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

 

 

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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

Short walk #29

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

Short sample:

I had bounty hunted for years, and I’d done a bit of head whopping before, but this was my first murder. From “Six-Finger Jack” by Joe R. Lansdale (in Lone Star Noir, eds. Bobby Byrd and Johnny Byrd, Akashic Books, 2010).

Point of view:

Kevin Tipple’s review covers the June issue of Mystery Weekly, cover to cover.

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one (sort of). And this one. And . . . well, you get it. He does this every week. Good deal!

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 Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Texas Twosome: The Big Book of Hap and Leonard by Joe R. Lansdale, collected in 2018.

Writing desk:

John Floyd gives writers the inside story on stories inside The Strand Magazine.

Free zines:

“The Last Case” by James Blakey is free to read at Over My Dead Body!

“You Got It All Wrong” by Caroline Couderc is free to read at Shotgun Honey.

“Death Pin” by Bruce Harris is free to read at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye story “With Cunning Wickedness” is linked on the Short Mystery Fiction Society blog, free to read. (Reprinted at Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures. Originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler II).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #28

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

Short sample:

The door opened and a tall blonde dressed better than the Duchess of Windsor strolled in. From “Trouble Is My Business” by Raymond Chandler (in Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories, Everyman’s Library, collected in 2002).

Point of view:

Kevin Burton Smith is on the scene to review The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (ed. Otto Penzler, 2010).

New releases, old releases:

The oldest name in mystery magazines released another fresh issue: The Strand Magazine: Twentieth Anniversary Collector’s Issue.

Lethal ladies found here: Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled.

Mayhem at the MegaMart: Discount Noir (eds. Abbott and Weddle).

Writing desk:

EQMM editor Janet Hutchings’ views on 1st person vs. 3rd person POV.

Free zines:

“That Voodoo That You Do” by Tess Makovesky and “A Rainy Night in Soho” by Paul D. Brazill, free to read at Punk Noir.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #27

A full plate of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

I paused for a moment, wondering if I was going too far, arranging for Douglas to suffer this way. From “Whose Wine Is It, Anyway” by Barb Goffman (In 50 Shades of Cabernet: A Mysterious Anthology, ed. Mary Miley, Koehler Books, 2017).

Point of view:

Catherine Dilts serves a tasty two-part review of Noir at the Salad Bar, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible will be released in time for Malice Domestic 31 in May 2019.

Landfall: The Best New England Crime Stories 2018.

The Killer Wore Cranberry, volumes #5, #4, #3, #2, #1.

Writing desk:

A detailed list of 34 motives for murder (“too slow passing me the sweet potatoes” not among them).

Free zines:

“Cold Turkey” by Keith Rawson at Beat to a Pulp.

“Somewhere, New Mexico” by Henry Brock and “Blood and Red Tape” by April Snellings at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous You-Solve-It Mystery “The Mysterious Meatball Autopsy” appeared in the November 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (with the solution to the mystery revealed in the December issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #26

A long stretch of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

If it wasn’t for the prison, the people who live around here would starve to death—it’s the only job there is. From “Proving It” by Andrew Vachss (in Everybody Pays, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, collected in 2001).

Point of view:

An arresting review of Prison Noir, stories written by prison inmates, ed. Joyce Carol Oates.

New releases, old releases:

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

Dirty Words: Stories by Todd (Big Daddy Thug) Robinson.

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder. 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga.

Free zines:

“The Ballad of Caprisha Marlin” by Shannon Giglio at The Big Click.

“Waiting on the Stress Boxes” by David Hagerty at Zombie Cat.

“Primeval Ugly” by Preston Lang at Tough.

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.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #25

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

Short sample:

Here I was, running a sweet little hustle, not really hurting anyone, and yet I find myself strapped spread-eagle, chest down, across a piece of three-quarter-inch plywood plunked across two sawhorses. From “The Kim Novak Effect” by Gary Phillips (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:

Catherine Dilts reviews stories from Mystery Weekly Magazine and the anthology Shhh. . .Murder!

Kevin Tipple reviews the anthology Shhh. . .Murder! and the April and May issues of Mystery Weekly. (For the latest issue, see New releases, below).

New releases, old releases:

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly, November 2018, 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.

The Barrens, a new collection by John Floyd, winner of the 2018 Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement in short mystery fiction.

Writing desk:

An annotated list of 123 personality flaws to choose from when humanizing fictional characters.

Free zines:

“A Woman of Privilege” by Désirée Zamorano and “Unsafe” by Ron Riekki at Akashic Books’ ezine Mondays are Murder.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” appeared in the anthology Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis