Brit Grit Alley

Brit Grit Alley features news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.

By Paul D. Brazill

This week at Brit Grit Alley, I have a little chat with cult dark fiction author Richard Godwin.

Richard is the author of the acclaimed crime novels Apostle Rising and Mr Glamour, as well as the dastardly short story collection Piquant, Tales Of The Mustard Man. 

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Author Richard Godwin

PDB: Could you give us the SP on Apostle Rising's immanent eBook publication? 

RG: Black Jackal Books are about to release Apostle Rising as an E Book in the next month. Castle will tackle Black and there are some freebies there. Included are the first four opening chapters of Mr Glamour and an extended Skin Room.

PDB: Rumour has it that very soon, you'll be going all Italian?

RG: Indeed. Lorenzo Mazzoni, famed publisher and founder of Lite Editions, a classy set of books by International authors, has commissioned me to write a Noir story set in London with an element of erotica.

My story The Secret Hour concerns a Lothario of irresistible style and grace who lures a beautiful woman into a life of erotic adventures. It takes place against a backdrop of some of the smartest parts of London, Mayfair, Piccadilly, as the two make love.

Here's a brief synopsis. Paris Tongue is an accomplished seducer. He has a blond fire about him. He can read a woman’s sexual needs as quickly as he used to pick pocket the tourists who frequent Piccadilly with cameras on their shoulders and maps in their eager hands. One day he seduces beautiful Viola.

The Secret Hour is the time when Paris meets his lovers, and allows them to escape from their lives. He makes love to Viola in various locations in London. The wealthy, exclusive districts of Mayfair and Piccadilly form the backdrop to their erotic liaisons, as Viola becomes another woman. But she is married to gangster Max Reger, and he is watching her.

As Twilight falls on Golden Square and Paris makes love to Viola, Max steals into the house where they are sharing their stolen time together. And Paris discovers something about Viola.

Lorenzo is also publishing stories by a range of other writers including yourself and I believe Julia Madeleine and KA Laity. I also have a new Italian agent and hope to see Apostle Rising and Mr. Glamour translated into Italian.

Don't you just love Italy? I'll have the Osso Bucco and a fine Valpolicella.

PDB: Is it true that you’re joining the Mammoths next year in the prestigious  The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime

RG: It is. I'll be alongside you, Nick Quantrill, Ian Ayris and Col Bury with my story, "Last Train". It's a poetic elegy and straight Noir. Two characters try to escape from their lives.

You can find out more about Richard Godwin over at his classy website.

Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8 and he has edited two anthologies - True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste -(Guilty Conscience) and Drunk On The Moon (Dark Valentine Press). His blog is here.