SHORT STACK David Fulmer has been a writer, editor, and sometimes producer for over twenty-five years. His first published novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail, won a Shamus Award in 2002 and an AudioFile Golden Earphones Award in 2008. It was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Falcon Award and a Barry Award, and was selected for Borders "Best of 2003 List" among other plaudits. Jass, the second Storyville mystery, was published in January of 2005. It was selected for the Best of 2005 lists by Library Journal and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction. Rampart Street was published in January of 2006. A BBC America audiobook of the novel was released in February of 2006. It was selected as for New York Magazine's list of "The Best Novels You've Never Read" and the audiobook version won the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Adult Fiction. All three Storyville books are being published in French by Payot and Rivages, beginning with "Courir apres le Diable" which was released in November 2008. The Dying Crapshooter's Blues was published in January of 2007. The Blue Door, published in January, 2008, was nominated for the 2009 Shamus Award for Best Novel and has been published in Turkish as Mavi Kapi. Lost River was released in January 2009. His seventh novel, The Fall, was released in March 2010 by Five Stones Press and as in audio by Blackstone Audiobooks in 2011. His novella The Night Before was released for Kindle and other e-books in October 2011, also by Five Stones Press, and in audio in 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks. Among his production credits is the documentary "Blind Willie's Blues." In giving the documentary a four-star "Editor's Choice" rating, Video Librarian called it "nothing less than the economic, social, and historical evolution of America's indigenous music." It earned a nomination for W.C. Handy Award in 1998. Included in his long list of newspaper and magazine credits are features on blues and jazz for The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Southline, Blues Access, the All Music Guide, Il Giornale, and National Public Radio. A native of the small town of Northumberland in the Susquehanna Valley in eastern Pennsylvania, he lives in Atlanta with his daughter Italia and his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.
FACTS OF LIFE Born in Northumberland, PA; son of Thurston (a teacher) and Flora (a homemaker; maiden name, Prizzi). One sister, Karen Mertz. Married Suzanne Mercier, October 15, 1974. Divorced, February 4, 1979. Children: Italia Patricia, born July 2, 1996. School: Shikellamy High School, Sunbury, PA; U.S. Army Photography School, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Georgia State University, B.A., 1979 Military: Photographer, U.S. Army , Heidelberg, Germany.
CAREER MOVES The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA, reporter; The Union County Journal, Lewisburg, PA, reporter and photographer; US Army Intelligence Center, Heidelberg, Germany, photographer; Dempster, Inc., Northumberland, PA, welder; Rose's Cantina, Atlanta, GA, bartender, 1977-79; Road Atlanta, Ltd., Atlanta, media director, 1988-99. Freelance writer and producer, 1999-Present.
AWARDS, ETC Chasing the Devil's Tail Winner,AudioFile Golden Earphones Award, 2008
Nominee, 2004 Falcon Award Borders Books "Best of 2003 List" Nominee, 2001 LA Times Book Prize Winner, 2002 Shamus Award Nominee, 2001 Barry Awards "Best New Series," Booklist "Best of 2001 List," January Magazine "Hottest Beach Read" (Summer 2003) Books Read Lately
2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction Library Journal "Best of 2005 List" The St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best of 2005 List" Deadly Pleasures Magazine"Best of 2005 List"
2007 Ben Franklin Award for Adult Fiction Audiobook A New York Magazine "Best Novel You've Never Read"
The Dying Crapshooter's Blues "Ice Pick of the Month" - BookList, January 2007
The Blue Door "2008 Best of the Shelf" - Atlanta Magazine
BOOKS & STORIES
Chasing the Devil's Tail (Hardcover), Poisoned Pen Press, November 2001. Chasing the Devil's Tail (Trade paperback), Harcourt Books, June 2003 [Published in Japan and Italy. French publication, September 2008 ] [Also Blackstone Audiobook, May 2007] Jass, (Hardcover), Harcourt Books, January 2005 (Trade paperback) January 2006 [ French publication May 2010] Rampart Street (Hardcover), Harcourt Books, January 2006 (Trade paperback) January 2007 [ Also BBC America Audiobook, January, 2006 ] [French publication 2011] The Dying Crapshooter's Blues, Harcourt Books, January 2007 (Trade paperback) January 2008 [Also Recorded Books Audiobook] The Blue Door, Harcourt Books, January 2008(Trade paperback) January 2009 Lost River, Harcourt Books, January 2009 (Trade paperback) January 2010 The Fall, Five Stones Press, March 2010 The Night Before, Five Stones Press, October 2011 black cat bone, short story, appeared in Blues Access, Spring, 1997 Back o' Town Blues, short story, appeared in "Flesh and Blood," 2003 Algiers, short story, appeared in "New Orleans Noir," Akashic Books, April 2007
MAGS & NEWSPAPERS Contributor to periodicals, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Backstage, Blues Access, City Life, Paste Magazine, The Atlanta Tribune, Southline, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, Advertising Age, Business Atlanta, and Il Giornale.
What'd I Say? As told to Contemporary Authors "I write because it's the only thing I do with any skill; and it's my path through the wilderness to the river. I count among my influences all those writers for whom I felt a particular affinity from the beginning: Poe, Malamud, Steinbeck, Burroughs, Garcia Lorca, Oë, a dozen others. My family, my first source of stories. Also, those men and women who have crossed my path and left me with gifts that I could use: working people,mostly, with words and lines, and jokes and stories as good or better than I heard in any of my college classrooms. Finally, the poets of the last part of the century who attached their lyrics to music for my eager ears. "I write every day, no matter what. Mornings are best, especially before dawn. I'm slow, and do tons of rewriting and editing. My characters are assembled from parts that hang around on different corners of memory until they arrive on my doorstep. It's my job to do justice to them by finding a time and place that allows them to tell their stories. It all builds from there, in layers. In the end, I hope the work has a depth that allows the reader to see a reflection."