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