Hard-boiled detectives. Mob enforcers. The restless dead.
Novels and stories under "Grit & Shadows" do not share a common universe, but they do have a common gut feeling, a chill of the spinal nerves, and a strange taste for blood.
Whether it's noir, horror, or urban fantasy, the darker shades will have a sense of gravity that outweigh the light.
A LONG WALK DOWN A DARK ALLEY The Grit & Shadows Collection, Book I ebook, paperback, audiobook
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.
Includes the stories Eating in the Underworld, Lonely, Unfeeling, & Mime.
Keywords: Horror, Noir, Mobsters, Hard-Boiled Detective, Vampire, Witch, Sex-Bots, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, New in Town, Scary Clown
KISS OF THE MAIDEN The Grit & Shadows Collection, Book II ebook, paperback
A kiss can be deadly… Five new stories that blur the lines between urban fantasy, detective noir, vampire horror, and science fiction. Jaded street saviors, an expedition in 1920’s Egypt, a hard-boiled private eye with a nose for trouble, and an assassin with the odds stacked against him. If you prefer your thrills on the darker side and aren’t afraid to be bitten, risk reading this thrilling collection!
Includes: Kiss of the Maiden, The Proposal, Epidemic, Snake Eyes, and Moondance.
Keywords: Noir, Dark Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Mobsters, Gamblers, Shark Bait, Jail Bait, Mummies, Young Love, Full Moons, Werewolves, Detective Noir, Pulp Fiction, Science Fiction.
ONE-EYED JACKS The Grit & Shadows Collection, Book III ebook, paperback
Rails End, California. 1980s. As former Vegas magician, Jack knows the world is full of shallow illusions. In his new life, he’s a smuggler, counterfeiter and debt collector for a local crime boss, and trying to stay off everyone’s radar. Unfortunately, keeping a low profile just isn’t in the cards for the Jack of Spades. Urban fantasy, crime-noir, and Asian myth merge in this darkly entertaining novel of pulp adventure.
Keywords: Crime, Pulp, Gangster, Thieves, Smugglers, Thriller, Noir, Action-Adventure, Ancient Artifacts, Mystery, Mythology, Legend, Chinese New Year, Humor, Tarot, Card Motiff, I Ching
A rare item of great value. A beautiful woman shrouded in mystery. And a hard-boiled private eye with supernatural instincts and a nose for trouble. No, this isn’t The Maltese Falcon. But if this detective is tracking you on a full moon night, you’ll wish you had wings. Classic noir, urban fantasy, and a howling good time.
Keywords: Private Eye, Werewolf Detective, Mystery, Pulp Fiction, Dark Urban Fantasy, Noir, Shifter, Witch, Magic, Zombies, Paranormal, Occult Short Story, Hard-Boiled, Sam Spade Gets Hairy
The man they call Shovel is a neutral instrument. His ability to act without emotion has built quite a fearsome reputation, both for himself and mob boss August Alexander. 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.
Keywords: Mobsters, Supernatural, Short Story, Crime, Noir, Mafia, Witch, Occult, Dark Urban Fantasy, Horror
How do you kill a man who has Lady Luck wrapped around his little finger? One underworld hitman is about to find out. The man known as the Gambler went from loser to ruler almost overnight. It's unnatural, they say. Now the assassin known as Snake Eyes has him in his sights. Let the games begin.
Key Words: Dark Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction Crime, Mobsters, Gambling, Short Story, Cyberpunk, Gangster Science Fiction, Against All Odds, Hitmen, Assassins, Underdog
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.
Keywords: New in Town, Vampire, Sex with Strangers, Not Quite Erotica, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Short Story
Crime-noir meets ghost-horror in this short 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 story still exists within A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley. And for a short while, I had shifted the load from Walk over to the title Eating and then later shifted it all back again. (There may be some of those now extinct paperbacks still floating around out there somewhere.)
Later, I had started remaking the cover for the new edition and launch of the Grit & Shadows Collection, but the new cover was so damn cool that I couldn't let it just be for a 6,000-word short story!
So Eating may make a reborn debut in the future with a lot more adventures contained there-in for our futuristic private eye, Harry Celeste.
There have been some covers and editions that have come and gone through the years. But I've loved them all (well, most of them, anyway). I also hate to see good art slip away. So I've commemorated them here.
I love this cover!
And it's technically stronger than the current one, in my opinion.
But when I decided to revamp the whole Grit & Shadows Collection to make it a defined series in its own right, I needed to have their covers say so. They had to all match up so you'd know they go together on sight. Therefore, this cover had to go the way of the dodo. (For now, at least...)
But you'll notice in the new cover, you can still find this image as it was intended to be: a very stylistic Jack of Spades!
My original cover for the standalone short story. Rather simple and not super-engaging, but it could be worse! Couldn't it...?
THE PRINCE AND THE DARKNESS A Dark Fantasy Double Feature ebook, paperback
This "dark fantasy double feature" combined A Long Walk with The Prince of Luster & Decay. It was created early on when I had few other books out there. At the time they went together pretty well and the combo was well received by those who found it.
In 2019, however, with the revamp of series and universes, I decided this pairing didn't really jive well with the other places that these books exist. So I took it off the shelf. There are still some floating out there, though. Perhaps they'll be worth money someday...