Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 36

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

Prowling around for a good time? This week’s blog gives it up, with links to a raft of wicked reviews, releases, free stories, and more.
Includes a link to author and editor Richard Thomas on how to put together a collection of your stories.
A short walk down a dark street (#36): What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

SleuthSayers: For Fun or for Profit? by John M. Floyd

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SMFS Members Published in The Digest Enthusiast #9


Two SMFS list members have short stories in the recently published The Digest Enthusiast #9. Published by Larque Press, the read is available in print and eBook formats from Amazon. The two SMFS list members are:

Michael Bracken with “Split Decision.”

Josh Pachter with the second part of “The Defenestration of Prague.”

Synopsis:

Interviews• Filmmaker and author Susan Emshwiller reveals the inside story on her films, the work of her parents, Ed Emshwiller and Carol Emshwiller, along with nearly two dozen rare photographs of her famous family.• Senior Art Director Victoria Green takes us behind the scenes of the art department at AHMM, Analog, Asimov’s, and EQMM, complemented by artist’s confidentials from Tim Foley and Maurizio Manzieri.Articles• Vince Nowell, Sr. charts Ray Palmer’s digest dynasty from 1948 to 1958, followed by the bibliography of S.J. Byrne, one of Palmer’s go-to SF storytellers.• Tom Brinkmann uncovers Benedict Canyon, where Elke Sommer and Joe Hyams joined “A Neighborhood of Ghosts” from 1964 to 1969.• Steve Carper wraps “One-and-Dones” with a final, fascinating batch of obscure and/or rare collector’s treasures.• Peter Enfantino delivers a story-by-story synopsis of Manhunt from January thru June 1954. Plus a report on the rare western digest paperback, Sunset Showdown by Steve Frazee.Fiction• Crime, espionage, and fantasy fiction by Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art from Marc Myers, Michael Neno, and Joe.Also includes• News from all your favorite genre digest magazines, straight from their editors’ lips, including every newsstand stalwart, and the new generation of POD/digital stars.• In-depth reviews of EconoClash Review, Nostalgia Digest, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Hot Lead.• Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, cartoons by Bob Vojtko and Clark Dissmeyer, first issue factoids, and more.• Cover by Ed Emshwiller,



Saturday, January 19, 2019

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Gail Farrelly


Each May SMFS celebrates, as we do each year, International Short Story Month. The May 2018 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, Gail Farrelly shares her 2013 short story, “Don’t forget To Take Your Vitamins” archived at Kings River Life Magazine.

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.

Monday, January 14, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror


Two SMFS list members have short stories in the just released anthology, Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. Published by Dark Moon Books, the read is available in hardback and paperback formats as well as digital from Amazon and other vendors. The two SMFS members in the anthology are:

John M. Floyd with “The Starlite Drive-In.”
Gary Phillips with “The Demon of the Track.”

Synopsis:
Welcome to the cool side of the 1950s, where the fast cars and revved-up movie monsters peel out in the night. Where outlaw vixens and jukebox tramps square off with razorblades and lead pipes. Where rockers rock, cool cats strut, and hot rods roar. Where you howl to the moon as the tiki drums pound and the electric guitar shrieks and that spit-and-holler jamboree ain't gonna stop for a long, long time . . . maybe never.
This is the '50s where ghost shows still travel the back roads of the south, and rockabilly has a hold on the nation's youth; where lucky hearts tell the tale, and maybe that fella in the Shriners' fez ain't so square after all. Where exist noir detectives of the supernatural, tattoo artists of another kind, Hollywood fix-it men, and a punk kid with grasshopper arms under his chain-studded jacket and an icy stare on his face.
This is the '50s of Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. This is your ticket to the dark side of American kitsch . . . the fun and frightful side!
Table of Contents includes:
"The Golden Girls of Fall" by Seanan McGuire
"Sea Lords of the Columbia" by Weston Ochse
"Tremble" by Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale
"The Demon of the Track" by Gary Phillips
"Outlawed Ink" by Jason Starr
"We Might Be Giants" by Nancy Holder
"Universal Monster" by Duane Swierczynski
"Draggers" by David J. Schow
"The Starlite Drive-In" by John M. Floyd
"Dr. Morbismo's InsaniTERRORium Horror Show" by Lisa Morton
"Hot Babe" by Bill Pronzini
"The Prom Tree" by Yvonne Navarro
"I'm with the Band" by Steve Perry
"Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation" by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens
"Lab Experiment Turf War" by Jeff Strand
"The She-Creature" by Amelia Beamer
"Fish out of Water" by Will Viharo
"I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend" by Brian Hodge

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Little Big Crimes Review: Treasure island by Micah Perks

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A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 35

As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis to our list…
Looking for trouble? This week’s blog delivers a truckload, with links to a sinister selection of reviews, releases, free stories, and more.
Includes a link to Ben Boulden (Gravetapping blog and Mystery Scene Magazine) naming his six favorite mystery and crime stories of 2018. Plus, everything you ever wanted to know about creating angry characters.
A short walk down a dark street (#35): What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, January 12, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Flash Bang Mysteries: Winter 2019 (Issue14)


The just released Flash Bang Mysteries: Winter 2019 (issue14) is an all SMFS member issue as the read features works from five SMFS members. The five members are:

Patricia Dusenbury with “Trust Me.”

Barb Goffman with “Punching Bag” which is the cover story as well as Editors’ Choice story.

BV Lawson with “Inflammatory Rhetoric.”

R. T. Lawton with “Homework.”

Jacqueline Seewald with “Black Flies.”


The Five-Two: Robert Weibezahl

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SleuthSayers: Stick to the Path? Wander A Little? (On short stor...

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Jim Doherty


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, Jim Doherty shares two stories that feature his series  character, peripatetic cop Dan Sullivan, who's also the lead in his novel, An Obscure Grave. They should be read in order as they feature Dan at different points of his career. Both stories were award winners in the contests they were written for several years ago.


First up is “Stench” archived at Mysterical-E. Please note that at some point during a site update or something, all the quotation marks in the story were replaced with diamond shaped question marks. Read accordingly.


Second is “Death and Taxes” archived 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.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 34


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…
Need a quick buzz? This week’s blog brings it on, with links to a dangerous dose of reviews, releases, free stories, and more.
Includes links to editor Eric Lindbom on the kind of submissions he wants for Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures and to Sandra Seamans' annual summary of coming and goings in short mystery and crime fiction markets.
A short walk down a dark street (#34)
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, January 5, 2019

SleuthSayers: Short Memories: 2018 in Review by John M. Floyd

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Michael Guillebeau


SMFS list member Michael Guillebeau’s short story, “The Body That’s Not” appears in today issue of Kings River Life Magazine. You can read it online here.

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Elizabeth Zelvin


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.


For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, Elizabeth Zelvin shares the short story, “A Breach of Trust” archived at Mysterical-E. 


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, January 2, 2019

SMFS Member Publication News: Bruce Harris


SMFS list member Bruce Harris’ short story, “Gunned Down” appears in the just released Mystery Weekly Magazine: January 2019 issue. Amazon has the issue available in print and  digital formats as does the publisher and other vendors.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

SMFS Member Honored: Debra Goldstein


SMFS list member Debra Goldstein sends word that she is mentioned in the same January 7, 2019 issue of Woman’s World that features John M. Floyd’s mystery short story, “Poetic Justice.” In her case, they have highlighted her recently published book, One Taste Too Many as a pick in their “Woman’s World Book Club Best New Books.” More about her book can be found in the December 18, 2018 news posting here.

2019 Derringer Submissions

All,
I am going to follow the submission format that we have used in the recent past.  I would like to reformat as few submissions as possible and get them into the judges hands quickly. 
The 2019 Derringer competition uses the following standard layout linked below. 
Please use .doc (not .docx) file type and Times New Roman 12-point font for your submission file.  Please include the number of words in your submission as shown in the format.
Please remove all of your personal information from the ms. Any personal information found will be stripped from the ms before it is placed into judges' packages.
If any format adjustments need to be made, you will be contacted ASAP.

Include your personal information in your submission email, including when and where the submission was published.   
Submissions will be taken for 30 days:  January 1 through January 30, 2019.  I would like to provide the submission judging packages to the judges on Jan 31st.  
When submitting your stories, please include " [Derringers]" somewhere in the subject line.  This will make it easy to spot your submission so that nothing is lost.  
Email submissions to "Tony.Rudzki [at] gmail.com". 
For more about who and what stories are eligible for the 2019 Derringers, see Derringer Awards Policy.