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