Dark Comedy Fiction

Books: Novels and Short Stories

for Grown-Ups


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About the Author

Adrian Baldwin is

Adrian Baldwin is a Mancunian now 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.

Breaking News

THE SNOWMAN AND THE SCARECROW . . .

(another dark comedy for grown-ups)

is OUT NOW in both Print and Kindle eBook

Yes, Adrian Baldwin's 3rd novel was released globally on Amazon in JUNE 2018


(Signed FIRST EDITIONS 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.' 

Adrian Baldwin's Novels

Barnacle Brat

"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

Stanley McCloud Must Die!

"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

The Snowman & the Scarecrow

"Great the eBook's out -

but what about the Print version?!

Come on, Baldwin, get a bloody move on!"


  * KINDLE eBook OUT NOW *

* PRINT version due next week! *  

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? 


Short Stories (stand-alone eBooks & Anthologies)

PIED!

Disturbing Clown

(available as a Kindle eBook)

 

"An amazingly brilliant story. Who would have thought that Clown Erotica Dark Comedy was so riveting a read."


-  Fizzy Red Maggs


BLOWN

(in Gruesome Grotesques 2)

 

"Fantastic. Creepy. Around 300 pages, with a wealth of diverse talent ." - Bernard


"An absolutely fabulous compilation of lovely, scary, blood-curdling stories." - Lorna


EGOR'S EMPORIUM

(available as a Kindle eBook)


​"Pythonesque. Twisted. And one of the funniest, most downright weird short stories I've ever read."


- Anon


'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.

'A cautionary tale of Hookers, Truckers and Unsuspecting Suckers.'


BLOWN is a dark comedy short inspired by Truck Stops, Trailers, and 'Lot Lizards'.


'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.


Click the button for Signed FIRST EDITIONS direct from the Author

Intermission 1

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 

Interviews

As you might know, I rarely leave the house, let alone give interviews

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.

Intermission 2

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! 

Books currently available from the Author ...

(more titles to follow when available)

Barnacle Brat

£8.99

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Grab a signed FIRST of my debut novel here. If you would like additional titles added to your order kindly add £1.20 per book. Please note, this is a UK courier charge. If you are outside the UK, just drop me a line using the contact form below or email me at adrian@adrianbaldwin.info

Stanley McCloud Must Die!

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Snag a signed FIRST of my second novel here. If you would like additional titles added to your order kindly add £1.20 per book. Please note, this is a UK courier charge. If you are outside the UK, just drop me a line using the contact form below or email me at adrian@adrianbaldwin.info

Snowman and the Scarecrow

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Order a signed FIRST of my third novel here. If you would like additional titles added to your order kindly add £1.20 per book. Please note, this is a UK courier charge. If you are outside the UK, just drop me a line using the contact form below or email me at adrian@adrianbaldwin.info

Floppy Shoes Apocalypse 3

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(Out of Print. Only a few copies left!) Get a signed FIRST of FSA 3 which includes my dark comedy short: PIED! If you'd like additional titles added to your order kindly add £1.20 per book. Please note, this is a UK courier charge. If you are outside the UK, just drop me a line using the contact form below or email me at adrian@adrianbaldwin.info

Gruesome Grotesques 2

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Grab a signed FIRST of GG 2 which includes my dark comedy short: BLOWN. If you'd like additional titles added to your order kindly add £1.20 per book. Please note, this is a UK courier charge. If you are outside the UK, just drop me a line using the contact form below or email me at adrian@adrianbaldwin.info 

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