My friend, Jacquie, writes some pretty twisted thrillers (I mean that in a good way). She’s offering her short story, The Yellow Cottage, for free right now.
And do check out her new collection, Predator or Prey. Definite shades of Tales from the Crypt with a touch of O.Henry surprise endings.
Jacquie offers tons of great content on her website, like writing tips and much more. She’s a big supporter of indie writers, and she regularly showcases the ones who catch her eye. You can also sign up for her free newsletter.
I’ve been catching up on my favourite TV series, “Breaking Bad”, and have just watched first two episodes of season 3.
Once again, truly wonderful. But, more than anything else, I have to say how staggered I am by the brilliance of Vince Gilligan’s script writing. His characters are very real, his storyline worryingly plausible, and each episode puts my heart in my mouth with stress. “Breaking Bad” also funny, in a blackly comic way. And what’s more, fantastically surreal – I mean what’s with the Mexicans crawling on the ground in episode 1? And what the hell is going on with that toy eye in the swimming pool. Creepy, very, very creepy.
There are so many great things to say about Gilligan’s scripts. First, they sometimes go out of their way to frustrate expectations, or give you a startling image at the start, and fail to explain it until the end of a series (namely, those Mexicans I mentioned, and the toy bear in the pool in season 1). Second, just when you think things can’t get worse for your favourite characters, they get worse. Much, much worse. Third, the juxtaposition of comedy with dark deeds and edge-of-the-seat thrills, works brilliantly well.
If you haven’t get checked out this series, I highly recommend you do. But don’t drop into the middle. You really need to start at the beginning, otherwise you will have even less of a clue than Gilligan plans for you to have in his puzzlebox scripts.
I’m delighted to let you know that August 2012 is the official the release date for Bone Machines as an audiobook. The CD cover has yet to be created, and the actor not yet chosen, but please check out the promo on the Blackstone Audio website. Better yet, sign up for their free newsletter.
My follow up novel to Bone Machines is called Kali’s Kiss, which will be out soon. Gang crime, ritual murder, witchcraft….what more could you ask for? For publication announcement, and other information, please subscribe to the mailing list.
The edited, revised second edition of Bone Machines, out now in paperback from lulu. £6.50 “MURDER, drugs, conflicted relationships and art. In his first novel John Dodds uses the murky world of Glasgow’s underbelly to explore the true nature of life and what makes humanity tick. The epic film scale style of writing and intriguing ability to jump between character and style mean that John is bound to become one of the next great crime writers” Stornoway Gazette