Saturday, March 25, 2023

SMFS Member Publishing News: Hit and Run by Mary Jo Robertiello


SMFS list member Mary Jo Robertiello’s mystery short story, Hit and Run, was published today at Kings River Life Magazine. You can read the piece for free online here.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Death by Natural Causes: Creating an African Cozy Short Story by Merrilee Robson


SMFS list member Merrilee Robson’s essay, Death by Natural Causes: Creating an African Cozy Short Story, appears in the recently released, Mystery Readers Journal: Mysteries Set in Africa, Volume 39, No. 1, Spring 2023. Published by Mystery Readers International, the read is available in print and pdf formats on the website.


Website Issue Description:

Mysteries Set in Africa

Volume 39, No. 1, Spring 2023

Buy this back issue! Available in hardcopy or as a downloadable PDF.



  • Eugene P.A. Schleh: The Mysteries of Africa by Aubrey Nye Hamilton
  • Agatha in Africa by Kate Derie
  • Cape Town Crime Fiction by Eric Beetner
  • John V. C. Wyllie and Dr. Samuel Quarshie by Aubrey Nye Hamilton


  • Taking My Imagination on Safari by Annamaria Alfieri
  • From Scandi Crime to Sandy Crime by Parker Bilal
  • I Was Already a Spy, I Might as Well Write About It by Bryan Christy
  • Rift — A Novel About a Journey That Is Still on My Mind by Liza Cody
  • Green Snake in Green Grass by Kathy Curnow
  • Nkisi by Russell Hill
  • A Brutal Love Letter by Akbar Hussain
  • Memories of my Father’s Bookshelf by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo
  • Corruption in Kenya—The Mystery Is in the Details by Gerald Everett Jones
  • Writing on the Continent of Light by Deon Meyer
  • A Trip to Egypt by Erica Ruth Neubauer
  • My Mystery Writing Life by Stella Oni
  • Le Petit Senegal by Paul R. Paradise
  • Adventure and Romance in North Africa by Neil S. Plakcy
  • From Your Armchair to the Gulf of Guinea: The Case for the African Mystery by Kwei Quartey
  • Murder in Africa by Bryony Rheam
  • Death by Natural Causes: Creating an African Cozy Short Story by Merrilee Robson
  • Vacation, Vacation, Vacation by Wendall Thomas
  • Serious Research in Africa by Michael Stanley (Stanley Trollip)
  • Africa: The Most Interesting Place I’ve Never Been by N. S. Wikarski


  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Eric Beetner, Aubrey Nye Hamilton, Sandie Herron, Kathy Boone Reel, L.J. Roberts, Craig Sisterson, and Lucinda Surber
  • Children’s Hour: African Mysteries by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • In Short: Africa by Marv Lachman
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph

SMFS Member Publishing News: A Reasonable Motive by Brandon Barrows

SMFS list member Brandon Barrows’ short story, A Reasonable Motive, appears in the recently released anthology, JOURN-E: The Journal of Imaginative Literature, Vol. 2, No. 1. The read is available in pringt format at Lulu.Com.


Website Description:

This is the Vernal Equinox (20 March) 2023 issue of the semi-annual JOURN-E: THE JOURNAL OF IMAGINATIVE LITERATUE. Each issue offers a compendium of Speculative Literature and Illustration across the several genres of the High Imagination: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction.

Works by contemporary authors, poets, essayists, reviewers, and illustrators, with some works by "classic" artists in the same modes of expression are included.

This is Whole #3 of this journal.

SMFS Members Published in Tales of Fear, Superstition, and Doom


Several SMFS list members have short stories in the recently released anthology, Tales of Fear, Superstition, and Doom. Published by Redwood Press, the book is available in digital format at Amazon. The SMFS list members in the read are:


Brandon Barrows with "Please Come Out."


Eddie Generous with "Canis Daemonium."


Veronica Leigh with "Wabash Valley Devil."


Amazon Description:

Twenty-seven tales of horror and darkness by a diverse group of writers who conjure up demons, cults, denizens of the deep, sorcery and magic, insanity, lost technology, ghosts, ancient gods, monsters both supernatural and all too human as well as other terrors against which the only weapons are often poorly laid plans, vain hopes, and even the power of love or hate. 

A river of superstition flows through this book. Many stories run deep through its waters while others only lightly skim the surface or branch away toward other themes. If you like variety in your dark fiction then you'll enjoy this book. 

So What's Inside?


Thursday’s Child by Sipora Coffelt

A Daronite Fence by Ron Fein

The Art of Shui Feng by Chris Hewitt

Solitaire in a Haunted Tent by Pedro Iniguez

Of the Darkness on the Rails by John Wolf

Moonspeech by Marisca Pichette (poem)

Don’t Look Back by Sarah Sigfried

Before the EMP by Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Please Come Out by Brandon Barrows

An Auspicious Birthday by Jennifer Jeanne McArdle

The Cult of El Tio by Kurt Newton (poem)

The Forger’s Masterpiece by Mark Mellon

Blood Witch on the Khartoum Train by George S. Walker

Dryad Harvest by M. Legree

Exorcism and Other Requests by John Walters

Kiss the Child by Zach Ellenberger

The Call of Dark Water by Emmie Christie

The Knocked-Up Nun and her Peculiar Hen by Angelique Fawns

Mephistopheles by Thomas Fischer (poem)

Canis Daemonium by Eddie Generous

Needle by Lauren Jane Barnett

We Shadow Forth by Amanda Cecelia Lang

When I Start Leaving These By The Tree … by Juleigh Howard-Hobson (poem)

Shain and Cinnastasia by David Rose

Mirror Mirror by Pauline Yates

Justice Turns the Balance Scales by Elizabeth Cobbe

Wabash Valley Devil by Veronica Leigh

The Wild Hunt by Juleigh Howard-Hobson (poem)

Guardians of the Gr├╝nwald by Henry Herz

Superstition by Ann van de Bergh

Miracle Water by David Verdugo

The Skipper by Laura J. Campbell

Friday, March 24, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

SMFS Members Published in Honor (Thrill Ride - The Magazine #1)

Today is publication day for the first issue of Thrill Ride-The Magazine. The first issue, Honor, includes short stories by five of our members. Published by Buchman Bookworks, Inc., you can pick up the issue at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:


Jesse Bethea with "Your Lantern Is Warm."

Publisher and Editor M. L. Buchman with "Fallen Sky." 

C. Dan Castro with "T is for Titus."

Ed Teja with "Major Rat."

Laura Ware with "The Jerusalem Plot."


Amazon Description:

12 Tales of Honor

It comes in many forms: military, political, among thieves, between friends, and so much more.

Come read an amazing collection of thriller and action-adventure stories by the best and a few of the newest voices. Travel from Ancient Israel to the near future, from the American Revolution to the world of hackers, and face death and danger at every turn.

Hang onto your seat and take the plunge!