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Specializing in minimalist fiction and creative non-fiction


Short Stories in Verse or Free Verse

Stray Bullet

Semi-bad Cop

An Ode to Aaron


Contemporary Murder Ballads (with links to music)

Cold Vengeance

Frankie and Johnny, Updated

The Road to Crime

Famous Murder Ballads

The Ballad of Reading Gaol—Oscar Wilde (1898)

The Shooting of Dan McGrew—Robert W. Service (1907)

Streets of Laredo—Frank H. Maynard (1910)

Stagolee (early versions, 1911)


Time Served

The Wine of Clarity

Twinkies and a Glass Eye

The Saigon–-Mark Sashine and J.J. Counsilman

A Death Forgotten

Indelible Memories of Murder

A Gang Killing

Reviews of Selected American Crime Classics in Verse

Red Harvest [Dashiell Hammett, 1929]

The Postman Always Rings Twice [James M. Cain, 1934]

The Big Sleep [Raymond Chandler, 1939]

I, The Jury [Mickey Spillane, 1947]


Black Blues

The Coffee Ring–-Cole Violette

A Woman So Blue

Broken Woman Blues–-John Way and J.J. Counsilman

Flash Fiction

Dream Thoughts, Some Dark

A Game of Terror

The Memories of Killers

Hostage Takers

The Same Muscles as a Monkey

Special Hells

The Crimes of Sisyphus, or How to Survive Prison

Short Stories in Prose

Black, White, and Blues

Death by Ristretto—T. Campbell

Almost Identical Twins

The Ignorant Gene: With Apologies to Richard Dawkins

His Conscience Was Eaten by a Dog

The Drug of Choice

Narration and music for Murder Ballads:

Cold Vengeance

Frankie and Johnny, Updated

The Road to Crime

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Crime With My Coffee provides busy coffee drinkers with pieces of mischief and mayhem while they sip their joe. The accent is on variety and brevity. Presented are:

Most pieces can be read in a few minutes. Six stories in prose are included for the coffee drinker with more time than a coffee break.