One Punch Knockout


Below is a list of self-published short stories formatted for e-reader, presented alphabetically by author. Those interested in taking part can email me, Walter Conley, at (put “one punch knockout” in the subject line).



Renato Bratkovič is an advertising creative, fiction writer and blogger from Slovenia. He writes in Slovene (his mother’s tongue, of course, he does) and in English (a bridge to global readers). He’s published a short story collection Ne poskušajte tega doma (Don’t Try This At Home) in 2012, his story High Midnight has appeared in Noir Nation 3 (VegaWire Media).

“Kravata” / “The Tie”

Bogie wakes up only to find out that his daily routine will never be the same again …

“The Tie” @ Amazon



Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc. member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste.

“The Liberator”

The Liberator is short, sharp story that kicks off a violent new noir/horror serial from Paul D. Brazill, creator of Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI.

Van Helsing meets The Punisher as a priest tracks down his kidnapped sister and finds her trapped in a nest of centuries old evil.

“The Liberator” @ Amazon



In addition to blogging here, Walter writes fiction and poetry, records original music under the name Katharine Hepcat and occasionally does pen-and-ink illustration. His latest work appeared in All Due Respect Magazine #1 and the horror anthology Deadhead Miles.

“Last Stop, Dullsville”

A man comes to in a hospital with his mind shattered and no memory of how he got there. When people claiming to be family drive him to a cabin in the woods, a place known as Dullsville, are they really trying to help him recover? Or setting him up for the most terrifying night of his life?

Inspired by Paul Dutra’s brilliant series of post-op recovery photographs.

“Last Stop, Dullsville” @ Amazon



Astrid H. Cruz a/k/a Artistikem lives in Puerto Rico with her husband, her pet cockatiel, a lovable Scottish Terrier, and Jin-Jing the black ninja cat. She’s currently pursuing a Masters in Communication Theory and Research at the School of Communication, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Whenever she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she enjoys writing until the wee hours of the morning, cooking, good music, coffee with friends, independent films, red wine, and riding with her hubby on their motorcycle under the sunny island sky. Her books include Four Stories by Artistikem, The Caregiver Series: Vignettes 1-5, The Caregiver, Torn (Book 2 of The Caregiver Series), The Beast (Book 3 of The Caregiver Series).

“At the Corner of Mars and Neptune”

Lena is a female drug dealer. Noah is a police detective trying to solve a murder case to which Lena is the only witness.

Thing is, she can’t remember a thing, and her life is too much of a mess for her to care. He cares, though. A bit too much. Enough to think that he can save himself by saving her.

But the streets always claim what’s theirs.

“At the Corner of Mars and Neptune” @ Amazon

And @ Smashwords



After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, she is a storyteller at heart, and has been writing since her teens. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition. Her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and was optioned for film. She is the author of CRISIS HOSPITAL, CURE, AFTERBIRTH, and FATAL REACTION. She resides in upstate New York with her husband, sons, and a small menagerie of beloved animals.


When those closest to you break your trust, the only option is payback.

Six months before an outbreak of viral plague turned the residents of Strandville into a mob of flesh-hungry undead, Max Reid was a new father struggling to overcome a gambling addiction for the sake of his family.

Desperate to keep his secret, out of work, and on the losing end of a debt large enough to get him killed, Max turned to Mitch, a Nixon Center guard and the closest thing he had to a friend, to make the money he needed to break-even. What he didn’t know was why Mitch was so eager to help him or how far he’d have to go for the cash.

Max Reid is about to find out a terrible secret that will change his life and push him to destroy others’.

“Payback” is a 5200 word prequel short story to “Cure, Strandville Zombie Novel, #1”

“Payback” @ Amazon



Ben Solomon lives and writes in Chicago, Illinois. As “The Hard-Boiled Detective” series enters its second year, he’s preparing an initial collection in book form.

“The Hard-Boiled Detective”

“The Hard-Boiled Detective” takes a unique slant on the publishing game. Every month I publish three stories on the web, the ongoing adventures of a nameless P.I. in a nameless burg in a lost era. Very old-school. Call it “retro detective.” Subscribers download the yarns in the format of their choice: ePub, mobi or PDF.

The series launched in February 2013, and I’m proud to have just wrapped the twelfth month. That’s 36 tales totaling more than 180,000 words.

The Hard-Boiled Detective Website



Ray Zacek is a retired federal officer, residing in Tampa, Florida. Originally from Chicago, he has lived in Seattle, Washington; California; North Carolina; and Colorado and spent a lot of time in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia. He has written short stories and plays; his full length play Desperados was produced by Stageworks Theater in 2004. He is now diligently at work on a horror/suspense novel, Don’t Be Cruel, about a north Florida Elvis cult.

“Flat Dark Earth”

Javier Bedoya Rios is financial adviser to a cartel operating out of Ciudad Aquila, Mexico, and doing quite well. Until two underlings pay an unexpected visit.

“Flat Dark Earth” @ Amazon

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“Bone Valley: A Florida Noir Short Story”

Nelson Ruhl is busy today. Please don’t bother him. And pay no attention to the muffled sounds of the victim bound and gagged in the trunk of Nelson’s car …

“Bone Valley: A Florida Noir Short Story” @ Amazon

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