Michael Penkas


Michael Penkas moved to Chicago in 2004 and soon after became a member of Twilight Tales, a small press and weekly reading series. His first published story, "Parable of the Lazy Rooster," appeared in the expanded edition of Tales from the Red Lion in 2007. He currently has over a dozen published stories.

Following the dissolution of Twilight Tales in 2010, he became part of Cult Fiction, a writers workshop and seasonal reading event. His stories were performed at five events before the group was put on hiatus in late 2011.

Currently, Michael Penkas is a regular participant at the Top Shelf Books (Palatine) open mic event, Tamale Hut (North Riverside) reading series, the Bad Grammar (Chicago) reading series, and the Gumbo Fiction Salon (Chicago). He is the website editor for Black Gate.

Where to find Michael Penkas online


Mistress Bunny and the Cancelled Client
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 53,770. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Mistress Bunny learns that one of her clients was found dead in his office, she suspects that his alleged suicide was actually murder. Her investigation uncovers a string of murders staged to look like "suicides". Along the way, she is hounded by a drunk ex-boyfriend, a pissed-off widow, and an office assistant with a hidden agenda.
Dead Boys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: American English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
They're not hard to find, if you know where to look. In the back of a pub after happy hour. In a dorm room between semesters. In a dog park after sunset. In a hospice room on Christmas Eve. Dead boys. Michael Penkas brings you four stories about the dead who refuse to leave and the living who refuse to let them go.

Michael Penkas' tag cloud

bdsm    cozy    cozy mystery    dark fantasy    dominatrix    fetish    ghosts    horror    horror anthology    quirky    quirky mystery    supernatural