Author Archive: Stephen

Monsieur Alice is Absent

Title: “Monsieur Alice is Absent”
Type: Short Story
Published: Terror at the Crossroads
Penny Publications Anthology
Jackie Sherbow & Emily Hockaday, Editors
Date: October 2018

  • First Published: Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (October 2010)
  • Nominated for the Edgar Award (Best Short Story, 2011)
  • MWA Edgar Awards Ceremony; Short Story Category: VIDEO
  • Promotional video (trailer) for this story: VIDEO
  • Buy this book: Amazon

  • Mystery Map

    I made a map. But before I tell you about it, let me explain why I made a map… in one sentence: Writers like to procrastinate. If you’re a writer, you know that sentence well. You probably even have it printed on a t-shirt. You probably even took the time out to design and hand-make the t-shirt. I know this well. I have spent many happy hours designing t-shirt ideas: catchy, writerly phrases. Juxtapositions of images and words…

    An Emotional List

    I read recently in a newspaper about a study into the range of emotions human beings can feel. The study turned up 27 of them. And this was a study undertaken by the University of California Berkeley, and not some random list drawn up by two men in a pub over a pint…

    Withnail & I

    Picture this: A large, empty, cavernous movie theater auditorium in the depths of winter. I’m in a jacket and scarf, and my breath is visible. It’s a matinee screening and no one else came. The lights go down and the ruby red curtains part. A soulful saxophone echoes: a four a.m. version of Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale. Up on the screen, a man sits in profile in a darkened sitting room and smokes a cigarette. He’s contemplating the universe, or he’s about to face a firing squad…

    Of All the Crazy in the World

    I discovered that a Clarice Falcão song (De Todos os Loucos do Mundo) bore a strong similarity (musically) to a song I wrote back in the 80s. Here’s my update of my old tune (without vocals), referencing Clarice Falcão’s song.