This year, the Writers’ Police Academy (WPA) spread its wings a bit with the introduction of our first publication, an anthology titled AFTER MIDNIGHT: TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT.
The curtain rises on this collection of twisted tales, revealing the words of bestselling thriller author Lee Child. Child sets the stage for a series of mysterious and strange goings-on that occur between the hours of midnight and dawn … the graveyard shift.
Contributing authors in this first anthology produced by the Writers’ Police Academy, include bestselling mystery and crime authors, top television writers, true crime experts, and more.
In addition to the stellar lineup of top authors, the WPA announced an exciting contest, a chance for two talented writers to have their stories included in this “killer” book.
Once the contest closed the task of judging the entries began. To give you an idea of the process and superb quality of stories received, here’s a statement from the publisher, Level Best Books.
“A large number of very good stories were submitted for the two available spots. We certainly could have filled another whole anthology considering the quality of stories we received. All of the submissions were read blindly by a panel of three judges, who were anonymous to each other during the process.”
While all stories were exceedingly good, the judges selected two to include in the AFTER MIDNIGHT anthology.
And the winners are …
A Confluence in Stow
After Midnight Anthology Details
- Title: AFTER MIDNIGHT: TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
- Publisher – Level Best Books
- ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-947915-11-4
- Publication Date: August 1, 2019
- Edited by Phoef Sutton
- Foreword by #1 Internationally best selling author Lee Child
About the Editor
Phoef Sutton is a New York Times Bestselling author and winner of two Emmy Awards for his work on the classic television comedy CHEERS. Phoef also won a Peabody Award for the popular legal drama BOSTON LEGAL starring James Spader, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen. Lately, he’s been writing television movies for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.
The Authors and Their Twisted Tales
Lucky Cop by RJ Beam (bloodstain pattern expert, WPA and police academy instructor, author)
The Brass Ring by Michael A. Black (author, retired law enforcement expert)
Sunshine Berkman by Joseph S Bonsall (singer with the Oak Ridge Boys – the voice on the hit song Elvira, and more – author, banjo picker, and longtime support of the WPA)
Ride Along by Allison Brennan (Bestselling author)
Neighborhood Watch by Ry Brooks (AFTER MIDNIGHT contest winner)
The Bookends Murder by Robin Burcell (retired law enforcement and bestselling author)
Gentrified Homicide by Marco Conelli (retired undercover detective, author, WPA instructor)
Prime Rib from Brahma by Les Edgerton (Bestselling author and writing teacher/coach)
The Devil in the Flesh by Heather Graham (international bestselling author and 2019 MurderCon Guest of Honor)
Justifiable Homicide by Lisa Klink (television writer – Star Trek Deep Space Nine)
Rookies by Howard Lewis (WPA staff, martial arts expert, author)
LeishMANIA by Denene Lofland (Bioterrorism and microbiology expert, author, founder and host of the WPA)
The Sheriff of Macabre County by Lee Lofland (retired law enforcement, author of Police Procedure and Investigation, founder and host of the WPA)
Code Murder by Linda Lovely (Author, editor, WPA staff)
Baddest Outlaws by Rick McMahan (retired ATF Special Agent, law enforcement instructor, WPA instructor)
A Confluence in Stow by Emilya Naymark (AFTER MIDNIGHT contest winner)
Shared Secrets by Carrie Stuart Parks (forensic artist, former WPA special guest presenter, author)
The Case of the Staring Man by Katherine Ramsland (author of over 1,000 books, professor of forensic psychology, TV consultant and on-air personality, longtime WPA presenter and expert)
Panther Bait by Mike Roche (Secret Serve Special Agent, author)
Disco Fries and Homicide by Shawn Reilly Simmons (publisher/editor Level Best Books, author)
3:45 in the Peacock Room of the Channel Grill on 6th Street
by Phoef Sutton (bestselling author, renowned and award-winning television writer, editor of AFTER MIDNIGHT anthology)
Hostage (A Love Story) by Cheryl Yeko (author, WPA staff)
With a Foreword by Lee Child (author of the internationally bestselling Jack Reacher series, longtime WPA supporter)
Book Launch Party and You’re Invited!
Please join Level Best Books and the Writers’ Police Academy to help celebrate the launch of this thrilling new book, AFTER MIDNIGHT.
The launch party takes place at the Friday night reception at MurderCon, and books will be available for purchase at the event and soon by preorder. This will be the first of the Writers’ Police Academy’s new series of books. Stay tuned for more!
BIG NEWS on the WAY!
Also, here’s an important BOLO. Be On the Lookout for an exciting announcement coming from the Writers’ Police Academy and Level Best Books. There’s something very extremely cool brewing behind the scenes!