SMFS list member Michael Bracken’s new flash fiction story, “Bicycles” appears at Pulp Modern Flash. It can be read for free on the site.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
SMFS list member Alec Cizak’s short story, “The Bridge”
is the subject of the current podcast of Dark Softly Tales. This episode
is their fiftieth podcast and is a little longer than thirty minutes. It can be heard
SMFS list member C. W. Blackwell’s short story, “The Cold Dark Forever” appears in the just published The Other Side: A Horror Anthology. Published by Devil's Rock Publishing, the read is available in digital and print formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.
Death is only the beginning…
There was only so long that the crypt could hide the secrets. Only so long the living could wait to pry open the coffin’s lid and discover the truth. For millennia, humans have pondered the endless abyss, made their own determinations, sobbed at the tombstones of lovers and prayed for a restful thereafter.
Now, for the first time, “The Other Side” is revealed in all its decrepit glory.
In this dark fiction and horror anthology, eleven horror authors explore the infinite possibilities that lay beyond the living. Featuring ghosts, graves, celestial voyages, forgetful realms, and forests of the dead, “The Other Side” will have you questioning all that you think you know about what lies beyond the curtain.
This bone-chilling collection features:
“Dirt” by Tom Garback
“Marvin’s Tavern” by Heinrich von Wolfcastle
“Corpse Forest” by Julie Hiner
“Wheels within Wheels” by Daniel R. Robichaud
“Piece by Piece” by Daniel Willcocks
“Secret Places” by Harvey Click
“Sheol” by Paul Stansfield
“The Fork in the Road” by J. Thorn
“The Bus” by M.B. Vujačić
“Click for Ascension” by Thomas Kodnar
This collection has been edited by international bestselling author of dark fiction, Daniel Willcocks, and published by Devil’s Rock Publishing. For more information, visit www.devilsrockpublishing.com
SMFS list members are published in the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: November/December 2020 issue. The issue is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:
Michael Bracken with “Woodstock.”
O’Neil De Noux with “Dreamboat Gambol.”
Barb Goffman with “Eat, Drink, and Be Murdered.”
R. T. Lawton with “A Matter of Values.”
Robert Mangeot with “On Loan from the Artist.”
In these times, when even a trip to the supermarket is fraught with peril, we can pursue new experiences through the widely traveled characters of our November/December issue. Their travails transport us to far-flung places—and drop us into situations that we would perhaps rather experience on the page. Take Magistrate Ovid’s path between the underworld of ancient Alexandria and the temple of the crocodile god in Tom Carpenter’s “The Lure of the Crocodile.” Or Michael Bracken’s housewife, whose detour takes her to a life-altering concert in “Woodstock.” When a prodigal son returns, he brings with him an alluring whiff of crime in Eric Rutter’s “Raven Stole the Sun,” while a spy returns to the home office to face his past in Mark Sadler’s “At the Coal Face.” Two siblings from Mexico try to make their way in the States in Doug Levin’s “Tamales for Sale.” A Midwestern transplant to New York has a metropolitan odyssey in Meredith Anthony’s “I’m Right Here.” O’Neil De Noux takes his adroit 1940’s P.I. on an excursion in New Orleans in “Dreamboat Gambol.” And low-level mobsters take to small-town New Hampshire seeking to hide out in “A Report on the Ladies’ Playground Committee of Prescott, NH” by Brendan DuBois.
An artist’s obsession with a particular color keeps her rooted in “The Color of Murder” by Mary Angela Honerman. A senior gets caught in financial shenanigans in John C. Boland’s “Time-Sharing.” Upstate NY P.I. Maggie Dove doesn’t take someone seriously in “Crown Imperial” by Susan Breen. A local newspaper struggles to stay relevant—and afloat, in Barb Goffman’s “Eat, Drink, and Be Murdered.” Las Vegas stylist Stacy Deshay is once again on hand when murder strikes in Shauna Washington’s “A Pageant to Die For.” A bit of art inspires a loan officer to think in Robert Mangeot’s “On Loan from the Artist.” And R. T. Lawton introduces us to a new series in “A Matter of Values.”
Wherever you are at this point in time, let us whisk you away with great crime fiction.
SMFS list members are published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: November/December 2020 issue. The issue is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:
Maurissa Guibord with “A Voice from the Dark.”
Josh Pachter with “The Adventure of the Black-and-Blue Carbuncle.”
Close out the year with EQMM’s charmingly chilling holiday issue. In our pages you’ll follow clues through the snow in “Killer Instinct” by Doug Allyn, solve a compelling Christmas Eve puzzle by firelight in Catriona McPherson’s “Mrs. Tilling’s Match,” travel through time to the holidays at a coal mine in Almuth Heuner’s Glauser Award-winning “Black Legacy,” and enjoy a Yuletide visit with Ellery Queen and the Puzzle Club in “The Adventure of the Black-and-Blue Carbuncle” by Josh Pachter.
The holidays are known as a family time, and characters navigate those ties in “My People” by Liza Cody, featuring an undercover police officer, “Good Decisions” by Edwin Hill, in which two couples navigate their desires, “The Cards You’re Dealt” by Michael Z. Lewin, featuring Sergeant LeRoy Powder, and “The Man at the Window,” a Slater and Lomond case by Pat Black. Much like unwrapping a gift, characters sometimes give more than you’d expect, such as those in “The Man From Scotland Yard Dances Salsa” by John Lantigua, a Willie Cuesta mystery, “Crumble” by Christine Poulson, set in a small English town, and “The Other Imelda” by R.T. Raichev, featuring always reluctant sleuth Antonia Darcy and her husband Major Payne.
Two entires from our Black Mask department shine like coal in a stocking: “Duel of the Aces” by Travis Kennedy and “Boomerang Dice,” a classic reprint by Stewart Stirling. Meanwhile, power dynamics shift uneasily in “The Winner” by LaToya Jovena, “Maps” by Kim Harbridge, and “The Tuesday Curse” by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg.
As you read “The Line” by Cath Staincliffe, “Words Don’t Kill” by Jehane Sharah, and “A Voice From the Dark” by Maurissa Guibord, you might find yourself reflecting on your year’s deeds (or misdeeds). Finally, we invite you to consider the stories published in EQMM this year and fill out our Readers Award ballot!
Monday, October 19, 2020
Today is publication day for the new anthology, Revenge of the Widow Malcom published by Down & Out Books. The read is available in print and digital formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book are:
E. A. Aymar with “The Dying.”
Libby Cudmore with “Vengeance, Deep Fried.”
Nikki Dolson with “When The Widow Came To Dinner.”
In 2017, Kate and Dan Malmon edited Killing Malmon, a unique anthology with short stories featuring the death of “Dan Malmon”. 100% of the profits went to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Some stories were scary, some were funny; some were random, some were heroic. But they all featured his death.
Dan Malmon’s widow would not sit idly while her husband was killed multiple times. Editors Kate and Dan Malmon are back with a second anthology, Revenge of the Widow Malmon. In this collection, all the stories feature “Kate Malmon” plotting and executing her bloody revenge. As with the first anthology, all profits from Revenge of the Widow Malmon will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. So if you hate Multiple Sclerosis as much as we do, or just want to see Kate get her sweet revenge on some fools, please join us as we continue to raise money to battle this disease.
Featuring stories by E.A Aymar, Sean Chercover, Joe Clifford, S.A Cosby, Libby Cudmore, Nikki Dolson, Matthew FitzSimmons, Jordan Harper, Shaun Harris, J.J. Hensley, Jennifer Hillier, Aimee Hix, Matthew Iden, Renee Asher Pickup, and Eryk Pruitt.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Numerous SMFS list members were nominated this year for Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2020 Sacramento. The event was held online and the awards were given out last night during ceremonies. Several SMFS list members have won. Those winners are:
In the “Best Anthology or Collection” category, the winner was Parnall Hall Presents Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Edible. Published by Wildside Press and edited by Verena Rose, Rita Owen, and SMFS list member Shawn Reilly Simmons. Twenty SMFS list members have short stories in the book as previously announced here on the SMFS blog.
In the “Best Paperback Original” category, Gigi Pandian won for her book, The Alchemist’s Illusion, published by Midnight Ink.
SMFS congratulates our SMFS members in this achievement. The full list of all the nominees is on the official Bouchercon website as is more information on the event.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
SMFS list member Sharon Marchisello’s short story, “Halloween Justice: A Halloween Mystery Short Story” appears today at Kings River Life Magazine. The story is online and free to read here.
SMFS list member Louise Taylor’s short story, “Red Roses,” appears in the recently published anthology, Bodies in the Library Short Stories. Published by Flame Tree Publishing, the read is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.
Following the great success of our Gothic Fantasy deluxe edition short story compilations, including Cosy Crime, Murder Mayhem and Lost Worlds, this latest in the series is packed with amateur detectives solving mysterious murders, suspicious butlers and terrifying encounters set in locked rooms, stately mansions, haunted castles and eerily silent libraries.
This collection contains our usual mix of classic and brand new writing, with delightful tales of dastardly dealings from Wilkie Collins, R. Austin Freeman, Anna Katharine Green, Thomas W. Hanshew, E.W. Hornung, Gaston Leroux, Guy de Maupassant, Edgar Wallace and Oscar Wilde. Of course, new stories from contemporary authors give a voice to new writers through our open submission windows.
SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story “Dawson’s Curse” appears online at Danse Macabre. It can be read online for free here.
During the opening ceremonies of Bouchercon 2020 Sacramento, the winners of the 2020 Macavity Awards nominees were announced. The SMFS power couple of Tara Laskowski and Art Taylor won in their respective categories.
Tara Laskowski won for “Best First Mystery” for her book, One Night Gone, published by Graydon House. This book won an Agatha Award earlier this year and is also up for an Anthony Award. She was the only SMFS member in this category.
