Alex Mattingly, aka Craig Francis Coates, has written stories appearing in more than a dozen journals, including [PANK], Joyland, 3:AM, Annalemma, North American Review, Crimespree, All Due Respect, Shotgun Honey, Midwestern Gothic, Punchnel's, Golden Walkman, Tough, and others. His work has been nominated for the Spinetingler Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Derringer Award.

Selected stories below are linked for your convenience. Get in touch by emailing bleakfrancisblog@gmail.com.

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Lately I've been in the bad habit of not quite finishing books. I get antsy toward the last twenty pages or so, distracted like a fickle...