Tom Laimer-Read


Tom Laimer-Read is a writer who wants to make writing exciting. Tom went to various state schools in Norwich in various states of consciousness, where he enjoyed reading and not being at school. He was in a few bands that were fun, but didn't get much attention from the national press as they don't tend to report from local rugby clubs and village halls. In the late 1990s Tom headed to Manchester University to study English with a burgeoning love of The Smiths, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Joy Division, Inspiral Carpets, The Fall and Buzzcocks, certain that Manchester would be a hotbed of new musical mavericks and a place where more fantastic, original music would emerge. He was wrong. That year the Hacienda closed down, the pills, thrills and bellyaches dried up and the 24 hour party was over, never to be reignited during his ten years there, unlike the large I.R.A. bomb that did ignite and tore through the heart of the city causing widespread damage to it and the psyche of the people (who were already damaged enough) the summer before he arrived.

Tom studied comic books, Dada and the contents of his navel, and was also in a few more unsuccessful bands, but became disillusioned with the stagnant music scene, taking up the mic in comedy clubs instead. He encountered many strange creatures declaring themselves to be comedians, and participated in a murky arena where lurked some extremely unusual, unsavoury individuals, moreso than any punk rock set-up could contain.

After a while, this also got a bit samey, since the big clubs supported the more boring acts, so Tom went back to music, hooking up with fellow disaffected comedians Steve G., Tom 'Jim the Poet' Faucett and Adam Bowman. They formed The Chainsores and had some legendary performances, most of them seen by very few people. After the band's spectacular demise and a short-lived follow-up, The Casual Vandals, Tom moved back to his home town of Norwich and continued to perform solo comedy, edging in the political direction. Tom performed a show about the danger of I.D. cards at the Edinburgh Fringe called 'Freedom Come, Freedom Go', which not many people saw, and has run alternative comedy nights such as Normal Service Will Be Resumed Shortly and The Dysfunction Room, which were mostly ignored, as his books probably will be too.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
This could be a long list. I like different writers for different reasons. Two that stand out are Joseph Heller for Catch 22, which completely changed my outlook on the world after reading it when I was a teenager, and George Orwell for 1984, which was another political awakening for me in my early teens. I then stumbled upon William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Iain Banks after finding a bookmark that listed 'must read' authors. Then there's Hunter S. Thompson, the Great Gonzo, whose wild style, both in life and his literature, I massively admire. Irvine Welsh, Anthony Burgess, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Philip K Dick, Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut, J D Salinger, Lester Bangs, Kafka, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Pynchon, Sue Townsend, J G Ballard, Douglas Adams, Douglas Coupland, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Anything darkly humorous, really.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
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Where to find Tom Laimer-Read online


Bad Moon E-Zine #2 - Blue Moon
Price: Free! Words: 14,370. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the second edition of the free short fantasy, sci-fi and horror story e-zine Bad Moon, this month featuring dragons, near future antics in a broken Europe, a special featurette excerpt from the excellent gaslight romance novel Berlintoxication, another reworked Grimm tale, a sci-fi love story, seeing as how it's just been Valentine's Day and everything, and more!
Bad Moon E-Zine #1 - New Moon
Price: Free! Words: 10,520. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Welcome to the new fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural fiction E-Zine Bad Moon #1 - New Moon. We bring you fascinating tales to enthral and amuse you every full moon that rises, writing them in between the changing phases in a flash of inspiration or the attempt to raise mild amusement, at least. Enjoy the rocking ride and hold on tight!
Die Londoner Literatour
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: German. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
Ladies and gentlemen, machen Sie sich bereit für einen ganz besonderen Stadtrundgang. Folgen Sie den Spuren britischer literarischer Größen in London, einer Stadt der Literatur und der Lust, einer Stadt von Armut und Überfluss, Trauer und Freude. Erleben Sie Orte, von denen sich einige der größten Schriftsteller aller Zeiten inspirieren ließen, und erfahren Sie mehr über das Leben der Autoren!
The Zoë Trope
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A short steampunk story regarding a dangerous liaison between the Queen and a particularly unruly and unusual steampunk assassin named Zoë Trope. Part of the stupendous Steaming Pistons series. Chuffing marvellous!
The Rebel Verses Society
You set the price! Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of explosive poetry from the best minds of a lost generation. This is the poetry of the street with a hardcore beat as it rampages through the city in a riot of words. You will find a diverse dissection of contemporary values and precision incisions into the murky political machinations of our times. Warning: Contains language and views that some readers may find unsettling!
Steaming Pistons Steampunk Compendium I - Steam Rising
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,170. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Welcome to Odnnol, that roguish, rakish, rambunctious place, a city jubilant with life, teeming with expressions of ecstasy and delinquent delights. Why not promenade down one of our quaint, quirky cobbled streets, replete with vagrants, drunks, guttersnipes & thugs, all regaling you with their tales of woe, & out to make a quick bob in the process? Seriously silly steampunk fun! Enjoy the trip!
The Literary Tour of London
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
Ladies and gentlemen, roll up one and all for the strolling tour of a lifetime! Follow in the footsteps of some of Great Britain's greatest writers! London is a city of literature and lust, poverty and riches, woe and wonder. Come experience the places that inspired and were influenced by some of the greatest writers of all time, and find out more about their fascinating lives.
Bones - A Steaming Pistons Steampunk Story
You set the price! Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Come on a wild escapade to 1880s Odnnol meeting a zombi detective and his sidekick, whom you may or may not recognise, and Mopsy, a small, yet tenacious pug dog. This intrepid trio embark on an investigation to find the culprit of the disgusting custard murders, the elusive Rick the Japer, and get involved in the greatest caper of the century. Who knows where he might strike next?!
Needles & Pins - A Punk Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 161,480. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
It's 1975. Kevin Snopes, a bored teenager from Milton Keynes, moves to London and sees the punk movement ignite around him. He inadvertently gets involved in seditious scrapes, rowdy gigs, bungled robberies, shambolic romances, dirty drug deals, clashes with Teds, cops and seedy media people, and hapless encounters with the top punk bands of the time. Pick it up, punk!

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Tom Laimer-Read's favorite authors on Smashwords

Amy Luppino
Latest book: Borderline.
Published July 20, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Marcus Blakeston
Latest book: Mama Mia.
Published December 7, 2018.
Stephanie Laimer-Read
Latest book: Change.
Published August 1, 2014. (4.00 from 1 review)
Tom Lichtenberg
Latest book: The White-Hole Situation.
Published May 24, 2018. (4.00 from 1 review)