessly.

Read this collection, it is a crime not to do so.

Sea Minor’s Charity Release

Hi there.

Following a wonderful storline project at my school, the Primary 2P class teachers produced a brilliant retelling of Jack And The Beanstalk with their class.

It made sense to me to celebrate their work by creating an e-book using Sea Minor publishing (a posh way of saying I’d sort it out for them). 

The children had the opportunity of participating in the design of a real cover, collecting the blurb and seeing the potential technology can offer them.  It should also encourage some of the world’s Kindle virgins to lose their e-book cherry and that has to be a good thing.  Most importantly it values their work and allows them to share it with their families.

The class has decided that any money raised should be sent to charity and that’s just what we’ll do.  They’ll decide on Friday about which charity to work with, but it must be a children’s one as they felt very sorry for Jack in his state of poverty.

You can support by buying a copy (donwload the Kindle app first at the link if you don’t have one) at:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-And-The-Giant/dp/B004NNVWIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298454719&sr=8-1

To see more about the work the class did pop over to:
http://edubuzz.org/blogs/sandersonswyndprimary2p/2011/02/22/p2p-take-jack-and-the-beanstalk-to-new-heights/

It’s a short piece of work, but I know you won’t be disappointed by it and at 71p it’s a real bargain. 

Go do.

Over At The Blue House

Review of Dirty Old Town by Nigel Bird (From ‘Over At The Blue House’ by Rob Kitchin)

Until recently I almost exclusively read crime fiction through novels. In the last year or so, as I’ve started to dabble in writing short stories myself, I’ve discovered the short story format, especially flash fiction. And in so doing I’ve found some great writers who mostly specialize in the craft of telling perfectly formed little snippets of life, including Paul Brazill, Patti Abbott, Kieran Shea, John Mantooth and Nigel Bird. So it was great to see that Nigel Bird had collected together nine of his short stories (Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee); Taking a Line for a Walk; Dirty Old Town; Sea Minor; Sisterhood; One Hundred And Ten Per Cent; Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight); Three Little Birds; and Silver Street) and bundled them into Dirty Old Town. Some of the stories have been published in The Reader Magazine, A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, Title Fights, Static Movement and Dark Valentine.

What I like about the stories is twofold. First, how they are told – they’re conversational; like verbal storytelling captured on the page. As a result, they’re very engaging. Second, the humanity in the penning of characters. Bird doesn’t judge his characters – they are who they are: real people living ordinary lives, dealing with the crises that disrupt their hopes and ambitions. Each story is short and sweet, most with a nice wicked twist at the end. The blurb accompanying the collection says that the stories will stay with you for a while. A couple of them have certainly been rattling round my head for a few days. I did have one complaint, however – I wanted more of them! A nice collection and a taster of Bird’s storytelling. Hopefully more is on the way. You can pick up a copy via Amazon (UK or US) or Smashwords. At 71 pence or 99 cent you certainly get your money’s worth!