C.S. Poe

Biography

C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction. She is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and FAPA, Indie, and two-time e-Lit award winner.
She resides in New York City, but has also called Key West and Ibaraki, Japan, home. She loves Romanticism artwork, Gilded Age New York, the films of Buster Keaton, coffee in the morning and whiskey in the evening, true crime, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best to distract her from work on a daily basis.
C.S. is an alumna of the School of Visual Arts.
Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published 2016.

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Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is absolutely free of any clutter with the exception of my desktop computer, Edgar Allan Poe and Gudetama figurines, Yorik skull, and a coffee cup. Anything more in my immediate "work space" stresses me out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think I was six. It was called, Chikey and Friends. It was about a chicken and his bird friends.
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Where to find C.S. Poe online

Series

Memento Mori
The lost and forgotten dead of New York City haunt Cold Case detective, Everett Larkin. But after a partnership—first reluctant, now requested—with the Forensic Artists Unit’s Ira Doyle, closing some of the most hopeless murder cases in the stacks is finally possible. Larkin and Doyle work well together, and for someone like Larkin, who is a little different, that professional relationship is treasured, and it’s of no surprise that their crime-solving friendship evolves into something more off the clock. When a series of anonymous clues and letters referencing his cases begins taunting Larkin, it’ll take all of his smarts and Doyle’s skills to expose Larkin’s self-appointed nemesis, lest they become memories to be mourned, themselves.
Madison Square Murders
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Subway Slayings
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Broadway Butchery
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Magic & Steam
New York City, 1880s—the epicenter of steam technology, magic, and murder. Special Agent Gillian Hamilton and infamous outlaw Gunner the Deadly exist on opposite sides of the law, but a series of misadventures involving the country’s worst criminals brings the two into an unlikely partnership. And in an alternate universe fraught with peril, with escalating danger, with baggage lingering from the Great Rebellion, and personal turmoil cutting all the way to the bone, Gillian and Gunner can trust their safety and their hearts to no one but each other.
The Engineer
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The Gangster
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The Doctor
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Snow & Winter
Curiosity kills. Or, in the case of antique shop owner and amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow, curiosity leads to dead bodies. With the reluctant help of his boyfriend, NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter, and armed with his magnifying glass and understanding of Victorian America, Sebastian sets out to solve the murders he keeps stumbling upon. Sebastian's antiquing knowledge becomes a critical key to every investigation he gets tangled up in with Calvin. And with the two at one another's side through thick and thin, the partnership between Snow and Winter evolves into something that'll last long after the cases are closed.
The Mystery of Nevermore
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The Mystery of the Curiosities
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The Mystery of the Moving Image
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The Mystery of the Bones
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The Mystery of the Spirits
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An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery
Murder and mystery follow Sam Auden and Rufus O’Callaghan wherever they go, but when ex-Army meets confidential informant, they’ve got no choice but to team up or get lost in New York City’s underbelly of crime, corruption, and depravity. In a world where unconventional sleuthing is key, Sam and Rufus put their myriad of skills to the test. And if they live long enough to see those cases closed, they might just learn to like each other too.
A Friend in the Dark
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A Friend in the Fire
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Snow & Winter Collection
The murder and mystery that follows antique shop owner Sebastian Snow and his homicide detective husband Calvin Winter has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the stories stop, too. Join everyone’s favorite, cantankerous amateur sleuth as he navigates New York City, running a business, unlikely friendships, and marriage, in these slice-of-life short stories set throughout the Snow & Winter series.
Interlude
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A Lancaster Story
Sometimes the biggest hopes and dreams are found in the smallest places. Lancaster, New Hampshire doesn’t move as quickly as New York City, nor is it as glamorous as Los Angeles. It’s a small town in northern New England where folks enjoy nature, solitude, and the simple pleasures unique to a tightknit community. Best of all, it’s a place to start over, to call home, to find friendship and love and acceptance amongst the autumn foliage, winter wonderland, and greenery of spring and summer. Join the men who are new to Lancaster, and follow their low angst journeys toward Happily Ever Afters.
Kneading You
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Joy
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Color of You
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The Silver Screen
Private investigator Rory Byrne and television star Marion Roosevelt make an unlikely couple, but they come together like a pair of magnets and are unable to deny their chemistry. Except that both men work in New York City, in opposite but equally ruthless careers, and a relationship might not be possible. When a series of crimes set against the backdrop of film and television requires Rory to go undercover, he quickly becomes a part of Marion’s world. And investigating theft, missing persons, even murder, is nothing when compared to the threat of ruining Marion’s career and any hope of a romance between them.
Lights. Camera. Murder.
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Books

Curio
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,300. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Llewellyn Cooper runs Curio Cabinet in New York City with his kooky aunt, where he crushes after customer, Henry McLaughlin. And just when a romance between them seems possible, Llewellyn realizes Henry might be too strange for his family—and that's saying something.
Broadway Butchery
Series: Memento Mori. Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 77,170. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cold Case detective Everett Larkin is called to a scene with a mummified woman inside the wall of a Broadway souvenir shop. He wastes no time bringing forensic artist and boyfriend Ira Doyle into the investigation when a mysterious VHS tape is delivered to their home, and an all-new Victorian mourning themed mystery begins to unfold.
Subway Slayings
Series: Memento Mori. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 73,100. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
A body found in the New York City subway system leads Cold Case Detective Everett Larkin to investigating the homicide and its relation to already unsolved crimes. And with the discovery of postmortem photographs, Detective Ira Doyle of the Forensic Artists Unit joins the investigation. The two race to uncover the identity of a murderer stalking the streets, while falling in love at the same time.
The Doctor
Series: Magic & Steam. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 66,630. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
1882—Gillian Hamilton, magic caster and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam, has been stripped of his badge, title, and freedom. To make a tragedy worse, Gunner the Deadly has returned to his life out in the Wild West. But rumors of a doctor, known only as Sawbones, have persisted into the new year, and if Gillian is to confront this new madman, he'll need Gunner at his side.
The Mystery of the Spirits
Series: Snow & Winter. Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 59,110. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
Antique dealer and retired amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow is recruited to consult for the NYPD when a Victorian spiritoscope from the Spiritualism movement is discovered. The gizmo is connected to a series of murderous events in the city and Sebastian's newfound position puts him at odds with his husband Calvin Winter.
Madison Square Murders
Series: Memento Mori. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 73,320. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An uprooted tree in Madison Square Park unearths a human skeleton and Cold Case detective Everett Larkin is sent to investigate. When a Victorian-style death mask is also found with the remains, he asks for help from Forensic Artist Ira Doyle, and the two are quickly swept up in a series of old missing persons cases and a murderer obsessed with casting his victims' likeness in death.
A Friend in the Fire
Series: An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,550. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Army veteran, Sam Auden, and confidential informant, Rufus O'Callaghan, find themselves together again in New York City—this time digging into Rufus's turbulent past as they seek to uncover a killer behind a series of contemporary murders that have a mysterious connection to Rufus's mother. If they don't work quickly, they'll undoubtedly become the next targets.
Interlude
Series: Snow & Winter Collection. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 35,740. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
A collection of short stories spanning the complete timeline of the Snow & Winter series. Please note: While many of these titles were previously made available for free to readers, they have all since been rewritten, expanded, and edited for this collection. Several shorts are brand-new and exclusive, including Someone’s in the Wall, St. Louis What Now?, and Trope: Only One Bed.
The Gangster
Series: Magic & Steam. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 62,960. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
1881—Gillian Hamilton, magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam, is back in New York City. An arrest on New Year's Eve leads to information on a new gangster who has perfected elemental ammunition. After a mechanical man breaks into his residence, Gillian and Gunner must investigate the city's underground before the illegal magic becomes a threat that cannot be contained.
Joy
Series: A Lancaster Story. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 21,820. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Gideon Joy's tragic bad luck strikes again as he hits a moose while on a cross-country trip. He also strikes the car of local construction worker in small town, Lancaster, New Hampshire—Silas Bright. Their dislike quickly turns to mutual attraction, but Gideon fears Silas won't have the patience to weather endless disastrous dates before realizing Gideon isn't worth his time or energy.
A Friend in the Dark
Series: An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,040. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Rufus O'Callaghan, a confidential informant in New York City, meets Sam Auden, an Army veteran, while both are hunting for answers regarding the mysterious death of a mutual friend—a detective with the NYPD. They find themselves entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups, and danger, and time is working against them to uncover the truth.
The Engineer
