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SWAMPJACK VIRUS

The fate of the country depended on his knowledge and expertise — and how well he knew his own brother!

In a joint venture between the United States and Great Britain, the CIA and SIS have been covertly developing a highly sophisticated new cyber weapon. But then Peter Chapley, a key CIA operative working within SIS, mysteriously disappears in a London underground station while in possession of the prototype weapon. The Head of Weapons Intelligence at the CIA calls on Peter’s own brother, retired agent Roger Chapley, for help. Roger’s straightforward final assignment is to track down Peter in London and recover the weapon before it falls into enemy hands. The complicated part of the mission is determining whom to trust and what is fact from fiction, and whether or not his brother has turned traitor!

ISBN-13: 978-0982536551
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 10/21/2013
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REVIEWS

“Bond fans take notice: With Swampjack Virus, Nicholas Litchfield has penned a fast-paced spy-guy thriller filled to the brim with suspense and old-school intrigue. Swampjack Virus will leave readers shaken, stirred…and thirsty for more.”
Matthew P. Mayo, Spur Award-winning author of Tucker’s Reckoning

“A fast-paced, well-plotted and gripping 21st century espionage thriller…Litchfield paints a pitch perfect portrait of a delightfully offbeat US spy who bucks the trend by coming out of the heat and into the cold. Swampjack Virus, with its ironic undertones, charismatic cast and nail-biting suspense, takes us on a high-speed, rollercoaster journey from the opulent colonial lake houses in New York State to the slate-grey industrial towns and bleak back lanes of England. Don’t miss the all-action adventure…”
Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

Swampjack Virus possesses all the qualities of a classic thriller. It is taut, intense and engaging from start to finish. Litchfield gives us a tale well worth our time.”
Michael C. Keith, author of The Next Better Place

Anthologies Edited

The Vicarious Traveler
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #9)

Rival explorers travel the world in a relentless search for the lost treasure of a ruthless Japanese pirate. A benevolent young American in Paris brings out the worst in a vulnerable, blind beggar. And on the North Shore of Massachusetts, freakishly hot winter weather turns a surfer’s fantasy into a horrifying nightmare… THE VICARIOUS TRAVELER sparkles with humor, drama, adventure, and delightful poetry.

From serene seaside towns on the Adriatic coast, and bustling fish markets in South Korea, to bone-rattling journeys across West Africa, and global warming ocean disaster across east coast America, we proudly present the work of Philip Barbara, Elaine Barnard, Douglas Cole, Michael Coolen, Rob Dinsmoor, Mary Donaldson-Evans, Joan Frank, Katie Frankel, Sharon Frame Gay, Dave Gregory, Mark Halpern, M. T. Ingoldby, Michael C. Keith, Jean L. Kreiling, Brian James Lewis, David Macpherson, Diane G. Martin, Matt Mason, Robert Garner McBrearty, Matthew Menary, Joe Mills, Matthew Mitchell, Dan Morey, Lawrence Morgan, James B. Nicola, Valerie Nieman, Don Noel, Olga Pavlinova Olenich, Robert Perron, Thomas Piekarski, Richard Charles Schaefer, Gary Singh, and Robert Wexelblatt. Plus, exclusive interviews with crime writer Timothy J. Lockhart and award-winning author Matthew P. Mayo.

ISBN-13: 978-1732332812
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 11/15/2019
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REVIEWS

“Charm, a love of travel, often sly humor, and a clear reverence of story make up the backbone of Lowestoft Chronicle.”
— Keith Rosson, author of The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City

“This cornucopia of riveting tales and vivid poetry lures a reader to myriad new destinations, both internal and external. The Vicarious Traveler beckons you to escape, and I savored every locale. From the richly drawn desolation of the Texas panhandle in Sharon Frame Gay’s “Song of the Highway” to the lush, bird-teeming lawns of “The Buzzing” by Philip Barbara; from the American nostalgia of “Mr. O’Brien’s Last Soliloquy” by Robert Garner McBrearty to the Turkish apple orchard of Dave Gregory, this collection abounds with amazing language, arresting insight, and sharply drawn landscapes. Fix a cup of tea and get ready to roam.”
— Linda Boroff, screenwriter of Murder in Fashion

The Vicarious Traveler is a welcome travel-themed anthology that has something for everyone — adventure, crime, and humor all served up in sparkling prose and poetry. Editor Nicholas Litchfield has once again done admirable work in selecting and presenting a memorable miscellany of fiction, nonfiction, and verse that beckons to literary travelers and leads them onward from one entertaining stop to another, smoothly mixing the temptation to linger with the desire to race ahead and see what is next on this intriguing journey.”
— Timothy J. Lockhart, author of Smith and Pirates

Steadfast Trekkers
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #8)

A bizarre, formless man unsettles a mathematician in Mumbai. In Thailand, a rough journey by ferry turns into a chaotic roller-coaster ride of misery and despair for returning partygoers. And in Indonesia, villagers come to the aid of a foreign scientist stung by a scorpion, and a pleasure-seeker bravely suffers a traditional vein massage. The latest anthology, STEADFAST TREKKERS, is packed heavy with sharp, stimulating poetry and vibrant, entertaining prose.

From macabre train passengers in England, and determined car mechanics in Portugal, to strange taxicabs rides in Japan, and ghastly boat travel in Thailand, we proudly present the work of Joe Albanese, Charles Joseph Albert, Elaine Barnard, Roland Barnes, AN Block, Scott Dominic Carpenter, Rob Dinsmoor, Mary Donaldson-Evans, Brennen Fahy, Karen Fayeth, Sharon Frame Gay, Kenneth P. Gurney, Sabrina Harris, Jill Hawkins, Anthony Head, Tushar Jain, Michael C. Keith, Lenny Levine, Richard Luftig, Mary Beth Magee, Robert Mangeot, Todd McKie, George Moore, Frank Morelli, James B. Nicola, Saundra Norton, Olga Pavlinov Olenich, Jeanine Pfeiffer, Tamra Plotnick, Arianna S. Warsaw-Fan Rauch, Alistair Rey, Judy S. Richardson, Ruyi Wen, and Robert Wexelblatt. Plus, in-depth interviews with Canadian crime writer Dietrich Kalteis and historical fiction and mystery author Sheldon Russell.

ISBN-13: 978-1732332805
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 09/30/2018
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Invigorating Passages
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #7)

A knowledgeable scuba diver’s survival skills are tested when she comes face-to-face with a shark in the Florida Keys. In Japan, death and double-cross arise when two avaricious strangers hatch a double-murder plot. While overseeing construction of a freeway in Austria, an Autobahn engineer is presented with a startling discovery… The latest anthology, INVIGORATING PASSAGES, is loaded with sumptuous poetry and prose and heart-pounding adventure!

From wild hospital wards in Singapore and frantic motorbike rides though the wilds of Thailand, to garrulous taxi drivers in Romania and unhinged explorers in Antarctica, we present work by Elaine Barnard, Roland Barnes, Robert Boucheron, Charles Edward Brooks, Carrie Camp, Daniel DeLeón, Rob Dinsmoor, Mary Donaldson-Evans, Clare Goldfarb, Michael Goldman, Ivy Goodman, Paul Gray, Sam Grieve, Nick Harden, David Havird, Jacqueline Jules, Connie Kallback, Michael C. Keith, Robert Kerbeck, Richard LeBlond, Peter Marsh, Dan Morey, Mike Nagel, Beth Escott Newcomer, James B. Nicola, Dorene O’Brien, DM O’Connor, Olga Pavlinova Olenich, G.B. Ryan, Gary Singh, Knud Sønderby, Christopher Thornton, David A. Watson, and Laura Wyckoff. Plus, an in-depth interview with renowned mystery author James R. Benn.

ISBN-13: 978-0982536599
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 04/1/2018
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REVIEWS

“Two things one wants from an anthology: everything should be different and everything should be good. An anthology of travel writing—generously conceived, like this one—should serve up a variety of trips to surprise and stimulate the mental traveler. Invigorating Passages delivers on all counts, hits on all cylinders too. Here you will find journeys not only to varied locales in space and time but into the inexhaustible intricacies of human psychology, adventures of all sorts and in every genre: poetry, nonfiction, stories. The writing is skilled, the choices rich, the passages manifold, and the invigoration unfailing.”
— Robert Wexelblatt, award-winning author of Zublinka Among Women

“Invigorating Passages, the seventh enthralling book in the magazines anthology series, offers up offbeat fiction, stimulating poetry, incisive interviews and engaging creative non-fiction, all with a sharp focus on those spirited souls who revel in taking to the skies, the seas and the roads in order to escape the humdrum everyday and rove the globe. Once again, editor Nicholas Litchfield, an English-born author who lives in Western New York, has put together an entertaining compendium of original and amusing travelogues, poetic reflections, and tales of far-flung adventure that range from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and crime, offering something for all tastes.”
— Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

“A wonderful collection from a fine literary journal that transports readers to places they’ve never been. A plan for murder in Japan, a strange discovery in Austria, putting out fires in Portugal, lost on a motorbike on the backroads of Thailand, a shark encounter off Key West, a cruise to the Galápagos, and so much more. Fine writing that stirs the imagination, often amuses and always entertains.”
— Dietrich Kalteis, award-winning author of Ride the Lightning

Invigorating Passages is a powerful literary passport — this adventurous anthology is all stamped up with exciting travel-themed writing. With humor, darkness, and charm, its lively prose and poetry will drop you into memorable physical and psychological landscapes. Pack your bags!”
— Joseph Scapellato, acclaimed author of Big Lonesome

Grand Departures
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #6)

Inside GRAND DEPARTURES: A married couple quickly regret winning a luxury holiday for two when they’re caught in the middle of a foreign revolution. In France, an outspoken wine critic seeks absolution for his scathing reviews when he’s barred from sampling the latest saintly concoctions. And in Narodistan, a father will stop at nothing for the safe return of his daughter from Florida…

Features the best prose and poetry from the literary magazine Lowestoft Chronicle. Includes prose and poetry by Elaine Barnard, Roland Barnes, William Quincy Belle, Doug Bolling, Bill Cole, Eileen Cunniffe, Colin Dodds, Liz Dolan, Nancy Ford Dugan, Justine Dymond, Gina Ferrara, Nancy Scott Hanway, David Havird, Ashley Mace Havird, Caroline Horwitz, Michael C. Keith, Tina Koenig, Robert Mangeot, Robert Garner McBrearty, Frank Mundo, Ryan Napier, Jim Plath, Christina Selby, Scott Solomon, J.E.A. Wallace, and Olga Wojtas.

ISBN-13: 978-0982536582
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 11/1/2016
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REVIEWS

“The stories, poems, and essays in Nicholas Litchfield’s latest anthology, Grand Departures, are haunting, idiosyncratic, and unexpected, like the true delights of travel.”
— Ivy Goodman, award-winning author of Heart Failure and A Chapter from Her Upbringing

“A father putting his life on the line searching for his daughter in the swamps of Florida, a girlfriend who finds her soul mate on a butte in the Badlands, a wife who tolerates her husband’s eccentricities in Vatican City, and a writer and his agent traveling from one bizarre topic to another to find the perfect, next thing in literature. These are only a smattering of the poignant and funny stories, memoirs, and poems found in this must-have collection of travelers’ delights and demons.”
— Nancy Caronia, contributor to Somewhere, Sometime and co-editor of Personal Effects

“An impressive collection of travel works that sweeps the reader across the globe. The characters here, though sometimes lost in distant lands and curious customs, never fail to be lost in wonder. Here is your ticket to travel with them, to lose yourself in these pages, to satisfy your inner nomad.”
— Dorene O’Brien, award-winning author of Voices of the Lost and Found

Other Places
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #5)

Inside OTHER PLACES: A university scholar discovers an extraordinary book in a public library that leads him on an adventure through Greece to converse with the prophetess, Sibyl. In Brazil, an attractive, flirtatious woman leads a surfer to battle more than just the waves. And in Pamplona, disaster strikes at the festival of San Fermin when the Running of the Bulls event takes a dangerous turn…

Features the very best prose and poetry from the literary magazine Lowestoft Chronicle. Includes work by Raymond Abbott, William Quincy Belle, Peter Biello, Robert Boucheron, Geoffrey B. Cain, Scott Dominic Carpenter, Stephen Cloud, Mary Donaldson-Evans, Soren A. Gauger, David Hagerty, David Havird, C.B. Heinemann, Michael C. Keith, Victor Robert Lee, Robert Mangeot, dl mattila, Joe Mills, John Mueter, Matt Nestor, Mona Zutshi Opubor, Jay Parini, Kevin Quigley, Sheldon Russell, Robert Sachs, James Stark, and Allister Timms.

ISBN-13: 9780982536568
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 07/01/2015
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REVIEWS

“In the age of tweets and sound bites, it’s heartening to read Other Places, a publication celebrating the power and beauty of a story well told.”
—Sheldon Russell, author of the Hook Runyon Mystery series

Other Places, a mouth-watering feast of short stories, poems, narrative non-fiction, and in-depth interviews, is the latest anthology from the much-admired Lowestoft Chronicle, an eclectic and innovative online journal. Packed into the pages are stories to entice, enthral, and entertain. Litchfield also serves up a tasty blend of pleasing and deftly prepared poems. And if you still aren’t sated by this literary banquet, tuck into Litchfield’s incisive and enlightening interviews with three critically acclaimed, multitalented writers.”
Lancashire Evening Post

“I really loved the latest anthology from Lowestoft, Other Places. It’s a brilliant, savory, sharp, amusing and varied taste of my favorite magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle. I’m delighted that a place exists for this kind of travel writing—if that’s a term for it. And it’s not a good one. This is just great writing about place, ranging from the spirit of place to the human spirit. Go anywhere with Lowestoft. And enjoy the trip.”
—Jay Parini, internationally bestselling author of The Passages of H.M.

Other Places is the usual delightful mix of stories, poems, author interviews, and non-fiction gleaned from the pages of the Lowestoft Chronicle, the only literary magazine I read on a regular basis. Always entertaining and insightful, Other Places is well worth your time, whether you’re a veteran traveler or a hermit like me!”
—James Reasoner, Rough Edges 

“Armchair travelers, rejoice! Editor Nicholas Litchfield has released Lowestoft Chronicle’s anthology for summer 2015, Other Places. Filled with fiction, nonfiction and poetry about travel and destinations, the book brings the far corners of the world to the reader’s armchair. The stories and poems vary in tone from dead serious to delightful whimsy, offering something for every taste. Humor, adventure and mystery share the pages with intriguing result.”
— Examiner.com

“Sick of fly-by journalism and travel dilettantes? The antidote is Lowestoft Chronicle’s most recent anthology, Other Places—a collection of essays, stories, and poetry devoted to the in-depth experience of culture. Whether humorous, touching, or revelatory, these expertly curated pieces throw you in contact with the real.”
—Scott Dominic Carpenter, author of Theory of Remainders

Somewhere, Sometime…
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #4)

Inside SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME: A young exchange student and five fat ladies with a monkey brawl with a stalker after a tense train journey through eastern France. In Italy, love blossoms between an American tourist and a fifty-year-old man living in a cave on the island of Capri. A new eight-lane freeway brings a community to a sudden grinding halt…this anthology is crammed with scintillating tales!

Featuring the very best prose and poetry from the quarterly magazine Lowestoft Chronicle, and taking the reader to faraway and exotic places, we proudly present the work of Jason Braun, Nancy Caronia, Tim Conley, Brian Dennehy, Kim Farleigh, Sue Granzella, Ed Hamilton, Andrew House, Michael C. Keith, Nick LaRocca, Matthew P. Mayo, Rob McClure Smith, George Moore, Susan Moorhead, Jay Parini, Yvonne Pesquera, Thomas Piekarski, Chuck Redman, Michael Solomon, Jackie Strawbridge, and Laine Strutton. Includes an extended interview with New York Times bestselling author James Reasoner.

