Saturday, August 18, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: T. Lee Harris


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, T. Lee Harris shares “The Maltese Groundhog” archived at Mysterical-E.  The story took first place in their “2007 Bloody Groundhog Day” contest.


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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Marilyn Holt


SMFS list member Marilyn Holt’s short story, “Everlasting Due” appears in the just released anthology, Alternative Theologies: Parables for a Modern World (Alternatives Book 3). Published by B Cube Press, it is available in print and digital formats from Amazon.

Synopsis:

Henry Frederic Amiel stated that “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. 
And while this book explores theology and beliefs, it is written to be kind as well as thoughtful, and at times funny. It will give you belly laughs, but it will also give understanding of the notion of believing. It will remind you that no matter what you believe, we make this journey together.
There are poems by some wonderful modern thinkers including Gwyndyn T. Alexander and Jane Yolen, that will explore the nature of our world.
Essays by David Brin and David Gerrold that explore the nature of why we believe what we do.
And then there are the stories. Funny stories, like First, that explains how Hell got started. Serious stories of redemption, as seen in Izzy Tells no Lies. Stories that explore familiar themes of the trials of Job, as seen by those around him. Questions are raised if we would even recognize a returning messiah after 2000 years of interpretations of the beliefs. 
And most important, they are well written with craft and skill that you have come to expect from B Cubed authors.



Monday, August 13, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: V. S. Kemanis


As the group was informed just after midnight,  the second part of a series SMFS list member V. S. Kemanis is doing on “Adding Criminal Law and Procedure to Your Fiction” at the website of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is now up. “Part II: Stop & Frisk, Arrest, Identification Procedures, Indictment” appears here and follows “Part 1: Search and Seizure”  located  here.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 13

Per Peter DiChellis....

This week’s blog gives up the goodies on short mystery and crime fiction, with links to two free stories (reprinted at Mystery Tribune) from an anthology edited by Lawrence Block, as well as an assortment of devious delights for your TBR list (including links to reviews of a CJ Box collection and to a raft of AHMM and EQMMstories, and links to new releases from Akashic Books, Coffin Hop Press, and Down and Out: The Magazine).

Plus, a professional proofreader’s tips for uncovering errors in your manuscript.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Writers Who Kill: Digging Those Deadlines by Lisa Ciarfella

Writers Who Kill: Digging Those Deadlines by Lisa Ciarfella: Everydayisspecialblogspot.com/2015-douglas-adams.html                               Hey All, Li...

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, “Home Delivery” is in the current issue (August 20, 2018) of  Woman’s World Magazine. The publication is available on some newsstands and by subscription.

Members are reminded that Mr. Floyd shared in his recent 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 Member Publication News: Diana Deverell

SMFS list member Diana Deverell has a short story up today at Kings River Life Magazine. Her story is titled Spokane Sting: Mystery Short Story.

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Jacqueline Seewald

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, Jacqueline Seewald shares “The Heir Hunt” archived at Over My Dead Body!  The read features her “Sweethearts Detective Agency.”


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, August 10, 2018

SMFS Member Publication news: Travis Richardson


SMFS Member Travis Richardson reports publication news of the short story, “Chowda” in Switchblade: Issue Sixx. The issue is available at Amazon in print and digital formats.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: S. Kemanis


As the group was informed earlier today, SMFS list member V. S. Kemanis is doing a three part series on “Adding Criminal Law and Procedure to Your Fiction” at the website of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. “Part 1: Search and Seizure” can be found here.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Craig Faustus Buck


SMFS list member Craig Faustus Buck’s short story, “Pongo’s Lucky Day” appears online at Retreats From Oblivion: The Journal Of Noircon.  Mr. Buck refers to his tale as “snowboarder noir.”

Monday, August 6, 2018

New Books and Short Stories by MWA Members – August 2018

The list, as always, includes some SMFS folks. 

SMFS Member Publication News: M. H. Callway


SMFS Member M. H. Callway reports today that her short story “The Seeker” appears in the anthology, The Dame Was Trouble. Published by Coffin Hop Press, the eBook is currently available at Amazon with the print edition out on August 10th.

