Saturday, November 17, 2018

SMFS Members Published in LANDFALL: BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2018


Eight members of the SMFS list are in the new book, LANDFALL: BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2018. Published by Level Best Books, the anthology is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors. The members included in this book are:

Michael Bracken with “Remission.”

Patricia Dusenbury with “Off the Beaten Path.”

Gerald Elias with “In Bocca Al Lupo.”

John Floyd with “Getting Out Alive.”

Jason Half with “The Last Ferry.”

Alan Orloff with “The Quarry.”

Harriet Sackler with “Baby Blues.”

Shawn  Reilly Simmons with ‘Downcity Detective.”



Amazon Synopsis: 

LANDFALL, the sixteenth Best New England Crime Stories anthology, continues the tradition of presenting the best mystery and crime fiction from both acclaimed seasoned authors and exciting new voices. We've gathered thirty-one original tales by New England authors or with a New England setting, ranging from the historical to contemporary, to noir, and everything in between.

SMFS Member Publication News: Sarah M. Chen


SMFS list member Sarah M Chen's short story, “Influencers” appears in the special issue, Switchblade: Stiletto-Heeled. Edited by Lisa Douglass, the “Women of Noir Special Issue” features stories thirteen tales where the primary protagonist is female as are the authors. Available at Amazon in digital format.

Amazon Synopsis:

It’s been said that hardboiled noir is a boys club. Well, not anymore. Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled is the ultimate women of noir anthology. Thirteen dire and gritty tales from some of the most prominent women writing in the noir genre today. Featuring: Sarah M. Chen, Lissa Marie Redmond, Cindy Rosmus, Susan Cornford, Tawny Pike, E.F. Sweetman, Bethany Maines, Carmen Jaramillo, Serena Jayne, Charlotte Platt, Sarah Jilek, Susan Kuchinskas, and Ann Aptaker. Edited by Lisa Douglass. These aren’t police procedurals or cozy murder mysteries. It’s all hard-as-they-come, no luck tales, featuring all women protagonists, and penned by all women authors. It’s abou

SMFS Members Publication News: Bern Sy Moss


SMFS list member Bern Sy Moss' short story, “The Witness” appears in Mystery Tribune: Fall 2018. It can also now be read online at their site.

Jacqueline Seewald: Interview with Publisher Tanya Eby

Jacqueline Seewald: Interview with Publisher Tanya Eby: Tanya Eby is the owner of Blunder Woman Productions. She is also a USA Today bestselling author and an award-winning narrator of 700 audio ...

SMFS Members Published in Kings River Life Magazine for 11/17/18

Two SMFS members are published in the November 17th edition of Kings River Life Magazine. Those members are:

Gail Farrelly with “Ya Never Know: A Thanksgiving Tale.”

In “Thanksgiving Treats and Threats, Merrilee Robson shares some Thanksgiving stories and a recipe


SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Ruth M. McCarty

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, Ruth M. McCarty shares her 2016 short story, “First Dates” archived at Flash Bang Mysteries.


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, November 14, 2018

SMFS Member Publishing News: Josh Pachter


Several SMFS members were published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: November/December 2018 issue. Those members included Josh Pachter with his short story “50.”  That tale marked the 50 year anniversary of his appearance in EQMM with his first published short story, “E. Q. Griffen Earns His Name.” Now, E. Q. Griffen is back in “50.”

Today on the “Something Is Going To Happen” blog of EQMM, Josh Pachter is interviewed by Janet Hutchings regarding reading, writing, and life.


Also, over at “The First Two Pages” hosted by Art Taylor, Josh Pachter explains how he approached writing “50.”

The First Two Pages: “50” by Josh Pachter


SMFS Member Publishing News: Nik Morton


SMFS list member Nik Morton has a short story out in the recently published book, The Untamed West. Published by the Western Fictioneers and home of the “Peacemaker Awards” which are awarded annually, the book is available from Amazon in print and digital formats as well as from other vendors.  Mr. Morton’s short story is “Preacher.”

Amazon Synopsis:

A collection of twenty-nine tales of the Old West featuring previously unpublished stories by such classic Western writers as James Reasoner, Douglas Hirt, McKendree Long, and Michael R. Ritt. Edited by award winning author, L. J. Washburn. Western Fictioneers is the only writers’ organization devoted solely to traditional Western fiction, and this huge collection will take readers from the dusty plains of Texas to the sweeping vistas of Montana and beyond.
Western Fictioneers was founded in 2010 to promote the oldest genuine American art form, the Western story. Its worldwide membership includes best-selling, award-winning authors of Western fiction, as well as the brightest up-and-coming new stars in the Western field. The organization*s third anthology features original stories by Big Jim Williams, Easy Jackson, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, McKendree Long, Michael R. Ritt, S. D. Parker, James Reasoner, J. L. Guin, J.E.S. Hays, James J. Griffin, Jesse J Elliot, Ben Goheen, Barbara Shepherd, Nik Morton, S. L. Matthews, James Clay, Keith Souter, Tom Rizzo, Matthew P. Mayo, Dorothy A. Bell, L.J. Washburn, Angela Raines, Gordon L. Rottman, Charlie Steel, Douglas Hirt, Dennis Doty, and Cheryl Pierson.
THE UNTAMED WEST is more than 150,000 words of action packed classic Western fiction.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Little Big Crimes Review: Strangers on the Run by Sarah M. Chen

Little Big Crimes: Strangers on the Run, by Sarah M. Chen: "Strangers on the Run," by Sarah M. Chen, in  Deadlines: A Tribute to William E. Wallace,  edited by Chris Rhatigan and Ron Earl...

SMFS Member Publication News: James Blake


SMFS list member James Blakey’s short story, “The Last Case” has just been published by Over My Dead Body!

SMFS Members Published in Mysterical-E: Fall 2018 Issue



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

Cathi Stoler with her short story, “Where to Now?”

Gerald So once again considers aspects of the world of television with “Mysterical-Eye.”

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd has another mystery short story appearing in the Woman’s World Magazine. His latest mystery short story, “Cracking the Code” is in the current issue (November 19, 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 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. One could say he cracked the code.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 26

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…

This week’s blog sharpens a shiv and walks the yard for short mystery and crime fiction: links to reviews, releases, and free stories.
Links include a review of anthology stories written by prison inmates and edited by Joyce Carol Oates.
A short walk down a dark street (#26).
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, November 10, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Barbara Eliasson

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, Barbara Eliasson shares “Mean Girl” from the archives of Flash Bang Mysteries.


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, November 9, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd, in addition to his new book out now, The Barrens, has a short story in the current issue of “Deep South Magazine.” The story is titled "Annabelle" and is available to read, for free, online.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 25

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list.... 

Wanna go find some trouble? This week’s blog dishes out plenty, including links to a sinister selection of reviews, releases, and free stories. Plus, an annotated list of 123 personality imperfections you can sort through to humanize your fictional characters.
A short walk down a dark street (#25).
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Member Publication News: Gary Phillips


SMFS list member Gary Phillips’ short story, “I,Truck” appears in the  just released  anthology, 18 Wheels of Science Fiction: A Long Haul into the Fantastic. Published by Big Time Books, the read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors including the publisher.  

Amazon Synopsis:

Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this new science fiction anthology! There's something for every genre fiction fan in this follow-up to the hit "18 wheels of Horror - a Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors." 

From the back cover: An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go... A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks... A haul through time takes an unexpected turn... Reality shatters for a trucker using an experimental delivery device... Stargazing gives an overweight driver a new lease on life... A young girl risks her life to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland...

The highways of the universe will never be the same!


SleuthSayers: How B Is Your SP?

SleuthSayers: How B Is Your SP?: by John M. Floyd This past Tuesday night I attended the "launch" of The Barrens , my seventh collection of short mystery fi...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Robert Peyto


SMFS list member Robert Peyto reports that his short story, “Innocent Victims” appears in the recently released Last Shot Fired: The Midnight Writers’ Anthology 2018.  The read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon.

Amazon Synopsis:

If you had one chance to save the world, would you take it? Maybe that last bullet could kill a merciless dictator. Maybe that last vaccine could cure a rampant disease. Maybe that last frame on a roll of film could bring peace to the world. 20 authors from across the globe consider a world where one final action could shape the events of the future forever.

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Merrilee Robson


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, Merrilee Robson shares “The Way To A Man’s Heart” from the archives at Over My Dead Body!


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, November 2, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News: Elizabeth Zelvin


SMFS list member Elizabeth Zelvin has announced that her short story, “A Shift at the Bluebird” appears in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: November 2018 issue. The issue is available in print and digital formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

SMFS Member Publication News: Kaye George


SMFS Member Kaye George has announced that her story "The Bible Buckle Killer” appears in the just released Suspense Magazine: Fall 2018 issue. Her story, as well as the entire issue, can be read online for free at their website.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Two Short Story Reviews and One Non-Fiction Review

Catherine Dilts Reviews: Two Short Story Reviews and One Non-Fiction Review

SMFS Member Joan Leotta Interviews Cindy Rosmus, Editor of Yellow Mama

SMFS Member Joan Leotta Interviews Cindy Rosmus, Editor of Yellow Mama

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd has another book out. Published by Dogwood Press, the book is a collection of his short stories titled, The Barrens. Released today, it is available in hardback from Amazon and other vendors.


Amazon Synopsis:

For the past twenty years Mississippi author John M. Floyd has been one of the most widely-published short story writers in America. His work has been nominated for the Edgar Award, has won the Derringer Award three times, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. In addition, his stories have been listed among the top fifty mysteries of the year seven times by Best American Mystery Stories editor Otto Penzler, and twice among the top twenty. He was even recently awarded the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. The work of John M. Floyd has been praised by James Patterson, Nevada Barr, Jan Burke, Carolyn Haines, Steve Hamilton, Marcus Sakey, Tom Franklin, and many others. Douglas Preston has called him a master of the art of the short story. Never has that talent been more evident than in this seventh collection of Floyd short fiction. All thirty stories contained in The Barrens are mystery/suspense, most are set in the steamy South, and six of them are installments in his popular Law and Daughter series, featuring Sheriff Lucy Valentine and her crimesolving mother Fran. Like his previous books (Rainbows End, Midnight, Clockwork, Deception, Fifty Mysteries, and Dreamland), the adventures here are full of quirky characters, Hitchcockian tension, and (maybe most important of all) plenty of plot twists and surprises. Welcome to The Barrens. Proceed with caution . . .