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New Story in SHMM #29

After a long hiatus, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine is back with a brand new Midport Mystery story featuring Mike's main protagonist, Molly Fetterly. When a standup comic is killed at a local comedy club, it's up to Molly and the rest of the team at MPD to crack the case.

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New Fiction Up at Terror House Magazine

All Cardley Baxter wants to do is kill his boss. Is that too much to ask? Find out in "Frank," and visit Terror House Magazine  HERE!

Guilty Issue Three Out Now!

Issue three of Guilty, Crime Story Magazine is out now! This brand-spankin'-new issue contains Mike's latest short story "Mark," a story of a con job gone horribly wrong. Furthermore, the new story is part of the growing Midport Stories series. Unlike the other Midport stories, this little gem doesn't feature Detective Molly Fetterly as the main protagonist, but references the antagonist of the first novel in the Midport series You Make Yourself Another. Other contributors to the new issue include Robb T. White, Dustin Walker, Ethan Robles, Coy Hall, Bruce Harris, and Anthony Perconti. 

The cover artwork is by far the best yet for the magazine. According to Brandon Barrows, publisher of Guilty, the artwork is courtesy of legendary pulp artist Wil Hulsey whose covers include the infamous "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" art for Man's Life magazine, which, in turn, influenced the Mothers of Invention album of the same name. 

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Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression

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Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression from Rock and a Hard Place Publications is out now! The anthology, edited by best-seller S.A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, has garnered five-star reviews and the feedback from many of the readers has been staggering. Per Cosby via Twitter, "The table of contents represents some of the best minds in crime fiction today."

Mike's story "The Lesson of the Lamp" appears in the anthology alongside such lauded writers as Joseph S. Walker, Hilary Davidson, Bobby Mathews, and many others. Pick up your copy

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Table of Contents for   Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression

Mike Places on Ellery Queen's Reader's Poll

Here's some exciting news (well, it's exciting to Mike, maybe not you, but hey)! The Ellery Queen 2020 Reader's Poll has just been announced and it turns out that Mike has placed 10th on the list! Granted, it's last place, but what the hell, beggars can't be choosers, and considering that Mike ranks alongside such luminaries as Doug Allyn and the legendary Joyce Carol Oates, it goes without saying that he's stoked. Check out the NEWS page for more info!  

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