Synopsis:

A collection of Canadian Crime Fiction from the best and brightest female crime writers that the Great White North has to offer. From noir to hardboiled, and thriller to cozy mystery, these Dames know how to tell tales to thrill, chill and KILL.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 12

Per Peter Dichellis:

This week’s blog deals a full house of short mystery and crime fiction, with links to three freebies from crime favorite Shotgun Honey and a sinister selection of tales for your towering TBR pile (including links to reviews of a Jeremiah Healy John Francis Cuddy collection and a Walter Mosley Socrates Fortlow collection, and to fresh new issues of Mystery Weekly and The Strand, whose latest issue—for anyone who missed the news—includes a previously unpublished Ernest Hemingway story).

Plus, a link to descriptions and examples of nine types of unreliable narrators. Or are there ten? Or eleven?

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 12



Little Big Crimes Review: Beached by Ray Daniel

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SMFS Member Publication News: Sandra Ruttan

 
SMFS Member Sandra Ruttan’s latest publication news is that her short story, “Crossing Jordan” appears in the anthology, The Dame Was Trouble. Published by Coffin Hop Press, the eBook is currently available at Amazon with the print edition out on August 10th.

Synopsis:

A collection of Canadian Crime Fiction from the best and brightest female crime writers that the Great White North has to offer. From noir to hardboiled, and thriller to cozy mystery, these Dames know how to tell tales to thrill, chill and KILL.


SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS Member John M. Floyd sends word that he has several more stories that have recently been published.

The Children of the Sky anthology contains his short story, “According to Luke” and is available in paperback at Amazon.

His four part serial, “The Winslow Tunnel” can be found online at Bewildering Stories where it can be read in its entirety for free.

“Lucy’s Gold” is in Saddlebag Dispatches: Spring/Summer 2018. The story can be read for free  or one can buy the issue in hardback or in paperback from Amazon.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Edith Maxwell

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, Edith Maxwell shares “Just Desserts for Johnny: A Mystery Short Story” archived at Kings River Life Magazine. The story was a 2015 Best Short Story Agatha Award Nominee.


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, August 3, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


In addition to his recent appearance in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue 3 along with several other members, SMFS list member John M. Floyd has a short story in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine. His short story “The Foreverglow Case” appears in The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Ernest Hemmingway Short Story (Issue #55) available at the publisher and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: Joseph S. Walker


SMFS list member Joseph S. Walker’s short story “After We Lost Her” appears in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: August 2018 issue and is featured prominently on the cover.

Adionally, his short story, “The Only Child” appears in the recently released anthology, Scream and Scream Again! Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America in a variety of formats.

Monday, July 30, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Jacqueline Seewald


SMFS list member Jaqueline Seewald has an article in the latest edition of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Her piece titled, “Why Sherlock Holmes Won’t Die” appears in the just released issue 25. Available at Wildside Press, Amazon, and elsewhere, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine: Issue #25 came out earlier this month in print format.  


Writers Who Kill: I HEART Short Stories by Kaye George

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A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 11

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 11

Saturday, July 28, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd

In addition to the news that John M. Floyd’s short story “Diversions” appears in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue Three, Mr. Floyd reports another publication in Woman’s World Magazine.  His story, “Easy as Pie” appears in the August 6, 2018 issue currently available on newsstands and by subscription.  

SMFS Member Publication News: Peter W. J. Hayes


In addition to his short story “Something Certain” in Black Cat Magazine: Issue Three, SMFS list member Peter W. J. Hayes also has a new novel out by way of Level Best Books. The “police procedural mystery” titled, The Things That Aren't There: A Vic Lenoski Mystery is available in print and digital formats from various vendors including Amazon.


Synopsis:

Detective Vic Lenoski of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has just been handed the biggest case of his career, the vicious murder of a venture capitalist known for funding high-tech and robotics start-up companies. But Vic, haunted by personal loss and hounded by a commander who despises him, is unraveling fast. Worse, his investigation soon uncovers major corruption among Pittsburgh’s star robotics entrepreneurs, that the city’s gangsters have gone straight, and Vic’s commander and colleagues are only interested in promotions, pensions, and pats on the back. Just as the case and his career are on the verge of collapse, Vic struggles to make sense of his work and life while uncovering a series of deeply buried truths, and tracking a murderer who is desperate to kill again.


SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue Three


Several SMFS list members are published in the new issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine. Currently, the print edition as well as the digital version is available at Wildside Press. The print version at Amazon and the digital version. The members in this issue are:

Michael Bracken with “Suburbia.”

John M. Floyd with “Diversions.”

Peter W. J. Hayes with “Something Certain.”

Charles Roland with “Whale Watch.”

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Diana Deverell

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, Diana Deverell offers two short stories that feature her signature character, FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepard. At the archives of The Norwegian American you can find her three part serial, “Dirty Bop To Blighty.” Part One followed by Part Two and Part Three. Over at the archives of Kings River Life Magazine you can read “Black Powder Boogie.” 


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 27, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gary Phillips


Word comes today that in addition to the work of Catherine Dilts, SMFS list member Gary Phillips also has a story in the new anthology, Blood and Gasoline: How Octane, High-Velocity Action available from the publisher and Amazon  in print and eBook formats. The story is titled, “Grag’s Last Escape.”  

SMFS Member Publication News: O'Neil De Noux


Following up on his short story “The Gorilla Murders” that was published in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 2, SMFS list member O’Neil De Noux has another short in the just released Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 3. One of seventeen short stories included in the issue available in print and eBook from Amazon and elsewhere, Mr. O’Neil De Noux’s short story is titled “Pinning The Rap.”

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gerald So


SMFS list member Gerald So’s crime poem, “Why” appears online at Retreats From Oblivion: The Journal Of Noircon.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Bob Peyto


Based in Sydney, Australia, Gypsum Sound Tales has published their first book in the Colp anthology line. Titled, Colp: The Passage of Time, the read contains the work of thirteen authors includes SMFS list member Bob Peyto with his short story “Past Mistakes.” The book is available in both print or eBook formats.

Synopsis:

Time is a difficult thing, a constant, yet one that we can bend and manipulate as easily as rolling the clocks forward or backwards each year for daylight savings. It ticks away each day, the minutes and hours passing unnoticed and unrecorded until yet another sunset brings the night. This passage, that’s the scary part - the lost opportunities, the forgotten memories and the spectacular moments that you’re unlikely to experience ever again. 

Colp’s first collection contains thirteen stories from thirteen different authors, each of which explores in its own way the idea that time, no matter how we approach it, will continue to pass and that sometimes there may just be a little something that we can do about it.Blake’s rule has always been to do what’s right…not what’s easy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: J. R. Lindermuth


SMFS Member  J. R.  Lindermuth’s latest book is a western with a mystery element to it.  As announced on the Sundown Press Blog where there is also an excerpt from the new book, Blake’s Rule is now available at Amazon in print and eBook formats.  

Synopsis:

Blake’s rule has always been to do what’s right…not what’s easy.
Range detective Sam Blake is after cattle rustlers—but when a beautiful woman is accused of murdering her employer, he has to step in and see justice done. Miriam had her reasons for the brutal killing, and though she’s not talking, Blake understands there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.
When the local sheriff, James Fremont, asks Blake to spirit Miriam and her two children out of town before a lynch mob comes for her, he agrees. But Cyrus Diebler, the influential rancher who is intent on seeing her pay for her crime, is not about to be stopped. He will go to whatever lengths he must to see her dead, though it means putting his own family in harm’s way.
As Blake and Miriam stay one step ahead of the relentless Diebler and his deadly henchmen, a relationship begins to build between them. When Blake learns the real story behind the murder, and the dark secrets of Diebler’s motivation to see Miriam dead, he vows he will protect her and her children at all costs—even if it means his own life.


SleuthSayers: Just Like Starting Over by Michael Bracken

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: O'Neil De Noux

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, O'Neil De Noux shares the short story, “Friscoville: A Lucien Caye Story” archived at The Thrilling Detective.


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 20, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: William Burton McCormick


 
Curiosities #3: Summer 2018 has been released in digital format at Amazon with the print format coming soon. Among the eight stories included is “Kutsenko’s Cage” from SMFS list member William Burton McCormick.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: Catherine Dilts

 
SMFS list member Catherine Dilts has a story in the new anthology, Blood and Gasoline: How Octane, High-Velocity Action available from the publisher and Amazon  in print and eBook formats. Her story is titled “Do-Over.”

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Elizabeth Zelvin

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, Elizabeth Zelvin shares the short story, “The Saxon Hoard” archived at Mysterical-E.  


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.




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blood-Red Pencil: Writers on Their Toes

Blood-Red Pencil: Writers on Their Toes: ~ Editor/Author/Publisher Mysti Berry is our guest at the Blood-Red Pencil today. ~ I’d like to share with you the most marvelous discover...

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS Member John M. Floyd has a mystery story, “Too Good To Be True” in the current issue (July 16, 2018) of  Woman’s World Magazine. The publication is available on some newsstands and by subscription.

This short story might or might not have been the 100th sale that Mr. Floyd referred to in this recent piece at SleuthSayers Blog explaining how he goes about writing short stories for this market. Well worth reading, especially if you are looking to break into this market.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lindy's Lair: Complicating a Character's Life by J.R. Lindermuth

Lindy's Lair: Complicating a Character's Life

Mystery Fanfare: I'LL COP TO IT: Guest post by Jim Doherty

Mystery Fanfare: I'LL COP TO IT: Guest post by Jim Doherty: JIM DOHERTY: I'LL COP TO IT When a policeman writes a police procedural novel, people are bound to wonder if the main character is ...

SMFS Members Published in Pulp Adventures #29


The latest issue in a long running series, Pulp Adventures #29, has been released by Bold Ventures Press.  Available from the publisher, as well as Amazon and elsewhere, this issue features two SMFS list members. They are:

David Bernard with “Laguna del Espirita Santo.”

Jack Bludis, writing as Jack Burns, with “Bloody Mary.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SMFS Members in Low Down Dirty Vote: A Crime Fiction Anthology


Edited by SMFS list member Mysti Berry, Low Down Dirty Vote: A Crime Fiction Anthology has been released. SMFS list member Travis Richardson is one of the eleven authors in the book with the tale “Another Statistic.” Published by Berry Content Corporation, proceeds from book will go to the ACLU to fight voter suppression. The book is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon and other vendors.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

SMFS Members Published in Pulp Modern: Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2018


Pulp Modern: Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2018 has been released in print and eBook formats and is available at Amazon. There are nine tales in this issue and three members of the SMFS list are included.  They are:

Michael Bracken for  “Good Girls Don’t.”

Chris McGinley for “The Killing at Queen’s Tooth.”

Stephen D. Rodgers  for A/S/L?”

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Sarah M. Chen

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, Sarah M. Chen shares the short story, “The Benevolent Man” archived at Spelk Fiction.  


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, July 4, 2018

SMFS Members Published In Flash Bang Mysteries: Summer 2018: Issue 12

Four members of the SMFS have stories in the just released Flash Bang Mysteries: Summer 2018 Issue 12. Those four members are:


Michael Bracken with “Decision.”

Herschel Cozine with “Execution Day.”

John M. Floyd with “A Musical Clue.”

Stephen D. Rogers with “Much Obliged.”


Sunday, July 1, 2018

2018-2020 SMFS Officers Announced

The Short Mystery Fiction Society is pleased to announce that, by acclimation, Kevin R. Tipple and Larry W. Chavis are returning in their respective roles as President and Vice President for the 2018-2020 two year term.

Tony Rudzki will be the Derringer Coordinator and will be assisted by Erin F. Slattery in her role as the first ever Derringer Coordinator Assistant. These two positions were also filled by acclimation and are a one year term beginning today, July 1st.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

SMFS Members Published In Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2018


Three members of the SMFS have stories in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2018 issue available from the publisherAmazon, and elsewhere.  They are:

Peter DiChellis for “Locked Tight.”

Jim Doherty for “Cap Device.”

Rosemary McCracken for “Black Bear Country.”

SleuthSayers: 100 and Counting by by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: 100 and Counting: by John M. Floyd A few weeks ago I reached a milestone, of sorts: I sold my 100th story to Woman's World magazine. Allow me to m...

Writers Who Kill: On Writing Fast by Maddie Day (Edith Maxwell)

Writers Who Kill: On Writing Fast by Maddie Day (Edith Maxwell): My name is Maddie (and Edith), and I write fast. There, I’ve said it! But it’s true. Why do I write fast, and how can I? Long ago I r...

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Joseph D'Agnese

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, Joseph D'Agnese shares the short story “Wood Man” archived at Shotgun Honey.


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.