The Wages of Crime


My latest collection takes a detour around the horror genre, but if horror is more of a mode than a category—as I suspect to be the case—you'll find plenty of it here.

This is your ticket to the unsavory side of life. Be thankful it's a round trip.

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The Portable Nine


The global thriller you've been waiting for, even if you didn't realize it.

My debut novel is a departure in some ways, but not in others. It isn't a horror novel, but it's no skip through the park, either.

"A creatively conceived, over-the-top thriller with plenty of room for more delicious treachery."—Kirkus Reviews

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Jagged Edges & Moving Parts


I'm pleased to announce that my new collection of terrifying tales is available in eBook and paperback editions.

This is my second collection, but the only one currently in print. Get a taste ... if you dare.

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It takes time and patience to amass enough worthwhile poetry to publish, even in a slender volume. The result in this case really is a collection of the best poetry I've written to date. I don't consider it a collection of horror poetry through and through, but the genre is represented here.


—Available from Amazon!


If you enjoy a good piece of flash fiction as much as I do, you won't want to miss this Kindle-only anthology from Bram Stoker Award-winning publisher Crystal Lake Publishing. In my story, "The Chance of a Lifetime," a Victorian actor’s career comes to a sudden end due to a flare-up of gout during an opening-night performance at the Delphi Theatre. He is left with only one chance to exact revenge on the inflexible house manager. Will he take it?


—Available as an eBook from Amazon!

Other Recent Publications:

If you've read volume one of this illustrious anthology series from Death's Head Press, or if you simply have a craving for a passel of great revenge stories, this book is for you. Don't miss Pete Mesling's tale, "InPerson"—but beware: it leaves scars.


—Available from Amazon!


Don't miss Pete's contribution: "InPerson"

Pete has three poems in issue 25 of The Literary Hatchet, each one delivering a variation on the theme of judgment's futility.

—Available from Amazon!


Don't miss Pete's contributions:
"Hollow the Eye," "Sleep Comes Not Easy," and "The Possibilities"

Pete's poem in the sixth volume of the acclaimed Poetry Showcase series from the Horror Writers Association offers a brief glimpse of how the world might end, not with a whimper but a bang.


—Available from Amazon!


Don't miss Pete's contribution:
"A Return to Chaos"

Pete's poem in issue 22 of The Literary Hatchet—"Black Skull"—is his answer to the question, What if a cowboy poet were to turn his hand to the horror genre? Read the entire issue for free as a PDF or order up a print copy.


—Available directly from Amazon!


Don't miss Pete's contribution: "Black Skull"

Originally written as an overnight exercise at Tom Monteleone's Borderlands Press Writers Bootcamp, my story "The Night of the Wolf" sees print for the second time in this werewolf anthology from Deadman's Tome.

An earlier version of the story appeared in
Seasons of the Abyss, from Blood Bound Books. This version can be considered definitive and will appear in a future collection.


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Don't miss Pete's contribution: "The Night of the Wolf"


"[The Portable Nine is] a compelling tale of vigilante hit men that’ll keep readers on the edge of their seats."—Roy Lee, producer of IT, IT Chapter Two, Doctor Sleep, and The Stand

A dark blend of Ocean’s Eleven and Mission Impossible, Mesling’s The Portable Nine pits a team of mismatched miscreants against a nefarious villain in an age-old tale of intrigue, betrayal, and revenge. With whip-sharp characterisation and a network of plotlines, Mesling proves his mettle in this cinematic thrill ride."—Lee Murray, three-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of Into the Mist

Pete Mesling has gifted us with an intriguing cast of characters and a complex, fast-moving plot in The Portable Nine. This one gets off to a fast start, and never stops to catch its breath. (Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp lightning strikes again!)"—Tom Monteleone, five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award

Pete Mesling leads the reader through many a harrowing tale in this collection of short fiction [Jagged Edges & Moving Parts]. The wide variety of stories, long and short, grabs the reader and holds on. Be prepared—the going will get tough. You are not getting through this book unchanged."—Alan M. Clark, author of The Prostitute’s Price and Mudlarks and the Silent Highwayman


"The writing [in Jagged Edges & Moving Parts] was as beautiful as the stories were uncomfortable. Pretty pictures of ugly things."—Well Read Beard (a.k.a., Kevin Whitten), reviewer and BookTuber

Each short story [in Jagged Edges & Moving Parts] is a new and exciting world … A brief glimpse into a horrific painting before being ripped away at the conclusion … Pete Mesling can write. Wow."—Steve Stred, author of Invisible and Wagon Buddy

Reminiscent of the best and darkest work of David Morrell and Dan Simmons, the new collection by Pete Mesling, None So Deaf, crackles with malignant life and death. You can smell and taste these stories, which are written with a surgeon's eye for detail and a mortician's sense of drama. Highly recommended!"
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times best-selling author of The Walking Dead: Invastion and Self Storage

We've got the genealogical report in on Pete Mesling. There's some Fredric Brown. Some Kafka. And even some Brautigan. But mostly there's Mesling. And that's 100% unique and original. As is None So Deaf, this memorable collection."

Mort Castle, author of Moon on the Water and New Moon on the Water

"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf gave me a serious dose of the creeps. Herein lies an assemblage of horrors that, when it isn't reminding you of Bradbury at his grimmest, will have you double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights. Wonderful stuff indeed."

Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, KIN, and Sour Candy

"['The Worst is Yet to Come' is] claustrophobic and terrifying; you'll be holding your breath."
—Rue Morgue


"[None So Deaf contains] flashes of darkness ... moments of the macabre captured like the snapshots of a scream … or an impaling. Short, fast, and deadly moments of discovery!"
John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and Sacrificing Virgins

With [None So Deaf,] his debut collection of mad scientists and classic monsters, childhood wonders twisted into nightmares, and Twilight Zone-style morality plays, Pete Mesling reminds us what's fun about horror—and adds serious chills along the way."
Norman Prentiss, Bram Stoker Award-winner, author of Invisible Fences

Lean and masterful prose. Buy [None So Deaf]."
Wayne Allen Sallee, author of The Holy Terror and Proactive Contrition


"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf explores the darkest regions of the human soul in readable tales that take no prisoners."

Nancy Kilpatrick, Nevermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre


"A terrific new author. His work is fresh and different."

John R. Little, author of Miranda, The Memory Tree, and Soul Mates


"Pete Mesling's fiction is definitely the kind of old school horror I grew up with. Short, sharp shocks that touch on the fears we all have—stuff like claustrophobia, the anger of strangers, carnivals, spooky houses. Definitely give them a whirl!"

Paul Kane, Bestselling and award-winning author of Pain Cages, The Hellraiser Films & Their Legacy, and Lunar


"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf takes the reader on a whistle stop tour of American gothic, traditional and modern, with unsettling carnivals, kids breaking into decrepit houses on a dare and corrupt preachers in the Wild West. Nasty new stings in the tail alternate with tilted perspectives on horror tropes for this box of entertainingly poisoned chocolates."
Narrelle M Harris, The Opposite of Life

Pete Mesling is a brawler of a writer. Whether his touch is light as a feather, like Bradbury, or a hard left hook, like Lansdale, he has you exactly where he wants you."

John Bruni, author of Tales of Questionable Taste


"None So Deaf spans the horror spectrum from fearsome to fun in the spirit of Skeleton Crew and Strange Highways, making it a great read for any fan of the genre!"

Matt Hults, author of Husk

"Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Mesling pulls the rug out and down the trapdoor you fall, spiraling into expertly crafted nightmares. I’m already looking forward to Pete’s next offering!"

Robert Essig, author of In Black and People of the Ethereal Realm



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