The Throes of Crime – $0.99 for a Limited Time

the-throes-of-crime-finalHappy Black Friday! The Kindle edition of my short story collection THE THROES OF CRIME is on sale for 99 cents! (That’s 80% off, and less than 4 cents per short story.)

On Tuesday, the price increases to $2.99 and then it goes back to $4.99 one week from today.

So get it while the getting’s good:


If you prefer a hard copy, THE THROES OF CRIME paperback is available for $9.99 — and you’ll get the Kindle version absolutely free with Amazon’s MatchBook program.

All proceeds from THE THROES OF CRIME benefit the James & Jeanne Arneson Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Off the Record 2 for Just $0.99

Off the Record 2 Now AvailableThe crime fiction anthology Off the Record 2: At the Movies is now available for just $0.99 on your Kindle at and just £0.99 at (I don’t know my currency conversion data well enough to know if that’s a better deal for Americans or Brits, but it’s a great deal either way.)

OTR2 is packed with 47 short stories, all based on classic film titles — and yes, “Weekend at Bernie’s” counts as a classic. I’ve written more about OTR2, including a bit on my contribution, “American Beauty,” here and here.

All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to two children’s literacy charities, the Children’s Literacy Initiative in the U.S. and the National Literacy Trust in the U.K.

Off the Record 2, NEEDLE & a Big Snubnose Sale

Off the Record 2 Now AvailableThe charity anthology Off the Record 2: At the Movies, which includes my story “American Beauty,” has earned some (very deserved) good press.

Crime Fiction Lover calls it “almost 400 pages of top-notch writing” and includes the very first bit of a review ever directed toward my fiction (very kindly putting me between two far more accomplished writers):

“Noir comes courtesy of a raft of amazing American writers. Eric Beetner’s version of The Graduate sees a young man taking an alternate route to maturity and finding the path very painful, and in Erik Arneson’s American Beauty a washed up ex-wrestler is violently brought to book for past misdeeds. Special mention to Jaws by Chris Rhatigan for taking us somewhere not often explored; inside the mind of corporate psychopath, which a seriously unpleasant place to be.”

Over at Z-7’s Headquarters, they gush in a similar vein: “It would take me more space than I can devote to praise all of these tales.”

You can get Off the Record 2: At the Movies at,, Smashwords (where a reviewer called it “a fantastic read and a terrific cause”), or

Related, sort of: Luca Veste, editor of OTR2, has been posting a quite enjoyable series of “top 5 books of 2012” lists at his blog. So far, lists have come in from AJ Hayes, Patti Abbott, Thomas Pluck, James Everington, Maxim Jakubowski and Paul D. Brazill.

Needle: A Magazine of NoirIn other news, I sold a copy of NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir to a co-worker yesterday. Later, he emailed to say that he enjoyed my story (“Mess With Me”), and although he was “not a huge fan of the ending,” “the rest of the story was brilliance. The pithy, almost rhythmic style and humorous interjections between the quotes were really well done.”

I’m considering hiring him as a publicist, if we can come to agreement on the brilliance of the ending.

Finally, I spent part of yesterday evening browsing this list of Snubnose Press ebooks which are on sale for $0.99 and buying a few books from it. There’s a lot of great stuff on that list, but I strongly recommend the short story collections by Eric Beetner (Bouquet of Bullets) and Dan O’Shea (Old School), along with the novels by Andrew Nette (Ghost Money) and Chad Rohrbacher (Karma Backlash).

Amazing Short Story Collections

The past week has been absolutely fantastic for fans of crime fiction shorts. At least four great new collections have been released over the past few days!

NUMBER ONE: Crime Factory 11, which includes some great fiction but also interviews with the likes of novelist/screenwriter/etc. Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, the Quarry novels) and comics writer Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Hawkeye, The Resistance) — along with some non-fiction and a few more surprises. It’s totally packed.

Learn more at the Crime Factory website.

NUMBER TWO: Blood & Tacos #3, featuring five great newly discovered nonstop action stories with kick-ass protagonists like The Chemistrator, Viper Ogata, Studs Winslow and more. The highlight of this issue is the inclusion of a story (“Fragged”) by suspense-thriller writer Stephen Mertz, who wrote a dozen Executioner novels in the 1980s.

Learn more at the Blood & Tacos website.

NUMBER THREE: Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT boasts stories from George Pelecanos, Ken Bruen, James Reasoner, and many (many!) more. The list of writers is jaw-dropping. On top of that, 100 percent of the proceeds from this book go to PROTECT, an organization which lobbies for legislation to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Learn more at the Protectors website.

NUMBER FOUR: The reboot of Thuglit after a two-year hiatus is out in the form of Thuglit Issue 1. It promises “eight hardcore short stories to rock your literary world.” And it delivers.

Learn more at the Thuglit website.

All of these come with my hearty recommendation. I’ve read stories from each and been blown away. And even if you buy all four, the total bill (Kindle) will be just $7.96. Amazing. Enjoy!

Snubnose Press Titles $0.99 Each – Last Day

Book publisher Snubnose Press has released some killer books: Dan O’Shea’s Old School, R. Thomas Brown’s Hill Country, Patti Abbott’s Monkey Justice and Eric Beetner’s Dig Two Graves being four great examples. And they are all part of the company’s one-year celebration sale — all available on the Kindle for just $0.99 each. But that sale ends today, June 30. So go buy some great books, cheap, now.

And I have to say, the cover of Old School is among my all-time favorites. I’d love to talk to that guy.