Short walk #47

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

Short sample:

Very still she lies, in the cunning of desperation. From “Phantomwise: 1972” by Joyce Carol Oates (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:

Two reviews of Teresa Solana’s zany collection The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers (Sisters in Crime NorCal, 2019).

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, ed. Otto Penzler (collected in 2010).

Tricks of the Trade:

A screenwriter identifies seven big storytelling mistakes.

Free reads:

All five of the 2019 Derringer Awards Finalists in the flash fiction category are free to read online.

“The Bicycle Thief” by James Blakey at The Norwegian American.

“Listen Up” by Peter DiChellis (that’s right, me!!) at Flash Bang Mysteries.

“Sonny the Wonder Beast” by Nick Kolakowski at Out of the Gutter.

“Don’t Text and Drive” by Robert Petyo at Flash Bang Mysteries.

“A Misunderstanding” by Travis Richardson at Out of the Gutter.

Check my shorts, please:

Stunned, humbled, and absolutely delighted to report my private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” (in Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical) is also a Derringer Award Finalist, in the short story category!

(Since the Derringer Awards began in 1998, several writers have received two Derringer Finalist honors in the same year, including award-winning author Barb Goffman, with two Derringer Finalist stories this year. Congrats to all Finalists in all story categories.)

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.