“There is a secret trapped inside my head that cannot get out.”

From The Birdhouse

Stephen Ross

Crime and mystery author

When does a short story stop being a short story? Officially, at 7,500 words. My current WIP (work in progress) is 10,000+, which puts it into the novelette box (7,5000-17,500 words). Well, I just write them. I let the stories themselves take care of how long they're meant to be.



    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

    September/October 2014

    This story was nominated for a 2015 Thriller Award (for Best Short Story) by the International Thriller Writers Organization.

    My new novelette

    Available in Print and for the Kindle

  • The Queen of Crime

    24 August 2015 : SleuthSayers

    Ngaio Marsh sold four stories to the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and I mention this upfront, because it's the only other connection (albeit tenuous) that I can claim to her...

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