The Night of the Flood

So I wrote a story for this cool concept: a novel-in-stories. Sounds awesome, right? What’s even more exciting is that I’m actually a co-editor on this collection, along with E.A. Aymar. My first official “editor” moniker! I’m on the front cover and everything. It will be out March 5, 2018 through Down & Out Books. And best-selling author Hank Phillippi Ryan wrote the intro!

Here’s a peek at it:

Maggie Wilbourne is set to be executed in the fictional town of Everton, PA. She was sentenced for killing her rapists and is the first female to be executed in Pennsylvania. The Daughters of Diana threaten to blow up the small town’s dam if her execution isn’t stayed. Maggie is executed and the dam explodes. What follows is a hellish night of crime and murder as the dam floods the small town below.

Fourteen thriller and crime fiction writers each tell a story beginning at a different hour of that fateful night. These are twisted tales of shop owners, outsiders passing through, wealthy townsfolk, serial murderers, and local police officers. THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD is an intricate and intimate examination of the moment when chaos is released—in both society and the human spirit.

It’s pub day for KILLING MALMON!

I’m so excited to be part of this short story collection from Dan and Kate Malmon of Crimespree Magazine. It’s such a fantastic concept – 30 authors write a story with only one guideline: Dan Malmon must die. All proceeds go to the MS Society which makes being a part of this even better.

My short story “Masterpiece” features Camera Bob Stillman, a disgraced sports videographer who is forever chasing that elusive big break to work with ESPN when he’s really more suited for TMZ. Dan Malmon is his vengeful nemesis who’s responsible for both launching and ruining Camera Bob’s career.

Out today from Down & Out Books!

KILLING MALMON from Down & Out Books

Johnny Cash Anthology out now!

Gutter Books has come out with a killer anthology that features songs inspired by Johnny Cash. It’s a great lineup of authors like David Corbett and Rob Hart and is edited by Joe Clifford. I’m thrilled to be part of JUST TO WATCH THEM DIE with my story “Missouri Waltz.”

There are also stories by Jen Conley, S.W. Lauden, Danny Gardner, Angel Luis Colon, and Renee Asher Pickup, among others.  Here’s the full list on author Max Booth III’s blog:

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Available now on Amazon: JUST TO WATCH THEM DIE

“The Donut Dealer” is the featured story today on Great Jones Street

I’m stoked that my short story “The Donut Dealer” (originally published in All Due Respect, Issue #6) is featured on Great Jones Street – for the second time! If you haven’t checked out this awesome short story app yet, you should. It’s got killer stories by some up-and-coming writers as well as award-winning established ones (like Hilary Davidson and David Corbett).

Here’s what Great Jones Street says about “The Donut Dealer”

“The Donut Dealer” which you can also listen to is a 14-minute read and 21-minute listen. It is a story about Tea who gets in over his head with a couple of gangsters shaking him down at his Aunt’s donut shop. Chen’s story has a surprise twist which breaks down the nail-biting aspect of this thriller into something altogether more touching. I won’t ruin the surprise here. One of the things that I love is its depiction of Southern California and a sliver of the Asian American experience in Southern California in particular. Stories are rarely perfect — perfection can come off as an industrial process designed to eliminate waste — but this story has that kind of efficiency. Though it’s more like a perfectly carved bowl than perfectly polished chrome. 

Thank you, Great Jones Street! High praise indeed. Click on the link here to download the app:

http://stories.greatjonesstreet.press/TheDonutDealer_story

 

“The Donut Dealer” on Great Jones Street

My short story “The Donut Dealer” is featured on the Great Jones Street app. This is a cool new app that coins itself as the “Netflix of fiction.” This story of mine was originally published in All Due Respect, Issue #6 back in 2015 and is one of my favorites.

“Tea works in his aunt’s donut shop, with a nice side line of drug dealing. When he’s approached by a slimy consultant named Scott Axelrod, telling him to persuade his aunt to agree to the seaside lagoon development which will wipe out the handful of Chinese businesses, he is put in a tricky situation.”

And I love the cover art GJS did!

Check out the free app here: Great Jones Street

Download it now so you can get your quick fix of fiction anytime you want.

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Blood is definitely thicker than water as Tea will soon find out. Business is not easy, and keeping the scheming developers at bay is a daunting task for the eighteen year old. Luckily for young Tea, the Lagoon takes care of its own. So don’t ever mess with Guma! Check out “The Donut Dealer” by Sarah M. Chen, author 👉 http://gjs.rocks/The-Donut-Dealer

 

I LOVE THE 1980S!

It’s Happy Pub Day to FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS: EIGHTIES-INSPIRED NEON NOIR edited by Michael Pool. My short story Besties & Blow is one of 18 stories in this bitchin’ collection by Short Stack Books. Besties & Blow has Danny Elfman, the Greek Theater, Oingo Boingo, spoiled SoCal girls, and of course lots and lots of cocaine.

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It was a blast to write and I’m honored to be in this totally awesome collection along with such talented writers as S.W. Lauden, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Eryk Pruitt, Preston Lang, Greg Barth, Jen Conley, Kat Richardson, C.S. DeWildt, and many others. Thanks to Michael Pool of Short Stack Books for putting this over-the-top totally radical collection together!

If you want to know what inspired all of us to write our 80s stories for this collection, go to Dietrich’s blog Off the Cuff.

BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2016

I’m so excited my short story “Grateful Touring” has been selected for inclusion in Level Best Books’ WINDWARD anthology. It should be available just in time for the Crime Bake Conference in Dedham, MA this November. I’m hoping to attend the conference (on the waitlist) as it’d be great fun to be there as an anthology contributor. It’s a fantastic conference anyway!

This is the first time the editors have opened up the anthology to writers who aren’t residents of New England (stories must be set in New England) so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m honored and thrilled to be part of such a fantastic group of writers.

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“Grateful Touring” features leaf-peeping, cigarette smuggling, and Deadheads on a foliage tour of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

HARDBOILED: DAMES AND SIN BY DEAD GUNS PRESS

I have a new short story out in “Dames and Sin,” the last installment of Dead Guns Press’s HARDBOILED series. It’s entitled “Pig Boy” and I’m pretty proud of it. It’s a little different than what I usually write in that it’s not set in L.A. or Boston. It’s not even set in America. It features a young woman stranded in Taichung, Taiwan who must resort to her limited skills to survive. It’s pretty dark and messed up – more than what I usually write – which may be why I love it so much. There are some other amazingly talented writers in this issue as well.

Paperback available on Amazon.

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BLINK INK MYSTERY TRAIN #23

I received my contributor copy for Blink Ink’s issue #23 which is called Mystery Train. It includes 50-word stories that all have to do with trains. My story is called “Solo.” Since you need to subscribe to Blink Ink to read the issues (4 issues for 1 year is only $10 so by all means, subscribe if you wish!), I’ll post my story here. It’s a very cute artsy book that also has stories by pals Craig Faustus Buck and Gay Degani. Artwork is awesome as well.

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Cover done by artist Woody Lewis.

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“Solo”

 

 

CRIME FACTORY ISSUE 18 IS OUT!

I’m excited to see the new issue of CRIME FACTORY, which includes my short story “A Summer Drive.” This is a story of four people who aren’t having a very good day as they drive through various L.A. neighborhoods. If you buy the print edition of issue 18, you will get the Kindle version free after purchase. And what a cool cover!

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