Saturday, December 15, 2018

SleuthSayers: A Series Conversation by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: A Series Conversation: by John M. Floyd Today's column is about reading and writing. On the reading side, I've lately found myself reading more novel...

SMFS Member Publishing News: Michael Bracken


In addition to the news today that his short story “Wishing Tree” appears in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: January/February 2019 issue, SMFS list member Michael Bracken has short stories in two other publications. He has reported to the list that his short story, “Little Bubba Visits the Roadhouse” appears in the just published EconoClash Review #3: Quality Cheap Thrills. Available in digital book format now with a print version to be released at a later date, the Amazon synopsis is below.


Also now out in PDF format straight from the publisher is the short story, “Deliver Us from Evil” in Thriller Magazine #2. Synopsis also below.


EconoClash Synopsis:

This is the third rail of Cheap Thrills and the Quality is electrifying! ISSUE 3 is jam packed with enough law breaking to keep every defense attorney in business for the rest of the new year. This crime heavy issue also includes cannibals, crooked magicians and hideously evil things called regular people. We've got Weirdo Sex Maniacs, Hardboiled Super heroes, Hungry-Horny Werewolves, Little Bubba's visiting Roadhouses, Delicious Murder, Guilty Consciences, Brutal Magicians and so much more! ECR 3 features all new works by Michael Bracken, Max Sheridan, Sara Dobie Bauer, Kristen Brand, Leroy B. Vaughn, Rick McQuiston, Nick Sweeney, Brian James Lewis, Chris Stanley, Joe Weintraub, and Nicola Lombardi. EconoClash Review remains the wildest voice quacking loudly in the indie lit void. FOR BEST RESULTS, USE AS DIRECTED: Buy this rag! Read it left to right--cover to cover. CAUTION: these Quality Cheap Thrills may induce mind explosions, smile spasms, or independent thoughts and unwelcome rationalizations. Should not be read by the elderly, masses of sheeple, or women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. DISCLAIMER: No part of this description has been evaluated by the FDA. BUCKLE UP BUTTERCUP!


Thriller Magazine Synopsis:

Featuring established and new literary voices comes the second issue of Thriller Magazine! This issue features short stories that will leave readers on the edge of their seat, amazing artwork, and interviews with authors. Showcasing a wide range of tales, everything from physiological thrillers, to brutal tales of murder, to political thrillers, and much more, this issue has it all!

Authors included are: Chris Fortunato, Michael Bracken, Michael Mallory, Robb T. White, & John H. Dromey.

This issue also contains interviews with acclaimed authors Robert Kidera & Steven Harms along with book reviews of each respective author's newest work.

The artwork featured in this issue was created by a new technique called “pyro-painting.” The artist, Michael Stewart, explains how he uses this technique to craft his paintings.

Be sure to check it out and grab your copy!
 You will get a PDF (3MB) file



SMFS Member Publication News: Joan Leotta


SMFS list member Joan Leotta reports that her short story, “Voice of an Angel” is the cover story for Focus On Family’s Clubhouse Magazine. The publication is available by subscription.  

SMFS Members Published in EQMM: January/February 2019


Several SMFS members are published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: January/February 2019 issue. The issue is available from Dell Magazines as well as at Amazon and newsstands and bookstores. The SMFS members published in this issue are:


Michael Bracken with “Wishing Tree.”

David Dean with “Snow Boy.”

Terence Faherty with “The Cardboard Box.”

John M. Floyd with “On The Road With Mary Jo.”

Robert Lopresti with “Please Do Not Disturb.”

O’Neil De Noux with “The Pain.”

Trace Evidence Blog: “Filling In the Landscape” by Robert Lopresti

Trace Evidence Blog: “Filling In the Landscape” by Robert Lopresti

SMFS Members Publication News: Hardboiled


Published by Dead Guns Press last month, the anthology Hardboiled includes the work of FOUR SMFS members. The book is available in print and digital formats from Amazon. The four SMFS list members are:

Peter DiChellis with “Ten-Spot Robber.”

Chris McGinley with "River of Nine Dragons."

Robery Petyo with “Home Again.”

Jacqueline Seewald with “Til Death.”

Amazon Synopsis:

Dead Guns Press returns to the scene of the crime with another jaw busting issue of Hardboiled. Walk the mean streets of the US and UK with some of today's best in crime fiction literature. In this edition get ready for bone breaking, bottle smashing stories by Bill Baber, Bruce Harris, Max Devoe Talley, Callum McSorley, Don Glass, Jim Shaffer, Robert Petyo, Peter Dechellis, Jacqueline Seewald, Ellie Tritch, Michael McGlade, Robb White, Ben Fine, and Chris McGinley.


Short Story Saturdays: Alan Orloff

Back in May SMFS celebrated, as we do each year, International Short Story Month. The celebration led to the creation of the weekly short story segment SMFS Short Story Saturdays. 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, Alan Orloff shares the short story, “Happy Birthday” 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, December 11, 2018

The First Two Pages: “Race to Judgment” by Craig Faustus Buck

The First Two Pages: “Race to Judgment” by Craig Faustus Buck

SMFS Member Publishing News: Teel James Glenn


SMFS list member Teel James Glenn’s short story, “The Priest Whispered: A Story of Altiva” is up at Aurora Wolf: A Literary Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy. You can read the story online for free by going here.

Little Big Crimes Review: Character is Everything by Jon McGoran

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 30

As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis to our list…

This week’s blog spikes short mystery and crime fiction with links to a devious dose of reviews, releases, and free stories. Includes links to over 50 short, sweet reviews of Edward D. Hoch impossible crime stories.
Plus: Author and editor Richard Thomas gives his Top Ten Tips on getting stories published.
A short walk down a dark street (#30)
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, December 8, 2018

SleuthSayers: Opening Lines: Best and Favorite by O'Neil De Noux

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Kobo Writing Life: Setting Up a Multi-Author Bookstore Event by Judy Penz Sheluk

Kobo Writing Life: Setting Up a Multi-Author Bookstore Event by Judy Penz Sheluk

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Mark Best

Back in May SMFS celebrated, as we do each year, International Short Story Month. The celebration led to the creation of the weekly short story segment SMFS Short Story Saturdays. 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, Mark Best shares his 2007 published short story, “Loyalty Above All Else, Except Honor” archived at The Clarity Of Night website.


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, December 7, 2018

SMFS Member Publication News—JR Lindermuth


SMFS list member  JR  Lindermuth’s new book, Hear the Whistle Blowing: Railroading in the Coal Region has been released by Sunbury Press. The book is available in both print and digital formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

Amazon Synopsis:

Historian John Lindermuth surveys the history of railroading in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania from its earliest days to the introduction of diesel engines. Lindermuth covers railroad towns, daily life, working on the railroad, accidents, labor woes, innovations, and other topics.



SMFS Member Publishing News: Michael Bracken


SMFS list member Michael Bracken’s short story, “Christmas Day” appears online today at The Saturday Evening Post.  The story is free to read online.

SMFS Member Publication News: Travis Richardson


SMFS list member Travis Richardson reports publication news of the short story collection, Bloodshot and Bruised: Crime Stories from the South and West. The book is available in print and digital formats at Amazon.

Amazon Synopsis:

A boy makes a series of bad decisions after his father bans him from reading books. A Jewish family is forever changed when a boy with a Neo-Nazi background is thrust into their lives. A man’s epic downfall is narrated through a beer ad. An arthritic grandmother hopes to serve justice to an untouchable, evil sheriff. A heavy-metal rocker’s life takes a radical turn during the 1992 LA riots.

