About


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, Crimespree, 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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Clearing Things Up

We're in the process of moving. It's going to take us a while, but as a part of all that I've spent the last few weekends trying...