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.