Monday, July 6, 2020

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Little Big Crimes Review: Setting the Pick by April Kelly

Little Big Crimes: Setting the Pick, by April Kelly: "Setting the Pick," by April Kelly, in Mystery Weekly Magazine, July 2020. Today's story is about an anonymous private ey...

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 111

News of the new issue by way of Peter DiChellis…

KABOOM! This week’s blog puts on a fireworks show for short mystery and crime fiction: links to awesome reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes a free-to-read Joe R. Lansdale crime-horror mash-up at The Horror ‘Zine.
Plus—submission call: Flash Bang Mysteries is open for submissions until July 31. Check out the details.
And a review of a Stanley Ellin collection of stories about the wickedness that makes human nature “so deplorably fascinating.” The collection’s title story became a classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode.
Also: Pulp author Talmage Powell wrote over 500 mystery and crime shorts published in pulps and digests. Reviews of a few of them, along with Wildside Press Kindle collections for 46c and 99c.
A short walk down a dark street (#111). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,

Saturday, July 4, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman was a member of the SMFS list up until his passing earlier this year. His short story,  “Happy Birthday, Baby” appears today at Kings River Life Magazine. As noted by Lorie Ham on her KRL site, “Sadly Gary Hoffman passed away earlier this year, but his family asked if we would help them fulfill his goal of having 500 stories published so we will be publishing several of his stories over the next few months. This story has never before been published .”  The story is free to read here.

SMFS Members Published in Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 2: Every Stolen Vote Is A Crime

Today is publication day for the new anthology, Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 2: Every Stolen Vote Is A Crime. Edited and published by SMFS list member Mysti Berry, the crime fiction anthology is available in eBook format at Amazon. Numerous SMFS list members have short stories in the book. Those members are:

Stephen Buehler with “Nicking Votes.”

Sarah M. Chen with “Unit 805.”

Jackie Ross Flaum with “Two Dead, Two Wounded.

David Hagerty with “An ERA of Inequality.”

Ben Harshman with “Sometimes it Makes a Difference.”

M. J. Holt with “No Statute of Limitations.”

Robert Lopresti with “Shanks Gets Out The Vote.”

Madeline McEwen with “Benevolent Dictatorship.”

Gary Phillips with “High Sheriff Blues.”

Travis Richardson with “The Cost of Ethics.”

Faye Snowden with “One Bullet. One Vote.”

Gabriel Valjan with “Goodbye, Beautiful.”

Bev Vincent with “Kane and the Candidate.”

Stormy White with “The Sentencing Conundrum.”


Foreword by Scott Turow. Twenty-two authors contributed short crime fiction stories on the theme "Every stolen vote is a crime." All the money earned from sales is contributed to the Southern Poverty Law Center's programs to fight voter suppression and defend voting rights.
In addition to the authors listed, the volume includes stories by Gabriel Valjan, Stephen Buehler, Jackie Ross Flaum, Stormy White, M. J. Holt, Frank Rankin, Bev Vincent, Puja Guha, James McCrone, Jim Doherty, Terry Sanville, Robert Lopresti, Madeline McEwen, and Ben Harshman.

Friday, July 3, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: David H. Hendrickson

SMFS list member David H. Hendrickson’s short story, “The Last Woman On Earth” appears in the new anthology, Sci-Fi Stories: Future Earth Tech. Published by Kydala Publishing, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon.


The future of our planet and our technology - mind uploads, augmented humans, time travel, solar punk and all the good and bad future technology will bring. Be it post-apocalyptic or futuristic, our future is coming faster than we think.
The stories:
Legacy by David Bruns
Grow Beyond Your Limits by Katharina Gerlach
One Line of Bad Code by Barbara G.Tarn
The Last Woman on Earth by David H. Hendrickson
Scrap me by Stefon Mears
Remembrance by Debbie Mumford
The Quest of Souls by B.A. Paul
Sagan in the Past by Mary Jo Rabe
The Right Resources by Rei Rosenquist
Dancer by Blaze Ward

Criminal Minds: Sympathy for the Devil by Paul D. Marks

Criminal Minds: Sympathy for the Devil: Do characters need to be sympathetic? Why? Why not? Does it make a difference in different genres? by Paul D. Marks ...get rid of my fl...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale: Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology

For the month of July 2020, as part of the annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, the eBook version of the Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology is on sale. Normally $4.99 it is currently available for $2.50. Go here and use the coupon code of SSW50.

