David James Keaton’s work has appeared in over 50 publications, most recently 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. David received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is also the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flywheel Magazine, now featuring more wheels than flies, although he is working to remedy this. He’s scribbled enough pages for nine books and enjoys revising three screenplays; a prison movie, a thriller, and a western, simultaneously adapting them into novels. He realizes this method is probably backwards. His first collection of short fiction, FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities, was released in May by Comet Press. He has just completed his first novel and can be contacted at davidjameskeaton[at]gmail[dot]com.
p.s. Zombie backlash be damned, he also has a zombie love-story fiasco called Zee Bee & Bee (a.k.a. Propeller Hats for the Dead), a novella which was recently expanded for Kindles and Nooks and other newfangled, high-tech reading devices, including paper and glue (not that books haven’t always been quite fangled). It was released on January 1st, 2012, and can be found in paperback and e-book forms at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads. Or just follow the screams. The novella is also available in special one-on-one pillowtalk “audiobook” version (not recommended).
Big Update: If you’re looking for a whole book, and something altogether stranger, his first collection is now available in print here, here, and here in space-age digital form. If you live nearby and don’t trust the internet these days, it’s also been sighted on the shelf at Carmichael’s Bookstores and the local Barnes & Nobles (they put it in the “fiction” section for some reason), but make sure to click here for the Indiebound link. This Comet Press page will also take you to early reviews and blurbs, some preview videos and live readings, the Official Book Trailer (!) or help you cut out the middleman and order it directly from the publisher. Scroll down to get a peek. It might look this if you stomped on it:
…and here’s the real thing! Reluctant to stomp, so here’s an almost pornographic shot instead. Incredible wrap-around cover by artist Mark Dancey. Read the last story if you want to know why the starfish is doing that: