Friday, August 31, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: BV Lawson

SMFS list member BV Lawson reports that she has a story appearing in Woman’s World Magazine. Her short story, “The Lost Treasure” is in the current issue (September 10, 2018 with Dr. Oz on the cover) and marks her third short story in this publication.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Lyn Worthen


SMFS list member Lyn Worthen reports she has a short story in the just released anthology, Fiction River Special Edition: Editor Saves.  Her story, “The Man in the Gabardine Suit” appears under her pen name of Lauryn Christopher. Currently the book is only available in digital format from the publisher and Amazon with, according to the publisher, the print edition “coming soon!”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd reports that his sixth story to appear in the print editions of the Saturday Evening Post is now out. His story, “The Music of Angels” appears in the Saturday Evening Post: September/October 2018. His story is also online.

SMFS Member Jack Bludis--Bouchercon Panelist


As posted by SMFS member Jack Bludis to the list....


Monkeys on a Keyboard - Writing as craft

Saturday, September 8, 8:00

I am proud to have been selected for this Bouchercon panel, which includes
the following members:

Kristin Sevick (Moderator, and a senior editor at Tor/Forge for 12 years.

Jane K Cleland (author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries series)
Michael Kardos ( author of The Art and Craft of Fiction)
Jess Lourey (author of Mira James Mysteries. Women's Fiction)
David Corbett (author of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday and
other novels. )
Jack Bludis (Author of 800 stories, plus 70 novels, and novellas)

This is perhaps the most prestigious panel on which I have ever served.)

I hope to see many of you there, we may all learn something more about the
craft of fiction.

Jack Bludis

-- 
http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Bludis/e/B001K7U4U8/

Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 15

Per Peter DiChellis' message to our list....

This week’s blog delivers the right stuff in short mystery and crime fiction, including a link to seven editors discussing the state of short mystery and crime markets (December 2017) and a raft of wicked picks in free stories, reviews, and releases.

A short walk down a dark street (#15)


Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: Unity Con by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Little Big Crimes: Unity Con, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: "Unity Con," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2018. Rusch is one  of ...

SleuthSayers: A Parable? by R. T. Lawton

SleuthSayers: A Parable?: by R.T. Lawton Fables, parables and allegories are all similar. Roughly, a fable is a short story where animals or objects tell a story by...

Saturday, August 25, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Nikki Dolson

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, Nikki Dolson shares “83” 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.




Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The First Two Pages: “There’s an Alligator in My Purse” by Paul D. Marks

Per Art Taylor on our SMFS list earlier today....


I'm hosting Paul D. Marks today at the First Two Pages, talking about his story "There's an Alligator in My Purse" for the new Bouchercon anthology Florida Happens, edited by Greg Herren.


Last week featured an essay by Holly West, and the next two weeks include craft reflections by Alex Segura and Debra Lattanzi Shutika, the latter celebrating her first published short story! 

Thanks for reading.

Art Taylor

Monday, August 20, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: J.R. Lindermuth

SMFS Member  J. R.  Lindermuth shared on Facebook earlier today that he has another short story online at Rope And Wire. This one is titled “He-Who-Does Not Sing.

SMFS Member Publication News: V. S. Kemanis


SMFS list member V. S. Kemanis has informed the group that the third and final part of her series on “Adding Criminal Law and Procedure to Your Fiction” is now up at the website of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Titled “Part III: The Courtroom--Guilty Plea and Trial” can be found here.  Part I  and Part II.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 14

Per Peter DiChellis’ message to our SMFS list…
This week’s blog dishes the straight dope on short mystery and crime fiction, especially for fans of detective stories, with links to free reads, an Otto Penzler essay that makes the case for short-form detective tales, and a cross–section of crime-infested picks for your TBR pile (including links to a review of a Lawrence Block Matt Scudder collection, the upcoming release of The Big Book of Female Detectives, and to a 2011 Loren D. Estleman Amos Walker collection).
Plus, an essay on the art of sculpting a story’s sagging middle.

A short walk down a dark street

Best wishes,
Peter

DebraHGoldstein.com: 2018 Anthony Awards – Short Stories – Part One

DebraHGoldstein.com: 2018 Anthony Awards – Short Stories – Part One

Little Big Crimes Review: The Cold Hunt by Ken Brosky

Little Big Crimes: The Cold Hunt, by Ken Brosky: "The Cold Hunt," by Ken Brosky, Mystery Weekly Magazine, August 2018. I tend to think of didactic mysteries as being limited t...

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

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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, “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.