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Sean Jacques was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. Currently, he resides in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, and a bird dog named Rye.

 

An author across multiple genres, he has contributed short stories, essays, plays, and poems to several literary publications, including Starlite Pulp Review, Shotgun Honey, Across The Margin, Cowboy Jamboree, and 34 Orchard. He also has written screenplays and television projects for TNT, John Woo, Maverick Films, and other film producers, plus, he previously served as a creative executive for The Weinstein Company, and worked as a script analyst for Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios. 

 

His debut novel, Doe Run, releases in June 2o24.  

 

Doe Run

Coming June 2024

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Deer hunting season starts in three days, and nearly everyone in the Ozarks is preparing to gun down a big buck. But in the backwoods town of Doe Run, Missouri, wild game won’t be the only target.

A desperate drifter on the run, Pen Cullen, reluctantly returns home after a thirteen-year absence for the sole reason to pick up a family inheritance, and he bitterly discovers that his no-good father had squandered it all before dying. He also surprisingly learns that his high school flame, Tara Hawkins, had ended up marrying his childhood buddy, Byron Tisdale, but their relationship recently derailed after they’d tragically lost their little boy to an accidental shooting by the hands of a hot-headed farmer.

Grief-stricken Tara has since gone to religion. Byron has turned into a hallucinating drunk and maniacal recluse. And as Pen becomes reacquainted with these two old relations, their secret obsessions over greed, guilt, revenge, and redemption slowly ignite into a violent reckoning on the opening day of the hunt.

"Doe Run burns slow like good bourbon. Drink up."

Eli Cranor, Edgar Award Winning Author of Don't Know Tough

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Praise

“Shotgun Honey and Sean Jacques have just offered up another banger. Doe Run is sitting smack in-between the poetic rumination of McCarthy and the Ozark mud of Woodrell. The novel delivers real pain and real evil but also a real shot at redemption, which is rare in this genre. But don’t be mistaken, Jacques still delivers a tale with teeth on par with any Peckinpah film. If you let yourself be immersed in the story, it will linger with you long after you finish.”

Brian Panowich, author of 
Bull Mountain and Nothing But The Bones

"There’s a distinct joy in reading about a down-and-out drifter cutting a swath of road through the Ozark hills in his Pontiac Firebird, hungry for a slice of the American dream but finding nothing but crumbs. In Doe Run, Sean Jacques has assembled an entire slate of lonely characters yearning to find their way in a broken world, and he tells their stories with depth and compassion. This is a rural noir full of pathos and grit—and it absolutely deserves your attention." 

"Recalling grit lit titans like Larry Brown and Daniel Woodrell, Jacques delivers the kind of old testament country noir that lives with you long after the last page. Doe Run is a beautifully rendered Ozark drama, a tale of friendship, grief and small-town tragedy by a storyteller who knows the land and his people down to the core. With prose that pops like birdshot and paints with stunning authenticity the hardscrabble hills of southwest Missouri, our 'hero' Pen Cullen may prove that You Can't Go Home Again but I will gladly return to the well if it's got Sean Jacques' name on it." 

Peter Farris, author of 
Last Call for the Living and The Devil Himself 

"Like a cigarette butt tossed into the underbrush, Doe Run smolders. Haunted by their pasts, these characters are hunting for redemption, but are trapped in mires of betrayal and generational trauma. Fueled by fury and whiskey, they chase one bad idea after another in this rural noir tale of desperation where the coals burn bright under the leaf litter, just waiting to set the forest alight, as Jacques fans the flames with twists and secrets."

"Sean Jacques knows the heart of the Ozarks, and puts that knowledge on full display in this sweltering debut.

Doe Run burns slow like good bourbon. Drink up."

Eli Cranor, author of Don't Know Tough, Ozark Dogs, and Broiler

"Doe Run is an unflinching portrait of grief, lost love, and the long, haunting shadows of the past. This gritty tale lays bare the darkest depths of the human condition, and the flawed, rough-hewn characters will undoubtedly stick with you. With prose as spare and sharp as barbed wire, Sean Jacques delivers the goods with his impressive debut."

Scott Blackburn, author of It Dies With You

"In this simmering debut, Sean Jacques renders the lives of his desperate characters with care and empathy, but doesn’t hold back when it all boils over."

C.W. Blackwell, author of Hard Mountain Clay

Meagan Lucas, author of Songbirds and Stray Dogs, and Here in the Dark

Scott Von Doviak, author of Lowdown Road and 
Charlesgate Confidential

"Pit!"

by Sean Jacques

Word has spread that a new cockfighting pit has been set up in the Missouri backwoods, and regional cockfighters have secretly gathered for a hot summer afternoon of bloodthirsty sport. So far, the day has belonged to a mouthy hick named Juney Kruger, who's won six out of six contests, but he might have met his match when he goes up against a contingent of Mexican immigrants who have their eyes set on taking the arrogant bastard down for good.  

 

STARLITE PULP REVIEW #3

 

Fifteen pulp yarns from fifteen different authors! 

 

The lineup here is amazing, featuring Craig Clevenger, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Trevor Holliday, Sean Jacques, Nolan Knight, Terrance Layhew, Brodie Lowe, Patrick R. McDonough, Jim Ruland, Aaron Paul Schaut, Alex Slusar, CW Stevenson, Phillip Thompson, Manny Torres, and Brian Townsley.  Noir, Crime, Sci Fi, Horror, Westerns. Good stuff. 

Short Stories

"Little Spear of Destiny" (Across The Margin): A personal and comical journey into the dynamic world of bullfighting.

"Pig" (Flyover Country): A 1970s coming-of-age tale about bullying at a rural elementary school.

"Croaking Frogs" (34 Orchard): A reflective man remains haunted by a tragic frog hunting accident from thirty years ago that killed his childhood friend.

"The Knife Job" (Shotgun Honey): Two low-level criminals search in the desolate woods for their boss’s lost hunting knife.

"Spark McGlothlin Loved To Hunt" (Pulp Modern Flash): After a hunter is left by his wife, he finds solace by searching up young women on Instagram who post sexy photos of themselves killing trophy animals.

"The Stronghold" (A Thin Slice of Anxiety): A heartbroken loner goes on a spiritual odyssey to the desert and imagines being eaten alive by siren-esque buzzards. *Pushcart Nominated

Plays

"A Spoke" (Cowboy Jamboree): A yokel from the backwoods is brought to a small-town police station for questioning about two dead bodies found in a tent.

Poetry

"Lupine Bitch" (Punk Noir): A series of marital and family complaints by a female Alpha wolf.

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