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

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Mystery author Clea Simon calls The Tenth Wish "Fun and Fanciful." That certainly couldn't be said about any of my horror and crime novels. But this book is something from me. I look at it as a charming and, at times, thrilling mix of contemporary fantasy and adventure built around a love story. And while this is very different than anything else I've written, it's also not in a way. While it's several ticks lighter than my Julius Katz stories (except for the times in veers into very dark territory) it has a similar humor as my Julius Katz works, and the interplay between Emily and the genie will remind my readers (at least a little bit) of Julius and Archie. And there's more than a little bit of Archie in the genie. And while I think "fun and fanciful" is a good way to describe The Tenth Wish, it has characters in it who'd be right at home in my darkest noir.

The Tenth Wish is available today as either a kindle ebook or paperback. Yes. It's different.  It's "fun and fanciful" (actually Clea said about it: "Fun and fanciful, The Tenth Wish finds love and magic in this bitter old world.") But I think readers who've enjoyed my other books, even my darkest noir, will like this one also.

Monday, February 18, 2019

PW on THE INTERLOPER: "action-packed, darkly witty thriller"

Publisher's Weekly on THE INTERLOPER: "Zeltserman creates characters who, while at times amusing, still maintain their terrifying aura of unleashed fury."

The review can be read here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Julius Katz readers might want to pre-order The Tenth Wish

The Tenth Wish isn't a PI novel or mystery. Instead it's a contemporary fantasy in which a young woman finds a genie's lamp and the adventures that follow. So why might Julius Katz readers like this book?

The Tenth Wish is a tick or two lighter than my Julius Katz stories (although it veers at times into territory that's every bit as dark as my noir novels), but given everything I've written it compares closest in tone and humor to my Julius Katz writings. I think readers are going to find this book a lot of fun and exiting, and my genie, Jack, has more than a bit of Archie in him (as well as some Mr. Sheffield from The Nanny and some James Bond.)

The kindle version will be released on Feb. 21 and is available for pre-order now . A paperback edition will also be made available Feb. 21st (maybe a day or two earlier). The price for the kindle version will be $2.99 until Feb 28th, and then will be set to $5.99.