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“Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.” This quote is often attributed to Stephen King.  It was on this day in 1974 that King’s first novel, CARRIE, was published.  Happy Publication Day, Stevie! The quote is actually from author Robert […]

. The nice people at Out Of The Gutter Online have published my holiday short story “Molotov Cocktails on Chimney Cake Lane” as part of their Twelve Daze of Christmas. Enjoy! .

. My short story “Trash Pick-Up” (published last September at NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE) has been nominated for the Derringer Award for Best Flash Mystery Story of 2015! The Derringer Awards are given out every year by The Short Mystery Fiction Society to honor outstanding short mystery and crime stories. This is my 6th Derringer […]

Are You Famous, Yet? Podcast

February 8th, 2016

. The wonderful people at the wonderful “Are You Famous, Yet?” podcast were wonderful enough to have me on as a guest. You can listen to me talk about my writing career and a bunch of other stuff. You can find the podcast here. Check it out! .

Books For Sale

February 7th, 2016

. Did you know I have books for sale at Amazon.com?   VELVET WHISPERS IN THE CROSSFIRE NIGHT Men and women. Love and betrayal. Lies and promises. Laughter and tears. When men and women meet, revelation can’t be far behind. And when they go their separate ways, catastrophe is close-at-hand. Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes […]

The Devil’s Garden

January 7th, 2016

. I always wanted to write a Devil at the Crossroads story – so I wrote one. It’s called “The Devil’s Garden.” It’s a Whispering Gulch story and I’ve been lucky enough to have it published in the Texas Gardener Newsletter SEEDS. You can read it here. Want to read more about Whispering Gulch? Check […]

. A new Whispering Gulch story! My western story “The Woman Who Waltzed With Ulysses S. Grant” is available today at the wonderful flash fiction web-zine SPELK. Check it out! Want to read more about Whispering Gulch? Check out “The Devil’s Kiss” at THE OTHER OTTER. .

Knife Fight on Christmas Avenue

December 21st, 2015

. My short story “Knife Fight on Christmas Avenue” is available today at the terrific web-zine SHOTGUN HONEY. A very wise man gave me the best compliment in the world when he said my title sounded like a Tom Waits song. So here’s a Tom Waits Christmas song.

. I have a new short story available today! It’s called “Trash Pick Up” and you can read it at the excellent web-zine NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE. Check it out! .

This Wednesday I’ll be reading at Noir at the Bar Chicago. It’s sure to be a great night with a lot of terrific crime fiction. Here’s a wonderful article by Keith Rawson on the history of this crime-writer community event. Wednesday’s Chicago show will feature: Eric Beetner Carmen Jaramillo Lori Rader-Day Josh K. Stevens and […]

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