South West Writers

About the Author

Tom Leins is a disgraced ex-film critic from Paignton, Devon. His short fiction has been widely published on the small press scene – on both sides of the Atlantic – over the last 15 years. The bulk of his stories fall into the ‘Paignton Noir’ category, and these works have built up a cult following in recent years.

Tom also reviews crime fiction and interviews authors at his Dirty Books blog:

Recent Publications

In the last couple of years I have had short stories published by the likes of Akashic Books, Shotgun Honey, the Flash Fiction Offensive, Near To The Knuckle, Spelk Fiction, Litro, Sein und Werden, Horror Sleaze Trash, Fried Chicken & Coffee, Revolution John and Five 2 One Magazine. My story 'A Brief History of Bad Men' was included in the US anthology 'Walk Hand In Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired By True Detective' earlier this year, and I have a number of stories upcoming in international anthologies.

Current Events/Projects

I am currently finishing off my debut novella 'Boneyard Dogs', as well as a flash fiction collection entitled 'Repetition Kills You'. Going forward, I am working on a collection of short stories set against the backdrop of a corrupt 1980s wrestling organisation.

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