Short Fiction

Single-Author Collections

DEAD LETTERS: STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM
February 2013

"I’m officially a Holm fan. The man can write. Oh, can the man write. His mind is a twisty place, a dark one, and it’s quicksilver-fast. I couldn’t get enough. He can do in just a few words what some authors attempt (and fail) in an entire novel."
-Insatiable Booksluts

"...this author is quite adept at blending the humorous with the horrific, and nearly everything in between... I’ve had a hard time picking a favorite, or even one that I’d tell you all you HAD TO READ RIGHT NOW, ZOMG! because really… I just want to recommend them all."
-Snobbery

Winner of the House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Award for Best Short Fiction Collection!

This collection features nine stories of crime, horror, and, uh, whatever you'd call a tale that takes place at the North Pole and stars an elf-detective. Featuring my homage to Donald Westlake, "Action," which first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine; my Anthony-nominated novella "The Hitter," which was selected by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler for THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011; and a brand new, never-before-seen horror yarn called "One Man's Muse." Also included are "The Putdown," "A Native Problem," "The Man in the Alligator Shoes," "A Night at the Royale," "The Final Bough," and "Green."

8 POUNDS: EIGHT TALES OF CRIME, HORROR, & SUSPENSE
October 2010

"The best of these eight tales, one from EQMM and the others from a variety of online magazines, are 'A Better Life,' an unforgettable gem of non-supernatural horror, and two stories of grim childhood experiences recalled years later, 'Seven Days of Rain' and 'The World Behind.'"
-Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

"This set of dark tales has an unparalleled sense of place... Of special note here is the story 'The World Behind.' It is the best single short story I have read in years.”
-Crime Fiction Lover

Spinetingler Award Nominee for Best Short Story Collection!

These eight tales run the gamut from small-town horror to old-school, whiskey-slugging noir, with a touch of coming-of-age adventure thrown in for good measure. And at just $0.99, we're talking over a hundred pages of pure pulp perfection that'll cost you less than the paper it ain't printed on. Includes the Spinetingler-Award-winning "Seven Days of Rain," Derringer-Award finalist "The Big Score," and "The World Behind," which originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.



Anthologies

A RIP THROUGH TIME
Four authors. Five stories. One thrilling serial, collected here for the first time. Featuring my short story "A Rip Through Time: The Dame, the Doctor, and the Device," this ebook collects Rip’s whole epic saga, as envisioned by editor David Cranmer.
Kindle / Kindle UK

BEAT TO A PULP: HARDBOILED 3
Take a beating from nine of the finest short story writers in crime fiction. Littlefield. Nette. Stallings. And many, many more. Featuring my short story "The Follow-Through."

BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE
Damn near 400 pages of pulpy goodness from the likes of Charles Ardai, Hilary Davidson, and Robert J. Randisi, this gorgeous trade paperback features my short story "A Native Problem."

BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND TWO
Boasting a stunning lineup that includes James Reasoner, Charles Ardai, Bill Pronzini, and many more, this gorgeous anthology also includes my ghost story "An Open Door."

THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011
This best-of anthology, edited by Otto Penzler and Harlan Coben, is described as "excellent" in PW’s starred review, and "first-rate" by Kirkus. It features work from Lawrence Block, S.J. Rozan, and Max Allan Collins, as well as my novella "The Hitter."

CRIME FACTORY: THE FIRST SHIFT
From New Pulp Press and the twisted minds behind Crime Factory Magazine comes this killer collection of crime fic’s best and brightest. Featuring stories from the likes of Ken Bruen, Kieran Shea, and Steve Weddle, as well as my contribution "Green."

FEEDING KATE: A CRIME FICTION ANTHOLOGY
This star-studded collection, which benefits the Lupus Foundation of America, features stories from such talented folks as Laura Benedict, Neliza Drew, Chuck Wendig, Josh Stallings, Kent Gowran, Johnny Shaw, and many more. Also featured is a reprint of my short, "The Well."

MURDER AND MAYHEM IN MUSKEGO
This anthology, all profits of which support the Friends of the Muskego Public Library, features a stellar lineup including Megan Abbott, Dana Cameron, Marcus Sakey, and Reed Farrel Coleman. Also included is my short story "The Great Plains."

PULP INK
This ebook anthology features a host of talented crime fic scribes, each riffing on a track from the iconic Pulp Fiction soundtrack.  Includes works from Allan Guthrie, Patricia Abbott, and Matthew C. Funk, as well as my short story, “A Night at the Royale."

SHOTGUN HONEY PRESENTS: BOTH BARRELS
Packed with the likes of Dan O'Shea,  Paul D. Brazill, Julia Madeleine, and Frank Wheeler, Jr., this stellar collection also features my short story "Not Forgotten."

THE LIZARD'S ARDENT UNIFORM & OTHER STORIES
Featuring stories from such talented writers as Hilary Davidson, Steve Weddle, and Patti Abbott, this collection honors editor David Cranmer's nephew Kyle J. Knapp, a writer who passed away far too young. Kyle's dream journals provided the prompts for each of the stories, including my contribution, "The Lizard's Ardent Uniform."


All Short Fiction

"Mansion on the Hill"  TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND (anthology; December 2014)

"The Lizard's Ardent Uniform"  THE LIZARD'S ARDENT UNIFORM & OTHER STORIES (anthology; June 2014)
  • Reprinted in The Fall Creek Review (July 2014)

"A Dying Art"  All Due Respect (November 2013)

"Pretty Little Things"  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (July 2013)
  • 2014 Derringer Award Finalist
  • Featured on the Word Crimes podcast (October 2014)

"The Follow-Through"  Beat to a Pulp (June 2013)
  • Reprinted in BEAT TO A PULP: HARDBOILED 3 (anthology, November 2013)

"One Man's Muse"  DEAD LETTERS: STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM (anthology; February 2013)

"The Great Plains"  MURDER AND MAYHEM IN MUSKEGO (anthology, November 2012)

"Not Forgotten"  SHOTGUN HONEY PRESENTS: BOTH BARRELS (anthology, October 2012)

"An Open Door"  BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND TWO (anthology, May 2012)
  • Reprinted in Beat to a Pulp (July 2014)

"The Putdown"  Grift Magazine (March 2012)

"The Final Bough"  Angry Robot (December 2011)

"Green"  CRIME FACTORY: THE FIRST SHIFT (anthology, September 2011)

"A Night at the Royale"  PULP INK (anthology, August 2011)

"The Man in the Alligator Shoes"  Beat to a Pulp (June 2011)

"A Native Problem"  BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE (anthology, October 2010)

"A Rip Through Time: The Dame, The Doctor, and the Device"  Beat to a Pulp (September 2010)
  • Reprinted in A RIP THROUGH TIME (anthology; November 2011)  


"The Hitter"  Needle Magazine (August 2010)
  • Reprinted in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler, editors; October 2011)

  • 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Short Story


"Action"  Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (May 2010)

"Eight Pounds"  Thuglit (December 2009)

"A Better Life"  The Feral Pages (October 2009)

"The Well"  Flashes in the Dark (February 2009)
  • Reprinted in FEEDING KATE: A CRIME FICTION ANTHOLOGY (November 2012)

"The Toll Collectors"  Beat to a Pulp (February 2009)

"The Big Score"  The Back Alley (July 2008)
  • 2009 Derringer Award Finalist


"A Simple Kindness"  Spinetingler Magazine (January 2008)
  • Featured on the Crime City Central podcast (July 2012)


"Seven Days of Rain"  Demolition Magazine (September 2007)
  • Winner of the 2008 Spinetingler Award for Best Short Story on the Web


"The World Behind"  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (June 2007)