Short Fiction by BV Lawson
Includes my story, "Quaking in My Boots":
A man terrified of earthquakes gets more than he bargained for when he builds what he thinks is an earthquake-proof home...but sometimes the shakedowns come from unexpected sources.
Includes my story, "And Down We Go":
Two small-time hoods are trapped in a sinking car and have a few terrifying moments before they end up "sleeping with the fishes." Or is everything as it seems?
Includes my Scott Drayco short story, "Silent Measures":
Three weeks have gone by, the ransom was paid, and a young deaf boy still hasn't been returned. The clock is ticking as Scott Drayco tries to find the child, who vanished from his boarding school - but was it a random event or does the school staff know more than they are telling?
Injustices, big and small, surround each of us every day. But what can one person do? Plenty, in these stories of vengeance and betrayal—whether it's a cheating spouse, a prostitute who's had enough, or a bookkeeper who decides to stick it to "the man." Ten twisted tales of mystery, deceit, family secrets, murder, and even some aliens thrown in for good measure will have you cheering for the bad guys to get their just desserts.
Eight tales featuring Scott Drayco, a man who had everything going for him: handsome, brilliant, a talented classical pianist in the prime of his youth. After violence scarred him physically and emotionally, he turned to an FBI career and now freelances as a crime consultant, taking on cases other people often don't want to touch. From a suspected serial killer who plays mind games with Drayco, to murder and revenge at 20,000 feet, these eight stories of literary suspense delve into the darkest mysteries of the human soul.
The clock is ticking as crime consultant Scott Drayco and "the world's most diminutive defense attorney" Benny Baskin play games with a dangerous killer in order to save an innocent man from going to jail. Why is the killer texting cryptic poems to Drayco on his cellphone about stolen Egyptian figurines, and what do the messages mean? Was the murder a crime of opportunity or was it planned all along for more sinister reasons? Drayco races around Washington, D.C,. trying to find the answers and avoid becoming a puppet, as the killer pulls the strings.
Five short tales of crime and suspense about the dark choices people make when their backs are against a wall:
A sheriff’s deputy and a nun hold the fate of a meth dealer in their hands;
A down-on-his-luck former violinist takes fate into his own, scarred hands;
A forensic linguist becomes obsessed with solving the puzzle of a missing Moravian deed that might be the key to murder;
A homeless man killed by a hit-and-run finds unusual after-death advocates in a minister and his cat;
And a hitman with unusual skills just wants to be left alone, in the Derringer Award winner "Touch of Death."
Four short tales of mirth, murder and mayhem:
A shopping mall Christmas elf with revenge on his mind;
A young man whose day goes from bad to worse when his car is rear-ended by the mayor's wife, and police find a skeleton in his trunk;
A private eye's blackmail case that takes him to a costume party and too many Abraham Lincolns;
And little Sammy Spade wreaks havoc at summer camp.
Includes my short story, "When Stars Collide":
Astronomer Harlow Shapley suspects foul play when a colleague at Mount Wilson Observatory dies in what everyone else thinks is a tragic accident. He doesn't lack for suspects, including fellow astronomer Edwin Hubble - will the Great One turn out to be a star or will they all end up falling to earth in more death and tragedy?
In this third collection of stories from Plan B Magazine, we find tales from Cold War espionage to small town stickups, high powered diplomacy to the opportunism of poverty, these are stories of the darkness of the human heart. And once in a while, how the light of our common humanity can transcend that darkness.
Includes my story, "The Least of These."
A collection of resonant, unbridled dark fiction. Unburdened by genre and disparate in subject, these stories find common cause in their emphasis mood, style, intelligence, and emotional depth.
Includes my story, "Beside Still Waters."
You live in a world of god-awful sequels. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Blues Brothers 2000. Scary Movie 2. It’s rough out there.But have no fear—here’s one sequel that hasn’t been drained of life by roving hordes of soulless studio execs. Pulp Ink 2’s got beautiful killers, visions of the apocalypse, blood-thirsty rats, and one severed arm on a quest for revenge.
Includes my story, "Shadow Man."
BEAT to a PULP: Hardboiled 2 follows the blood-soaked trail left behind by the 2011 award-winning collection, edited by David Cranmer and Scott D. Parker, and pumps out another thirteen knuckle-breaking, crime tales. With writers from the 1930s and 40s golden era of pulp (Paul S. Powers and Charles Boeckman) and modern hardboiled masters (Robert J. Randisi and Wayne D. Dundee), this wild bunch is set to blaze a rat-a-tat sweep across the pulp fiction landscape.
Includes my story, "Double Your Pleasure."
From Katherine Neville's Foreword: Each of us has doubtless gone a round or two with someone whom we secretly felt deserved more than a small dose of Divine Justice. This probably explains why most of us can't help but smile upon hearing that somebody who 'done us wrong' has, at long last, gotten his 'just desserts.' In extreme cases (that is, if you're anything like me) you might even have gone so far, in the past, as to uncork a small split of champagne! I suspect there'll be plenty of bubbly flowing as you relish reading about twenty of literature's most deserving villains, who get their comeuppance in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin'."
Includes my story, "All in the Numbers."
GRIMM TALES is a collection of stories by some of the top names in online crime fiction, all based on classic fairy tales. As novelist Ken Bruen writes in his introduction, "Ever imagined what would have come down the dark pike if The Brothers Grimm were more Brothers Coen and wrote mystery?" The collection is edited by John Kenyon, editor of Grift magazine, and contains 17 stories, including my "Bacon Blues."
Five Scott Drayco short stories:
In HEAR NO EVIL, first published in Poison + Murder = Satisfaction, pianist Adina Dyson asks to meet Scott Drayco at a recital hall in the middle of a snowstorm, but the last thing he expects is for Adina to turn up dead.
In TER-LUCK-EN, when noted defense attorney Benny Baskin finds himself in jail on Thanksgiving Eve, Drayco has to try to save his bacon.
In THE LEAST OF THESE, first published in Plan B: Volume III, Drayco goes undercover at a French Embassy soiree in hopes of bringing closure to a motherless girl.
In WITH SWEET LAVENDER, first published in Over My Dead Body, Drayco discovers that love is not always a many-splendored thing.
In FM IS FOR MURDER, first published in Poison + Murder = Satisfaction (and honored by an American Independent Writers award), the shock-jock host of a morning radio program turns up murdered—but maybe the question is who *didn’t* want him dead?
Finalist, Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Contest, 2021
Pushcart Prize nominee, Gemini Magazine, "Surrectus," 2021
Pushcart Prize nominee, "Quaking in My Boots," All Due Respect, December 2020
The Best Small Fictions nominee, "Surrectus," 2020
Golden Fedora Prize winner, "Alien Nation,” Noir Nation, 2019
Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Winner, "Surrectus," 2019
StorySouth Million Writers Award notable story, "Violin Karma," 2010
American Independent Writers Short fiction Prize honorable mention, "FM is for Murder," 2010
Derringer Award finalist, "The Devil to Play," 2009
Armchair Interviews Summertime Blues Contest winner, “This Bird Has Flown," 2008
Derringer Award finalist, "Dreaming of a Spite X-Mas", 2008
Homecoming Contest finalist, Crime & Suspense Magazine, "Danse Macabre," January 2008
Mysterical-E Honorable Mention, “Elementary, My Dear Abraham,” 2007
Deadly Ink Contest finalist, "No Good Deed, " 2007
Center Press Masters Literary Awards Finalist, "Una Furtiva Lagrima,” 1998
SHORT STORIES, Collections
Best Served Cold, Stories of Revenge and Betrayal
False Shadows, 8 Scott Drayco Mysteries (combines Vengeance is Blind and Grave Madness)
Vengeance is Blind: 3 Scott Drayco Mysteries
Grave Madness: 3 Scott Drayco Mysteries
Death on Holiday: Four Tales of Mirth and Mayhem
Deadly Decisions: 5 Tales of Crime and Suspense
