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

By Paul D. Brazill 

Today down Brit Grit Alley I have a short, sharp interview with JASON MICHEL.

Q1: What the hell is Totalitarian Drone Groove?

An experiment in an age of CONFORMITY. It is tied to no FORM and DEFECATES on them all. A beautiful catastrophe. A collapsing building in the PSYCHE. A dishonest collection of thought/images; what story it does have makes as little sense as the ever-changing INFORMATIONAL BLITZKRIEG we are subjected to everyday. It is less a labour of LOVE, more a whimsical rant of DISGUST.

Q2: What is the Paranoid Voice?


It is an extension of TDG.
To quote: "Beneath our wheels and padded claws we feel the mysterious rumbling inside this hollow moon and we, at times, turn our gaze down upon you poor BASTARDS hurtling suicidally towards ENSLAVEMENT or WORLD WAR III, seeing the SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS unfold before our very eyes and tinted lenses."

Q3: Is paranoia a form of vanity?

More a form of inverted narcissistic monomania. They're watching ME! ME! ME!
Or is it as William S Burroughs said " ... just having the right information”?

Q4: What’s happening to Old Lurk?

Good question. I've finally done something that I've always wanted to do and written a comic script version of Seraphim Blues. Very happy with it we ( VOICES IN MY HEAD) are too.

Q5: How long have you lived in Paris and has the famed Parisian sense of humour rubbed off on you?

I've been in the Parisian suburbs long enough to realise that Paris is a city in the grip of a full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Arrogance - check.
Inflated and grandiose sense of self-worth - check.
Difficulty is dealing with shame and humiliation - check.
Spitting has replaced the smile. Oh, how they like a laff at a Romanian's burning caravan.

Q6:What’s on the soundtrack of TDG?


Gary Numan was listened to while writing it.
As was The Normal and the exotic sounds of Martin Denny.

Q7: Anything else you think we should know?

Yes. But if I told you, I'd have to kill you.

Cheers Jason!



  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.