Phillip Thompson

Crime Fiction writer

“I have found that violence is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace. Their heads are so hard that almost nothing else will do the work.”
— Flannery O’Connor

I grew up in rural East Mississippi, where I spent a huge portion of my childhood reading comic books (Batman), pulp fiction novels, history, and stories from Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines, courtesy of an aunt. The public library was the best building in town.

I’ve written five novels: Enemy Within, A Simple Murder, Deep Blood, Outside the Law, and Old Anger. My short fiction has appeared in O-Dark Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project; Thrills, Kills ‘N’ Chaos; Out of the Gutter Online; The Shamus Sampler II, Yellow Mama, Near to the Knuckle, Mysterical-E and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. I attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference as a fiction writer. Follow me on Twitter at @olemissgrad38.

One thought on “Welcome

  1. Mike Forrey says:

    Tried sending you a message at what, I assume, was an old email address:

    Hey Phil,
    Just finished reading your latest book over the weekend. It’s a good read – harkens back to things like Walking Tall. Relatable characters – I see a lot of you in the sheriff. Story seems quite prescient with what’s gone on over the last year or so. For an old fart like me, I loved seeing the reference to the Billy Jack movies. I also checked out some of the entries in your blog. Made me miss the wide-ranging discussions we used to have over beer or bourbon about politics, sports, current events, etc. Didn’t realize you were that big of a U2 fan or that you rode a bike.
    Hope all is well with you.

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