Pork Pie Hat: a short Samhain story

Frank Westworth tells a suitably sinister Stoner story to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. As always, JJ Stoner’s unusual adventures as a contract killer contain adult themes and language… The door slipped silently closed behind the last happy customer. She left singing, her departing tune humming on the condensing air, her own take on the last…

Halloween Read: The Liberator

It’s the spookiest day of the year, so settle down for a slice of supernatural noir, night stalkers and silver bullets from the maestro of menace, Paul D Brazill… Weather the storm, they say. Let the dust settle. Bide your time. Wait. But what if that storm never stops raging? What then? Even if you…

First Contract: meet JJ Stoner in a quick Kindle thriller

In ‘First Contract’ we meet JJ Stoner and the Hard Man, central characters from the Killing Sisters series of novels. A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he…

Justice, Inc: savvy, somewhat savage short stabs

This caustic collection of ten satirical stories certainly sticks the knife into some of the less appealing characteristics of modern-day American (and European) social behaviour. Author Dale Bridges deftly employs the time-honoured device of isolating a single theme or talking point, and exaggerating it to extremes in a near-future alternate reality. He’s created a collection…