Crime & Horror Writer Dave Zeltserman

Welcome to my digital home.

I’m the author of fifteen crime, horror, and thriller novels, and dozens of short stories. My dark crime noir novels have been named by NPR and the Washington Post as best books of the year, and my horror novels have been picked by American Library Association, Booklist, and WBUR as best of the year. My lighthearted and amusing Julius Katz mysteries which I write for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine have won a Shamus, Derringer, and two Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers awards. A film based on my novel Small Crimes will be in theaters next year, and other books of mine are currently being developed for film..

While I write different styles of crime and horror books, one thing they have in common is they’re fast-paced with lots of twists and surprises, and they all race to powerful endings that hit you in the face like a sledgehammer.

If my books leave you a bit bruised and battered by the end, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Featured Books


Julius Katz Collection Cover


Caretaker of Lorne Field

Four very different novels. A riveting crime noir thriller with a stunning ending, a collection of my charming and amusing award-winning Julius Katz mysteries, a hardboiled crime thriller with more twists and turns than your favorite roller coaster, and a very unusual horror novel that will keep you guessing until the final page. The one thing these books have in common is once you start reading you’ll be obsessed to find out how it ends and  blaming me for keeping you up late!

Introducing Julius Katz

The Shamus and Derringer award-winning  story JULIUS KATZ introduced readers to Boston’s most brilliant, eccentric, and possibly laziest detective, as well as his sidekick, Archie, a tiny marvel of computer technology with the heart and soul of a hard-boiled PI. When Julius is hired to investigate a messy family affair, he soon finds himself involved in an even messier murder.

In the EQMM Readers award-winner ARCHIE’S BEEN FRAMED, Archie discovers how dangerous online dating can be when his girlfriend is found dead, and he’s been framed for her murder.

In ONE ANGRY JULIUS AND ELEVEN BEFUDDLED JURORS, an ill-tempered Julius finds himself about to be sequestered on a jury, which would cause him to miss a once-in-a-lifetime dinner. Which no other choice, Julius takes matters into his own hands.

In the EQMM Readers award-winner ARCHIE SOLVES THE CASE, Julius must prove a chef is innocent of the murder of a rival. Does Archie beat Julius to the punch in solving this case?