Saturday, 26 September 2009

Col Bury's Crime Fiction Choice...

Your choice: skip the waffle to see my first set of selections below...

My choice will be a regular feature from now on whereby I'll be pointing you in the direction of some of the top notch short fiction I've enjoyed from around the blogosphere.

There are some cracking writers out there - many as yet undiscovered - and, since August 2008 when I began 'blogging,' I've had the pleasure of becoming friends with many of them (well virtually!).

So I'll be delving into the archives of my favourite Webzines and I make no apologies for some of my selections possibly being horror, supernatural or even Sci-Fi based as many of these genres often blur together. The only criteria is that a crime is committed or, at least threatened, and dark humour is always a winner with me! (For example, if some two-headed monster bites the head off an unsuspecting victim then I'd say that's a crime, wouldn't you? Extreme, but you get the gist.)

Having said that, many of my choices will undoubtedly be straight crime fiction or noir as I love the 'grit' therein. And, obviously, I can't choose any of my own...

'God, you're a harsh task-master, Col.'
'Shut it! This is about other people so wind yer neck in, you egotistical...!
'Okay, okay. I was just wondering whether I could mention some of mine, that's all.'
'Right...do you want me to get me weapon out?'
'Easy, Tiger!'


That sorted, and in no particular order, where better to start than the archives of Thrillers, Killers 'N' Chillers and top American ezine, A Twist Of Noir...

Col Bury's Crime Fiction Choice #1

THIS OLD HOUSE - by Paul Brazill

Col Bury's Crime Fiction Choice #2

THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART - by Gary Dobbs

Col Bury's Crime Fiction Choice #3

CRIME OF THE CENTURY - by Vallon Jackson

Enjoy!

Ps. Watch this space for the next three choices...

7 comments:

Paul Brazill said...

Cheers for that Col! Couple of good uns from Gary and Vallon.

Christopher Grant said...

Glad to see you doing this, too, Col.

Col Bury said...

Paul,
You're more than welcome - it's bloody good story and has the record number of comments on TKnC!

Chris,
It was inevitable really, since I'm always reading them, so why not share the crackers?

Absolutely*Kate said...

Good call, Col ~ You distill vintage so well. I toast your pourings. ~ Absolutely*Kate, fan of noir and of course witty people worth believing in wholeheartedly

Col Bury said...

Thanks, Kate.
Even your comments are poetic!

David Barber said...

Col, great idea mate and 3 great stories to start it.
I am working hard to be on that list one day! (£20 is in the post!)
Keep it up pal!

Col Bury said...

Cheers, Dave.
Money talks!