Short walk #110

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

Short sample:

With the third murder, three weeks later, I go into alarm mode. From “On Pacific Beach” by Patti Abbott (In I Bring Sorrow: And Other Stories of Transgression. By Patricia Abbott. Collected in 2018. Polis Books.)

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 too.

New releases, old releases:

The latest issue of The Strand Magazine (June 2020) includes a previously unpublished Louisa May Alcott story.

Switchblade (Issue Twelve, June 2020) features hard luck tales of the human condition, before and after Covid-19.

Thriller Magazine (Volume 3 Issue 1, June 2020) showcases a wide range of tales, from psychological thrillers, to brutal tales of murder, to political thrillers (includes one of my stories, see below).

Tricks of the Trade:

To create stakes for a character in your story, look beyond the plot and brainstorm different ways the stakes might affect the character.

Free Reads:

“Ghost Town” by Lydia Lunch (from Akashic Book’s The Heroin Chronicles).

Check my shorts, please:

The new issue of Thriller Magazine includes my crime-suspense story “They Die in Eight Minutes” (originally published in Shotgun Honey in 2014).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis