Ready for something completely different? My other genre is neo-noir crime fiction. Here are links to some of my stories from around the web: “Alaska” is not about Alaska. It appeared in Amarillo Bay. It was cited as a “Notable Story” by the Best American Mysteries series. “Dead Man’s Job” appeared in Mysterical-E. (Don’t be put off by the artwork. Oddly, it doesn’t have anything to do with the story.) “Deep Cover” appeared in Thuglit some time ago. Just click on the box for a PDF. “Workday” was in the crime zine Crooked and it’s inspired by a place I actually worked. “West Texas Job Search” appeared in the short-lived but memorable e-zine Ligature Marks. It’s sort of a comedy. “Fire Sale” is a story of hard times in small-town Texas. It appeared in Darkest Before the Dawn. And cabdriving fans will enjoy “Mackler’s Last Fare” in Issue 4 of the print magazine Swill. That’s right, Swill. Click here to order copies on the Swill website.
If a laugh is what you’re after, you might enjoy three stories from the now-defunct zine The Cynic. “Bad Asses” features some trenchant social commentary in a noir setting. “Maniac Grin” is a fun look at some balls-to-the-wall insanity. And “I’m Not Crazy” is an attempt to show that I am not, in fact, crazy. “Creepy Uncle Is Watching You” is probably political satire. When I wrote it, in 2010, it seemed a little over the top. It turned out to be sadly prophetic. It ran in Children, Churches and Daddies which, despite the name, is a well-respected online literary journal. Check it out.