The Manual of Detection

Winner of the Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize

“From the classic tropes of the detective procedural, this début novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka.” —The New Yorker



04.11.2014: My story “Dogs in the Snow” is among the winners of the 3 Minute Futures contest, sponsored by To the Best of Our Knowledge. A radio play adaptation produced by EST/LA is featured on this week’s episode: listen online | read the original text | more about the story.

03.14.2014: Three new stories from my series The Watchers appear in the new issue of The Massachusetts Review.

01.24.2013: “A Window or a Small Box” has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, edited by Rich Horton. The story was originally published online at, and it is also appears in Some of the Best from, 2013 Edition.

06.05.2013: My story “A Window or a Small Box” appears online at DRM-free e-reader editions are also available (iPad | Kindle | Nook | Android | Kobo).

05.25.2013: My story “The Thing Under the Drawing Room,” a tale of the barbarian Gotchimus Derby, appears online at Interfictions.

03.15.2013: “So Below,” a new story from my series The Watchers, appears in the first print edition of matchbook.

01.21.2013: An audio adaptation of The Manual of Detection, read by actor Toby Jones, premiers today on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Additional episodes will be posted in the days ahead, and will remain available online for a limited time.

12.28.2012: Seven new stories from my series The Watchers appear in the new issue of Unstuck.

11.30.2012: Seven brief stories from my new series, The Watchers, appear in the current issue of Conjunctions. The stories are also available on the Conjunctions website.

10.31.2012: My story “Inheritance,” originally published in Fairy Tale Review, has been reprinted in The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade.

09.07.2012: The Manual of Detection is reviewed by Ben Mauk in this month’s issue of The Believer. Along the way, Mauk offers some thoughts on the use of dreams in Hollywood films.

08.12.2012: The German edition of The Manual of Detection is now available in paperback.

06.22.2012: Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, recommends The Manual of Detection in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly.

03.23.2012: I wrote about goblins for a round-up of favorite monsters at Weird Fiction Review.

02.24.2012: The Turkish edition of The Manual of Detection is now available.

02.20.2012: My story “Inheritance,” originally published in Fairy Tale Review, is reprinted in Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings.