Alternative Ulster Noir
Alternative Ulster Noir is a collection of short stories that I came across recently, and it caught my attention.
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About Alternative Ulster Noir
… The Cops Are Comin’
A collection of seven new Northern Irish crime short stories inspired by NI music.
Enjoy a diverse anthology of work from some of the best Northern Irish thriller writers featuring Colin Bateman, Stuart Neville, Sharon Dempsey, Gerard Brennan, Kelly Creighton and James Murphy. Curated and edited by Simon Maltman, with one of his own new stories included.
This collection was inspired by local artists including The Undertones, Van Morrison, Ash, Snow Patrol, Therapy? and more.
Thoughts on Alternative Ulster Noir
I love a good short story, and this was seven of them packed into one book, so it was perfect for me. I had a week of short stories to get my mornings started over coffee! I read Alternative Ulster Noir in the mornings, and Murder from the Newsdesk in the evenings before bed. Both vastly different books, and I loved it.
All of the stories within Alternative Ulster Noir are based on songs, and all by different authors. So the variety found within these pages was perfect for me. Sometimes reading multiple stories by the same author can become monotonous.
Final Thoughts on Alternative Ulster Noir
I am a huge fan of short stories to both start and end my day, and these are a neat selection for just that purpose. It is much healthier than scrolling mindlessly through social media, and I’ve come to appreciate this habit each day. I always look forward to waking up and starting a new story each morning.
If you are looking for a great simple short story to spend fifteen minutes of your day reading, Alternative Ulster Noir is a great collection to try!
Have you read Alternative Ulster Noir? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Kelly Creighton is the author of two standalone crime novels,two short fiction collections, and the DI Harriet Sloane series set in East Belfast. Kelly lives with her family in County Down, where she facilitates creative writing classes and teaches English as a Foreign Language.
Colin Bateman is essentially the Godfather of NI crime fiction. An acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, his many credits include, Divorcing Jack, Mystery Man, Murphy’s Law and The Journey. Colin’s films have been shown at festivals in Venice and Toronto and he is a recipient of a Doctor of Letters from The University of Ulster for services to literature.
James Murphy is a Northern Irish crime writer. His works include the ‘Terror Trilogy,’ and he is currently working on a new series. James is also a podcast host and the radio presenter for Crime Scene on Belfast 247. James teaches crime writing workshops and is a teacher tutor with Edge Hill University and he is a former school principal.
Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based crime writer. The first in her new crime series, ‘Who Took Eden Mulligan?’ was published in 2021, by Avon Harper Collins. The second book in the series, ‘The Midnight Killing,’ was published on 17th Feb 2022. Sharon is undertaking a creative-critical PHD at Queen’s University, with reference to class and gender in crime fiction. She has published five novels and three non-fiction books.
Gerard Brennan is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A Spinetingler Award winner, he has released through a variety of publishers, including being the first author published by No Alibis Press. Gerard is also a musician, received an MA and PhD in creative writing from Queens University, and is a crime fiction focussed creative writing tutor.
Simon Maltman is the author of crime fiction novels, novellas and short stories. He is also a reviewer, musician and the lead guide for the crime tour, Belfast Noir. An established ‘Ulster Noir’ author, he also writes American-set high concept thrillers. His next book is titled, The Wolf Is At Your Door.
Stuart Neville is the New York Times Bestseller of novels and short stories. An LA Times Book Prize winner, he authors series and standalone thrillers under both his own name and that of Haylen Beck. Stuart recently played Glastonbury Festival with his band, The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers.
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