Short walk #26

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

Short sample:

If it wasn’t for the prison, the people who live around here would starve to death—it’s the only job there is. From “Proving It” by Andrew Vachss (in Everybody Pays, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, collected in 2001).

Point of view:

An arresting review of Prison Noir, stories written by prison inmates, ed. Joyce Carol Oates.

New releases, old releases:

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. November/December double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) are ready to read.

Dirty Words: Stories by Todd (Big Daddy Thug) Robinson.

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder. 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga.

Free zines:

“The Ballad of Caprisha Marlin” by Shannon Giglio at The Big Click.

“Waiting on the Stress Boxes” by David Hagerty at Zombie Cat.

“Primeval Ugly” by Preston Lang at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My jailhouse 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