Novelist and Short Story Writer
HOLYHELL CRIME THRILLER SERIES
The HolyHell noir thrillers, beginning with WELCOME to HOLYHELL, and continuing with GOODBYE HOLYHELL and the forthcoming RETURN to HOLYHELL, follow grifter Jay Ellis from small-town crime in rural Wales to the organised gangs of the London underworld. These poignant, gripping hard-boiled crime thrillers follow Jay through 70s, 80s and 90s Britain.
WELCOME TO HOLYHELL
With a stripped-down, return to the classical style of writing, Math Bird has created a book that drips with a sense of nostalgia for the days when books flexed their muscles through an economy of words, potentially double-crossing dames, and plots that were launched with nitro slapped on their backs . . .
The publisher’s description of the novel aptly puts it, “Set in the borderlands of northeast Wales, WELCOME TO HOLYHELL is a coming-of-age story about loneliness, hope, the past that haunts us, and the fear of growing older.”
If you like your stories short, crime-ridden, and dark, this is the book for you. Those are qualities all seven of the stories in this collection share. Other things they have in common are, as the description indicates, a setting in Wales and being solidly written, entertaining reads.
The Whistling Sands
OUT OF THE GUTTER ONLINE
Welcome to Holyhell
THE BIG THRILL MAGAZINE
Histories of the Dead
BOOKS & PALS BLOGSITE
Math Bird is a multi-genre novelist and short story writer. He grew up and lives in the borderlands of North East Wales. He’s a member of the Crime Writers Association and the Horror Writers Association, and his work has aired on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra.
He is presently writing four series:
The Mabon Pryce Murder Mystery Series begins with BORDER SANDS and follow investigative reporter Mabon Pryce as he investigates murder and corruption in 80s Britain.
The HolyHell noir crime books beginning with WELCOME to HOLYHELL and continuing with GOODBYE HOLYHELL and the forthcoming RETURN to HOLYHELL, follow grifter Jay Ellis from small-town crime in rural Wales to the organised gangs of the London underworld. These poignant, gripping hardboiled crime thrillers follow Jay through 70s, 80s and 90s Britain.
The Witches Copse trilogy beginning with WITCHES COPSE and continuing with the forthcoming WITCHES BLOODING and WITCHES END, involves gun-for-hire Elizabeth Daton. Eager to redeem herself when a job results in a young girl being hospitalised, Daton agrees to escort an acquaintance of a renowned barrister from the ominous Witches Copse. However, what begins as a simple errand quickly escalates into a terrifying ordeal of possession, witchcraft, and the occult.
The Whistling Sands crime noir trilogy follows ex-con Ned Flynn as he searches for those who betrayed him. Beginning with THE WHISTLING SANDS, continuing with HIDDEN GRACE, and the forthcoming RUIN’S END, this series is a fast-paced, brutal and poignant tale about revenge, redemption and the dark recesses of human nature.
(Book 2 in the WITCHES COPSE TRILOGY)
(Book 3 in the WITCHES COPSE TRILOGY)
A GIANT'S TEARS
A friendship between two teenage boys over the summer holidays has a powerful and lasting effect on one of them.
Read by Craig Ryder
Director Nigel Lewis
Producer Kate McAll
BBC Wales Radio Drama
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio Wales
One young man's attempts to make it as a poet tests an Editor's patience.
BBC Radio Drama