Dark Comedy Fiction
Books: Novels and Short Stories
Welcome to my World
Books: Novels and Short Stories
Welcome to my World
Adrian Baldwin is a Mancunian currently living and working in Wales. Back in the '90s, he wrote for various TV shows/personalities: Hale & Pace, Clive Anderson, Brian Conley, Paul McKenna, Smith & Jones, Rory Bremner. Wooo, get him!
After that he wrote three screenplays, one of which received generous financial backing from the Film Agency for Wales. Then along came the global recession to firmly kick the UK Film industry in the nuts. What a bummer!
Not to be outdone, he turned to novel writing – which had always been his real dream – and, in particular, a genre he feels is often overlooked; a genre he has always been a fan of: Dark Comedy (Horror's weird cousin).
As a young lad, Adrian grew up watching Monty Python and reading the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. Little wonder then - perhaps it was inevitable - that all his stories (dark comedies for grown-ups) would turn out to be "weird and disturbing but funny at the same time" - much like the strange and surreal humour he so enjoyed as a boy.
Adrian's first novel, BARNACLE BRAT won Underground Books Reviews' INDIE NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2016 (Readers' Choice) and STANLEY McCLOUD MUST DIE!, his second novel, scooped First Runner Up for the exact same award in INDIE NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2018
Besides Python and Kurt Vonnegut, Adrian cites his other major influences as Stephen King, Galton & Simpson, David Bowie, Bruce Robinson, Christopher Moore, David Mitchell, Robert Rankin, Colin Bateman, Irvine Welsh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to name just a few.
are available on Amazon in Print and eBook
can be ordered directly from the author. (See below.)
And if you've never read any of the author's work and you're perhaps still wondering what this so-called Dark Comedy is all about . . . here's how he describes it:
'If Horror were say, a house . . . Dark Comedy would be the weirdo who lives next door.'
As well as being a highly-regarded author of several novels and short stories,
Adrian Baldwin is a much sought after talent in the world of book cover design
with his covers appearing on bookshelves everywhere.
Check out the various titles released by the likes of TK PULP, DEMAIN PUBLISHING and PHANTASMAGORIA to name just a few publishers who use Adrian as their designer of choice.
Not a lover of 'modern' covers as a rule - "so many look the same these days" -
Adrian draws his inspiration from pulp novels of the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s.
If you're an author seeking a cover that doesn't look like everybody else's,
why not drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click to next page for a rolling gallery showcasing some of Adrian's
cover designs for a whole range of titles.
"No lack of weird things in this book. 400 pages you can’t put down. And when you HAVE to put it down, for pesky things like sleep or work, it calls out to you."
- Becki's Bloody Book Blog
"Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good dark comedy. This is one of those books that will make you laugh out loud in places that may seem inappropriate."
- Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
"Superb book, from its beautifully written prologue the author takes us straight into the the story so completely you feel you are watching and listening to the characters rather than reading a novel."
- Shane, on Amazon
BARNACLE BRAT Blurb ...
Losing your grip on reality is a real bummer. Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he’d know. Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out.
Until recently, Leon would have argued that having a tendency to become easily side-tracked on a regular basis wasn’t that weird.
And what’s so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head? Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that just thinking? But his recent visions are not so freely dismissed; especially the angry-looking clown who’s started following him around with a baseball bat.
Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log would shed light on the mystery. Then again, could ‘seeing-things’ just be sexual frustration? It’s been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff . . .
Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions, paranoia, and . . . ahem . . . 'unusual interests': Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes -- that kind of thing.
STANLEY McCLOUD Blurb ...
Death can be a real downer.
Just ask Stanley McCloud. The ancient and inveterate gambler has just found out he hasn't long to live.
Refusing to believe his prognosis, though, Stan puts a massive bet on that he will reach his next birthday. Surely, his run of bad luck can't last!
Unfortunately for Stan the independent bookie he uses grows nervous as the big day approaches and decides to bump him off with one of her many fun, but ever-so-slightly fatal, high-odds proposition bets - aka Maggy's Specials.
Will Stanley McCloud make it, ruining Maggy McCulloch in the process; or will the heartless bookie have her evil way, 'accidentally' kill him, and save her business? Perhaps Stan's womanising, alcoholic old pal Dougie can be of some help? Yeah, right! Good luck with that.
Oh, and there's a whole secondary storyline about The Head Honcho, a serial killer who leaves his victims' torsos in one place, and their heads in another. Yikes!
THE SNOWMAN Blurb ...
In The Snowman and the Scarecrow - the closest the author will ever come to writing a 'family' story - young Joe's grandfather collapses as they're building their traditional Christmas snowman.
(Always a festive downer when that happens.)
With Wilf in hospital, and as a way of coping, the boy searches for the now inexplicably missing 'Mr Wonky'; it's a small town, how far could he have gone?
Before long, Joe runs into an out-of-town drifter who promises to help ... but does the old vagrant have ulterior motives?
NEVER PLAY TO THE GALLERY
My dad's old ciné films cut up and set to music by CO.AG Music ...
... with inspirational words from David Bowie
( a stand-alone short)
'A Master of the Weird and Wonderful.'
– Dean M. Drinkel.
'An amazingly brilliant story. Who would have thought that Clown Erotica Dark Comedy was so riveting a read.'
- Fizzy Red Maggs
( a stand-alone short)
'He is the undeniable King of Dark Comedy.'
- Trevor Kennedy.
'Baldwin makes the everyday and ordinary, extraordinary. A dark comedy genius.'
- Emerson Bisley
(a stand-alone short)
'Baldwin effortlessly stitches together emotional awkwardness, biting satire and comedic violence in tales that are uniquely bizarre. A true talent in off-kilter literature.'
- Dave Jeffery
'A distressing tale of kidnap, clownish trickery and carnal depravity.'
PIED! is a dark comedy short inspired by Stephen King's best-selling novels: MISERY and IT - but mostly MISERY.
When upcoming indie crime author Rex Stevens is kidnapped after a book-signing event and forced to create an erotic romance novel by brother-sister couple and pair of cockadoodie coulrophiles, you just know this story will not end well. (“Seriously, you want me to write about clown sex?”)
'A disturbing story of immorality, obsession and
an amusement arcade claw-grab machine.'
EGOR'S EMPORIUM is a dark comedy short inspired by Roberto Segate's cover image.
When coin-op machine junkie Zak spots a rare, limited-edition toy figure (that ‘speaks to him’ from inside his local amusement arcade’s new claw-grab machine) he becomes obsessed with winning her - even if it means putting his job, finances, and relationship with increasingly impatient girlfriend Steph in jeopardy.
'A cautionary tale of Hookers, Truckers and Unsuspecting Suckers.'
BLOWN is a dark comedy short inspired by Truck Stops, Trailers, and 'Lot Lizards'.
Daisy would rather survive on minimum wage (plus tips) at her waitressing job in the local diner - after all, it’s only until ‘the others’ arrive - but she will service truckers if she has to; when she’s short of cash and needs to eat. Normally she’s okay just bumping along, waiting out her time and drinking beer in her trailer - but when her TV dies and she can no longer watch her beloved soap operas, she decides it’s time to join the other ‘lot lizards’ and earn some extra dollars. Watch out, though, guys . . . Daisy is not your typical call-girl.
But if you'd like to read one I gave to Underground Book Reviews back in 2015 you can ...
Or, if straightforward text with none of those pesky images is your thing, scroll down to the Downloads section; you'll find a PDF transcript of the interview right there.
THE PREDICTABLE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
A sketch I wrote for Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones back in the '90s.
Yes, it hisses a bit; get over it!
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