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Monthly Archives: February 2017


 My girl Ruthie is a like tiny, complex timepiece. I don’t understand her inner workings, and she isn’t one for great displays of warmth or emotion, but she’s relentlessly active and coolly delicate; I can hold her in my hands, I can rely on her precision, there’s a quiet beauty to her form, and I know there are jewels deep inside the mechanism.

I don’t write about her much, she’s sort of unknowable, but she was in this story:

I hate it when they haven’t been shaved.


Bill Paxton died yesterday. He was my favourite 80s character actor: Chet in Weird Science, Hudson in Aliens and Severin in Near Dark.

No one could better combine sneering arrogance mixed with freaked-out panic.

RIP Bill.





Found this too. Reading it makes me sad, cos I never did tell him. Never did thank him either. But he knew.

old man


Found this on my old blog:





You can’t see from light into dark. You can’t plot a course. You just have to feel your way  through.

Dealer No. 1 – free download

Drugs, dreams and dead-end families in the City of Culture 2021.

Free kindle download 22-26 February. Click image for link.

Urban Pastoral – free download

Sex, random conversations and ultra-violence. A literary punch in the throat.

Free download 22-26 February. Click image for link.

The Heaven Field – free download

St. Claire has given up the dealing and the one-night stands; he’s renounced violence, dropped out of sight and moved up the coast. He’s living like a hermit, trying to be a good man again.

Kaska lives in a hope-free, dead-end town where the only growth industries are teenage pregnancy and low-level street disorder; she’s sixteen, a gifted artist and she’s dying by inches. She’s desperate to break free.

But as both St. Claire and Kaska discover, life gets in the way of the best-laid escape plans.

The Heaven Field: free Kindle download 21-25 February.

Click image for link.