ISBN-13: 978-0982536568
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 03/15/2014
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REVIEWS

“The latest collection of prose and poetry from the Lowestoft Chronicle is a genuine pleasure. Take it with you on your next trip, no matter how far or flung. Nicholas Litchfield has put together something very special, something to celebrate, enjoy, savor.”
— Jay Parini, bestselling author of The Last Station and Why Poetry Matters

“What a lovely book. Well designed, thoughtfully laid out, and with a grand assortment of content. I’m flattered and honored to be in the mix.”
— Matthew P. Mayo, Spur Award-winning author of Tucker’s Reckoning

Intrepid Travelers
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #3)

Inside INTREPID TRAVELERS: A boat tour of the river Seine becomes a battle of wills as a relentless salesman coaxes a tourist with a magnificent upgrade; armed with a slingshot, a brave boy tries to save his father from Peru’s legendary black-feathered predator; a playboy adventurer attempts to conquer Everest and the woman he loves …this anthology is crammed with exhilarating tales.

Featuring the very best prose and poetry from the quarterly magazine Lowestoft Chronicle, and taking the reader to faraway and exotic places, we proudly present the work of Jada Ach, Jack Austin, Brian Conlon, Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, Bruce Gatenby, Sharleen Jonsson, Michael C. Keith, David Klein, Hector S. Koburn, Barth Landor, Robert Mangeot, dl mattila, Mark J. Mitchell, Lynn E. Palermo, Tamara Kaye Sellman, Denise Thompson-Slaughter, and Dennis Vanvick. Also includes exclusive interviews with foremost David Dodge biographer Randal S. Brandt, legendary Western writer James Reasoner, and New York Times bestselling author and intrepid traveler Franz Wisner. 

ISBN-13: 978-0982536544
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 06/01/2013
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REVIEWS

Intrepid Travelers is an exhilarating, uplifting and offbeat journey to the world’s most exciting and exotic locations; a paean to life’s adventurers, those plucky, inspirational souls who travel to enjoy rather than to arrive. From frank and fascinating interviews…to poetic musings on piano playing, an Ice Age grotto and those terrifying moments of plane take-off, Intrepid Travelers is a coruscating cornucopia of humour, drama and big, beautiful adventures. Highly original and entertaining. Don’t miss it!”
— Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

“Without a single stinker or filler piece in the bunch, this wonderful 160-page ‘little’ anthology definitely bids well for the strength of work the online magazine version must regularly publish. I was extremely impressed, after reading it, with the variety and quality of the writing. There’s something here for everyone to check out between novels while on vacation or holiday, a lunch break, or even while you’re waiting to board a plane, train or bus. Intrepid Travelers is a solid collection of funny and fine travel-themed stories, poetry, essays and interviews that easily fits in a back pocket or carry-on bag.”
— Frank Mundo, Examiner.com

“You should be extremely proud of the work you’ve been doing with the Lowestoft Chronicle. It’s unique and the quality of the writing is amazingly high.”
— Luke Rhinehart, internationally bestselling author of The Dice Man

“Refreshing and well-written, Intrepid Travelers takes the reader to a wide variety of literary destinations, and makes even a confirmed hermit like me want to get up and go somewhere. Highly recommended.”
— James Reasoner, Rough Edges

Far-flung and Foreign
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #2)

A crime-fighting reporter battles a dragon and a grave robber; a student falls in love at a leper colony in Tajikistan; an alien emerges in a café in Baoji …this anthology is crammed with scintillating tales! 

Action, intrigue, romance, and adventure — your boss may not be familiar with these words, and if he is he may not think they occur outside the workplace. This is your chance to tell him he’s wrong. Beyond his wilting glare beckons the shimmering, fun-packed FAR-FLUNG AND FOREIGN, featuring the very best prose and poetry from the quarterly magazine Lowestoft Chronicle. Laden with dragons, lepers and Barbie dolls, and transporting readers to far-flung places, we proudly present the work of Vanessa Blakeslee, Will Buckingham, Joan L. Cannon, Lorraine Caputo, Martina Clark, Rijn Collins, Laury A. Egan, Michael Frissore, Bruce Gatenby, Kathie Giorgio, Charles Haddox, Rick Hartwell, Paul Kavanagh, Michael C. Keith, Benjamin Kensey, Wayne Lee, A. L. Means, Nicholas Rombes, Gordon West, and Scott Younkin.

