Cathryn Grant


Cathryn Grant is the author of Suburban Noir novels, ghost story novellas, and short fiction. Her writing has been described as "making the mundane menacing".

Cathryn's stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines. Her short story, “I Was Young Once” received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest.

When she’s not writing, Cathryn works in high tech, reads, and plays very high-handicap golf. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats. Visit her website at

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Lonely Ghosts (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #6)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,020. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Madison and her boyfriend go to Australia to visit his twin brother, Luke. Before the plane lands, a woman’s body is found in Luke’s garden. Madison seems to be more interested in coming up with potential suspects than Luke, and when the ghost of the dead woman appears in her bedroom, whispering that she’s lonely, Madison knows she has to dig deeper before the ghost gets her icy fingers into JD.
Deadly Streets (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #5)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,690. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Madison stumbles across the body of a homeless man lying in the street in front of the church where she works as an administrative assistant. The sickening and persistent ghost of the dead man forces her to search for an answer to why he was murdered. Madison’s relationship with her boyfriend hits a rough spot when she reveals a dark part of her past and his reaction is not what she’d hoped for.
Stone Cold (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #4)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,930. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In the fourth novella of this series, Madison Keith visits her best friend on the Oregon coast. While staying in an unusual stone house, she meets two disturbing women who harbor a shocking secret. As Madison seeks to uncover the reasons for their cruel and aggressive behavior, she has a supernatural encounter, and stumbles across the body of someone who has been dead for some time.
Unholy Child (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #3)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,700. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In the third novella of this ghostly psychological suspense series, a proposed child care center enflames hidden prejudices at First Central Church, leading to murder. A dark spirit terrifies Madison and dampens her previous enthusiasm for encountering ghosts. She's determined to find out what, or who, is tormenting her. The answer is unsettling.
Buried By Debt
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 94,400. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Devon worships Jenna. Their friends say he's obsessed with her. Maybe he is. He wants to give her the world. Counting on a lucrative promotion, he bought a multi-million dollar home in Silicon Valley for her. It's all good because Jenna adores him. He's a lucky guy. Jenna loves Devon, loves her job, and loves nice things. But Devon and Jenna are desperate to hide their sky-rocketing debt.
Shallow Water (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,090. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In the second novella in this psychological suspense series, Madison finds a dead body in the Shallow Water of Half Moon Bay. The most likely culprit has a rock-solid alibi, and Madison isn't sure whether the legendary ghost that haunts The Distillery restaurant is helping or hindering her quest to understand why a young woman drowned.
Flash Fiction for the Cocktail Hour - Volume 2
Price: Free! Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
For a taste of Cathryn Grant's Suburban Noir fiction - psychological suspense meets psychological horror - try this 2nd collection of 11 Flash Fiction stories.
Fatal Cut (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #1)
Price: Free! Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The living and the dead like to tell their secrets to Madison Keith. As the administrative assistant in a suburban church, she gets plenty of opportunity to hear from both. In this first Madison Keith novella, a man is murdered in the church parking lot. When Madison finds the body, she already knows why he died, and it has very little to do with the damaged roses everyone was arguing about.
The Demise of the Soccer Moms
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 91,300. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A suburban neighborhood is upended when a single mother saunters onto the school playground. Her Doc Marten boots, tight T-shirts, and in-your-face attitude stir up buried fears and sexual anxiety. In the dark corners of her home, a woman battles crippling memories that threaten to destroy her family. A suspicious death forces her best friend to make a choice between marriage and friendship.
Flash Fiction for the Cocktail Hour - Volume 1
Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
For a taste of Cathryn Grant's Suburban Noir fiction - psychological suspense meets psychological horror - try this collection of 11 Flash Fiction stories.

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Smashwords book reviews by Cathryn Grant

  • Candied Crime on March 04, 2011

    The title of this collection is appropriate because Dorte Jakobsen’s stories are like a dish of candy. After you gobble up one or two, you’ll find yourself saying – Just one more. The book takes its title from a Scandinavian candy bar (Daim/Dajm) and offers thirteen cozy and humorous crime stories, with backdrops that range from a knitting club to a school classroom to a diplomatic gathering. Each story has a twist. Each one makes the reader smile at the quirky characters and their innocent and mostly not-so-innocent behavior. My favorites are Grammy, The Knitting Club, and A Nightly Burger. Although there’s also The Princess on the Pea, Trick or Treat … well, you get the idea. An excellent crime writer, one to watch.
  • Heather Farm on May 17, 2011

    A charming short story of love, ghosts, and murder. Heather Farm is a quick, fun read with a twist or two at the end.
  • Liquorice Twists on July 25, 2011

    LIQUORICE TWISTS delivers twenty flash fiction treats that twist together humor and crime. Jakobsen lures the reader in with seemingly pleasant scenes that quickly turn dark. Her characters come to life in a few lines, even though some commit murder in just as many! The writing is clean and sharp and quite entertaining. This collection is definitely worth a read. My favorite stories are “Castle in the Sand”, “The Red Sofa”, “Cutbacks”, and “Mothers and Daughters”.