AUGUST 2012
SEIN UND WERDEN REVIEW - DRAWING DEAD
"Drawing Dead is a genre book, for certain. It's not light reading; a Tarantino film by way of Woo writ large across the page."..."It was nasty, it was crude, and it was brutally honest about what it was and stayed right where it should be. There are no transcendental moments of wonder in here, no new insight. This was the story of a self-confessed arse. On that it gets full marks. It's a lurid thriller. Again; no quibble. It's unremittingly hard. Yup, top score."
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JUNE 2012
THE SEA IS NOT YET FULL - NOW AVAILABLE AT BLACK RIDER PRESS
Black Rider Press is proud to announce the release of the sea is not yet full by JJ Deceglie, an ebook version of the novel previously published.
the sea is not yet full is the story of Sep, an Australian writer roaring through flickering life, love and despair. It’s the story of Fremantle, Western Australia, and its brilliance and squalor. It’s incandescent. It’s Beat. It’s a punch in the gut.

Get it here!

Or go to Black Rider Press!




FEB 2012
NEW AMAZON KINDLE RELEASE: 'DRAWING DEAD'
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PRAISE FOR 'DRAWING DEAD'
"Drawing Dead is classic pulp with some generous fucking helpings of despair, graphic sex, and dark humor, a tight neo-noir that’s not afraid to go full-dark when it counts. If that sounds like your piping hot cuppa, dear reader, go and fucking get yourself some."
Nerd of Noir, Spinetingler
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"Drawing Dead is a brilliant noir from one of Australia's most exciting new novelists."
Adrian McKinty, author of "Dead I Well May Be", "Fifty Grand", "Falling Glass" and "The Cold, Cold Ground"

"Deceglie has taken the notoriously inflexible private eye format and busted it wide open, cutting this novella loose from the genre’s stifling chains. Drawing Dead breaks new ground."
Mike Dennis, author of mikedennisnoir.com blogs
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"I don't know if Australia's JJ DeCeglie has been anywhere near Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, or any of the other psychic nowheres of American noir, but he sure can channel their spirit well."
Peter Rozovsky, author of Detectives Beyond Borders blog
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"JJ DeCeglie's Drawing Dead is a whirlpool that drags you down into a delirious take on a classic private eye story, as told through the bleary eyes of a half-mad barfly.
Smart, funny and completely addictive, Drawing Dead is like staggering into a booze and piss stinking alleyway for a knee trembler and a mugging all at the same time. Yes. it's that good!"

Paul D Brazill, author of pdbrazill.blogspot.com.au
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"A terrifying portrait of a man destined to lose, Drawing Dead is at once stark and lyrical, with the ghosts of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain whispering all over the pages. Keep an eye out for JJ Deceglie, a stunning new voice in crime fiction."
Jon Bassoff, publisher of New Pulp Press

"An impressive, memorable voice, with dark echoes of Bruen and Sallis and Ellroy. You won’t soon forget this book."
Charles Ardai, publisher of Hard Case Crime


FEB 2012
GUEST POST: THE LAST 8 GREAT CRIME/NOIR NOVELS I'VE READ BY JJ DECEGLIE
JJ guest blogs on Sons of Spade, JVD STEEN's blog (founder of the Hardboiled Collective)
"Jochem has been good enough to invite me to guest blog on the back of the release of my psycho-noir novel Drawing Dead"
Read JJ's guest blog here!

FEB 2012
“YA WANNA DO IT HERE OR DOWN THE STATION, PUNK?”: JJ DECEGLIE
Rapid Fire Q&A on Irish author Declan Burke's blog Crime Always Pays
Read the interview here!

FEB 2012
SHORT, SHARP INTERVIEW: JJ DECEGLIE
JJ talks with Paul D Brazill about his novel 'Drawing Dead', his favourite films, TV series & reading habits (Amongst other things)
Read the interview here!





JULY 2011
COMING SOON: 'PRINCES WITHOUT A KINGDOM'
JJ DeCeglie's highly anticipated new novel...Princes Without a Kingdom... described as a booming metaphysical spectacle of dark Dostoyevskian proportions... unrelentingly exploring life and meaning with characters larger than hurtling planets... with confrontations the equal of unanticipated crashing meteors... story that will wrap you in a mental bind, and refuse to release.

"Princes Without a Kingdom quickly drummed up a fire in me, which was sustained till the end. The book is filled with characters of such determination, single-pointed sincerity, and depth that it almost doesn’t require a plot. With the seriousness of Tolstoy, and the grit of Hemingway, DeCeglie shall go on to join the greats of literature."
Levin A. Diatschenko, author of ‘The Rooftop Sutras’.

JUNE 2011
NEW INTERVIEW WITH JJ DECEGLIE @ CRIMINAL-E
JJ DeCeglie talks with Allan Guthrie about his poker novel 'Damned Good', his writing methods and his crime fiction reading habits.
CRIMINAL-E
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE


APRIL 2011
EXCERPT PUBLISHED FROM THE UNPUBLISHED WORK 'WORLD OF THE DEAD'

THE BLACK RIDER PRESS
'The face is solemn, driven. The features cut from a cool blue slate. Blue rose pastel lips like precisely smeared wax. The beard tinged blue just so slightly amidst its orange brown cuts the face sharper, it is brilliance. Body all huddled in the huge dark coat outlined in black and set in the right hand corner. The blue of the coat and the blue of the background a contrast set. Behind him the blue of summer’s evening sky just before it’s turns to night, his coat instead the black blue of night, a contrast like warm ocean and bitter cold sea, his background Paris’ evening bohemia, but his hovelled here self wrapped deeper in dark blue with eyes determined, sober, features still with devil shaped black eyebrows and darkly hair mop, the coat collar right up to his chin, only revealing his face, drawn and handsome, blue hue of white night skin, his face is the illumination between the contrast of the blues on the canvas, the smudged haphazard warm strokes of the outside behind him; and the strict frost capture of his coat that warms him, disciplines him, makes the artist of him. Sep admires him. Is drawn to the moment on the page. Feels the mood of this piece feel him. Leads directly into this stream. The writer. Character. Blur. Blurred. This release. This stream. Everything a cut or shot from somewhere in his head and existence. An excuse to go on living.'

THE BLACK RIDER PRESS - "....delivers the kind of stories you should be reading, penned by the kin of Black Rider Hepcats you should know about"
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MAR 2011
KICKING IT WITH JJ DECEGLIE

THE BLACK RIDER PRESS
'It took me about a year to track down JJ Deceglie. I’d originally found him through following (and later publishing) Nathan Hobby’s work. For ages I’d been wanting JJ to climb up onto Cottonmouth’s stage. I couldn’t get a hold of him. I couldn’t find him – too elusive, too non-descript.

See, JJ is exactly the kind of hepcat I dig. This cat’s work is so heavy – forget whatever you’re told anything is supposed to be. This cat is so heavy.

He’s concocted the novella the sea is not yet full, the short story collection In the Same Streets You’ll Wander Endlessly, Australia’s first novel about poker Damned Good, and his most recent novella Ennui and Despair. Plus lots of stories published all over the place.

Out of the blue a year later I heard from him, had crept out of the depths of Freo, and over jars in the Sail & Anchor then the flurry of maddening schemes, plots, codifications, defiant contrivances, irreverent. And mad for the High Ones in the Berryman sense.

So with JJ soon taking over the oncoming edition of The Diamond & the Thief, here then some of our conversation while kickin’ it...'

THE BLACK RIDER PRESS - "....delivers the kind of stories you should be reading, penned by the kin of Black Rider Hepcats you should know about"
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JAN 2011
JJ DECEGLIE'S POEM IN COTTONMOUTH ZINE

'GIN & JAZZ'
'The first moment he met her
she was immaculate and drunk.
And he asked her to elope with him
and she didnt say no
but laughed like only she could.
Which possibly meant yes...'

COTTONMOUTH - Cottonmouth is the Zine published in conjunction with a monthly performance night
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SEP 2010
'ENNUI AND DESPAIR' PUBLISHED BY OLYMPIA PRESS
Existential pornography... Mystical debaucheries... Ruminations tracking through to a delicate hell and back... Bourbon, flesh and celestial flares of chronic laughing hope... Quiet Days in Fremantle, Author JJ DeCeglie with musings on existence, art and sex in the sparkling wastelands of West Australia.
Published as part of the Traveller's Companion Series, which introduced the world to the likes of Henry Miller, Jean Genet and Alexander Trocchi.
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JEFF LISANDRO INTERVIEW AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Jeff Lisandro talks about Damned Good at the World Series of Poker 2010
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INTERVIEW WITH JJ DECEGLIE ON EXTRAPULP.COM.AU
Elena Gomez talks to JJ DeCeglie about Damned Good, his writing habits and who he loves to read.
Read Part 1
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ARTICLE ON LITERARY MINDED
"SPLINTERS AND ORE" BY JJ DECEGLIE
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'DAMNED GOOD' NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
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Visit the Damned Good website now
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AUSTRALIA'S FIRST POKER NOVEL!!!: POKER NEWS MAGAZINE
Interview/Article in latest edition of Poker News
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FIRST REVIEWS OF DAMNED GOOD
"You have real talent DeCeglie. You leave the rest for dead!
The unrelenting descriptions and razor-sharp psychological insights got me from the first sentence. This is more than poker fiction, its about being the very best you can no matter who or where you are, and that is important."

Jeff Lisandro - Four Time WSOP Bracelet Winner & 2009 WSOP Player of the Year.

"Hard-core poker players know well the highs and the lows, the ecstasies and the agonies, the challenges and the frustrations of the game. DeCeglie takes the reader on a journey through this world on the back of a man who surrenders his existence to the whims of the poker gods, with a writing style as raw, hard and beautiful as the game itself."
Blair Rodman - WSOP bracelet winner and co-author of "Kill Phil, The Fast Track to Success in No-limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments."

"DeCeglie has balls roughly the size of Bukowski’s. Damned Good is goddamned good"
Jimmy Jack - Winner AFI Award for Best Screenplay

"DeCeglie knows all too well how often men seek meaning in life's dark corners, then find they've cornered themselves. He wields his strong, original voice dexterously through the shadowy corridors of his protagonist's world, with prose so sharp it often cuts you on the way past. Damned Good is a must-read for poker fans and those who can't help but flirt with the dark side."
Patrick O'Neil - Author of Sideways: Travels with Kafka, Hunter S. and Kerouac

"The novella as I love it - Steinbeck, Kafka, Capote, Hemingway, Conrad, Kerouac - is a hard literary act to pull off. "Damned Good" is unapologetic writing reminiscent of the tough son of a bitch poetry of Frederick Seidel. DeCeglie is a man who knows his literary tools and how to use them - just the ones he needs. This is a voice that's heard clear above the loud-mouthed D-lister literary grant huggers, presenting us with a magnificent concatenation of mens games."
James Phelan - critically acclaimed bestselling novelist.

"It’s in high-stakes poker that the Rookie has found what it means to live authentically, dangerously...The Rookie is a hero in the tradition of those streetwise heroes of Gibson’s cyberpunk novels, brilliant at what they do. The prose has similar crisp, unexpected metaphors. Yet it’s also close to the prose and characters of McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, the brave cowboys who don’t say too much, but think deep thoughts and experience a kind of brutal beauty in their world.
Damned Good is a worthy follow up to Deceglie’s debut novel, The Sea Is Not Yet Full...It’s a compact and interesting story with a character and a milieu which are refreshing for Australian literature."

Nathan Hobby, Australian novelist and winner of the 2003 TAG Hungerford Award
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

..the book delivers a full house of sex, money and fate as it plays out on the emerald felt
Elena Gomez - withextrapulp.com.au

...two cards in the pocket plus five on the table gives the author all the drama he needs. DeCeglie's maintains a sharp, intense pitch and skillfully depicts the dark, tense moods of the poker lifestyle. Nietzsche quotes included.
Levi Asher - Litkicks


13 June 2009
NEW PUBLICATION IN SEIN UND WERDEN
NEW Short story 'DEATH CANNOT BE DELEGATED' published in online magazine Sein und Werden (Being and Becoming)
Click here to read.


26 May 2009
NEW PUBLICATION IN RETORT MAGAZINE
NEW Short story 'Relief' published in online Australian literary magazine Retort .
Click here to read.


GOOGLE BOOKS PREVIEW
PREVIEW OF "IN THE SAME STREETS YOU'LL WANDER ENDLESSLY" .
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NEW REVIEWS
Review of Short Story "Summer Spent" from Columbia College
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Review of Short Story "Lights Behind the City" from 'Whispers of Wickedness' Magazine
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NEW PUBLICATION
'Still in The Fury' has been accepted to be published online on Smokebox.com.
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YOUNG WRITERS FESTIVAL
JJ Deceglie attended the National Young Writer's Festival in Newcastle on October 3-5, and gave three well-received live readings.
Click here to see photos from the festival.


NEW REVIEW
Reviews from the recent launch of 'in the same streets you'll wander endlessly'
Click here to visit Book Launch page released from Vivid Publishing.