Series: Magic & Steam. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 22,940. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic & Steam. He has a run-in with infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly, while in Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer. Gillian's temporary partnership with Gunner leads him to becoming rather fond of his partner, but he fears there's no chance for love between them.
Lights. Camera. Murder.
Series: The Silver Screen. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 28,920. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
PI Rory Byrne is undercover on the set of a gay historical drama, filmed in New York City, to recover a stolen script. He meets Marion Roosevelt, the lead actor, and is smitten by his charming personality. But everyone on the set is a suspect, including Marion. The problem is, Rory is going to have to trust his identity to Marion if he's to find the script before someone is murdered.
11:59
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 15,770. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Asuka Kawashima is a man on a journey. Nightmares plague the streets of New York City, and after making a deal with the Devil, Asuka is the only man immune to the monsters and who can also protect the vulnerable citizens. But without his abstract sense of dreaming, life is hopeless. Meeting Merrick Grace changes Asuka's life, but he must do the Devil a favor if he's to have a chance at happiness.
That Turtle Story
Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 11,780. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nor O'Brien rehabilitates sea turtles in Key West. Recent heartbreak has left him averse to romance, but when tourist Eugene Montgomery enters his life, asking for help caring for a clutch of turtle eggs in distress, Nor's entire world is turned upside-down. And when feelings become serious, it'll take a Christmas miracle to keep the two together forever in paradise.
New Game, Start
Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 11,770. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Reclusive scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush on famous YouTube gamer, Walter Chase. Edgar foolishly reaches out on Twitter, when it's announced that Walter will be visiting New York City for a convention, and a romance immediately blossoms between the two. But Edgar must find a way to tell Walter how he feels before losing his only opportunity.
Love in 24 Frames
Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
New York City CPA, Declan, takes up stop-motion animation as a way to unwind from his tedious day job. The trouble with this—he's fallen in love with the art studio receptionist, Shota. He'll need to find a way to express his feelings for the other man before the magic of the holidays comes to an end, or chance losing Shota forever.
Kneading You
Series: A Lancaster Story. Price: Free! Words: 11,890. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Christopher Hughes, a newly hired librarian in Lancaster, New Hampshire, is tasked with trying to save the local library from closing due to lack of funding. Along the way he meets Miles Sakasai, a repairman and baker, whose skills in the kitchen may be exactly what they need for the occasion.
Color of You
Series: A Lancaster Story. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 61,080. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bowen Merlin moves to a small town in northern New Hampshire after accepting a job as high school band director. Amidst class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert, he meets Felix Hansen. A serious romance blossoms, but it might be over before starting when someone in Lancaster goes to great lengths to sabotage their lives.
Southernmost Murder
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 65,280. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Historian Aubrey Grant and his boyfriend, FBI agent Jun Tanaka, have their Key West vacation plans interrupted when a skeleton is found in the closet of a historical home. The mystery leads them down a rabbit hole a century in the past with infamous pirates, long-lost treasure, and a series of modern-day murders.
The Mystery of the Bones
Series: Snow & Winter. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until March 9!) Words: 64,450. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
It's been a full year since antique shop owner Sebastian Snow and homicide detective Calvin Winter met. A final mystery disrupts the holidays when Sebastian receives clues related to the Bone Wars and Calvin's life is put into danger.
The Mystery of the Moving Image
Series: Snow & Winter. Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Recovering amateur sleuth, Sebastian Snow, and NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, are moving in together. But plans are dashed when an antique movie viewer unveils a murder over a century in the past that only Sebastian is capable of solving.
The Mystery of the Curiosities
Series: Snow & Winter. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 61,900. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
Antique shop owner and amateur sleuth, Sebastian Snow, is dating NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, and life is great. But when he begins receiving curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum, Sebastian uncovers a series of grisly murders that threaten his very life.
The Mystery of Nevermore
Series: Snow & Winter. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 66,450. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
It's Christmas in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow discovers a heart under the floorboards of his business. He's soon caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre writings of Edgar Allan Poe, led by homicide detective Calvin Winter.

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