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Stories, Poems & Nonfiction

SHORT STORIES, Collections


False Shadows, Eight Scott Drayco Mysteries
Hear No Evil, Four Scott Drayco Mysteries

Death on Holiday: Four Tales of Mirth and Mayhem

SHORT STORIES, Anthologies

“The Knight and the Astronaut,” Thrill Road: Lone Wolves, 2024 TBA

“Ice Cream, You Scream,” Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, 2024 TBA

“Once Upon a Crime,” Hammond Review Intern'l Literary Prize Anthology, 2024 TBA

“The Final Chapter,” Agatha & Derringer Get Cozy, 2024 TBA

“Here's to You, Neil,” published in To Hull and Back, October 2023

“Life's a Scream,” published in Fictional Reality, July 2023

“Trouble in Spades,” Land of 10,000 Thrills Bouchercon Anthology, September 2022

“Alien Nation,” Noir Nation 8, May 2020 (Golden Fedora winner)
“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


“The World According to Carp," Pulp Noir, May 2024
“Family Matters,” Dark Yonder, April 2024

“Ice Cream, You Scream,” Bath Flash Fiction Contest Longlist, January 2024

“Arborist Anthem," Fractured Lit Elsewhere Contest Longlist, January 2024

“Chrysalis,” WOW! Women On Writing Flash Contest Finalist, January 2024

“And We Bloom,” Arlington Moving Words Competition Finalist, January 2024

“Ode to Joy,” Anthology Magazine Story Prize Shorlist, “Highly Commended,” November 2023

“Hollow Holler,” Flash 500 Quarterly Finalist, June 2023

“Life's a Scream,” Pulpfictional finalist, April 2023

“It Doesn't Check Out,” Woman's World Magazine, March 2023

“Life in the Caged Jungle,” Fish Short Story Prize Longlist, March 2023

“Passport to Nowhere,” New Writers Flash Fiction Contest Longlist, January 2023

“Here's to You, Neil," Tucson Festival of Books Literary Prize Finalist, December 2022

“Chrysalis,” Winner of the 2022 Dillydoun Flash Contest, August 2022

Lost in Space,” Finalist for Writer's Digest Flash Fiction Contest, August 2022

“Chemistry Caper, Woman's World Magazine, February 7, 2022

“A Double Fake, Mystery Weekly Magazine, October, 2021

“Nevermore, Mystery Tribune Online, March 2021
“No Greater Love,
Writer's Digest Finalist, Fall 2021
“Suite in the Key of Death,
Mystery Weekly, March 2021

“No Greater Love,” Finalist for Writer's Digest Short Story Contest, March 2021

“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

“The Obsession,” Saturday Evening Post Online, June 2014
“The Least of These,” Plan B Magazine III, March 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 (Derringer Award Winner, 2012)
“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

“Valley of the Shadow of Death,” Midnight Screaming, October 2009
“Wrong Side of the Bed,” Cynic Online Magazine, July 2009

“Sign of the Bear,” Northern Haunts, October 2008
“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


"When" 1st Place, Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest, 2021

"Waiting" - Noir Riot, November 2014

"Hidden Dance" - Noir Riot, November 2014
"Green Tide" - The New Poets: Yes

Haiku Finalist - Midwest Poetry Review

Triolet Finalist - Midwest Poetry Review

"Night Heat" - International Poetry Forum

"May 1st, 1986" - Pauses in Time

"Because I’ve Tasted Sky" - Impressions

"Winds of Grace" - Impressions

"Deity" - In Quiet Places

"Oh for the Sound of a Well-Sung Life" - In Quiet Places

"Catharsis" - Moods & Mysteries

"The Fire That Burns Within" - National Poetry Anthology




"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

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips
“Nature and the Writings Of Kerstin Lillemor Ekman,” Mystery Readers Journal

“The Mysteries of Math,” Mystery Readers Journal
“Mormons in Mystery Fiction,” Mystery Readers Journal

"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

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