“Swans Mate for Life” Published by Akashic Books

I love Akashic Books’s regional noir series. Their first Boston Noir anthology is a classic in my book and at the release party during the Boston Book Fair, I got to meet Dennis Lehane, which was tremendous for me. And I never washed my hand again.

Anyways, Akashic published my shortie “Swans Mate for Life” as part of their “Mondays Are Murder” series. It’s about a guy trying to steer his own life while steering a swan boat at Orlando’s Lake Eola.

Read it here.


‘Jawbone’ Published by Flash Fiction Magazine

Bit late posting this one because I just moved 1,000 miles to southeastern PA. Flash Fiction Magazine posted my quickie ‘Jawbone’ on July 25 and their summary of it is real good, so I’ll just let them take it away:

“Two men burying a man near a river come across an animal’s jawbone, which becomes the symbol of the unspoken bond between husband and wife, reaching beyond wedding vows.”

Read it HERE. I’ve got another flash coming out August 15, then I think I’m done with the quickies for a while. Got three longer ones in the pot and now that the move is over, it’s time to finish em up. Take it easy.

‘One False Move’ Revelation

ONE FALSE MOVE, Cynda Williams, Bill Paxton, 1992, (c)IRS Media
ONE FALSE MOVE, Cynda Williams, Bill Paxton, 1992, (c)IRS Media

Holy Moses. I recently watched One False Move (1992), a thriller directed by Carl Franklin and written by Billy Bob Thorton and Tom Epperson. I’ve never heard this film come up in conversations about ’90s thrillers, but my Lord is it an apex of the genre. It’s a genuinely character-driven story, where the “twists” actually make sense in regards to the drama and the players occupying it. Heck, even Ebert gave it a perfect score when it came out. Uncompromising, authentic to the location, and wicked intense, One False Move needs to be up in your eyeballs ASAP. It’s available to rent on iTunes.

Story in the Latest (and Last) Issue of THUGLIT

Todd Robinson of the almighty THUGLIT gave me my “big break.” He published one of my first shorts, and this short led to me landing an agent. That’s why I’m honored to have a story in the final issue of THUGLIT, appropriately titled LAST WRITES. It’s a story called “Flip the Record,” about a couple senior citizens who deserve more than what their assisted living community is dishing out to them on the daily.

I’m bummed to no end to see THUGLIT just end like this. But if it has to, at least the mean machine is going out with one final, middle finger issue. It’s been an honor, Todd. All hail Big Daddy Thug.