A Halloween bag of links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
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.
The role of small surprises in short stories.
“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.