Writing

The Joe Garrison Case Files

The Joe Garrison Case Files are a collection of stories of the experiences of Private Detective Joseph Garrison in the 1930s and 1940s.

Murder is Suicide

About: Murder is Suicide is a hard-boiled detective novel set in Portland, Oregon in 1937.

Description:

“It’s not every day you investigate your own murder.”

When the police find a body that looks a lot like private investigator Joe Garrison, it’s time for Joe to find out who did it and if he was the intended victim, before the police try to blame him for it.

Follow Joe through a world of dirty thugs, dirtier cops, and treacherous dames in 1930s Portland, Oregon – a world where morality might be black and white but the truth is always a shade of gray and where Joe may find out along the way that Murder is Suicide.

Murder is Suicide’s Joe Garrison follows in the shadowy footsteps of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Hammett’s Sam Spade, but with his own cynical take on the world filtered through several glasses of whiskey, glaring personality flaws, and the piercing insight of the femme fatale he encounters. Garrison experiences historical events, circumstances, and locations of Portland, Oregon in 1937 while he seemingly investigates his own murder, mixed in with novel inventions for the sake of the narrative.

Murder is Suicide started as an interactive web comic that was very time consuming to develop. As time went on and I made less progress than I would have liked, I decided to finish the project as a novel instead.

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Neat Whiskey and the Dirty Truth

Joe Garrison investigates the theft of a valuable necklace in a yet to be published select-your-own-experience story.

War is Hell without Whiskey

It’s July, 1944, weeks after Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France, and Joe Garrison is knee-deep in war and involuntarily sober.

When a company captain is murdered, possibly by one of his own soldiers, Joe gets assigned to the case in an unorthodox breach of protocol. With limited time before the next big operation, he needs to find the truth, find the murderer, and find a drink.

War is Hell without Whiskey is a short story telling the experiences of Joe Garrison during World War II in France. The story is featured in the short fiction collection, The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction.

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The Trench Coat Minotaur

The Trench Coat Minotaur is a collection of vignettes twisting together Greco-Roman mythological characters, locations, and stories with classic film noir conventions. The collection currently consists of twenty nine prose-poetry vignettes that establish the characters, narratives, and milieu, and a short story that fleshes out the experiences of some of the characters. The short story, titled Carry On, features Charon the cab-driver who transports the dead across the river for a price and details what happens when he doesn’t take his own advice.

Sample:

Apollo
Apollo is at the bar, burning out his liver and lungs on Flaming Chariots and fire as he recounts for a fourth time his forlorn tale of finding the doll of his dreams and how he offered her everything but Ms. Laura Wreath, preferring to be free, instead broke his heart and then made like a tree.

Artemis
Miss “Hard-To-Miss” Artemis is a huntress, a sureshot with a rod and a hit through the heart of every doe-eyed dope who, acting on impulse, tried to fawn over her, finding too fast that her smile hid her teeth and her dress hid a piece to plug a peeping tom or perhaps murder a mark.

The prose-poetry vignettes and the short story Carry On are featured in the short fiction collection The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction.

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Other Fiction

Story
Genre
Description
Status / Publication
Link
Do No Harm
Science Fiction
Lunis encounters an ethical challenge during his first combat experience on a foreign moon as a medic.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Italian Suicide
General Fiction
He just wanted to get back to his girl and meet his kids for the first time. Was that so much to ask?
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Viral
Science Fiction
What will happen when the social media generation reaches old age?
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction and on Medium
If These Walls Could Text
Science Fiction
The security-deficient internet of things meets kitsch technology architecture.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction and on Medium
One More Journey to the Woods
Dream Fiction
Why can’t the people who want to spend their time in the woods just be left alone?
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Freecrasher
Science Fiction
Freecrashing in urban vertical expanses is stupid and dangerous, that’s why we do it…
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
The Gift of the Imagination
Urban Fantasy
One boy’s daydreams might be his father’s everyday experiences.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Beat Nick
Prose Poetry
You can find the iconic 20th Century poets and the artists in the dirtiest bars if you try hard enough.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
An Elevator Man
Horror
Stay clear of the cage in the roof of the elevator carriage. You never know what might get in.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Future Singular
Science Fiction
Life after the singularity is very primitive, hunting the metal beasts for survival and fixing the machines that keep your tribe alive.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Carry On
Noir
Charon the cabbie ferries the bodies of the dead across the river, but sometimes the dead come back to haunt you.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
The Hole World
Fantasy
White the Rabbit found a hole within his hole.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Lucy Dreaming
General Fiction
When our loved ones die, are they really gone?
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction and on Medium
Keep Portland Wired
Cyberpunk
In an anarcho-capitalist near-future Portland, the government is extinct, corporations own everything, the poor with no credit score can’t even cross the street safely, and dissident punks race stolen rideable drones in dangerous rooftop competitions. Kal, a member of a local punk collective, finds that she can’t escape her past, no matter how hard she glides over the ruins of Portland’s landmarks.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
Moxie the Rocket
General Fiction
The boys learned not to mess with Moxie the Rocket after they got a taste of her fists.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
The Thief of Silence
Fantasy
Wulfgar the Hunter rests in a village tavern, yearning for the next adventure, and unfortunately, he finds it in the Thief of Silence.
The Trench Coat Minotaur and Other Short Fiction
 
The Long Download
Noir Mythological Programming Mashup
A murder mystery mashup of noir, mythology, and computer programming texts. “One of the problem is found in her native darkness. I were a time and place where was clutching her tight enough that the evidence to criminologists is the encoding in the output of this function to help me.”
Web Published
A Unique Opportunity
General Fiction
Does it seem like modern advertising is getting overwhelming to you too?
Unpublished
 
Eldritch God Daily Tours
Eldritch Horror
Cassidy just wanted to sell her great aunt’s house. She wasn’t looking to be a tour guide to all the stupid people who wanted to see the eldritch god that appeared out of nowhere.
Unpublished
 
Speed Kills
Cyberpunk
Commuting down the metaway is annoying on its own, but trying to do so on a stolen bike while running from the corporate hitmen sent to kill you by your former employer is a bit more stressful.
Unpublished
 
Wasting Away
Horror
The price of the house was too good to be true, but Harold was just happy to move into his first home…until he realized why it was such a bargain.
Unpublished
 
Ten Point
General Fiction
There’s more than one reason to swerve when you’re about to hit a deer.
Unpublished
 
The Girl of the Cinders
Fairy Tale
The prince is really eager to find the young woman he danced with at the ball, but not for the reason you’ve been led to believe…
Unpublished
 
The Grubby Goblin
Fantasy
The tavern in the castle ruins on the edge of the swamp is an attractive resting spot for adventurers on their way into the danger of the mud and the mire. It’s also the home of a very grubby goblin. Not everyone who visits the tavern will appreciate his puckish nature.
Unpublished