“Any subject Derek handles, channeled through the lens of his unique sensibility, is likely to be of unusual worth and interest.”

-Joyce Carol Oates


Derek Nikitas is the author of two thriller novels, Pyres and The Long Division. His debut novel Pyres (St. Martin’s Minotaur) was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and The Long Division was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, The Ontario Review, Chelsea, Plots with Guns, New South, and more. He has written stories for the Killer Year: Stories to Die For anthology (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008) and for the zombie anthology, The New Dead (Griffin Books, Feb 2010).

His first novel for Young Adults, Extra Life, will be released in the Fall of 2015 by Polis Books.

Contact :

derek[at]dereknikitas.com | twitter.com/dereknikitas

“Nikitas finds beauty and pathos in the smallest of gestures, the largest of actions, the darkest of paths.”

Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The Fever


Maybe here in this life, maybe as far as you know. But in another universe, something like that could’ve happened. In theory, anything could’ve happened, and probably did. That’s the kind of deep down, spun-around, terrifying truth that trumps all the monster movies getting filmed here in Cape Fear.