Short walk #49

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

Short sample:

A man likes to think he knows where he stands within the food chain of predators and prey; even among other men. From “The Apex Predator” by William Dylan Powell (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Switchblade: Issue One). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Review: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James (from The Strand Magazine online).

New releases:

The oldest name in mystery magazines released another fresh issue: The Strand Magazine: Issue 57 (includes an exclusive Walter Mosley short).

Cutting-edge crime: Switchblade: Issue 9 (Kindle Edition, April 2019, paperback not yet available).

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. May/June double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) of the world’s most popular mystery magazines are ready to read.

Tricks of the Trade:

For those who missed Short walk #2 (way back in May) AHMM editor Linda Landrigan mulls twists, turns, and two essential elements for short mysteries.

Free reads:

All the latest free-to-read flash fiction from Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime story “Eternal Love” appeared in Switchblade: Issue 4.

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.