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Adrian Baldwin

Hi, I am an indie writer of Dark Comedy. Had a few things on TV (that’s me showing off) but now concentrating on novels.

My first, BARNACLE BRAT (a dark comedy for grown-ups) has been described as a modern-day Billy Liar … meets Donnie Darko; a tale of alienation, loss, and what can happen when a young man’s imagination spins wildly out of control.

Currently deep into book 2: STANLEY McCLOUD MUST DIE! – and yes, it’s another dark comedy!

AUTHOR: Adrian Baldwin

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BARNACLE BRAT (a dark comedy for grown-ups)

BARNACLE BRAT (a dark comedy for grown-ups)
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Adrian Baldwin is a Mancunian now living and working in Wales. Back in the Nineties, he wrote for various TV shows/personalities: Hale & Pace, Clive Anderson, Brian Conley, Paul McKenna, Smith & Jones, Rory Bremner (and a few others). Wooo, get him.

Since then, he has written three screenplays, one of which received generous financial backing from the Film Agency for Wales. Then along came the global recession to kick the UK Film industry in the nuts. What a bummer!

Not to be outdone, he turned to novel writing – which had always been his real dream – and, in particular, a genre he feels is often overlooked; a genre he has always been a fan of: Dark Comedy.

Barnacle Brat (a dark comedy for grown-ups) is his first novel.

He is currently working on two more novels – Stanley McCloud Must Die! & The Snowman and the Scarecrow – to complete what will be his ‘Let’s all Laugh at Death’ trilogy; three separate stories loosely linked by theme.

A second trilogy: ‘Let’s all Snigger about Sex and Chortle at Crime’ has been proposed as a follow-up. If it happens, it will no doubt be an orgy of filth and depravity and far-fetched characters (criminals and perverts, most likely!) all smothered in copious amounts of distasteful black humour. If that’s the kind of thing that appeals to you, you sicko, you’re probably just the type of reader he’s looking for.

For more information, check out: (*You can read the first five chapters of Barnacle Brat there, in full.)

Adrian cites his major writing influences as Kurt Vonnegut, Monty Python, Bruce Robinson, Christopher Moore, David Mitchell, Robert Rankin, Colin Bateman, Irvine Welsh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to name just a few.


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"Losing your grip on reality is a real bummer. Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he'd know. Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out. Until recently, Leon would have argued that a tendency to become easily side-tracked on a regular basis wasn't that odd. And what's so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head? Doesn't everyone? Isn't that just thinking? But his recent visions aren't so freely dismissed; especially the angry-looking clown who's following him around with a baseball bat. Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log will shed light on the mystery. Then again, could 'seeing-things' just be sexual frustration? It's been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff. Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions, paranoia, and ... ahem ... 'unusual interests': Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes - that kind of thing.


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"Barnacle Brat" opens upside down in a VW-Bug that has flipped in an accident. The driver and protagonist, Leon Blank, is discussing the situation with his parents (hanging by their seatbelts in the back) and a ventriloquist dummy, Lord Archibald (he prefers "mannequin") in the seat next to him. From that point on, the reader follows Leon deeper down the rabbit hole into the wonderland his world devolves into as he deals with (or doesn't) the aftermath of that accident, complete with a hodge-podge of crazy characters, some real and some imagined. Long after it becomes clear that all is not quite right in Leon's world or his head, Baldwin does a superb job of keeping the reader guessing where the delusions end and the real world begins.

Fizzy Red Maggs "Maggs"

Outstandingly brilliant book that I simply couldn't put down, read it in one sitting (or should I say one lying as I refused to move from my bed), it is only for grown ups! It made me laugh and it made me cry. Best book I have read this year, and maybe in the past few years (and I have read many)



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