A body in the basement is about to ruin Ricky’s summer.
“A haunting tale of death, love, and the American Dream on a US town’s mean streets”
– Keith Nixon, author of the bestselling Konstantin series.
“A brilliant read that explores society and all its cracks. Jason Beech expertly balances the nostalgia of childhood adventures with the brutality of life in a very grown-up and dark town. City of Forts deserves to sit equal with the greats as a piece of entertainment and a study of modern life’s struggle”
– Aidan Thorn, author of When the Music’s Over from Number 13 Press.
All thirteen-year-old Ricky Nardilo wants is a fun summer before he and his friends part for school again. But, when he and Liz fall through the floor of an abandoned house and come face to face with a dead man, the hot months become charged with danger.
The City of Forts is the name Ricky and his friends have given a crescent of abandoned homes at the edge of Town. Lying in the shadow of a disused factory it is their refuge from the Town’s rust, its drug dealers, and the Ghost Boys.
It’s not a refuge for long. The dead man has triggered a gangster’s warpath. Tarantula Man wants to know how his man has disappeared. And he wants to use the City of Forts for his own purposes.
Ricky, Liz, Bixby, and Tanais will not give it up without a fight – and maybe with the help of Floyd, Mr Vale and his son, Charlie, they’ll rid themselves of the invaders.
City of Forts is a dark coming of age crime drama where every street and alleyway is loaded with menace.
“Moorlands is a tight, atmospheric crime thriller with a strong sense of melancholy.”
– Paul D. Brazill, author of Cold London Blues, Gumshoe, and Too Many Crooks.
“If you want a collection of crime stories you can really sink your teeth into, look no further than author Jason Beech.”
– Carmen Amato, author of Cliff Diver and Hat Dance.
– Ed James, author of the bestselling Scott Cullen series.
To pay a debt, he needs the ring. To have the ring, he must find his sister. To find his sister, he must dig through the murk of his family and friends’ history.
Small-time crook Larry is in a world of trouble. He has a missing sister, dodgy friends, and money-induced cracks in his family. Sophie is the missing sister, and his step-father wants him to use his criminal skills to find her. Larry’s in debt to a man called Stan, who will bare his teeth at unpaid debt. As time runs out on paying Stan his money, Larry fears his sister is more than avoiding everybody. His nerves are stretched by multiple tensions, from friends’ roving eyes to the consequences of an ill-advised one-night stand. Can Larry escape Stan’s heavy hand – and find Sophie alive?
Set in Brexit-fever Britain, Moorlands is a stomach-churning ride through the nation’s underbelly.
“If you want a collection of crime stories you can really sink your teeth into, look no further than author Jason Beech.” – Carmen Amato, author of Cliff Diver, and Hat Dance.
Take a turn down a dark alley and witness a New York cop seeing murders before they happen. Climb a drainpipe and pad your way across London rooftops to see what a man would do to keep his daughter in the country. Drop down again, to that restaurant where a date goes from bad to worse, to boutique coffee. Boutique coffee? Wouldn’t you run?
14 short stories take you from London to New York, and to the sun-seared hills of Ancient Greece, that will have you dodging bullets, teeth, and fists all the way to the end.
1. Don’t be Late. He has three jobs this day, and his life depends on the last of them.
2. The Date. John and Alison are on the worst date ever. It can’t get any worse. Can it?
3. Brendan and Carl Have Breakfast. There’s Brendan enjoying his full English breakfast, a little doubtful about his next hit, when Carl drops a bombshell, making him switch target.
4. Bring it on Down. A painfully shy boy blossoms. Into a beast.
5. Tripping up. If this job goes well, Brett can look forward to regular rolls of cash in hand. If only he could stop thinking about beautiful, beautiful Annie.
6. The Spartan. Two boys seek glory in ancient Greece. Which one will live?
7. The Thing that Looked at Me. Andy could have got away with romancing the boss’ wife, if only that thing would have stopped looking at him.
8. Tantrum. What’s a girl to do when IT keeps screaming obscenities at her?
9. Dead Batteries. What’s a posh bloke to do when trapped in the ghetto?
10. Secret Mind. Ally thinks she can hear her husband’s voice – inside her head, when he’s not talking.
11. Where’s my Money? Jack seems to owe Harry every single morning. Like the day kept repeating.
12. The Real Man. New to the neighborhood, Jack’s fellow-villagers all seem intent on ignoring him, until he questions his reality.
