Saturday, September 23, 2023

SMFS Member Publishing News: Liz and Drew and Betty Lou by John Floyd

SMFS list member John Floyd’s short story, Liz and Drew and Betty Lou, appears in the just released Strand Magazine #70. The issue is available at the website and from other vendors.



Unpublished Truman Capote Story

Truman Capote’s unpublished, lost short story “Another Day in Paradise” has now been published for the first time ever here in The Strand. The story remained unpublished until it was found handwritten in the pages of a red and gold scrolled Florentine notebook. It has, like so much of Capote’s other works, some autobiographical elements, as well as Capote’s signature style—evocative descriptions, wry humor, and all too human characters. While Capote will forever be associated with his 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, made more famous by the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and his 1966 true-crime novel In Cold Blood, it was short stories that were the author’s first love and enduring passion.  And once again, here is an unforgettable story from the quintessential mid-century American author.

Also in this issue, the incomparable, always unique, and ever-prolific Joyce Carol Oates returns to The Strand with “The Chair of Tranquility,” a haunting tale that feels simultaneously classic and contemporary. John M. Floyd, speeds us to more modern times with an AI-inspired caper involving a couple of teenagers and a captivating car in “Liz and Drew and Mary Lou.” And what would an issue of The Strand be without a Sherlock Holmes yarn? Derrick Belanger, has Holmes taking a back seat this time, allowing Watson to try his hand at detecting in “Dr. Watson Takes the Case.” Headlining this issue’s interview is Martin Cruz Smith, the legendary creator of the Arkady Renko series. In this insightful interview with Strand managing editor Andrew Gulli, Cruz Smith shares his perspective on writing, his career in journalism, and the state of affairs in Eastern Europe. As usual, The Strand’s team of expert book reviewers has the scoop on the latest offerings from the mystery world.

 In addition featuring this unpublished short story by Truman Capote, we’ve featured scores of unpublished works by legendary authors including  Shirley Jackson, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Tennessee Williams, Louisa May Alcott, John Steinbeck, and Ray Bradbury.

SMFS Members Published in School of Hard Knox

Several SMFS list members are published in School of Hard Knox. Published by Crippen & Landru Publishers last month, the anthology is available in a variety of formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the read are:


Editor Donna Andrews with “Not Another Secret Passage Story."


Toni L.P. Kelner with “Baby Trap.”


Marcia Talley with “The Island Boy Detective Agency.”


Editor Art Taylor with "Ordeals."



Rebels with a Cause!

Nearly 100 years ago, The Reverend Monsignor Ronald Knox of the famed Detection Club developed ten rules-a Decalogue he called them-that he felt were "necessary to the full enjoyment of a detective story." Fairness with readers seemed an author's highest calling, and-lo!-"the faculty for writing a good mystery story is rare."

Writers (those heretics!) regularly bristle at a challenge, and being told that a literary twist is forbidden makes their fingers twitch at the keyboard.

This anthology contains fourteen of today's outstanding English and American short story authors, trying their best to break one-or more!-of the good monsignor's rules. Twins, supernatural events, and sleuths not sharing their clues are all in here-transgressions in all directions.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

SMFS Members Published in Vautrin - Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2023


Several SMFS list members are published in the new issue, Vautrin - Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2023. Edited by Todd Robins, the print issue is available at Watermark Books and Café. The SMFS list members in the issue are:


Jeff Esterholm with “Tollund Man.”


James D.F. Hannah with "Murder Ballad."


Rob D. Smith with “Our Most Sorrowful Mother of the Blessed Hardwood.”


Website Description:

This issue features seedy goings-on at a Spanish Colonial pile, a lawyer’s scrap with a London tabloid, an old guy who’s haunted by a ghost, and a town team baller with a Napoleon complex. These scenarios, a labor strike right out of today’s headlines, and much more in Vautrin Fall 2023.


Table of Contents



Nick Kolakowski, Back to Hell House

Jen Conley, They’re Coming for You, Baby

Saira Viola, Seven Red

Rob Smith, Our Most Sorrowful Mother of the Blessed Hardwood

Jeff Esterholm, Tollund Man

Lyz Mancini, Sugarhigh

Michael Maiello, Deb Needs Braces

Ilyn Welch, In a Snap

Michael A. Gonzales, Brazil

James D.F. Hannah, Murder Ballad



Scott Richard, The King Queen of Sixth Street


Book Review

Tim Hennessey on Lew Berney’s novel, Dark Ride


Photography by Hannah Miner


Design by Beth Golay

SMFS Members Published in Thrill Ride: The Magazine #3: No W.W.M. (Western White Males)


Today is publication day for Thrill Ride: The Magazine #3: No W.W.M. (Western White Males). 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: 


K.L. Abrahamson with "An Adventurous Nature."


Editor M. L. ‘Matt” Buchman with "Dead People Happen."


Diana Deverell with “Spooked.”


C.A. Rowland with “The Cost of Admission.”


Laura Ware with "One More Time."


Amazon Description:

12 Tales not led by WWMs.

Thrillers may be the last great bastion of the Western White Male. From Doc Savage to James Bond. From Dirk Pitt to Alex Cross to Jack Reacher.

Now is the time to venture into the rest of the world. Who rides to the rescue? Vietnamese magicians, female undercover operatives, Chinese assassins, and women like you never imagined.

Western White Males? Who needs them!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

SMFS Members Published in Animals in Mysteries I, Volume 39, No. 3, Fall 2023

Several SMFS list members have published essays in Animals in Mysteries I, Volume 39, No. 3, Fall 2023. Published earlier this week by Mystery Readers International, the read is available in print and pdf formats on the website. The SMFS list members published in the issue are:



Elizabeth Elwood with the author essay, “Reinventing Max and Thomasina Bug.”


Shannon Hollinger with the author essay. “The Terrier Takeover.”


Mary Reed with the author essay, “Cat Mummies and Other Feline Tales.” (Cowritten with Eric Mayer.)


Elena E. Smith with the author essay, “The One Percent Cat.”








  • Agatha’s Ark: Animals in Classic Crime Fiction by Kate Jackson



  • No Wombats Involved by Donna Andrews
  • On Horses and Drug Sniffing Dogs by Anne Louise Bannon
  • Solving Crime From a Dog’s Point of View by Louisa Bennet
  • Dogs Are Supernatural by Jeffrey B. Burton
  • Rescuing Animals Through Mysteries by Cate Conte
  • What The Dog Knows by Krista Davis
  • When Disaster Strikes, Dogs Answer the Call by Sara Driscoll
  • How Tugger Became Boone by Darlene Dziomba
  • Reinventing Max and Thomasina Bug by Elizabeth Elwood
  • The Character of Creatures by Kate Fellowes
  • The Making of a Hobby by Chris Goff
  • Hold Your Horses by Sasscer Hill
  • Beasts in the Garden by Cary Griffith
  • The Strength of Animals by Elle Hartford
  • I Don’t Do Goodbyes by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
  • The Great (Cat) Detectives by Sofie Kelly
  • The Terrier Takeover by Shannon Hollinger
  • A Foot and a Half Long Bundle of Love by Syrl Kazlo
  • A Writer’s Recipe for Happiness: Books and Dogs and Trees by Paula Munier
  • Animals and the Mysterious Ordinary by Priscilla Paton
  • Tale of a Whale by Richie Narvaez
  • Cat Mummies and Other Feline Tales by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
  • The One Percent Cat by Elena E. Smith
  • Then There Was a Dog by Linda L. Richards
  • Getting To Know Dogs by Leigh Russell
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Wendall Thomas
  • Eight Paws, Two Wings by Lois Winston



  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Lesa Holstine, Kathy Boone Reel, L.J. Roberts
  • Children’s Hour: Animals in Mysteries by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

SMFS Member Publishing News: Sleep Rough by Brandon Barrows

SMFS list member Brandon Barrows’ short story, Sleep Rough, is published at Shotgun Honey. You can read the tale for free here.

SMFS Members Published in Unnerving Magazine 18


SMFS list members are published in Unnerving Magazine 18. The issue was released last week as a PDF and is available for free online here. SMFS list members in the read are:


Michael Bracken with "Neighbor Boy."


J. Michael Taylor with an excerpt from his upcoming novel, No Score.