Dennis Herrick

Biography

Dennis Herrick is the author of several short stories, most of them involving the American Southwest and often featuring different tribes of Pueblo Indians.

He won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest for his short story "Hunting Season," and he won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for his short story "Missing." He is the author of several published short stories and five books.

A native of Michigan, he and his wife now live on the west bank of the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Herrick is a former daily newspaper reporter and weekly newspaper publisher and owner. He is an emeritus member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico.

You can visit his author's website at dennisherrick.com.

Author's photograph is by Susan Boe. She also took photos and wrote the breast cancer survivors book, "Brave and Beautiful."

Where to find Dennis Herrick online


Where to buy in print


Books

Shadows of a Lost Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,410. Language: American English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Native American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
An archaeologist on a team excavating a 500-year-old pueblo in 1934 New Mexico has visitors from the past who make him rethink his career. This is a ghost story if you want it to be, a love story if you want it to be, and a self-discovery story if you want that — all in the context of the jazz age soon after the end of the Indian Wars.
The Gift
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Inspirational
A homeless shelter falls on hard times with little hope for needed cash. Then the money shows up. Many of these characters also appear in my mystery novel, "A Brother’s Cold Case."
The Final Farewell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
A woman raised by her grandparents keeps her vigil by her grandfather's hospital bed, remembering his love and kindness
Un Turista Desaparecido en México
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: Spanish. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
Un cuento de misterio en San Carlos, México. Esta cuento es un compromiso entre español castellano y mexicano. Esta historia también está disponible en inglés con un título de "A Missing Tourist in México."
Alien Visitors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story presents one scenario on how the first contact between humans and aliens of another planet might turn out.
The Indian Who Defied Coronado
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Native American, Nonfiction » History » North America
NONFICTION ARTICLE — History remembers Coronado, who in 1540 invaded Pueblo country in what is now the United States. Few people have ever heard of Xauían, the Pueblo leader who led resistance against Coronado in America's first named Indian war.
To Steal What Is Sacred
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
An ancient katsina mask sacred to the Puebloan religion is stolen from a museum. An Albuquerque police detective from the Acoma tribe is assigned in this short story mystery to find the person who killed a museum guard in the robbery and took the mask.
Woman Without a Name
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In this short story, a woman agent for the National Security Agency arrives in Los Alamos, N.M., to investigate the death of another agent. His death looks like an accident, but she's convinced he was murdered by foreign spies who are trying to obtain secrets about the B61 nuclear bomb from Los Alamos National Laboratories.
An Unwilling Patient
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this short story, an 85-year-old Cochiti Pueblo man is dying of cancer, but when his daughter tries to put him into a hospital, he disappears. This story, told with a light touch of humor, won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest and was published in the 2010 issue of Story Teller magazine.
A Missing Tourist in Mexico
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
He seems a bit disorganized, but Detective Esteban Verde is ready for the challenge when an American scuba diver is reported missing at the tourist community of San Carlos, Mexico. Verde juggles the Federal Police, his own sergeant, and a distraught widow—if that's what she really is. This short story was inspired by the author's own vacation to San Carlos.
Hunting Season
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
This short story won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest. An Indian from Jémez Pueblo is shot and killed while hunting for rabbits to feed his family. The police think the shooting is just a hunting accident, so it's up to an Albuquerque newspaper reporter to prove what really happened.
Spirit Journey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short story about stolen Indian artifacts. When a newspaper reporter sees Indians from Iowa's Meskwaki tribe digging up graves in a pioneer cemetery, he learns things are not what they seem.
It Only Cost Two Teeth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A quirky newspaper columnist suspects an editor of being a spy. However, he learns the editor is far worse than that. This short story of 41 pages provides a humorous slant on a mystery and thriller.
The Ancestor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes
A short story about conflict between modern laws and traditional Indian customs. A Pueblo policeman is tormented by the discovery of an ancestor's skull in a housing development being built over an ancient pueblo site.
The Woman With a Rain Pot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
This is a short story. It is dedicated to the combat veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Army veteran who sacrificed a leg for his country returns home to reclaim a position with the county sheriff. He is assigned to the cold case of the murder of an archaeology student who had been digging up old pots near New Mexico pueblos.
The Bullet That Saved Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
In this short story, a Vietnam infantry veteran saved an enemy soldier's AK-47 bullet from the war. Whenever he holds it today, it takes him back 40-some years to 1969 when it was a dangerous time to be a young man in America.
Farewell to the Master
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Classics
The famous 1940 short story that inspired the movies "The Day the Earth Stood Still." The humanoid alien Klaatu and the giant robot Gnut suddenly materialize in Washington, D.C., in a time-travel spaceship. The murder of Klaatu ruins Earth’s attempt to peacefully welcome the first interstellar visitors. And one man tries to solve the mystery of why Gnut remains silent, imperious, and unassailable.
Pueblo Mysteries
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,750. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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This is a collection of six short story mysteries involving the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico.

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