Welcome to Stuck in the Middle Press, my self-publishing imprint. These e-books are mostly single short stories, featuring a mix of reprints and original titles in a variety of genres. There are some longer works in the pipeline, which will also be available in print versions.

The name is inspired by my initials—SMP—and the idea that most writers are always in the middle of a bell curve between having some pro sales on one end and being rich and famous like Stephen King on the other end!

Although it’s called self-publishing, I haven’t done it all by myself. So here’s a big shout-out to all the editors and beta readers whose feedback has helped polish these stories, previously published and unpublished alike. To name a few: Jeff Ayers, Kirsten Beyer, Jeff Ford, Ellen Hart, William Kent Krueger, Kevin Lauderdale, William Leisner, Nick Minecci, Amy Sisson, Dayton Ward, and everyone else whom I’ve forgotten over the years. And thanks to Tony Dierckins for designing the logo.


Clothes Make the Man
and Other Crimes



Short Short Stories


“The Squid That Came to
Phil’s Basement”



Short Story


Happiness Through Philosophy...


Short Short Stories

Coming someday.

“Finders Keepers”



Short Story



“The Mailbox”



Short Story


“The Satellite Dish”



Short Story


“Out of the Jacuzzi, Into the Sauna”


Short Story


“Of Murder and Minidonuts”


Short Story



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