Small-Press Lineup: Down & Out Books

Mystery Month 2017Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!

down and out books and eric campbell

Legal Name and Alias:

Eric Campbell, Founder and CEO/Publisher


Rick Ollerman, Editor, Down & Out: The Magazine

Ron Earl Phillips, Publisher and Managing Editor, Shotgun Honey

Jeremy Stabile, Publisher and Managing Editor, ABC Group Documentation

Lance Wright, Editor and Publishing Manager

Criminal Record:

I began my publishing career as an investor and the chief financial officer of Tyrus Books, which was sold to F+W Media. I was determined to stay in the business, and rather than joining another company, I started Down & Out Books in 2011 with the objective of finding, publishing and promoting “lost” authors in the crime fiction genre. Our initial publications included the digital editions of Crimespree Magazine, which we still publish, and the e-books of several well-known authors. It wasn’t long before we began releasing original crime novels, short story collections and anthologies.

shotgun honeyMore recently two imprints, ABC Group Documentation and Shotgun Honey, joined the family, thereby expanding the company’s scope of the business into both literary and short fiction. Our latest venture, Down & Out: The Magazine, premiers later this year.

My greatest satisfaction as a publisher is seeing our authors recognized by their peers with nominations for industry honors, resulting in wins for the Anthony, Shamus, and Thriller Awards, among others. It’s always rewarding and humbling to have been a part of their journey.

Down & Out Books and its imprints’ titles are available from all primary book distributors, and readers can purchase them from major booksellers or from our online bookstore. This year, we are adding over 50 books to our list, and I couldn’t be more excited about our killer line-up.

Previous Offenses:

bad boy boogieBad Boy Boogie, by Thomas Pluck (March 2017)

Coney Island Avenue, by J.L. Abramo (March 2017)

The Last Collar, by Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro (January 2017)

Leon’s Legacy, by Lono Waiwaiole (February 2017)

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett, by Gerald O’Connor (February 2017)

Swann’s Way Out, by Charles Salzberg (February 2017)


Currently Plotting:

Back to Brooklyn, by Lawrence Kelter (May 2017)

A Negro and an Ofay, by Danny Gardner (May 2017)

American Static, by Tom Pitts (June 2017)



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About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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