Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Thriller Award Winner: Alan Orloff

As previously announced back in April, SMFS Member Alan Orloff was a 2019 Thriller Award Finalist. His book, Pray for the Innocent, was a finalist nominee in the “Best E-Book Original Novel Category.” Saturday evening, at Thrillerfest XIV in New York City, Mr. Orloff was announced as the winner by the International Thriller Writers.  We of the SMFS congratulate Mr. Orloff on his latest award winning achievement.

Amazon Synopsis:

Can former best-selling novelist Mathias King—now a rumpled, grizzled English professor—save America from a terrorist of his own making? In the shadow of the Pentagon, a secret DoD brain research experiment goes terribly wrong, and an ex-Special Ops soldier escapes, believing he is Viktor Dragunov, the Russian operative from the 80’s thriller novel, Attack on America. To capture him, the Feds turn to the person uniquely qualified to predict his next moves, the man who created the fictional character, best-selling author Mathias King. Now a reclusive English professor, King is reluctant to get involved, having sworn off the culture of violence after a deranged fan murdered his wife. But when innocent people start dying, King is thrust back into that dark world. With help from his enthusiastic graduate assistant Emily Phan, King must outsmart his own creation—while outmaneuvering the cover-up-loving Feds—before Dragunov succeeds in his hell-bent mission. To destroy America.

SMFS Member Publication News: C. W. Blackwell

SMFS member C. W. Blackwell informed the list this morning that he appears twice in the just published Switchblade: Issue Ten. Currently, the issue is only available in digital format at Amazon. Mr. Blackwell’s short story, ‘For Love Or Money” appears in the issue as does an interview with him.

Amazon Synopsis:

Rough riders, gangsters, hitters, stick up men, boxers, and box crushers. From the west side all the way back east; featuring the bar flies, cheap motels, and day-old diner coffee in between…From the A-bomb to the B-word (Betrayal) and it’s all about Zulu Time. It’s another motley crew of unusual suspects grinding out yet another set of premium gutter noir. This is Switchblade Issue 10, and it ain’t just another black and blue issue with shades of gray. It’s full color and absolute. Featuring the criminally good fiction work of Serena Jayne, Jim Wilsky, Eddie McNamara, Beaumont Rand, Gene Breaznell, N.W. Barcus, Tim V. Decker, Christian Goss, C.W. Blackwell, Jim Towns, Brian Beatty, and Timothy Friend. And for the very first time, check out our “Person of Interest” special interview section, featuring noir author and rising star in the pulp community: C.W. Blackwell.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Peter DiChellis

SMFS list member Peter DiChellis’ short story, “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read online at TOUGH.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 61

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…

Need a quick buzz? This week’s blog delivers links to a deadly dose of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) reflects on what to do about a story after 24 rejections spanning five years.
A short walk down a dark street (#61). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,

Saturday, July 13, 2019

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Eve Fisher

Each Saturday, we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Eve Fisher shares the 2017 published short story, “Raising Bigfoot” archived at TOUGH. Also offered for your reading pleasure are the short stories, “Sophistication” originally published in the AHMM: July/August 2007 issue as well as “A Time To Mourn” originally published in the AHMM: January/February 2011 issues. Both stories are archived at her website.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net. If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

SMFS Member Publishing News: Dave Goudsward

SMFS member Dave Goudsward, writing as Dave Bernard, has a short story in the just published  Pulp Adventures #32. His story, “The Wicked Big Monstah Ovah Bawstin.” Published by Bold Ventures Press, the read is available at the publisher  as well as at Amazon in paperback format.

Publisher Synopsis:


Audrey Parente, editor

Classic Pulp Fiction
  • The Death Dancer | Charles Boeckman  3
    The “Atomic Goddess of Beauty” sees a strange case of murder explode!
  • Roman Holiday | Talbot Mundy  28
    A tale of Christians and Romans — and Lions — in the reign of mad Caligula!
  • The Pigtail of Hi Wing Ho | Sax Rohmer  119
    Mystery in Chinatown ...
  • The Mystery of Island X! | Bobby Nash  15
    Lance Starr and his scrappy crew investigate mysterious goings-on on an island — only to discover the island IS the mystery!
  • The Spawn of Lilthu | William M. Hope  51
    The “Welcome” mat was Thurl’s invitation to a hellish fate.
  • The Wicked Big ‘Monstah Ovah Bawstin’ | David Bernard  63
    An FBI agent generates buzz with his biggest case.
  • Time and Tide | Adam Beau McFarlane  75
    The Black Island Tavern plays host to a sailor like no other.
  • Stranded At Saturn | Jack Halliday  79
    He dreamt of reaching the stars … until he crash-landed …
  • A Snitch in Time | Robert W. Walker  83
    First-class seats for murder …