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.
ONE-EYED JACKS 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 Detective Larry Talbot is tracking you on a full moon night, you’ll wish you had wings. Classic noir, urban fantasy, and a howling good time.
A LONG WALK DOWN A DARK ALLEY Book I of the Grit & Shadows Collection 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
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
Harry Celeste is a next century private eye with last century style. He’s rough around the edges and makes no apologies for it. You want someone who can track dirt bags, you hire a detective who’s not afraid to get dirty. And this case is dirty.
Keywords: Private Eye, Hard-Boiled, Noir, Sex Bots, Dark Future, Detective, Android Romance, Fedora and Trench Coat, Not Quite Erotica, 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.
Keywords: New in Town, Vampire, Sex, 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.
THE PRINCE AND THE DARKNESS A Dark Fantasy Double Feature ebook, paperback
A dark fantasy double feature combining A Long Walk and The Prince in one bargain-priced volume. The first four short stories feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. These deliciously dark tales are followed by a novella of sword and soldiery warfare, where the enemy isn’t just fought on bloody battlefields, but in the very soul as well.
Keywords: Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Sword & Soldiery, Fantasy Warfare, War is Hell, Power of Faith, Monsters, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Noir, Mobsters, Hard-Boiled Detective, Vampire, Witch, Sex-Bots, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Scary Clown