Clancy Martin

  • Jail Is Where You Don't Want to Be

    Clancy Martin reflects on his seven times behind bars, from Dallas to Kansas City.

  • Swimming In Cancun

    A short extract from Clancy Martin's forthcoming novel, Love In Central America, about a writer who finds herself at a crisis-point in her life.

  • A Short Story About Drinking, Flying, and Narrow Escapes

    'The Air Marshal,' by Clancy Martin

  • How I Became Karate-Dad

    I'm 47 years old now, and lately I've been waking to an urge that was a daily part of my psychological life in my teens and 20s: the desire to improve myself.

  • Dangerous Unhappy Things: A True Ghost Story

    I should make it clear that I have a lot of experience with ghosts. I have been seeing them since I was a child, when a small yellow gnome crawled up my leg and told me the year I would die. He said I'd die of a heart attack in 2019. When I told my...

  • How to Buy Jewelry Like a Jeweler

    For years I owned a chain of luxury jewelry stores in one of the wildest, most flamboyant, most duplicitous jewelry markets of them all: Dallas, Texas. With Valentine's Day coming up, I will tell you what sort of jewelry scams are popular throughout...

  • Three Gothic Tales from Austin, Texas

    Amie and Clancy Martin went to Austin recently. While there, they were almost kicked out of a hipster hotel, ate delicious sushi, and accompanied a friend to get a tattoo. Here are three reviews from their trip, one from each of their adventures.

  • Advice to a Young Man from an Old Man Twice Married

    There’s a fire pit the men sit by at night in the Red Iguana, a restaurant on the edge of town in Copán, Honduras. They roast meat, smoke their cigars, and drink beer and Nicaraguan rum while the stars intensify and their wives put the...

  • I’m Worried About My Anxiety

    I had lost my shoes; I had to leave immediately, my students were waiting; my assistant already had the exams in their hands; class started at 9:00 and, I saw on my alarm clock, it was 9:15, now 9:16.

  • Lisa

    "Come on,” Teryn whispered. She had opened my window from the outside, and was on her hands and knees. I had fallen asleep with a book on my chest. “Hurry. If Mom and Dad catch you we’re both dead.”

  • “Fathers and Snakes”

    Clancy Martin used to make a living as a jewelry salesman. Now he is a translator of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri.