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.