Author Archive: Stephen

A Parade of Poirots

I read today that Albert Finney died (7 Feb 2019; yes, I wrote this a month ago). Finney was a brilliant actor. I won’t list his credits (it’s a long list); suffice to say that the first movie I ever saw him in was the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express…

True Lies

I’ve been thinking lately about what I do for fun (and a little bit of profit). I like to make stuff up. I routinely write about people and events, conflicts and conundrums, and barely a word of it is true. My stories are mostly cut from the whole cloth of my imagination.

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…