Short walk #41

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

Short sample:

This was Anne’s day for encountering dangerous people. From “Small Signs” by Charlaine Harris (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Deborah Elliott-Upton with a short essay about short fiction.

76 mystery readers give the star treatment to The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories by Ian Rankin (collected in 2016).

New releases, old releases:

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

From the Austin Mystery Writers: Lone Star Lawless: 14 Texas Tales of Crime.

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder: How real-world private eyes use science to spot liars.

Free reads:

“In the Devil’s Name” by Paul D. Brazill and “Getting the Word Back Out” by Angel Luis Colon at Shotgun Honey.

“Put a Sock In It” by Jean Majury at Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My flash-length crime story “See No Evil” is free to read in noir ‘zine Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon.

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 #40

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

Short sample:

Wind thrashed the trees, and then the rain came, in a sudden burst, like bullets. From “Cabin Fever” by David Edgerley Gates (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). **See footnote.

Point of view:

BOLO Books looks into The Night of the Flood and Storm Warning with reviews here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Switchblade Issue 8 (paperback edition, February 2019).

Dead Even (River City Short Stories) by Frank Zafiro (2010).

Writing desk:

In a 30-minute video, Elmore Leonard riffs about the fun of writing, how outlining can stifle ideas, and his famous rules of writing—including the one about the weather. (For a Lee Child video, see the Writing Desk section of Short walk #10.)

Free reads:

“Wakes” by D.V. Bennett at Retreats From Oblivion.

“Crossroad” by John Davis at The Strand Magazine.

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 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 #39

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

Short sample:

Inevitably, many who heard about Charlie Parker wanted to challenge him, and those who did died. From “Gun Work” by John M. Floyd (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Ben Boulden is on the scene with a review of Blood Work, ed. Rick Ollerman (who also edits Down & Out: The Magazine).

Catherine Dilts reviews four stories from the current issue of AHMM, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Occult Detective Quarterly #5 (January 2019).

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II.

Writing desk:

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine editor Marvin Kay discusses the nuts and bolts of writing a classic whodunit.

Free reads:

“A Favorable Favor” by Brendan Dubois and “Possibilities” by Bill Pronzini at The Strand Magazine.

Check my shorts, please:

My mystery story “Darkness, Darkness” appeared in the July 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. (Read a free except at the Mystery Weekly website.)

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 #38

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

Short sample:

Sharp-toothed animals moved naked men and women through a dark labyrinth leading toward the fires of hell. From “The Third Panel” by Michael Connelly (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Alive in Shape and Color.) **See footnote.

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti summarizes the 15 best short mysteries he read in 2018. (For more “Best of 2018” mystery and crime shorts, see Point of view sections in Short walk #37 and #35).

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.

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder: An instructor at the FBI Academy explains that a crime scene is like a story, with characters, a plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Free zines:

“Carnivore” by Carmen Jaramillo at Shotgun Honey.

“The El Segundo Saga” by Jenean McBrearty at Retreats From Oblivion.

Check my shorts, please:

My creepy crime story “Stegmann’s Basement” is free to read at Spelk Fiction.

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.