Thursday, November 19, 2015

Society Members' News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Peter DiChellis, "Soliciting Misery", Over My Dead Body! (October 2015)
  • John M. Floyd, "Business Class", Saturday Evening Post (November-December 2015 print edition)
    • "Three Strangers, Woman's World (November 26, 2015)
  • Kaye George, "Heartbreak at Graceland", Memphis Noir (Akashic Books, November 2015)
  • William Burton McCormick, "Deadly Signals", The Saturday Evening Post (October 30, 2015)
  • A.J. Pompano, "The Bucket List", Best New England Crime Stories 2016: Red Dawn (November 2015)
  • Jacqueline Seewald, Stacy's Song reprinted in ebook form (Clean Reads Press, November 2015)
  • C.A. Verstraete, "The Nearly Ruined Thanksgiving", Mystery Weekly Magazine (November 26, 2015)
    • "Puppy Love and Zombies", Young Adventurers: Heroes, Explorers, and Swashbucklers ed. Austin S. Camacho, Intrigue Press (December 1, 2015)

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology

Cover ©2015 Untreed Reads Publishing
Cover design by Ginny Glass
OCTOBER 8, 2015 - Untreed Reads has published Flash and Bang, the Short Mystery Fiction Society's first member anthology, in paperback (ISBN 9781611878295) and ebook.

Member and Untreed Reads editor-in-chief Jay Hartman called for unpublished mystery, suspense, or thriller stories containing either a "flash" or a "bang".

Limiting submissions to one flash (300–1,000 words) and one short (1,500–3,000 words) per member, Jay received more than 300.

His selection of 19 stories ranges from historical to contemporary, cozy to hardboiled, amateur and animal sleuth to police and private detective:

  • "The Conflagration at the Nameless Cotton Gin" by Bobbi A. Chukran
  • "The Perfect Crime" by Herschel Cozine
  • "Don't Let the Cop into the House" by O'Neil De Noux
  • "Fireworks" by P.A. De Voe
  • "Rosie's Choice" by John M. Floyd
  • "The Wrong Girl" by Barb Goffman
  • "Murder on Elm Street" by Su Kopil
  • "Silent Measures" by B.V. Lawson
  • "Don't Be Cruel" by JoAnne Lucas
  • "A Simple Job" by Andrew MacRae
  • "Arthur" by Sandra Murphy
  • "Thor's Breath" by Suzanne Berube Rorhus
  • "Beautiful Killer" by Judy Penz Sheluk
  • "A Day Like No Other" by Walter A.P. Soethoudt (translated by Willem Verhulst)
  • "The Raymond Chandler Con" by Earl Staggs
  • "The Bag Lady" by Laurie Stevens
  • "Fractured Memories" by Julie Tollefson
  • "The Fruit of Thy Loins" by Albert Tucher
  • "Sierra Noir" by Tim Wohlforth

Individuals: If you purchase the paperback ($16.00) and ebook ($4.99) at the same time from the Untreed Reads Store, the ebook cost will be subtracted from your total.

Retailers and Libraries: All Untreed Reads print editions are available to be ordered through Ingram or printed through Espresso Book Machine. Ebook editions may be purchased at over 200+ retailers and library distributors. If you are unable to obtain an ebook edition through your preferred retailer, please contact Jay Hartman (JHARTMAN at UNTREEDREADS dot COM).

To order directly from Untreed Reads:
  • By purchase order: Complete the Winter 2015 catalog order form (Pages 49–51) and email to Jay Hartman or fax to (866) 946-5364. You will receive a complete quote before order is finalized.
  • By credit card or PayPal: Email JHARTMAN at UNTREEDREADS dot COM or phone (510) 861-0663.

Reviewers: Email Jay Hartman for ebook review copies.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • M.H. Callway, "Glow Grass", Thirteen O'Clock, also featuring stories by members Melodie Campbell, Rosemary McCracken, and Joan O'Callaghan (Carrick Publishing, September 2015)
  • Catherine Dilts, "Industrial Gray", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (December 2015)
  • James S. Dorr, "Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan", How to Trick the Devil (Erebus Press, October 15, 2015)
  • John M. Floyd, "Molly's Plan", The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 6, 2015)
    • "Mill Street Blues", Woman's World (October 26, 2015)
  • Mitzi Flyte, "Halloween Alibi", Kings River Life (October 24, 2015)
  • J. Alan Hartman, Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology (Untreed Reads, October 8, 2015)
  • Toni L.P. Kelner, Crooked as a Dog's Hind Leg, a Laura Fleming story collection (September 2015)
    • (as Leigh Perry), The Skeleton Haunts a House (Berkley Prime Crime, October 6, 2015)
      • "The Real Santa Claus", Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse, Ace reprint (October 2015)
      • "Direct Report", Sieze the Night ed. Christopher Golden (Gallery Books, October 6, 2015)
  • B.V. Lawson, Dies Irae (Crimetime Press, October 13, 2015)
  • Robert Lopresti, "On the Ramblas", Murder Under the Oaks Bouchercon Anthology 2015 ed. Art Taylor (Down & Out Books, October 2015)
    • "Nakhshon", Jewish Noir (PM Press, November 2015)
  • Edith Maxwell (as Maddie Day), Flipped for Murder (Kensington, October 27, 2015)
  • Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran, Parchment and Old Lace (Berkley, October 6, 2015)
  • Josh and Laurie Pachter, "Coffee Date", The Saturday Evening Post (October 9, 2015)
  • B.K. Stevens, Fighting Chance (The Poisoned Pencil, October 6, 2015)
  • Melissa Yi, "Blood Diamonds", Jewish Noir (PM Press, November 2015)
  • Elizabeth Zelvin, Journey of Strangers selected for publication by Kindle Press

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Friday, October 9, 2015

James Powell accepts the 2015 Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer

James Powell sent the following remarks to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine editor Janet Hutchings, who accepted the Golden Derringer on his behalf at Bouchercon 2015 opening ceremonies yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina:

I am very grateful to the Short Mystery Fiction Society for awarding me the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, all the more so because Ed and I were friends. He was a frequent visitor to Canadian mystery events. I recall one Crime Writers of Canada awards dinner where he and I were chosen to present the Arthur Ellis for Best Novel and in my share of the remarks I wondered why it took two short story writers to do the job and I think he found that amusing.

We all know his tremendous output of stories. But he was also a prodigious reader. Here our paths crossed again. I had been reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s travel writing including The Amateur Immigrant and The Silverado Squatters where Stevenson described his trip to America for his health and the long train trip across the country to California. Not long after, reading one of Ed’s stories, I saw he had been reading about that trip, too, only he had found a mystery story on the way where I had not.

Most of my reading now is history and biography. Someone once wrote that the time of your father's childhood is a golden age for readers. Perhaps it is for writers, too. That would be the beginning of the Twentieth Century for me. But my principle creation, the Ambrose Ganelon family, takes me farther back into the Nineteenth. I enjoy reading about these times. But it also helps me to perform that great hat trick, the greatest fiction of all, to convince the readers you know what you’re talking about.

For example, another Holmes (not Sherlock but Oliver Wendell) describes in Our Hundred Days in Europe in 1887 taking with him two new devices he thought the residents might be interested in, the safety razor and the luminous matchbox. This last handy object allowed you, waking up in the dark, to find a match to light the wall gas fixture. I had previously read, by the way, that Pierre and Marie Curie used to amuse their dinner guests by turning out the lights and passing a lump of radium from hand to hand around the table! I used the illuminated matchbox in an upcoming story in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

I have mentioned elsewhere that my first professional published story forty-eight years ago was based on an incident I heard about that took place in Monaco on the Riviera. But I had only spent an afternoon there and was afraid of being caught in some matter of fact, so I invented my own principality with its own history and people and streets and buildings. To date I have written some thirty or so stories about San Sebastiano, as I named it. It is said that even Homer nodded. (And I have probably nodded as many times as all the Simpsons put together.) But in case some nitpicker discovers a street that doesn't run the way in one of these stories as it does in another, I have also provided the principality with a geological fault. Thus I can said, “Oh, that was before the earthquake.” Or something equally face-saving.

In the end all our stories must be too short. May yours be as happy as mine have been. Thank you again.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh: SMFS Meetup Lunch

The Bouchercon 2015 SMFS Meetup Lunch is planned for Friday, October 9, during the 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. break between panels.

Those joining us from the Sheraton, aim to meet Judy Penz Sheluk in the Sheraton lobby at 11:15 A.M.

Those joining us from the Marriott, aim to meet Kathleen A. Ryan in the Marriott lobby at 11:15 A.M.

Both groups will combine with any other members at The Plaza Cafe (411 Fayetteville Street, Suite 109) by 11:30 A.M.

Group Reservation: 41 - Finalized September 25, 2015, Actual Headcount: 37

  • Meeting in the Sheraton lobby 11:15 A.M.: Judy Penz Sheluk, Paula Gail Benson plus 1 (Riley Miller), Catherine Dilts plus 1 (friend Patricia), John M. Floyd plus 1 (wife Carolyn), Barb Goffman, Josh Pachter, Travis Richardson plus 2 (wife and baby).

  • Meeting in the Marriott lobby 11:15 A.M.: Kathleen A. Ryan, Kait Carson, Ray Daniel, Susan Furlong, Debra H. Goldstein, Toni Goodyear, Deborah Lacy, Robert Mangeot, Edith Maxwell, Terrie Farley Moran, James O'Keefe, Gigi Pandian, Harriette Sackler, Karen E. Salyer, Mary Stojak, Rebecca Swope, Art Taylor, Mark Troy plus 1 (wife).

  • Meeting at the The Plaza Cafe 11:30 A.M.: Pam De Voe, Toni L.P. Kelner, Alan Orloff, KM Rockwood, B.K. Stevens plus 1 (husband).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Nikki Dolson, "Our Man Julian”, Thuglit 19 (August 31, 2015)
  • John M. Floyd, "A Friend in Need", Woman's World (September 14, 2015)
    • "Dentonville", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (November 2015)
  • Debra H. Goldstein, "This is Where I Buried My Wives", Bethlehem Writers Roundtable (September/October 2015)
  • Paul D. Marks, Vortex (Timeless Skies Publishing, September 1, 2015)
  • Terrie Farley Moran, "A Killing at the Beausoleil", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (November 2015)
  • William Burton McCormick, "Hagiophobia", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (November 2015)
  • Steve Shrott, "Lucky Man", Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #18 (Wildside Press, September 15, 2015)

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