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I wrote the books DEADFOLK, FAGS AND LAGER, KING OF THE ROAD and STAIRWAY TO HELL. These books are published by Serpent's Tail in the UK and US, and there are also various foreign editions including Italy, Spain, France and Russia.
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I was raised in Worcester and still live (near) there. To the untrained eye this is an unassuming town in the heartlands of England, but in reality it is the battleground for the ongoing war that is waged between Good and Evil (every Saturday night). In the late 15th century Hieronymous Bosch visited the area and managed to tap off with a local wench whilst strolling in sunny Cripplegate Park. Later on he puked on the dancefloor at Tramps and was thrown out, then got sucked into the eternal melee of fists, foreheads and kebabs that is Angel Place. These experiences inspired him to paint the left ("Heaven") and right ("Hell") wings of The Garden of Earthly Delights. (The central panel is Milton Keynes.)

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Hello Crimespace People

Been a long while since I came here. Think I got lost somewhere back there on the A73. I had to live rough for a couple of years, sleeping in hedgerows and eating nuts, berries, and Monster Munch, but I found my way back.

To anyone interested, I have a new novel called STAIRWAY TO HELL coming out in August over here in the UK from Serpent's Tail. It is about a man who discovers a stairway that leads to hell. No, it is about an alternative universe where everything is reversed,… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 1:53am

Meet the Flashers

Please check the new anthology THE FLASH, edited by Peter Wild, published by Social Disease and featuring a story by myself (amongst many others much more worthy - see below). The title refers to the length of the stories: each one…


Posted on April 26, 2007 at 8:15pm

After Lyon

Back from the Quais du Polar festival. Too frazzled yesterday to post anything about it, but now I can officially report to you that it was top notch. A really magnificent festival, well organised and well attended by people in the know. Obviously it helped that the festival was free, which meant you got half the citizens of Lyon coming through for a gander. And what a nice bunch they are. Even the bloke who told me off for changing the traditional…


Posted on April 3, 2007 at 10:15pm

This one's for Swierczy

I just heard that I've made possibly my most remarkable foreign sale of all. (And believe me, if you've read my stuff you'll know that any foreign sale for me is remarkable.) The Polish edition of Asimov's science fiction and fantasy mag will publish my short story SOME HELP FROM STANLEY (which first appeared five years ago in The Third Alternative). It's really a noir story, with the added "sf" element that the disembodied voice of Stanley Kubrick plays a part.

Anyway, for this I…


Posted on March 29, 2007 at 12:30am


Next week I'm off to France, to the "Quais du Polar" festival at Lyon. This is to give my new French book LES ALLONGÉS (Série Noire) a push. Some of you knew this and have already had a word about it, but let me just ask the rest of you now: is there anyone else who wants me to say hi to Daniel Woodrell for them? Jeez, anyone would think it's Woodrell Fest 2007.

Just kidding. He's right at the top of our genre and it'll be great to be in his presence. Maybe I can find out what…


Posted on March 22, 2007 at 11:29pm

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At 11:10pm on September 3, 2009, Julie Morrigan said…
Been a long time... but damn! it was worth the wait! Just finished 'Stairway...' - pure gold, absolutely loved it. Cheers! :D
At 1:40am on June 26, 2009, Charlie Williams said…
No, I am the Charlie Williams of the Money Shower
At 10:04pm on July 19, 2007, Charlie Williams said…
Hi Bernd. Thanks a lot. I must admit that I haven't read LES ALLONGÉS. I can get by in French but if I was reading a whole novel in French, it would be someone else's novel. What I do know is that FAGS AND LAGER has had a different translator, so I'll be interested to see if people find it much different in style (it will come out as DES CLOPES ET DE LA BINOUZE next spring).

I believe DEADFOLK was offered to German publishers but there were no takers at the time. Shame. And I don't know if anyone has tried to get an audiobook deal. I guess it would take an agent to get that moving. There might be a film some time in the future.

Thanks again Bernd.
At 9:04pm on July 17, 2007, Bernd Kochanowski said…
Hi Charlie,

thanks you for letting me be a friend of yours. I just wrote a small online review about “Fags and Lager” and found it an amazing and wonderful book. But I wonder, as it seems to me that you are good at French, how well reflects the French edition your idiosyncratic ideom ?

Btw, any chance for a audiobook edition of any of your Mangel books … and what about the German market ?
At 8:00am on June 20, 2007, Julie Morrigan said…
Hey Charlie - just finished King of the Road - superb stuff! Love the whole Royston Blake/Mangel mallarkey - thanks for a great read. Cheers, m'dear - Jools
At 9:05am on April 13, 2007, Charlie Williams said…
Merrill, all I can say is... no wonder he became your husband. And thank you very much.
At 1:46am on April 13, 2007, Merrill Young said…
I thought I saw your name here. I FINALLY got my grimy mitts on Deadfolk, and I just have to say you're bloody brilliant.
In case you haven't heard it enough.
My first husband had a Capri when I met him.
Nuff said.
At 1:18am on April 5, 2007, Charlie Williams said…
Fuck knows who that is. I was just sitting there alone, enjoying my 8.5% beer, when the curtain opened and these two guys jumped out. Can't you see the shock on my face? One second later and they were gone.
At 6:20pm on April 4, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hey is that Cassady and Kerouac up there? :)
At 11:47pm on March 29, 2007, Russel McLean said…
Ahhh, thise zombies - - always lovable even when ripping your limbs off. The scamps.

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