Monday, January 25, 2021

SMFS Member Podcast News: Ang Pompano

The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “The Bucket List” by SMFS list member Ang Pompano.  You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.



From the site:

This episode features the mystery short story The Bucket List By Ang Pompano. It is read by local actor Teya Juarez. The Bucket List was first published in Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn, Level Best Books (2015) and later in Kings River Life. You can learn more about the author on his website. In each episode, we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley.

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SMFS Member Publishing News: David Goudsward

SMFS list member David Goudsward edited and annotated the new book, Old World Footprints by Cassie Symmes. Published by Bold Ventures Press, it is currently available in paperback and hardcover at the publisher.


Publisher Synopsis:

Preface by H.P. Lovecraft (ghosting for Frank Belknap Long)

Edited and annotated by David Goudsward; Foreword by Bobby Derie

In 1928, Mrs. William B. Symmes published a 32-page travelogue. The 300-copy run was privately distributed by Mrs. Symmes among her friends and family. The book's publisher was amateur pressman W. Paul Cook and his Recluse Press imprint. Mrs. Symmes' nephew, Frank Belknap Long is credited for the preface, actually ghostwritten by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft proofread the book for Cook, and may have edited it as well. The involvement of Cook, Long, and Lovecraft transforms an unremarkable travelogue by Cassie Symmes into one of the rarest of Lovecraft-related publications.

Bold Ventures Press proudly presents a new edition, edited and annotated by Lovecraft scholar David Goudsward. It is illustrated by photos and period postcards, and includes a foreword by pulp scholar Bobby Derie and Cassie’s biography.

Art Taylor: A New Semester: Short Story Collections

 Art Taylor: A New Semester: Short Story Collections

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Little Big Crimes Review: The Underneath by Stephen Ross

Little Big Crimes: The Underneath, by Stephen Ross:  "The Underneath," by Stephen Ross, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021.  This is the second appea...

2021 SMFS Lefty Award Nominees

Several SMFS list members are up for the 2021 Lefty Awards. There are four categories in total with 23 books. SMFS list members are competing in two different categories regarding books first published in 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the winners will be announced online on April 10, 2021. The SMFS list members and their books in the respective categories are:


Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel

Jennifer J. Chow, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (Berkley Prime Crime)

Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets (Henery Press) 


Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (The Bruce Alexander Memorial for books covering events before 1970)

James W. Ziskin, Turn to Stone (Seventh Street Books)


For a full list of all the books and their authors under award consideration, go to the official Left Coast site at 2021 Lefty Awards: The Unconvention

SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #8

Several SMFS list members have short stories in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #8. Published by Wildside Press, the read is currently available in eBook format at Amazon as well as print, and at other vendors.  The SMFS members in the issue are:


Editor Michael Bracken with his editorial, “From The Cat’s Perch.”


John M. Floyd with “The Big Picture.”


Barb Goffman with “An Inconvenient Sleuth.”


M. A. Monnin with “St. Killian’s Choice.”


Elizabeth Zelvin with “An Artist In The Harem.” 


Amazon Synopsis:

The first Black Cat Mystery Magazine of 2021 presents 7 compelling original tales, plus a classic reprint by Donald Barr Chidsey. Included are:

TRIP UP ON HIGH STREET, by John Hegenberger


YOU LOSE, WE FIND, by Jon Matthew Farber

THE BIG PICTURE, by John M. Floyd

AN ARTIST IN THE HAREM, by Elizabeth Zelvin



"Just Another Bum," by Donald Barr Chidsey