Keeping Abreast

appears in the December 2019 issue of Untoward Magazine .


“Nothing traumatic ever happened to me while growing up, like having my spleen removed or getting my period in white shorts, in a canoe, on a first date (Sheila Troon, no lie).”   

The Manicurist

appears in the 2019 anthology, Best New England Crime Stories: Seascape, published by Level Best Books


“Every day, the gold-framed doors of Pétale de Rose revolve for the affluent women of Beacon Hill and Back Bay. With their Louis Vuittons swinging on wrists adored with David Yurman, and the scent of Chanel trailing in their wake, they jockey for appointments with Doreen Fabrizio, the hot, new manicurist at the exclusive salon.”

Dear Ruth

appears in the 2018 anthology, Best New England Crime Stories: Landfall, published by Level Best Books.


“I stood at the kitchen counter knowing I shouldn’t open another one of her letters. Yet, here I was tearing the envelope open, soaking up her every word – in a letter to a dead woman.”

The Burren

appears in Best New England Crime Stories 2016: Windward, published by Level Best Books, and is set in County Clare, Ireland.


“He tried to imagine thirty more years with her. Thirty more years of putting his fat, boozing wife to bed, waking her from alcohol-induced naps. He’d become her caretaker, nothing more than an enabler of her addiction. After weeks of pleading and coaxing her to get away from their estate in West Kent, she’d finally agreed to come to Ireland, but only for two days. Two days to make a decision that would change his life forever.”

The Elevator

appears in Best New England Crime Stories: Stone Cold, published by Level Best Books


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“I began to summarize my life over the past forty years, not surprised that my total was low in good deeds and high in bad behavior. If what I believed was going to happen, then I’d better atone for my wicked deeds before my demise. It would help me focus until my expiration and might allow me a pass to heaven, or at least limbo for a few years until I could ascend for good behavior. I would have to show remorse to receive absolution. I could do that. I really was sorry for a lot of the things I’d done.” 

The Ghost of Bridget Bishop

Austin Layman’s Crimestalkers Casebook featured 
Scapegoat’s The Ghost of Bridget Bishop in poetry form