Short walk #46

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

Short sample:

If you ever want your life to turn to shit, get your identity stolen. From “Windward” by Paul D. Marks (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:

Kevin Tipple covers every story in Mystery Weekly’s March issue and Black Cat Mystery Magazine Issue 4, with reviews here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Parnell Hall Presents Malice Domestic: Murder Most Edible (Paperback now available).

The April monthly issue of Mystery Weekly just arrived in paperback and Kindle formats. On the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email. (New April story samples available soon.)

Tricks of the Trade:

EQMM Editor Janet Hutchings discusses a new trend in submissions she is seeing and publishing, as well as a type of mystery she often doesn’t like.

Free reads:

Links to all five Agatha Award nominated short stories for this year, free-to-read (and a list of Edgar nominees), courtesy of Paula Gail Benson.

Check my shorts, please:

The upcoming anthology The Best Laid Plans (Superior Shores Press, June 2019) will include my impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

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 #45

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

Short sample:

The midnight curfew would hit in a little more than an hour, and the entire city of Seoul would shut down. From “PX Christmas” by Martin Limon (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers). **See footnote.

Point of view:

A guy who likes to read reviews the Reed Farrel Coleman collection The Brooklyn Rules.

Kevin Tipple reviews Patti Abbott’s collection, Monkey Justice.

New releases, old releases:

New anthology, cool lineup: At Home in the Dark, ed. Lawrence Block (2019).

Two collections by mystery shorts legend Clark Howard: Crowded Lives and Other Stories of Desperation and Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril (both collected in 2000).

Writing desk:

An essay on writing short vs. long from author and editor Richard Thomas.

Free zines:

“In the Morning Hour She Calls Me” by Russell W. Johnson is free to read at Tough.

“Lay Me Beneath The Oak Tree” by Joy Overbrook is free to read at Story and Grit.

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Breaking news: Tough accepted my crime-suspense story “Nobody’s Safe.” Details to come.

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 #44

What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Brooks knew now what they all knew: they would each of them go through this—this assault, this war, this life, this death—in utter solitude. From “All Our Yesterdays” by Andrew Klavan (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:

Ben Boulden is on the scene with a review of The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018.

Vicki Weisfeld tours Amsterdam Noir.

New releases, old releases:

Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning, (eds. Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, 2018).

Thieves’ Dozen: The Dortmunder Stories by Donald E. Westlake (collected 2004).

Writing desk:

Michael Bracken explains why editors sometimes reject the writer, not the story.

Free read:

A London newspaper published a lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in an attic in 2015.

Check my shorts, please:

My whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website, a review from Kevin Tipple here, and one from Catherine Dilts here.

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 #43

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

Short sample:

The smell of newly rotting flesh hit Jakaya Makinda. From “Death in the Serengeti” by David H. Hendrickson (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Fiction River, Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline). **See footnote.

Point of view:

The Strand Magazine sums up the Top 10 Sherlock Holmes shorts.

New releases, old releases:

Anniversary Issue: Mystery Tribune Winter 2019 (print and digital).

A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, ed. Megan Abbott (2007).

Writing desk:

Robert Lopresti’s free 12-chapter online textbook on how to write mysteries, compiled from years of his essays.

Free reads:

“Red Rocks” by Morgan Boyd at Tough.

“I Didn’t See My Doppelganger” by Neil Clark at Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror flash piece “The Lonely Gravedigger” is free to read at Spelk Fiction.

Breaking news: The upcoming anthology The Best Laid Plans (Superior Shores Press, June 2019) accepted my impossible-crime PI tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

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 #42

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

Short sample:

Harold felt dread bubbling in his stomach, threatening to escape his mouth and heave onto the floor. From “Takeout” by Rob Hart (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Mystery Tribune). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Criminal Element reviews Rob Hart’s collection Take-Out: And Other Tales of Culinary Crime.

Bookshop MysteryPeople sums up five favorite collections and five favorite anthologies, all recent.

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 to Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Issue 53 of The Strand Magazine (2017) included a previously unpublished Raymond Chandler story.

Writing desk:

Michael Bracken reflects on mystery magazines then and now.

Free reads:

The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appeared in Issue 22 of Kzine.

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.