Short walk #49

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

Short sample:

A man likes to think he knows where he stands within the food chain of predators and prey; even among other men. From “The Apex Predator” by William Dylan Powell (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Switchblade: Issue One). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Review: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James (from The Strand Magazine online).

New releases:

The oldest name in mystery magazines released another fresh issue: The Strand Magazine: Issue 57 (includes an exclusive Walter Mosley short).

Cutting-edge crime: Switchblade: Issue 9 (Kindle Edition, April 2019, paperback not yet available).

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. May/June double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) of the world’s most popular mystery magazines are ready to read.

Tricks of the Trade:

For those who missed Short walk #2 (way back in May) AHMM editor Linda Landrigan mulls twists, turns, and two essential elements for short mysteries.

Free reads:

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

Check my shorts, please:

My crime story “Eternal Love” appeared in Switchblade: Issue 4.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

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Short walk #48

What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

I needed some clean wheels for when I dumped the van we were using, and Pen had always delivered. From “Rule Number One” by Alan Orloff (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one and this one. And this one, this one, this one, and this one.

New releases, old releases:

The Editor’s intro also rocks: Noir Nation #7.

Two collections by mystery shorts legend James Powell: A Dirge For Clowntown and A Pocketful of Noses: Stories of One Ganelon or Another.

Tricks of the Trade:

Gerald So interviews 2019 Derringer Finalists for the stories behind the stories. (Scroll down for all interviews, including mine!)

Free reads:

“Murder at Midway: 1942” (Part 1 and Part 2) by J.A. Becker and “Coppers” by Bruce Harris at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense story “They Die in Eight Minutes” first appeared, free to read, at Shotgun Honey in 2014.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #47

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

Short sample:

Very still she lies, in the cunning of desperation. From “Phantomwise: 1972” by Joyce Carol Oates (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Two reviews of Teresa Solana’s zany collection The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers (Sisters in Crime NorCal, 2019).

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, ed. Otto Penzler (collected in 2010).

Tricks of the Trade:

A screenwriter identifies seven big storytelling mistakes.

Free reads:

All five of the 2019 Derringer Awards Finalists in the flash fiction category are free to read online.

“The Bicycle Thief” by James Blakey at The Norwegian American.

“Listen Up” by Peter DiChellis (that’s right, me!!) at Flash Bang Mysteries.

“Sonny the Wonder Beast” by Nick Kolakowski at Out of the Gutter.

“Don’t Text and Drive” by Robert Petyo at Flash Bang Mysteries.

“A Misunderstanding” by Travis Richardson at Out of the Gutter.

Check my shorts, please:

Stunned, humbled, and absolutely delighted to report my private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” (in Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical) is also a Derringer Award Finalist, in the short story category!

(Since the Derringer Awards began in 1998, several writers have received two Derringer Finalist honors in the same year, including award-winning author Barb Goffman, with two Derringer Finalist stories this year. Congrats to all Finalists in all story categories.)

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

 

 

Short walk #46

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

Short sample:

If you ever want your life to turn to shit, get your identity stolen. From “Windward” by Paul D. Marks (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Kevin Tipple covers every story in Mystery Weekly’s March issue and Black Cat Mystery Magazine Issue 4, with reviews here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Parnell Hall Presents Malice Domestic: Murder Most Edible (Paperback now available).

The April monthly issue of Mystery Weekly just arrived in paperback and Kindle formats. 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. (New April story samples available soon.)

Tricks of the Trade:

EQMM Editor Janet Hutchings discusses a new trend in submissions she is seeing and publishing, as well as a type of mystery she often doesn’t like.

Free reads:

Links to all five Agatha Award nominated short stories for this year, free-to-read (and a list of Edgar nominees), courtesy of Paula Gail Benson.

Check my shorts, please:

The upcoming anthology The Best Laid Plans (Superior Shores Press, June 2019) will include my impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #45

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

Short sample:

The midnight curfew would hit in a little more than an hour, and the entire city of Seoul would shut down. From “PX Christmas” by Martin Limon (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers). **See footnote.

Point of view:

A guy who likes to read reviews the Reed Farrel Coleman collection The Brooklyn Rules.

Kevin Tipple reviews Patti Abbott’s collection, Monkey Justice.

New releases, old releases:

New anthology, cool lineup: At Home in the Dark, ed. Lawrence Block (2019).

Two collections by mystery shorts legend Clark Howard: Crowded Lives and Other Stories of Desperation and Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril (both collected in 2000).

Writing desk:

An essay on writing short vs. long from author and editor Richard Thomas.

Free zines:

“In the Morning Hour She Calls Me” by Russell W. Johnson is free to read at Tough.

“Lay Me Beneath The Oak Tree” by Joy Overbrook is free to read at Story and Grit.

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).

Breaking news: Tough accepted my crime-suspense story “Nobody’s Safe.” Details to come.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #44

What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Brooks knew now what they all knew: they would each of them go through this—this assault, this war, this life, this death—in utter solitude. From “All Our Yesterdays” by Andrew Klavan (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Ben Boulden is on the scene with a review of The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018.

Vicki Weisfeld tours Amsterdam Noir.

New releases, old releases:

Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning, (eds. Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, 2018).

Thieves’ Dozen: The Dortmunder Stories by Donald E. Westlake (collected 2004).

Writing desk:

Michael Bracken explains why editors sometimes reject the writer, not the story.

Free read:

A London newspaper published a lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in an attic in 2015.

Check my shorts, please:

My whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website, a review from Kevin Tipple here, and one from Catherine Dilts here.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #43

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

Short sample:

The smell of newly rotting flesh hit Jakaya Makinda. From “Death in the Serengeti” by David H. Hendrickson (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Fiction River, Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline). **See footnote.

Point of view:

The Strand Magazine sums up the Top 10 Sherlock Holmes shorts.

New releases, old releases:

Anniversary Issue: Mystery Tribune Winter 2019 (print and digital).

A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, ed. Megan Abbott (2007).

Writing desk:

Robert Lopresti’s free 12-chapter online textbook on how to write mysteries, compiled from years of his essays.

Free reads:

“Red Rocks” by Morgan Boyd at Tough.

“I Didn’t See My Doppelganger” by Neil Clark at Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror flash piece “The Lonely Gravedigger” is free to read at Spelk Fiction.

Breaking news: The upcoming anthology The Best Laid Plans (Superior Shores Press, June 2019) accepted my impossible-crime PI tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.