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Spanking Pulp Press is the brainchild of John Daysh and James A. Newman.
Newman began writing fiction when he came out of rehab. He was addicted to pulp fiction. There was no cure. Before that he played guitar and sang in neu-gazer bands in London. Newman moved to Bangkok in the year 2001 and began writing fiction. He lived in ten dollar hotel rooms and survived on chemical whiskey and raw luck. Newman has published over fifty short stories in various publications all over the world; most recently for Big Pulp Magazine. His novel Bangkok Express appeared in 2010. The sequel Bangkok City was published by Booksmango in 2012. A collection of his short stories Thailand after Dark documents his short story ventures. Other titles include Lizard City his latest pulp horror novella - a free book. His new book Stripper Ripper is set for release later in 2012. His interests include noir fiction, beer Leo, Charles Bukowski, and travelling around on Bangkok busses dreaming about the oncoming apocalypse.
John Daysh is a semi-reformed degenerate who is getting better at blending in. He loves cold beer Chang, marmite on toast, reclining armchairs, doggy-paddle, sneezing fits and languidly stroking his imaginary pet giraffe, George.
on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Cut Out The Middleman
A 4 star Review
Cut out the Middleman is the first novel from the pen of John Daysh. Let’s hope it is not the last.
Set on an island in the south of Thailand Daysh has crafted a gripping tale of sex, drugs, and reggae. One can almost feel the breeze flowing through the palm trees. The island, off the shore of Krabi, becomes an integral player in this finely tuned novel.
The main character, Nick, finds himself in a self-inflicted limbo. A tragic event in his recent past has left him somewhat adrift. Daysh reveals Nick gradually. We don’t always agree with the soon to be thirty something decisions but we understand his motivations. Nick wants one last fling, an adventure, before he returns to London and the realities of the world set in. We all get that.
The adventures take us into the seedy underbelly that certainly exists on these seemingly heavenly holiday retreats. The writer does a fine job of putting the reader right in the middle of the scene. On more than one occasion I found myself urging Nick to extricate himself from a precarious situation. I enjoyed Daysh’s ability to ramp up a moment and then let the reader into a soft landing.
A romance also develops. I was less impressed with this aspect of what is a gritty and often tense novel. Then again, I’m not a fan of love songs. You may be however.
All in all this is a fine effort from what appears to be a first-time novelist. Highly recommended. This reviewer gives Cut out the Middleman ****
(reviewed within a week of purchase)