Sunday, May 20, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: 10,432 Serial Killers (in Hell), by Emily Devenport ..

Little Big Crimes: 10,432 Serial Killers (in Hell), by Emily Devenpor...: "10,432 Serial Killers (in Hell)," by Emily Devenport, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018. Let me star...

SMFS Members Published in Mysterical-E: Spring 2018 Issue

Mysterical-E Spring 2018 issue has just been released and features the work of two SMFS members.

Paul D. Mark’s short story, “The Practical Girl’s Guide To Murder.”

Gerald So once again considers apects of the world of television with “All Too Real---A Winter Column in Spring.”

Short Story Month: Kristin Kisska

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Kristin Kisska shares “To The Moon And Back” archived at her site. The story originally appeared in the anthology, Day Of The Dark: Stories Of The Eclipse edited by Kaye George.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

SleuthSayers: Hints and Shortcuts by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: Hints and Shortcuts: by John M. Floyd This post is a followup to a column I did two weeks ago called " Manuscript Mechanics ." (By the way, Leig...

Short Story Month: Maryann Miller

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Maryann Miller shares “To Love Again” archived at Story Shack.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Short Story Month: Leslie Wheeler

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Leslie Wheeler shares “Chasing The Moon” archived at her site. The story originally appeared in the anthology, Day Of The Dark: Stories of The Eclipse, edited by Kaye George.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Short Story Reviews: Serial Killers and Carnival Rides

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Short Story Reviews: Serial Killers and Carnival Rides

Short Story Month: Tom Barlow

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Tom Barlow shares “Leave The World A Better Place” archived at TOUGH.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Short Story Month: Kaye George

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Kaye George shares “Handbaskets, Drawers, and A Killer Cold: Mystery Short Story” archived at Kings River Life Magazine.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Derringer Awards

April 16–May 15, 2018, all present Shortmystery members were eligible to vote for the Derringer Award winners from five finalists in each category, previously nominated by SMFS-member volunteer judges.

In this official announcement, the winners appear first and in bold and the finalists follow, alphabetized by author's last name.


Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)

Finalists:
  • "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 Col√≥n, and Nick Kolakowski (June 15, 2017)
  • "Final Testimony" by Travis Richardson, Flash Fiction Offensive ed, Hector Duarte Jr. and Rob Pierce (July 10, 2017)
  • "Flash Point" by Elizabeth Zelvin, A Twist of Noir ed. Christopher Grant (March 20, 2017)

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

Finalists:

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

Finalists:

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

Finalists:

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement is annually awarded to an outstanding living writer of short mysteries, selected by a five-member panel of the SMFS President, Vice President, and Awards Coordinator, and two regular members. This year's recipient:

  • John M. Floyd -
"I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to all or you at the Short Mystery Fiction Society for this great honor. SMFS is an always supportive, always informative group, and I’m truly pleased and humbled to have been given this award. Thank you so very much!"


Congratulations to the Derringer winners and Golden Derringer recipient. The Derringer medal presentation will take place during Bouchercon 2018 opening ceremonies, September 6 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Short Story Month: Jake Devlin

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Jake Devlin shares “The Cupcake Caper
” archived at Kings River Life Magazine.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Short Story Month: Joan Leotta


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Joan Leotta shares “
An Ancient Recipe” archived at her new site, What Editors Want You To Know.


If you would like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle by Chris Brookm...

Little Big Crimes: The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle, by Chris Brookm...: "The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle," by Chris Brookmyre, in Bloody Scotland, edited by James Crawford, Pegasus, 2018. Each of...

Short Story Month: Alison McMahan


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Alison McMahan shares the short story “The New Score” from Fish Out Of Water: A Guppy Anthology.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

SMFS Anthony Award Nominees

Several SMFS Members are nominated for Anthony Awards in two categories.


Best Short Story

Barb Goffman’s “Whose Wine Is It Anyway” from the anthology, 50 Shades of Cabernet, published by Koehler Books. You can read it in full here.

Debra H. Goldstein’s “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place from Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: May/June 2017. You can read it in full here.

Art Taylor’s “A Necessary Ingredient” from the anthology, Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, published by Down & Out Books. You can read it in full here.


Best Anthology

Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, edited by Paul D. Marks (and Andrew McAleer), published by Down & Out Books.

The Obama In heritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, edited by Gary Phillips, published by Three Rooms Press.


Those attending Bouchercon 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida will vote on the finalist nominees. Winners will be announced at the awards presentation on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Congratulations and good luck to all of our SMFS nominees.

Short Story Month: Barb Goffman


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Barb Goffman has two tales for your reading pleasure. You can find “Whose Wine Is It Anyway” published in the 2017 anthology
50 Shades of Cabernet at her website. Also from 2017 and found at her website, is “Crazy Cat lady” originally published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Short Story Month: Gary Cahill


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Gary Cahill shares the short story “The Way To A Man’s Heart” archived at Plan B Magazine.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Short Story Month: Peter DiChellis


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Peter DiChellis shares the April 2016 short story “Please Remain Calm” archived at Flash Bang Mysteries.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Short Story Month: Michael Bracken


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Michael Bracken
shares “Itsy Bitsy Spider” published last month at TOUGH.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Steve Liskow



SMFS Member Steve Liskow’s short story “The Girl In The Red Bandanna” appears in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2018. Available at their website as well as at Amazon and elsewhere.

It should be noted that Mr. Liskow is the forth SMFS member published in this issue. Also published in the issue are Leslie Budewitz, Dayle A. Dermatis, and Deborah Lacy.    

Short Story Month: O'Neil De Noux


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today,
O'Neil De Noux shares his 2017 Derringer Award Finalist short story, “A Just Reward” archived at his website.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Short Story Month: Sarah M. Chen


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Sarah M. Chen shares her short story “The Last Second Chance” recently published at Shotgun Honey.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: The Icing on the Cake by Russell Day

Little Big Crimes: The Icing on the Cake, by Russell Day: "The Icing on the Cake," by Russell  Day,  in  Noirville,  Fahrenheit Press, 2018 . This is a tasty piece of work and I can&...

SMFS Member Publication News: Leslie Budewitz


SMFS Member Leslie Budewitz’s historical short story “All God’s Sparrows” appears in Alfred Hitchcock’Mystery Magazine: May/June 2018. Available at their website as well as at Amazon and elsewhere.

Short Story Month: William Burton McCormick


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, William Burton McCormick shares “
Cleopatran Cocktails” from the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2018 issue.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Short Story Month: Jacqueline Seewald

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year.  


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Jacqueline Seewald shares “Bacon Bits” from the archives of St. Red Magazine.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.


Friday, May 4, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Dayle A. Dermatis



SMFS Member Dayle A. Dermatis has a short story titled “Bothering with the Details” in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: May/June 2018 issue.

Short Story Month: Gail Farrelly

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Gail Farrelly shares “Double Trouble” from the archives of the Yonkers Tribune.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Tim Baker

SMFS member Tim Baker reports that his story, “Fatal Fog” appears in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: May/June 2018. Set in Italy, it is the Black Mask story for this month. 

SMFS Member Publication News: Jacqueline Seewald


SMFS Member Jacqueline Seewald’s latest book, Death Promise, is now out from Encircle Publications.  It is available in both paperback and eBook formats directly from the publisher, as well as Amazon, and elsewhere.


Publisher Synopsis:

In this sequel to DEATH LEGACY, New York, psychiatrist Dr.Daniel Reiner hires consultant Michelle Hallam to help him investigate the disappearance of an alleged half-sister in Las Vegas, Nevada. The situation soon becomes complicated, involving Daniel and Michelle in investigating several murders. This fast-paced novel combines elements of suspense thriller, mystery and romance.

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Short Story Review: All God's Sparrows

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Short Story Review: All God's Sparrows 

Short Story Month: Diana Deverell


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today, Diana Deverell shares her short story, “Texas Two-Step: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story.” Originally published in February 2003 by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the story was a finalist for the Macavity Award the next year. It was published again at Kings River Life Magazine.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Short Story Month: Mary Reed


StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Today we have two stories from Mary Reed. On her site she offers “The Thorn” (co-written with Eric Reed). Her second short story “
Or Equivalent Experience” is located at Kings River Life Magazine.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May is International Short Story Month

StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month back in 2013. As the short story, in the mystery genre, is the reason why the Short Mystery Fiction Society exists, we join in the celebration each year. 


The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. Our first participant for 2018 is Patricia Dusenbury with “Family Man” at Mystery Tribune.


If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net.