About Erik Arneson

Erik ArnesonErik Arneson writes crime fiction. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Kwik Krimes, Shotgun Honey Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2 and Off the Record 2: At the Movies, the magazines NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir, GRIFT and Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, and on the websites Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter Online, BEAT to a PULP, and Near to the Knuckle.

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He’s also an editor for the crime fiction website Shotgun Honey and writes about board games and card games for About.com. By day, Erik works as Communications & Policy Director for Senator Dominic Pileggi, Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate.

His wife Beth (who happens to be the world’s best editor) and he are both part-owners of the greatest franchise in all of professional sports, the Green Bay Packers.

To get in touch, send an email to erikarneson4 {at} gmail {dot} com.

Here are Erik’s published short stories, in reverse chronological order:

  • “All Alone”
    Published in Shotgun Honey’s RELOADED: Both Barrels Vol. 2 on 11 September 2013.
  • “Fortune”
    Published in Otto Penzler’s KWIK KRIMES on 20 August 2013. “Funny, tense and sorta sad.” –AJ Hayes; “Well worth reading for the last line.” –Kathleen Ryan
  • “Oh Well”
    Published by The Flash Fiction Offensive at Out of the Gutter Online on 5 August 2013. “Brutal! Great stuff!” –Paul D. Brazill; “Two down… that’s a great start! Nice yarn.” –Bill Baber
  • “Noose of Trust”
    Published by GRIFT Magazine in Issue #2 on 15 July 2013.
  • “Just One Moment”
    Published by BEAT to a PULP on 9 February 2013. “I enjoyed the hell out of Just One Moment.” –Jim Wilsky; “Another fine stroke of the keys.” –Bill Campbell
  • “For the Honesty”
    Published by The Flash Fiction Offensive at Out of the Gutter Online on 14 January 2013. “A cold shot to the heart.” –Ron Earl Phillips; “This one reads like a mini Gil Brewer story.” –Bruce Harris
  • “Blow Out the Candles”
    Published by Shotgun Honey on 28 December 2012. “Like an artist sketching a sad, sad picture.” –Michael Monson; “A perfect little sketch of the lost.” –Isaac Kirkman
  • “Sole Operator”
    Published by The Flash Fiction Offensive at Out of the Gutter Online on 26 November 2012. “Love it! Even if I am an ex- drummer…” –Bill Baber; “Drummers should never be allowed to write the songs.” –Joe Clifford
  • “Mess With Me”
    Published by NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir in the Fall-Winter 2012 issue on 7 November 2012. “Great story! Didn’t see the end coming.” –Harry Evans
  • “Twitter and Coke”
    Published by Shotgun Honey on 5 October 2012. “Interactive, multidimensional storytelling.” –Jim Haigh “Loved the creativity here.” –Anonymous 9; “Well done!” –Jen Conley
  • “American Beauty”
    Published in the charity anthology Off the Record 2: At the Movies on 26 September 2012. “Beaut story. … Tasty bit of hardboiled!” –Paul D. Brazill
  • “Swing and a Miss”
    Published by Near to the Knuckle on 30 August 2012. “Fast, scary, tension-filled and funny as hell.” –AJ Hayes; “Great story and love the humour element.” –Ruth Jacobs
  • “Fortune”
    Published by Shotgun Honey on 27 July 2012. “Funny, tense and sorta sad.” –AJ Hayes; “Funny and fast. Nice work.” –Chris Rhatigan
  • “12 Before 9″
    Published by Shotgun Honey on 14 May 2012. “Smooth. … A great, crisp take on the assassin genre.” –Ryan Sayles; “Funny, astute stuff.” –Chris Rhatigan
  • “The Murder of Ernest Trapnell”
    Published by Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine in the Fall 1998 issue. “A crackling good story … good characters, well-plotted and fun to read.” –Mary Higgins Clark
    Winner of the 1998 Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine Short Story Contest and was a finalist for a 1999 Derringer Award.

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