ISBN-13: 978-0982536537
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 03/01/2012
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REVIEWS

“A tip of the hat (sombrero, fez) to Lowestoft Chronicle for fueling our urge to turn off Jersey Shore, toss our cell phones into a lake, and go embrace this amazing planet of ours. Bon Voyage!”
— Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author of Honeymoon with My brother and How the World Makes Love

Lowestoft Chronicle 2011 Anthology
(Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology Series, #1)

A crime-fighting reporter battles a dragon and a grave robber; a student falls in love at a leper colony in Tajikistan; an alien emerges in a café in Baoji …this anthology is crammed with scintillating tales!

Action, intrigue, romance, and adventure — your boss may not be familiar with these words, and if he is he may not think they occur outside the workplace. This is your chance to tell him he’s wrong. Beyond his wilting glare beckons the shimmering, fun-packed FAR-FLUNG AND FOREIGN, featuring the very best prose and poetry from the quarterly magazine Lowestoft Chronicle. Laden with dragons, lepers and Barbie dolls, and transporting readers to far-flung places, we proudly present the work of Vanessa Blakeslee, Will Buckingham, Joan L. Cannon, Lorraine Caputo, Martina Clark, Rijn Collins, Laury A. Egan, Michael Frissore, Bruce Gatenby, Kathie Giorgio, Charles Haddox, Rick Hartwell, Paul Kavanagh, Michael C. Keith, Benjamin Kensey, Wayne Lee, A. L. Means, Nicholas Rombes, Gordon West, and Scott Younkin.

ISBN-13: 978-0982536513
Trade Paperback | Lowestoft Chronicle Press | 06/01/2011
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REVIEWS

“This is a fine anthology that I found both provocative and enjoyable. Highest praise: it made me want to write short stories again.”
— Luke Rhinehart, author of the cult classic The Dice Man

“All things considered, it might just be a very good thing if the Lowestoft Chronicle were to achieve their goal of world domination.”
— Cheryl LaGuardia, e-Views, Library Journal

Other Work
Contributor (Fiction)

Portrait in Smoke / The Longest Second by Bill S. Ballinger
(Introduction by Nicholas Litchfield)

PORTRAIT IN SMOKE

Danny April is obsessed. He buys out a little collection agency in Chicago, and that’s how he first meets Krassy. He’d never seen anyone so beautiful. She was Krassy Almauniski then, when he first runs across her picture in his files. She’s gone through several identities since then. As Danny tries to track her down, each new name presents him with a portrait of a woman on the move. Krassy is climbing up the social ladder, one sucker at a time. There’s the photographer who signs off on a charge account for her, later arrested for larceny. And the ad executive… he gets off lightly. He gets to walk away with his pride. Not all the men who Krassy meet are so lucky. But Danny knows he’ll be different. So he keeps looking… until at last he finds her.

THE LONGEST SECOND

When I awakened, I stared straight above me at the ceiling … I attempted to turn my head. It was then I realized that my throat had been cut. The pain ran down both sides of my neck … I gasped, choking for air. The next day I regained consciousness again … Suddenly it struck me that I didn’t know my own name!… They check his fingerprints and find out that his name is Victor Pacific. He has no memories of who he is, what he is, or why someone tried to kill him. He remembers the name Horstman. But he has no idea of how to find him. All he can do is to begin a search for the clues to his former life. Then he meets Bianca—but will she be able to help him before they strike again?

ISBN-13: 9781944520489
Trade Paperback | Stark House Press | 06/29/2018
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REVIEWS

“A nearly forgotten master of the mystery novel, Bill Ballinger may once again astound readers with this new edition from Stark House Press, containing two of his exemplary works. Ballinger’s skill as a writer and his unique style are on full display. These classics are a must for anyone with an interest in noir storytelling.”
— James R. Benn, author of the Billy Boyle Word War II Mystery Series

“Ballinger’s writing is smooth and polished, and his control over the complex plot really had me turning the pages. This one hits the mark all the way around for me with the writing, the pace, the plot, and the compelling characters. Highly recommended.”
— James Reasoner, Rough Edges

“In his introduction to this new volume, Nicholas Litchfield, editor of the Lowestoft Chronicle, a quarterly online literary magazine, revels in the republication of these two noir masterpieces, writing: ‘These two powerful, provocative tales from the Fifties are as fresh and impressive today as when they first startled and enthralled the world and earned their place as mystery classics.’ The Longest Second, says Litchfield, is ‘neither gimmicky nor contrived’ but ‘a cunningly deceptive work that is full of twists and shocks, and has a storyline intended to continually keep you guessing about the past and the present.’ Perfectly paired with Portrait in Smoke, these two exceptional novels are as fascinating and entertaining today as they were 60 years ago.”
— Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

The Baby Doll Murders / Killer Take All! / Frenzy by James O. Causey
(Introduction by Nicholas Litchfield)

THE BABY DOLL MURDERS

Cliff Tierney was trained by Markham to be the best, a carny’s carny. Then Holly entered his life and messed things up—and Markham had Tierney stomped. But that was months ago. Now Tierney is back, and Markham wants him to handle a blackmailer for him. Ann should be easy. She’s in love with Cliff. But then Markham brings Holly back into the picture, and the set-up becomes complicated. Because Holly’s father is the eminent Dr. Thad Ross, who not only controls the town but is involved in Ann’s blackmail scheme. And Holly, well she’s just as dangerous as her father, and more than a match for Tierney’s carny skills.

KILLER TAKE ALL!

Tony Pearson knows he is no match for Steve Locke, Fern’s new husband. Locke has the charm, the drive and the physical prowess he doesn’t. He also has Fern. But as a failed golf pro, Tony doesn’t have that many options either, and takes Locke up on his offer to work for Tony’s boss, Max Baird. Max is a reformed gangster trying to fit in. He even bought a Rembrandt to show off his class. But now he needs the bucks more than the art, and Locke calls in an expert to appraise the painting. That’s when they discover that the painting Max owns is a forgery. And who gets framed as the fall guy? Why, Tony, of course.

FRENZY

After the plan to snatch the boss’s girl and some of his casino profits backfires, Norman Sands rails it back to his hometown to lick his wounds. His brother Matt lives there, and Laurie, who used to be his girl, now engaged to Matt. But with Matt and Laurie’s help, Norm knows there is a killing to be made here, if he can just figure the angle. When he meets up with the town’s movers, he realizes that Murdoch is the real power here. And when he meets Shannon, he knows he has found the perfect match—she’s as greedy as he is. But Shannon is Murdoch’s girl, and Murdoch isn’t giving up anything without a fight.

ISBN-13: 978-1944520519
Trade Paperback | Stark House Press | 08/30/2018
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REVIEWS

“Stark House has compiled three of Causey’s classics into one volume for 21st Century audiences. The new trade paperback includes ‘The Baby Doll Murders,’ ‘Killer Take All,’ and ‘Frenzy’ as well as an introduction by Nicholas Litchfield. Despite problems of plot and pacing, Causey’s hardboiled, first-person prose is among the best. For example, his descriptions of acts of violence are vivid while also being matter-of-fact. Taking a professional beating in the groin, ribs, and kidneys is just an occupational hazard in this world, and those scenes were vivid as hell.”
Paperback Warrior

“Stark House’s omnibus volume of The Baby Doll Murders/Killer Take All!/Frenzy hits the trifecta for noir action. James O. Causey amps up the suspense in each of these paperback novels from the Fifties. Nicholas Litchfield’s “Causey’s Fast, Frenzied Trio of Killer Novels” outlines James O. Causey’s writing career and provides details about this underrated writer.”
— GeorgeKelley.org

Borrow the Night / The Fifth Caller by Helen Nielsen
(Introduction by Nicholas Litchfield)

BORROW THE NIGHT

Judge Ralph Addison has been receiving threatening letters for the past six days, but he hasn’t taken them seriously. Until now. The seventh letter is followed up by a phone call. He is being watched. Perhaps this isn’t just a prank. The letter states that you will die when Messick dies, and is signed Mr. Justice. The judge had sentenced young Walter Messick to death for the murder of Faye Harper. But when he goes to the D.A. with his fears, he finds that Patrolman Matt Coleman, also involved in the case, has received the same threatening letters. And now that Messick’s execution is upon them, together they only have one day to find out the truth…or die at the hands of Mr. Justice.

