Royal Palm Literary Award Winning Author


Excerpt from Brigands Key

Grant gripped the lamp and pointed downward. All he could see was. blackness, a peculiar clear blackness, with flecks of white drifting and surging through.

The primeval gut-fear of the unknown ran through him. Blackness, water with no bottom…

Down he went, sweeping all directions with the beam of his lamp.

The slope came into view. To his right, the craggy limestone plunged into the depths at forty-five degrees. Sea fans clung to it, waving in the currents, and sponges and urchins gave it an otherworldly beauty, brilliantly colored, starkly shadowed, in the glow of the lamp.

He followed it downward.

Forty, fifty, sixty feet. Equalizing the pressure in his head. Seventy…

And then he saw it.

He stared in disbelief, forgetting to breathe.


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Ken Pelham | Award winning author

About The Author

Ken Pelham is primarily a writer of suspense and thrillers, although he has been known to dip into horror, science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream fiction. As a nonfiction author, he’s penned articles on environmental issues, public open space, and the fields of suspense writing. He frequently lectures on the topics of writing in viewpoint and on building suspense in fiction, and has turned those two topics into concise guidebooks.

Ken is an eleven-time winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, and a member of International Thriller Writers and the Florida Writers Association.

Ken grew up in the off-the-radar South Florida farm town of Immokalee, sandwiched between coasts and snuggled against wild, woolly Big Cypress Swamp. He holds a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida and spent his professional career designing parks and working on land development issues. He lives in Maitland, Florida with his lovely wife Laura and their cat Luna. Ken has two daughters, Jen, who lives with her husband Mike in Denver, and Amy, who lives with her husband Miles in Altamonte Springs.

What Critics Are Saying

The Florida Weekly

Praise for Brigands Key


“A perfect storm of menace…breathtaking! The underwater scenes are marvelous, and the portrait of the monstrous hurricane as it batters the key and surges over it is mightily gripping.”

Steve Berry (New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone thrillers)

Praise for Gumshoes, Fangs, Rockets, & Spies


“A fascinating account into a fascinating subject!”

Charles Cornell (author)

Praise for Out of Sight, Out of Mind


“This writer’s handbook is pure 24k gold and a highly recommended addition to any serious writer’s virtual reference shelf.”

Rick Soper (author)

Praise for Place of Fear


“If you like James Rollins and Clive Cussler than you’ll really enjoy this book, because it’s full of history, mystery, and action.”

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