"Floyd is a master of the art of the short story."--Douglas Preston, co-author of Relic
John Floyd's work has appeared in more than 250 different publications, including Strand Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Mississippi Noir, and The Saturday Evening Post. A former Air Force captain and IBM systems engineer, he is also an Edgar Award nominee, a three-time Derringer Award winner, a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recent recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. John's stories have appeared in both the 2015 and the 2018 edition of Best American Mystery Stories, and were listed among the top 50 mysteries of the year in 2000, 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2017.
John is also the author of seven books: Rainbow's End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), Fifty Mysteries (2014), Dreamland (2016), and The Barrens (released Oct. 30, 2018).
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RECENT NEWS . . .
The short mystery "Too Good to Be True," in the July 16, 2018, issue of Woman's World, was the 100th story John's sold to that magazine.
John's story "Molly's Plan," which appeared first in Strand Magazine and then in The Best American Mystery Stories, has been chosen to be part of The New York Public Library's permanent digital collection. It will also be available to subway passengers via the library's mobile lending app SimplyE.
A podcast and YouTube interview with John is featured at Alexandra Amor's "It's a Mystery."
The Russian journal Inostrannaya Literatura translated and reprinted "Molly's Plan" in its Jan 2018 issue.
John's story "The Tenth Floor" is included in a Guinness World Record attempt to create the largest anthology of short stories ever published. Celenic Earth Publications in Cape Town, South Africa, released the 600-page book on Oct 14, 2017. It includes 108 different authors from South Africa, the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Bolivia, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Mexico, and Canada.
John's story "Dentonville" (from Ellery Queen) won the 2016 Derringer Award for Best Long Story and his story "Driver" (from The Strand Magazine) won the 2016 Derringer for Best Novelette. Here's a list of all the winners and nominees.
His story "Driver" also made the "Other Distinguished Mysteries" list in The Best American Mystery Stories 2016, and his story "Jackpot Mode" is listed in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017.
John has two more stories upcoming in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, two in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, two in Woman's World, two in Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and other stories scheduled for Flash Bang Mysteries, Serial Magazine, The Texas Gardener, the New York Public Library's "Subway Library" program, and the following anthologies: The Odds Are Against Us, Pop the Clutch, The Eyes of Texas, The Beat of Black Wings, Voices and Visions, and What Would Elvis Think?
RECENT PUBLICATIONS . . .