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.