Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Bastard Hand

The Bastard Hand, huh?
Got me to thinking about hands. I love them.
There's the amazing Nick Cave song Red Right Hand.

How about Cool Hand Luke and those 50 eggs?

The story of Left Hand, Right Hand in The Night Of The Hunter.

Maradona's Hand Of God

Max Bygraves

The Smiths Hand In Glove

The Adams Family have their very own.

JT Ellison's So Close The Hand Of Death

and Dead Man’s Hand

Well soon, very soon, New Pulp Press are putting out Heath Lowrance's Bastard Hand. Here's what's on it's way:

Book Description

Charlie Wesley is not right in the head. He’s escaped from a mental hospital up north and hitchhiked his way south, the voice of his dead brother urging him on. But when Charlie hits Memphis, the fine line between his delusions and reality shift in the form of the Reverend Phineas Childe—a preacher bent on booze and women; a Man of God with a dark agenda. Charlie is the perfect pawn in the Reverend’s game of retribution. And the small North Mississippi town of Cuba Landing will be the setting for the Reverend’s very personal Apocalypse. . . .

Advanced Praise

“In the storied waking-up-into-a-nightmare pulp tradition, Heath Lowrance’s The Bastard Hand reads is a lurid thrill. You will finish it in one frenzied sitting, then feel as if you’re awakening from a red-misted trance.”

Megan Abbott, author of Bury Me Deep

"A bastard of a good book. If you like Flannery O'Connor and Jim Thompson, you're going to love this."

Allan Guthrie, author of Slammer

"Reverend Childe is a terrific pulp creation, and this wild, crazy book could've sat next to the Gold-Medal pulps of Charles Williams and Harry Whittington if those two were only popping LSD back then."

Dave Zeltserman, author of Outsourced

“Mean, tough, lurid, intense, and entirely engaging, this novel is a must read for all fans of the hardboiled genre.”

Vincent Zandri, author of Moonlight Falls

If that doesn't have you salivating, I guess you're short of a couple of glands. I recommend surgery.


  1. Heath's book looks the winner. Terrific cover.

    And may I add Humphrey Bogart's The Left Hand of God (1955).

  2. I'm hoping to get a list of Hand references here, so thanks David. You've also put up a Bogart title that I don't recognise and I'm off to check it out right now.

  3. I big hand to Nigel! I was lucky enough to read The Bastard Hand last year and it is a beaut of a book.

  4. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. The Red Hand of Ulster. I Want to Hold Your Hand. Manos: The Hands of Fate.

    Also, well played, Paul. Wit like that must come in handy.

  5. I have read and reviewed The Bastard Hand myself (you will read it on release day next week) and it's a bleak, disturbing read in the southern gothic tradition. It has the strength of those books right wing nuts try to ban all the times.