Art Imitates Life – And With Violent Crime On The Rise Across The U.S., There’s Plenty To Imitate
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, May 1, 2022: Take all the major cities in the United States with record-breaking crime and homicide rates. Merge them into one big mega city with no clear exits. And the result is Punk City, the fictional city of The Hell Bound Kids, a transgressive new book series blurring the lines between crime, horror, dark fantasy, and suspense.
The Hell Bound Kids is published by indie press No Sell Out Productions and written by series creator MANSON, with contributing authors Anthony Perconti, Sebastian Vice, and Joe Haward. Book One: Wild in the Streets is named after the song by Garland Jeffreys. Another major influence on the series is Sol Yurick’s The Warriors.
The series is centered around the eponymous Hell Bound Kids, one of the many gangs warring for control of Punk City’s hellish streets. The iniquity that transpires within the city’s inescapable borders is purposeful, orchestrated by its mysterious ruler, Abraxas, and his corrupt City Management. Together, they rule the megalopolis from within the protection of their fortified sectors, inside a seemingly endless urban nightmare of twisting streets, glowing skyscrapers, and war-torn ghettoes built by an entity known only as the Architect. However, when a repentant member of HBK called Ghost learns of a group named the Outsiders that may know a way to escape—it threatens to reveal the city’s true nature. And that is something neither Abraxas, nor the Powers That Be he serves, can allow.
Available in print and ebook on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and wherever else books are sold, $6.99 in ebook, $16.99 in print. To learn more about this exciting new series, visit: noselloutproductions.com, or contact Jason Duke the owner of No Sell Out Productions to request review copies and/or arrange interviews with the authors.
Manson loves and hates everyone equitably. She’ll read just about anything, but she especially enjoys weird shit like Hunter S. Thompson. She also likes crime fiction, the occult, horror, transgressive, science fiction, and dark fantasy.
Anthony Perconti lives and works in the hinterlands of New Jersey with his wife and kids. He enjoys well-crafted and engaging stories from across a variety of genres and mediums. His articles have appeared in several online venues as well as some indie press magazines such as Three Crows Magazine, Grimdark Magazine, Dark Matter Magazine & Pulp Modern. He can be found on Twitter @AnthonyPerconti
Sebastian Vice is the founder of Outcast Press devoted to transgressive fiction and dirty realism. He writes a regular column for A Thin Slice of Anxiety called “Notes Of A Degenerate Dreamer,” and has poetry and short fiction published in Punk Noir Magazine, A Thin Slice Of Anxiety, Outcast Press, Terror House Magazine, and Bristol Noir. His flash piece “One Last Good Day” was nominated for Best Of The Net 2021.
Joe Haward is an author, poet, and heretic. As a freelance journalist his work challenges religious and political corruption. Writing horror, noir, and transgressive fiction and poetry, his work can be found in various places. His debut poetry collection, Heresy (Uncle B. Publications) drops in 2022. Find him on Twitter @RevJoeHaward or at joehaward.co.uk.