Thursday, May 19, 2016

Black Sails, Disco Inferno by Andrez Bergen

On June 30, 2016, a new novel by our friend Andrez Bergen will be published! Here's the press release. Watch this spot for a review!


by Andrez Bergen with Renee Asher Pickup




An unnamed city, in which crime families flourish and police pinch pennies from those with most power...

Black Sails, Disco Inferno retells the classic medieval romance of Tristan and Iseult by turning things on their head, reversing the sex of our chief protagonists, and then placing them in a '70s pulp/noir world.

Andrez Bergen's latest novel (with Renee Asher Pickup) exposes Trista and Issy to a sensual, disco-infused narrative — one overflowing with double-dealings, violent brutality, and a spellbinding mystery.

Black Sails, Disco Inferno is also the novelization of critically-lauded 2015-16 comic book series Trista & Holt that Bergen wrote and illustrated (Pickup scripted #7). Feedback to the comic is included in these lovely bytes:

Captures the spirit of noir so perfectly it hurts.

The dark, brooding world of Trista and Issy is compelling.

Trista is a breath of fresh air.

A crime story, albeit with a hell of a lot of references to medieval literature.

Slow-burning, hard-boiled noir.

Bergen shows once again he has a firm grasp on the concepts of noir literature – perhaps due in part to his readings of Chandler and Hammett (two of the genre’s best), and his consistent great work on Bullet Gal.

The 280-page novel is now ready for pre-order, and both writers involved are available for comment or interviews.

Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, artist and ad hoc saké connoisseur who's been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 15 years.

He makes music as Little Nobody and Funk Gadget, and ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for over a decade from 1995.

Bergen has also written articles for papers and magazines such as Mixmag, The Age, Anime Insider, Australian Style, Impact, Remix, Yomiuri Shinbun, VICE, and Geek Magazine.

He published noir/sci-fi novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat in 2011, the surreal fantasy One Hundred Years of Vicissitude through Perfect Edge Books in 2012, comicbook/noir/pulp tome Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? (2013), a collection of short stories and archival articles called The Condimental Op (2013), a surreal coming-of-age tale with crime/noir undertones titled Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (2014), and the horror/noir comedy Small Change (2015).

He additionally makes comics, as writer and occasionally artist, with Tales to Admonish, Bullet Gal, Trista & Holt, Magpie, and a graphic novel version of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat under the belt.

Bergen has published stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, All Due Respect, Solarcide, Weird Noir, Roundfire Fiction, 8th Wonder Press, Project-Nerd Publishing, Under Belly Comics, Another Sky Press, and IF? Commix, and works occasionally on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by the likes of Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani, for Production I.G in Japan.

Renee Asher Pickup is a mellowed-out punk rocker living in Southern California.

She is senior editor at Dirge Magazine, class facilitator at LitReactor, and is one of the hosts of the Unprintable Podcast.

Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people — and stands by the statement that From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life.

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