Prefer a paperback or hardcover copy? Those are 15% off every day when you purchase through The Untreed Reads Store ( The anthology even comes in large print for the same 15% off. If you spend $20, you can get free shipping. Check the site for all the details and more information.

Synopsis Supplied by Jay Hartman, publisher, Untreed Reeds:

From Jan Christensen’s introduction to the book, here’s the author matched up with their title:

There are nineteen short stories by nineteen amazing authors all in one volume. Here’s a peek inside:

1. “The Perfect Crime,” a rhyming flash by Herschel Cozine, proves that crime writers can write the perfect crime story.
2. Was the fire at the old cotton mill arson? If so, who could have set it? Find out the surprising answer in “The Conflagration at the Nameless Cotton Gin” by Bobbi A. Chukran.
3. There’d been a “Murder on Elm Street” years ago, and the house had remained empty ever since. Until the power went out and two strangers moved in. A real mystery by Su Kopil.
4. In “Fireworks (From Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files)” by P.A. De Voe, what was supposed to be a celebration turns deadly.
5. If you like surprise endings, you’ll love “The Bag Lady” by Laurie Stevens.
6. In “Sierra Noir” by Tim Wohlforth, the stakes are hot and high. A fire almost burns down a whole town, but a young woman loses her life to gunshots, not the fire.
7. Suzanne Berube Rorhus tells an unusual tale of two inventors that takes place in ancient times in “Thor’s Breath.”
8. Sandra Murphy provides laughs and surprises in her flash story, “Arthur.” Don’t miss it.
9. In “Fractured Memories” by Julie Tollefson, more than fireworks go off at a Fourth of July celebration.
10. “Don’t Let the Cop into the House” by O’Neil De Noux is a powerful story about two police officers having an intense discussion, and what follows.
11. In “Rosie’s Choice” by John Floyd, the suspense builds to unbearable heights while an old woman confronts two gangsters offering “protection.”
12. A retro, atmospheric story about unrequited love is JoAnne Lucas’s offering, “Don’t Be Cruel.”
13. Andrew MacRae’s “A Simple Job” involves a detective, a beautiful female CEO and blackmail.
14. Another flash story, “Beautiful Killer,” by Judy Penz Sheluk is a moving tale of love and loss.
15. There’s Diana, the smart hooker whose heart of gold is a bit tarnished in “The Fruit of Thy Loins” by Albert Tucher.
16. Earl Staggs’s story, “The Raymond Chandler Con,” stars a smart sheriff and a brave best friend who disagree about how to catch a murderer.
17. A satisfying, flash revenge story is short and not so sweet—“The Wrong Girl” by Barb Goffman.
18. Then there’s “Silent Measures” by BV Lawson, a heartwarming tale of a little deaf boy being lost, then found. 19. Walter Soethoudt's story, “A Day Like No Other,” closes out the anthology with a look at a police lieutenant in Antwerp whose social intolerance leads to a very bad day.

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2020

SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2020 issue. The read is available in print, digital, and PDF formats through the publisher as well as at Amazon and subscriptions are available. The SMFS list members in this issue are:

Teel James Glenn with “Screen Shot.”

Adam Meyer with “Wipeout.”

SMFS Members Published in Writers Crushing Covid-19: An Anthology For Coronavirus Relief

Several SMFS list members are in the new anthology, Writers Crushing Covid-19: An Anthology For Coronavirus Relief. Published by Lightspeed Books on behalf of the Peidmont Authors Network, the read features short stories, essays, and personal letters. Edited by Lawrence Kelter, proceeds from the anthology are to be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Currently, the read is available in eBook format only at Amazon. The SMFS list members in the book are:

E. A. Aymar with "Fragments For My Son."

Jen Delozier with the short story, “The Quilt” and the nonfiction piece, “An Open Letter to America’s Medical Students.”

Debra H. Goldstein with “Unmasked.”

Richard Helms with “The Dark House Down The Street.”

Frank Zafiro with “The ‘R’ Word.”

Gabriel Valjean with “Star of the Sea.”


Revenues from anthology sales will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Film and recording artists the world over are broadcasting from home, doing their share to raise money for COVID-19 relief. And now the literati has picked up the gauntlet. Bestselling and award-winning authors have contributed their short stories and essays to inspire one and all during this challenging time, to enlighten the mind and raise the spirits.

The Benevolent Contributors:
Brendan DuBois
Jonas Saul
Barry Lancet
Bruce Robert Coffin
Zoë Sharp
Ed Aymar
Charles Salzberg
Cheryl Bradshaw
Vincent Zandri
Debra Goldstein
Beth Terrell W/A Jayden Terrell
Frank Zafiro
Shawn Reilly Simmons
Cathy Cobb
Phillip Bowie
Warren Moore
Marvin Wolf
Tom Wood
Lynn Chandler Willis
Diane Capri
Lawrence Kelter
Diane Kelly
Chris Knopf
Jill Fletcher
Karen McCullough
Jennifer Delozier
Alexia Gordon
Gabriel Valjan
Richard Helms
J.D. Allen
Tim Cavines W/A Ross Cavins
Julie Bates
Jeff Hargett
Agnes Alexander
Micki Bare
Karen Fritz

SMFS Members Published in Mysterical-E: Spring-Summer 2020

Several SMFS list members have short stories and columns in the latest issue of the online magazine, Mysterical-E: Spring-Summer 2020. The issue is free to read here. The SMFS list members with pieces in this issue are:

Short Stories:

Kevin Egan with “The One Day Judge.”

John Floyd with “Melon CollieBaby.”

Ron Katz with “The Sleuthing Slivers and the Mystery of the Disappearing Deceased.”

Nina Mansfeld with “A  Surefire Hit.”


Gerald So with his viewing column “Mysterical Eye.”

Kaye George’s column, “What’s Your Process?” features SMFS list members Paul D. Marks, V. S. Kemanis, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Derringer Award Medal

This is one of the medals that are given to winners of the Derringer Award each year.

SleuthSayers: Steal This Vote by Leopold Longshanks

SleuthSayers: Steal This Vote: STEAL THIS VOTE by Leopold Longshanks I'm honored to be your guest blogger today.  I understand that this would usually be Robert...

2020-2022 SMFS Officers Announced

The Short Mystery Fiction Society is pleased to announce that Robert Lopresti is our new SMFS President.

Kevin R. Tipple is the new Vice President.

Tony Rudzki returns as Derringer Coordinator. 

The new Derringer Assistant Coordinator is Paula Messina.

Both the President and Vice President serve two-year terms while the Derringer Coordinator and Assistant Derringer Coordinator each serve a one year term. More information about the duties and responsibilities of the officers can be found here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Criminal Minds: Should You Care? by Frank Zafiro

Criminal Minds: Should You Care?: Craft: Do characters need to be sympathetic? Why? Why not? Does it make a difference in different genres? From Frank Short answer? No,...

SleuthSayers: Proofreading during a pandemic by Barb Goffman

SleuthSayers: Proofreading during a pandemic: The first paid editorial job I ever had was working as a proofreader. I was in my senior year of high school and saw an ad in one of our l...

The First Two Pages: “Two Dead, Two Wounded” by Jackie Ross Flaum

The First Two Pages: “Two Dead, Two Wounded” by Jackie Ross Flaum

SMFS Member Publishing News: Edith Maxwell

Today is publication day for SMFS list member Edith Maxwell’s new book, Nacho Average Murder: A Country Store Mystery. Writing as Maddie Day, the book is published by Kensington Publishing and available in print, digital and audio formats. This seventh book in her long running mystery series is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

Publisher Synopsis:

Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .
While looking forward to her high school reunion back in California, Robbie’s anticipation is complicated by memories of her mother’s untimely death. At first, she has fun hanging out with her old classmates and reuniting with the local flavors—avocados, citrus, fish, and spicy Cali-Mex dishes. But then she gets wind of rumors that her mother, an environmental activist, may not have died of natural causes. With the help of friends, Robbie starts clearing the smoke surrounding the mystery—but what she finds could make it hard to get back to Indiana alive . . .

Sunday, June 28, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 110

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list…

This week’s blog delivers links to a dangerous dose of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes a free-to-read story from the Akashic Books dope anthology The Heroin Chronicles.
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: How to create stakes for a character by looking beyond the plot and brainstorming different ways the stakes might affect the character.
A short walk down a dark street (#110). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,

SleuthSayers: Lend Me A Scene by R. T. Lawton

SleuthSayers: Lend Me A Scene: Last month, you read my blog article about the creation of "St. Paddy's Day" and the process of brainstorming that story. Tod...

Saturday, June 27, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Super Puzzletastic Mysteries: Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America

SMFS list members are published in the new book, Super Puzzletastic Mysteries: Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America. Edited by Chris Grabenstein, the anthology is published by HarperCollins. Available in print and eBook formats, the read can be picked up at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the book are:

Fleur Bradley with “The Perfect Alibi.”

Gigi Pandian  with “The Haunted Typewriter.”


Bestselling author Chris Grabenstein and the Mystery Writers of America bring together twenty peerless puzzles—from bestselling authors such as Peter Lerangis, Stuart Gibbs, Lauren Magaziner, Kate Milford, and, of course, Grabenstein himself—in an anthology of mystery short stories that invite readers to try to unravel the riddles themselves.
From tales of hapless superheroes and stolen squirrel monkeys to murderous triplets and haunted basements, these thrilling, puzzling, and hilarious cases have one thing in common—YOU get a chance to be the detective before the author reveals the solution.
With twenty never-before-published mystery stories, this collection will leave young detectives sleuthing for more!

SMFS Members Published in The Book of Extraordinary Crimes and Puzzling Deaths: The Best New Stories of the Genre (Mystery & Detective Anthology)

Several SMFS list members are published in the new anthology, The Book of Extraordinary Crimes and Puzzling Deaths: The Best New Stories of the Genre (Mystery & Detective Anthology). Edited by Maxim Jakubowski, the read is published by Mango Publishing. It is available in print and ebook formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.  The SMFS members with short stories in the anthology are:

Michael Bracken and Sandra Murphy with “Goobers.”

O’Neil De Noux with “It’s Not What You know.”

Bev Vincent with “Expiration Date.”


Some of the Latest and Best from the Whodunnit Genre
The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page.
Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer.
Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Was the suspect or killer actually close to the scene or miles away? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon? Was the right person actually killed?

Fresh innovative murder stories. The locked room murder genre has always been a favorite. Collected by Maxim Jakubowski, one of the genre's eminent award-winning editors, his latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees.

SMFS Member Publishing News: John M. Floyd

SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story, “Biloxi Bound”  appears in the just released, The Strand Magazine: Spring 2020. The release had been delayed by the pandemic. The issue is available at the publisher and elsewhere.


The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Louisa May Alcott
(The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Louisa May Alcott, also fiction by Eoin Colfer, David Marcum and an exclusive interview with Alan Furst)
In our 60th issue, we’re proud to present an unpublished Louisa May Alcott story, Aunt Nellie’s Diary, published here for the first time, is told from the perspective of a single and insightful forty-year-old woman who is responsible for the care of her teenage niece. Her niece’s beautiful, worldly friend is staying with them over the summer, as is a young man—Nellie’s friend’s handsome son. According to scholars, Aunt Nellie’s Diary was written when she was quite young; nevertheless Alcott displays sharp psychological insight into the characters who inhabit the seemingly carefree world of picnics, masked balls, and cozy carriage rides.
Alcott scholar Professor Daniel Shealy provides an introduction which looks at the historical and biographical context of this gem. Set during Gilded Age America, this 9,000 word story provides romance, the idyllic world of a time gone by, and characters who served as the inspiration for her future masterpieces.
Among our other short stories in this issue, David Marcum challenges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to enter the world of international intrigue with “The Home Office Baby.”  Against the backdrop of a diner, John Floyd serves us a heaping spoonful of menacing mobsters on the loose in “Biloxi Bound.” And last but not least, the inimitable Eoin Colfer with “Kevin of the Dead” invites us to meet a vampire who drives a stake into our stereotypes of the undead.
It’s our great pleasure to also share in this issue an exclusive interview with Alan Furst. Long established as one of the greatest espionage authors of the last 25 years, Furst shared his knowledge of the craft of writing, his experiences as a journalist, and the research behind his atmospheric historical spy novels.
Our reviews this issue feature the latest novels by Walter Mosley, P.D. James, Joe R. Lansdale, Linwood Barclay, and Linda La Plante.
The Strand Magazine continues to bring our readers the best in fiction, interviews with authors, and book and audiobook reviews. In the past nine years, we’ve featured unpublished works by writers ranging from Mark TwainJohn SteinbeckF. Scott FitzgeraldRaymond Chandler, H.G. WellsAgatha ChristieDashiell Hammett, Tennessee Williams, and Joseph Heller . 
This unpublished Louisa May Alcott work represents the 20th unpublished work we’ve released by a literary legend. Since the critically acclaimed production of Little Women, Alcott has become even more popular among fans of American literature.

KRL Guest Post: Not in Kansas Anymore by Edith Maxwell

KRL Guest Post: Not in Kansas Anymore by Edith Maxwell

Ladies of Mystery: Writer’s Block or Writer’s Rest by Susan Oleksiw

Ladies of Mystery: Writer’s Block or Writer’s Rest by Susan Oleksiw

Friday, June 26, 2020

SleuthSayers: How a Story or Novel is Written by O'Neil De Noux

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Ignotus Award Nominee: Bev Vincent

SMFS list member Bev Vincent has informed the list that his short story, “Zombies On A Plane” translated into Spanish as "Zombis en el avión” has been nominated for an Ignotus Award. These awards are described by Locus Magazine as being the Spanish equivalent of the Hugos. The story appears in the anthology, Por Los Aires (Flight or Fright) published by Cemetery Dance Publications in September 2018 and was released in paperback in June 2019. The anthology was edited by Bev Vincent and Stephen King and is available in hardback, paperback, and audio formats from Amazon, the publisher, and other vendors.

The full list of nominees can be found on the Spanish language website here.

SMFS Members Published in Thriller Magazine: Volume 3, Issue 1

Several SMFS list members are published today in Thriller Magazine: Volume 3, Issue 1. Published by Thriller Magazine, the read is available at Amazon in both eBook and print. The SMFS members in this issue are:

Michael Bracken with “Caked.

Peter DiChellis with “They Die in Eight Minutes.”

J. B. Stevens with “A Reliable Belt.”


Featuring established and new literary voices comes the fifth issue of Thriller Magazine!

This issue features short stories that will leave readers on the edge of their seat and some amazing artwork. Showcasing a wide range of tales, everything from psychological thrillers, to brutal tales of murder, to political thrillers, and much more, this issue has it all!

Authors included are:
Chris Fortunato, Michael Bracken, John Grey, J.B. Stevens, Mary Kowalchyk, Peter DiChellis, Kolby Diaz, G. Wayne Ashbee, J.B. Stevens, Arthur Davis, & A.R. Bender

Artists included are:

Denny Marshall

Thursday, June 25, 2020

2020 Shamus Award Winner: O’Neil De Noux

SMFS congratulates SMFS list member O’Neil De Noux for his Shamus Award win in the “Best Private Eye Short Story Category.” Mr. O’Neil De Noux’s winning story, “Sac-A-Lait Man,” appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2019 issue. More about the Shamus Awards and the Private Eye Writers of America can be found on their website.

(Hat tip and a big personal thank you to Gary Phillips who provided a cover scan from the Pwa Newsletter: Reflections of a Private Eye).

SMFS Member Publishing News: C. W. Blackwell

SMFS list member C. W. Blackwell’s latest short story, “From Dusk To Blonde,” appears in the just released, Switchblade: Issue 12. Published by Caledonia Press, the read is available in eBook format at Amazon.


Three months back there was a suicide bomb in Tunisia, a prison riot in Colombia, and Australia was on fire. Italy fought a losing battle with an insidious virus, which went on to engulf the planet in a worldwide pandemic. The first world shut down. Then we watched a public execution, by a so- called peace-keeper. Then the rioting and looting began—and you know what came next, because you’re living it. The world in 2020 isn’t what it once was. The west is on fire with revolution and unrest. Violent crime and lawlessness are on the rise. Which is good news of crime is your business. And whether the world bounces back or burns down to ashes, there will always be storytelling. For Switchblade, storytelling is our business, and business is good. This is the twelfth issue of the world’s only no-limit noir digest magazine. Featuring 13 reality-check, hard luck tales of the human condition, before and after Covid-19.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Teel James Glenn

SMFS list member Teel James Glenn’s new short story, “The Occurrence of the Kali Curse” appears in the Pulp Adventures Magazine #35. The issue is available at Bold Ventures Press in both eBook and print editions and at Amazon in print. 

Publisher Synopsis:

  • "Home for Killers!" by Charles Boeckman
    A man can run just so far before facing the devil in pursuit.
  • "Thubway Tham’s Baggage Check" by Johnston McCulley
    Detective Craddock tags along to the pickpocket’s hometown.
  • "Space Burial" by Lew Merrill
    His enemy challenged him five astronomical units from earth.
  • "The Robbers" by E.C. Tubb
    A new breed of soldier from the ashes of the pioneers ...
  • "The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft
    Had Death descended from the stars?
  • "Theft of the Crown Jewels" by John Clemons
  • A Dastardly Swindle in Stones Takes Shape!
  • "Sniffing Out the Rain Shadow" by Robert W. Walker
    A cadaver dog goes forth on a rescue mission ...
  • "Give ’Em Hell, Helen" by Adam McFarlane
    The race was on, but was Helen racing to or from something?
  • "The Occurrence of the Kali Curse" by Teel James Glenn
  • "Great Caesar’s Ghost" by Jack Halliday
  • Editorial Rich Harvey 2
  • “Remembering E.C. (‘Ted’) Tubb” by Philip Harbottle
  • "Retro Review: The Big Fix by Ed Lacy" by Rich Harvey

SMFS Member Publishing News: C. A. Rowland

SMFS list member C. A. Rowland’s new book, The Meter’s Always Running: A Haunted City Mystery is out now. Published by Shadow Dance Publishing LTD, the read is available in eBook format at Amazon.


Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, taxi driver Trisha Reede knows all the haunts and legends of the city built on the dead. After a long day of ferrying tourists, Trisha ejects a late evening out of line fare. But when he's found murdered, she questions her decision to let him out in such a seedy neighborhood. As the police investigation steers her way, she puts on the gas to solve the crime. As if she didn't already have enough baggage to deal with, newly dead Aunt Harriett shows up, helpful but cryptic, more dreamlike than real, warning of an enraged spirit searching for Trisha.

Monday, June 22, 2020

SMFS Member Podcast News: Margaret Mendel

The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “Vengeance In Cadmium Blue” by SMFS list member Margaret Mendel. Originally published online in March 2015 at Kings River Life Magazine, the story is read by actor Ariel Linn.  You can hear the KRL Podcast here.

From the site:

This episode features the mystery short story "Vengeance In Cadmium Blue" by Margaret Mendel and read by local actor Ariel Linn. You can learn more about Margaret and her writing 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. Ariel Linn has read many past podcast stories for us and they too are available here and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and others. 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-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter. You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews.

SMFS Members Published in Pulp Modern: Volume Two, Issue Five

SMFS members are published in Pulp Modern: Volume Two, Issue Five. Published by Uncle B. Publications, the read is available in both print and eBook formats from Amazon. The SMFS members in this issue are:

Peter J. Hayes with “The Bowie Knife.”

Vicki Weisfeld with “The Unbroken Circle.”


The cornerstone of the independent pulp fiction revolution returns and raises the bar once more. The stories begin with the apocalypse and venture into dark and entertaining territory. No brow-beating fiction here, just pure storytelling, the way it's SUPPOSED to be. Featuring stories by Nils Gilbertson and Mandi Jourdan, among many others. Interior art by Ran Scott. A killer cover illustration by legendary Rick McCollum. As always, art direction by Richard Krauss and chief editing duties performed by Alec Cizak.Pulp Modern and Uncle B. Publications are official members of the Independent Fiction Alliance.