Short walk #6

 

Take a chance. It’s just a short walk down a dark street.

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

Short sample:

I shook my head, too nauseated by the thought of Paul’s death to muster intellectual curiosity over the choice of weapon. From “Settled Score” by Sara Paretsky (in Windy City Blues: a V.I. Warshawski Collection, Delacorte Press, 1995).

Point of view:

Andi Shechter reviews the evidence on Murder and All that Jazz, ed. Robert Randisi (2004).

New releases, old releases:

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

Writing desk:

Hank Phillippi Ryan with a few words about what to say at your book event.

Free zine:

“Labor Day” by Danny Gardner at Beat to a Pulp (2015)

“Nature of the Beast” by Paul D. Marks at Beat to a Pulp (2016).

Check my shorts, please:

My flash piece “Hostile Plans” appeared in Switchblade Issue 2.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #5

Psst. Come with me. On a short walk down a dark street.

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

Short sample:

I couldn’t see the full reflection of my face; my features were obscured by the vapors of death on the mirror, resembling the death in the city, and resembling the scent of yesterday’s passersby. From “Scent of a Woman, Scent of a City” by Alawiya Sobh (in Beirut Noir, ed. Iman Humaydan, Askahic Books, 2015).

Point of view:

Otto Penzler distinguishes noir from detective stories.

Kevin Tipple guzzles 13 Shots of Noir by Paul D. Brazill.

New releases, old releases:

The Baby in the Icebox: And Other Short Fiction by James M. Cain (1984).

Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories (collected in 2002).

Writing desk:

Getting stories published: Prolific, award-winning author Michael Bracken flips traditional advice on its head (2013).

Free zine:

“The Wrong Thing to Say” by Bill Baber at Yellow Mama.

Check my shorts, please:

My creepy crime story “Stegmann’s Basement” is free to read at Spelk Fiction.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #4

Looking for trouble? Try a short walk down a dark street.

Another week, another round of of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Bosch checked the clock as he rolled to the side of the bed and sat up. It was 5:45 A.M. and that was late for a murder call. From “One-Dollar Jackpot” by Michael Connelly (in Dead Man’s Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table, ed. Otto Penzler, Harcourt Inc., 2007).

Point of view:

Two reviews of the sharpest issue yet of cutting-edge crime fiction quarterly Switchblade, one from David Nemeth and another from Matthew X. Gomez.

New releases, old releases:

The Night of the Flood, eds. E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen (2018).

Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, ed. Terrie Farley Moran (2011).

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder: A real-life private eye reveals down-and-dirty details on how to snoop through someone’s trashcans.

Free read:

“The Heist” by Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, is serialized in one, two, three, four parts at The Strand Magazine.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Disaster Adjuster” appeared in cross-genre magazine Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #3

Need a quick buzz? Take a short walk down a dark street.

Short sample:

The girls screamed and held hands in the backseat even after the car barreled into a tree. From “The Queen of Secrets” by Lisa D. Gray (in New Haven Noir, ed. Amy Bloom, Akashic Books, 2017.)

Point of view:

John Floyd collects a list and a wish list of shorts from favorite novelists (2008).

Ben Boulden is on the scene with The Big Book of the Continental Op (stories by Dashiell Hammett, collected in 2017).

New releases, old releases:

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly (June 2018) is ready to read.

CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour, ed. Martin Edwards (2017).

Writing desk:

For EQMM editor Janet Hutchings, the end of a story should come first.

Free zine:

For the third year, The Short Mystery Fiction Society commemorated May as International Short Story Month by linking at least one free story by an SMFS member every day.

Check my shorts, please:

See Free zines (above). SMFS linked my 911 transcript story “Please Remain Calm” on May 10.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis