Jeff Somers

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Jeff Somers ( began writing by court order as an attempt to steer his creative impulses away from engineering genetic grotesqueries. His feeble memory makes every day a joyous adventure of discovery and adventure even as it destroys personal relationships, and his weakness for adorable furry creatures leaves him with many cats. He has published nine novels, including the Avery Cates Series of noir-science fiction novels from Orbit Books (, the darkly hilarious crime novel Chum from Tyrus Books, and most recently tales of blood magic and short cons in the Ustari Cycle, including the novel We Are Not Good People and the novellas Fixer, The Stringer, Last Best Day, and The Boom Bands from Pocket Gallery ( He has published over thirty short stories, including “Ringing the Changes,” which was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2006, “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through,” which appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris, and “Three Cups of Tea,” which appeared in the anthology Hanzai Japan. He also writes about books for Barnes and Noble and and about the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest, which published his book on the craft of writing Writing Without Rules in 2018. He lives in Hoboken with his wife, The Duchess, and their cats. He considers pants to always be optional.

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Turn to God or Turn Away

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 5,849 words (22 minutes) · 1 view

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We think of putting our minds in The Cloud and we think immortality. But time is subjective, and so is freedom.

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The Unappeasable Host

Published Sep 9, 2018 · 2,173 words (8 minutes) · 295 views



Time Will Forgive

Published Jun 24, 2018 · 2,801 words (11 minutes) · 1 like · 384 views

Literary Fiction


No Great Trick

Published Jun 3, 2018 · 3,331 words (13 minutes) · 205 views

Horror Humor


In This Slowly Rising City, So Bereft of Company

Published Apr 27, 2018 · 2,713 words (10 minutes) · 317 views

Literary Fiction Strange


The Amazing Martin Landawer

Published Apr 1, 2018 · 4,181 words (16 minutes) · 362 views


Charlie O’Brien Lights a Dramatic Cigarette

Published Mar 17, 2018 · 2,959 words (11 minutes) · 287 views


Glad and Big

Published Mar 15, 2018 · 3,269 words (12 minutes) · 288 views



The Script

Published Mar 14, 2018 · 2,505 words (10 minutes) · 466 views