Short walk #101

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

Short sample:

The last person I expected to call me to a murder scene was Bowie Crapster. From “Noble Rot” by Richard Helms (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May/June 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Review: The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes From The Panhandle To The Piney Woods is a an entertaining mystery anthology and “there is not a weak tale” it.

Essay: What will happen to public libraries, even after the pandemic?

New releases, old releases:

101 Great Thriller Short Stories (Free on Kindle, collected in April 2020) features tales by Agatha Christie, Frank Packard, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip K. Dick, and many others.

The Night and the Music: Matt Scudder Stories, by Lawrence Block (collected in 2011). For a review, see the Point of View section in Short Walk #14.

Tricks of the Trade:

Occult Detective Magazine is open for submissions until June 5. Check out the details.For the editor’s views on submissions, writing, and rejections see Tricks of the Trade in Short walk #62.

Free Reads:

The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine posted all five stories from the April 2020 issue, free to read. (On their site, scroll down then click each story headline.)

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 #100

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

Short sample:

Inside the empty house, Champion Tatum poured himself the last of the whiskey, thought about the pity he’d seen in Kenny’s eyes, and cried for the first time in years. From “Champion” by Steve Weddle (in Country Hardball, collected in 2013, Gallery Books.)

Point of view:

Review: Kevin Tipple covers the December 2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine, cover to cover.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of AHMM and EQMM (May/June 2020).

Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens (2016) is a collection by crime author and former Shotgun Honey editor Jen Conley. For a review see the Point of View section in Short Walk #57.

Tricks of the Trade:

Switchblade Magazine editor Scotch Rutherford’s views on what crime fiction editors want (and don’t want) and differences between submitting to established mystery magazines and indie crime ‘zines. Reminder: Switchblade is open for submissions until April 25. For more, see Tricks of the Trade in Short Walk #93.

Free Reads:

“Sister-in-Law” by Louisa Ermelino (from the Akashic Books anthology Staten Island Noir).

“Cat in a Box”by Kevin Prufer (from the Akashic Books anthology Kansas City Noir).

For more free stories from Kansas City Noir and Staten Island Noir see the Free Reads sections in Short Walk #71 and #92. For a review of Staten Island Noir and other Akashic anthologies see the Point of View section in Short Walk #90.

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” appeared in the anthology The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #99

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

Short sample:

Success and fame had always been a crapshoot, but a man’s life ought to boil down to more than the contents of a suitcase in Tijuana. From “The List” by Loren D. Estleman (in The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction, eds. Gorman and Greenburg, Cemetery Dance Publications, 2012. Originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2010).

Point of view:

Review: Chicago Lighting is a collection of Nate Heller stories by Max Allan Collins.

New releases, old releases:

Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction’s Top Authors is an anthology celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America. (eds. Muller and Pronzini, Kindle release April 21, available for pre-order.)

Country Hardball (2013) is a rural noir novel-in-stories. (For a review of this collection, see the Point of view section in Short Walk #89.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Submission callAll Due Respect ‘zine is open for submissions (pays $25). Check out the details.

Free Reads:

Four free stories All Due Respect published in 2020, so writers can see what ADR editors are looking for.

“Perennial” by Andrew Davie, “Everything’s Coming Up Duane” by Michael Pool, “49,000 Ways To Die” by Tom Leins, and “Mad Dog” by Stephen D. Rogers.

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 #98

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

Short sample:

The old man died in the ambulance. From “Top Ten Vacation Selfies of YouTube Stars” by Preston Lang (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2019, eds. Lethem and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Story originally appeared in Deadlines: A Tribute to William E. Wallace.)

Point of view:

Review: Kevin Tipple covers the eclectic November 2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (includes my You-Solve-It mystery “Disappearing Diamonds” – solution in December issue).

New releases, old releases:

The latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

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.

Two-dozen anthologies of original private eye stories (1984-2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

The Short Mystery Fiction Society announced finalists for the annual (since 1998) Derringer Awards for outstanding mystery stories. Winning stories will be announced in May.

Submission call—Switchblade Magazine will be open for submissions April 15-25. Check out the details.

Free Reads:

“Scow” by Garnett Elliott and “Mile Marker”by Jeff Esterholm, both at Beat to a Pulp.

“Liars, Killers and Thieves” by Nikki Dolson, “Walker’s Hollow” by John Floyd and “The Man Who Wouldn’t” by Joseph S. Walker, all at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis