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.