Short walk #88

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

Short sample:

The whole place smelled as if someone had just prepared French onion soup, in bare feet, while farting nonstop. From “Mastermind” by Jared Lipof (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2019, eds. Lethem and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Story originally appeared in Salamander).

Point of view:

Review – Dark Yonder: Tales and Tabs is a crime anthology that pays homage to a favorite tavern.

Review – Supernatural Sherlocks is a nostalgic anthology of Golden Age occult detective stories.

New releases, old releases:

Nairobi Noir (2020).

The Akashic Books Noir series.

Tricks of the Trade:

Different ways for characters to show anger and fear.

Free Reads:

Four freebies in the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.

Check my shorts, please:

My suspense story “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read at crime ‘zine Tough.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #87

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

Short sample:

Colonel Ortega leaned forward. “Why not go over to Al Masoni’s bar and fill yourself with good liquor and blow your brains out?” From “The Road to Carmichael’s” by Richard Wormser (in The Big Book of Reel Murders: Stories That Inspired Great Crime Films, ed. Penzler. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2019.)

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one and this one. And this one and this one and this one too.

New releases, old releases:

Detective Mysteries Short Stories (February 2020. Available for pre-order.)

Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith (Collected in 2002.)

Tricks of the Trade:

The acquisitions editor at Pulp Literature gives quick tips on Developing Strong Characters, Forcing Impossible Choices in Act II, and Two Exercises for Sparking Original Ideas.

Free Reads:

“Mad Dog” by Stephen D. Rogers at All Due Respect.

“Let’s Not Think About It” by Lynne Bronstein, “A Face in the Crowd” by B.L. Conradis, and “Stateline” by Tom Gartner at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense story “Murderous Lies” is a free-to-listen podcast from King’s River Life Magazine. The story was originally published in Suspense Magazine in 2013.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #86

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

Short sample:

We found the first bone about midmorning one day in late June—the sun already high, the heat rising too. From “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ‘74” by Art Taylor (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines.)

Point of view:

An essay in appreciation of locked room mysteries.

Review: Invisible Blood.

New releases, old releases:

Occult Detective Magazine #6 (December 2019. Formerly Occult Detective Quarterly.)

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (January 2020).

And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free samples of new and old stories by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories. You can also sign up to have free stories emailed to you.

Tricks of the Trade:

A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice of divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) reflects on three types of tough rejections and what to do about them.

Free Reads:

“Blackout” by Luke Foster, “Sign of the Rose” by J.A. Prentice, and “Whiskey Noir” by Daphne Strasert, all at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My locked-jail-cell impossible crime story “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website, a review from Kevin Tipple here, and one from Catherine Dilts here.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis