David James Keaton’s work has appeared in over 50 publications, including Grift, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Noir At The Bar, PANK, Needle, and Thuglit. He won a Best Short Story on the Web Spinetingler Award for a roulette scam in Crime Factory, and his coach-killing contribution to Plots With Guns #10 was named a Notable Story of 2010 by storySouth’s Million Writer’s Award. He was also nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. He received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flywheel Magazine, (sadly, featuring more flies than wheels these days). He’s tinkering with several screenplays, including a prison movie, a thriller, and a western, occasionally adapting them into novels. He realizes this method is probably backwards. His first collection of fiction, Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities, was a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and named the 2013 Short Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror. Kirkus Reviews called his first novel, The Last Projector (Broken River Books, 2014), “A loopy, appealing mix of popular culture and thoroughly crazy people,” and his second collection of short fiction, Stealing Propeller Hats from the Dead, recently received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, who said, “The author’s joy in his subject matter is obvious, often expressed with a sly wink and wicked smile. Decay, both existential and physical,has never looked so good.” He teaches composition and creative writing at Santa Clara University and can be contacted at davidjameskeaton[at]gmail[dot]com.