It was only after what happened happened and I gave up the drink that I realised I was fraida heights. A few hours ago – last night or this morning or whatever – I was looking up at the roof of Paddy Fahy’s Pub and membering how I skipped across the black slates on that [...]
Excerpts from Town of Fiction
There was a lone dark-haired woman taking shelter under the Spanish Arch. She was wearing a crimson woolly hat and Declan noticed the binoculars around her neck. As he approached her, she suddenly waved at him and beamed widely. There was a general camaraderie between bird-watchers. Recognition of their common pursuit was usually acknowledged with [...]
Once changed into blue scrubs, he reviewed the morning’s list; two BIDs, one hanging and infant twins. He moved to the first body brought in dead and started to work. He moved quickly each time he peeled back the layers of a body. In each there was something the pathologist wanted him to find: the [...]
I watch porn all the time. I didn’t tell Sheryl that though. I don’t really like much of it, and it’s a poor substitute for a girlfriend. The endings are always unsurprising, and there’s an awful lot of spitting on one another and hair pulling; ‘take it you bitch,’ and so on. These people never [...]
‘Whatever you do,’ he ordered, ‘don’t stop, not even for a moment.’
‘Yeah, yeah … I know.’ I responded.
‘Not even for a second! If you pause, you are lost.’
I was only half-listening to him. I was more concentrated on the strangely comforting jigging of my leg beneath the table, and on the plans in my head. [...]
The zip of my jeans is rusted and hard to open. I can feel the piss rising, longing to return to the sea. To the sea. Lonely rivers flow to the sea. There is a black in the jacks, purveying a variety of guilt-marketed smellies. I nod at him while I fumble with my zip. [...]
Murder can be daunting if, like me, you’ve no experience. The Internet is a great help nowadays, an easy way to find a hired hit. It’s efficient and takes you out of the loop. You do your planning and execute through an easy 1-2-3 order process. It’s clean.
You’re obsessed with the small, blond-haired man [...]
One packet of American Hard Gums.
One packet of Sugar Puffs.
Ten Silk Cut Purple.
Two packets of green Rizla.
One packet of Mates from chemist.
One packet of Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
One Wham Bar.
One Handball (Dunlop).
‘Did you see that Spitting Image on last night?’
‘No, was it on RTÉ?’
‘Oh I forgot ye haven’t got into the 1980s yet. Would ye not put up an aerial like everyone else?’
‘It’s the transmitter up the road.’
‘Oh yeah, the transmitter.’
‘We can get RTÉ even when the coat-hanger falls out but nothing else. One of the [...]