New story: “Algorithms and Lies,” published by The Fictional Cafe

Dave is a former journalist, disc jockey, and cabdriver. Most of all, he’s a lifelong writer whose current specialty is short stories. His contemporary Southern fiction has appeared in the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and the Birmingham Arts Journal. He’s also published noir fiction and pandemic stories in Close To The Bone, the Red Fez, and elsewhere.

Dave’s upcoming novel “Back Beach Blues” is a classic Florida tale of beaches, action, humor, and romance. When he’s not writing new stories, Dave blogs about issues like Covid and the perils of old age. He works as a freelance editor, helps wrangle social media for the Atlanta Writers Club, and keeps busy with his own platform (whatever “platform” means).

Important note! Please bookmark this page so you don’t Google “David Swan fiction” and end up with this Nathaniel Hawthorne piece, which was written long before Dave was born. He’s not sure if Hawthorne knew his ancestors.

Dave’s Short Fiction on Amazon

A New Grateful Nation cover.

A New Grateful Nation

Back from Afghanistan, she’s fighting a different war at home.

Fourteenth Pelican cover.

The Fourteenth Pelican

An environmental private eye tangles with sick seabirds.

Life, the South, and other mysteries

  • Wednesday’s Road – Sometimes we need a little help to reach the end of our journey. Flora Fiction
  • From The Moon To The Earth The moon man lives in the woods and comes out at night. Sledgehammer Lit
  • My Late Friend Laura Ann Randall – She was a good person. Wasn’t she? Red Fez
  • Flag Day – Confederate flags don’t hurt anybody, right? Birmingham Arts Journal
  • Bobby Dean Goes Viral – Football as religion, including the Golden Rule. The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
  • High Tide – Anniversaries, beaches, and most of all, love. Dead Mule
  • Reefer and Jesus – It’s amazing what you can find on the south side of town. Birmingham Arts Journal

Noir, crime, and Covid

Writing about writing

Photos by Janet Stevenson and Dave Swan. Header photo by

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