Jeff Somers (www.jeffreysomers.com) was first sighted in Jersey City, New Jersey after the destruction of a classified government installation in the early 1970s; the area in question is still too radioactive to go near. When asked about this, he will only say that he regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books (avery-cates.com), Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People (wearenotgoodpeople.com).
Jeff’s published over thirty short stories as well; his story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. He survives on the nickels and quarters he regularly finds behind his ears, his guitar playing is a plague upon his household, and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices, but this is only half true.
Today, he makes beer money by writing amazing things for various people. Favorite whiskey: Glenmorangie 10 Year. Yes, it is acceptable to pay me in it.
Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. A stand-alone short story in the Ustari Cycle—the gritty supernatural series that includes We Are Not Good People from the "exhilarating, powerful, and entertaining" (Guardian) storyteller of the Avery Cates series. For blood mages, the twenty-first century means hiding in the shadows, keeping society unaware of their incredible powers. The power-hungry sort plot quietly to manufacture tragedies bloody enough to give them the gas they need to cast monumental spells. Lem is a little lower down the ladder than that, bleeding nobody but himself, skating by on small Cantrips, cons, and charms. Lately though, his days have taken a strange turn, always the same and yet minutely different. Since hooking up with this group that wants to utilize his uncanny ability to write and alter spells for their Big Heist, Lem’s constantly feeling like he’s forgetting something, like something is calling to him from the beyond. Perhaps most bizarre of all, his best friend Mags is nowhere to be found—and the police seem to want to help Lem locate him. The po-po being helpful to a Trickster like him? Now he knows something is up. AMAZ | B&N | PLAY | KOBO
The Night Will Echo Back at You in Another Chicago Magazine #34, 1998.
Glad & Big in Aberrations #34, 1995.
Sliders: Blood and Splendor by Acclaim Comics, 1996. Written with Jeof Vita.
I Don't Even Trust Me in www.webdelsol.com, 1999.
Charlie O'Brien Lights a Dramatic Cigarette in The Portland Review, 2001.
The Amazing Martin Landawer in The Whirligig #3, 2001.
In This Slowly Rising City, So Bereft of Company in The Whirligig #5, 2002.
Time Will Forgive in The Portland Review, Summer 2001.
No Great Trick in The Drexel Online Journal, 2003.
Kiss Them for Me in Bare Bone #3, 2003.
Friend of the Devil in Lullaby Hearse #2, 2003.
The Defragmentation of Thomas Crane in The Urban Bizarre, 2004. (Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 18th Edition)
Dick for Eternity in The Urban Bizarre, 2004.
And All the Days Like It in The Portland Review Volume 51, Issue 1, Fall 2003.
The Unappeasable Host in Bare Bone #5, April 2004.
And I Don't Know the People Who Will Feed Me in Twenty Four Hours #4, 2004.
The Script in Bare Bone #7, May 2005. (Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 19th Edition)
Ringing the Changes in Danger City, April 2005. (chosen to appear in The Best American Mystery Stories 2006, edited by Otto Penzler with guest Editor Scott Turow.)
Watch the World Die in From the Asylum, April 2005.
Self-Inflicted, Glorified in From the Asylum, September 2005.
The Amazing Martin Landawer in Brutarian, Spring 2006.
No Stranger to Frustration in From the Asylum, July 2006.
And Still Insists He Sees the Ghosts in Bare Bone #9, December 2006.
Mr. Benders New House in Brutarian Quarterly, issue 48/49.
When the Man Comes Around in The Whirligigzine #1, December 2007.
closer in my heart to thee in GUD Magazine , issue 2, Spring 2008. (Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow)
Drum Trial in Strange, Weird & Wonderful Magazine, Fall 2008.
Sift, Almost Invisible, Through in the Mystery Writer's of America Anthology "Crimes by Moonlight", edited by Charlaine Harris. (Honorable Mention in Best Horror of the Year Volume 3, edited by Ellen Datlow)
A Meek and Thankful Heart in Buzzy Magazine (June 2013)
Three Cups of Tea in Hanzai Japan (October 2015)
Howling on for More in Black Denim Lit (January 2016)
Crossed Wires (w/ Stephen Blackmoore) in Urban Allies (August 2016)
The Bonus Situation in Mech: Age of Steel (2017)
Nigsu Ga Tesgu in Urban Enemies (2017)
Sometimes people pay me money to write things. I'd be delighted to take your money, too. Here are some of the freelance pieces I've done with a byline. You may not want to read the stuff I write without a byline.
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I'm About.com's resident expert in bestselling books, and write several times a week there on the subject, usually brilliantly, sometimes competently.
I'm a Contributing Editor at Writer's Digest, where I discuss how to write real good and make money at it.