Close to the Boneyard – New Anthology

Close to the BoneyardCLOSE TO THE BONEYARD, a new anthology featuring stories from the website Near to the Knuckle, is now available.

My short story “Swing and a Miss,” which was published by Near to the Knuckle in 2012, is part of the collection along with stories by the likes of Eric Beetner, Paul D. Brazill, Joe Clifford, Bill Baber, and many more. It’s a great lineup.

“Swing and a Miss” is also available in Spanish.

Free Audiobook: Criminal Words

Criminal Words AudiobookIt’s the holiday travel season, and I’m thinking of you.

What you need is an audiobook full of crime fiction short stories — written by the likes of Joe Clifford, Jen Conley, David Cranmer (writing as Edward A. Grainger), Chris Holm, Christopher Irvin, Tom Pitts, Steve Weddle, and me — to help pass the time as you journey from place to place.

What you really need is for that audiobook to be free.

Wish granted: CRIMINAL WORDS.

Read more about CRIMINAL WORDS here, or jump right in and download CRIMINAL WORDS here.

Happy holidays!

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 7

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastGet ready… the seventh episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This episode features “Strangers,” a short story by Joe Clifford originally published by Thrillers, Killers & Chillers and read by public radio reporter Scott Detrow.


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“Not My Gun” at The Flash Fiction Offensive

TFFO LogoI’m very excited to be back at Out of the Gutter Online’s The Flash Fiction Offensive today with a new short story:

“Not My Gun”

Making my fourth appearance at TFFO even better, editors Joe Clifford and Tom Pitts are featuring two great pieces of art by my friend Dillon Samuelson along with the story. Dillon is remarkably talented and, I predict, will have a long career as an artist.

I think the art we chose fits the dark mood of “Not My Gun” perfectly.

If by chance you’re interested in acquiring one of Dillon’s works, well… I’ve already purchased the second image (a monoprint), the one with the butterfly. But the top piece is still available (as are numerous others — check out Dillon’s portfolio at Behance to see more of his art.)

Art by Dillon Samuelson Art by Dillon Samuelson

Click the images for larger versions.

My thanks to Dillon for allowing his art to accompany my story, and to Tom and Joe for deciding to feature it.

“For the Honesty” at The Flash Fiction Offensive

TFFO LogoI’m thrilled to have a second story up at Out of the Gutter Online’s The Flash Fiction Offensive today.

“For the Honesty” is about the loving relationship between Bruce Burton and his wife Amber, how Bruce gives Amber a gold bracelet with a diamond charm, and so on. (That all happens in just the first sentence.)

With setup like that, “For the Honesty” must have a happy ending, right? Whether it does or not, I’d love to hear what you think. TFFO makes it easy to leave comments on the story.

Fall On Your WorldMy first story at TFFO was “Sole Operator,” which stole its title from a song by the band Poole. “For the Honesty” takes its title from a song by The Throes (both bands feature several of the same members), from the album Fall On Your World.

The editors at TFFO are Joe Clifford and Tom Pitts, who also happen to be great writers (notwithstanding their shared poor taste in football teams). I highly recommend Joe’s collection of short stories, Choice Cuts, and Tom’s novel, Piggyback. Check out their websites for more info.