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August 23, 2011

Best of the Blogs by Col Bury—Brit Grit Part 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 6:26 pm

There are numerous British blogs worthy of a mention, and far too many to name here. My original list would have taken up the whole series!  So, to whittle it down I’ve had to omit some belters, including the many websites I visit – from the likes of gritty northern crime authors, Sheila Quigley and Nick Quantrill, to the versatile exponent of the English language, crime thriller author, Adrian Magson.  To further shorten the list, I’ve only included the blogs that I believe fall into the category of ‘Brit Grit’, and I’ve tried to select a varied mix.  Apologies, if I’ve inadvertently missed you out, but it was really tricky choosing.

Byker Books "Radgepacket" anthology series

Here’s my top twenty, in chronological order. Enjoy…

Brit Grit (Alan Griffiths)… One of the best ‘rookie writers’ of noir in Britain…

Byker Books… Industrial strength fiction – loadsa Brit Grit

Chin Wag At The Slaughterhouse (Richard Godwin)… Intelligent chat with a top notch writer…

Criminal-E (Allan Guthrie)… Author and agent, Allan, promotes crime e-books and interviews writers…

David Barber’s Fiction World… Humour, short story links, cool photos ‘n’ frank views…

David Barber

Dean Crawford… New thriller author’s journey to publication, plus sound advice for newbies…

The Futurist (Anthony Cowin)… Talented writer of dark fiction ‘n’ promoter of others’ work…

Gone Bad (Julie Lewthwaite – aka Morrigan)… Julie spreads good news about writers throughout the blogosphere…

Guilty Conscience (Luca Veste)… Daily reviews, interviews and short stories from a ‘reviewer’ who CAN write!…

Lee Hughes Writes… Cross genre horror/crime. (Currently on a hiatus, but will be back soon.)…

Lily Childs’ Feardom… Dark Fiction, plus weekly 100 word comp’…

Matt Hilton Thrills… An approachable author’s journey ‘n’ book news, with helpful insights into being a full-time writer…

Michael J. Malone… Humour, reviews ‘n’ interviews from a debut crime novelist…

Paul D. Brazill… Brazilliant blog, from the man that’s everywhere…!

Paul Grezgorzek’s Thriller and Crime Fiction World… updates ‘n’ stories from a new writer battling toward publication…

Stephen Chapman

Sean Black… Gritty thriller author who ably assists wannabes…

Sea Minor (Nigel P. Bird)… Where writers ‘dance with themselves’…

Steven Chapman (writer)… Witty updates of a dark fiction writer’s progress…. ‘n’ attempts to stay sane!…
The Tainted Archive (Gary Dobbs)… wide-ranging ‘n’ relevant daily news from a talented writer/actor…

The Voices In My Head (Ian Ayris)… news, reviews, ‘n’ story links from a debut novelist…

Col Bury ( ) is the crime editor of Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers. ( ) His short stories are dotted around the net, and in several anthologies. Col’s won awards for editing and writing, and his agent is Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates. Col is currently working on a crime novel series with a big twist.



  1. Top list. In that pic, I’d swear you’d just sucked on a fisherman’s friend…

    Comment by Paul D Brazill — August 24, 2011 @ 7:33 am

  2. 🙂 South Pier at Blackpool, mate. A lad fell into that angry sea later that day – sadly he didn’t survive.

    Comment by Col Bury — August 24, 2011 @ 7:38 am

  3. I think it’s a wonderful picture and I worked to lighten it up. Then Col complained that it made him look older. Now, Paul Brazill, you cast unflattering aspersions on the personal activities of Mr. Bury. What the heck is it about this little picture???!!!
    Elaine Ash

    Comment by ashedit — August 24, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  4. Great to be part of a top crew. Let’s go get em boys.

    Comment by Richard Godwin — August 24, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  5. This loooks like a perfect list of dark noir wiritng genius. Congrats to all.

    Jeanette Cheezum

    Comment by Jeanette Cheezum — August 24, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  6. Well now I’ve got a bunch more blogs to check out. Thanks for the links. I’ll have to go through these a bit later today.

    Comment by Charles Gramlich — August 24, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  7. I’m proud as punch to see my name up there, thanks Col! There are also quite a few blogs to check out that i haven’t had the chance to yet, so thank you for that as well (if i ever get time away from the editing to do more than glance at the interwebs…)

    Comment by Paul Grzegorzek — August 24, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  8. Nice piece, nice jumper.

    Comment by Alan Griffiths — August 24, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  9. Al, it’s a ‘cardy’! Which, I guess, makes it worse. At least it ain’t got three stags across it.

    Cheers, guys.

    Comment by Col Bury — August 24, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  10. Good man! Thanks for the mention, Col – and thanks for a great list of blogs to read.

    Comment by Michael J. Malone — August 24, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  11. I suppose I should mention that a Fisherman’s Friend is a lozenge. I suppose ….

    Comment by Paul D Brazill — August 24, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  12. OH! And I thought it was a guy wearing a watchcap and 3 days beard-growth. Silly me. 🙂

    Comment by ashedit — August 24, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  13. Whoa… whoa… whoa yer boat, gently down the stream…

    I know these Fisherman’s Friends are hot, but NOT in THAT way. Am a married man, FF sake!

    Comment by Col Bury — August 24, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  14. I will have to start reading some of these. Thanks for the list.l

    Comment by oscar case — August 24, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  15. Why, thank you kindly Mr B. for including The Feardom in such an amazing list, along with Mr B, Mr. B, Mr B and… erm – Mr B, and so many inspiring author/blogger/reviewers.

    And yup – nice pic.


    Comment by Lily Childs — August 24, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

  16. Thanks for including my little old blog on here Col, really appreciate it. Some great ones I already follow and other that I will defiantly check out.

    I’ve got nothing to say about the cardigan and think it’s nice. It looks just as great on you as it does on my granddad too who got the same one handed down to him from his dad.

    Thanks again, Tony.

    Comment by Tony Cowin — August 24, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  17. I meant others I will definitely check out of course. I’m not some headstrong blog follower who has to be forced to click on suggested links kicking and screaming as I do so. Well not all the time anyway.

    Comment by Tony Cowin — August 24, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  18. Ah the Fisherman’s Friend confusion. There’s one for the translation guide!

    Comment by ashedit — August 24, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  19. Wow, fisherman’s friend aside, I’m honoured to be on this list!

    Cheers Col. Much appreciated.

    Comment by Luca Veste (@LucaVeste) — August 24, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  20. It’s an honour to be named in your top 20, Col, and to be amongst such fine company. Nice one, buddy!!

    Comment by David Barber — August 24, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  21. Thanks for including me in your Top 20 Col, great to be there!

    Comment by Dean Crawford — August 25, 2011 @ 3:59 am

  22. Great list. Know most of them, but can’t wait to check out the ones I don’t.

    Comment by Sean Patrick Reardon — August 25, 2011 @ 6:34 am

  23. Wow, look at all these wonderful visitors. Thanks for commenting everybody, and I hope you get lots of clicks and look-sees from new readers.

    Comment by ashedit — August 25, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  24. Thanks for giving us a mention kidda. We may be small but so are pit bulls…and we’ve got a similar bite! 😉
    Cheers again.

    Comment by Ed — August 25, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  25. 🙂 Thanks for a great response, chaps ‘n’ chappettes.

    About this cardy… the same thing developed over Matt Hilton wearing a dodgy shirt. You do realise, now I’m obliged to wear that in everything I do from now on! I’ll spruce it up a bit with my Man.City badge, of course. 😉

    Comment by Col Bury — August 25, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  26. Thanks for including me in the list, Col! It’s a great group to be a part of 🙂

    Comment by Steven Chapman — August 25, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  27. Most flattered to be included, Col. Great company.

    Comment by Al Guthrie — August 25, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  28. What’s a Man.City badge??? Nigelllllll….

    Comment by ashedit — August 25, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  29. It’s like a city of men. You know ,like a fisher MAN?

    Comment by Paul D Brazill — August 25, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  30. Uh oh, I’m confused. Nigel? Niiiiigellllll. Can you bring the British-American Translation Dictionary round?

    Comment by ashedit — August 25, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

  31. Cheers, guys – well deserved.

    Manchester City Football Club (soccer team). But who the hell is Nigel? Now I’m confused!

    Paul 🙂

    Comment by Col Bury — August 25, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  32. Why, Nigel Bird of course. Author of the Brit Grit Translation Guide.

    Comment by ashedit — August 25, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  33. DO’H! Forgive me, Nigel – it is 3.00 am!

    Comment by Col Bury — August 25, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

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