Today I am interviewing Tom Leins, author of the new short fiction collection, Meat Bubbles & Other Stories.
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DJ: Hi Tom! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Tom Leins: Hi DJ! Thanks for having me! I’m a writer based in Paignton, UK, probably best known for my short stories, which have been widely printed in anthologies, and published online by the likes of Akashic Books, Shotgun Honey, the Flash Fiction Offensive, Spelk, Horror Sleaze Trash and Near To The Knuckle. My first short story collection, Meat Bubbles & Other Stories, was released by Near to the Knuckle earlier this summer.
DJ: What is Meat Bubbles & Other Stories about?
Tom: Subtitled ‘The Paignton Noir Case Files’, the book follows the exploits of Joe Rey, a cut-price private investigator who finds himself on the trail of a deranged plastic surgeon with a queasy line in body modification procedures. Over the course of a long, bloody summer, Rey tangles with rogue ex-cops, suburban hitmen, neo-Nazi scumbags and even Paignton’s richest man – a notorious hoarder of unknown horrors.
DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Meat Bubbles & Other Stories?
Tom: In no particular order: B-movies; pub crawls; US crime fiction from the 1980s and 1990s; Englishness; Psychogeography; abandoned spaces and places; and, of course, my home town, Paignton!