The Black Widow Club Is Out!
There’s nothing like publication day, whether it’s for a short story or a book. After literally years of nudging by some very kind friends and readers (you know who you are), I’m thrilled to announce that my short story collection — THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB: Nine Tales of Obsession and Murder — is available now as an eBook for $2.99.
I’ve resisted putting together a collection because it used to be so easy to find many of my early stories online. That’s not the case anymore, since many of the old archives have come down, so I’m thrilled to make these stories available again.
If you’ve read any of my short fiction, you’ll be prepared for the darkness within. If all you know of my work is from the Lily Moore series… well, all I’m going to say is that you shouldn’t read THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB before bed. The stories in this volume were first published by Thuglit, Beat to a Pulp, Needle, the Feral Pages, and the Drowning Machine. You get the idea about the company my stories keep.
Because I’m a big fan of brick-and-mortar bookstores, THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB is available from Kobo, which has partnered with many terrific independent shops in the U.S. (including BookPeople, the Tattered Cover, Murder by the Book, and Mysterious Galaxy). Kobo is also a longtime partner of the Indigo chain in Canada. THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB is also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore. The ISBN is 978-0989726337. There isn’t a print edition yet, but I’m hoping to make one available soon.
Finally, a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the people who’ve supported my work since I started publishing short stories in 2007. That goes triple for Todd Robinson and Allison Glasgow — the forces of nature behind Thuglit — who published my first three stories. That’s just one of the reasons I dedicated THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB to them. The other editors who published the stories in this volume — David Cranmer, Steve Weddle, Lyman Feero, and Corey Wilde — are all rock stars, and I know I’m lucky to work with them. My mom, Sheila Davidson, also deserves a round of applause, because she’s been my first editor on all of these stories. I owe thanks to all of the friends who’ve offered me eBook advice, including Chuck Wendig, Ed Kurtz, and, most of all, Chris F. Holm, who has patiently put up with my eBook queries for quite some time now. I’m also grateful to Katrina Niidas Holm for taking a photo I snapped in Turkey in 2008 and transforming it into a cover-worthy image. Who’d ever think that a person with an imagination as dark as mine would be surrounded by amazing people?