Head Cleaner. Polis Books. Winter, 2023.
She Was Found in a Guitar Case. Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Summer, 2021.
The Last Projector. Broken River Books. Halloween, 2014.
Pig Iron. Burnt Bridge/Blastgun. Spring, 2015.

c o l l e c t i o n s

Our Pool Party Bus Forever Days: Road StoriesRed Room Press. Halloween, 2018.
Stealing Propeller Hats from the DeadPerpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Halloween, 2015.
Fish Bites Cop!: Stories to Bash AuthoritiesComet Press. Summer, 2013.

a n t h o l o g i e s

Tales from the Crust: An Anthology of Pizza Horror
(co-editor). Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Summer 2019.
Dirty Boulevard: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed (editor). Down & Out Books. Summer, 2018.
Hard Sentences: Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz (co-editor).
Broken River Books. Summer, 2017.
Get Your Goat (co-editor). Flywheel Magazine/Burnt Bridge.
Summer, 2012.

n o v e l l a s

“Suckerpunchingbag.” Pandemonium. Spring, 2013.
“Tap Tap Tap (Snap Snap Snap).” Uncle B’s Drive-In Fiction. Fall, 2012.
Zee Bee & Bee (a.k.a. Propeller Hats for the Dead). Sucker MC Edition. Tony Baloney’s Pan Galactic Shitshow. January, 2012.
Zee Bee & Bee (a.k.a. Propeller Hats for the Dead). Expanded Edition. Bunyip Books. July, 2011.
“Zee Bee & Bee (a.k.a. Propeller Hats for the Dead).)” Deadcore: 4 Hardcore Zombie Novellas. September, 2010.

p l a y s

n o n f i c t i o n

“Consignment.” (with Amy Lueck) The Louisville Anthology (Belt Publishing). Fall, 2020.
“Big Fish.” Serious Creatures #1 (Bounce House). Summer, 2019.
“Gasoline Dreams.” Heavy Feather Review. Fall, 2018.
“Roughhouse Club. (a.k.a. That Time I Spoiled Fight Club for a Stranger)” LitReactor. Summer, 2018.
“No Escape from Planet Alcatraz (or Slam Dunk at the Mesoamerican Ballgame)” LitReactor. Summer, 2017.
“The Six-Sided Fish Tank.” The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Thing: Musings on JawsShock Totem Blog. Summer, 2016.
“Forced Perspective.” Taut Lines: Extraordinary True Fishing Stories (Constable & Robinson). Summer, 2016.
“Saving Seats.” The Movie That Changed My Life. Winter, 2015.
“Egg Tooth.” Chicago Quarterly Review. Spring, 2013.
“Open Letter to Asshole Allergic to Turn Signals.” ManArchy Magazine. Fall, 2012.
 “The Dish Farm.” Out of the Gutter #8. Winter, 2012.
“Road Dirge.” Bluestem. Spring, 2012.

r e p r i n t s

“Nine Cops Killed for a Goldfish Cracker.” Murder Ballads (Mucho Mojo Publishing). Winter, 2022. (forthcoming)
“A Dull Boy.” Hatchet Job (Lethe Press). Fall, 2021. (forthcoming)
Pig Iron (Limited Edition Hardcover). Thunderstorm Books. Winter, 2020.
“Movies for Milkweed.” The Bronzeville Bee. Spring, 2020.
“Shock Collar.” Great Jones Street. Spring, 2017.
“Queen Excluder.” Gamut. Spring, 2017.
“Sharks with Thumbs.” Big Pulp Annual 2016. Spring, 2017.
“Nine Cops Killed for a Goldfish Cracker.” Great Jones Street. Spring, 2017.
“Schrödinger’s Rat.” Great Jones Street. Winter, 2016.
“Bad Hand Acting.” Great Jones Street. Winter, 2016.
“Sharks with Thumbs.” Lost Signals (PMMP). Summer, 2016.
“What’s Worst?” Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 1 (Comet Press). Summer, 2016.

s h o r t  s t o r i e s

“A Vast Comic Indifference.” Carrier Pigeon. Spring, 2023. (forthcoming)
Dolla Dolla Bill Wall.” Tough. Winter, 2020.
“Pizza Party Friday!” (with Max Booth III) Tales from the Crust: An Anthology of Pizza Horror (PMMP). Summer, 2019.
“I Only Saw You.” Forbidden Futures. Winter, 2019.
“Turtle Cake.” Mystery Tribune. Fall, 2019.
“Rubbing Peter to Pay Paul.” Greasepaint and .45s (Down & Out). Summer, 2019.
“Body Cam Crosses.” Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction No. 7. Summer, 2019.
“Endless Bicycle.” Dirty Boulevard : Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Lou Reed (Down & Out). Winter, 2018.
“The Fantastic Flying Eraser Heads.” Lost Films (PMMP). Summer, 2018.
“Unforeseen Hazards of Hitchhiking.” Unloaded: Volume 2 (Down & Out). Spring, 2018.
“Wreckless Eyeballing.” It’s a Weird Winter Wonderland (Coffin Hop Press). Winter, 2017.
“A Prayer for the Surfer Boys.” Dead Bait 4 (Severed Press). Winter, 2017.
“El Kabong.” Wrestle Maniacs (Honey Badger Press). Winter, 2017.
“Spin the Throttle.” Tales from a Talking Board (Word Horde). Fall, 2017.
“The Flowery.” Red Room Magazine. Fall, 2017.
“One Piece at a Time.” Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash (Gutter Books). Fall, 2017.
“The Smile Police.” Mystery Tribune. Fall, 2017.
“Fasten Your Meat Belts.” Great Jones Street. Spring, 2017.
“The Best Chicken in Jasper County.” States of Terror: Volume 3 (Ayahuasca Publishing). Winter, 2016.
“Ha’penny Dreadfuller.” Burrow Press Review. Summer, 2015.
“A Dull Boy.” Exigencies: A Neo-Noir Anthology (Dark House Books). Spring, 2015.
“Duck, Duck, Indiscernible. (Spiderbites: A 79% True Story excerpt)” From the Grave. Spring, 2015.
“Damn, Gonna Miss Shark Week.” Dark Corners. Winter, 2014.
“The Ghost of Jim Toad.” Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen (Gutter Books). Winter, 2014.
“Smelt (or A Gun Named Sioux).” The Big Adios Western Digest. Fall, 2014.
“Headless Hoggy Style.” Hoods, Hot Rods & Hellcats. Spring, 2014.
“Taco Hell.” Junk. Winter, 2013.
“The World’s Second Shortest Zombie Story.” Horror d’oeuvres. Fall, 2013.
“Dragon by the Dumpster.” Booked. The Anthology. Summer, 2013.
“Bad Hand Acting.” Grift #2. Spring, 2013.
“Heck.” Hell. Spring, 2013.
“Shades.” Pulp Modern: Number Four. Spring, 2013.
“Don’t Waste It Whistling (or Coulda Shoulda Woulda).” Punchnel’s. Winter, 2013.
“We’re Made of Meat,” “Last Last Meal,”  & “Half Staff at the Grease Box.” Pure Slush: Gorge. Winter, 2012.
“Clam Digger.” Horror Factory. Fall, 2012.
“Ghost Pianos & Idle Hands.” Pank. Fall, 2012.
“Three Abortions and a Miscarriage (a Fun What If?).” Noir at the Bar 2. Fall, 2012.
“Doppelgänger Radar.” A Quick Bite of Flesh. Fall, 2012.
“Up Down Up Right Down Left Up.” All Due Respect. Fall, 2012.
“The Ball Pit (or Children Under 5 Eat Free!).” Spiders. Summer, 2012.
“Double Piss Test.” Thunderdome. Summer, 2012.
“What’s Worst?” Cavalcade of TerrorSpring, 2012.
“Change Machine.” Floodwall. Spring, 2012.
“Doing Everything but Actually Doing It.” Yellow Mama. Spring, 2012.
“Shock Collar.” Indiana Crime 2012. Spring, 2012.
“Three Ways Without Water (or The Day Roadkill, Drunk Driving, and the Electric Chair Were Invented).” Pulp Modern #2. Winter, 2011.
“Swatter.” The Fiddleback. Winter, 2011.
“Three Minutes.” Pure Slush: Slut. Winter, 2011.
“Greenhorns.” Horror Carnival. Winter, 2011.
“But It Made Them Easy to Climb.” Safety Pin Review. Winter, 2011.
“Either Way It Ends with a Shovel.” Crime Factory. Winter, 2011.
“Schrödinger’s Rat.” Needle: A Magazine of Noir. Fall, 2011.
“Mosquito Bites.” Pulp Modern. Fall, 2011.
“Reaction Shots.” Burnt Bridge. Summer, 2011.
“Is That My Sandwich in There?” Flywheel Magazine. Summer, 2011.
“Warning Signs.” Shotgun Honey. Summer, 2011.
“Trophies.” Pulp Metal Magazine. Summer, 2011.
“Catching Bubble.” Dirty Noir. Summer, 2011.
“First Story Ever.” Dogzplot. Spring, 2011.
“Don’t Feed the Shadow Animals.” Dark Sky Magazine. Winter, 2011.
“Movies for Milkweed.” Dark Highlands Anthology. Fall, 2010.
“Dewlaps.” Plots With Guns. Fall, 2010.
“Life Expectancy in a Trunk (Depends on Traffic).” Thuglit. Winter, 2009.
“Nine Cops Killed for a Goldfish Cracker.” The Death Panel. Winter, 2009.
“Sharks with Thumbs.” Big Pulp. Fall, 2009.
“Hot Microphone Incident #673 (1988 Summer Olympics, 400-Meter Freestyle Relay Warm-ups).” Espresso Stories. Fall, 2009.
“Burning down DJs.” Pulp Pusher. Summer, 2009.
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” Six Sentences. Summer, 2009.
“Castrating Firemen.” Crooked. Summer, 2009.



  1. Diana Smith Bolton

    Hello David,
    I am emailing because I loved your story “Ghost Pianos and Idle Hands” in PANK. It’s a terrific story and really sucked me right in.
    I’m the founding editor of District, an online journal of poetry, fiction, and visual art. Feel free to check us out and send us something if you like. I’d love to read more of your work!
    Best wishes,
    Diana Smith Bolton

  2. david james keaton (Post author)

    Hi Diana,
    Thanks for checking out my story! I’ll head over to District very soon. Nice to online meet ya.

  3. Rachel Louise Witten

    Hello, Profe. Some of these titles are very interesting. And also very noir. 🙂

  4. david james keaton (Post author)

    Thanks, Rachel!


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