Tuesday, February 19, 2019

SleuthSayers: Baby You Can Drive My Car by Michael Bracken

SleuthSayers: Baby You Can Drive My Car: By Michael Bracken Until recently, Temple’s parents lived in Tyler, Texas, about a three-hour drive from our home near Waco. We visited he...

The First Two Pages: “Messin’ With The Kid” by Steve Liskow

The First Two Pages: “Messin’ With The Kid” by Steve Liskow

Guest Post: Day Job Blues by Peter DiChellis

Please welcome list member Peter DiChellis with a fun guest post today…..

Day Job Blues by Peter DiChellis

I always enjoy writers’ bios that list unusual “day jobs” they’ve worked. You know the bios I mean: The author has worked as a ranch hand, an award-winning microbiologist, a carnival barker, and a network television executive.

I recently decided to find a new “day job” that would allow me to conduct research for my crime fiction and make some quick money too. I settled on robbing liquor stores, which seemed like a perfect choice, but after learning more about the work requirements I doubt I’ll stick with it long enough to justify a bio entry. Here’s a list of the problems I discovered so far:

1.      It’s mostly night work. What kind of “day job” is that?
2.      No union.
3.      No health plan.
4.      Sometimes you have to travel to rough neighborhoods.
5.      If you always steal a bottle of whiskey along with the money, soon enough you’ll develop a drinking problem.
6.      You get a lot of one-dollar bills and they’re wrinkled and clammy and smell like wino puke.
7.      Some of the clerks don’t speak English very well. So you need to learn to say “Hands up!” and “Gimme the money!” in four different languages.
8.      No pension.
9.      No paid vacation.
10.  Sometimes the clerks scream in your face and shoot at you. With real guns.
11.  Everybody who buys liquor with a credit card or debit card cuts into your paycheck.
12.  If you get caught, you’re out of work for a three-to-five year stretch, minimum.

Bottom line: I might ditch the whole idea of robbing liquor stores and rob graves at cemeteries instead. From what I’ve heard that’s not a perfect job either, but at least cemeteries are peaceful.

(This post filches a few spoofs from my 2016 guest post “Character Rebellion,” archived at MotiveMeansOpportunity.)

Peter DiChellis ©2019

Peter DiChellis concocts sinister and sometimes comedic tales for anthologies, ezines, and magazines. He’s worked as a fast talker, a desk sitter, a hallway humper, and a puzzle buster. His mystery story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled. The story’s title refers to an oddball stick-up man who steals nothing but ten-dollar bills. For more, visit Peter’s Amazon author page or his blog about short mystery and crime fiction, A short walk down a dark street.

Monday, February 18, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 4


SMFS members were published in the recently released Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 4. The read is available in print and eBook from Amazon, the publisher, and elsewhere. The two members in the issue are:

Robert Jeschonek with “Bigger Than the Monkey.”

O’Neil De Noux with “Why.”


Synopsis:
The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction
A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
 “This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.”
—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1
Table of Contents
“Bigger Than the Monkey” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York
“The Wereyam” by Kent Patterson
“The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Home” by Michael Kowal
“Peace and Quiet” by Jerry Oltion
“Word From on High: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Earth Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Why” by O’Neil De Noux
“Ornamental Animals” by Ray Vukcevich
“Crossing Over the River” by Sabrina Chase
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Chicken Time Machine” by Valerie Brook
“People Person” by Stephanie Writt
“The Old Guy” by Annie Reed
“Wishful Thinking: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Minions at Work 2.0: Invasive Species” by J. Steven York

SMFS Member Publishing News: Josh Pachter


Edited by SMFS member Josh Pachter and Rene Appel, Amsterdam Noir is the latest in the long running anthology series from Akashic Books. The read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon, the publisher, and other vendors. In addition to translating many of the works in the book from Dutch, Mr. Pachter’s short story, “Starry, Starry Night” co-written with Rene Appel appears in the book.

Synopsis:
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.
Brand-new stories by: Michael Berg, Anneloes Timmerije, Murat Isik, René Appel & Josh Pachter, Simon de Waal, Hanna Bervoets, Karin Amatmoekrim, Christine Otten, Mensje van Keulen, Max van Olden, Theo Capel, Loes den Hollander, Herman Koch, Abdelkader Benali, and Walter van den Berg.
From the introduction by René Appel and Josh Pachter:
Amsterdam has the amenities and, to a certain extent, the feel of a major world city, but one of its most attractive features is its relatively small size. It's easy to navigate on feet, by bike, and via its excellent public transportation network, especially with the semicircular perimeter of its famous Grachtengordel, or ring of concentric canals.
Like any other metropolis, though, Amsterdam also has its dark side, its shadowy corners--in other words, there is also an Amsterdam noir. No matter how beautiful, vital, and cheery a city might be, pure human emotions such as greed, jealousy, and the thirst for revenge will rear their ugly heads...with all their negative consequences. Amsterdam is a multidimensional city, populated by a wide assortment of social groups, and not all of those groups agree on what constitutes normal social values and mores. This results in a lively mix...and, as you will see, in problems.

