Short walk #71

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The little lawyer waggled a finger at Joe the Angel and sat impassive while the bartender poured another double shot of rye. From “Hard Sell” by Lawrence Block (in Resume Speed and Other Stories by Lawrence Block. Concrete Canyon Press, collected in 2018).

Point of view:

Reviewed by Bill Pronzini: Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher.

New releases, old releases:

Three excerpts from Occult Detective Quarterly #6 (scheduled release: 2019).

Fiction River: Crime Boxed Set (Three anthologies, collected in 2018).

Tricks of the Trade:

Techniques for hiding clues in mystery stories.

Free Reads:

“Mission Hills Confidential” by Grace Suh (from Kansas City Noir).

“Justice” by Riaz Mulla (from Mumbai Noir).

“Amp is the First Word in Amphetamine” by Joseph Mattson (from The Speed Chronicles).

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

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Short walk #70

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

In the Ozarks we get about two weeks of spring before it gets hotter than a whore in church, and this was one of those fine April days after the cold and before the thunder and the heat. From “Johnny Cash Is Dead” by Jordan Harper (in Thuglit Presents Hardcore Hardboiled, ed. Todd Robinson. Kensington Books, 2008).

Point of view:

Rural noir: reviewing the evidence on The Outlaw Album: Stories by Daniel Woodrell.

New releases, old releases:

This year’s Bouchercon anthology Denim, Diamonds and Death (ed. Rick Ollerman) is available for pre-order from Down & Out Books.

Ford County: Stories (by John Grisham).

Mississippi Noir (ed. Tom Franklin).

Tricks of the Trade:

Make your characters more interesting with lies.

Free Reads:

“And They Shall Take Up Serpents” and “With Hair Blacker than Coal” by Chris McGinley, both at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My back-country jailhouse whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #69

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

While writers make their best work public, murderers bury theirs. From “The Bog” by Loren D. Estleman (in Desperate Detroit and Stories of Other Dire Places, Loren D. Estleman. Gallery Books, collected in 2016).

Point of view:

Review: Switchblade Issue 10 (reviewed by Matthew X. Gomez).

Review: Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled (reviewed by Kevin R. Tipple).

New releases, old releases:

Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology (ed. Elizabeth Zelvin, 2019).

Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense (ed. Sarah Weinman, 2013).

Tricks of the Trade:

Interviews with the editors of Tough and The Strand Magazine, here and here (as also posted on the SMFS blog).

Free Reads:

All the latest free-to-read flash fiction from Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My suspense story “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read at crime ‘zine Tough.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #68

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The false note screeched across the rehearsal room, ricocheted off the acoustic ceiling tile, and then dropped with a bang to the floor. From “Bare Ruined Choirs” by Webster Ford (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, September/October 2019, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Reviews: Ben Boulden’s Gravetapping blog taps “The Winning Ticket” by Bill Pronzini and “Postcard from Cambodia” by Andrew Nette.

New releases, old releases:

Mystery Tribune #10, print edition (Summer 2019).

The September monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork, in paperback and Kindle formats. And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Tricks of the Trade:

Arson, autopsies, cop talk, guns, poison, suicide vs. murder, and more: ten short essays on writing crime scenes.

Free Reads:

“Spare Change” by Liz McAdams, “Through the Noose” by Katherine Bonnie Bailey, “Fortune Teller” by Deborah Sheldon, and “Keys” by Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber, all at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense story “Murderous Lies” is a free podcast from King’s River Life Magazine. The story was originally published in Suspense Magazine in 2013.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #67

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The end of London looked very like the end of the world: and the last lamppost of the suburbs like a lonely star in space. From “The Garden of Smoke” by G.K. Chesterton (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September/October 2019, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines. Mystery Classic story: originally published in 1919).

Point of view:

ReviewKingston Noir.

ReviewTough 2: Crime Stories.

New releases, old releases:

Death Among Us: An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories (2019).

Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings (collected in 2001).

Tricks of the Trade:

“How to Write Killer Flash Fiction.”

Free Reads:

“One Spent Shell” by Dan J. Fiore at Tough.

“Mysterious Ways and All That” by Gary Priest at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

The anthology The Best Laid Plans includes my impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” (Kindle format on sale 99c until 8/27. U.S. and U.K. only).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #66

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Truth was, Gravedigger Peace didn’t remember his dreams these days. Not ever. Not one. From “A Sleep Not Unlike Death” by Sean Chercover (in Between the Dark and the Daylight and 27 More of the Best Crime & Mystery Stories of the Year, eds. Gorman and Greenberg. Tyrus Books, 2009).

Point of view:

Reviews: Two from Vicki Weisfeld (at crime fiction lover) — Exit Wounds and Milwaukee Noir.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of EQMM and AHMM (Sept/Oct 2019).

Tough 2: Crime Stories (2019).

Barking at Butterflies and Other Stories (by Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain, collected in 2000).

Tricks of the Trade:

Author and Editor Richard Thomas considers different ways neo-noir films can inspire storytelling.

Free Reads:

“Swimmer” by Mark Cotton, “The Last Time I Almost Used” by Jennifer Carr, and “Howie’s Cell” by Chris McCartney, all in the new issue of Yellow Mama.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appeared in Issue 22 of Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news: Yellow Mama accepted my creepy crime-horror story “Stegmann’s Basement” for publication in October. The story originally appeared at Spelk Fiction.

 

Short walk #65

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Burning flares and flashing red and blue lights ripped the night apart. From “Mulholland Drive” by Michael Connelly (in Los Angeles Noir, ed. Denise Hamilton. Akashic Books, 2007. Reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories 2008, eds. Penzler and Pelecanos. Quercus Publishing Plc).

Point of view:

Reviews: Down In The Devil Hole and The Stoner Stories, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Exit Wounds (2019).

The Best American Noir of the Century (2011).

Tricks of the Trade:

Short story writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut.

Free Reads:

“Everyone Talks” by Lee Child, free to read at Penguin Books, Australia.

Check my shorts, please:

My flash piece “The Interrogation” appeared in the March 2016 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine as the story that won the AHMM Monthly Mysterious Photograph Contest.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis