Jim Musgrave is an author and college educator in San Diego, California. His recent non-fiction title, The Digital Scribe: a Writer’s Guide to Electronic Media (AP Professional, ISBN 0-12-512255-1) has been internationally published. He has a M.A. degree in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. He was awarded the “Ebook of the Year Award, 2001-2002” from Bookbooters.com for his thriller, Russian Wolves. In addition, Mr. Musgrave has finished as a Finalist in the New Century Writer Awards for his novel excerpt, Iron Maiden. Runner-Up in the $10,000 Annual Heekin Foundation Awards for New Fiction Writers (1994). He has published short fiction in many literary journals, including: San Diego Writer’s Monthly, Shroud Anthology Beneath the Surface, Stone Magazine, FirstDraft, Sniplits Audio Short Stories 2 Go, Back Channels, Pacific Review, California Quarterly and Cowles Mountain Journal. He has also been published at CIC Publishers with four novels: Sins of Darkness, Russian Wolves, Iron Maiden and Lucifer’s Wedding and a collection of short fiction, The President’s Parasite and Other Stories. Mr. Musgrave’s story, “Speculum” was an Honorable Mention in the Fog City Writer’s Awards, and “Turning the Law Wheel” was an Honorable Mention in the Cedar Hill Press Short Fiction Contest.
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Jane the Grabber
A Civil War hero detective must help his brothel madame girlfriend discover crimes being committed by Hester “Jane the Grabber” Haskins before Haskins uses her Tammany Hall influence to take-over all the whorehouses in New York City and turn them into places where the “last sexual taboos” are permitted– including murder.
Steam City Pirates
Detective Pat O’Malley discovers that a group of pirate inventors from the future is living under Central Park in 1869, and it wants to keep all of the world’s technology at the Steam Age in order to prevent a future nuclear holocaust.
Disappearance at Mount Sinai: A Pat O'Malley Steampunk Mystery
A Civil War hero turned detective must return to the Reconstruction South to track down the kidnappers of the richest inventor and philanthropist in America, but the detective must first confront a worldwide Eugenics conspiracy and show his racist father what prejudice really leads to in the end.
Terror in the City
Cities take on an identity of their own. It is almost as if they become living, breathing beings that shelter all kinds of nefarious characters and vicious deeds. When terror strikes, it is the citizens who respond: fear, desperation, guilt and hilarity often fill the alleyways and seize the taverns and apartments like the plague.
Freaks of Society
Have you ever been seen as an “outsider” to society? What makes one a “freak” of nature? Does it harden your heart, or do you suddenly become more empathetic toward all of creation?
We explore this issue in this month’s theme, “Freaks of Society.”
Catalina Ghost Stories
What would Natalie Wood do if she were a ghost returning to the scene of her death? Can a person be guilty of murder if he kills while walking in his sleep? Is the ghost of Cubs' legendary hero, Hack Wilson, haunting the club house on Catalina? You'll find out in this collection of haunting tales from the author and publisher of Horror on the Installment Plan.
"Each story of Horror on the Installment Plan has a very different look, and each story is an excellent read. I’ve read a lot of horror magazines in my time and it's very rare to find a magazine where all the stories are good, but this issue of Horror on the Installment Plan succeeds. The best part is that this magazine can be purchased for a buck." D. Watson, Horroraddicts.wordpress.com
The Necromancers or Love Zombies of San Diego
My name is Josh. I don't know my last name, and I don't really know how I became a zombie, but I do know I have to tell you this story. We're "love zombies," and we have joined forces with some breather teens who fight out of the La Jolla Caves. We're now up on Facebook: LoveZombiesofSanDiego
Once More...into the Woods
What happens when you go into the woods? Are you transfixed by the natural beauty all around you? Do you wish you had your loved one to share all that glorious pastoral beauty?
This issue does not show that side of Nature, however, even though it is out there. No, you are about to find out that the woods can also become sinister, creepy and secluded.
Zombies and Children
Should children be seen with zombies? Should zombies be children? What kind of a demented mind would want such a thing to happen?
Horror on the Installment Plan’s premier issue wants to explore this theme in order to give you a few thrills, a few moments of fear, and perhaps even gross you out a bit!
Miriam Weinstein and James Duvalier are cops with a difference. As psychic investigators for the San Diego Police Department's Paranormal Psychology Unit, they are acutely familiar with the underworld of the occult. But nothing can prepare them for the unimaginable forces about to confront them. Satan's time is at hand, and Miriam Weinstein bears the pentangle mark of his chosen bride.
The President's Parasite and Other Stories
In The President's Parasite, Jim Musgrave resurrects all that has gone missing in today's literature: originality. The title story is a Kafkaesque piece from the point-of-view of an intellectual tapeworm trapped inside a moronic president, and the satirical impact is worthy of Swift.
Ebook of the Year Award Winner (2000-2001) Bookbooters Press.
This riveting story traces the creation of a serial killer and how one man's desire to get his family to America causes him to use this killer as a paid assassin for the Russian Mafia. Can CIA agent Dr. Abigail Soloman convince her country of her discovery?
Iron Maiden: An Alternate History Novel
Jared Diamond's COLLAPSE inspired this alternate history that takes place during the American Civil War, and tells the story of eight people who come together after the battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. They trick the government into buying more Monitor-class ships.
The Mayan Magician and Other Stories
Award-winning short fiction author, Jacob Appel says, "With the publication of The Mayan Magician and Other Stories, Jim Musgrave joins the ranks of George Saunders, Steven Millhauser and Kevin Brockmeier at the heart of the modern American short story's second great renaissance."
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