Short walk #15

 

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

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

Short sample:

One quiet Thursday in February, I’m bringing a Lionel Ritchie wannabe a scotch when I see Liver-Spot Lou pushing himself in a wheelchair across the casino. From “Winning Ticket” by Christine Matthews (in The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction, eds. Gorman and Greenberg, Cemetery Dance Publications, 2012. Story originally published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2010).

Point of view:

Reviewers at Mystery Scene, Lesa’s Book Critiques, and Crime Review give Champagne toasts to Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, eds. Edwards and Muller (2018).

New releases, old releases:

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

The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks, ed. Janet Hutchings (2011).

Writing desk:

Seven editors double-check the state of short mystery and crime markets (December 2017). For more editor interviews see Short walk #11 in the July archives, Short walk #3 in the June archives, and Short walk #2 in the May archives.

Free zine:

Three free reads from Southern crime fiction zine Story and Grit:

“Pride” by Barbara Taylor

“The Sunset Flip” by Tom Leins

“The Stick of Gum” by Philip DiGiacomo

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous 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 #14

 

C’mon. Let’s take a walk. 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:

Safe from eavesdroppers in the clatter of a Sutter Street lunchroom, the detective-sergeant leaned over his clam chowder and told me what he knew about the murder, which wasn’t much. From “Death on Pine Street” by Dashiell Hammett (In Nightmare Town: Stories by Dashiell Hammett, eds. McCauley, Greenberg, Gorman. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, collected in 2000).

Point of view:

Editor Otto Penzler makes a case for short detective stories.

Vince Keenan’s review applauds The Night and the Music: Matt Scudder Stories, by Lawrence Block (collected in 2011).

New releases, old releases:

The Big Book of Female Detectives, ed. Otto Penzler (scheduled release October 2018, available for pre-order).

Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection by Loren D. Estleman (collected in 2011).

Writing desk:

Author Lee Martin on the art of sculpting a story’s sagging middle. (For EQMM editor Janet Hutchings’ view on story endings, see Short walk #3 in the June archives).

Free zine:

“Smoke is My Shadow” by Lee Blevins (at Crimson Streets).

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye story “With Cunning Wickedness” was reprinted, free to read, at Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures (originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler II).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #13

 

Psst! Follow me. On a short walk down a dark street.

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

Short sample:

Each morning, Ray Dempsey parked his considerable rump on a stool behind his talking cash register and spent the entire day monitoring his tiny domain with his four working senses. From “The Movie Lover” by Kevin Egan (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August 2018, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Kevin Tipple’s review covers the whole territory of Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country by C. J. Box (2014).

Recent AHMM and EQMM stories are pulling in more and more positive reviews. And more. And more. And for even more, see my blog archives for Short walk #7 (posted July 1), Short walk #2 (May 26), and Short walk #1 (May 19).

New releases, old releases:

Baghdad Noir, Samuel Shimon (August 2018), Marrakech Noir, ed. Yassin Adnan (August 2018), and Santa Cruz Noir (California surf town!), ed. Susie Bright (June 2018).

The Dame Was Trouble, eds. Johnson, Lilburne, MacDonald (August 2018).

Down & Out: The Magazine Issue 4, ed. Rick Ollerman (August 2018).

Writing desk:

A professional proofreader divulges nine tips for uncovering errors in your manuscript.

Free stories:

Mystery Tribune received permission to reprint stories, free to read, from the anthology Mostly Murder Till Death (ed. Lawrence Block, 2016), including: “Nice Guys Finish Last” by JC Andrijeski and “Pride” by Eric J. Gates.

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).

Breaking news: Mystery Weekly just accepted my new You-Solve-It “Treasure Cave” for publication later this year!

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #12

 

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

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

Short sample:

The body was put together from different parts—the door was one color and the hood was another and the bumpers were from an ’82. From “Hannah Martinez” by Sara Gran (in The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads, ed. Patrick Millikin, Mulholland Books, 2016).

Point of view:

Reviewing the evidence on Cuddy Plus One by Jeremiah Healy (collected in 2003).

96 crime readers give the star treatment to Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley (1998).

New releases, old releases:

The oldest name in mystery magazines released another fresh issue: The Strand Magazine #55 includes a previously unpublished Ernest Hemingway story.

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly (August 2018) arrived like clockwork. As always, on the Mystery Weekly website you can read extended story samples free by clicking the links in the List of Published Titles and also sign up for free stories via email.

Writing desk:

Writers Write describes nine types of unreliable narrators. Or are there ten? Or eleven?

Free zine:

“Lost and Found” by Kristie Claxton, “Judith” by April Snellings, and “Cranked” by Mark Westmoreland are among the free reads at trailblazing crime zine Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror flash piece “The Lonely Gravedigger” appeared at Spelk Fiction.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis