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.