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Charlie Returns - again!

Posted by Benedict J Jones on November 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Charlie Bars is back. The second novel featuring three-time-loser turned PI Charlie Bars is now available for pre-order on kindle;


Take a break, they said. Get out in the fresh air, they said. Get away from it all, they said. They have a lot to answer for. The follow up to Pennies for Charon sees Charlie Bars caught up in dark doings in the bleak Northumbrian countryside; horse mutilation, deadly obsession, dog fighting, a family of maniacs, and a family in danger. The city can be dangerous but the countryside is murder…

Dark Minds

Posted by Benedict J Jones on October 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I've worked with Dark Minds Press for a couple of years now and have never met people as excited about the horror genre as Anthony Watson and Ross Warren who run DMP. I met them both years ago on a now defunct British Horror forum and we have stayed firm friends ever since.

When I wrote "Slaughter Beach" a real love-song to 70s and 80s grind house literature and films I wrote it for myself but it struck a cord with the guys and they have published it to e-book and print versions this month. You can get it from Amazon here;


And while we were at it we didn't stop there - Dark Minds are putting out a collection of my weird and horror westerns under the title of "Rid the Dark Country" and this can be expected in early 2016.

Exciting times...

A round up...

Posted by Benedict J Jones on July 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The last few months have been really busy, so busy I have fallen behind with updating the website - again! To round up; the new Charlie Bars novel is nearing completion, the excellent Spelk Fiction published my flash fiction piece ".357", the Rogue anthology came out with my short story "Old Times", as did Darkest Minds containing "Going South to Meet the Devil", and soon to come is Kitchen Sink Gothic which looks great and has my story "Jamal Comes Home" in it.

There's also some rather secret news that I hop to be able to share soon.

I'm living in interesting times and loving it.

Return of the bad man...

Posted by Benedict J Jones on April 7, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Charlie Bars returns in my debut novel "Pennies for Charon".

Welcome to London - where the ferryman always has to be paid and the price is two shiny pennies over your cold dead eyes. When the son of the city’s leading barrister asks ex-con turned private eye Charlie “Bars” Constantinou to look for a missing call-girl, Charlie thinks he might finally have found a way to do some good. But Charlie soon finds himself embroiled with a serial killer who believes that the soul of the city demands human sacrifices if it is to reward its inhabitants with spoils and riches. There’s not been a murderer so calculating, bizarre and elusive on the loose in the British capital since Jack the Ripper. Three time loser Charlie Bars, unlikely hero of Skewered and other London Cruelties, Ben Jones’s first Crime Wave Press release, is the only man to put the city right and make sure the ferryman gets his due.


Skewered and other news

Posted by Benedict J Jones on February 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the wait is almost over - my collection "Skewered and Other London Cruelties" (Crime Wave Press) is due for release very soon. The e-book edition is due for release on 20/02/14 and a full table of contents can be found below;

Skewered (novella)

Real Estate

Hungry is the Dark

Habeus Corpus

Borrowed Time

With a Smile


In other news my story "Going South to Meet the Devil" has been accepted for the Darkest Minds anthology (Dark Minds Press), really enjoyed writing this modern horror western and looking forward to it being released.

No Monsters Allowed

Posted by Benedict J Jones on October 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is unleashed! No Monsters Allowed anthology edited by Alex Davis (Dog Horn Publishing) and featuring my story 'Like Clockwork'

Purchase Link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/alex-davis/no-monsters-allowed/paperback/product-21240457.html

Goodreads Link (including a very cool giveaway) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18632817-no-monsters-allowed


The Small Ones Hurt the Most by GARY MCMAHON

The Silence After Winter by ADAM CRAIG

Canvassing Opinion by STUART HUGHES

Some Girls Wander by Mistake by AMELIA MANGAN

Puppyberries by JOHN GREENWOOD

Like Clockwork by BENEDICT J. JONES

Special Girl by E. M. SALTER


Bred in the Bone by JEFF GARDINER

The Algorithm by CAMERON SUEY

Against the Back Wall by DAN HOWARTH

Killer Con by A.D. BARKER

Piranha by STEVE BYRNE

The Ballad of Bailey Blonde by MARC SORONDO


An Honest Woman's Child by JO THOMAS

Arthur's Cellar by ANNA TABORSKA

Precious Damaged Cargo by KERRY LIPP


Downsize by ALLEN ASHLEY



The Round Up

Posted by Benedict J Jones on September 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

My story "The Arroyo of the Worm" is up over on the Big Adios;


and the second part can be found at;


My mountain man tale is almost finished and while it contains some elements of the weird it is mainly grounded in awful reality.

The first draft of "Mulligan's Idol" is nearly complete but there's a lot that I want to put in during the second draft so I'm not sure when it will be finished.

My short story "Like Clockwork" is due to be released onto the world towards the end of October in the "No Monsters Allowed" anthology from Dog Horn Press and will be released at the Scardiff event (held, unsurprisingly, in Cardiff!)

I am also currently working on a slew of shorts for submission to various anthologies in the hope that I'll get an early start on 2014.

New Western News

Posted by Benedict J Jones on June 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Two pieces of news regarding my western short stories; firstly my story "The Far Rider" is up over on The Western Online


and secondly my story "The Arroyo of the Worm" has been accepted by The Big Adios to be serialised in two parts.

Both of the stories are in the weird western genre and of late I've been working on several other stories, both weird and traditional western. There is to be follow up to "The Arroyo of the Worm", a story entitled "Riding with the Dragon" centred on a mountain man and Chinese miners during the California gold rush and another story which at present is called "Mulligan's Idol".

As always I shall make sure I put up any news about the release of these as soon as I have it.

For the Night is Dark

Posted by Benedict J Jones on April 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

My latest story - Hungry is the Dark - is now available in the wonderful anthology For the Night is Dark (Crystal Lake publishing) and can be found on Amazon in both print and kindle format:


This is a great looking anthology and one look at the table of contents says exactly why you should let a little bit of the dark into your life!

As always if you do get it and enjoy the anthology then please post a review on Amazon, your blog/website or tell a friend about it.