These are a few stories in BLOODSHOT AND BRUISED, a blistering collection of crime, retribution, and the fragile humanity that survives. Settings range from excessive mansions and freeway gridlock of California to clapboard houses and frozen hunting grounds of the South. Pathos and humor mix to create a complex portrait of Americans under pressure. Acclaimed author Travis Richardson presents this collection of sixteen stories including Anthony, Macavity, and Derringer Award finalists. These original tales divided between the South and West will leave an indelible impression on any reader.

“Travis Richardson brings us a collection of two-fisted tales—one fist stained with meth and tobacco juice, the other one with dabs of avocado and blood—in this outstanding collection of funny, dark and thrilling crime stories from both the West Coast and the South.”— Jordan Harper, author of Edgar Award-winning SHE RIDES SHOTGUN

“Steeped in blood and grit, BLOODSHOT AND BRUISED is taut, twisted, and thrilling. Travis Richardson has an exceptional talent for bringing shady characters to life in all of their vengeful, double-crossing glory. His stories represent the dark side of the American Dream, and they are unforgettable.”— Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award–winning author of ONE SMALL SACRIFICE

"Travis Richardson proves, yet again, that his name belongs at the top of the list of master short storytellers. BLOODSHOT AND BRUISED collects prose both sharp and serrated, then gives rise to a voice that is bleak, uncompromising, and funny. You won't be able to put it down."— Eryk Pruitt, author of WHAT WE RECKON and THE LONG DANCE podcast.



SMFS Member Publication News: Toni L. P. Kelner


SMFS list member Toni L. P. Kelner’s short story, “The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks” appears in the just released, For The Sake Of The Game: Stories Inspired By The Sherlockian Canon. Published by Pegasus Books, the anthology is available in a variety of formats including print, audio, and digital from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.


Amazon Synopsis:

In a sensational follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.
For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers―regardless of genre―to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.
The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hard-core thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy graphic tale of insectoid analysis.
This is not a volume for readers who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of readers who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.
Featuring Stories by: Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 29


As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis to our list…
This week’s blog applauds short mystery and crime fiction with links to an awesome assortment of reviews, releases, free stories, and more.
Includes: John Floyd gives writers the inside story on stories inside The Strand Magazine.
A short walk down a dark street (#29)
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Member Publishing News: Josh Pachter


SMFS list member Josh Pachter is the editor of The Man Who Read Mysteries: The Short Fiction of William Brittain just published by Crippen And Landru.

Publisher Synopsis:
It’s been worth the wait. One of the authors most requested by Crippen & Landru readers throughout its 25-year history has been mystery writer William Brittain, whose fiction challenges the reader with tricky plots presented in a unique style.

For the first time, all of the popular “Man Who Read” stories and a selection of the Mr. Strang stories have been collected into a single volume. Both series appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine during the mid-years of the 20th century. Sadly, Brittain later forsook mystery fiction to become a children’s author, and his YA novel The Wish Giver earned him a Newbery Honor award.

This collection was edited by Josh Pachter, who also wrote the introduction and compiled a bibliography of Brittain’s many publications. 

SMFS Member Publishing News: Rusty Barnes


SMFS list member Rusty Barnes’s short story, “Bad Old Boy” appears in Goliad Review 1.2. Published by Goliad Press, the read is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon.  

Amazon Synopsis:
This second issue of Goliad Review contains work by award winning authors, critics, and poets. It features new poetry from American poet Cynthia Cruz; an essay on the state of literary criticism by William Logan; an excerpt from working-class fiction author Patrick Michael Finn's new novel. Plus, new work from Jesse Graves, George Singleton, and much more.

SleuthSayers Blog: Two Strand Stories: Behind the Scenes by John M. Floyd

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Peter DiChellis

Back in May SMFS celebrated, as we do each year, International Short Story Month. The celebration led to the creation of the weekly short story segment SMFS Short Story Saturdays. 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, Peter DiChellis shares his story from March 2017, “With Cunning Wickedness” archived at Trigger Warning. After you read that one, make sure you check out the short story, “Please Remain Calm” that he shared last May as part of International Short Story Month. You can find it here.


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.