The Hangman’s Breakfast

This is the book project that consumed over two years of my life, between 2004-2007. The end result was mental illness and over half a million words that I quickly realised were completely unpublishable. Even allowing for the perennial British obsession with grisly crime, the aggregate of material I’d collected was frankly too grim, and my focus on it so unhealthily obsessional for it to ever be inflicted on anyone else. I’d undoubtedly got something out of my system in the process, but I’d also unleashed demons that I’ve never been able to completely exorcise. In an attempt to resolve that, I’ve decided to make the finished manuscript available free to anyone who is mad enough to want to read it. I’ve done very little editing so the text is pretty raw, with what must be typo’s aplenty and some content that all these years later I might choose to revise. Some of the crimes featured have also since been solved, and some of the villains are now dead, but I won’t be writing any updates. It stands as it is, a tombstone for the person I was before I turned forty.

The back cover blurb I wrote sets the tone:

If that’s doesn’t put you off, you can download all the covers, Introduction, Chapters (one for each decade from the 1940’s to 2000’s) and Conclusion HERE.

As a suggested sonic ambience to enhance your reading pleasure, here’s The Hangman’s Breakfast soundtrack:

  1. MOGWAI – HALF TIME
  2. THE FOCUS GROUP – THE GREEN STATION HAUNT
  3. JOHN LEYTON – JOHNNY REMEMBER ME
  4. EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND – OUT, DEMONS, OUT
  5. DAVID BOWIE – ROCK N ROLL SUICIDE
  6. SEX PISTOLS – GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
  7. WARREN ZEVON – WEREWOLVES OF LONDON
  8. THE SKIDS – THE SAINTS ARE COMING
  9. THE BLANKS – THE NORTHERN RIPPER
  10. MORRISSEY – EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY
  11. INSPIRAL CARPETS – THIS IS HOW IT FEELS
  12. SUEDE – WE ARE THE PIGS
  13. PULP – THIS IS HARDCORE
  14. BLACK BOX RECORDER – CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
  15. MANSUN – WITNESS TO A MURDER (PART 2)
  16. JARVIS COCKER – I WILL KILL AGAIN
  17. YNDI HALDA – ILLUMINATE MY HURT, MY DARLING
  18. VIRGINIA ASTLEY – A SUMMER LONG SINCE PASSED

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