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 fiction, 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 story, which was written long before Dave was born. He’s trying to find out whether Mr. Hawthorne knew any of 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.

Covid, crime, and noir stories

  • Actual Events – When your rideshare passenger has a terrifying “taxicab confession.” Published by Close To The Bone.
  • The Man With the Six-Foot Soul – Illusion and reality shift amid the pandemic. The Red Fez
  • Country Dark – A desperate wife tries to escape an abusive relationship. Flora Fiction
  • Flag Day – Confederate flags don’t hurt anybody, right? Birmingham Arts Journal
  • The Milk of Human Innocence – The truth behind the urban legend of the milkman. Red Fez
  • Independence – Forget Covid. Let’s party! Medium

The South, life, and other mysteries

Writing about writing

Photos by Janet Stevenson and Dave Swan. Header photo by Pexels.com.

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