Hard-boiled detectives. Mob enforcers. The restless dead.
I enjoy dipping into the darker aspects of genre fiction, including noir, crime, and horror. And hybrid work that combines all three. Pretty much anything I write that falls between the cracks and lands in that dark, dank basement will be found under this heading.
Rails End, California. 1980s. As a former Vegas magician, Jack knows the world is full of shallow illusions. That’s why he’s grinding out a new life for himself as a smuggler, counterfeiter and debt collector for a local crime boss, and trying to stay off of everyone else’s radar.
Unfortunately, keeping a low profile just isn’t in the cards for the Jack of Spades. After a little trouble in Chinatown, Jack’s employer decides to send him on a working vacation. He’s to retrieve some stolen museum pieces on island of Saipan. But Jack’s not the only person on the job and the other interested parties are more than they appear. Hell, they may even be more than human…
Urban fantasy, crime-noir, and Asian myth merge in this darkly entertaining novel of pulp adventure.
EATING IN THE UNDERWORLD
“Brink melds hard-boiled mystery, robot sex slaves, and a twist on Greek myth, all which evoke Blade Runner, and leaves you wanting for more.” — Tales of the Talisman Magazine
Welcome to the dark side of urban fantasy.
Private eye Harry Celeste tracks a case rife with sex bots, killing machines, and old wounds that refuse to heal.
A heartless mafia enforcer finds that even he has passion in the presence of a mysterious wooden doll.
Picking up strangers proves lustful and dangerous for a young man with nothing to lose but loneliness.
Two hitmen discover a mime in an invisible box and what he’s not saying could kill them both.
Four stories that blur the lines between fantasy, noir, horror, and science fiction. Tales of mystery and magic, hatred and desire, the unliving and the restless dead. A collection not intended for children. Or the faint of heart.
(By the way, this book used to be called A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley. Where you see A Long Walk you’ll also get this, such as in audiobook format.)
The man they call Shovel is a neutral instrument. He’s buried more than his fair share of men. And built his boss, August Alexander, a criminal empire.
But when August suddenly becomes obsessed with a tiny wooden doll, even Shovel can’t remain neutral for long. Or escape the doll’s spell.
A crime-noir tale with a horror twist.
This short story is also featured in Eating in the Underworld, a collection of dark urban fantasy.
Being the new guy in town can be lonely.
No one but the TV to keep you company. Lying awake, listening to the clock tick away the hours. Hitting the bars alone because you just don’t know where else to go.
It’s hard being new. Even so, Paul should know better than to pick up strangers…
A dark tale to stave off loneliness. And feed your darkest desires.
Blurring the lines between erotica, vampires, and horror, this short story can also be found in the dark urban fantasy collection Eating in the Underworld.
Crime-noir meets ghost-horror in this flash fiction story.
Mobster thugs Pauli and Mouse come across a street clown late at night who seems to know more than he’s telling. Maybe too much.
But you know the best thing about killing a mime? No one hears him scream.
Then again, by the time this story is over, it won’t be him screaming.
This flash fiction story is also featured in Eating in the Underworld.
THE PRINCE AND THE DARKNESS
A Dark Fantasy Double-Feature
The first four short stories feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. Your imagination will flicker with the atmospheric images of mobsters and monsters, all cast in black and white—and red.
These deliciously dark tales are followed by a novella of sword and soldiery warfare, where the enemy isn’t just fought on battlefields, but in the soul as well.
Five cross-genre stories to tempt and terrify.
This double feature combines A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley and The Prince of Luster and Decay.
A LONG WALK DOWN A DARK ALLEY
Four tales of darkness and horror told with a sharp noir edge.
They feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. This is Valentine’s Day with Halloween style. It’s sex and violence from that dark corner of your imagination you dare not share with anyone else.
Your imagination will flicker with the atmospheric images of mobsters and monsters, all cast in black and white—and red.
A Long Walk has been republished as Eating in the Underworld and its original form currently exists only in tantalizing audiobook and out-of-print paperback editions.