"Sikes is a storyteller, a wit and a wordsmith and he's done things with the noir thriller genre that no one has thought to do before." - John Paul Catton

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Gods of New Orleans is in revisions! After several months of slogging through the drafting process, the follow up to Gods of Chicago is back from my editor and covered in red ink. At least I think that's ink. Could be blood. Who knows. Certainly a lot of darlings lying around the place, dead as can be.

Release date is May 27th at Clockwork Alchemy in San Jose, CA. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

My newest short story, If You Can Get It, is now available as an ebook! 


Set in the Gods of Chicago storyworld, If You Can Get It follows Peter Gordon before he's earned the nickname of "Digs". Will Pete make it through the night after walking away from his ma and the only life he's ever known? He's spent his youth by her side as the hole card in one of The Outfit's badger games. But a twist of loyalty and a healthy dose of loaded dice put Pete on the road to independence. If he's lucky, he might see a warm bed and a warmer meal before his luck runs out.

About Aaron

I offer professional editing services to writers of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and academic material. My writing background includes multiple short story publications and an alternate history novel of noir urban fantasy. I have also served in the US military, hold an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and have  2+ years of teaching university level ESL writing and composition courses.


In October of 2011, my career in holding down office furniture came to an end with the sweep of a budgetary axe. Now I edit, write, and review fiction and non-fiction. I am much happier. The cats tolerate me being at home more often. I work with amazing, awe-inspiring, and creative people.


I'm a woodworker and toy builder in my spare time. I keep a blog called Dovetails, where I talk about the similarities between woodworking and writing.

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Quarter Finalist in the 2014

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest!

My noir urban fantasy is available as an ebook and paperback.