Thursday, 1 September 2011

Brit Grit - Paul D. Brazill

Paul Brazill is very much a mainstay of the crime fiction community - a prolific writer and tireless promoter of other folks' work, you can find him anywhere there's something good going on. His writing has a very distinctive style - it's unflinching in its honesty and full of great dialogue and humour. Humour that's as black as midnight. I'm a big fan of Paul's, so when he brought out a collection of stories recently, I was keen to grab a copy and get stuck in. Here's a bit more about it.

What the publisher says
Brit Grit, Paul D Brazill's first short sharp story collection, casts a bleary eye over Britain's' grubby underbelly in nine hard hitting crime stories. The collection includes Guns Of Brixton, which was chosen for The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 2011.

Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D Brazill has had stories in loads of classy print and electronic magazines and anthologies, such as A Twist Of Noir, Beat To A Pulp, Crime Factory, Dark Valentine, Deadly Treats, Dirty Noir, Needle, Powder Burn Flash, Thrillers, Killers n Chillers, Noir Nation, Pulp Ink, Pulp Pusher, Radgepacket Volumes Four and Five, Shotgun Honey& The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime Volume 8.

He writes for Pulp Metal Magazine and Mean Streets.His blog, You Would Say That, Wouldn't You? is here:

He is the creator of the horror/noir series, Drunk on the Moon, published by Trestle Press.

My two penn'orth

Paul Brazill’s writing is a wonderful mix of gritty urban noir stylings, superb dialogue and wonderful one-liners.

Brit Grit gives you a meaty, informative introduction to the genre followed by nine terrific fast-paced stories populated for the most part by stoned, drunken, thieving losers. The absurdities of everyday life are meat and drink to PDB, and his observations and characters are in turn sad, poignant, greedy, wicked, ridiculous and funny. Very, very funny. This whole collection is shot through with rich, dark humour and it acts as an effective foil to some of the truly terrible acts his characters commit.

This is a dark, powerful and thrilling collection from one of crime fiction’s rising stars. Don’t miss it!

Brit Grit may be found here in the UK and here in the US.


  1. Thanks very much! Glad it tickled you!

  2. It's a corker, Paul - your stuff is always good and this collection's an absolute beaut!

  3. Spot on, Julie. Paul is a legendary writer and a fantastic supporter of the crime fiction community.