Complete Works

All my published literary work is listed here. To help you, the page below starts with a quick overview of my works. If you'd like to read more about each publication, simply scroll further down. Links to online stores (paperbacks and ebooks) are added.

  1. Quick overview

Podcast

Several Impromptus (very short, improvised stories), performed on the Shots - Ultrakorte verhalen podcast (Dutch only).

Published short stories and Impromptus:

All English versions of my short stories and Impromptus were translated or edited by Paul Vincent.

Campfire stories (Dutch collection)

Impromptus III, VIII and XIII

With illustrator Martien Bos: Impromptu III

Allusions (short story collection)

New Grass (published in the short story collection Face Forward)

One More Bloody Mary (published in Longshot Magazine)

Burning Neil Armstrong

Beloved Stalker

Babyface Junkie

In Snuff Park

Sketches Of A Worldwide Christo And Jeanne-Claude

Narcissist Guru

Territory Game

Formally Under Oriana Burleskova

Filthy Days

Song Of The Locust

Although Creation

F*cking Sumo

Fat Jesus

The Terrible Painting

Hiroshima Blossoms

Small Footsteps In Warm Sand

You Don’t See Many Women These Days

Published novels:

North (The Hitomi Files)

Blood Border (A Radio Detective)

Power Play (a Radio Detective)

Nosedive (a Radio Detective)

Acid Asset (a Radio Detective)

Tax Me If You Can (a Radio Detective)

Die Rich (a Radio Detective)

CEO Groupie (a Radio Detective)

Lemniscate (Dutch)

Essays on work music and film music

Music While Attempting a Moon Landing, published by Mythaxis, May 2020

A Brief History of the Sound of Movies, published by Mythaxis, October 2020

Glimpses of a Possible Future at the Movies: Looking Back on Alex Garland’s Annihilation (2018), published by Mythaxis, February 2021

Are We Running Towards the Future, or From It?, a review of Make Room! Make Room! (1966)and the movie Soylent Green (1972) —, published by Mythaxis, September 2021

Screenplay consulting:

I assisted Maartje Seyferth during the writing of her screenplay of Cat & Mouse.

2. Detailed list of paperbacks, ebooks en magazine publications

North (The Hitomi Files)

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-23-1

Available as paperback on Amazon ISBN 978-94-91908-24-8

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-22-4

Available as ebook on Kobo ISBN 978-94-91908-22-4

The only enemy who has the capacity to remove all of mankind from the earth, is the virus. Imagine the worst of them all, a true 21st century killer. It lies dormant in the remote laboratory of a pharmaceutical giant whose hopes of making billions off a vaccine somewhere in the future throw a dark shadow ahead. Then Hitomi Sakamoto, the hard boiled radio producer who’s on a rough vacation in the wild nature of the north, stumbles upon this dark secret. She is drawn into a final battle between ruthless scientists, a greedy corporation, desperate but dangerous environmental activists, a cold-hearted assassin and… a manmade virus that longs to escape.

Hitomi Sakamoto first appeared in the Radio Detective novels by M.H. Vesseur. Immediately popular for her iron work ethics and razorsharp tongue, Hitomi outgrew her boss (radio detective Carl Pappas) and now steps out of his shadow, into her very own adventure.

Burning Neil Armstrong

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-21-7

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0

Available as ebook on Kobo ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0

The economy is evolving from a man made theory of labor and money towards an autonomous, endless event. Even the wildest conspiracy theory becomes obsolete in the light of this emergence, for no one controls it. And so the economy will continue to grow. M.H. Vesseur, author of speculative stories for literary magazines, expands this prediction and describes the definitive form of a super economy that will soon arrive and forever crush our memories of a better future that once beckoned us. Burning Neil Armstrong is an unforgiving look into the near future.

Burning Neil Armstrong was first published by Nymph (The Netherlands) in 2002.

Allusions

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-11-8

Available as paperback on Boekenbestellen.nl

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-10-1

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-94-91908-09-5

Also available at Kobo

Glimpses of tomorrow await you in this collection. The ultimate amusement park will offer you death. Everlasting youth will take you to the point of no return. The artificial landscape will fill you with joy if it doesn’t scare the living daylights out of you. The Narcissist Guru will show you your many selves. And then there is the ultimate work of art that will change the planet and the old vaudeville star who is still being stalked.

M.H. Vesseur published many short stories in literary magazines in The Netherlands, Belgium, USA and Canada. This collection contains “In Snuff Park”, “Babyface Junkie”, “Narcissist Guru”, “Territory Games”, “Sketches of a Worldwide Christo And Jeanne-Claude” and “Beloved Stalker”.


