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More links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
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).
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New releases, old releases:
The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks, ed. Janet Hutchings (2011).
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.
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