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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 

A quick news roundup down Brit Grit Alley:

Brit Grit superstar Luca Veste has signed up with big cheese publishers Simon & Schuster. He says:

‘I’ve been sitting on this news for a few weeks now, which has been incredibly difficult. I’m not great with keeping good things to myself, so I’ve had to be extra careful lately that I didn’t let it slip. Now though, all is official and I can talk about this news for a while!

The Dying Place, which is book two in the Murphy and Rossi series will be released in December from Avon/HarperCollins, but from next year (2015), the series will be moving to Simon and Schuster! Incredibly excited and honoured to be amongst such a stellar line-up they have there, and can’t wait to get started. Work on Book Three – which doesn’t even have a working title yet – has begun and will be out sometime in 2015.’

Ryan Bracha has put together a very tasty trailer for his 12 Mad Men anthology which includes stories from Richard Godwin, Les Edgerton, Darren Sant, Keith Nixon and me.

Shadows & Light is a forthcoming charity anthology edited by thriller writer Andrew Scorah, to benefit the Domestic Violence organisation Women's Aid. Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence. Contributors include Andrew Vachss, Cath Bore, Aidan Thorn, Graham Masterton and Thomas Pluck.

Hartlepool horror writer Andrew Bell has some tasty news:

A short story of mine has been accepted for the DEAD HARVEST dark tales anthology by Scarlet Galleon Publications. It's being released 22nd September this year. It's really big for me as I'm amongst Bram Stoker award winners on the table of contents!’

Congrats to Andrew!

Gerry McCullough is interviewed by Christoph Fischer.

I interviewed Martin Garrity about the new Solarcidal Tendencies anthology.

Renato Bratkovic interviews writer and musician Nick Sweeney.

SJI Holliday signs to Black & White Publishing.

The Bookseller said:

‘Black & White Publishing has signed a psychological thriller by debut crime novelist S J I Holliday.

Campbell Brown, c.e.o. of Black & White Publishing, acquired world English rights in the novel, titled Black Wood, from Philip Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.

Black Wood is set in Banktoun, a fictional small town south of Edinburgh: a quiet, close-knit community where gossip and rumours abound, and terrible deeds are quietly swept under the carpet, such as what happened all those years ago in the woods. It is described as an atmospheric novel of past secrets, broken friendship and tainted love that builds to a murderous climax.

Holliday said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have found the perfect home for Black Wood. The team at Black & White have just 'got' exactly what I was trying to do with the novel, the characters, the setting – the things that make it a little different. It's a dark book but with some lighter elements - just like the town it's based on.”

She added: “I plan to write others set in Banktoun, but not so many that it turns into Midsomer..."

Black & White Publishing will publish Black Wood in spring 2015.’

The bestselling Byker Books eBook, Shit Happens, by Eileen Wharton is out now in paperback.

Drive by Mark West is out soon!

The Brittle Birds by Antony Cowin is out now!

And Graham Smith's debut crime novel will be published by the splendid  Caffeine Nights Publishing.

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

Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, 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. His blog is here.