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 

British writer Aidan Thorn has released his first collection of short stories, Criminal Thoughts. Inside this collection you'll find 11 hard-boiled tales of revenge, deceit, extortion and murder. Aidan takes you inside the minds of hit men, gangsters, policemen, prisoners and more as they wade through the underworld.

Aidan said,  ‘It was important to me not to just put out a collection of stories without any quality control. I knew a few of the stories were good as they’d been picked up by some top anthologies and eZines in the past, but I wanted to ensure that every story was of a high standard. I asked Darren Sant, who I really respect as a writer and for what he has done with Near to the Knuckle, to check the stories for quality and once it had been past his critical eye I was happy that it was worth putting out. I then asked another great writer and editor, David Barber, to do a full edit of the collection and he’s done a great job.’

The line-up of stories includes some that have been available previously through various publications and sites alongside stories that have never before seen the light of day. But, Aidan, and his editor, David, have revisited every story and so they’re sharper, tighter and better than before.

Since having his first story ‘Fingered’ published in the excellent Radgepacket series from Byker Books in 2012, Aidan has been doing the rounds of the Brit Grit scene. He’s seen his stories published online at Near to the Knuckle, Thrillers, Killers ‘N’ Chillers and Thrills, Kills ‘N’ Chaos, as well as in the Near to the Knuckle Anthology: Gloves Off.

You can buy Criminal Thoughts – A Short StoryCollection here and Aidan can be found on Twitter: @AidanDFThorn or on his website

Darren Sant's latest is Shattered Hearts & BrokenGlass: All Lee wants to do is spend some quality time with his girlfriend and friends before his next army posting, but things never quite go according to plan on the Longcroft Estate. When a new gang, The Headhunters, start causing trouble, Lee and his friends get sucked into an ever-worsening cycle of intimidation, retaliation and violence. 

Published by Byker Books,Darren Sant’s explosive new novella, Shattered Hearts and Broken Glass, is his first set in the dangerous Longcroft Estate. His best selling 'Tales From The Longcroft' (volumes 1 & 2 available) have stirred hearts and minds across the country for their insightful and, at times, humorous look at real issues without a judgemental eye. Sant has created a place where the sense of community is strong but the streets are tough. A place where chancers and dead beats vie for the next opportunity to claw their way to a better life. It could be just down the road from you. Do you dare walk the shadowy alleyways of The Longcroft Estate?

  There'll be more carryings on down Brit Grit Alley very soon, sorta kinda thing, like.

Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton - Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. HE BLOGS HERE.