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.