Monday, March 20, 2017

In Which the Prodigal Novel Returns

So many things have changed in the couple of years(!) since I last posted anything on this blog. The big one is that Bitter Water Blues is finally out in paperback, thanks to new new publisher 280 Steps. Editor/publisher Kjetil Hestvedt did a nice job tightening up the book from its original version (as an e-book from Snubnose Press, and now out-of-print). Bitter Water Blues is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and (e-book only) iTunes.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

New Interview

Crime and horror writer Dale T. Phillips was kind enough to ask me a few questions about Bitter Water Blues and my writing process. You can check out the interview on Dale's blog.

Halloween Reading 10/26/15

Halloween Reading featuring Patrick Shawn Bagley, Kate Cone, April Hawks, and Katherine Silva: Monday, 10/26/2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Silver Street Tavern, Waterville ME. Drinks! Stories! Drinks!

Join us in our fourth year of murder, mayhem, and magic as a collection of Maine writers read from their most diabolical stories. Four of us will be at Silver Street Tavern and Restaurant this year, each writer reading for 10-15 minutes from one of their own works. Readings range from mystery to horror to thrillers. We can't wait to see you there!

Meet our readers!

Patrick Shawn Bagley is the author of the crime novel Bitter Water Blues. His stories of rural mayhem have appeared in Crimespree, The Iconoclast, Thrilling Detective and Spinetingler Magazine, as well as the Bleak House Books anthology Uncage Me. He was one of the founding editors of The Lineup: Poems on Crime. Patrick lives in a one-stoplight town, where he is writing a novel that combines the horror and crime genres. He holds BFA and MFA degrees in Creative Writing, has been a factory laborer, a bookseller, a pizza delivery guy, a reporter, and a teacher. Currently, he works at a non-profit community supports program for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Kate Cone is an author and freelance writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Writing Program. She is the author of What’s Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Microbreweries published by Downeast Publications in 1997. Her novel in progress, No One to Bury, is the second in her Griffin Kane series. Kate has appeared on WERU’s Writer’s Forum and is co-founder of LIT: Readings & Libations. She lives in Waterville with her husband Patrick, her golden retriever Henry David Thoreau and cat Pearl Prynne. She misses her three grown kids a lot, but does not miss getting up at the crack of dawn to put them on the school bus.

April Hawks grew up in Maine and has been an avid reader and writer since she learned to do either. She resides in a small, Maine town with her husband and four sons. April cofounded the writing group, The Tuesday Mayhem Society. She has several short stories appearing in Dark Corners Magazine, Bugs anthology from Great Old Ones Publishing, and a personal essay published with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. She is currently working on her first novel, which will hopefully be out late in 2015 or early 2016 through Double Life Press.

Katherine Silva is the Midcoast Maine author of the Monstrum Chronicles series, is a connoisseur of coffee, and victim of crazy cat shenanigans. Her second book in the series, Aequitas, was nominated for a 2013 Maine Literary award. She published her first comedy in November 2013. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and the New England Horror Writers Association and founder of the Midcoast Maine Halloween Readings series. Currently she resides in Rockland, Maine working on the rest of the books in the Monstrum Chronicles as well as other projects.

Friday, July 17, 2015

BWB Review: Out of the Gutter Online

Out of the Gutter magazine has some kind words to say about Bitter Water Blues.

"Bagley has penned a great book and if [Bitter Water Blues] is any indication, seems destined for big things in the future. A lover of noir would be served well to jump on this train right out of the station and enjoy the ride Bagley is sure to take them on in the upcoming years. This is a strong offering right out of the station."

You can read their full review here.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


As some of you already know, Snubnose Press was having difficulty in getting out the trade paperback edition of Bitter Water Blues. I'm not knocking Snubnose Press; Brian Lindenmuth did a fantastic job on the e-book.

Last month, I signed a contract with Double Life Press. They will release the paperback version sometime in September. I'm excited to be working with Craig and Emily McNeely, as they have tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the book. I don't yet know the exact release date, or what the cover price will be, but I'll post that information as soon as possible. As far as I know right now, the print edition will keep the cool cover by Eric Beetner. I love that cover!

The e-book edition of Bitter Water Blues is and will continue to be published by Snubnose Press, and is available on It spent an amazing 15 WEEKS on Amazon's Kindle Top 100 Noir list (peaking at #13). It's been back in the Top 100 for a week now, after having slid off the list for a few days in late June/early July.

Noir at the Bar Boston II Photos: 4/26/2015

Here are a few shots from a great event. I made some new friends and heard a lot of excellent crime fiction. We rocked the Pour House. 

Tonia and I hope to get back to Boston soon.