Steven Finkelstein was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Walnut Hills High School, graduating in the spring of 1999. He moved to Pittsburgh later that same year, attending Point Park College until 2002, at which time he transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Pitt in April of 2004 with a B.A. in English Writing. Since then, he has spent time in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Myrtle Beach, and he currently resides in Rochester, New York. He has written several novels, a screenplay, a comic book series, and many short stories and essays. His stories have been featured in a wide variety of different publications, both online and in print, in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Finkelstein’s novels Transitional Period, The Woods, Hell To Pay, and Rogue: Time Out of Mind are available on Amazon for Kindle and in print-on-demand format. Also available is the short story collection A Long, Slow Burn and Other Stories, the memoir You Never Know Who’s Crazy, and the essay collection Driving Fast in the Slow Lane. His latest is the collection of horror short stories Fear the Darkness, Shun the Light.

For the past couple of years Mr. Finkelstein has been working as a freelance writer and has had little time for fiction or personal projects, as he has instead been focused on such things as paid blog and article writing, editorial work, and general content creation for a variety of clients. Perhaps in the future he will return to writing novels and short stories, but for now those sorts of additions to his existing body of work seem unlikely.


  • Reply steve January 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Steve–compliments on your blog. I see we have a few things in common, other than a taste for Poe and Hemingway, and an aversion to santorum. Obviously I discovered your blog while googling myself (a sentence which not too long ago would have been gibberish, and still sounds ridiculous…) Keep up the good work!
    –(another) Steven M. Finkelstein
    Penfield, NY

  • Reply Steven January 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for commenting, Steven. Always good to know there are more of us out there. You to, I am sure, have known the hassle of having to spell out your last name over the phone when ordering pizza.

  • Reply Joe Montes April 8, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Steve, just read “Talking with Myself.” I’ve also read a few of your other pieces as well. While I don’t know if your fiction is any good, your prose is clean, your voice interesting. That means you’ve already got a couple of skills that many published writers don’t have. I don’t believe getting published requires an act of God the way everyone thinks it does. I’m a firm believer that good will always out . . . no matter how long that might take. Good luck.

  • Reply Joseph Fingerett April 12, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I read your obituary about your grandfather, my first cousin. I had been trying to find your great Aunt, Evelyn Haltman, as I believe she is still around. Evelyn and Annette first met me in 1944, in Chicago when I was in the Navy. Your Grandfather’s mother was Latze Wekselman, my father’s younger sister. If you want to get in touch with me, I could tell you some things, and I am hoping that you could tell me some things about other members of our family. Joseph (Joe) Fingerett

  • Reply Shirley Gordon Gold May 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I also read your article about Moishe Wekselman, your grandfather. He was my cousin and didn’t deserve such bitter comments. It revealed more about you than about him.

    Shirley Gordon Gold

    • Reply Steven May 8, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Hi Shirley. My assessment of my relationship with Martin was an honest one. I said nothing that wasn’t true, and whatever your experience was with having him as a cousin, having him as a grandfather frankly sucked, to use the parlance of our times. I’m sure my sister would say the same, as would our cousins. But in any case, I hope the man is resting peacefully, and I retain no ill will or bitterness against him.

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