Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My story "Sneak Attack" has been published at Galaxy's Edge.

If this blog was a child, the Social Services department would have me arrested for abandoning it.

I'll be trying to clean it up in ensuing weeks, but right now, I'd like to share some good news.

My story "Sneak Attack," has been published by Galaxy's Edge. The story is available for free online from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.  After that, this link will not go to it.

It's a time travel story that has a fresh angle on that most moth-eaten of situations, the man who goes back in time and kills his grandfather.

I hope you will enjoy!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My New Story, "Elizabethtown," Published by GALAXY'S EDGE

"Elizabethtown," my alternate history story about George Armstrong Custer, has been published by Galaxy's Edge, edited by Mike Resnick.

I did a lot of research about the postbellum South and Reconstruction.  The historical Custer really was stationed in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, during the time the story takes place, and for the exact reasons that drive the plot.

As one of my favorite writers is Ambrose Bierce, I wanted to write a story that mimicked his style.   I believe I succeeded, in part, with "Elizabethtown."  The story is bookended by apropos quotations from his story, "A Son of the Gods."

Please note the story contains graphic descriptions of battlefield violence, foul language, and (due to the time period of the story) several uses of the N-word.

I am always impressed by the quality of the paper, especially the smooth cover stock, used to print Galaxy's Edge.  If you'd like your own copy of this issue, you can find it easily at http://www.amazon.com/Galaxys-Edge-Magazine-Issue-November/dp/161242290X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1446396736&sr=1-1

From November 1 through December 31, 2015, you can read my story for free online at http://www.galaxysedge.com/n4.htm.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

My story, "I Spy With My Eyes" is available now for free at Perihelion Science Fiction!

I'm happy to report that my story, "I Spy With My Eyes" -- a mixture of science fiction, action, horror, and social commentary -- is now available at Perihelion Science Fiction.

The full URL is http://perihelionsf.com/1410/fiction_9.htm

Content warning:  PG language, but some disturbing themes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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

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 https://www.facebook.com/TwinCreekStudio.) 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:  http://www.amazon.com/Alfred-Hitchcocks-Mystery-Magazine/dp/B000N9KIIC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1403394499&sr=1-1&keywords=alfred+hitchcock%27s+mystery+magazine


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: http://www.tangentonline.com/news-mainmenu-158/2318-tangent-online-2013-recommended-reading-list.

(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.