Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
I had long ago learned to keep my mouth shut even when I wanted to roar. From “Breadfruit” by Brian Silverman (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:
Review: Pyles of Books reveals how Switchblade Issue 9 stacks up.
Review: Ben Boulden taps a classic John D. MacDonald story from the hardboiled crime anthology American Pulp.
New releases, old releases:
May’s monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork. 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.
Tricks of the Trade:
The Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the winners of the 22nd annual Derringer Awards (since 1998) for outstanding mystery stories.
The Short Mystery Fiction Society’s blog recently linked a fearsome line-up of free stories: one by 2019 Derringer Award Finalist Diana Deverell, two from 2019 Edgar Award Winner Art Taylor, one from current SMFS President Kevin R. Tipple, and the two 2019 Agatha Award winning stories, from Leslie Budewitz and Tara Laskowski.
Check my shorts, please:
My story “Darkness, Darkness” appeared in the July 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.
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** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog has now short-sampled 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 were included. Links were provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.