New Grass

Inspired by the palm-of-the-hand storywriting of Yasunari Kawabata, M.H. Vesseur wrote this small, delicate tale of a man who becomes devoted to the things he sees from his bedroom window that the borders between dreams and reality start to fade.

This story has been translated by Paul Vincent. Originally published in 2016 by Longshot Press in the short story collection Face Forward.

One More Bloody Mary

Dedicated to singer and songwriter Gerry Rafferty and his unforgettable song Baker Street, the short story One More Bloody Mary focuses on one-time celebrity Gary Royale, who has faded from fame into a life on the sideline. The only people he allows in his life are his former impresario and his current lawyer, nicknamed Lawyerette, who visits him once a year to talk about royalties and contracts.

One More Bloody Mary was published in 2016 by Longshot Island Magazine.

Impromptus

Related to, but shorter than the palm-of-the-hand stories (if that’s even possible), the Impromptus are a work in progress. These are very short, very quick ‘vignettes’ (as Daniel White, editor of Longshot Island and now Unfit calls them), written spontaneously from a sudden idea. They’re written in one stroke, not through endless editing or concepting. Finally, the ones that ‘work’, are selected. Impromptus are being written at irregular intervals. Three of them (the numbers III, VIII and XIII) were pre-published in 2018 by Longshot Island Magazine. Impromptu III was turned into a one-page graphic novel by Martien Bos and published in underground magazine Kutlul in 2019. Since December 2020 many Impromptus find their way into the SHOTS podcast, an audio stream for Dutch audiences by M.H. Vesseur on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Campfire Stories

Retold classics by authors like Robert Louis Stevenson and Nikolaj Gogol, and of course by M.H. Vesseur. Shorter stories, reworked for the purpose of a campfire or fireplace reading for your own private audience. A Dutch collection.

Blood Border

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-13-2

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-94-91908-12-5

Published by Vibes in 2014

The inhumanity of human trafficking is forcing the radio detective to make a stand. So in the midst of politics and public outrage, Carl Pappas and his team infiltrate the trafficking cartel of a man known as The Clown. But there is nothing funny about it, for the radio detective soon finds himself in the lion’s den, a place crowded with former narcotics traffickers and their violent ways. Will they be able to do something about the screaming injustice of immigration or will they become prey themselves?

Power Play

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-07-1

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-94-91908-08-8

Published by Vibes in 2014

The death of an environmental activist brings bizz jockey Carl Pappas to the quiet island of Islasol. Everything seems to be OK with the local National Park and the wind turbine park in the heart of it.

But Carl and his team soon find out you can’t take anything on face value. Below the surface of an environment friendly enterprise lies a darker secret. It’s time for the radio detective to unravel the local secrets of wind energy, assisted by his producer Hitomi and a new, unlikely ally.

“Power Play” is the sixth independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

Nosedive

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-03-3

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-94-91908-04-0

Published by Vibes in 2014

When a large corporation is struck by a crippling strike among its workers and an apparent terrorist attack on its factory, bizz jockey Carl Pappas steps forward to offer his public support. But as he soon finds out, there’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Why is the owner hiding in her large mansion? What happened in her youth that is threatening her after all these years? It’s a job for the radio detective — and this time around his boss gives an unexpected hand.

“Nosedive” is the fifth independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

Acid Asset

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-00-2

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-94-91908-01-9

Published by Vibes in 2013

Carl Pappas, the radio detective, is feeling good about the prospects of environment-friendly plastics he’s discussing on his radio show “The Boardroom”. But as he soon finds out there’s something not right with the company behind it. Can the bizz jockey protect a lonely scientist against the schemes of a large corporation that smells money? Or will he be unable to stop a revolutionary asset from becoming really acidic? Buckle up for a race against arsonists, corporate crime, dogs, bullets and a dangerous industrial zone in the middle of a blizzard, softened only by some real team spirit.

“Acid Asset” is the fourth independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

Tax Me If You Can

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-90-806920-8-4

Available as paperback in the Amazone Store ISBN 978-90-806920-9-1

Published by Vibes in 2013

Carl Pappas, the radio detective, is cooking up a real shocker: during a live broadcast of his popular business talk radio show The Boardroom he plans to reveal secrets about tax dodging practices around the globe. In the middle of the preparations he and his producer Hitomi Sakamoto face unexpected trouble. Who is trying to shut the Bizz Jockey up in this quiet country under the tropical sun? Is it the local military junta? Is it the business community? Or is the sun finally getting to Carl Pappas’ head?

