Short, Sharp Interview: David Jaggers

down in the devil holePDB: What’s going on now?

I am excited to be releasing a collection of short stories called Down in the Devil Hole on December 19th through the boys over at Near to the Knuckle.


PDB: Which of your publications is the most successful?

I have been fortunate to have been able to work with some of the best crime fiction magazines out right now. From Out of the Gutter, Near to the Knuckle and Shotgun Honey. The story that has gotten me the most attention, and even some calls from agents is The Stroke of Midnight published in Thuglit issue Nineteen. It’s my most twisted story to date, and the response has been surprising to say the least.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme of 2015?

Bull Mountain has been my favorite book this year. Mad Max Fury Road has been my favorite film (note I have not seen the new Star Wars yet), and Jessica Jones has been the best thing I’ve seen on television.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Absolutely. I treat location as one of the main characters. It informs everything from how the characters speak in dialogue to how I structure the flow of the plot. It is very important.

PDB: What’s next?

I am excited to be nearing the finish line for a novel I have been working on for some time. It’s set in North Charleston South Carolina and involves a mentally ill enforcer who is plagued by visions of the people he has killed. It has voodoo, mob hits, and some sharp twists and turns. I like to describe it as American Werewolf in London mixed with the Departed without the wolf man stuff.

jaggersBio: J. David Jaggers lives in fly over country, where he spends his days in the white collar world of finance and his nights writing about the degenerates and losers dwelling in shadows of our brightly lit society. He has been published in Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Pulp Metal, and various other magazines and anthologies. He has a short story collection Down in the Devil Hole available from Gritfiction Ltd. and you can find links to all of his published work at