Friday, August 22, 2014

I Review Ben H. Winters' THE LAST POLICEMAN Trilogy on

I am happy to report that my (first ever paid) book review, covering the trilogy of science fiction mystery books known collectively as THE LAST POLICEMAN, is now available on BuzzyMag.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My New Mystery Short Story Collection, NOBLE UGLY DWARVES AND HANDSOME YUPPIE SCUM, is Available Exclusively on Kindle!

I have just published my first book as a Kindle original!

It is a collection of my mystery stories:  Noble Ugly Dwarves and Handsome Yuppie Scum.

Although I self-published it, two of the stories originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine:
  • "Two Dwarves and Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs" (June 2011)
  •  "One of Those Plans-the-Perfect-Crime-but-then-Something-Goes-Teddibly-Teddibly-Wrong Stories"  (February 2013)
 (The second item on that list contains the handsome yuppie scum.)

 If you have Amazon Prime, you can borrow it from the Kindle Lending Library.

Disclaimer:  The cover is pretty basic, I admit.  It's no The Great Gatsby with those haunting eyes superimposed over the night landscape.  Since it's a Kindle exclusive, I was able to use cover art that matches a scene in one of the stories, at no extra charge, from Amazon's selection.

But I hope you'll agree that I did not skimp on the insides!  It's over 40,000 words.  Twelve mystery stories that range from horror-tinged to borderline science fiction to noir to parody.

You can click to preview it for free, and should be able to read the introduction and a large part of the story, "Two Dwarves and Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs."

I hope you'll enjoy it, friends!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My new story "Silent Stakeout" published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

I am happy to say that my latest published story, "Silent Stakeout," is available in the September 2014 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (out on the newsstands this month, and now available to purchase online as well).

The story has a full-page illustration by Linda Weatherly.  She did a great job.  (She is on Facebook at You can see the illustration, as well as the first half of the story, at this link:

I have appeared twice in its sister publication, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, but this is my first appearance in AHMM.

This is what the cover looks like:

AHMM June 2014

If anyone would like to get it on Kindle, it looks like it's available with a single click on Amazon, although I believe you have to select for a single issue rather than a subscription:


Monday, January 13, 2014

My Story Makes Tangent's Recommended Reading List of 2013!

I'm honored to say that my story "Will YOU Volunteer to Kill Wendy?" (Galaxy's Edge, November 2013) made Tangent's Recommended Reading List for 2013.  My thanks to Galaxy's Edge editor, SF legend Mike Resnick.

You can read the full list here:

(Note that they misspelled the story's title as "Would you . . ." rather than "Will you . . ."  Oh well, at least they didn't misspell my name!)

Several friends, new and old, also appeared on the list.  Most important to me, my old mentor from Kansas City days, Rob Chilson, was on the same list for his haunting story "Half as Old as Time" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  It's an honor to be on the same list as Rob.

If you'd like to get a copy of the issue of Galaxy's Edge that had my story in it, you can order it electronically or as a hard copy.  It includes new stories from other rising new writers, as well as some classic reprints by legends of the field.  Just go to this link and scroll down to the November 2013 issue:

Current prices are $5.99 for a hard copy (and my contributor's copies show it to be a handsomely produced magazine), or $3.99 for an electronic version.  If you don't have a reading device, you can get it as a PDF.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

My story "Will YOU Volunteer to Kill Wendy?" is now up at GALAXY'S EDGE!

It's fantasy/horror with a bit of literary criticism thrown in.

It will be online for free until the January 2014 issue of the magazine comes out, then this link won't work.  Here is the cover art for the printed version:

I'm very excited about this publication.  I hope you all enjoy!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

How I Came to Write "Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter"

I've done my first 'guest blog.' (I've always thought that the term seemed like one that didn't need to be invented.)

Patricia Abbott, whose story "Mad Women," appears alongside my "Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter," in the new anthology MALFEASANCE OCCASIONAL: GIRL TROUBLE, invited me to describe the genesis of my own story. I did so here:

Thanks for hosting me, Patti.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My New Mystery Story is Free Online

"The woman who fired me has a lovely daughter."


 Sometimes, first lines just come to you. When I wrote that down, I knew I had a menacing story to go with it.


The full text of my story, "Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter," is now available to roll out the premiere issue of The Malfeasance Occasional.

 The Malfeasance Occasional (The M.O.): Girl Trouble Issue

I'm excited about the venue for this. The Malfeasance Occasional is an e-book put out by the mystery web site Criminal Element, which is a venture of Macmillan publishers. They get a lot of traffic, so I'm hoping to get a whole new audience.


 My story was chosen to be the online enticement ahead of the publication of the entire issue (perhaps because the very title lends itself to viral marketing!)


Although my story is free, the e-book itself is a steal at a mere $3.99 for tales by fourteen authors, who have between them decades of experience and publication credits.  You're in the hands of the pros here.  It is available on Amazon Kindle and for the Nook.  If you use another e-book reader, this link from Macmillan should help you find your preferred seller.


My thanks to The Malfeasance Occasional Editor Clare Toohey for all of her work on this project.