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A Killer's Essence available in trade paperback now!


"a memorable winner" Boston Globe


"chilling page-turner"

New York Journal of Books

Archie Solves The Case wins Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award!

Dave Zeltserman is the author of thirteen novels, including his recently released 'Monster: A novel of Frankenstein'.  His short mystery fiction has won the Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen's Readers Choice awards. His crime thrillers, Small Crimes and Pariah, both made the Washington Post's best books of the year list in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and Small Crimes was selected by NPR as one of the 5 best crime and mystery novels of 2008.

His horror novel, The Caretaker of Lorne Field, was shortlisted by the American Library Association for best horror novel of 2010 and was also a Black Quill nominee for best dark genre book of the year.   His novel, Outsourced, has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film, and is currently in development.

Coming Oct. 16th The Boy Who Killed Demons

“My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons.” 

So begins the latest novel by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, Massachussetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon. 

Once Henry catches onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman—instead Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they steal any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone about your chosen mission. 

"readers will fully believe in both the madness and the greatness of his tragic young hero"
Publishers Weekly

*Starred Review*



Latest news: My new explosive crime thriller, THE INTERLOPER, is now available as a paperback and kindle ebook.