INSOMNIAC Short Stories For Long Nights

Inspired by the classic short stories of Raymond Chandler, Graham Green, Patricia Highsmith and more, these tales take you into dark places and tight spaces. Yes, there is mayhem and murder from time to time. You’ll also meet assassins, adulterers, artists, gigolos, go-betweens, pretty women and petty criminals, a woman who walks her cat and one very lucky fellow. They and others are waiting to share their stories with you, including some memorable supporting players who quite often steal the show.

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Dying Art

Available at Histria Books or Amazon, or wherever fine books are sold.

The Horse Killer

A classic western manhunt with action, suspense, and a twist-ending you won’t see coming.

Paperback and E-book available at Amazon and White Bird Publications.

Editorial Praise For INSOMNIAC and previous novels

Hollywood Book Reviews says: “A gripping, thought-provoking, and phenomenal read, author Joe Kilgore’s INSOMNIAC is a must-read collection of short stories. The vast variety of locations, time periods, and genres blend well with the themes of karma, choices, and consequences.”

The US Review of Books on Dying Art: From the onset, Kilgore wastes no time in separating his narrative from run-of-the-mill whodunits…The plot accelerates at a breakneck speed in a tale imbued with an electric energy that ultimately pits age old themes of morality, envy, and creativity against each other with deadly consequences.

International Writers Inspiring Change writes: The Horse Killer is a good western adventure told in classic western style, but with an unusual twist. This is a bizarre tale, one that challenges the reader to figure out who is behind the killings and why; and rest assured, it is not what you think.” See review at:

Midwest Book Review calls A Farmhouse In The Rain “a consistently compelling page-turner of a read and highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections.”

The US Review says “Kilgore has penned a well-written book with an almost Shakespearian feel to it. Filled with suspense, sacrifice, and subplots that interlock smoothly, the author’s dark chronicle of lives bound together by fate is a solid addition to the World War II thriller genre.” 

More about Joe’s short stories

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum And Library plan to include Joe’s short story, Incident On A Windswept Hill, in their 2019 Literary Journal.

Joe’s short story, An Unkind Winter, was selected by two organizations for publication but one of them had to defer. Read more about that in News & Reviews. Read the story itself at The Twisted Vine.

The Write Place At The Right Time featured Joe’s short story, The Painting. Read more about it in news and reviews.

Joe’s short story NOCTURNE, was published in The Story Shack. It details the shattering conclusion to a broken relationship beneath a full moon in the night sky over Arizona.

One of Joe’s short stories was included in the anthology, The Best Short Fiction of 2012. Which one? Find out here.

Online literary journal The Writing Disorder published Joe’s short story, “A Grim Dark Bar In A Cold Wet Town”. It’s a tense bit of noir that unfolds between the regulars and some mysterious newcomers to a watering hole where the occupants inside are as menacing as the weather outside.

Literary Magazine published Joe’s short story “The Voice”. It’s a political parable that’s neither Democrat or Republican. Rather, it’s a chilling tale of acquiescing to the things we think we want to hear. And in so doing, giving up far more than we get in return. The Write Place at the Write Time previously published Joe’s tightly constructed take on murder for hire,“The Auckland Assignment”, in their anniversary edition. Learn more.

Joe’s short story, Those Who Trespass Against Us, was featured in the 16th issue of Storychord, a literary website. Find out more.

“The Gesture” was the first place winner in the Western Romance category of Moonlight Mesa’s 2nd Annual Cowboy Up Short Story Contest. Learn more.