Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 23

As posted by Peter DiChellis’ to our list…. 
This week’s blog stands on the firing line and squeezes the trigger for short mystery and crime fiction: links to a dead-aim assortment of free stories, reviews, and releases.
Plus: a character in your story was just shot. Some real-world options for what could happen next.
A short walk down a dark street (#23)
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Jungle Red Writers: THE DEBATE: IS A SHORT STORY TRULY HARDER TO WRITE...

Jungle Red Writers: THE DEBATE: IS A SHORT STORY TRULY HARDER TO WRITE...: Gigi : When Jenn learned that my first short story collection was coming out this week, she said, “short stories terrify me!” That got ...

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Craig Faustus Buck


SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. 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 and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.



Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Craig Faustus Buck shares “Liar’s Poker” by way of PDF as the May 2017 publication was at Spinetingler Magazine which no longer exists.


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, October 19, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Gigi Pandian


SMFS list member Gigi Pandian’s new book, The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Short Story Collection has just been released. Published by Henery Press in print and digital formats, the book includes her Malice Domestic Agatha award winning short story, “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn.” The book is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.


Amazon Synopsis:

A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian, all set in the Jaya Jones world.
Appearing here for the first time, novelette The Cambodian Curse
When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving's owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime.
Stories included: "The Cambodian Curse," "The Hindi Houdini," "The Haunted Room," "The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn," "The Curse of Cloud Castle," "Tempest in a Teapot," "A Dark and Stormy Light," "The Shadow of the River," plus bonus novella Fool's Gold.
With an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King addressing why we love locked rooms, and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene, teasing out the tradition of John Dickson Carr that Pandian is following. This collection is filled with ingenious stories of magic, mystery, and history.

SMFS Member Publication News: Merrilee Robson


SMFS list member Merrilee Robson has a short story up on the Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast. Part of King’s River Life Magazine, this podcast features the short story, “The Mercy Killer.” The tale is read aloud by actor Thomas Nance. You can find the podcast at PodBean.

SMFS Member Publication News: Jan Christensen


SMFS list member Jan Christensen has a new mystery out. Organized To Kill is available in print and digital formats from Amazon and is the fourth book in the Tina Tales Series.


Amazon Synopsis:

It’s bad enough to find a dead body. Even worse when it’s in your lover’s bed. In Organized to Kill, the fourth in the Tina Tales series, Tina and Hank become suspects in a bizarre murder.But when another victim turns up burned beyond recognition the next night, the suspect pool widens. Are the two murders even connected? Hank’s background in federal and police procedure drives the investigation, and Tina’s organizational skills and psychological training help unearth clues. Fortunately, her poking around is sometimes accompanied by her Uncle Bob’s quirky commentary and Hank’s hot bod.Tina is determined to find the reasons for both murders by talking to suspects, figuring out if the two crimes are connected, and if they are, how. Just when she thinks she has the answers, she finds another clue. But it might be too late and put her own, and Hank’s, life in danger.Fourth in Tina Tales Series

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SMFS Members Published in Flash Bang Mysteries: No. 13 Fall/October 2018


Four  SMFS list members are in the just released Flash Bang Mysteries: No. 13 Fall/October 2018 issue at https://www.flashbangmysteries.com/issue-archives/no-13-fall-oct-2018/   The issue is free to read online. The all SMFS members issue includes works from:

James Blakey with “Bottom of the Thirteenth.”

Leone Ciporin with “Dashboard Reverie.”  This is also the cover story.

John M. Floyd with “Ye Olde Crime Scene.”

Vy Kava with “Date Night.”  This is also the “Editor’s Choice” story.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Gail Farrelly

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. 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 and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.


Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Gail Farrelly shares “The Eyes Have It” archived at the Yonkers Tribune.


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.




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Robert Peyto


SMFS list member Robert Petyo’s short story, “The Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Society” appears in the just released Econoclash Review #2. Published by Thrillhill Bottom Press, this pulp magazine is available in print and digital formats from Amazon.


Amazon Synopsis:

EconoClash Review's back with more Quality Cheap Thrills! We've got Wild Strippers, Cowboys vs Vampires, Weird Slime monsters, Alien Invasions, Psycho Groupies, Hard-boiled Detectives, and much much more! Buckle Up Buttercup because this is one wild ride!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SleuthSayers: Some Reasons Short Stories Get Rejected by Barb Goffman

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SMFS Member Publication News: David H. Hendrickson


Like many SMFS List members, Dave H. Hendrickson writes in more than one genre.  Dave’s short story, “From a Dry, Bitter Stream Comes the Sweetest of Fountains” appears in the recently released, Heart’s Kiss: No. 11 October-November 2018. Published by Heart’s Nest Press, the book is available in digital format only from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.


Amazon Synopsis:

Love romance? Love discovering the best new writers with bite-sized stories? Or maybe you prefer to treat yourself by escaping into a sure-to-please favorite author’s world now and again, but don’t have the time to read a full-length novel. Heart’s Kiss magazine offers delicious variety and more.

Each issue has 70,000 plus words of fiction from names readers will recognize, to newly discovered writers, including interviews and articles talking about what romance readers love most—the books they love, why romance is important in today’s world, their love of the genre and what to enjoy next.

Heart’s Kiss is filled with a sweet-spicy-erotic mix of historical, contemporary, paranormal, suspense and futuristic romance stories that will be sure to make you yearn for more.

IN THIS ISSUE:

OPENING EDITORIAL Tina Smith
HEART’S KISS INTERVIEWS BRENDA JACKSON by Lezli Robyn
AT LONG LAST (excerpt) by Brenda Jackson
FAR HORIZONS by Juliet Marillier
THE FORBIDDEN KISS OF LIFE (A Disorderly Elements Short Story) by Olivette Devaux
FROM A DRY, BITTER STREAM COMES THE SWEETEST OF FOUNTAINS by D. H. Hendrickson
ST. JEAN AND THE WISH (A Jane and Jinn Mystery) by Brenda Carre
THE HEART FINDS THE WAY by Rei Rosenquist
BEAUTIFULLY IMAGINED (The Beautifully Series) by Gracie Wilson
WEDDING NIGHT (poem) by Julie Pitzel
YOU READ THAT?: EVOLUTION OF THE HERO (column) by Julie Pitzel
HOW DIFFERENT VOICES ARE CHANGING THE YA ROMANCE LANDSCAPE by Karen McCoy
RECOMMENDED BOOKS by C.S. DeAvilla
THE TEMPTRESS PRESENTS: FAMOUS CAULIFLOWER MAC & CHEESE (Vegan & Gluten Free) by Andrea Abedi
HEART’S KISS’ FIRST RENDEZVOUS WITH THE ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA CONFERENCE by Lezli Robyn

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 21


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list….
This week’s blog bribes the preacher to deliver a sweet sermon about short mystery and crime fiction: links to reviews, releases, and new freebies at OMDB! Plus, an essay on the pain and pleasure of reading and writing shorts.
Includes links to a Donald E. Westlake Dortmunder collection and a review of a classic anthology of mystery stories by authors Pearl S. Buck, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and others (eds. Danay and Lee, aka Ellery Queen).
A short walk down a dark street (#21)
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Members Published in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018


A number of  SMFS members have had their previously published stories selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. Edited by Louise Penny and Otto Penzler, the book is available in print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS list members included in the book are:

Michael Bracken with “Smoked.”

John Floyd with “Gun Work.”

David H. Hendrickson with “Death in the Sergenti.”

Paul D. Marks with “Windward.”

Alan Orloff with “Rule Number One.”

Brian Silverman with “Breadfruit.”


Additional SMFS list members listed in the “Other Distinguished Stories” section are:

Alison McMahan with “The Drive-by.”

Joseph S. Walker with “Awaiting The Hour.”

Sylvia M. Warsh with “The Ranchero’s Daughter.”


Amazon Synopsis:

#1 New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, Louise Penny brings her “nerve and skill—as well as heart” (Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post) to selecting the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year.

Writing short stories takes “Skill. Discipline. Knowledge of the form while not being formulaic,” contends Louise Penny in her introduction. “In a short story there is nowhere to hide. Each must be original, fresh, inspired.” Originality is just what’s in store for readers of the twenty clever, creative selections in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. There’s no hiding from a Nigerian confidence game, a drug made of dinosaur bones, a bombing at an oil company, a reluctant gunfighter in the Old West, and the many other scams, dangers, and thrills lurking in its suspenseful pages.
 
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 includes T. C. Boyle, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Andrew Klavan, Martin Limón, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
 

SMFS Members Published in Quoth the Raven


Two SMFS list members are published in the just released Quoth the Raven. Published by Camden Park Press, the anthology takes the works of Edgar Allan Poe and reimagines them for the 21st century. The book is available in print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors.  The two SMFS list members that have reported their publishing news are:

Vicki Weisfeld with “Tooth and Nail.”

Lyn Worthen writing as Lauryn Christopher with “The Well.”

Amazon Synopsis:
The works of Poe were dark and often disturbing.From dismembered corpses, rivals bricked behind cellar walls, murders in back alleys, laments for lost loves, obsessions that drive men - and women! - to madness, his stories have had a profound impact on both the horror and mystery genres to this day.

In Quoth the Raven, we invite you to answer the call of the raven and revisit Poe's work, re-imagined for the twenty-first century. Here, the lover of mystery and Gothic horror will find familiar themes in contemporary settings, variations on Poe's tales, and faithful recreations of the author's signature style.

Contains stories and poems by Aryan Bollinger, Brian Ellis, Chris Abela, Donea Lee Weaver, Edward Ahern, Emerian Rich, Frank Coffman, Gregory J. Wolos, Hugh J.O'Donnell, John Kiste, Kara Race-Moore, Karen Robiscoe, Kenneth C. Goldman, Lauryn Christopher, Lawrence Berry, Matthew M. Montelione, Melanie Cossey, Penelope Paling, R.C. Scandalis, Sarah Murtagh, Scott Wheelock, Sidney Williams, Sonora Taylor, Stephanie L. Harper, Steven R. Southard, Susan McCauley, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Tonia Kalouria, and Vicki Weisfeld.


SMFS Members Published in Deadlines: A Tribute to William E. Wallace


Several SMFS list members have short stories in Deadlines: A Tribute to William E. Wallace. Published by Down & Out Books and Shotgun Honey, the book is available in both print and eBook from Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members that have reported their publication news are:

Patricia Abbott with “Snow White Face.”

Sarah M. Chen with “Strangers on the Run.”

Gary Phillips with “No Sure Thing.”

Travis Richardson with “Plan Z.”



Amazon Synopsis:
Deadlines is a tribute anthology dedicated to the memory of writer and crime fiction enthusiast, William E. Wallace. A career journalist, Wallace got a first-hand look at the darker side of humanity working at various papers in California before settling at the San Francisco Chronicle. Upon retiring, Wallace engaged fully into the crime fiction community connecting with writers and readers not only to promote his own writing, but to promote other writers he enjoyed. 

It is through William E. Wallace’s career and his stories that the contributors to this anthology take inspiration. These stories are presented with appreciation to his unselfish contribution to our community and our publications. 

All proceeds of this publication will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the name of William E. Wallace. 

Learn more about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at cbldf.org. 

And read William E. Wallace’s blog at PulpHackConfessions.com. 

Thank you to those who contributed their time and stories: Preston Lang, Jen Conley, Joe Clifford, Will Viharo, Paul D. Brazill, Patricia Abbott, Rob Pierce, Sean Craven, Eric Beetner, Sarah M. Chen, Nick Kolakowski, S.W. Lauden, Scott Adlerberg, Gary Phillips, Renee Asher Pickup, Eryk Pruitt, Todd Morr, Travis Richardson, Anonymous-9, Sean Lynch, Alec Cizak, Greg B

Saturday, October 6, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: Peter DiChellis


In addition to his offering for the “You-Solve-It” puzzle titled “Treasure Cave” in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2018, SMFS list member Peter DiChellis reports several other publications this month.

His crime/horror short story, “Dead Ringer” appears in Kzine Issue 22.  The issue is available in print and digital formats from Amazon.

His crime/horror short story, “Disaster Adjuster,” previously published in an earlier edition of Kzine, was published again in The Literary Hatchet #21.  available in print from Amazon .

Additionally, Mr. DiChellis reports that his blog, A Short Walk Down A Dark Street, was included on the annual list of favorite crime fiction blogs at The Rap Sheet.

SMFS Member Publishing News: William Burton McCormick


SMFS List Member William Burton McCormick’s short story "Kutsenko's Cage" that was published in July in Curiosities 3 has been released as a downloadable audio edition on Curiosities's website Gallery of Curiosities. The story is read by Maria Rose after a short introduction by the host who does it in the style of an Old Time radio creepy/fey character in the mode of Inner Sanctum.  It can be heard  here online.

SMFS Members Published In Down and Out: The Magazine: Issue 4


Released back in August, Down and Out: The Magazine: Issue 4 features the work of two SMFS list members. The issue is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon, the publisher, and other vendors. The two SMFS list members in this issue are:

Lissa Marie Redmond with “We Don’t Talk About Lester Anymore.”

Brian Silverman with “Scotch Bonnet.”


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SMFS Members Published In Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2018


Several SMFS list members have works appearing in the just released Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2018. Amazon has the issue available in print  and  digital formats as does the publisher and other vendors. The SMFS members in this issue are:

Thomas K. Carpenter with “The Secrets Of Skin.”

Peter DiChellis with this month’s “You-Solve-It Mystery,” titled “Treasure Cave.”

Bruce Harris with a non-fiction piece titled “A Deliberately Tangled Skein.”

Michael Mallory with “The Inimitable Affair.”

Nik Morton with the cover feature story, “The Very First Detective: The Killing Stone.”

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Mark Troy

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. 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 and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.


Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Mark Troy shares “The Rules” archived at his author site.


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.




Monday, October 1, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 20

Per Peter DiChellis' message to our list... 

This week’s blog pushes its belly up to the bar and buys a round for short mystery and crime fiction: links to free stories, reviews, releases, and an essay. Plus, three editors answer Six Questions about what they want in a story.
A short walk down a dark street (#20)
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, September 29, 2018

SleuthSayers: Where's a Grammar Cop When You Need One? by John M. Floyd

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Kevin Eagan

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. 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 and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.


Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays we have something a little different. Instead of the normal online story to read, Kevin Eagan shares “The Heist” by way of a podcast archived at Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. It comes from the July/August 2016 issue.


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.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SMFS Member Interviewed: Jacqueline Seewald

As posted by Jacqueline Seewald to our list... 

Hi,

Steve Moore writes an excellent blog. I'm pleased to say he has interviewed me and that interview is now posted on: 

http://stevenmmoore.com/interviewing-author-jacqueline-seewald/

I hope you will join us and leave a comment if you so choose.

Best,

Jacqueline Seewald

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 19

Per Peter DiChellis' message to our list... 

As usual, this week’s blog climbs onto to the rooftop and yowls at the moon for short mystery and crime fiction: links to free stories by Patti Abbott and Reed Farrel Coleman, reviews, releases, and more.
A short walk down a dark street (#19)


Best wishes,
Peter

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SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd has another mystery story appearing in the Woman’s World Magazine. His latest mystery short story, “Half-Baked Plan” is in the current issue (October 1, 2018) of  Woman’s World Magazine. The publication is available on some newsstands and by subscription.

This is Mr. Floyd's 103rd published story in this market. Members are reminded that Mr. Floyd shared in his piece at SleuthSayers Blog how he goes about writing short stories for this market. Well worth reading, especially if you are looking to break into this market.

SMFS Members Published in Shhhh...Murder!


A number of SMFS list members are published in the just released anthology, Shhhh…Murder! Published by Darkhouse Books, the anthology is available in print and eBook from Amazon and features “Cozy Crimes in Libraries.” The SMFS list members that have reported their publication in the book are:

Michael Bracken with “Mr. Sugarman Visits the Bookmobile.”

David Goudsward writing as DG Critchley with “The Body in the Book Drop.”

Deborah Lacy with “Wuthering Stacks.” (Cowriter Pat Hernas). 

Linda Leszczuk writing as LD Masterson with “Drop Goes The Weasel.”

Josh Pachter with “DDS 10752 LIBRA.” (Cowriter John Lutz).

KM Rockwood with “Map To Oblivion.”

Jacqueline Seewald with “Ask a Librarian.”

Nupur Tustin with “The Christmas Stalker.”


Amazon Synopsis:

Cozy crimes in libraries!
Featuring stories by (in order of appearance):
Deborah Lacy & Pat Hernas, Michael Bracken, Warren Bull, Sharon Marchisello, Jacqueline Seewald, Anne-Marie Sutton, Aislinn Batstone, John Lutz & Josh Pachter, Jennie MacDonald, Gwenda R. Jensen, LD Masterson, Kate Fellowes, KM Rockwood, DG Crichley, Richard Lau, Janet Raye Stevens, Michael Brandon, Edward Ahern, Amy Ballard, Barbara Schlichting, M. M. Elmendorf, Nupur Tustin, Albert Tucher, Michael Guillebeau


SMFS Members Published in FLORIDA HAPPENS anthology


A number of SMFS members are published in the just released Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem, and Suspense from the Sunshine State anthology.  Published by Three Rooms Press in conjunction with Bouchercon 2018, the book is available in paperback and digital formats from Amazon and elsewhere. The SMFS list members that have reported their publication in the book are:

Patricia Abbott with “When Agnes Left The House.”

John Floyd with “Frontier Justice.”

Barb Goffman with “The Case of the Missing Pot Roast.”

Eleanor Cawood Jones with “All Accounted For at the Hooray for Hollywood Motel.”

Paul D. Marks with “There’s An Alligator in my Purse.”


Amazon Synopsis:

When it comes to Florida, no crime is too unusual and no criminal too peculiar to be impossible. Florida is the one state where fiction has to catch up to the headlines, and the contributors to FLORIDA HAPPENS: Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense from The Sunshine State do not hold back!

Edited by award-winning author/editor Greg Herren, with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey, FLORIDA HAPPENS is a riveting anthology featuring some of the brightest stars of mystery writing. Published in conjunction with Bouchercon, the world's biggest mystery convention, this new anthology offers stories of pristine white sands and palm trees, snowbirds and theme parks, mangroves and manatees, pirates and policemen―from the redneck Riviera to the southernmost point of the United States. 

Jam-packed with stories from top authors, FLORIDA HAPPENS promises to surprise and thrill lovers of mystery and suspense. Included are classic tales from the legendary John D. MacDonald and Lawrence Block, plus fresh new fiction from bestselling mystery authors Susanna CalkinsAlex SeguraBrendan DuBoisHilary DavidsonReed Farrel Coleman, and Craig Pittman. The collection also includes thrilling new stories by top mystery writers Holly West,
Paul D. Marks , Greg HerrenDebra Lattanzi ShutikaJack BatesBarb GoffmanAngel Luis Colon, J. D. AllanEleanor Cawood Jones, Neil PlakcyMichael WileyJohn M. Floyd, and Patricia Abbott

A portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children from birth to school age regardless of family income. A personal mission of Dolly Parton’s, the Imagination Library fosters literacy, a love of reading, and is meant to inspire children to succeed.