Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Twist Of Noir 351 - Paul D. Brazill

LATE NIGHT FILM - PAUL D. BRAZILL

Originally published in Disenthralled #3 in November 2009

Fade in.

It’s spring and, teetering precariously at the precipice of middle age, I become a self-imposed exile from London and get drunk between the moon and New York City. I know it’s crazy but it’s true. I set off with a half-arsed plan to hit the road, like Jack and Tom, and like so many half-arsed plans it all goes pear-shaped as quick as spit disappears on hot pavement.

Spring soon segues into a forty-two degree summer in Madrid. Close up on me burning my hand on the side of a taxi; falling into a fountain in Sol, as drunk as fuck; a row of prostitutes lined up outside a shop called Easy Everything, one of them blind; waking up in a shop doorway in the midday heat as a policeman goes for his gun. Freeze frame.

And then summer stumbles into autumn which tumbles into a winter in Warsaw’s snow smothered streets. More close ups: beer breakfasts in a twenty-four hour pub; the football stadium’s Russian market selling Nazi memorabilia; a Ukrainian lap dancer on her knees, snorting cocaine in the middle of Old Town square.

And then cut to a sparse apartment, walls splattered with blood that looks shitty in the pissy light. Then...

Fade Out.

BIO: Paul D. Brazill was born in Hartlepool, England and lives in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He has had stories in A Twist Of Noir, Beat To A Pulp, Blink Ink and other such classy joints. He can be found stalking Paul D. Brazill at Paul D. Brazill.

8 comments:

David Barber said...

Visual and gritty. Top piece Mr Brazill.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Ta Dave. Mostly true too!

Crybbe666 said...

A fine write, Paul. "...goes pear-shaped as quick as spit disappears on hot pavement." Great line. The obvious question, which I am dying to know, is this: which part is the untrue 5%?

Alan Griffiths said...

Gritty stuff Paul and full of great lines. Top stuff, once again.

Laura Eno said...

Short and yet says it all. Great stuff, Paul!

Al Tucher said...

I can't get over that blind hooker!

Carrie said...

This is a style I have trouble with. You write it like you live it. I suspect you have with some of it. ;) Excellent work Paul.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Thanks all. Al, the blind hooker also had an arm in a sling but I thought that mentioning that was over egging the pudding a bit!