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