As of yesterday (today in America), my fifth novel Small Change is out on the streets (preferably in book shops rather than gutters!).
A mix-up of hardboiled noir, pulp, soft horror, detective fiction, homage, and straight out farce, the book is available via Amazon USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as from — with free international shipping — Book Depository.
We’ve had a rash of great reviews over the past few days (says Andrez, wiping fevered brow), thanks to Australian Comics Journal, Fanboy Comics, Underrated Reads, All-Comic, and Annabel’s House of Books.
And Crime Fiction Lover included Small Change in their list of crime books to look out for: “With his off-beat pulp style featured in both comics and novels, here Andrez Bergen leads us into the bizarre world of Roy Scherer, a P.I. whose eyes are more focused on the weird phantasms of the occult than Chandler’s mean streets. Helped by nerdy assistant Suzie Miller, Scherer combats criminals for whom a standard Smith and Wesson load will do little harm. Only the silver-plated variety of bullet will damage these people!”
In answer to some questions, yes, that is an homage to Tom Waits on the cover — artist Alec and I are big fans.
Anyway, it’s out there, and I hope people (a) check the thing out, and (b) enjoy the ride. Plus it’s my birthday on Monday (the 14th), so be nice!
I’m currently at 55,650 words in novel #6 (Black Sails, Disco Inferno), with just the final chapter to go — plus some very necessary editing/expansion/tweaking.
And Frantz Kantor and I have started episode 2 of our collaborative Magpie comic for Oi Oi Oi! zine in Australia. I love Frantz’s art, and am so bloody lucky to be working with him. He’s really grabbing the scripts and making them something sensational.
We also have (I like to think) a hilarious dialogue at the beginning of #2 to explain away the change in costume.
Here’s a lo-res sneak preview snippet from an initial version of the cover art (shhh!).