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About Me:
I am an ex-stand-up comedian, rock band drummer, probation officer, call centre stooge and a million and one other things. My first novel 'Dogs Chase Cars' comes out in March through Drugstore Books and I am the author of the 'Rifkin & Whelan Mersey Mojo' chaotic mystery/thriller series (belly laughs and ballistics).
My short story, 'Stark' has been published by Pulp Metal magazine. 'Summer Slammin' the first in a series of short stories featuring greene & Jarvis, two D.C. homicide detectives has also been picked up by Pulp Metal Magazine and will appear in the next issue.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Bryant, Matt Hadder, Elmore 'Dutch' Leonard, Scott Smith, Jake Arnott, J.A. Konrath, Mark Poirier, Willy Vlautin, Michael Chabon, Lawrence Block, James Ellroy, James Lee Burke, Harlan Coben, Carl Hiaasen. Seth Harwood, Ian Rankin, Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Barry Hannah, John Irving, John Kennedy Toole, Harry Crews, Joseph Heller, Henning Mankell, Sam Lipsyte, J.Robert Lennon, Tobias Wolff, Iain Banks, Max Barry, David Baldacci, Samuel Shem, Richard Russo, Christopher Brookmyre, Christopher Moore, Jim Dodge, Les Claypool, Stephen White, Robert Crais, Denis Johnson, Grorge P. Pelecanos, Mark Gimenez , Lee Goldberg, Dashiell Hammett, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehanne, Daniel Woodrell, Henning Mankell, Tony Black, Linwood Barclay, Raymond Carver, Douglas Adams, Larry Brown, Norman Mailer, Spike Milligan, Tom Sharpe, Wally Lamb and this hot-shit new guy, Mark Porter ;-). (How do you put them in order? Is there an order?). I don't read crime exclusivey but I do read it a lot and my own writing is mostly a mixture of violence and laughter.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Big Lebowksi, The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire. Westerns- The Unforgiven, Tombstone, The Spagehetti Trilogy, Once Upon A Time In The West. Star Trek, Dr Who, Any classic era noir film I can see.

Dogs Chase Cars

"Dogs Chase Cars made me laugh out loud. many times. It is reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's books- an excellent crime drama coupled with hilarious dialogue and situations. I totally loved it." - Mike Boon

"A comedy with heart." - Andrew Oberg
"Dressed up in bawdy, occasionally even gross-out, humor, Dogs Chase Cars has wit – real wit - to spare. Almost every paragraph builds up to its own punch line, and delivers a blow every time, even a few knock-outs. Porter rarely misses a jab, handing out wry observations like they were kittens, cleverly setting the stage for Harry’s emotional transformation to re-engaging with his life, friends and family.

Mystery, humor, sex – it’s all there, but what elevates Dogs Chase Cars in the end is heart. Porter’s characters walk, talk and act like real people – he nails the dialogue, the interaction, the attractions, the challenges and the conflicts with subtlety and nuance, and has us laughing and rooting for Harry and his misfit circle of friends as they track down a would-be killer, and learn to take care of each other along the way." - Matt Hadder



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Interview with Texan noir writer, Tim Bryant.

Tim Bryant is a Texan author and musician. He was the first ever recipient of BFA in creative writing in the state of Texas, whilst attending Stephen F.Austin. " Three years later, in August of 2010, I published my first novel, DUTCH CURRIDGE.  I am now writing the sequel, tentatively titled TENCOATS & TERRABONE.  I have also been asked to contribute short stories to two anthologies in 2011."


This is an interview I carried out this week with Tim for my own…


Posted on January 28, 2011 at 8:10pm

Any Joe R.Lansdale fans in the house?

Champion Joe - King of Mojo


Around three years ago, I was fortunate enough to stumble across a copy of Joe R. Lansdale’s Captain’s Outrageous in a Lancaster book shop. To those legions of readers that Joe has already converted, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are as real as a hot Texas day and a flea ridden dog corpse laying…


Posted on January 25, 2011 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment

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At 1:28am on September 17, 2011, Noir Nation said…
I guess next, after writing a killer story, then see the submission guidelines on the Noir Nation website  Later, Alan
At 1:12am on August 16, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mark,


I'm the European editor for Noir Nation, and I would love to get some more stories from the UK for Issue 2  (Issue 1 will be available Sept 1, 2011).  Looking for short stories and graphic stories (comics).  Maybe you have some, and could also help spread the word?  We start reading for issue 2 on Oct 1.


Thank you,

At 1:11am on July 5, 2011, Lawrence Kelter said…

Sorry, All, haven't been around in a while-just catching up. Hope you are all enjoying the long holiday weekend.


At 8:30pm on May 15, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…

Thanks ... Karen :))


At 10:58am on May 14, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…
Thanks Mark for the suggestion. Who is the author by the way? ... Karen :))
At 12:58pm on May 12, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…

Hi Mark,

 No I haven't heard of Max Berry. I usually read books written by female crime writers with female protagonists and side-kicks :))

At 3:02am on April 8, 2011, Robin Richmond said…
sorry for delay in accepting not been on this site for a while.Nice meeting you
At 7:16am on March 29, 2011, anonymous said…
Hello Mark- Please to make your acquaintance.Regards, Anon
At 4:42am on February 27, 2011, Geraldine Evans said…
Hi Mark, Sorry, I don't recall answering your request for me to do a Q and A (I don't recall seeing it, to be honest! Must be getting forgetful...). Yes, I'm happy to do it. Let me have the questions whenever and let me know what else you would like (bio, book blurb, links, pix, whatever). Cheers. G
At 10:29am on February 25, 2011, Amanda Ward said…
Thanks Mark. Well done with the DOGS CHASE CARS book. Looks intriguing. Will seek it out.

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