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Issue 53 of The Strand Magazine (2017) included a previously unpublished Raymond Chandler story.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