“Tax Me If You can” is the third independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

Die Rich

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 9789080692046

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-90-806920-7-7

Published by Vibes in 2013

Carl Pappas, the radio detective, goes on the air again. His radio show ‟The Boardroom” is both loved and feared by the global business community. He has a sharp eye for business news and the big mouth of a talk radio host. This time around he has some very wealthy guests joining him on his show: two billionaire entrepeneurs and their future successors, who also happen to be their sons. Of course it doesn’t take the bizz jockey a very long time to upset some of his guests and his audience — and that same night the bizz jockey finds himself heading into dangerous waters, in the hands of some very angry rich people. His team — producer Hitomi Sakamoto and sound engineer Don Wozniak — is forced to go out and rescue their reckless boss. And then there are the rich kids they have to deal with…

“Die Rich” is the second independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

CEO Groupie

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-90-806920-0-8

Available as paperback in the Amazon Store ISBN 978-90-806920-6-0

Published by Vibes in 2013

Meet the world’s #1 “bizz jockey” – and unofficial radio detective – Carl Pappas. He hosts the radio show “The Boardroom” and is both loved and feared by the global business community. He has a sharp eye for business news and the big mouth of a talk radio host. One night three live guests join him on his show: two CEOs and a woman who calls herself: “the CEO Groupie”.

When the mysterious woman reveals the existence of a secret call girl organization for CEOs and subsequently disappears a couple of days later, the bizz jockey engages on a search. What happened to the CEO Groupie and what are the other two guests up to?

“CEO Groupie” is the first independent novel in the series about radio detective Carl Pappas.

Beloved Stalker

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-90-806920-5-3

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

By now she had forgotten all about the ruthless stalker in her former life as a star…

Long forgotten by her audience, a retired star lives quietly in her house by the sea. Then an old acquaintance calls and memories of her faded career come back to haunt her once again. But old scores can still be settled; pains can be swapped…

Babyface Junkie

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-90-806920-2-2

Published by Vibes in 2013

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

If we keep pursueing eternal youth as rigorous as we do now, someday we may find ourselves in a cul-de-sac.

Excerpt

‘Shaking his head, Dr Georg went to his office, leaving the neurotically quarrelling siblings to the care of his team. If Rosalynd rejected even an ordinary advertising campaign, what on earth would her attitude be to his plan to preserve the twins in formaldehyde after their death and to build a museum around them?

It was time to let the lawyers loose on the case again.’

This story has been translated by Paul Vincent.

Published by Descant, Toronto, Spring 2010

In Snuff Park

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-90-806920-3-9

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-34-7

Available as ebook on Kobo ISBN 978-94-91908-34-7

Published by Vibes in 2013

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

The ultimate amusement park, Snuff Park, offers visitors an unforgettable vacation amidst executioners, guillotines and air disasters, and a night on death row. But in Snuff Park there’s more to the picture than meets the eye…

Excerpt

‘In the desert life and death are inexorable. So those who conceived Snuff Park could have found no better setting for their ideas than the desolation of this desert. Some eight million customers have already made the trip to this region, to visit the only amusement park in the world that has never needed to advertise. Through this gate young and old from all over the world enter fraternally for the experience of a lifetime. Those waiting in line wave their admission tickets, designed in the style of summonses from the federal court. Just a short wait and the gate of what has been called the world’s most exciting amusement park will swing open for everyone aged eighteen and over.’

Translated by Paul Vincent.

Published by Mobius Magazine, USA.

Published by Lava, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Review of In Snuff Park

‘Take the story In Snuff Park by Martin Vesseur. In a cinematographic structure the reader is offered a satirical view of the voyeuristic society of today. The approach is somewhat reminicent of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction en could with a willing eye be compared to Vernon God Little. But it particularly excels because it is original and contemporary.’ Matthijs Schiffers, Lava 10.3.

Territory Game

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-06-4

Published by Vibes in 2014

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

An entirely artificial landscape responds subtly to the energies of people and machines that pass it by. It draws its colors from the sun and its warmth from a passing car. But how would you feel when this landscape you’re in also responds to… human behavior? That’s all right as long as it’s just flowers opening up to your smile…

Excerpt

‘Then the mother lifted up the laughing and singing girl and threw her in an arc, so that she landed in the gently swelling sea of sunflowers. The child hung there for a while, screaming with pleasure till things quietened down and the flowers began shrinking for want of stimulus, and she finally dropped gently onto the grass as it drained of colour.’

This story has been translated by Paul Vincent.

Originally published in the special renovations issue of Descant, Toronto, Canada 2012.

