Smart Rhino Publications


There is a peculiar allure of insidious characters—and especially assassins, hit men, and their ilk. Perhaps we find their uncomplicated moral codes and brutal efficiency appealing. These characters care little about ethics—and perhaps that alone, that freedom from guilt, is exactly why we love them. Perhaps, deep down, we wish we could be like them. And perhaps, by reading stories with such characters, we can vicariously experience that thrill. With this fascination with evil characters in mind, Smart Rhino Publications decided to publish this anthology, Insidious Assassins, a sequel to Uncommon Assassins.


The book contains 24 stories by some of the best horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy authors writing today. Here you will meet some truly insidious characters--characters you may find yourself applauding when you know you shouldn't. Enjoy!


  • Jack Ketchum ... Those Rockports Won't Get You Into Heaven
  • Shaun Meeks ... Dead Bill
  • Meghan Arcuri ... Worse Ways
  • Christine Morgan ... No One of Consequence
  • Doug Rinaldi ... And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'
  • Billie Sue Mosiman ... The Night Gordon Was Set Free
  • Lisa Mannetti ... Almost Everybody Wins
  • Dennis Lawson ... Friends From Way Back
  • Patrick Derrickson ... The Repo Girl
  • Carson Buckingham ... Letter for You
  • Joseph Badal ... The Rock
  • Doug Blakeslee ... The Handmaiden's Touch
  • DB Corey ... The Bitter and the Sweet
  • Martin Zeigler ... Influence
  • Jezzy Wolfe ... Agnus Dei
  • James S. Dorr ... Labyrinth
  • J. Gregory Smith ... Blenders
  • Austin S. Camacho ... One of Us
  • JM Reinbold ... The Absinthe Assassin
  • Adrian Ludens ... Slay It Forward
  • Ernestus Jiminy Chald ... Tantse So Smert'Yu (Dancing With Death)
  • L.L. Soares ... What the Blender Saw
  • Martin Rose ... Code Name Trine
  • Joe Lansdale ... Best-Sellers Guaranteed

The image to left and in the cover below was created by Whitney Cook. Cover design by Scott Medina.