THE FIFTH CALLER

Dr. Lillian Whitehall has been brutally murdered. D.A. Inspector Doug Marchall knows that the crime occurred at 5:20pm because she was bludgeoned to death with a clock. Everyone assumes that the murderer is her Hungarian nurse, Anna Bardossy, who is lying in a hospital bed, the victim of a suicide attempt and now suffering amnesia. But there were other callers that day: her high-strung patient, her exacting lawyer, her unemployed brother. They all paint a picture of poor put-upon Dr. Whitehall, badgered by her unfaithful nurse. But could there have been another caller, someone who knew what had happened to Anna and what had caused the doctor’s all-too-timely end?

ISBN-13: 978-1944520724
Trade Paperback | Stark House Press | 05/27/2019
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REVIEWS

“These well-plotted, compelling mysteries are a bit wordier than is typical in contemporary crime fiction but remain of interest to mystery fans, especially those interested in the genre’s history.”
— Wes Lukowsky, Booklist

“In his introduction to the double-novel collection, writer Nicholas Litchfield, who is editor of the popular literary magazine Lowestoft Chronicle, describes Nielsen’s pair of unconventional whodunnits as ‘two exemplary mystery novels that are sure to leave you on edge and breathless and in search of more of her thrilling, intricate, and astutely written tales.’ Litchfield, a keen supporter of Borrow the Night, believes the strength of the novel lies in ‘the exceptionally well-sketched principal characters and the skilful way Nielsen drops hints and revelations and introduces unexpected plot twists to cast doubt on just about everybody.’ The Fifth Caller is an original mystery for the period because of its toughness, pace and invention, and for the measured way Nielsen presents realistic, complex characters in a fast-paced drama. A superior pair of unique tales which richly deserve a revival…”
— Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

Stairway to an Empty Room / Terror Lurks in Darkness by Dolores Hitchens
(Introduction by Nicholas Litchfield)

STAIRWAY TO AN EMPTY ROOM

Monica Marshall s sister Biddy has been murdered by her husband. Biddy has a daughter, Winifred, and with the husband on death row, Monica agrees to take charge of her. Winifred is anxious to leave the house where she has been living with Biddy. The house and the woman who runs it seem so unpleasant to Monica. But nothing prepares her for Stevens. He is managing a mountain retreat where Monica takes her new charge for a getaway–she hates him immediately. Strangely enough, Winifred recognizes the couple in another cabin. Soon Monica realizes that there is something very strange going on here. Her brakes fail … later she almost drowns in the lake. And Stevens is becoming very protective of young Winifred. What do all these people have to do with Biddy s death, and what is really going on here?…

TERROR LURKS IN DARKNESS

Kitty has the fright of her life one night when she takes what she is told is a short cut and ends up on a dead end street in the rain. And to make matters worse, there is a savage dog outside her car, causing her to wreck the front end trying to avoid it. Fortunately, the owner of the dog appears and calms the dog, then drives her home. But imagine Kitty s shock when she finds out that Sunny, the woman who told her about the short cut, is found dead later that night on the same road, her throat savaged. Of course, everyone hated Sunny, but that doesn’t explain her strange death. And now Kitty s roommate, Ardis, has gone missing … and two of her friends are asking her to lie about what she knows. No wonder inspector Doyle doesn’t believe her story she has no idea what to believe herself!

ISBN-13: 978-1944520793
Trade Paperback | Stark House Press | 10/28/2019
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REVIEWS

“The latest hardboiled double header from Stark House features two gripping tales from Dolores Hitchens, with an introduction by Nicholas Litchfield. Hitchens’ work is incredibly varied but consistent when it comes to depth of character and plotting. These distinct standalone tales of jeopardy display very different characteristics but they are both well told and there are enough twists to keep the keenest pulp fan guessing.”
— Paul Burke, NB