Short walk #92

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

Short sample:

Virginia always remembered when the third child disappeared. From “Ding Dong Bell” by Ariel Dodson (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, March/April 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews a James Lee Burke story from The Strand Magazine and Gerald So covers one from the new issue of EQMM,here and here.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of EQMM and AHMM.

Staten Island Noir (2012). See the Free Reads section below for a free story from this anthology. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #90.

Tricks of the Trade:

A Michael Bracken essay on writing and selling shorts.

Free Reads:

“A User’s Guide to Keeping Your Kills Fresh” by Ted Anthony (from Staten Island Noir).

“Lido Winter” by Maxim Jakubowski (from Venice Noir).

Check my shorts, please:

My flash piece “The Interrogation” appeared in the March 2016 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine as the story that won the AHMM Monthly Mysterious Photograph Contest.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #91

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

Short sample:

Two soft knocks on the door disturbed the silence of the cold December morning. From “The Miracle on Christmas Eve” by Szu-Yen Ling (in The Realm of the Impossible, eds. Pugmire and Skupin. Locked Room International, 2017. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in May 2016.)

Point of view:

Review: Kevin Tipple covers the Sherlock Holmes Double Issue of Mystery Weekly (October 2019), cover-to-cover.

New releases, old releases:

Mid-Century Murder (February 2020) is an anthology of “cozy to cozy-noir” crime stories set in roughly the late 1940’s to very early 1960’s.

Shots Fired (2014) is a collection of “stories from Joe Pickett country” by C.J. Box. (For reviews see the Point of View sections in Short walk #13 and #19.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Two types of stories: Abnormal characters vs. abnormal situations.

Free Reads:

Ten free-to-read stories by Dashiell Hammett.

Check my shorts, please:

My supernatural voodoo mystery “Most Evil” appeared in the anthology Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #90

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

Short sample:

The clown counted his murders as he drove the new couple to the House on Rocking Horse Lane. From “The Clown” by Mark Mayer (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2019, eds. Lethem and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Story originally appeared in American Short Fiction.)

Point of view:

Reviews: Reviewing the Evidence takes an eight-city East Coast Noir tour—Boston Noir, Brooklyn Noir, Bronx Noir, Cape Cod Noir, DC Noir, Manhattan Noir, Philadelphia Noir, Staten Island Noir.

For reviews of Akashic noir anthologies set in international cities Amsterdam, Belfast, Copenhagen, Haiti, Helsinki, Lagos, Marrakech, Marseille, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, Prague, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Vancouver—see the Point of View section of Short Walk #55.

New releases, old releases:

“The Debriefing” (by Jeffery Deaver, January 2020.)

Black Coffee (2016).

Tricks of the Trade:

Ten ways to find and develop ideas for mystery stories (from the website of The Strand Magazine).

Free Reads:

“The Good and the Bad” by Kristen Petry and “The Hong Kong Deal” by June Lorraine Roberts at Mondays are Murder.

“Killian’s Gun” by Connor Boyle and “A Measure Of Time” by Eric Beetner at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Disaster Adjuster” was reprinted in The Literary Hatchet Issue 21. (The story originally appeared in Kzine in 2017.)

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #89

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

Short sample:

Telling the truth to Kassandra Prexler could get you killed. From “The Wretched Strangers” by Matthew Wilson (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti names a dozen favorite mystery shorts of 2019.

Review: Country Hardball is a rural noir novel in stories.

For  reviews of the novels-in-stories On the Road With Del and Louise and The Night of the Flood see the Point of View section in Short walk #22 and #40.

New releases, old releases:

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (February 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.

Odd Partners: An Anthology (2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

Tips for writing a villain.

Free Reads:

“Pot Luck” by Lisa Allen-Agostini (from Akashic Books Trinidad Noir).

“The Last Spin” by Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain).

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appeared in the anthology Hardboiled.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis