Short walk #37

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

Short sample:

The cop scanned the faces all around him and fixed on Reacher. From “Too Much Time” by Lee Child (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Two reviews of Lee Child’s No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories, here and here.

CrimeReads names The 10 Best Crime Anthologies of 2018, and says why each made the list.

New releases, old releases:

On the prowl: Black Cat Mystery Magazine #4 (January 2019), plus #1, #2, #3.

Writing desk:

Best list of how-to writing tips ever (and I’ve seen a lot of ‘em).

Free reads:

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

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye yarn “Mysterious Private Investigations” is the most recent linked story on the Short Mystery Fiction Society blog and is free to read. (Reprinted at Plan B Magazine. The story originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler anthology).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #36

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

Short sample:

Every memory in my head seemed like a piece of glass. From “The Wild Side of Life” by James Lee Burke (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Southern Review). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Kevin’s Corner, a top review site for mysteries and crime fiction, struts its stuff with a review of TOUGH: Crime Stories and a review of Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled Three.

New releases, old releases:

New cutting-edge crime stories: Switchblade: Issue 8 (Kindle Edition, January 2019, paperback not yet available).

Celebrating Sisters in Crime. 30 Shades of Dead: A collection of mysteries to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sisters in Crime (2017).

Writing desk:

Author and Editor Richard Thomas on how to put together a collection of your stories.

Free zine:

Three freebies from Crimson Streets. “Last Stop, Wichita” by Michael St. Pierre, “Hot Sauce Charlie” by Les Berkley, and Big Yellow Lexus,” by Mark Bilsborough.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Disaster Adjuster” was reprinted in The Literary Hatchet Issue 21. (The story originally appeared in Kzine in 2017.)

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #35

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

Short sample:

The entire melee lasted less than ten minutes and left the Quarryville Smokehouse riddled with bullet holes and every biker dead or dying. From “Smoked” by Michael Bracken (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Noir at the Salad Bar). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Ben Boulden (Gravetapping blog and Mystery Scene Magazine) names his six favorite mystery and crime stories of 2018.

Reviewing the Evidence reviews Death Do Us Part, ed. Harlan Coben (2006).

New releases, old releases:

Lethal ladies found here: The long-awaited paperback edition of Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled.

No artificial ingredients. The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane: The Long Lost Rock n’ Roll Detective Stories.

Writing desk:

Everything you ever wanted to know about creating angry characters.

Free zine:

Pop! Pop! Pop open the brand new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries for five free stories.

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.

 

 

Short walk #34

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

Short sample:

He was in his pajamas in a strange bed in a strange place, a strange woman was standing over him, and his heart was breaking. From “The Designee” by T.C. Boyle (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Iowa Review). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Sandra Seamans posted her annual summary of comings and goings in crime and mystery fiction publications.

New releases, old releases:

The newest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly 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 also sign up for free stories via email.

Bookstore, library, or tuba? Blood Work, ed. Rick Ollerman (who also edits Down & Out: The Magazine).

Writing desk:

Editor Eric Lindbom answers Six Questions about the kind of submissions he wants for Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures.

Free zine:

“The Final Sleep” by David Nemeth and “So Easy” by R.D. Sullivan are free to read at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense flash piece “They Die in Eight Minutes” is free to read in the Shotgun Honey archives.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.