Little Big Crimes Review: The Stranger Inside Me by Loes den Hollander

Little Big Crimes: The Stranger Inside Me, by Loes den Hollander: "The Stranger Inside Me," by Loes den Hollander, in Amsterdam Noir, edited by Rene Appel and Josh Pachter, Akashic Press, 2019...

Victoria Weisfeld: ****Amsterdam Noir

Victoria Weisfeld: ****Amsterdam Noir

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 40

As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis today….

Ready to chase the storm?
This week’s blog includes links to a deluge of reviews, releases, and free stories.
Plus: in a 30-minute video Elmore Leonard riffs about the fun of writing, how outlining can stifle ideas, and his famous ten rules—including the one about the weather.
A short walk down a dark street (#40): celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Travels With Kaye: Short Story Sunday

Travels With Kaye: Short Story Sunday

Saturday, February 16, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Switchblade: Issue 8


SMFS has several members published in Switchblade: Issue 8. Published by Caledonia Press, it is available from Amazon in both digital and print formats.  The members in this issue are:

Jack Bates with “Quivers.”

Michael Guillebeau with “Saint Monster’s.”

Chris McGinley with “A Queen’s Burial.”

Stephen D. Rogers with “And Other Assorted Duties.”

Synopsis:
It’s never just about taking a shot...This is the eighth issue in the Switchblade Outlaw Fiction anthology. Featuring Seven Switchblade Veterans, as well as some brand new players you ought to know. Featuring the poetry of Doug Knott, and fourteen no-luck tales from the dark corners of some of the most cutting edge criminal minds. Noir from the fringe—each of the stories in this volume offer one thing for sure: it doesn’t matter how strong your game is, or whether you run the table. Sooner or later, you’re going to end up behind the eight ball.

SleuthSayers: Pop the Clutch: Back to the Fifties

SleuthSayers: Pop the Clutch: Back to the Fifties: by John M. Floyd Like many of you, I occasionally have a story published in an anthology. Sometimes I see a "call for submissions&q...

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Andrew Welsh-Huggins


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, Andrew Welsh-Huggins shares his 2017 short story, “A Valentine’s Day To Remember: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story" 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.




Friday, February 15, 2019

SMFS Members Published in the BOULD Awards 2018 Short Story Anthology (*Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring)


Edited and Published by Jake Devlin aka R. J. Hezzlewood, the BOULD Awards 2018 Short Story Anthology (*Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring) is available in print and digital formats at Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in the anthology are:


Marjorie Brody with “By Royal Decree.”

Chris Chan with “The Screw You House.”

Patricia Dusenbury with “Cold Turkey.”

John Furutani with ‘Marketing for the Future” and “Living With Max.”

Kaye George with “Dream Girl.”

Teel James Glenn with  “Blindspot” and “Hands of Glory.”

Stephen D. Rogers with “The Bank Job.”

Earl Staggs with “Fishing For An Alibi.”

Elizabeth Zelvin with “Flash Point.”



Synopsis:
Bizarre, Outrageous, Unfettered, Limitless, Daring

Are you an adventurous, daring reader? Like to explore new frontiers? If so, this one's for you.

In this first annual edition, you'll find more than 20 of the weirdest, most outrageous, wackiest, scariest, puzzlingest (is that really a word?) short stories submitted for this anthology in 2018.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be shocked, scared, and maybe even perflutzed by some of the stories you'll find, in many different genres and styles. But with nearly every story, we know you'll be surprised.

These stories have all been anonymously selected by a panel of independent judges.

We expect the 2019 edition to be BOULDer (no relation to the city in Colorado), and that'll raise the bar even higher for the 2020 edition. We might wind up changing “Limitless” to “Loopy” if writers can really let their inhibitions go and let their haywire creativity loose.

But now it's time for you to quit reading these promo bits, brace yourself and dig in. Have fun!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd has another tale appearing in the Woman’s World Magazine. His latest mystery short story, “The Coldest Case” is in the current issue (February 25, 2019) 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SMFS Member Publication News: Jeff Esterholm


SMFS  list member Jeff Esterholm’s short story, “Payday Friday” is now online at Shotgun Honey. You can read the story here.

SMFS Member Publication News: John M. Floyd


SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story, “Speed Dial” appears in Serial Magazine: Issue Two. The issue is available in print and digital formats from the publisher.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 39

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…

Wanna little fun?
This week’s blog includes links to free stories from Brendan Dubois and Bill Pronzini (archived at The Strand Magazine). Plus, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine editor Marvin Kay discusses the nuts and bolts of writing a classic whodunit.
A short walk down a dark street (#39): celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Member Publication News: Bruce Harris


SMFS list member Bruce Harris’s short story, “Coppers” appears online at the website Crimson Streets. You can read the story here.

Links to Agatha Award Finalists for Best Short Story


Our own Art Taylor has sent the news of the links to all of the short stories that are nominated for an Agatha this year. Big time thanks to Art Taylor for putting this together.

"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

"A Postcard for the Dead" by Susanna Calkins in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)

"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)


Saturday, February 9, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: February 2019


Four SMFS list members have works appearing in Mystery Weekly Magazine: February 2019. The read is available from the publisher in both print and digital formats as well as Amazon and other vendors. The four  SMFS members in this issue are:


Joseph D’Agnese with “The Vulnerable Rind.”

Michael Guillebeau with “The Smooth Joy of One Good Step.”

Alan Orloff with “Hello, Cupcake.”

Josh Pachter with “Last Call at the Bar of Invariable Length.”


Synopsis:
At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Weekly Magazine presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers.
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In this issue
In our cover feature, “Runners” by Don McLellan, three desperate fugitives from a Soviet gulag arrive cold and hungry at a trapper's cabin high in the mountains. The old man offers food, dry clothing and directions to freedom, but then the food runs out.
“Last Call At The Bar Of Invariable Length” by Josh Pachter: A man walks into a bar in a sleepy South Carolina beach town, and what happens next is no joke.
“Blood Poisoning” by Joe Giordano: Laurel told her father not to get married. Now a homicide, gold-shield detective is involved.
“Playdate” by Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton: How far will a mother go to protect her daughter from bullies?
In “The Word” by Bill Connor, Rennie, a homeless drunk, is coerced into helping a strange woman get rid of a killer cop.
“Hello, Cupcake!” by Alan Orloff: Looking to reconnect with an old flame? Watch your step or you might get burned!
In “The Smooth Joy Of One Good Step” by Michael Guillebeau. Bobby Earl's always gotten himself in trouble by living in the moment. But when a guard asks Bobby Earl to hold his rifle, he really should have thought more than one step ahead.
In “The Vulnerable Rind” by Joseph D'Agnese, a young Italian carabinieri officer launches an unofficial investigation into a series of trivial break-ins at a small cheesemonger's shop in Rome, with troubling results.

SMFS Member Publication News: Debra Goldstein


SMFS list member Debra Goldstein’s short story “Lions, Tigers, and Sharks: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story” appears at Kings River Life Magazine. You can read it here.

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Victoria Weisfeld


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, Victoria Weisfeld shares her 2011 short story, “Windjammer.” Originally published in US 1 Summer Fiction Issue published by Princeton, the story was recently archived at Victoria Weisfeld’s site.

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, February 7, 2019

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gail Farrelly


SMFS list member Gail Farrelly’s short story, “Valentine’s Day Spirit: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story” has been published online at Kings River Life Magazine. Her story can be read here.

SMFS Member Publication News: Merrilee Robson


Last November as part of our ongoing SMFS Short Story Saturdays project, SMFS list member Merrilee Robson shared her 2017 short story, “The Way To A Man’s Heart” from the archives at Over My Dead Body! The tale is featured this week on the Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast  and read by Sean Hopper.

From the site:
February 5, 2019
This episode features the mystery short story, The Way to a Man's Heart, written by mystery author Merrilee Robson, and read by local actor Sean Hopper. This story seemed perfect for a twisted take on Valentine's Day. The Way to a Man's Heart was published in October of 2017 in Over My Dead Bodymystery magazine. Merrilee also wrote the story for another podcast episode, The Mercy Killer. In each episode we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley. You can learn more about Merrilee's writing on her website.

SMFS Members published in Fiction River: Feel The Love


The 31st  issue titled Fiction River: Feel The Love features a number of SMFS members. Edited by Mark Leslie, the issue is available at Amazon in print format and is also available at available at WMG Publishing  and other vendors.  The seven published members are:

Dayle Dermatis for “Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time.”

David H. Hendrickson for “Truth and Lies.”

Robert Jeschonek for “With Love in Their Hearts.”

Tonya D. Price for “A Love To Remember.”

Annie Reed for “Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful.”

Laura Ware for “Who Loves the Unloved?”

Lyn Worthen writing as Lauryn Christopher for “The Goddess Killer.”

Synopsis:
Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 38

As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis to our list….
Need a time-out from the Super Bowl halftime show?
This week’s blog includes links to the 15 best short mysteries Robert Lopresti read in 2018. Plus, an instructor at the FBI Academy explains that a crime scene is like a story, with characters, a plot, a beginning, a middle, and an end.
A short walk down a dark street (#38): celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, February 2, 2019

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Josh Pachter


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, Josh Pachter shares his 1991 short story, “The Ivory Beast” archived on his site. Originally published in Gathering, it has been reprinted in several other publications since. It is also one of a number of stories on Mr. Pachter’s site that can be found on his Bibliography page.

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.