Short walk #18


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:

Bernie whipped his tail across the sink, scattered the little shampoos like bowling pins, and made Sherm wonder if he should’ve gone with a smaller alligator. From “Palmetto Springs” by Jeremy Herbert (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, September/October 2018, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one. And this one. And this one. And . . .

A Cross Examining Crime review examines a trio of mystery shorts from ingenious storyteller Roald Dahl (Collected in 2005. Limited availability on Amazon, including used paperbacks).

New releases, old releases:

Hot, hot, hot off the presses: all the latest issues of Mystery Tribune are here.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (eds. Penny and Penzler) launches October 2 (pre-orders available).

While you’re waiting: The Best of the Best American Mystery Stories: The First Ten Years (1997-2006) ed. Penzler, 2014.

Writing desk:

Need to profile a disturbed character? Writers Write provides handy charts that summarize different types of personality disorders and compare and contrast psychopaths vs. sociopaths.

Free zine:

A batch of free summer stories at Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Gravedigger Blues” is free to read at Story and Grit (originally appeared at Yellow Mama in 2013).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis