Saturday, August 17, 2019

SMFS Short Stories Saturday: John Weagly


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.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member John Weagly shares the 2015 published short story, “Trash Pick Up” archived at Near to the Knuckle.

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, August 11, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 65


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…
Wanna little fun? This week’s blog stirs it up, with links to a wicked mix of reviews, releases, a big-time free read, and more.
Includes: a free Jack Reacher story from Lee Child.
Plus: short story writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut.
A short walk down a dark street (#65). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Member Award News: Chelle Martin


SMFS list member Chelle Martin has informed the list that she won second place in the 2019 WPA Golden Donut Short Story Contest where each story must be exactly 200 words. Her story, “The Fallout” as well as the other winning stories can be found here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

SMFS Short Stories Saturday: Lisa de Nikolits


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.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Lisa de Nikolits shares two short stories from 2014. “Henry And Hannah” and “The Love Triangle” are both archived at Maudlin House.

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 8, 2019

Judy Penz Sheluk: When Things Go South When You’re North: The End of Barking Rain Press

Judy Penz Sheluk: When Things Go South When You’re North: The End of Barking Rain Press

SMFS Member Publishing News: Debra Goldstein


SMFS list member Debra Goldstein sends word that her book, Should Have Played Poker, originally published in April 2019, was released on August 6, 2019, in a mass market paperback edition from Harlequin Worldwide Mystery.

HWM Synopsis:

A Fatal Discard

Carrie Martin hasn’t seen her mother in twenty-six years—not since her mom abandoned the family and disappeared. Then she walks into Carrie’s law office, gives Carrie a sealed envelope and makes a shocking confession. Before opening the envelope, Carrie heads to the Sunshine Village retirement home to ask her father about her past. But when she arrives, she finds her mother murdered and another resident—the woman who helped raise her—seriously injured.

Instructed to leave the sleuthing to the police, Carrie continues pursuing why someone would target the two most important women in her life, which quickly puts her at odds with her former lover—the detective assigned to her mother’s case. As Carrie and her cosleuths, the Sunshine Village Mah jongg players, attempt to unravel the secrets of Wahoo, Alabama, their efforts put Carrie in danger and show her that truth and integrity aren’t always what she was taught to believe.

Victoria Weisfeld: Deadly Ink: “Everybody Wins”

Victoria Weisfeld: Deadly Ink: “Everybody Wins”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SleuthSayers: Bending The Bar by Steve Liskow

SleuthSayers: Bending The Bar: by Steve Liskow I attended high school so long ago that my class used Roman Numerals. My ninth-grade English teacher was the sister of Pul...

SMFS Member Publishing News: Anna Scotti


SMFS list member Anna Scotti’s poem, “Where Babies Really Come From” appears in the August 5 and August 12, 2019 issue of The New Yorker. You can listen to it as well as read it online here.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 64


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list…

Dying for action? This week’s blog packs a punch, with links to a concoction of crime-infested reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: Two reviews of The Best of Manhunt, a new anthology of stories from the pulp magazine of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Plus: The acquisitions editor at Pulp Literature riffs about reading submissions, identifying story structure problems, and developing strong characters.
A short walk down a dark street (#64). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, August 3, 2019

SleuthSayers: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Very Lo...

SleuthSayers: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Very Lo...: by John M. Floyd I've always been fascinated by titles. It's usually a case of Whoa, what a great title , and then Why couldn&#...

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Earl Staggs


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.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Earl Staggs shares the Andrew Welsh-Huggins shares the 2006 published short story, “The Waitress” archived at his 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.

Friday, August 2, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Paul Bishop Presents... Criminal Tendencies: Ten More Tales of Murder & Mayhem


Two SMFS list members are published in Paul Bishop Presents... Criminal Tendencies: Ten More Tales of Murder & Mayhem. Published by Wolfpack Publishing, the read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors. The members in this book are:

Eric Beetner with “A Mouth Full Of Blood.”

Richard Prosch with “No Exit.”



Synopsis:

Criminal tendencies lie dormant within the labyrinth of all our psyches. Most of us keep them firmly repressed. But what about those individuals who choose to follow their darker impulses?
Bestselling author and crime fiction expert Paul Bishop has again brought together top crime fiction writers and rising stars to share ten devious tales about criminal tendencies too powerful to ignore.
If the dark side of life is your beat, or if your own criminal tendencies are barely restrained, read on...
Stories by Paul Bishop, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, Richard Prosch, Brian Drake, Mark Allen, Mike Faricy, Michael A. Baron, Jack Badelaire, Ben Boulden, and Eric Beetner...

SMFS Member Publishing News: Andrew Welsh-Huggins


SMFS list member Andrew Welsh-Huggins’s short story, “You Can’t Go Alone” appears in  Mystery Weekly Magazine: August  2019. The read is available from the publisher in both print and digital formats as well as Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in this issue are:

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 our cover story, “Stranger In Paradise” by James Nolan, a naïve tourist in the French Quarter, seeking to broaden her horizons, drops by to meet a friend-of-a-friend, an antique dealer in cemetery artifacts. Hours later, as she regains consciousness naked and bound in his bed, she realizes she stumbled into a woeful misadventure.
In “You Can't Go Alone” by Andrew Welsh-Huggins a homicide detective sets out to avenge the death of his drug addict son, but must reconsider his quest when he receives a warning along the way.
It’s 1939 Manhattan. Weegee, the city’s most infamous crime photographer, needs a gimmick to excite readers bored by yet another photo of a bullet-riddled gangster. What he comes up with is sheer genius—but the results are not what he expects in Bruce W. Most’s “The Dead Man In The Pearl Gray Hat.”
“Three Hogg’s Tales And One Hairy Ending” by Jeff Dosser is a modern-crime retelling of The Three Little Pigs. How far will a brother go to protect his siblings?
In “The Mayfly” by David Bart a dying Morgan Ayers has one last chance to protect his family. He utilizes a wheelchair, some WD-40 and a socket wrench.
A timely piece: an El Chapo lookalike finds himself on the wrong side of the law in T.L. Huchu’s “El Chappie: The World's Second Greatest Criminal”. But, what did he do that was so unlawful?
In “Jumpers For Jesus” by Emily Devenport a go-getter reporter goes after a go-getter religious zealot. Who is a better shepherd to the faithful—a charlatan or a daredevil? 

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Michael Bracken


SMFS list member Michael Bracken’s novella, Three Brisket Tacos and a Sig Saur, was released yesterday by Down & Out Books. This is the second installment of the six book series, Guns + Tacos, created and edited by SMFS list member Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker. It follows the first book, Tacos de Cazuela con Smith and Wesson by Gary Phillips. At this time, the read is available in eBook format only from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.  
The entire series, with bonus content, can be ordered direct from the publisher.

Synopsis:

Joseph “Joey D” Garrett owes everything to his Aunt Sylvia, including a stint in the Stateville Correctional Center. When he’s released, Joey returns to the only life he knows, and he soon becomes an instrumental part of his aunt’s plan to rob four banks in a single day. 

Before that can happen, though, Joey meets Gloria Sanchez, and she turns his life upside down. Gloria’s everything his aunt isn’t, and their developing relationship makes him think about how life could be if he weren’t so dependent on Sylvia. When he’s forced to choose between the two most important women in his life, Joey finds the answer in a take-out bag from a taco truck.


Mr. Bracken also reports that Episode 118 of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s Fiction Podcast features his reading of his short story “Oystermen.” The story appears in the current issue, EQMM: July/August 2019, along with several works by other SMFS members. You can listen to the story here.  

Thursday, August 1, 2019

SMFS Member Publishing News: Joan Leotta


SMFS list member Joan Leotta’s poem, “Strawberry Solution” appears in Free Lit Magazine: Volume 5 Issue 4—July 2019.  You can download it as a free PDF over at Issuu.

SMFS Member Podcast: Chelle Martin


SMFS list member Chelle Martin’s short story, “Cracking the Case of Humpty Dumpty” is  currently the subject of Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast. Actor John Masier reads the tale.


Podcast Synopsis:

This episode features the mystery short story, Cracking the Case of Humpty Dumpty, written by Chelle Martin and read by local actor John Masier. You can learn more about Chelle Martin on her website. In each episode we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley. If you enjoyed this episode please review or rate it as that helps more people be able to find us! Also, consider subscribing so you never miss an episode. You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews.