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 fiction, FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities, was named the 2013 Short Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror. He has just completed his first novel and can be contacted at davidjameskeaton[at]gmail[dot]com.

p.s. FISH BITES COP! is available in print here, here, and here in space-age digital form like Kindles and Nooks and other newfangled, high-tech reading devices, besides paper and glue (not that books haven’t always been quite fangled). It is also available in special one-on-one pillowtalk “audiobook” version (not recommended). Also, if you live nearby and don’t trust the internet these days, signed copies 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:

FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities

Update: Someone just delivered a box of the real thing to my door! Reluctant to stomp, so here’s an almost pornographic spread instead. Incredible wrap-around cover by artist Mark Dancey. Read the last story if you want to know why the starfish is doing that:


5 Responses to About

  1. Just seeing what I’ve gotta read to keep up with the ol’ resolutions.

    We have the same mommy and daddy.

  2. I love to read davidjameskeaton.com. legal steroids.

  3. anonymous says:

    Some really wondrous work on behalf of the owner of this web site, dead.

  4. Tracy Hauser says:

    Hi recently read your story “Change Machine” on Floodwall Literary Magazine and I appreciated how you indirectly alluded to a specific fight between two characters by explaining it through argumentative habits, “…grabbed her shoe that had slipped off, crashed out the door” . It has since helped me want to write, and I thank you for that..


  5. Leslie Lopez says:


    Leslie from Zombie Research Society here.

    Wanted to give you a heads up that we just launched a campaign to get
    George Romero a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    As you know Romero invented the modern zombie with his 1968 horror classic
    Night of the Living, launching a global phenomenon that continues to
    infect pop culture more than 40 years later.

    Stars cost $30,000 paid to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, so we’re
    doing a fundraising campaign to let fans give back to the man that has
    given us all so much.

    Here is the link, and as you can see we’ve got Simon Pegg, Scott Ian of
    Anthrax, Penn & Teller, and other celebs behind it:


    The more eyeballs we can get on the attached link the better chance we
    have of reaching (and hopefully beating) our goal.

    Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

    Go Romero!


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