In his newest work, Jonathan Sturak offers you a riveting journey of survival. Filled with suspense, sci-fi, and adventure, let the vivid imagery of Global Burning provide you with a window into a futuristic world. What would you do if the world were on fire?

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It’s the year 2045 and global warming has turned the world into a fireball. Nothing can survive outside and the last humans are confined to the underground. Recently, scientists have discovered the temperature has been rising at a much faster rate and in one month, the shields that protect the underground oxygen supply will be destroyed. All life will be exterminated! Follow Melissa Mercer, James Wilson, and the President of the New America as they try to save the human race from extinction.



Pre-order the newest story from author Jonathan Sturak! If you missed this witty, camel-riding short story as part of Noir Nation No. 5 (2014), now is your chance to download it as a standalone ebook–available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle!

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The camel arrives in your home on April 1, 2016! No fooling!

Four spec-ops soldiers infiltrate a mysterious terrorist compound to retrieve a package as a nosy camel attempts to blow their cover.


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From Geek vs Vegas:

“This is a sweet suite. What is it you do exactly?”

She turns to me, a different Natasha from the bar. She has a priority in her eyes. She must really want it. I take a seat on the bed. It’s firm, perfect for lovemaking.

“Place looks clean. Do you have it?” she says.

What is she talking about? Wait. I know what it is. I keep one in my wallet for a rainy day, or a hot night in Vegas. At least I think I have one.

“Let me check,” I say.

I open my wallet to a couple of twenties, insurance cards for my car and my health, my CVS ExtraCare card, and my work I.D. Where is it?! I always keep one in here. I sure as hell didn’t use it. “Shit. I don’t have one, do you?”

“What are you talking about?” she says.


“Condoms?” she whips back.

This is going the wrong way. I need to back this up, to bring us back to the bashful banter at the bar. The flame is bouncing off her silky legs. I reach over to pet them, but she jumps back and pulls a pistol on me. What the fuck?! Oh my God. I have a pistol pointed at me!

“Whoa! Okay. I’ll go get some,” I say.

“Forget the damn condoms! Who are you?”

“I’m Benjamin Pollock from Los Angeles.”

“You’re not the Handler?”

“Yeah, I thought…” I begin saying. Isn’t this part of her game? I thought we were playing Bond and Bond girl. Is that gun real?! “…the Handler? No, I’m an Information Systems Policy Analyst.”

“I don’t believe you. Who sent you?”

“Sent me? I came with Javier.”

“Javier from the cartel?” she says, furrowing her brow.

“No, Javier from Penn State,” I clarify.

She tightens her grip on the gun. Its barrel pierces my soul. I could be dead any second now. All she needs to do is flex her pointer finger, and then I’m finished. I don’t want to die! I’m just a computer geek playing a game. I reach into my pocket to grab my wallet, but she waves the gun at me.

“Whoa! Whoa!” I say with my wallet in hand. “No, see, look. This is my work badge. I just thought the innuendo was part of your sexual foreplay.”

She snatches my work I.D. “Nice picture.”

“So, I don’t want to know anything. I don’t know you. I never saw you before. This all never happened.”

She throws the I.D. at me. I put it back into its holster.

A gun pointed at you feels like you’re trapped underwater with your breath running out. It’s weird; once it’s planted on you, you lose focus on the person behind it. It’s just you and the gun.

“Why don’t you go look for a girl at the corner of walk and don’t walk,” she says, putting the gun down on the nightstand.

“Huh?” I reply.

“Get the hell out of here!” she yells.

Don’t miss the exciting new comedy novel about a smart, almost-gainfully-employed, outgoing-only-in-the-mirror guy geek named Benjamin who finds himself on a one-night adventure through the shadows of Las Vegas. From swingers clubs, to hookers, to Russian spies, Benjamin’s goal of getting laid turns into a goal of staying alive through the night!

Part dark comedy, part coming-of-age tale, Benjamin represents the voice of Generation Y, lost in their twenties with too many pathways to take in life. Where will Benjamin be in ten years? Married? Kids? Single? Dead? He must make it out of Vegas alive to even have a chance to reach his thirties!

Available now on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook!


FeedMeCoversmJust released as an Amazon Kindle short story, FEED ME! will take you on a flight with a mysterious bird through an unsuspecting town. This is one of my very favorite stories. On one night back in 2013, a small bird, a rook, visited my bedroom window to entrust me with his story. He came back night after night, ensuring every word was twisted into perfection. And now I would like to present you with the rook’s story, so please enjoy it, especially after a hearty meal or before a restful sleep. But before you start reading, check to make sure your bird feeder is full.

Available NOW on your Amazon Kindle and Kindle Apps! Download it HERE.

“Dark, Mysterious, and Full of Surprises!” – DV Filmworks

“Such an addictively strange story.” – NG Press

“Will make you always keep your bird feeder filled!” – Best Las Vegas Video


NoirNationNo5Noir Nation is the only mystery magazine in the world that joins international crime fiction and tattoos. Its content is often dark, hard-boiled, sometimes creepy, but because it embraces crime fiction in all its forms, readers can also enjoy the occasional humorous story and cozy mystery.

In celebration of Canada, Noir Nation No. 4 showcases several stories by Canadian writers, including Mary Agnes Fleming, as well as stories set in Canada by non-Canadian writers. In keeping with the journal’s international flavor, there are also stories from other parts of the globe. The issue is dedicated to Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was murdered during the terrorist attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Collected by Las Vegas writer and managing editor Jonathan Sturak, this issue contains entries from some of the very best and emerging hardboiled and literary crime fiction writers on the international scene, among them Lauren Cahn, Marina Perezagua, Richard Godwin, Melodie Campbell, Bianca Bellová, Joseph Lepis, Neliza Drew, Rob Brunet, Nik Morton, George Beck, Chloe Evans, Bruce H. Markuson, Jeffery Hess, Tony Haynes, Mike O’Reilly, Gerald Seagren, Edward McDermott, Ryan Priest, Peter Anderson, Al Cerda, and J.B. Christopher. The issue also offers an interview with Joseph Trigoboff, author of the best-selling novel The Bone Orchard and the recent memoir, Rumble in Brooklyn.

Editorial by Jonathan Sturak


Canada is known for its many wonders, mostly associated with the cold, ice fishing, skiing, dog sledding and being the ice hockey capital of the World.  But Canada and Crime Fiction have more in common than just starting with the letter C. Organizations such as the Crime Writers of Canada have fostered some of the top contributions to the genre. Canadian authors Gail Bowen, Catherine Astolfo, and Ted Wood have graced us with characters who sift through the shadows inside the borders of Canada. Before them came May Agnes Fleming, one of Canada’s first popular novelists, whose “Death of Esther” is included in the Classic Noir section of this issue.

Growing up in the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania, I know a thing or two about the cold and what it does to a person. It keeps you alert, bundled up and hidden away. It becomes the villain in your story, where you do everything in your power to protect yourself from its frigidness. Several years ago, I escaped the cold and moved out West to the dry desert in Las Vegas, Nevada. I remember one time sitting on a bench inside the busy Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas Strip. Thousands of people were perusing the store windows, sharing laughs on the benches, and listening to the pitches from the kiosk workers. It seemed as if everyone was completely unaware of me; however, I was aware of them. A woman wearing a black miniskirt snaked through the crowd. She was tall with jet-black hair and milky white skin that surely was kept hidden from the villainous cold. She was alone, holding a little handbag, and browsing the store windows. Shoppers of all walks of life seemed to clear a path for her, whether she knew it or not, but I think she knew the power she had, and I think she craved it. She was the femme fatale in the mall that day and she could’ve had a pistol in that little handbag, and I’m sure most people would have let her shoot them. As she neared me, I noticed that she had something tattooed on her shoulder. A butterfly? A yin yang? A heart? No, it was a maple leaf.

This anecdote about Las Vegas stuck with me, and when Eddie Vega asked me to be the managing editor for this Canadian issue, I jumped at the chance.

We received hundreds of submissions from talented writers around the world. Our goal for this issue was to celebrate Canada, while continuing our mission of advancing the cause of international noir by publishing a selection reflective of the kind of writing being done around the world. Hit men to hit women, loner to lonely, child hero to childless hero, personal conflict to family conflict, all of the stories had powerful themes that spoke loudly, and sometimes disturbingly, about what ails the human condition. It was an absolute honor for these writers to entrust us with their words, which we now entrust to you.

I welcome you to read these stories, embrace them, think of that cold place up north when you read them, and don’t forget that the cold is not the only villain. See if you can find that woman with the maple leaf tattoo, but be careful–she’s real and inside waiting for you.

Jonathan Sturak
Managing Editor
Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction No. 4


With much anticipation, I’m very pleased to share the trailer to the new short film that I wrote and co-produced called LIGHTS OUT. The story is about a family who wins a Vegas vacation and finds that the city tempts them with forbidden fruit.

The premiere of the film will be at the 168 Film Festival, Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Aratani Theater in the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Watch our new trailer, vote on it, and please share!

Directed by Marlon Jay Manuel
Produced by Gigi Guizado and Jonathan Sturak
Written by Jonathan Sturak
Director of Photography Jim Sams

The 168 Film Festival is a signature speed filmmaking competition. Teams have 168 hours (7×24) to shoot and edit a short film based on a theme and a Bible verse (pre-production lasts 10 days). Tens of thousands of filmmakers have competed since 2003.

Our randomly assigned bible verse is below. You’ll be surprised how we interpreted this for our Las Vegas film!

Genesis 3:6
When the woman saw the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.


GeekvsVegasKindle_smAre you ready for one night in Vegas that you’ll never forget? People are calling Geek vs Vegas “Funny as Hell” and “Office Space meets The Hangover.”

Benjamin Pollock is 26 and has been working a dead-end job for three years in Los Angeles. He is overwhelmed with options in life, not knowing what he wants to do or whom he should model his life after. But things change after his old college roommate, Javier, invites him to Las Vegas for a night of sin with the promise that getting laid will solve his problems. From swingers clubs, to hookers, to Russian spies, Benjamin’s goal of getting laid turns into a goal of staying alive through the night!

Part dark comedy, part coming-of-age tale, Benjamin represents the voice of Generation Y, lost in their twenties with too many pathways to take in life. Where will Benjamin be in ten years? Married? Kids? Single? Dead? He must make it out of Vegas alive to even have a chance to reach his thirties!

Geek vs Vegas is available NOW in paperback and on the Amazon Kindle. Click the cover to read the exciting introduction! Cheers!