41 writers. One cause. We've rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT's important work: lobbying for legislation that protects children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Powerful stories from George Pelecanos, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, Ken Bruen, Chet Williamson, James Reasoner, Charlie Stella, Michael A. Black, Wayne Dundee, Roxane Gay, Ray Banks, Tony Black, Les Edgerton and 16 more, with 100% of proceeds going to PROTECT.

Monday, October 17, 2011


The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology will be available for purchase on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble beginning November 1st 2011.

The challenge began on Flash Fiction Friday, when author Fiona Johnson was guest writer for the fiction prompt, and asked us to write about the lost children. She asked photographer Danielle Tunstall for
permission to use the arresting photo shown in the right sidebar, and said:

Some children are lost before they have even started living. Some children are a throw-away commodity like a burger box that’s left to blow down the street in the wind and rain.
I offered to donate $5 for each story submitted to PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children, and Fiona would donate $5 to Children 1st, a children's charity in Scotland. Together we raised $300 for each of the charities thanks to the generous and creative writing communities of Flash Fiction Friday, Fictionaut, and the crime fiction community on Twitter.

It was such a success that we thought we could go further. Ron Earl Phillips, Fiona and I chose 30 of the best stories to put in a charity anthology, all proceeds of which will go to PROTECT and Children 1st. We will post the quarterly sales and donations here on the blog. Amazon and the vendors do take a cut, so if you'd like to donate more, the links to the charities are in the right hand sidebar.

The contributors to the anthology include:

David Ackley

Kevin Aldrich
David Barber
Lynn Beighley
Seamus Bellamy
Paul D Brazill
Sif Dal
James Lloyd Davis
Roberto C. Garcia
Susan Gibb
Nancy A. Hansen
K.V. Hardy
Gill Hoffs
Fiona Johnson
Joyce F. Juzwik
Maryanne Kolton
Benoit Lelievre
Veronica Marie
Vinod Narayan
Paula Pahnke
Ron Earl Phillips
Thomas Pluck
Sam Rasnake
JP Reese
Chad Rohrbacher
Susan Tepper
Luca Veste
Michael Webb
Nicolette Wong
Erin Zulkoski

Links to purchase this anthology will appear here as publication date approaches.



  1. Excellent. A great line-up for 2 very worthy causes. Well done to everyone involved, especially Fiona. Thomas and Ron.

  2. First... what an amazing job you have done here... this is obviously a labor of love and something dear to your hearts, as it is to all of us.

    A small thing... in the contributor list, you have me as Veronica Marie. Would it be possible to list my full name?

    Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

    This will be the name I go by for all of my published works.

    Thank you.