Short walk #16


Anything can happen on 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:

When you’ve been lied to as often as I have over the years, by all sorts of people good and bad, you develop ways to separate the truths from the untruths, a kind of homespun lie detector. From “Grapplin’” by Bill Pronzini (in Zigzag: A Nameless Detective Collection, Forge Books, 2016).

Point of view:

Count on Pretty Sinister Books to review Four & Twenty Bloodhounds, ed. by Bouchercon namesake Anthony Boucher (originally published 1950, reissued 1985). A handful of used copies are available via Amazon third party sellers.

New releases, old releases:

The 2018 Bouchercon anthology Florida Happens is here starting Sept 4.

The first print issue of Tough Crime is on the streets.

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (September 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 sign up for free stories via email.

Writing desk:

Why Brendan Dubois writes short stories (archived at The Strand Magazine).

Meanwhile, Mystery Fanfare and Snoopy discovered the supreme practical reason to write a short story (at site, click on image to enlarge).

Free zines:

A whole summer of Saturdays; a whole summer of free mystery and crime stories. Short Story Saturdays (a few more here) from The Short Mystery Fiction Society (more to come on the SMFS blog throughout 2018).

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Disaster Adjuster” is slotted for reprinting in The Literary Hatchet Issue 21. (The story originally appeared in Kzine in 2017.)

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Click into the blog’s archives (above right, May through August) for more links to short mystery & crime stories, editor interviews, essays, releases, reviews, and writing tips.