Monday, 10 March 2014

A Sad Goodbye - A.J. Hayes

It was with incredible sadness that I learned of the death of one of Noir's great writers, poets, editors and mentors yesterday - A.J. Hayes, or 'Bill'. He had been privately struggling with cancer for some time, and was dealt a wicked blow when he developed pneumonia - which stole him from his loving family and friends.

I missed the opportunity to meet up with Bill a while ago and now regret it even more. Bill was a superb writer who generously took the time to read, comment on and encourage the work of others. His was the kindest of souls, and I'm sure wherever he has passed on to he'll be making 'em laugh, making everyone feel better about themselves, as he always did in life.

It was my great pleasure to publish Bill on Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers, particularly the poetic and sublime tale 'DARK GENESIS' - you can still read it at

We (the former TK'n'C editors) have also posted a TK'n'C tribute to this lovely man, and the comments that are pouring in there, and also across Facebook are testament to how he touched so many people's lives.

Bye bye Mr Bill. I'll miss you and will never forget your words, your warmth and your honesty. Good night. x

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