Short walk #24

A Halloween bag of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Growing up, the best guys I knew were the ghosts of the dead soldiers that hung out by the Vietnam Veteran’s Monument. From “Dodo” by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (in Bound by Mystery: Celebrating 20 Years of Poisoned Pen Press, ed. Diane D. DiBiase, Poisoned Pen Press, 2017).

Point of view:

Review: Scott D. Parker scares up a Halloween anthology edited by Isaac Asimov with mystery stories by authors Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury, Edward D. Hoch, Ellery Queen, and others (published 1983, a few very expensive copies are available on Amazon).

Matthew X. Gomez reviews another sharp Switchblade release: Issue “Sixx” (also see Issue Seven in New releases, below).

New releases, old releases:

Keep your doors locked after dark. Switchblade Issue Seven was just released into the civilian population.

Tricks and treats: Occult Detective Quarterly Issues #4 and #3 (#2 and #1 are in limited availability or out of print).

Writing desk:

The role of small surprises in short stories.

Free zines:

“The Butcher of Pensacola” by James Glass at Akashic Books’ ezine Mondays are Murder.

“Dead Man Walking” by C.M. Saunders at Crimson Streets.

“Deadweight” by Casey Schwarz Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My creepy crime story “Stegmann’s Basement” is free to read at Spelk Fiction.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #23

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

Short sample:

My introduction to the Parker shotgun began with a graphic view of its apparent effect when fired at a formerly nice-looking man at close range. From “The Parker Shotgun” by Sue Grafton (in Kinsey and Me: Stories, Marian Wood Books/Putnam).

Point of view:

50 hardboiled readers give the star treatment to A Long Time Dead: A Mike Hammer Casebook by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (collected in 2016).

New releases, old releases:

Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns (2016).

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country by C. J. Box (collected in 2014). See reviews in Short walk #13 (August archives) and Short walk #19 (September archives).

Writing desk:

BANG! A character in your story was just shot. Some real-world options for what could happen next.

Free zines:

Pop! Pop! Pop open the October 2018 issue of Flash Bang Mysteries for four free stories.

Check my shorts, please:

My mystery story “Darkness, Darkness” appeared in the July 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. (Read a free except on the Mystery Weekly website.)

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #22

A full tank of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Charlie had bought his Chevelle secondhand from the mama of its original owner, Jimmy Ray, who had died in the passenger seat of a buddy’s Camaro in a crash a few years earlier. From “Whipperwill and Back” by Patterson Hood (in The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads, ed. Patrick Millikin, Mulholland Books, 2016).

Point of view:

KRL revs up a review of Last Exit to Murder (2013) from Sisters in Crime LA.

Road trip for a Bolo Books reviewer: On the Road With Del and Louise (2015, a novel in stories).

New releases, old releases:

Black Car Business Volumes #1 and #2.

Writing desk:

How Stuff Works: Almost everything you ever wanted to know about high-speed pursuits (i.e., police “car chases”).

Free zines:

“Jackals” By Silvia Moreno-Garcia at The Big Click.

“The Kick the Bucket Tour” by Jo Perry at Retreats From Oblivion.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime story “Eternal Love” appeared in Switchblade Issue 4.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #21

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

Short sample:

“Art theft, of course,” said the elegant man, “has been overdone. By now it’s thoroughly boring.” From “Ask a Silly Question” by Donald E. Westlake (in Thieves’ Dozen: The Dortmunder Stories, Donald E. Westlake. The Mysterious Press (collected in 2004).

Point of view:

A fascinating review: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Stories by 25 Famous Writers, ed. Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee) with mystery stories by Pearl S. Buck, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and others. (1957 and 1965 editions. Limited availability on Amazon, including used copies from third party sellers).

Mystery File re-introduces us to Carolyn Wheat’s “Crime Scene” (limited availability on Amazon here and here.)

New releases, old releases:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018.

Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology (2015).

Writing desk:

The pain and pleasure of reading and writing shorts.

Free zine:

A batch of new freebies (September, scroll down at site) from Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appears in the new issue of Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis