Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award. Don't miss out on the thriller described by Florida Weekly as "A Perfect Storm of Menace!"
Hardcover, ebook...and now available in paperback!
Available for Kindle e-readers (plus IPAD and desktop, with the free Amazon app), Tales of Old Brigands Key, a collection of three new short stories about the little island's troubled past.
"The Rum War." A bootlegger battles to retrieve his impounded boat during the Prohibition, aided by a famous stranger.
"The Light Keeper." Electric change sweeps the island in 1938, and affords a chance to settle old scores. Finalist, 2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards.
"The Wreck of the Edinburgh Kate." A ghost ship drifts into the island in 1890, importing a great horror from across the Atlantic. Winner, 2nd place, 2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards.
Download now and get your brigand on!
Now available on Amazon for Kindle readers (and for i-Phone, i-Pad, and home PC with the free app from Amazon): A DOUBLE SHOT OF FRIGHT: Two Tales of Terror, by Ken Pelham. $0.99 !!!...best entertainment value this side of a Russell Crowe singing engagement!
Two short stories of horror from award-winning author Ken Pelham, guaranteed to make you keep the lights on.
"Myrna": A drunken brutal husband, a beautiful young wife with the mysterious skills of a lost race...and an unwillingness to be a victim. Originally appeared in Stellanova Magazine, 1988.
"Familiar": A modern twist on the myth of the witch's familiars, those creatures subservient to their masters' whims. Old Salem meets MIT. Originally appeared in Black Petals Magazine, 2004.
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June 6 Newsflash! Okay, I never claimed to be a meteorologist. As soon as I said it was too early for hurricane season, up pops Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico. As I write this, Andrea is sloshing ashore in Brigands Key. Or where the fictional island is located, at any rate. And of course, there's not really much left of Brigands Key after the bitch goddess named Hurricane Celeste slammed into the island. Anyway, it looks like this might be a helluva season coming at us in 2013.
The calendar just flipped June 1st, so hurricane season is officially here. Now I don't necessarily agree with that date...anyone who's lived along the Gulf Coast or the U.S. Atlantic seaboard knows that they're unlikely to see a hurricane in June, or even July. The real season is August and September. On the other hand, the waters are warmer every year, so it's reasonable to assume tropical storms will begin earlier. Nevertheless, I thought I'd highlight this by returning again to the MRJ story linked below...
Janet Rudolph's wonderful quarterly, MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL, covering the gamut of mystery fiction, has a short piece of mine in the Florida-themed Winter 2013 edition. Titled "Storms, Mayhem, and Mystery", it reveals a bit of my Brigands Key thinking. I'm reprinting the story here, but I encourage mystery lovers to subscribe to MRJ, or to buy the individual issue...it's chock-full of terrific writing by noted authors who use Florida as the springboard of imagination.
Click on the links and enjoy!
TREACHEROUS BASTARDS: Stories of Suspense, Deceit, and Skullduggery, a collection of three short stories, is available for Kindle e-readers at Amazon.com (or for I-Pad, I-Phone, or PC, with the free Kindle app). Two stories--"Itchy" and "Great Minds Think Alike"--were previously published. For fans of Brigands Key, the previously unpublished "Double Effect" peels back a layer of the onion skin for a glimpse into the island's troubled past.
Florida Weekly's Phil Jason weighs in...
An ageless, impossible body at the bottom of the sea. A lethal plague. A ruthless murderer. A monster hurricane. When archaeologist Carson Grant comes to tiny Brigands Key to escape the limelight and repair his shattered reputation, he finds himself instead staring down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
A first-place winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, BRIGANDS KEY is a roller-coaster ride through murder, vengeance, and secrets best left undisturbed.
Praise for Brigands Key:
"A perfect storm of menace...highly entertaining...breathtaking!" --The Florida Weekly