Short walk #36

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

Short sample:

Every memory in my head seemed like a piece of glass. From “The Wild Side of Life” by James Lee Burke (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Southern Review). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Kevin’s Corner, a top review site for mysteries and crime fiction, struts its stuff with a review of TOUGH: Crime Stories and a review of Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled Three.

New releases, old releases:

New cutting-edge crime stories: Switchblade: Issue 8 (Kindle Edition, January 2019, paperback not yet available).

Celebrating Sisters in Crime. 30 Shades of Dead: A collection of mysteries to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sisters in Crime (2017).

Writing desk:

Author and Editor Richard Thomas on how to put together a collection of your stories.

Free zine:

Three freebies from Crimson Streets. “Last Stop, Wichita” by Michael St. Pierre, “Hot Sauce Charlie” by Les Berkley, and Big Yellow Lexus,” by Mark Bilsborough.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Disaster Adjuster” was reprinted in The Literary Hatchet Issue 21. (The story originally appeared in Kzine in 2017.)

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 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 #35

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

Short sample:

The entire melee lasted less than ten minutes and left the Quarryville Smokehouse riddled with bullet holes and every biker dead or dying. From “Smoked” by Michael Bracken (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Noir at the Salad Bar). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Ben Boulden (Gravetapping blog and Mystery Scene Magazine) names his six favorite mystery and crime stories of 2018.

Reviewing the Evidence reviews Death Do Us Part, ed. Harlan Coben (2006).

New releases, old releases:

Lethal ladies found here: The long-awaited paperback edition of Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled.

No artificial ingredients. The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane: The Long Lost Rock n’ Roll Detective Stories.

Writing desk:

Everything you ever wanted to know about creating angry characters.

Free zine:

Pop! Pop! Pop open the brand new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries for five free stories.

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

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

 

 

Short walk #34

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

Short sample:

He was in his pajamas in a strange bed in a strange place, a strange woman was standing over him, and his heart was breaking. From “The Designee” by T.C. Boyle (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Iowa Review). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Sandra Seamans posted her annual summary of comings and goings in crime and mystery fiction publications.

New releases, old releases:

The newest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork. And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links in the List of Published Titles, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Bookstore, library, or tuba? Blood Work, ed. Rick Ollerman (who also edits Down & Out: The Magazine).

Writing desk:

Editor Eric Lindbom answers Six Questions about the kind of submissions he wants for Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures.

Free zine:

“The Final Sleep” by David Nemeth and “So Easy” by R.D. Sullivan are free to read at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense flash piece “They Die in Eight Minutes” is free to read in the Shotgun Honey archives.

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 through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #33

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

Short sample:

The bodies were contorted, frozen in positions of agony. From “Y is for Yangchuan Lizard” by Andrew Bourelle (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in D Is for Dinosaur). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Joseph Scarpato, Jr. is on the scene with a review of  Murder Short & Sweet, ed. Paul D. Staudohar (2008).

New releases, old releases:

a.k.a. pattinase. I Bring Sorrow: And Other Stories of Transgression by Patricia Abbott (2018).

a.k.a. Big Daddy Thug. Thuglit Presents Blood, Guts, and Whiskey ed. Todd Robinson (2010).

Writing desk:

Police Craft: What Cops Know About Crime, Community and Violence by Adam Plantinga. (Reviewed at Criminal Element: “a fine choice for crime writers who want to capture authentic action and emotion in their own works”).

Free zines:

“Ibis” by Ted Flanagan at Akashic Books’ ezine Mondays are Murder.

“Seven Odd Bullets” by Maxwell Park at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My You-Solve-It-Mini-Mystery “The Action Hero Murder” is free to read at Over My Dead Body!

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 through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and the story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #32

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

Short sample:

A prickle of terror climbed the back of his neck. From “Banana Triangle Six” by Louis Bayard (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:

Kevin Tipple’s review covers the July issue of Mystery Weekly, cover to cover. (Includes my story “Locked Tight.” For Kevin’s reviews of the February through June issues, see Short walk #2, #25, and #29 in the May, November, and December archives.)

145 mystery readers give the star treatment to Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie (collected in 2012).

New releases, old releases:

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. January/February double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) are ready to read.

From Wildside Press: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #26.

Writing desk:

What Sherlock Holmes Can Teach Writers About Clues (in The Strand Magazine).

Free zine:

Three from Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures. “Honeymoon Sweet” by Craig Faustus Buck, “The Last Walk of Filips Finks” by William Burton McCormick, and “The Bank Job” by Stephen D. Rogers.

Check my shorts, please:

My jailhouse whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website and, in addition to Kevin Tipple’s review (linked above), a review from Catherine Dilts.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

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

 

Short walk #31

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

Short sample:

Lying in bed in the apartment she once shared with Harry, the apartment where she now lived alone, staring at the ceiling unable to sleep, Esther began killing Harry. From “The Last Supper” by Carol Lea Benjamin (in Manhattan Noir, ed. Lawrence Block, Akashic Books, 2006).

Point of view:

Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018 at Crime Fiction Lover.

New releases, old releases:

Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Gary Phillips’ Hollis For Hire (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder — Bullet Trajectories: Where Did the Shot Come From?

Free zines:

“Dollface” by Michael Bracken at Story and Grit.

“The Myths” by J.D. Smith at Retreats From Oblivion.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #30

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

Short sample:

Ironic, too, that Otis Parker was killed by the books he loved. From “The Book Case” by Nelson DeMille (in Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, ed. Otto Penzler, Pegasus Books, 2017).

Point of view:

Mysteries Short and Sweet presents over 50 short, sweet reviews of Edward D. Hoch impossible crime stories from 1, 2, 3, 4 collections.

New releases, old releases:

Hot, hot, hot off the presses: the latest issue of Mystery Tribune.

Cuddy Collection: The Concise Cuddy by Jeremiah Healy (1998).

Writing desk:

Author and Editor Richard Thomas gives his Top Ten Tips on getting stories published.

Free reads:

One from the latest issue of Mystery Tribune and one from an earlier issue. “The Witness” by Bern Sy Moss and “American Beauty Minus Kevin Spacey” by Eugenio Volpe.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis