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About Warren Hammond
Warren grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Upon obtaining his teaching degree from the University at Albany, he moved to Colorado, and settled in Denver where he can often be found typing away at one of the local coffee shops.
Warren is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series. KOP was released 2007 to be followed by Ex-KOP in 2008. The third book in the series, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery.
Warren's latest, Tides of Maritinia, is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.
Always eager to see new places, Warren has traveled extensively. Whether it's wildlife viewing in exotic locales like Botswana and the Galapagos Islands, or trekking in the Himalayas, he's always up for a new adventure.
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Juno Mozambe works the steamy streets of Lagarto, a failed colony world rotten with economic and moral decay. Once feared as the corrupt police chief’s bare-knuckled enforcer, he is now a collections man, taking a cut from all the action—prostitution, gambling, drugs. Burdened by the weight of decades of brutal misdeeds, he considers himself retired from his violent past. But when an army lieutenant is found dead outside a whorehouse, stabbed fourteen times and ritualistically mutilated, Juno’s former partner, Chief Chang, calls in a favor. He assigns Juno to the case and inexplicably partners him up with the earnest but inexperienced Maggie Orzo. Together, Juno and Maggie must untangle the twisted web spun by a ruthless serial killer, a vicious crime lord, and a mysterious offworlder. To discover the truth, they’ll have to expose Lagarto’s darkest secrets, and all before Juno’s past comes crashing into the present.
Ex-cop Juno Mozambe takes dirty pictures for the tabloids. He’s fallen a long way since he once ruled the Koba Office of Police as the corrupt chief’s enforcer and right-hand man. To make matters worse, his wife is in the hospital in need of a new spine, and spines don’t come cheap. So when he gets the opportunity to do a little side work for his once-partner Maggie Orzo, he’s all too eager to offer his expertise. But finding himself on a derelict barge staring at a bloated corpse, he is about to realize that for a man with his checkered past, there’s no such thing as a quick paycheck. A serial killer is racking up bodies. A steroid-riddled cop is running rogue. An offworld businessman is pulling the strings. And a sexy porn star is making her move. To score the money Juno needs to keep his wife alive, he’ll need to defeat them all. If they don’t kill him first.
Juno Mozambe and former chief Paul Chang once ruled Lagarto’s most powerful police force. But that was before Juno’s badge was revoked. Before Paul was murdered. Now Juno wants to take back what’s his: the Koba Office of Police. Realizing the need for reform, he plans to install his former partner, Maggie Orzo, as the new chief. An honest chief could be the key to setting Lagarto on a new path. A better path. But a project this daring is complicated. The muscle comes from a crew of dirty cops. The funding from a risky protection racket. The determination from a man willing to break all of the rules. KOP can be his again. Lagarto can change. Until, one at a time, the members of Juno’s crew start getting beheaded.
Contributors include Mario Acevedo, Edward Bryant, Dustin Carpenter, Sean Eads, Keith Ferrell, Warren Hammond, Jason Heller, Gary Jonas, Stephen Graham Jones, J.V. Kyle, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Jeanne C. Stein, Steve Rasnic Tem and Dean Wyant. Foreword by Steve Alten. Edited by Joshua Viola. Illustrations by Aaron Lovett.
A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance in honor of Melanie Tem.
“Terrors In The Night”
“Reclaim Your Fears”
Steve Rasnic Tem
“The Man Who Killed Texas”
Stephen Graham Jones
Joshua Viola and Dean Wyant
“The Wolf’s Paw”
Jeanne C. Stein
Aaron Michael Ritchey
“Taking The Dare”
“Melanie Tem: Hubble’s Child”
Playboy Magazine once called Colfax Avenue “the longest, wickedest street in America.” A hundred years ago, it was the main road into and out of Denver, Colorado. East Colfax was the address to have for many of the city’s elite, and West Colfax was a trail that led to the mountains and dreams of Gold Rush riches. A 105-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for the poor once fronted the street – the Golden Hill Cemetery still houses many of the White Plague’s victims.
Colfax Avenue has been a part of almost every major era that defines the American West. It has housed the richest and the poorest, supported massive public works and the seediest criminal enterprises. If that isn’t the stuff of great fiction, we don’t know what else qualifies.
We invite you to explore Colfax Avenue – its past, present, and future. Its greatest moments, real or imaginary, and its darkest secrets. Tales of romance, action, fantasy and more – Colfax has seen it all:
• Billy Shump has seven seconds to save a life – and ruin his own
• Mike Ashford learns that skimming off other people’s dreams isn’t nearly as satisfying as finding his own
• Mech apocalypse refugee Kal must decide how far he’s willing to go in order to survive
• Detective Marc Davis works a missing child case that puts his solid lack of faith in question
• Sugar thought she hit rock bottom, until her unique talent catches unwanted attention
• Jackie tries to save a homeless man from alien abduction
• And eight other tales inspired by Colfax Avenue
Crossing Colfax includes stories from authors Warren Hammond (KOP series) and Linda Berry (Trudy Roundtree Mystery series), and past Colorado Gold writing contest finalists and winners, including Zoltan James, Martha Husain, Angie Hodapp, TJ Valour, and more.
Earth is dying. Luna is uninhabitable. Mars is our last chance.
Once considered humanity’s future home, Mars hasn’t worked out like anybody hoped. Plagued by crime and a terraforming project that's centuries from completion, Mars is a red hell.
Denver Moon, P.I., works the dark underbelly of Mars City. While investigating a series of violent crimes linked to red fever—a Martian disorder that turns its victims into bloodthirsty killers—Denver discovers a cryptic message left by Tatsuo Moon, Mars City co-founder and Denver's grandfather. The same grandfather who died two decades ago.
Twenty-year-old revelations force Denver on a quest for truth, but Tatsuo's former friend, Cole Hennessy, leader of the Church of Mars, has other plans and will stop at nothing to keep Denver from disclosing Tatsuo's secrets to the world.
Hell-bent on reclaiming her grandfather's legacy, Denver—along with her AI implant, Smith, companion android, Nigel, and shuttle pilot, Navya—set out on a quest to find the answers they hope will shed light on the church's true agenda, the origin of red fever, and the mysteries surrounding Tatsuo's tragic death.
From the ghost of a hanged man at the old Cafe Prague to the apparition of a sobbing woman at the Rose Street Bed and Breakfast to a phantom Victorian dress whooshing through the halls at the Hamill House Museum, Georgetown is a well-known haunt for spirits of all kind. But some of the town's deepest, darkest secrets have never been revealed...until now. Prepare for nine otherworldly tales of myth and mystery that extend back to the grisly gold and silver rush days of old.
And be careful or you may find a ghostly visitor reading over your shoulder.
Table of Contents:
Jeanne C. Stein and Joshua Viola
The Silver Belle
A Bouquet of Wonder and Marvel
Price Brothers Fine Portraiture: Still Life
Price Brothers Fine Portraiture: Afterlife
Harry and Marlowe versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies
Stephen Graham Jones
The Madam in Room 217
Sam W. Anderson
Her First Husband
Afterword: Me, My Self, and Tom
The grift. The scam. The double-cross. Blackmail and burglary; murder and larceny. Blood Business tracks the underbelly of human nature as it drags itself through the muck of our lesser angels in twenty-seven crime stories set in this world... and beyond.
"Blood Business is as satisfying as a stiff drink after a tough case. Deliciously gritty, and dark as a day-old bruise, these stories will thrill any noir fan."
—Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling author
"In Blood Business, duality is a theme but nuance reigns. Honesty won't save you. Virtue is subjective. And what if the only difference between appearance and a reality is what we choose to believe? Cinematic at times, uncomfortably intimate at others, Blood Business is a visceral delight."
—John Wenzel, The Denver Post
“Blood Business compiles an absolutely stunning collection of talent."
"Editors Acevedo and Viola offer an anthology of noirish tales exploring the dark recesses of both real and supernatural worlds... Two sharp, distinctive, and complementary clusters of stories."
"In this uniformly good anthology of noir stories, the authors are able to inject some life, of the supernatural variety, into a genre usually rife with clichés."
"Take horror writing at its best and add a crime/mystery spin. Then pair this with psychological depth for the foundation of the special atmosphere and focus of Blood Business, where every story is powerfully wrought, filled with satisfying twists, and presented with a flair of originality and surprise not typically seen in crime story collections. For all these reasons, Blood Business is a unique, compelling, dark production very highly recommended for fans who like their crimes tinged with psychological depth and horror, and who look for original, unique, compelling productions where every story is a gem and no 'filler' is allowed."
—D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Table Of Contents From This World
DOUBLING DOWN ON DEATH
BONE ON WOOD
BLACK AND BLUE
GIRLS GONE WILD
NIGHT IN TUNISIA
AN OFFICER AND A HITMAN
Paul Goat Allen
Mark Stevens & Dean Wyant
SHADOWS WITHIN SHADOWS
Mark Stevens & Dean Wyant
IT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING
THE GUESSING GAME
STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
Table Of Contents From Beyond
A CLAMOR OF BONES
DIVIDED THEY FALL
JANE DOE MUST DIE
DO IT ALREADY
Stephen Graham Jones
Jeanne C. Stein
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Aaron Michael Ritchey
Seventeen stories of heroes and anti-heroes on desperate journeys, white knuckles on steering wheels, hearts pounding to the staccato beat of magnum hollow points slamming against flesh and steel.
Seventeen stories of hard-bitten souls hurtling over asphalt, the desert, the sea, and even through space itself in adventures fueled by vengeance, betrayal, madness, and murder.
Seventeen stories of tough justice, redemption, and salvation.
Now Jakob, accompanied only by his political officer, an intelligence that lives inside his head, must infiltrate the fledgling government of Maritinia by assuming the life of Colonel Drake Kell, the hero of Maritinia’s unlikely revolution. Donning the traitor’s uniform, Jakob enters a world of misdirection and deception, where danger lurks behind every shadow.
The Empire is coming back…if Jakob can live that long. The Empire’s attack force is unbeatable…if Jakob can sabotage Maritinia’s defenses. The Empire’s will is inevitable…if Jakob remains oblivious to who his true enemies are.