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M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway

Photo: Ed Callway

After a career in science and business, I turned back to my childhood love of writing. As an avid reader of crime fiction, I naturally chose this genre. Like many new writers, I had my share of rejections as well as wonderful writing teachers and encouragement. My breakthrough came in 2009 when my novel was shortlisted for the UK's Debut Dagger Award, leading to the publication of Windigo Fire by Seraphim Editions. I have continued to write award-winning short crime fiction.

In 2013, I co-founded the literary group, The Mesdames of Mayhem, which now numbers 25 members. Three are even Messieurs! We have published four anthologies to date, with a fifth underway. In 2019, we were the subject of a  critically acclaimed CBC documentary by director, Cat Mills. The Mesdames of Mayhem is available for viewing on GEM and Youtube.

Crime Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Windigo Fire. 2014, Seraphim Editions
Glow Grass and Other Tales. 2016, Carrick Publishing
Moonlight and Misadventure. 2021, Superior Shores Press
In the Key of 13. 2019, Carrick Publishing
A Grave Diagnosis. 2020, Carrick Publishing
13 Claws. 2017, Carrick Publishing
13 O'clock. 2015, Carrick Publishing
Thirteen. 2013, Carrick Publishing
World Enough and Crime. 2014, Carrick Publishing


Debut Dagger Award, finalist for The Land of Sun and Fun, 2009
The Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Award, finalist for The Land of Sun and Fun, 2012
The Crime Writers of Canada Best First Novel, finalist for Windigo Fire, 2015
The Crime Writers of Canada Best Novella Award for 2018, Snake Oil
Crime Wirters of Canada Best Novella Award, finalist for Glow Grass, 2016
Derringer Award, Best Long Story Finalist for 2014, The Ultimate Mystery
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