My Place on the Packers Season Ticket Waiting List

Darren Rovell, a senior writer for ESPN, recently detailed his experience on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list.

He joined the list in 2006 at spot number 73,257. Today, he’s 60,766.

That makes me feel absolutely giddy about my spot on the list.

I joined in 1999 at number 27,611. Every year, the Packers send a postcard which includes my updated spot on the list. Here’s how my spot has changed through the years:

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Noir at the Bar Recap

Last night’s Noir at the Bar in Harrisburg was great!

The second floor at Sturges Speakeasy was packed, and the 12 authors who read their work did an outstanding job.

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg - 9 May 2016
Front row, left to right: John L. Micek, Beth Fantaskey, Maria V. Snyder, Catherine Jordan, and Missye K. Clarke. Back row, left to right: Robb Cadigan, Heather Heyford, Nik Korpon, Eryk Pruitt, Don Helin, and Erik Arneson. (Missing because she had to leave a bit early: Merry Jones.)

Here’s the lineup of authors who read:

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Tonight! Noir at the Bar in Harrisburg

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg - 9 May 2016NOIR AT THE BAR is coming back to Harrisburg TONIGHT (May 9, 2016)!

We have a great lineup of authors, with many writing styles represented. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so join us!

Here’s the lineup:

  • Robb Cadigan
  • Missye K. Clarke
  • Beth Fantaskey
  • Don Helin
  • Heather Heyford
  • Merry Jones
  • Cathy Jordan
  • Nik Korpon
  • John Micek
  • Eryk Pruitt
  • Maria V. Snyder

I’ll be reading as well. Each author will read for 5 to 7 minutes, there will be book giveaways, great company, great food, great drinks, and more!

We’ll be in the upstairs room at Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster Street, and the fun starts at 7 p.m. Come on out and join us!

May is Short Story Month

Art by Dillon SamuelsonMay is International Short Story Month.

And to help celebrate, the Short Mystery Fiction Society is highlighting stories written by its members. Today, they were kind enough to highlight my story “Not My Gun,” originally published by the Flash Fiction Offensive at Out of the Gutter Online.

(Here’s a bit more about “Not My Gun.”)

Follow the SMFS blog, or follow the SMFS on Twitter or Facebook, to read a great story (or more!) for free every day this month.

Free Comic Book Day 2016

Fortune - CoverToday is Free Comic Book Day! I’ll be visiting my local shop, Comics and Paperbacks Plus in Palmyra, PA, to grab a few of the free issues being made available by Marvel, DC, Archie, Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite, and many other great publishers.

If you can make it to a local comic book store today, it’s well worth a visit.

If not, here’s a free comic book you can download right now: FORTUNE. It introduces two hard-working entrepreneurs in the field of recycling used cooking oil. The only problem? They don’t have the permission of the restaurants where they’re getting the oil…

Chris Holm called it “a gritty, morbidly funny tale about the folks scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive,” while Merry Jones called it “a comic with a tight, timely story, complex characters, humor, and suspense.” Other great people have also said nice things.

I wrote FORTUNE and Dillon Samuelson provided the incredible art. It’s based on a short story of the same title that was published by Shotgun Honey and included in Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes anthology.

This special free edition of FORTUNE includes the complete 12-page full-color comic, four pages of Dillon’s black-and-white sketches, my script, and the original short story. All told, it’s 27 pages of greasy goodness. Enjoy!

Black Hood #10 – Available May 4

The Black Hood #10Issue #10 of THE BLACK HOOD, Duane Swierczynski’s tremendous comic book about a cop addicted to painkillers who’s trying (in his own twisted way) to the streets of Philadelphia safe, will be available tomorrow, May 4.

Greg Scott’s art, Kelly Fitzpatrick’s coloring, and Rachel Deering’s lettering are perfect for the gritty story that Duane’s telling in THE BLACK HOOD.

If you still need to be convinced, a preview of issue #10 is available at Comic Book Resources.

This issue also includes an essay I wrote about a child who is best known, tragically, as the Boy in the Box. His remains were found in Philadelphia in February 1957 and he’s never been identified.

This is my sixth essay for THE BLACK HOOD, and it’s probably the one I’m most proud of. Even if you already know something about the Boy in the Box, I think you’ll learn a few new details. I read many of the original newspaper articles written in 1957 immediately after the body was found. In those early days, there was a lot of optimism that the boy would be identified and his killer(s) brought to justice.

Many thanks to Duane and editor Alex Segura for including my essay. The main cover is above right; the variant cover is below.

The Black Hood #10 Variant

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg – May 9

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg - 9 May 2016NOIR AT THE BAR is coming back to Harrisburg on May 9 with an outstanding lineup of authors reading short stories and scenes from their books:

  • Maria V. Snyder
  • Eryk Pruitt
  • John Micek
  • Nik Korpon
  • Cathy Jordan
  • Merry Jones
  • Heather Heyford
  • Don Helin
  • Beth Fantaskey
  • Missye K. Clarke
  • Robb Cadigan

Each author will read for 5 to 7 minutes, there will be book giveaways, great company, great food, great drinks, and more!

We’ll be in the upstairs room at Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster Street, and the fun starts at 7 p.m. Come on out and join us!