Saturday, 10 July 2021
I'm now at the editing stage. That's always quite enjoyable for me. I've put my text to the editor having gone through it a few times myself. I'll then be taking their notes into consideration before a couple more edits. There's usually a bit of back and forth, and it's valuable work.
My favourite editorial comment on passges in Moonstomp was "This is too opaque for me." The editor knew I use some…
Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing
Friday, 13 August 2021
Met with the publishers at Unbound yesterday to hand over text. The next stage will be working with the editor, getting proofs done, and fitting into Unbound's publishing schedule. Still plenty of work to do and we're a way off books in paws but getting closer.
Here's Unbound's John Mitchinson with a couple of my Slade paperbacks. They've a second Dave Hill book coming up and so we spent a fair…
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Yes, we hit 100% on the funding today. Big thanks to all of you for your support.
The next step is the editing, proofing, and printing. I'll update how that's going once Unbound have sat me down with an editor and we've done a few read throughs.
In the meantime I'm having a drink, or two.
Friday, 23 July 2021
Pulp fiction is nothing new to us yobs. The Hells Angels and Skinhead books of the 70s sold by the barrowload. As a yoof I'd buy bovver books at Rock On in Camden Town, at Brick Lane of a Sunday and also at the book barrows that used to be on Holloway Road and Leather Lane.
The Penny Dreadfuls were a precursor and in his Curiosities of London Life, from back in 1853, Charles Manby Smith himself had…
Saturday, 10 July 2021
Less than 10% left to go. I've gone through three drafts of the book and once it's fully funded the next stage will be to sit with an editor. That's always quite enjoyable for me.
My favourite editorial comment on a few passges in Moonstomp was "This is too opaque for me." The editor knew I use some partiular vocabulary and asked if my mates would understand it, and was happy when I said they would…
Monday, 28 June 2021
As both Shine On Me and Moonstomp are set mainly in north east London, and as it's my tipple of choice, lager top gets served in several of the pub scenes. It's a drink particularly known in London and less so round the rest of the country.
Simply it's a pint of lager with a splash of lemonade, about half an inch, sploshed in when the lager has finished being poured. A shandy is an 'alf and 'alf…
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Some of the witchery that takes place in the book is set in the old Huguenot houses around Brick Lane and Spitalfields. These days they look lovely but it was quite a different story in 1980, when the book is set.
Author of 'The Rats' James Herbert, whose father, Herbert Herbert, had a fruit and veg stall on Brick Lane, recalled that in his childhood "Rats ran in the alleyways and over the bomb sites…
Looking My Love
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Looking My Love
My first whistle
was a silver
never done up.
I am not.
My first whistle,
wolf that is,
was from her
was bowling up
on a sunny
Thursday, 11 March 2021
The Gonads website asked for an interview about my skinhead pulp horror, Moonstomp. The book is set in 1979 and is a New English Library style tale of a skinhead werewolf. I asked Garry, who runs the site, what he wanted to know, and he said I should ask my own questions. This seemed a bit weird, it might have been the done thing at Sounds, but not for me. I asked a few hooligans what they’d like…
Monday, 29 March 2021
Quick bump of purple heart poetry for the bank holiday.
The Easter bank
holiday we mobbed
cos the sea breeze
held a chill.
had a knife edge,
the clack of blakeys
When the Tottenham
made a show
we was in the Lanes.
The first bottle
put a window
We edged back…
Boots N Booze
Friday, 19 February 2021
Interview I did last year with my mates over at Boots N Booze zine from Santa Cruz, USA,
Boots N Booze Interview: Tim Wells!
We sat down with legendary author and Skinhead, Tim Wells to ask him about his book 'Moonstomp'! Check it out!
How long have you been writing?
Since the late 70s, but gigging properly as a poet when the Ranters kicked off in the early 80s. I’d not written…
Action Cook Book
Friday, 15 January 2021
Food is always a sign of class, in every way that can be taken. One of the good things about the Harry Palmer films is how Harry Palmer shows his confidence with good food and coffee. It's a very mod outlook, us working class types should be living well. It's come as a surprise to many when I tell them that Len Deighton, author of the IPCRESS File and the other Harry Palmer books, as well as the superb…
Friday, 15 January 2021
Shine On Me takes a bite from Pelican sociology books we read in the 60s and 70s as much as the New English Library pulps.
'Sociologists write reams about the alienation of capitalism. We know, we read it. We see ourselves described in those blue Pelican sociology books but never understood. We know all about alienation and capital, we don’t need it explained by soft handed wankers that can’t…
Saturday, 6 February 2021
I was delighted that Stewart loved Moonstomp and also supported Shine On Me on his website. He wrote of my pulp horrors: "I loved Moonstomp. Wells' authentically pastiched werewolf-skinhead novel bleeds 1970's New English Library youth pulp into Pan Horror anthology gore, against the backdrop of a vividly realised nascent North London punk scene. I can't wait to find out how Joe's double life develops…
John Cooper Clarke
Thursday, 21 January 2021
"The lad Warren Zevon remarked of the werewolf of London that ‘he’d like to meet his tailor’. Indeed, a mere hint of lycanthropy will play havoc with a chap’s stylish shmatta. My pal Tim Wells’ pulp horror, Shine On Me, is a measured, well stitched, ticket pocketed whistle in the New English Library style. Try it on for size."
Saturday, 9 January 2021
One of my favourite weird places in London is the Limehouse Pyramid and it features as part of an occult ritual in Shine On Me. This is how chapter six kicks off...
'From Commercial Road the Limehouse Pyramid thrusts up like an occluded tooth in the churchyard of St. Anne’s, one of Hawksmoor’s churches that supposedly form a five pointed star. The day falling to twilight added to the air of mystery…
Mod Girl Clothes
Sunday, 13 December 2020
Throughout Shine On Me, and previously in Moonstomp, I have been detailed on clothes. This book is set in 1980, and Moonstomp in '79. The clothes can be more fun to write than the sex and aggro. Maybe that's nostalgia (for all three!) and age.
It annoys me when subcultural writing is lazy and gets the style wrong. 'The look' was the most important thing for us. We may not have had much else but…
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
The book is set in 1980 and badges were an integral part of 'the look', be that punk, skinhead, reggae, metal, or whatever. The were pinned to the collars of Harringtons, the lapels of leathers, and even on braces.
There's a bit in chapter 7 of Moonstomp about how badges played their part in meeting people and sussing them out...
'As Joyce came back from the toilet and was strutting it to show…
Thursday, 5 November 2020
There's a lot of music from the late 70s, and a few other tunes dropping by, in Shine On Me. Moonstomp was set in 1979, and this book moves into 1980 with punk being nudged aside by 2 Tone and the mod revival. A couple of mod pubs in Dalston feature, and there's mention of the Purple Hearts, the Spiders, Long Tall Shorty, the Jam (of course) and many more of the three buttoned jacket, terry towelling…