Michael Meeske writes across genres, including women’s historical fiction, mystery, suspense, horror, and gothic fiction.
The Magdalen Girls, Michael’s first novel for Kensington Books, written as V.S. Alexander, was published in January 2017 in the US, with sales to the UK, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. The novel, set in 1962 Dublin, deals with the dark history of the Magdalen laundries, a system of institutionalized servitude formerly sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
His second book for Kensington, a WWII novel, The Taster, about a food taster for Adolf Hitler, was released on Jan.30th 2018 in the U.S., and has been sold to Harper Collins/Avon in the UK as Her Hidden Life. In addition to the UK, the book will be sold in Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, Brazil, and in hardcover in Italy.
Michael is currently under contract for three more books for Kensington, the third, The Silent Fields, will be released in March 2019, with two others to follow in succeeding years.
In 2017, Cleis Press published The Combat Zone, the first in his Cody Harper mystery series, written as Vincent Wilde, as well as the sequel, An Absent God. Both books are available on Amazon.com
His other writing credits include Frankenstein’s Daemon, a sequel to Frankenstein, and Poe’s Mother, a psychological suspense thriller, offered through Usher Books and also available on Amazon.com. Additionally, his short stories, In the End, He Dreamed, and, Feelers, were selected for inclusion in two anthologies of gothic horror published by Firbolg Publishing. Zombieville was included in a 2011 horror anthology of short fiction by Florida Romance Writers (FRW), headlined by Heather Graham.
From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President of FRW. He has been an active member of FRW and guest since 2002. He is a former member of the Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit working space for novelists, poets and playwrights.
Some of his influences include Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, Richard Matheson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. You can contact Michael at via the Contact Page or on Facebook.