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Martyn V. Halm
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Suspense novelist with a checkered past and an uncertain future.

About Martyn

I live in Amsterdam with my two children, two cats, two rats, and countless imaginary characters vying for attention.

I’m the author of the Amsterdam Assassin Series, a suspense fiction series featuring freelance assassin Katla Sieltjes. An accomplished martial artist, I am an expert in knifework, aikido, and Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū (天真正伝香取神道流) bujutsu.

I train to attain Fudōshin in everyday life. I teach Pre-Conflict Control, my own system of conflict resolution coupled with aikido-based non-violent self-defense techniques. I also give courses to help shy people gain more confidence through assertiveness.

Half-blind from a medical mishap, I vape pharmaceutical cannabis daily for therapy-resistant glaucoma. I love music, have an extensive jazz collection, and build my own headphones.

Stories by Martyn

Soaked In Jazz | Meet Kiki
Soaked In Jazz
Meet Kiki

She hands me the spliff and I take a long drag, the fragrant White Widow smoke filling my lungs. I love this weed, relaxing me all over, but not dulling my mind. Or my libido.

Ascension Day | Giving in to a feeling
Ascension Day
Giving in to a feeling

A shy smile blossoms on her face as she clasps her hands behind her back and cocks her head to the side, smiling impishly. "I'm ready when you are."

Don’t Feed The Monkeys | Just because you can go faster doesn’t mean you should
Don’t Feed The Monkeys
Just because you can go faster doesn’t mean you should

As the whacka-whacka guitar intro of Van Halen’s “Atomic Punk” fills my head, I pick up the pace and David Lee Roth’s shriek segues into Led Zeppelin’s strutting “Black Dog.”