Short walk #114

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

Short sample

Pender wrenched himself back to his book with a determination to concentrate upon the problem of the minister murdered in the library. From “The Man Who Knew How” by Dorothy L. Sayers (in A New Omnibus of Crime, eds. Hillerman and Herbert, contributing eds. Grafton and Deaver. Oxford University Press, 2005).

Point of view

Two reviews of Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op story “The House on Turk Street” here and here.

For reviews of eight other Dashiell Hammett Continental Op stories see The Point of View section of Short walk #108.

For three free-to-read Continental Op stories see the Free Reads section of Short walk #73.

New releases, old releases

The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre (June 2020) is an anthology of never-before-seen stories of impossible murders and puzzling plot twists.

The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time (1998; 2007 paperback) includes stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Wilkie Collins, Aldous Huxley, Ring Lardner, Stephen King, James Ellroy, Patricia Highsmith, Sara Paretsky, Lawrence Block, Elmore Leonard and many others; ed. Otto Penzler.

Tricks of the Trade

Hank Phillip Ryan asks a Zoom-meeting expert to reveal the secrets of successful virtual events for authors.

Free Reads

Five free-to-read stories from the new (July issue) of The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. (Click here then scroll down at site.)

Check my shorts, please

My crime story “Eternal Love” appeared in Switchblade: Issue 4.

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #113

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

Short sample

You cannot hide in a boxing ring and all your weaknesses are eventually exposed. From “The Last Round” by C.J Sullivan (in Manhattan Noir, ed. Lawrence Block, Akashic Books, 2006).

Point of view

Review: Hoch’s Ladies collects all the stories with Edward D. Hoch’s three women detective characters, Libby Knowles, Susan Holt, and Annie Sears.

For over 50 short, sweet reviews of Edward D. Hoch impossible crime stories see the Point of View section in Short walk #30.

New releases, old releases

Love & Other Crimes: Stories (June 2020) is a collection by Sara Paretsky that includes stories featuring Paretsky’s detective character V.I. Warshawski.

A Long Time Dead: A Mike Hammer Casebook (collected in 2016) collection of stories by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins that feature Spillane’s legendary detective character.

Tricks of the Trade

The scoop on four free (or free trial) software programs for writers: Jarte, LibreOffice, Scapple, and Scrivener.

Free Reads

All five Anthony Award Finalists for Best Short Story are free to read on the Bouchercon 2020 site. (Click here then scroll down for story links.)

Check my shorts, please

My humorous private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” appeared in the anthology Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical.

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #112

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

Short sample

Miles of Mother Road stretched ahead, hot pavement shimmering and sashaying like a crazy asphalt goblin on crack. From “Little Egypt” by Georgia Jefferies (in LAst Resort, eds. Coyle, Marks, Smiley. In & Out Books. 2017, Sisters in Crime Los Angeles.)

Point of view

Review: Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) is an anthology that mixes detective tales with weird or supernatural fiction.

New releases, old releases

The Comfortable Coffin: A Mystery Writers of America Classic Anthology (July 2020) is an anthology of “laugh until you die” crime and mystery stories ranging from slapstick to parody to black humor.

Killer in the Rain is a collection of Raymond Chandler pulp stories that Chandler later “cannibalized” to create Philip Marlowe novels.

Tricks of the Trade

A range of practical, visual, aural, and kinesthetic approaches to help jumpstart your writing.

Free Reads

Two free stories from crime ‘zine All Due Respect:

“What’s One More?” By Jay Butkowski and “The Woman From Florence” by Preston Lang

Check my shorts, please

My crime-suspense story “Hidden” is free to read at Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #111

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

Short sample:

Jail gives me the heebie-jeebies. (From “So Long Johnnie Scumbag” by Todd Robinson. In Dirty Words. By Todd Robinson, collected in 2012. Thuglit Publishing.)

Point of view:

Reviews: Talmage Powell wrote over 500 shorts published in pulps and digests. Here are reviews of a few of them, along with Wildside Press Kindle collections for 46c and 99c.

Review: The Speciality of the House is a Stanley Ellin collection about the wickedness that makes human nature “so deplorably fascinating.” The title story (changed to The Specialty . . . etc.) became a classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode.

New releases, old releases:

Occult Detective Magazine (#7, May 2020) explores the strange worlds of the occult detective, the psychic investigator, and the doomed meddler.

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (July 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:

Submission call: Flash Bang Mysteries is open for submissions until July 31. Check out the details here.

Free Reads:

“Chompers” by Joe R. Lansdale is tasty crime-horror mash-up, free-to-read at The Horror ‘Zine.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis