It's 1999, and former music journalist Drew, out of rehab, is trying to hold down a soul-sapping day job, and struggling to come to terms with another failed relationship. Reconnecting with a musician friend, Drew is given the chance to relocate to L.A. and a path back into the music industry. But will this move be Drew's last shot at contentment, or will it drag him back into the rock'n'roll heart of darkness?
“Take the expressway to your skull as Ben Vendetta delivers another lysergic slab of subcultural mayhem, oozing with unabashed style and pizazz in Sunset Trip! A tale told thru the rhythm, chronicling life in the peripheries of endearing veteran indie rocker geek, Drew. Set amidst the fallout years of the shoegaze scene (psychedelia’s last gasp) as the original indie epoch bids farewell to the 20th century in a cataclysmic cloud of hedonistic chaos! Will Drew get out alive, or end up behind the cemetery gates pushing up psycho daisies? Vendetta’s magnum opus is realised from the inside looking out, depicting a world now far from view, though still 'too real to feel’.”
— Sam Knee, author of A Scene In Between.
“A tale of outsiders brought together by rock ‘n’ roll and the anxiety of missing your chance in life.”
— Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE
We Know What We Are is the debut short story collection from novelist Russ Litten, author of Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down and Kingdom.
This batch of tense and edgy tales are all centered in and around Hull in the year 2017 and feature a cast of citizens whose lives play out on the furthest edges of the City of Culture spotlight.
Everything you could want from writing can be found in these pages. Here is ecstatic transport, deeply rewarding empathetic adventure, laughter that erupts from the guts and sorrow that shatters the heart. And, around it all, is the revelatory examination of one of Britain's neglected but alluring cities that bears comparison with the work of David Simon or James Kelman. That's how good, and vital, and endlessly fascinating this collection is.
Author of ‘Grits’ and ‘Sheepshagger’
Soulful fiction that comes from the heart, written with imagination and style. Russ Litten is a special talent.
Author of ‘The Football Factory’
Russ Litten is one of Yorkshire’s finest contemporary writers. His voice is loaded with slarter and salt, yet full of compassion and pathos. We do not pity his characters, but feel a sense of empathy towards them, their hard scratch existence is brought to life on the page. This collection reveals the underbelly of Hull, the flipside of City of Culture. It is an essential read for all who are curious about this wild, complex and vibrant city.
Author of ‘Black Teeth And A Brilliant Smile’
You resent these stories because they remind you of it all. The fruitlessness of regular working life, its conditions, its traps. And the existence immediately below that. Despair. These are the final two tiers before the void.
LORD OF THE DEAD
A woman's body has been found on the moors of Northumberland, brutally murdered and dismembered. Northumbria police enlist the help of unconventional psychologist Jon Atherton, a decision complicated by his personal history with lead investigator Detective Sergeant Kate Prejean.
As Christmas approaches and pressure mounts on the force, Prejean and Atherton’s personal lives begin to unravel as they find themselves the focus of media attention, and that of the killer known only as Son Of Geb.
Lord Of The Dead is a gripping, startling piece of modern noir fiction.
THE BAGGAGE CAROUSEL
The Baggage Carousel is a visceral yet humane travelogue of a novel about life's great let-downs; family, work and love. Dan Roberts is destined to go down as one of fiction's great solitary men, equal parts Iain Banks' Frank, Camus' Meursault and Seuss' The Grinch.
'A debut novel that feels written by an author already on top of his game. The Baggage Carousel is by turns funny, disturbing and sad. Rootless, pissed-off and disappointed young men everywhere have a new icon in Dan Roberts."
Nathan O'Hagan, author of 'The World Is (Not) A Cold Dead Place'