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

Short walk #88

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

Short sample:

The whole place smelled as if someone had just prepared French onion soup, in bare feet, while farting nonstop. From “Mastermind” by Jared Lipof (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2019, eds. Lethem and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Story originally appeared in Salamander).

Point of view:

Review – Dark Yonder: Tales and Tabs is a crime anthology that pays homage to a favorite tavern.

Review – Supernatural Sherlocks is a nostalgic anthology of Golden Age occult detective stories.

New releases, old releases:

Nairobi Noir (2020).

The Akashic Books Noir series.

Tricks of the Trade:

Different ways for characters to show anger and fear.

Free Reads:

Four freebies in the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.

Check my shorts, please:

My suspense story “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read at crime ‘zine Tough.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #87

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

Short sample:

Colonel Ortega leaned forward. “Why not go over to Al Masoni’s bar and fill yourself with good liquor and blow your brains out?” From “The Road to Carmichael’s” by Richard Wormser (in The Big Book of Reel Murders: Stories That Inspired Great Crime Films, ed. Penzler. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2019.)

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 and this one and this one too.

New releases, old releases:

Detective Mysteries Short Stories (February 2020. Available for pre-order.)

Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith (Collected in 2002.)

Tricks of the Trade:

The acquisitions editor at Pulp Literature gives quick tips on Developing Strong Characters, Forcing Impossible Choices in Act II, and Two Exercises for Sparking Original Ideas.

Free Reads:

“Mad Dog” by Stephen D. Rogers at All Due Respect.

“Let’s Not Think About It” by Lynne Bronstein, “A Face in the Crowd” by B.L. Conradis, and “Stateline” by Tom Gartner at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

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 #86

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

Short sample:

We found the first bone about midmorning one day in late June—the sun already high, the heat rising too. From “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ‘74” by Art Taylor (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines.)

Point of view:

An essay in appreciation of locked room mysteries.

Review: Invisible Blood.

New releases, old releases:

Occult Detective Magazine #6 (December 2019. Formerly Occult Detective Quarterly.)

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (January 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:

A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice of divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) reflects on three types of tough rejections and what to do about them.

Free Reads:

“Blackout” by Luke Foster, “Sign of the Rose” by J.A. Prentice, and “Whiskey Noir” by Daphne Strasert, all at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My locked-jail-cell impossible crime story “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website, a review from Kevin Tipple here, and one from Catherine Dilts here.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #85

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

Short sample:

By the time the news of Bailey’s accident spread through the rural settlement of Box Hill, there were several versions of how it happened. From “Blood Drive” by John Grisham (in Ford County: Stories, John Grisham. Bantam, collected in 2010.)

Point of view:

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

Review: Mystery Tour (ed. Martin Edwards, 2017.)

New releases, old releases:

Vintage Crime: from the Crime Writers’ Association (ed. Martin Edwards, 2020. Available for pre-order.)

Blood on Their Hands ed., Lawrence Block (December 2018).

Tricks of the Trade:

Editor Michael Bracken on editing anthologies, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and what he looks for in the slush pile: here and here.

Free Reads:

“The Six-Year-Old Serial Killer” by Chris Chan and “Moby Mick” by BV Lawson at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

“Portrait of a Hotel Photographer” by Jack Bates and “The Rule of Three” by Albert Tucher at Shotgun Honey.

“Fred” by Gerald So at Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous crime romp “Rolling Lucky” is free to read at The Norwegian American newspaper website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis