Guest editor | Halloween Party ’23

by Jeffrey Keeten

Did you know that Jeffrey Keeten is one of the top reviewers on Goodreads? He became interested in DPP books a few years back, and has since partnered with us on many projects, including writing short stories for us, and introducing Halloween Party ’21.

For Halloween Party ’23 Jeffrey is acting as guest editor. He’s reviewing all the entries and picking those that will get published as well as curating the flow of the work within the book.

One thing that’s always captivated me about Jeffrey’s reviews is that they go well-beyond “I like it/I didn’t like it.” He often researches the author, and has read other works by the same writer, and will do a deep dive into the whole canon. Here’s a sample review from Keeten on The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Take one look at the in-depth review and you can see why we’re incredibly grateful to have this gifted reviewer and editor and author on the HP team. Thanks Jeffrey! We can’t wait to see what you do with HP ’23.

Get Jeffrey to review your work. Submit to HP ’23 today!

Before She’s Gone Forever

by Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta is one of the best short story writers producing today. This particular story is incredibly moving, and Phil reading it only adds to it. Enjoy this story on a melancholy fall evening with a glass of wine, and someone you love.

~It took the entire morning, but police divers found Eun-ji’s body in the bay—exactly where I said it would be. I wasn’t entirely forthcoming with them, of course. I didn’t tell them about the pictures. I simply informed them that Eun-ji had talked about exploring the peaks of Geoje Island to find a good spot for cliff jumping. Fearless and heavily influenced by western culture, Eun-ji was what the Americans call an “adrenaline junkie.” Hence the reason she had volunteered for civilian military training in the city of Gimpo last month. That’s where we met. 

As a photographer for the Korea Herald, I had been assigned to shoot the weeklong boot camp. My mandatory two years in the Army had just ended six months prior, so I was still able to keep up with the grueling regimen these college students faced. Nothing extraordinary had occurred during the assignment—other than meeting Eun-ji. Day or night, my camera loved her more than any of the others~

Buy the book, why don’tcha?

What are you going to get Uncle Fred?

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

Happy holiday horror heap: cheap!

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

We also do mystery

Hawkshaw Press, our imprint for all mystery, all the time, presents a new, four-book saga:

The Jack Griffin Detective Series.

Each volume finds detective Griffin aligned with famous (and sometimes, infamous) political figures.

In book 1, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, Griffin must help prove JFK’s innocence when he’s set up for a murder he didn’t commit. If you liked searching for the Maltese falcon, or know someone who does, order the first book in the series today. Copies ordered through the DPP website include a custom bookplate signed by author William F. Crandell.

“Crandell crafts not only a tantalizingly complex crime—one with conspiratorial proportions—but also deftly limns an atmosphere of gloomy transgression and a dark world of crime and subterfuge…A thrilling crime drama, suspenseful and thoughtful.”
KIRKUS REVIEWS

“…a compelling tale highly recommended for a wider audience than the usual P.I. enthusiast alone. Between Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl’s catchy title and intriguing personalities, it should reach into novel and historical fiction reader circles alike, with vivid, unique brand of action and political and psychological interplays that make for a heck of a story.”
Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

A game of hopscotch

“She felt something hold her hand, place the daisy firmly inside, and close her fingers around it.”

Author Bernie Brown is the author of two stories in HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21, one of which is “Hopscotch.” As its title implies, this tale focuses around an innocent game of hopscotch, but things aren’t quite what they seem.

If you don’t already own a copy of HP ’21, we strongly recommend purchasing the collection for yourself, which you can find at quality bookstores. Alternatively, and for more immediate gratification, simply click the link below to purchase from Amazon.