Short walk #115

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

Short sample

When I drove over to the nightclub, Leonard was sitting on the curb, holding a bloody rag to his head. From “Hyenas” by Joe R. Lansdale (in Hap and Leonard. Stories by Joe R. Lansdale, collected in 2016. Tachyon Publications.)

Point of view

The Measure of Malice is an anthology of classic mysteries focused on detection via rational thinking and technical know-how (ed. Martin Edwards). Two reviews, here and here.

New releases, old releases

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (August 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

Tips for creating memorable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters.

Free reads

Four free-to read-stories in the new (Summer) issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Short walk #109

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

Short sample:

I figured they’d keep me alive as long as they could, since it would make my body less smelly and therefore more convenient to carry and dump somewhere. From “Rest Stop” by Jeremiah Healy (In Cuddy Plus One. Collected in 2003. By Jeremiah Healy. Crippen & Landru.) For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #12.

Point of view:

Review: Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic is an anthology of crime, suspense, and horror stories highlighting the challenges of lockdown during a major world pandemic.

New releases, old releases:

Heartbreaks & Half-truths: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense is a new anthology about lovers and losers (June 2020). For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #107.

Bibliomysteries (2018) is an anthology of mystery and crime stories set in the world of books. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #60.

Tricks of the Trade:

Submission call—a new Mardi Gras Mysteries anthology is open for submissions July 1 through August 31. Check out the details.

Free Reads:

All the latest free-to-read flash fiction from Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous private eye story “With Cunning Wickedness” was reprinted, free to read, at Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures (originally appeared in the anthology The Shamus Sampler II).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #108

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

Short sample:

She glanced at her arm and the tattoo of an angel wielding a sword. From “Mary Poppins Didn’t Have Tattoos” by Stacy Woodson (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July/August 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Reviews: Eight Dashiell Hammett Continental Op stories that will make your heart pound. For three of Hammett’s Continental Op stories, free-to-read, see the Free Reads section of Short walk #73.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of AHMM and EQMM (July/August 2020).

Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled (2018) is an anthology of 13 dire and gritty noir tales by women crime writers. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #69.

Tricks of the Trade:

A 17-step approach to editing your short story for structure, punctuation, and grammar.

Free Reads:

“Of Mice and Manny” by Todd Robinson (at Beat to a Pulp).

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #107

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

Short sample:

Once Boshell finally killed his neighbor he couldn’t seem to quit killing him. He killed him again whenever he felt unloved or blue or simply had empty hours facing him. From “The Echo of Neighborly Bones” by Daniel Woodrell (In The Outlaw Album: Stories. By Daniel Woodrell. Little, Brown and Company. Collected in 2011).

Point of view:

Review: Silver Bullets is a reprint anthology of commemorating publisher Crippen & Landru’s 25th anniversary in publishing.

Review: Trouble & Strife is a themed anthology using Cockney rhyming slang as inspiration for 11 crime stories.

Review: Heartbreaks and Half-truths is an anthology of 22 stories of mystery and suspense.

Review: Crime Travel is an anthology of stories that blend crime and time travel. For two more reviews of this anthology see the Point of View section in Short walk #83.

New releases, old releases:

Black Cat Mystery Magazine (#6) is a new BCMM issue and includes seven original stories and a classic reprint.

The Darkling Halls of Ivy is a new anthology set in and around colleges and universities (2020, edited by Lawrence Block).

Life Is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder (2019) is a YA anthology focused on teen encounters with murder.

Tricks of the Trade:

A retired homicide detective offers insights about using non-verbal communication when interviewing uncooperative people..

Free Reads:

“Gateway to the Stars” by Matthew McGevna (from Long Island Noir).

“Live for Today” by S.A. Solomon (from New Jersey Noir).

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 #106

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

Short sample:

O’Conner crossed his arms before his face as the blast from the shotgun knocked him down. From “The Heist” by Gary Phillips and Richard Brewer (in Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning, eds. Brewer and Phillips. Polis Books 2018).

Point of view:

Links to five reviews by Short Mystery Fiction Society President Kevin Tipple:

“The Imposter” is a Mike Bowditch short story by Paul Doiron and a fast, fun read.

Sordid is a five-story crime collection by Harry Hunsicker that is graphic, violent, and a very good read.

The Spring 2020 issue of Flash Bang Mysteries (online, free to read, see link at review site) includes four quick, good reads.

The February 2020 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine is a quality issue withinteresting characters, complex mysteries, and lots going on.

“The Case of the Nameless Diablo” is an entertaining cozy-style private eye story.

New releases, old releases:

The latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (June 2020), includes my You-Solve-It mystery “Gallery Thief” – solution will appear in July issue).

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:

Two essays for mystery writers on hiding clues, here and here. And for two more see Short walks #32and #71.

Free Reads:

The short story archives of the Crime Readers’ Association includes about a gazillion free reads, all written by members of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (which sponsors the CWA Dagger Awards).

Check my shorts, please:

My You-Solve-It mystery “Gallery Thief” appears in the latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (June 2020, solution will appear in the July issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis