Monday, April 16, 2018

Gerald So Interviews 2018 Derringer Finalist Alison McMahan

Gerald So Interviews 2018 Derringer Finalist Alison McMahan

Gerald So Interviews 2018 Derringer Finalist Rusty Barnes

Gerald So Interviews 2018 Derringer Finalist Rusty Barnes

2018 Derringer Awards Voting April 16–May 15

Due to the late announcement of the 2018 Derringer finalists, Awards Coordinator Jay Hartman has made the following modifications for this year's vote to determine the winners:

A) Allow all present SMFS members to vote
B) Suspend new Shortmystery memberships until the vote is over
C) Extend the voting period from April 15 to May 15
D) Conduct the voting through polls within the main SMFS site
E) Make the winners announcement as soon a possible after the polls close

The finalist stories have been uploaded for reading here.

All Shortmystery members as of April 16, 1:15 p.m. EDT may vote here.

The polls will close automatically or manually by Noon EDT May 15 so the official winners announcement can appear here on the SMFS Blog and be shared with the public from that afternoon onward.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 Derringer Award Finalists

As posted to Shortmystery by Derringer Awards Coordinator Jay Hartman:

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
  • "Cold Turkey" by Patricia Dusenbury, Flash Bang Mysteries ed. Brandon Bourg (Summer 2017)
  • "Happy Birthday" by Alan Orloff, Shotgun Honey ed. Jen Conley, Angel Luis Colón, and Nick Kolakowski (June 15, 2017)
  • "Final Testimony" by Travis Richardson, Flash Fiction Offensive ed, Hector Duarte Jr. and Rob Pierce (July 10, 2017)
  • "Fishing for an Alibi" by Earl Staggs, Flash Bang Mysteries ed. Brandon Bourg (Fall 2017)
  • "Flash Point" by Elizabeth Zelvin, A Twist of Noir ed. Christopher Grant (March 20, 2017)

For Best Short Story (1,001-4,000 words)

For Best Long Story (4,001-8,000 words)

For Best Novelette (8,001-20,000 words)


Congratulations and good luck to the 2018 Derringer Award finalists. A vote of eligible SMFS members will determine the winners, to be announced in May 15, 2018.

Little Big Crimes Review: Kindness by Tom Hallman, Jr.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: M. H. Callway



SMFS Member M. H. Callway’s short story, “The Cry” appears in Mystery Weekly Magazine: April 2018. The magazine is available from the publisher, at Amazon, and elsewhere.

SleuthSayers: Options and Preferences

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SMFS Member Guest Post: Writing Short and Long by Edith Maxwell

Please welcome SMFS member Edith Maxwell to our blog today as she discusses writing in both short and long form. 


Writing Short and Long by Edith Maxwell

I am primarily a book author. I have three series under contract, so I write three books every year. But I also love writing short stories.



Sometimes it’s fun to branch out and write a short story about a new place, with new characters. I did that for my submission to Mystery Most Geographical, this year’s Malice Domestic anthology. I lived in West Africa for two separate years, and the second time (already twenty years ago) I wrote a book of essays about my experiences. I figured no one else would be submitting a story set in rural Burkina Faso to the Malice anthology, so I dusted off one of my essays and turned it into a piece of crime fiction. I’m delighted to say “A Divination of Death” was accepted and the anthology will be out in April.


Most commonly over the last few years I’ve written shorts using the late 1880s characters and setting of my historical series, the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. I can get my midwife Rose Carroll and her sidekick, postmistress Bertie Winslow, into all kinds of new trouble when it’s short form. One crime, one solution, bam. In one of my stories, “Adam and Eva,” (Kings River Life Magazine, 2016) I tell the tale through Bertie’s voice and not Rose’s, although they work together to solve the mystery.



Writing a 300-page book is so much harder in a way than creating a short story. I invariably trudge through the muddle in the middle, even now as I write my 19th novel. I have to keep my arms around everything I’ve written up to that point and still keep the story moving forward until we get to the exciting climax. By now I know I can do it, so I no longer lose hope (well, I do just a little). And I’ve more than once had to kill off a new victim so I can keep the suspense up. I guess I’m doing something right – for two years in a row one of my Quaker Midwife mysteries has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, with Called to Justice nominated this year. Delivering the Truth was also nominated in the historical category for a Macavity Award last year.


On the other hand, writing a great short story, with nothing superfluous and a twist at the end? That’s a challenge, too. I’ve had several stories nominated for an Agatha Award, “The Mayor and the Midwife” being the most recent, and yes, it features midwife Rose Carroll. But I’ve never won the award, so clearly I have more work to do. Until then, I’m happy to lose to my talented fellow Short Mystery Fiction Society friends.



Edith Maxwell ©2018



Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. Called to Justice, Maxwell’s second Quaker Midwife mystery, is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. As Maddie Day she writes the popular Country Store Mysteries and the new Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Tace Baker she wrote two books in the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries. 


Maxwell is president of Sisters in Crime New England and lives north of Boston with her beau, two elderly cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, KillerCharacters.com, and Under the Cover of Midnight (http://midnightinkbooks.blogspot.com/). Read about all her personalities and her work at edithmaxwell.com

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Diana Deverell


SMFS Member Diana Deverell has a short story up today at Kings River Life Magazine. Her story is titled Texas Two-Step: A Basketball Mystery Short Story.

SMFS Members Published in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies


A number of SMFS Members are published in the new anthology, Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies. They are:


Barb Goffman with “Till Murder Do Us Part.”

Eleanor Cawood Jones with “A Snowball’s Chance.”

Alan Orloff with “Bark Simpson and the Scent of Death.”

Josh Pachter with “The Supreme Art Of War.”

KM Rockwood with “Rasputin.”


Additionally, SMFS Member Barb Goffman was part of the editorial team. Published by Wildside Press, the book is currently available in print from Amazon.

Friday, March 30, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Nupur Tustin


SMFS Member Nupur Tustin has a short story online at Kings River Life Magazine. The Kantor’s Passion: Easter Mystery Short Story is a never before published tale blending history with mystery.

SMFS Member Publication News: John R. Lindermuth



SMFS MEMBER  John Lindermuth’s latest published book is titled, The Bartered Body. Published by Mill House Press, this is the third entry in his Sheriff Tilghman Series.  Available in print and eBook at Amazon and elsewhere.

Amazon Synopsis:

Why would thieves steal the body of a dead woman?
That’s the most challenging question yet to be faced by Sylvester Tilghman, the third of his family to serve as sheriff of Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, in the waning days of the 19th century.
And it’s not just any body but that of Mrs. Arbuckle, Nathan Zimmerman’s late mother-in-law. Zimmerman is burgess of Arahpot and Tilghman’s boss, which puts more than a little pressure on the sheriff to solve the crime in a hurry.
Syl’s investigation is complicated by the arrival in town of a former flame who threatens his relationship with his sweetheart Lydia Longlow, clashes with his old enemy former burgess McLean Ruppenthal, a string of armed robberies and a record snowstorm that shuts down train traffic, cuts off telegraph service and freezes cattle in the field.
It will take all of Syl’s skills and the help of his deputy and friends to untangle the various threads and bring the criminals to justice.


Catherine Dilts Reviews: Short Story Reviews: A Little Horror with the Mystery

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

SMFS Members Published in Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical



A number of SMFS Members are published in the new anthology, Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical. They are:


Michael Bracken with “Arroyo.”

Susan Daly with “Murder on the Northern Lights Express.”

Peter DiChellis with “The Belle Hope.”

Peter Hayes with “Ridgeline.”

William Burton McCormick with “The House in Glamaig’s Shadow.”

Cheryl Marceau with "Payback With Interest."

Edith Maxwell with “A Divination of Death.”

Alan Orloff with “Dying in Dokesville.”

Josh Pachter with “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Murder.”

Anita Page with “Isaac’s Daughters.”

Harriette Sackler with “The Breaker Boy.”

Shawn Reilly Simmons with “Death on the Beach.”

Verena Rose with “Death at the Congressional Cemetary.”

Sylvia Warsh with “The Cabin in the Woods.”

Leslie Wheeler with “Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place.”


Additionally, SMFS Members Gigi Pandian and the late B. K. Stevens were part of the submission judging team on this project. SMFS Members Verena Rose and Shawn Reilly Simmons were part of the editorial team. Published by Wildside Press, the book is currently available in print form from the publisher and Amazon. The eBook will be released on April 24, 2018.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

SMFS MEMBER Publication News: Jim Doherty


SMFS MEMBER Jim Doherty, writing as Peter Basile, has a short story, “The Adventure of The Manhunting Marshal” appearing in the new Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Volume 11. He follows the short story with a short article, “Sherlock Holmes and the American West.”  The book is available at Airship 27 as well as Amazon

SMFS Member Publication News: Brian Silverman



SMFS Member Brian Silverman’s short story, “Oil Down” appears in the Mystery Tribune: Winter 2018: Issue No. 4. The magazine is available at the publisher as well as Amazon and elsewhere in print and eBook formats.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: High Explosive by Martin Limon

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SMFS Member Publication News: Peter DiChellis



SMFS Member Peter DiChellis had two stories published recently. His You-Solve-It mini-mystery “Killer Workout” appears in Woman’s World Magazine (March 19 cover date; on sale March 12).

Additionally, Peter’s creepy crime story “The Lonely Gravedigger” is available to read online at Spelk Fiction.

Monday, March 12, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Teel James Glenn



SMFS Member Teel James Glenn’s short story, “The Occurrence of the Marching Marionette” appears in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine: Issue #24. Published by Wildside Press, it is available at their website as well as Amazon and elsewhere.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Josh Pachter


SMFS Member Josh Pachter’s short story, “E. Q. Griffen Earns His Name” appears in the just released anthology, The Misadventures of Ellery Queen. Josh is also a co-editor of the anthology and will be a panel member at Malice Domestic. Published by Wildside Press, the book is available in hardback and paperback forms as well as eBook.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Nancy Clark


SMFS Member Nancy Clark’s short story, “The One Before Woodstock” is available to read online at the Eastern Iowa Review.

SMFS Member Publication News: William Burton McCormick


As reported in the recent blog posting, several SMFS members are published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018 issue. Those members are, G. M. Malliet, William Burton McCormick, and Josh Pachter. In further news, William Burton McCormick’s tale, “Cleopatran Cocktails” is now online and available to read.

As Mr. McCormick recently noted on the SMFS list …

“Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has put my short short (900 words) "Cleopatran Cocktails" on their website in its entirety to be read for free. They were kind enough to do this because of a small error in the March/April print edition and wanted to correct it. Great people over there at Dell magazines.

Would love to hear what people think of the story, good, bad and indifferent.”

SMFS Member Publication News: Sarah M. Chen



SMFS Member Sarah M. Chen has two pieces of publishing news to share.

Her flash fiction story, “The Last Second Choice” is online at  Shotgun Honey.

The anthology, The Night of the Flood, which she co-edited with E. A. Aymar is now out from Down & Out Books.  

SMFS Member Publication News: Martin Roy Hill

Martin Roy Hill's short story, "The Witching Hour" is up online at Near To The Knuckle.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nasty. Brutish. Short.: "Victory Garden" by G.M. Malliet

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Little Big Crimes Review: Night Walker by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg

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SleuthSayers: The Left Hand of Leonard by R. T. Lawton (SMFS Member)

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

SMFS Members Published In Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018


Several  SMFS members are published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018 issue. Those members are:

G. M. Malliet with “Victory Garden.”

William Burton McCormick with “Cleopatran Cocktails.”

Josh Pachter with “A Young Man’s Game.”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue Two



Several SMFS members are published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue Two and are listed by name on the cover. Those members are:

Michael Bracken with “Skirts.”

John Floyd with “Two In The Bush.”

Deborah H. Goldstein with “A Weighty Matter.”

John Hegenberger with “The Bad Sleep.”

Steve Shrott with “Buried Secrets.”

BK Stevens with “Things Past.”

Elizabeth Zelvin with “A Disturbance in the Harem.”

SMFS Members Published In Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018



Four SMFS members have reported that they are published in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018 edition.  Those members are:

Michael Bracken and the short story, “The Mourning Man.” In addition to being published, Michael Bracken is also listed by name on the cover.

Dara Carr and the short story, “Off-Off-Off Broadway.” Dara reports that this is her first story in AHMM.

R. T. Lawton and the short story, “The Left Hand of Leonard.” In addition to being published, R. T. Lawton is also listed by name on the cover.

Robert Lopresti and the short story, “Nobody Gets Killed.”

SleuthSayers: Rejected! by Michael Bracken

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

SMFS Member Guest Post: Producing an audiobook: It is worth it for short stories? by Judy Penz Sheluk

Please welcome back SMFS member Judy Penz Sheluk back today. Her topic in this guest post is short stories and audiobooks.


Producing an audiobook: It is worth it for short stories? by Judy Penz Sheluk


Last year, I took the plunge and decided to release both my mystery novels in audiobook format using ACX as the publishing platform. SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC was published in July 2017, followed by THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE in November 2017. While I’m not quite ready to buy a new car, my investment was simply one of time: I’d already written the books, I owned the audiobook rights, and I opted for a royalty share with the narrator/publisher (the lovely thing about that is ACX takes care of the payment side of things for both sides AND they pay monthly).


While full-length novels seemed to make sense for audiobooks, I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be worth investing the time into LIVE FREE OR TRI, my self-published collection of three short mystery stories, originally released in January 2016 on Amazon. After all, what did I have to lose beyond a few hours of my time?

Following the ACX protocol (you can read all about it on my blog, links below, or go directly to ACX.com), I put a callout for narrators. Fortunately for me, Kate Tyler submitted a great audition, and, after checking her other audiobooks, I contracted her for the work. She didn’t disappoint (you can hear a sample on Audible.com), but at just under one hour of listening time, versus the 6 to 8 hours of my previous books, would the book actually sell?

The short answer is yes; in fact, in a month LIVE FREE OR TRI has already outsold THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE, and is rapidly closing in on SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC. It seems folks actually want short and mysterious, and some are even willing to review it, with almost all 5/5/5-star ratings (audiobooks are rated 1-5 on Story, Narration, and Overall) on Audible, as well as a handful of ratings on Goodreads.

Will I get rich selling audiobooks, short, long or otherwise? Unlikely. But I’m getting my stories into the hands (or ears) of new readers and listeners, all without any monetary out-of-pocket expense. That, to me, is a definite win. If you own the audiobook rights to your story, I urge you to try it. After all, what have you got to lose?

Producing an audiobook, Part I

Producing an audiobook, Part II

Audible Page

New to Audible? Here's a link to a free download of LIVE FREE OR TRI: http://www.audible.com/t2/title?asin=B0799XWG96


Judy Penz Sheluk ©2018 

An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime fiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Michael Bracken


SMFS Member Michael Bracken has had several pieces appear in recent days. They are in the order he announced the news on Facebook….

His short story, “Plumber’s Helper” appears online at The Saturday Evening Post.

His short story, “The Mourning Man” appears in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018 edition.

His short story, “My Stripper Past” appears in Pulp Adventures #28: Winter 2018.


This is all in addition to his recent appearance last week at the Something Is Going To Happen Blog with his piece, “Poster Child.” That news was reported in a separate SMFS blog post last week.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: O’Neil De Noux


SMFS Member O’Neil De Noux’s latest book, Lucifer's Falcon: A Secret Agent Superhero Novel (Lucifer Series) (Volume 2) is available at Amazon in print format. 

From the synopsis at Amazon...


It is 1936, and newlyweds Luce and Catrin have a secret. They are on a mission to rescue two men from two European castles. From the coast of Spain to the French Riviera to a high castle in snowy Bavaria, these American secret agents tangle with Spanish fascists, Nazi thugs, and monstrous men with super human powers. Catrin and Luce have their own surprising superpowers. Did they just stumble on a stone with incredible power? Can they pull off these rescues and make it out alive to continue their honeymoon? With the unexpected aid of a rapacious falcon, they just may get out alive. Lucifer LeRoux and Catrin Allaway are Advanced Humans (AH), humans who whose ancestors evolved differently from regular people. Luce's increased powers of sight, hearing, smell and touch is matched by his great physical strength, speed and ability to heal. His sense of balance is so acute, he is more acrobatic than any simian. He can see telegraphically and microscopically and in darkness, can memorize heartbeats, hear the softest sounds. He can leap great distances and race at breakneck speeds. Catrin's ability to mask herself and objects around her allow them to move invisibly. She is also able to change her hair color and length in a few moments, morphing from a rave-headed brunette with hair past her shoulder almost to her hips into an icy ash-blond with a page boy haircut. Paired together in Macao on their first mission, they couple quickly fall in love, marry and work as a invaluable team as they continue to evolve. Recruited by Catrin's brother - another AH who can read minds - the couple work as secret agent spies for the US in 1936. They battle Japanese agents and Nazi thugs and a host of AHs hell bent on destroying humanity.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Proofing Department: How to Get the Most from the Colon and Em Dash

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2018 Derringer Awards Judges Needed!

Originally posted to Shortmystery February 15, 8:09 p.m. PST by Jay Hartman:

Hi, everyone!

I'm a bit behind in getting submissions out for judging, as the process of getting all the ducks in a row turned out to be a bit more convoluted than I had expected.

I'm ready to start sending out titles to be judged, but I'm still short on judges. Here's what I currently need:

Flash Fiction: 1 judge needed
Short Story: This category is covered
Long Story: 1 judge needed
Novelette: 1 judge needed

Please respond to derringers2018@untreedreads.com as soon as possible if you are interested.

Thanks!

Jay Hartman

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Gail Farrelly


My story, "The Meddlesome Mensch," is up today at the Yonkers Tribune. It's the tale of an electronic reader that comes to the rescue of its owner just in the nick of time on Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SMFS Members published in Fiction River: Justice

Three SMFS members were published late last month in the JUSTICE issue of Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine. The issue (number 27) is available in digital and paper formats from WMG Publishing  as well as Amazon and other vendors.  

The published members are:

Diana Deverell for “Mercy Find Me.”

Robert T. Jeschonek for “The Darks of Their Eyes.”

Lyn Worthen writing as Lauryn Christopher for “Best Served . . . Salted.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

SMFS Agatha Award Nominees

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area that celebrates the traditional mystery, best typified by the works of Agatha Christie, containing no explicit sex, excessive gore, or violence.


Malice Domestic 30 (April 27- 29, 2018) sees four SMFS members up for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Those members are:


Barb Goffman for “Whose Wine is it Anyway” in the anthology, 50 Shades of Cabernet (Koehler Books).


Debra Goldstein for “The Night They Burned Miss Dixie’s Place” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017).


Gigi Pandian for “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” (Henery Press).


Art Taylor for “A Necessary Ingredient” in the anthology Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea (Down &Out Books).


Please note that each short story is linked to where you can read the work for free thanks to the efforts of Janet Rudolph and her Mystery Fanfare blog.


Additionally, Edith Maxwell is a nominee in the Best Historical Novel category for her mystery, Called To Justice


Also nominated in the Best First Novel category is Micky Browning for Adrift: A Mer Cavallo Mystery.


SMFS salutes our six members on this honor and wishes them all the best as they represent SMFS at Malice Domestic. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: The Crucial Game by Janice Law

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2018 Derringer Awards Update - February 3

Originally posted to Shortmystery February 3, 2018, 8:45 p.m. PST, by Derringer Awards Coordinator Jay Hartman:

Hi, everyone. Here is the updated list of Derringer submissions as promised. Just a few more hours to go!

Incidentally, I’ve had a few people contact me off-list to question the eligibility of a few of the submissions. I wanted to assure everyone that I’ve done due diligence on every single title and have confirmed the eligibility of every title listed below.

Could we have actually made it through this Derringer without major drama? I realize it's still early but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Jay Hartman


FLASH (up to 1,000 words)
  • 83
  • A Garden for Adonis
  • A Postcard from Iceland
  • A Will and a Way
  • Alleyway Alvin
  • Altercation on Ballet Boulevard
  • An Afternoon in Lake Park
  • Cold Turkey
  • Disappearing Act
  • Dog Trap
  • Father Knows Bets
  • Final Testimony
  • Fishing for an Alibi
  • Flash Point
  • Gary Deserves Reward
  • Happy Birthday
  • Hostage
  • Mean Girl
  • Meeting the Demand
  • Slipping Into Darkness
  • Stegmann's Basement
  • The Forcier Brothers
  • The Hitchhiker


SHORT STORY (1,001–4,000 words)

  • A Death in Deep Ellum
  • A Murder in Montreux
  • A Pie to Die For
  • A Respectable Lady
  • A Valentine's Day to Remember
  • A Watched Pot
  • Abduction of Destiny
  • Antiques
  • Baby Killer
  • Black Coffee in Bed
  • Black Friday
  • Blood Moon
  • Blood on the Floor
  • Borrowed Time
  • Breath Test
  • Bull's Eye
  • Closurre
  • Consequences
  • Eb and Flo
  • Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Fish Out of Water
  • Flight to the Flirty Flamingo
  • Gem Collector
  • Getting Away
  • Her Father's Killer
  • Homebodies
  • It's All Litter to Me
  • Jealous of the Daylight
  • Judge Jillian
  • Juju
  • Justice Due
  • Killing Time So I Can Dig Myself a Deeper Grave
  • Let It Burn
  • Live at Alcatraz
  • Missing Person
  • Missouri Waltz
  • Montezuma's Revenge
  • Most Evil
  • Murder in the Summer Kitchen
  • My Life in Killer Recipes
  • Napa Hospitality
  • Never Miss a Chick
  • Not the Way It Looks
  • Nut Job
  • Of Roosters and Men
  • On Like Donkey Kong
  • Picture Perfect
  • Shut Your Eyes and You'll Be Fine
  • The Baker's Boy
  • The Bank Job
  • The Chair Thief
  • The Cop Who Loved Gilbert and Sullivan
  • The Find of the Century
  • The Girl with the Mangled Breast
  • The Hardest Part
  • The Kids Keep Coming
  • The Last Train Out
  • The Lesson
  • The New Score
  • The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie's Place
  • The Perfect Patsy
  • The Queen-Size Bed
  • The Ranchero's Daughter
  • The Settlement
  • The Things We Do for Love
  • The Uninhabited
  • The Writer
  • Thicker Than Water
  • To the Moon and Back
  • True Love
  • Twenty-Five Minutes to Go
  • Uncle Charlie and the Passport
  • Unrepentant Sinner
  • Voices Carry
  • You Should've Called Me


LONG STORY (4,001–8,000 words)

  • #2 Pencil
  • A Woman's Place
  • All That Glitters
  • As Ye Sow
  • Becky's File
  • Breadfruit
  • Breakage
  • Burning Bright
  • Burnt Orange
  • Chasing the Moon
  • Cleaning Up the Neighborhood
  • Crazy Cat Lady
  • Day's Work
  • Death in the Serengeti
  • Death and the Dancing Bears
  • Death Will Help You Imagine
  • Dixie Quickies
  • Do Not Pass Go
  • El Asesino
  • Exposed for Murder
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fear in Black and White
  • Featuring Martin and Lewis
  • Fishtown Lockup
  • Gossip
  • Gun Work
  • Happy Families
  • Hatcheck
  • Hidden
  • Jerusalem Syndrome
  • Last Call for Buffalo
  • Long Story
  • Matricide and Ice Cream
  • Mrs. Featherpatch and the Case of the Skewered Ham
  • Ominous Silence
  • One at a Time
  • Out of Business
  • Press It Down
  • Raising Bigfoot
  • Saving the House
  • Seth's Big Move
  • Smoked
  • Snakebit
  • Strong Enough
  • The Barter
  • The Black Hand
  • The Darkness and the Light
  • The Dead
  • The Dying Season
  • The Farmer and His Wife
  • The Front Man
  • The Last Evil
  • The Magnolia Murders
  • The Mechanical Rat
  • The Murderous Type
  • The Papergirl
  • The Ride of Your Life
  • The Spy Who Read Too Much
  • The Thirty-Fourth Man
  • The Touch of Time
  • The Tragic Death of Mrs. Edna Fogg
  • The Widow Black
  • This Ain’t No Time for a Vacation
  • Too Good to be True
  • Trail's End
  • What Could Possibly Go Boing?
  • Whose Wine Is It Anyway?
  • Writer's Block


NOVELETTE (8,001–20,000 words)

  • A Necessary Ingredient
  • Along the Hudson
  • Blaming the Arsonist
  • Flowing Waters
  • For Want of a Book
  • I Know They're In There!
  • Kill My Wife, Please
  • King's Quarters
  • London After Midnight
  • Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma
  • Night Class
  • Snake Oil
  • The Bootlegger's Goddaughter
  • The Children of Espiritu Santo
  • The Echoes
  • The Last Heist
  • The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn
  • The Mechanical Detective
  • Trouble Like a Freight Train Coming
  • Windward

Saturday, February 3, 2018

2018 Derringer Awards: Last Day for Submissions!

Originally posted to Shortmystery February 3, 2018, 8:45 a.m. PST by Derringer Coordinator Jay Hartman:

Hi, Everyone!

Just a reminder that today is the last day for Derringer submission consideration. All entries must be received at derringers2018@untreedreads.com no later than 11:59 p.m. PST. No extensions will be permitted and SMFS and the Derringer Coordinator are not responsible for late-delivered emails or emails that never arrive. At approximately 8:00 p.m. PST an updated list of entries will be posted to [Shortmystery]. That will allow an additional four hours for submitting in case you do not see your title listed.

I do still have a few receipt confirmations to send out, which will be happening this evening when I return home.

Thanks!

Jay Hartman

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Jack Bates

SMFS Member Jack Bates reports he has two stories published. In mid-Janaury, the anthology Enter The Aftermath was published containing his story, “Tentacles of Time.”


The February 2018 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine contains his story, “The Magic Cat and the Girl in the Shadows.”

SleuthSayers: The Biggest of the Best by Robert Lopresti

SleuthSayers: The Biggest of the Best: by Robert Lopresti Once again awards time has come around, and I am prepared to list the best short mystery stories of the year. This is m...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: Family Secrets by Eric Beetner

Little Big Crimes: Family Secrets, by Eric Beetner: "Family Secrets," by Eric Beetner, in Switchblade,  #3, 2017. Thuglit   is dead.  Long live Switchblade.  That was m first tho...

2018 Derringer Awards Update - January 28

Originally posted to Shortmystery January 28, 2018, 8:59 p.m. PST, by Derringer Awards Coordinator Jay Hartman:

Hi, everyone!

Below is the list of submissions that I've received and responded to. As previously written, if you have any issues or there are any mistakes, please contact me at derringers2018@untreedreads.com and do NOT post to [Shortmystery].

Thanks!

Jay Hartman


FLASH (up to 1,000 words)
  • A Garden for Adonis
  • A Will and a Way
  • Alleyway Alvin
  • Altercation on Ballet Boulevard
  • An Afternoon in Lake Park
  • Cold Turkey
  • Disappearing Act
  • Dog Trap
  • Father Knows Bets
  • Flash Point
  • Gary Deserves Reward
  • Happy Birthday
  • Hostage
  • Mean Girl
  • Meeting the Demand
  • Slipping Into Darkness
  • Stegmann's Basement
  • The Forcier Brothers
  • The Hitchhiker


SHORT STORY (1,001–4,000 words)

  • A Death in Deep Ellum
  • A Murder in Montreux
  • A Pie to Die For
  • A Respectable Lady
  • A Valentine's Day to Remember
  • Abduction of Destiny
  • Antiques
  • Black Friday
  • Blood Moon
  • Breath Test
  • Bull's Eye
  • Consequences
  • Eb and Flo
  • Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Flight to the Flirty Flamingo
  • Gem Collector
  • Her Father's Killer
  • Homebodies
  • It's All Litter to Me
  • Judge Jillian
  • Juju
  • Justice Due
  • Killing Time So I Can Dig Myself a Deeper Grave
  • Let It Burn
  • Live at Alcatraz
  • Missing Person
  • Missouri Waltz
  • Most Evil
  • Murder in the Summer Kitchen
  • My Life in Killer Recipes
  • Napa Hospitality
  • Nut Job
  • Of Roosters and Men
  • On Like Donkey Kong
  • Picture Perfect
  • Shut Your Eyes and You'll Be Fine
  • The Baker's Boy
  • The Bank Job
  • The Chair Thief
  • The Cop Who Loved Gilbert and Sullivan
  • The Girl with the Mangled Breast
  • The Hardest Part
  • The Last Train Out
  • The Lesson
  • The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie's Place
  • The Perfect Patsy
  • The Queen-Size Bed
  • The Ranchero's Daughter
  • The Settlement
  • The Writer
  • Thicker Than Water
  • To the Moon and Back
  • True Love
  • Twenty-Five Minutes to Go
  • Uncle Charlie and the Passport
  • Voices Carry
  • You Should've Called Me


LONG STORY (4,001–8,000 words)

  • A Woman's Place
  • As Ye Sow
  • Becky's File
  • Breadfruit
  • Burning Bright
  • Burnt Orange
  • Chasing the Moon
  • Cleaning Up the Neighborhood
  • Crazy Cat Lady
  • Death and the Dancing Bears
  • Death Will Help You Imagine
  • Dixie Quickies
  • Do Not Pass Go
  • Exposed for Murder
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fear in Black and White
  • Featuring Martin and Lewis
  • Gun Work
  • Happy Families
  • Hidden
  • Matricide and Ice Cream
  • Mrs. Featherpatch and the Case of the Skewered Ham
  • Ominous Silence
  • One at a Time
  • Raising Bigfoot
  • Smoked
  • Snakebit
  • Strong Enough
  • The Barter
  • The Darkness and the Light
  • The Last Evil
  • The Magnolia Murders
  • The Mechanical Rat
  • The Murderous Type
  • The Papergirl
  • The Spy Who Read Too Much
  • The Thirty-Fourth Man
  • The Touch of Time
  • The Tragic Death of Mrs. Edna Fogg
  • The Widow Black
  • Too Good to be True
  • Trail's End
  • Whose Wine Is It Anyway?


NOVELETTE (8,001–20,000 words)

  • A Necessary Ingredient
  • Along the Hudson
  • London After Midnight
  • Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma
  • Night Class
  • Snake Oil
  • The Bootlegger's Goddaughter
  • The Children of Espiritu Santo
  • The Last Heist
  • The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn
  • The Mechanical Detective
  • Trouble Like a Freight Train Coming
  • Windward

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Diana Deverell

SMFS Member Diana Deverell's short story "Organ Trade Off" appears in the current issue of Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir (Issue 4), released Jan. 13, 2018.  The magazine is available in both print and electronic versions at https://www.amazon.com/Switchblade-Issue-Four-Keith-Rawson/dp/099876504X

 

Diana's new political thriller Bitch Out of Hell was released on Jan. 19, 2018, and is available from all major ebook vendors https://books2read.com/u/49PqoY
including amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078WQVXTK?tag=diandeve-20

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: The Spoils by William Ryan

Little Big Crimes: The Spoils, by William Ryan: "The Spoils," by William Ryan, in CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour, edited by Martin Edwards, Orenda Books, 2017. ...

2018 Derringer Awards Update - January 20

Originally posted to Shortmystery January 20, 2018, 9:58 p.m. PST, by Derringer Awards Coordinator Jay Hartman:

Here's the complete list of Derringer submissions that I've received and acknowledged through 1/20. I apologize for those who submitted at the beginning of January but only received acknowledgments tonight. Technology is a beautiful thing... when it works.

Many thanks to those of you who made donations [to Cancer Research Institute] in Sandi [Tipple] and Bill [Crider]'s name!

If you don’t see your title below or spot an error, DO NOT EMAIL [Shortmystery]. Please send me an email at derringers2018@untreedreads.com

Thanks!

Jay Hartman


FLASH (up to 1,000 words)
  • A Will and a Way
  • Alleyway Alvin
  • Altercation on Ballet Boulevard
  • An Afternoon in Lake Park
  • Disappearing Act
  • Dog Trap
  • Father Knows Bets
  • Flash Point
  • Hostage
  • Meeting the Demand
  • Slipping Into Darkness
  • Stegmann's Basement
  • The Forcier Brothers
  • The Hitchhiker


SHORT STORY (1,001–4,000 words)

  • A Death in Deep Ellum
  • A Murder in Montreux
  • A Respectable Lady
  • Antiques
  • Black Friday
  • Blood Moon
  • Bull's Eye
  • Consequences
  • Eb and Flo
  • Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Flight to the Flirty Flamingo
  • Her Father's Killer
  • Homebodies
  • It's All Litter to Me
  • Judge Jillian
  • Justice Due
  • Killing Time So I Can Dig Myself a Deeper Gravev
  • Let It Burn
  • Live at Alcatraz
  • Missing Person
  • Missouri Waltz
  • Most Evil
  • Murder in the Summer Kitchen
  • My Life in Killer Recipes
  • Napa Hospitality
  • Nut Job
  • On Like Donkey Kong
  • Shut Your Eyes and You'll Be Fine
  • The Baker's Boy
  • The Bank Job
  • The Chair Thief
  • The Girl with the Mangled Breast
  • The Hardest Part
  • The Last Train Out
  • The Perfect Patsy
  • The Queen-Size Bed
  • The Settlement
  • The Writer
  • To the Moon and Back
  • True Love
  • Voices Carry
  • You Should've Called Me


LONG STORY (4,001–8,000 words)

  • A Woman's Place
  • As Ye Sow
  • Becky's File
  • Breadfruit
  • Burning Bright
  • Burnt Orange
  • Chasing the Moon
  • Cleaning Up the Neighborhood
  • Crazy Cat Lady
  • Death and the Dancing Bears
  • Death Will Help You Imagine
  • Dixie Quickies
  • Do Not Pass Go
  • Exposed for Murder
  • Fairy Tales
  • Featuring Martin and Lewis
  • Gun Work
  • Happy Families
  • Hidden
  • Matricide and Ice Cream
  • Ominous Silence
  • Raising Bigfoot
  • Smoked
  • Snakebite
  • The Barter
  • The Darkness and the Light
  • The Last Evil
  • The Magnolia Murders
  • The Mechanical Rat
  • The Spy Who Read Too Much
  • The Thirty-Fourth Man
  • The Touch of Time
  • The Tragic Death of Mrs. Edna Fogg
  • The Widow Black
  • Too Good to be True
  • Trail's End
  • Whose Wine Is It Anyway?


NOVELETTE (8,001–20,000 words)

  • A Necessary Ingredient
  • Along the Hudson
  • London After Midnight
  • Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma
  • Night Class
  • The Bootlegger's Goddaughter
  • The Children of Espiritu Santo
  • The Last Heist
  • The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn
  • The Mechanical Detective
  • Trouble Like a Freight Train Coming
  • Windward