Short walk #121

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

Short sample

The bright sunshine, striking through the dirty window that looked down upon a littered alley, flooded the dingy room in Mr. “Nosey” Moore’s lodging house. From “Thubway Tham’s Hoodoo Roll” by Johnston McCulley. (In Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September/October 2020, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines. Published in AHMM Mystery Classic section. Story copyright 1921. Selected and introduced by Josh Pachter.)

Point of view

Review: Diagnosis: Impossible: The Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne is a collection of the legendary Ed Hoch’s “impossible crime” stories.

Review: The April issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine features “complex mysteries that are set in various time periods and feature intriguing characters.”

New releases, old releases

Issue 13 of Mystery Tribune includes stories by Reed Farrel Coleman, Greg Herren, and many others. (August 2020).

Two collections by crime shorts legend Clark Howard: Crowded Lives and Other Stories of Desperation and Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril (both collected in 2000).

Tricks of the trade

EQMM editor Janet Hutchings discusses how to use (and not use) a villain’s confession in mystery stories.

Free reads

All the latest free-to-read flash fiction from Mondays Are Murder (Akashic Books).

Check my shorts, please

My flash-length crime story “See No Evil” is free to read at Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon.

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis