"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 a three-time Derringer Award winner, an Edgar Award finalist, and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. One of John's stories appeared in the 2015 edition of Best American Mystery Stories, and another is forthcoming in the 2018 edition.
John is also the author of six books: Rainbow's End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), Fifty Mysteries (2014), and Dreamland (2016).
Click here to find out more about John, his books, and his short stories. And here's a schedule of his upcoming booksignings.
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.
It was announced on May 15, 2018, that John will receive the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of short mystery fiction.
His story "Gun Work," from Coast to Coast: Private Eyes, has been chosen by Otto Penzler and guest editor Louise Penny to appear in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, coming out this fall.
A seventh collection of John's short mystery fiction, The Barrens, is scheduled for late 2018.
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 more stories upcoming in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Flash Bang Mysteries, The Odds Are Against Us, Bewildering Stories, Pop the Clutch, The Eyes of Texas, The Beat of Black Wings, Under the Full Moon's Light, Landfall, What Would Elvis Think? and the New York Public Library's "Subway Library" program.
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