Since it's my site, I can toot my own horn, and let me say, I feel like I'm kind of on a roll lately.
Here are a few recent acceptances, all of which I'm thrilled about.
1. "Fair is Fair" - a short story accepted for Mystery Weekly Magazine
2. MSW also accepted my (long) short story "Sure as Apples" for the anthology of humorous crime stories they're publishing later this year, entitled Die Laughing (no cover as of yet).
3. "Let it Go" - a short story featuring my series character Art Van Leuven was accepted by Unsettling Reads for their Autumn Noir anthology, coming this fall.
4. "No Matter What" - my first carny-noir, this short story was accepted by Schlock! Publishing for their upcoming Serious as a Heart Attack! An Anthology of Clown Noir anthology.
5. Finally, (for now!) my story "Among Stones and Stars", the first non-Azuma Kuromori weird fiction I've written in years, was accepted by Redwood Publishing for their Lost Librarian's Grave anthology.
Be on the lookout for all of these books and, of course, I'll have more news to share about each when they're released.
I have a new story out this week, entitled "Give Me a Reason", in the first issue of Guilty Crime Story Magazine!
There's a lot of great stories in this issue, and I say that as an aficionado of crime fiction, not just a contributor.
“Midnight at the Oasis” by Robb T. White
Nate thought he and his uncle Rex were as close as brothers until one midnight at the Oasis changed everything.
“French Twist” by Joe Giordano
While on vacation in Paris, American Max Caspian offers police his assistance with a very unusual murder.
“Unprincipaled” by Stephen Sottong
Everyone wondered about the day Principal Taylor stole the truck. Nobody would have ever guessed the reason.
“Give Me a Reason” by Brandon Barrows
Something was taken from Chris Zender while serving in Afghanistan and if he can't get it back, he'll get revenge.
“Bridal Wreath” by Jill Hand
Robin was lonely for a long time. Then she met Richard, then Richard brought the flowers...
“Cymbaline” by Alec Cizak
When Raven and Sparrow saw an opportunity, naturally, they took it. Wouldn't you?
“Chasing 61” by Bruce Harris
The Babe set the record of sixty homeruns. Both Roger Maris and Frankie Z. aim to break it.
“The Famous Last Words of Mickey Spillane”
(Article) by Mike McHone
So what are you waiting for? Get your copy today!
Look what I got!
Advance copies of STRANGERS' KINGDOM, my next novel, coming in August from Black Rose Writing!
If you're interested in getting your hands on a signed copy, let me know! $20 postage-paid via PayPal! Drop me a message via the contact page!
You can also pre-order from Amazon - either the Kindle edition or print!
First issue is coming this summer and I'll have a story in it, among other involvements. ;)
Check it out! STRANGERS' KINGDOM, my novel being released this summer by Black Rose Writing, is available to pre-order! If you use promo code, PREORDER2021, you'll get 15% off!
Politically blacklisted detective Luke Campbell’s last chance in law-enforcement is a job with the police department of rural Granton, Vermont. It’s a beautiful town, home to a beautiful, intriguing girl who’s caught his eye, and it’s a chance at redemption. Even if his new boss seems strange, secretive, and vaguely sinister, Campbell is willing to give this opportunity a shot.
And no sooner does he make that decision than the first in a series of murders is discovered, starting a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone in this once-quiet town…
The word so far on it is great! Check out what some folks who've read it had to say:
"Strangers’ Kingdom is a first-rate small-town whodunit, a page turner that keeps you guessing. I zipped through this book. More, please!" - Matthew M. Bartlett, author of Gateways to Abomination
“An intelligent police procedural with emotional depth and resonance, Strangers’ Kingdom is more than a page-turner, it’s a rewarding and memorable venture into the life of a small-town cop who allows himself a real connection to the people he is meant to protect.” – S.P. Miskowski, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Best of Both Worlds
"Barrows deftly weaves murder, suicide, motherhood, and fisticuffs into a taut mystery fraught with peril." - Jan Strnad, Goethe Award-winning author of Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron and Mutant World (with Richard Corben)
"Strangers’ Kingdom takes off like an adrenaline-fueled rocket and doesn’t quit until the final page." - Jill Hand, author of Trapnell Thrillers White Oaks and Black Willows
So what are you waiting for? Pre-order STRANGERS' KINGDOM today! Use Promo Code PREORDER2021 to get 15% off!
More good news!
I'm pleased to say my crime story "Throwing Flags" was accepted by Mystery & Suspense Magazine!
You may remember last year I co-authored with Jill Hand a non-fiction article on the intersection of the western and thriller genres for M&S Magazine.
Starting this summer, the magazine will carry a single piece of fiction each issue and I was thrilled when publisher Sam Boush reached out to me asking me to pitch a story and I'm very grateful he accepted the one I chose to submit!
"Throwing Flags" will appear in the fall issue, so look for more information later this year!
This past Friday, I got two pieces of good news:
First, my western novelette "Wild Yellow" was accepted as a reprint in Murderous Ink's upcoming anthology "Dead Man's Hand". Only five stories, of ten to fifteen thousand words each, are being accepted for this anthology so it's a great honor.
Second, my folk-horror story "Dead Horse" was accepted by Oxygen Man Books' "The Dark Heart of the Woods" anthology of folk horror. This is my first time writing horror in several years and my first attempt at folk-horror, so I'm beyond thrilled.
The announced TOC for "Dark Heart" is:
Ashley Dioses -- "The Stag"
Sunni Ellis -- "Sineater and the Devil"
John Claude Smith -- "L'albero Eterno"
Rhys Hughes -- "The Folk Horror Hotel"
Brandon Barrows -- "Dead Horse"
John Linwood Grant -- "Parliament of Faces"
Maxwell Ian Gold and Duane Pesice -- "Shedding Some Light"
No cover has been revealed yet, but below is the cover of the last folk-horror anthology OMB did. Check it out and read more here!
Nothing much to report this week and nothing in particular to talk about.
I have a ton of submissions out now; more than I've ever had at one time in my life, and more than I've had out in the last several years combined. I hope to have some good news about at least some of them soon.
In the meantime, why not revisit something older that might be new to you or something you've forgotten?
There's a ton of free-to-read stuff right here, linked to various places these stories and poems were published, as well as a bunch of free-to-read comics right here on my site.
Enjoy and do let me know what you think.
The final table of contents for Occult Detective Magazine #8 has been announced!
Brandon Barrows – "Angel Scales"
Melanie Atherton Allen – "The Voice on the Moor"
Paul StJohn Mackintosh – "Ghost Trainspotting"
Uche Nwaka – "Spirit Counsellor"
Rhys Hughes – "Memory Fumes"
Robert Guffey – "Committee of Mystery"
Rebecca Buchanan – "The Bones are Walking"
D G Laredoute – "Theatre of the Mind-Read"
C L Raven – "The Dead Shall Rise"
Carsten Schmitt – "Tahdukeh"
Christina L White – "Becoming Art Deco"
I A Watson – "Vinnie deSoth & the Saucer People"
Plus the usual reviews, and interior art (so far) by Mutartis Boswell and Andy Paciorek.
More information and the release date coming soon!
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