Dark and, at times, amusing fiction from award-winning author Dave Zeltserman

Friday, April 30, 2021

A new collection of Julius Katz stories!

More Julius Katz and Archie continues with eight additional stories!

Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine
Julius Katz and the Giftwrapped Murder
Archie on Loan
Cramer in Trouble
Julius Katz and the Terminated Agent
Archie for Hire
Julius Katz and the Belvedere Club
Like a Lightning Bolt

Paperback and kindle editions are available now!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Noir collection free for next two days


I've made UNLUCKY SEVEN free on Amazon for the net two day. Grab a copy now!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

From Unlucky Seven


In my story Something's Not Right, the following letter which my protagonist writer can't let go drives the story:

After your earlier letter I was expecting at the least a diverting read, and not the excruciatingly hackneyed and clich├ęd disaster that you sent me. Your inane plot plodded along at a pace that made me want to drive sharpened spikes through my eyes, your characters barely qualified as cardboard cutouts, and your dialog was what I’d expect from a failing eighth grade creative writing student. The only thing that kept me reading your ‘masterpiece’ to the bitter end was my fascination over how shockingly bad it is.

I know you must be disappointed that I cannot offer even a single word of encouragement, but I can offer advice. Please, for the love of God, never put pen to paper again unless it is to compose a suicide note. Even that, I’m afraid, would end up as an unreadable mess.

Best of luck in your future career as a busboy or other such endeavor which I’m sure you’ll be eminently qualified for.

I invite other writers to share their worst rejection letters.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

New noir collection!

I've put up as a kindle book on Amazon a 7-story noir collection. Stories in this collection:

Brother's Keeper (Edgar and Macavity nominee)
The Last Santa
Emma Sue (honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories)
The Caretaker of Lorne Green
Some People Deserve to Die
A Guilty Conscience
Something's Not Right

The Last Santa and A Guilty Conscience are original stories for this collection.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Two new noir stories out!


I have two very different noir stories out now. A David Goodis-like story PAST DUE in the Sept/Oct issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and a Cornell Woolrich-like story THE LONG ROAD in Coast to Coast Noir. So what's a David Goodis-like noir story? A story where the past catches up to the noir protagonist. How about a Cornell Woolrich-like noir? A missing memory, and the attempt to discover it leads to the noir journey. At least that's my take!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Latest Noir Story

I have a new noir story in the current issue of Alfred Hitchcock. An excerpt has been posted.

Also, my Edgar and Macavity nominated story Brother's Keeper can be read here.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Cinnamon Girl -- 145-word crime noir story

Cinnamon Girl
by Dave Zeltserman

The job was a bad one from the beginning. Dougherty had gotten careless and didn’t realize there was a witness until she ran naked from the basement apartment clutching her dress. All Red Mahoney could tell me was that she was small and skinny with straight cinnamon-colored hair reaching halfway down her back, and a pink butterfly tattooed on her right ass cheek. There was no point in me complaining about having to clean up Dougherty’s mistake. He was Mahoney’s brother-in-law.

That was three weeks ago. Her hair’s been cut short and dyed to the color of charcoal, but her kiss still tastes like cinnamon, and I’ve seen the butterfly up close and personal.

It would be an evil thing for me to finish the job. If Mahoney knew, he’d have me cut up and the pieces tossed in the river.

I’ll take my chances.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

If you liked The Caretaker of Lorne Field...

.. you'll love the audiobook. The narrator Paul Heitsch does a spectacular job bringing the book to life, and his performance is pitch-perfect. For whatever reason, Caretaker also lends itself well to audio--listening to it is more like a radio play than a novel. Audible subscribers can get it here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

New Audiobook: The Caretaker of Lorne Field

The narrator for this does an outstanding job bringing Caretaker to life. Get it now!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Edgar nomination and Unleashed

I'm happy to announce that my Blask Mask Story "Brother's Keeper" published in the 2019 May/June issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has been nominated for an Edgar. Also, my crime thriller UNLEASHED written as Jacob Stone is now on sale for $0.99. This is a crime thriller I'm particularly fond of and I think any fans of my "man out of prison" noir trilogy will like this one. Next to PARIAH, it's my most brutal and toughest novel with more twists than your average rollercoaster. There's a certain element to the writing that I think will appeal to Richard Stark Parker fans.