SHORT STORIES, Anthologies
"Quaking in My Boots," All Due Respect 2020 Anthology
“And Down We Go,” Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology, September 2016
“Silent Measures,” Flash and Bang, 2015
“Double Your Pleasure,” Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 2, February 2013
“Beside Still Waters,” For When the Veil Drops, November 2012
“Shadow Man,” Pulp Ink 2, July 2012
”Bacon Blues,” Grimm Tales, Winter 2011
“It’s All in the Numbers,” Chesapeake Crimes IV, April 2010
“Hear No Evil,” PMS: Poison, Murder, Suspense, May 2009
“FM is for Murder,” PMS: Poison, Murder, Suspense, May 2009
“Sign of the Bear,” Northern Haunts Anthology, October 2008
“No Good Deed,” Deadly Ink Anthology, 2007
SHORT STORIES, Magazines & E-zines
"Quaking in My Boots," All Due Respect, December 2020
"Surrectus," Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Winner, 2019
“Since You Went Away,” Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Winter 2020
“Moby Mick,” Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder, November 3, 2019
“The Barbecue Pot,” Flash Bang Mysteries Editor's Choice, October 2019
“Alien Nation,” Noir Nation 8, 2019 - Winner of a Golden Fedora Prize for short fiction
“A Fire Burns Brightly,” Noir Nation 7, Spring 2019
“Flash of Red,” Mystery Weekly, Spring 2019
“Inflammatory Rhetoric,” Flash Bang Mysteries, January 2019
“The Lost Treasure,” Woman's World, September 10, 2018
“It's All Litter to Me,” Spinetingler, Fall 2016
“With Sweet Lavender,” Over My Dead Body, Spring 2015
“When Stars Collide,” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, November/December 2014
“A Recovering Romance,” Romance Flash, February 2014
“Push Comes to Shove,” Needle Magazine, Spring 2012
“Ill-Gotten Games,” Untreed Reads, February 2012
“A Second Chance,” Woman’s World, October 2011
“Touch of Death,” Absent Willow Review, April 2011
“The Melungeon Witch,” Fringe Magazine, January 2011
“Trouble in the Neighborhood,” Woman’s World, November 2010
“Violin Karma,” Rose and Thorn, Fall 2010
“The Tradition Thief,” Rope and Wire, September 2010
“A Suitable Duet,” Ink Bean Journal, Fall 2010
”Gun Love,” Plots With Guns, Fall 2009
“Wrong Side of the Bed,” Cynic Online Magazine, July 2009
“This Bird Has Flown,” 1st Place, Armchair Interviews Summertime Blues, Sept. 2008
“But for the Grace of God,” Powder Burn Flash, September 2008
“The Devil to Play,” Static Movement, April 2008
“Dance Macabre,” 3rd Place in Homecoming Contest, Crime & Suspense, January 2008
“Dreaming of a Spite Xmas,” Mouth Full of Bullets, December 2007
“The Pilgrim,” ESC! Magazine, October 2007
“Una Furtiva Lagrima,” Cantaraville, October 2007
“Paw of the Righteous,” Great Mystery and Suspense, Fall 2007
“Elementary, My Dear Abraham,” Mysterical-E, Honorable Mention, Spring 2007
“Una Furtiva Lagrima,” Center Press Masters Literary Awards Finalist
ESSAYS AND NONFICTION
"You Want Your PIs Hard, Soft, or Medium-Boiled? (With a Side of Procedural)," Mystery Readers Journal, October 2019
Headlines Columnist, Prose 'n Cons Magazine, 2015-16
"KA-TAP Ensemble," Washington Times
"Muir String Quartet," Washington Times
"Music Manuscripts in Baltimore," Washington Times
"Tracking the Underground Railroad," Washington Times
"Finding a Way to Adventure by Getting Lost," Washington Times
"Unearthing the Past," Washington Times
"Forgotten Fortresses," Washington Times
"Sowing the Seeds of Spring," Washington Times
"Arts Funding", Sunday Journal
"Flora Gil Jacobs, Active Times
"Fred Calland," Washington Times
"On Doll Houses and Toy Stores," Insight on the News
"The Craft of Making Apples Appealing," Washington Times
"Carriages," Antique Week
"The Center for the Americas," Q Magazine
"Operas for a Song," Q Magazine
"If It Ain't Baroque," Q Magazine
"There's a Song in My (Rogers and) Hart," Q Magazine
"The Musings of a Conductor," Q Magazine
"Jazz Times Two," Q Magazine