13. The Tree. Okay, Will had just popped a pill, but did that tree just shout at him? In a cockney accent?
14. Sleep See. Detective Navickas sees murders in his sleep that take place the next day. He’s doing nothing to stop them. His partner Larry suspects him.
In New Jersey, a woman flees from her dead boyfriend’s family – who’d like to feed her to their pigs. In Sheffield, a former pop star is willing to humiliate himself to a crowd of smartphones in the hope of a social media-charged escape from his burger van. In the southwest USA, a father goes too far to protect his daughter. On a stage in northern England a drummer brawls with his egotistical front-man after a threat to ditch him – the talent scout better watch out. A gang member, after the robbery of a Saudi prince on the streets of London, strips the other members of their money in pursuit of a dream which leads to mayhem.
Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 2 is a bloodied fist packed with grit and heart, filled with bad and good souls in often horrific moments – where one bad move means an avalanche of trouble.
THREE HITS OF ZOMBIE PULP FROM SPANKING PULP PRESS
The first in a series of PULP COLLECTIONS. This triple ZOMBIE offering is a dish not to be missed.
#1 THE BLOODY PATH TO NEW MEXICO by JASON BEECH
Lizzy and Frank are seemingly the only two people left in the world after a zombie apocalypse. Lizzy has visions of being the world’s new Eve. The only problem is Frank being its new Adam. He’s big, dumb, doesn’t look after his teeth, and his bloodshot left eye makes her suspect he’s heading for life as one of the undead. She wants to get away from New Jersey to the less populated New Mexico, but Frank has unfinished business. He wants to find Danny, the man who betrayed his gang of armed robbers, even though he knows he’s one of the brain-dead horde.
In the meantime Lizzy deals with her own demons, checking her old home and the sister she locked away years ago. When she suspects there might be another human out there, a woman to rival her status as Eve, Lizzy’s actions lead to an explosive ending.
Paladin noun historical – a warrior that is fully devoted to kindness and ridding the universe of evil Paladins is an apt description for the contributors to this charity anthology. This publication has been put together by a whole community of writers who have each written a story especially for this title. The stories all feature a person, or persons in distress and with someone, the knight-errant coming to their aid. Sounds cosy doesn’t it? Well, did I mention that the contributors write gritty tales and have crazed imaginations? Expect pain. Expect violence. Expect…the unexpected. But most of all, expect great stories, written with heart. This anthology was inspired by a very special lady called Henrietta Furchtenicht who was given six months to live when she was diagnosed with Mulitple Myeloma over four years ago – Henri’s battle continues. All proceeds from this book will be going to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Betty Peppercorn is burning her husband Frank today. Well, she’s burning her property. The corpse she was left with as a reward for loving somebody for better or worse. Frank exists only in her thoughts, anymore.
To her knowledge, Frank had no friends. Betty’s not even sure he existed before they met. It comes as a major surprise, then, when several strange faces appear at the funeral, each of them bringing their own stories of what Frank meant to them.
As the day goes on, it becomes increasingly apparent that Frank was not the man she thought he was.
Thirteen new and established writers collide in this brand new novel-of-stories project from Ryan Bracha, the brains behind Twelve Mad Men, The Switched, and The Dead Man Trilogy. All proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s charities.
On the Web
- Corner Flag – The Flash Fiction Offensive
- Getting Home Late – Shotgun Honey
- Brother – Shotgun Honey
- Scrag – Pulp Metal Magazine
- Pusher – Plots with Guns
- Dirty Night – Pulp Metal Magazine
- If You Want a Job Doing … – Shotgun Honey
- A Damned Agreement – Pulp Metal Magazine
- War – Spelk Fiction
- Fag End – Pulp Metal Magazine
- Loose Words – Spelk Fiction
- Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust – Near to the Knuckle
I edited and re-wrote chunks of Monica Kaushik’s novels, Maya & the Butterfly, published by Raider Publishing, and Warriors of the Darkness, which now has a publisher.