Welcome to the often strange, sometimes funny, definitely eclectic literary world of Mark Hummel.

It’s hard to make friends underground.

Mark Hummel’s newest novel, Man, Underground is now out and toddling about the world (from Regal House Publishing.) Available in trade paperback and as an Ebook wherever books are sold and in hardback through the publisher. For purchase links or to learn more about the novel, click on the cover below.

“A dark, comedic parable of resilience and camaraderie between a reclusive man who finds solace in an unconventional home and an audacious teenager who inserts herself into his hidden world…I was hooked from the first page.” — Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

“Mark Hummel has certainly written a novel for our time.” — Liza Wieland, author of Paris, 7 A.M.

“[a]…subtly elegant, gently intellectual, moving story of the friendship between a man with a broken spirit and a teenager with a soaring one.”— Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise

Man, Underground is witty, endearing, and full of surprises.” — David Abrams, author of Brave Deeds and Fobbit

2023 Montana Book Award Honor Book

2024 Eric Hoffer Award General Fiction 1st Runner-up

2024 Nautilus Book Silver Award–Fiction, Large Press

2024 High Plains Book Award–Finalist for fiction and for the Big Sky Award


“Organic Matters” is my Substack newsletter about placing trust in the organic nature of creative enterprise from both sides of the desk–as writer and as editor. Musings, examples, exercises and experiments applying “matters” as a noun and a verb.

Mark’s previous books include In the Chameleon’s Shadow and Lost & Found: Stories. Writing as Mark Leichliter, his crime fiction debut set in Northwest Montana, The Other Side, appeared in 2021. An author, editor, writing coach, and teacher, he lives in Bigfork, Montana. Click on a book cover to learn more.

Aaron Lugner is a chameleon, hiding in plain sight. When he tries to change his deceitful ways, two worlds–one built on truth, one on lies–threaten to collide.

Twelve eclectic stories about love, loss, and redemption set among wars, crimes, and marriages.