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David Fulmer
Thurston David Fulmer

ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
OccupationWriter, journalist, filmmaker

David Fulmer is an American author, journalist, and filmmaker.


Born Thurston David Fulmer, to Thurston (1924–2012) and Flora (née Prizzi) Fulmer (born 1925) in Northumberland, Pennsylvania (pop 3,714). He worked as a reporter and photographer at local newspapers during and after high school. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1971 and became a photographer in the USAREUR Intelligence Center in Heidelberg, Germany. In May 1972, his location was bombed by the Baader-Meinhof Gang and three of his co-workers were killed. During 1974–1979, he was married to Suzanne Mercier,[1] (born May 25, 1953, in Mtarfa, Malta), a native of Sydney, Australia. He and Suzanne moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. He worked as a bartender at Rose's Cantina (later to become the 688 Club) while and studying toward a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Georgia State University. He has one child, Italia Patricia Fulmer (born July 2, 1996 in Atlanta), who is completing her senior year at Georgia State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. He married Sansanee Sermprungsuk (born November 29, 1973, in New York City) on October 6, 2013, in New Orleans. She is a research librarian working at a midtown Atlanta law firm.


As an author, Fulmer has written and published ten novels and one novella since 2001, along with several short stories. As a journalist, he has written about music and other subjects for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Southline, Atlanta Magazine, City Life, Markee, Georgia Music Magazine, Blues Access, Il Giornale, Goodlife, Advertising Age, The Atlanta Tribune, Creative Loafing, and BackStage. He has also worked as a welder, a display fabricator, and a bartender.

Fulmer wrote and produced the documentary Blind Willie's Blues (1997),[2] which Video Librarian called "nothing less than the economic, social, and historical evolution of America's indigenous music". He also wrote and produced the Americana audio series for National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate WABE-FM and WMLB-AM, both in Atlanta. He is the co-producer of "Piano Red – The Lost Atlanta Tapes", a CD collection by rock-and-roll legend Piano Red, released in August 2010 on Landslide Records. During his freelance career, he worked as a welder, a renovation carpenter, a set-builder, and a bartender. As a communications professional, he worked in the motorsports industry as Media Director for the Panoz Schools and Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia (1988–1999). He has taught fiction and non-fiction classes and workshops at various locations around the southeast. His website is www.davidfulmer.com.


In 2001, Fulmer's first novel, Chasing the Devil's Tail, was released by Poisoned Pen Press. Harcourt Books purchased the paperback rights in 2003, and then contracted with Fulmer for five more novels. Two of Fulmer's novels won national literary awards: Chasing the Devil's Tail won the Shamus Award (2002)[3] and Rampart Street won the Benjamin Franklin Award[4] (2007). His novel The Blue Door was nominated for the 2009 Shamus Award for Best Novel. Fulmer's work has received high praise from such publications as Publishers Weekly,[5] The New York Times,[6] The Washington Post,[7] USA Today,[8] The Boston Globe,[9] Atlanta Journal-Constitution,[10] San Francisco Chronicle,[11] Booklist,[12] Library Journal,[13] and Kirkus Reviews.[14] Fulmer has recently complete a stage piece entitled "The Blue Book." Beginning in April, 2017. Cresecent City Books began new releases of the entire Valenttin St. Cyr series, beginning with Chasing the Devil's Tail. He is currently at work on "Eclipse Alley", his sixth Valentin St. Cyr mystery, was released by Crescent City Books in October, 2017. The seventh and final novel in the series will be released in November, 2018. He is represented by Richard Green of ICM in Los Angeles.


  • Chasing the Devil's Tail (Hardcover), Poisoned Pen Press, November 2001; A Valentin St. Cyr mystery.
  • Chasing the Devil's Tail (Trade paperback and ebook), Harcourt Books, June 2003; Japanese and Italian translations, September 2002. French translation, September 2008; Blackstone Audiobook, May 2007; A Valentin St. Cyr mystery.
  • Jass (Trade paperback and ebook), Harcourt Books, January 2005 (Trade paperback), January 2006; French translation May 2010; A Valentin St. Cyr mystery.
  • Rampart Street (Trade paperback and ebook), Harcourt Books, January 2006; (Trade paperback) January 2007; BBC America Audiobook, January 2006; French translation, October 2011; A Valentin St. Cyr mystery.
  • The Dying Crapshooter's Blues (Trade paperback and ebook), Harcourt Books, January 2007; (Trade paperback) January 2008; Recorded Books Audiobook.
  • The Blue Door (Hardcover), Harcourt Books, January 2008; (Trade paperback) January 2009; Turkish translation, May 2011. Ebook release, February 2016.
  • Lost River (Trade paperback and ebook), Harcourt Books, November 2008; A Valentin St. Cyr mystery.
  • The Fall (Trade paperback and ebook), Fives Stones Press, March 2010; Blackstone Audiobook, March 2011.
  • The Night Before (Trade paperback and ebook), Bang Bang Lulu Editions, November 2012.
  • Will You Meet Me in Heaven?? (Trade paperback and ebook), Bang Bang Lulu Editions, May, 2014.
  • The Iron Angel (Trade paperback and ebook), Bang Bang Lulu Editions, March 2015.
  • Anthracite (Trade paperback and ebook), Bang Bang Lulu Editions, September 2015.
  • Eclipse Alley (Trade paperback) Crescent City Books October 2017

Short fiction[edit]

  • "black cat bone", Blues Access, Spring 1997
  • "Back o' Town Blues", Flesh and Blood, 2003[15]
  • "Algiers", New Orleans Noir, Akashic Books, April 2007[16]

Magazines and newspapers[edit]

Since 1985, Fulmer has contributed to periodicals including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BackStage, Blues Access, City Life, Paste Magazine, The Atlanta Tribune, Southline, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, Advertising Age,Business Atlanta, Il Giornale and various trade publications.


Chasing the Devil's Tail

  • Winner, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2008
  • Nominee, 2004 Falcon Award
  • Borders Books "Best of 2003 List"
  • Nominee, 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • Winner, 2002 Shamus Award[3]
  • Nominee, 2001 Barry Awards
  • "Best New Series", Booklist
  • "Best of 2001 List", January Magazine
  • "Hottest Beach Read" (Summer 2003) Books Read Lately


  • 2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction
  • "Best of 2005 List" – Library Journal
  • "Best of 2005 List" – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "Best of 2005 List" – Deadly Pleasures Magazine

Rampart Street

  • 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Adult Fiction Audiobook[4]
  • New York magazine "Best Novel You've Never Read"

The Dying Crapshooter's Blues

  • "Ice Pick of the Month" – Booklist, January 2007

The Blue Door

  • "2008 Best of the Shelf" – Atlanta magazine
  • Nomination for "2009 Shamus Award for Best Novel"


  1. ^ "Suzanne Mercier". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  2. ^ O'Briant, Don (January 21, 1993). "Peach Buzz: 'Blind Willie's' story heads for small screen". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. p. H/2.
  3. ^ a b "The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association". Ibpa-online.org. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Chasing the Devil's Tail". Publishers Weekly. 248. 42 (October 15, 2001): p. 49.
  6. ^ Taylor, Ihsan (March 11, 2007). "Paperback Row". The New York Times. p. 28.
  7. ^ Anderson, Patrick (February 25, 2008). "Evocative Scenes of the Crime". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Tom Anderson Topics Page". usatoday.com. February 7, 2012. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "Boston.com Local Search – Boston Globe Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. January 10, 2005. Retrieved February 14, 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ Lee, David (February 15, 2009). "Atlanta News, Sports, Atlanta Weather, Business News". ajc.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  11. ^ June Sawyers (January 8, 2006). "Sex, death and gumbo". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Ott, Bill. Lost River. Booklist. 105. 6 (November 15, 2008): p. 20.
  13. ^ Vicarel, Jo Ann. Mystery. Library Journal. 132. 20 (December 1, 2007): p. 91. The Blue Door
  14. ^ Fulmer, David: Lost River. Kirkus Reviews. (October 1, 2008)
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ Julie Smith, ed. (2007). New Orleans Noir. Akashic Books. ISBN 9781933354248. Retrieved February 14, 2012.