Formally Under Oriana Burleskova

The growing international law business casts an ever expanding shadow on the spontaneity of our lives. We are about to go over a limit…

Excerpt

‘Laetitia laughed. “Are you testing my knowledge? And besides, who bothers to become pregnant these days, mother? Surely there’s absolutely no need for that!”

“I should hope so. If you become pregnant I’ll be forced to kick you out of my will. It has been sorted out, so you’d better be warned.”‘

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Formeel onder Oriana Burleskova.

Published by Deus Ex Machina, Berchem, Belgium 2010.

Filthy Days

In a roadside restaurant each member of a hilarious troupe shares a disease that offers shocking insights into the dark past of a wandering man.

Excerpt

‘”I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” He points to the waitress who is walking away. She turns and smiles at me. Then the pale man returns to his company as they settle themselves at a long table in a faraway corner. En route he says it again, empathically, pointing at the bar, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” and sits by the table, where his voice merges with the cacophony around him.’

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Smerige dagen.

Published by De Brakke Hond, Mechelen, Belgium.

Song of the Locust

A man thinks about his dubious past, a mixture of science and love, while his wife plays with her lover across the storm ridden street—amidst the contents of his suitcase.

The literary magazine Tirade acquired eleven suitcases that were left behind on Amsterdam Airport and asked writers to use the contents for a story or an essay. M.H. Vesseur contributed the story ‘Song of the Locust’, based on the true contents of ‘his’ suitcase.

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Zang van de sprinkhaan.

Published by Tirade, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Although Creation

The divine disclaimer that bans all legal actions against the creation of the world, has recently emerged.

For the 100th edition of the Belgian literary magazine De Brakke Hond one hundred authors were asked for a contribution in the form of a quote—either an existing one or a new one. M.H. Vesseur contributed the divine disclaimer, a lawyer’s perspective on the origin of species.

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Hoewel de schepping.

Published by De Brakke Hond, Mechelen, Belgium.

F*cking Sumo

Tattooed and pierced beyond belief — and relief! — the protagonist shares his physical pains and their necessary soothing effects on his love life.

Excerpt

‘From that moment on I woke up every night, sweating like a construction worker in a heat wave, precisely at the moment my tendril girl was at the verge of being squashed by that enormous wrestler’s body.’

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: F*cking sumo.

Published by Tirade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Review

‘BUT! Suprisingly there’s two fun stories (yes fun, the word that can under no circumstance be connected to literature, that only dumb people would use, people without sensibilities, who do not appreciate the literary value of a story, and only like it vulgar). In the story ‘F*cking sumo’ by Martin Vesseur the protagonist welcomes us to his website. He starts chattering, but soon mentions his – great word! – pijnwee [translated: a crossing between ‘pain’ and ‘homesick’, meaning ‘longing to go back to the pain’] Soon followed by titles such as ‘My tattoos’, ‘My piercings’ and ‘My forked tongue’.’ Sander Pleij, Vrij Nederland 10, March 2008

Sketches of a Worldwide Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-02-6

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-35-4

Available as ebook on Kobo ISBN 978-94-91908-35-4

Published by Vibes in 2014

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

This tribute to the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude tells the tale of their imaginary work of art called The Sahara Tent. While they are building this huge installation across the sand dunes of the Sahara, a phenomenon occurs that has the power to change the world and with it the future of the planet. The story premiered in literary magazine De Brakke Hond (Belgium) and in M.H. Vesseur’s short story collection Allusions.

A review of Sketches of a Worldwide Christo and Jeanne-Claude

'A speculative fiction of environmental land art created by the famed artists, where they drape tent cloths over a wide stretch of the Sahara to block out the sun, creating a greenhouse effect with climatic effects on the desert biome that hold potential global implications. An interesting piece that combines sci fi speculation with artistic elements to good effect.' Daniel Haeusser in the Skiffy & Fanty podcast, reviewing the Unfit Magazine publication.

Excerpt

'Above the voices I heard the grating sound that the sand made as it brushed the tires of the trailer. My trouser legs started flapping. I pulled my hat firmly on my head and began the descent to the Sahara Tent.

Twenty minutes later, at the bottom of the cliff at the foot of a steel staircase built for the public with an awning that gave protection from the sun, I reached the edge of the canvas. The wind did not reach here. The tent cloth hung at most two and a half meters above the sand. As soon as I stepped beneath it, I found myself under a different sky.’

Translated by Paul Vincent. This story was originally published under its original title: Schetsen van een wereldwijde Christo en Jeanne-Claude.

Published by De Brakke Hond (2006, Dutch version), Mechelen, Belgium.

Published by Mythaxis (2020, English version), USA.

Pubished by Unfit Magazine (2018, English version, online publication), USA.

Fat Jesus

Becoming more obese every day the protagonist is doomed to stay home indefinitely, unable to leave his appartment in a normal way.

Excerpt

‘”Eating is an act of resistance!” he shouts, spraying food. “Against the ridicilous dictatorship that you embody, you and your man. Because I know why you are so thin, lady. All you ever do is fight against the calories. You are a mercenary in the army of the thin and against the kilos you shall fight.”

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Dikke Jezus.

Published by Lava, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The Terrible Painting

While residing in Paris after the Second World War painter Karel Appel, suffering from poor living conditions and toxic fumes, sees a horrible alternate reality emerge, leaking from his dreams straight into real life.

Excerpt

‘No, things were looking good in Paris, early 1953. Nothing to eat, no heating, my girlfriend off to Amsterdam to study. But in spite of all that: we were painting. My buddies, me, we were painting canvas after canvas, and canvas after canvas looked terrific and we were looking at a bright future. Recognition was imminent. We didn’t know how, we didn’t know when. We knew.’

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Het verschrikkelijke schilderen.

Published by De Brakke Hond, Mechelen, Belgium.

Narcissist Guru

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-05-7

Published by Vibes in 2014

Also available in the short story collection “Allusions” (see above)

Excerpt

We all remember fondly the Narcissist Guru, one of our century’s most controversial men, who claimed to have found a way to realise a perfect world and who is, in a way, still with us.

‘Somewhere beyond the sand dunes he floats in nitric acid in a transparent cylinder. The polished walls of his glass coffin act as magnifiers and enlarge his figure. The fierce sunshine and rising water vapours of the desert project his image high in the sky. From miles away the pilgrim can enjoy the figure towering benignly above the desert.’

Translated by Paul Vincent. This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Narcist Goeroe.

Published by Lava, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Hiroshima Blossoms

The report concerning the exposure of test persons to the mysterious film #1077 reveals disquieting details about the future of man.

Excerpt

‘Frame 34,561 to 43,200. Panoramic view of the blossom garden. The music is prolonged without pause. Electric organs and monotonously hissing rhythm boxes from seventies porn. First some revealing effects on the surroundings of the atomic blast are shown.’

This story has been published in Dutch under its original title: Hiroshima bloesemt.

Published by Nymph, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Burning Neil Armstrong

Available as ebook on the Amazon Kindle ISBN 978-94-91908-21-7

Available as Apple iBook ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0

Available as ebook on Kobo ISBN 978-94-91908-20-0

Also available in the short story collection ‘Allusions’ (see above)

After selling our souls for money we are forced to watch the Economy grow into an unstoppable force that will soon change the face of our earth forever…

Excerpt

‘WIDE AWAKE FOR THE SUPER ECONOMY. For some time now the world population has been plagued by insomnia. It’s a small step to full insomnia. Super vitamins keep people on their feet six days a week for the full 24 hours each. This way one can work continuously. On the seventh day one can sleep for thirty-two hours. No sleep deprivation, no spare time, max productivity. As the global market is wide open, no country can stay behind.’

This story has premiered under its original title: De verbranding van Neil Armstrong.

Published by Nymph, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Lemniscate

Had you made different choices during the past hour, you probably would not be reading this page right now…

…Most likely you wouldn’t even be here, behind your computer screen. Because every choice you make influences your life and is potentially a crossing point in your existence. According to the theme of Lemniscate any of these crossing points is unrelenting and their numbers infinite. This is the story of historian Louis Ohm and the world around him, while we, the reader, jump from one parallel life to the next.

Lemniscate has been published in the original Dutch language under the title: Lemniscaat.

Published by Vibes Publishing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Small Footsteps in Warm Sand

In a future beyond the economy and climate change a wandering boy finds a new home.

This story has been published in the Dutch language under its original title: Kleine voetstappen in warm zand.

Appeared originally in Ganymedes 11, a short story collection published by Diram, the Netherlands.

You Don’t See Many Women These Days

In the 2010’s the fertility of the West-European male is deteriorating, as anyone who follows scientific bulletins can confirm. But when this story was first published such a notion was purely speculative.

This story has been published in the Dutch language under its original title: Je ziet niet meer zo veel vrouwen tegenwoordig.

Appeared originally in Ganymedes 10, a short story collection published by A.W. Bruna & Zoon, 1986.

You Don't See Many Women These Days was awarded with the King Kong Award for best debut.