In the “Best Mystery Short Story” category, Art Taylor won for his story, “Better Days” in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2019 issue. This tale also finished tied for sixth place in the most recent EQMM Readers Award balloting. Art was not the only SMFS member nominated as Barb Goffman with “Alex’s Choice (Crime Travel) and G. M. Malliet with “Whiteout” in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: January/February 2019 issue were also nominated.
The SMFS congratulates Tara and Art on this magnificent accomplishment.
The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, and friends and supporters of MRI who all nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in five categories. For more information on the Macavity Awards, please go to the site.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
SMFS list member Cathi Stoler’s short story, “Fried Zucchini Sticks” is published online at Yellow Mama. You can read the flash fiction piece here for free.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Peter DiChellis’ short story, “Soliciting Misery” appears in the online edition of Calliope Magazine of the Writers’ Special Interest Group of American Mensa. It is free to read and can be read here. The story previously appeared in 2015 at Over My Dead Body!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story “The Sixth Victim” appears today at Kings River Life Magazine. It can be read online for free here.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Several SMFS list members have short stories in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #7: Special Private Eye Issue. The read is available in print and eBook from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the issue are:
Michael Bracken with "From the Cat's Perch" (the editorial)
John Floyd with “Mustang Sally.”
Robert Jeschonek with “The Makings of a Killer.”
Robert Lopresti with “The Charity Case.”
O’Neil De Noux with “Love Pirate.”
Josh Pachter with “The Stopwatch of Death.”
Graham Powell with “Pictures of Lily.”
Bev Vincent with “The Fugitive with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins with “The Whole Story.”
The Black Cat Mystery Magazine returns with issue #7 -- a special Private Eye edition, with great new tales (and one classic reprint) by masters of the genre. Included this time are:
THE CHARITY CASE, by Robert Lopresti
THE WHOLE STORY, by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
THE STOPWATCH OF DEATH, by Josh Pachter
THE FUGITIVE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Bev Vincent
LOVE PIRATE, by O'Neil De Noux
PICTURES OF LILY, by Graham Powell
SHOW AND ZELLER, by Gordon Linzner
MUSTANG SALLY, by John M. Floyd
FUNERAL POTATOES, by E.E. King
THE MAKINGS OF A KILLER, by Robert Jeschonek
LOOSE ENDS, by Fletcher Flora (classic reprint)
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
SMFS List Member John M. Floyd has a short story in the new issue of The Strand Magazine. Issue 61 contains his short story, “The Ironwood File.” The issue is available at the publisher and elsewhere.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020
SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2020 issue. The read is available from the publisher in both print and digital formats as well as at Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in this issue are:
Teel James Glenn with "The Affair of the Heart" and "The Adventure of Sherlock Hominid.”
Bruce Harris with “Beggars Can Be Choosers.”
Our annual Sherlock Holmes themed double issue is stuffed full with pastiches, parodies and articles.
“The Case Of The Count Of Saint Germain” by Martin Rosenstock: War is on the horizon, and the German ambassador narrowly escapes an assassin in London. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must investigate, and encounter the immortal Count of Saint Germain.
“The Case Of Vigor, The Hammersmith Wonder” by Larry Lefkowitz: Holmes and Watson must solve a locked room mystery with seemingly no clues.
“The Adventure Of The Turned Tables” by Michael Mallory: It is the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Victoria, and Sherlock Holmes discovers a series of puzzling crimes he can only explain in one way: the late, not lamented Professor Moriarty, who presumably died six years earlier, has returned.
“The Adventure Of Sherlock Hominid” by Teel James Glenn: A talking chimpanzee who travels to alternate relies uses deductive reasoning to solve a locked room murder à la Sherlock Holmes!
“The Baker Station Irregulars” by Eric Del Carlo: On a space station a Holmesian character tries to unravel the events which led to the murder and mutilation of a famous pugilist.
“Strangers In Blood” by Adam Beau Mcfarlane: The children of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson live in Jazz Age New York City. They're hired to investigate a seance.
“A Clockwork Crook” by John H. Dromey: A Victorian damsel is in distress. Can a steampunk professor and an opera singer come to her rescue in time?
“The Case Of The Burnt Wires” by J.J. White: Dr. Watson narrates a lost case that could not be revealed until Mr Sherlock Holmes's death.
“The Affair Of The Heart” by Teel James Glenn: Holmes and Watson are not he scene when a young man has a heart attack on a train—but was it natural?
“Death And The Doctor” by Adam Beau Mcfarlane: In New York City during the Jazz Age, the children of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve a murder. Did a malevolent soul hide behind the exterior mask of a well-schooled gentleman?
“The Silent Sherlock” by Philip Leibfried: This is an article telling of all the silent film adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. It includes American and foreign films.
“Beggars Can Be Choosers” by Bruce Harris: This Sherlock Holmes essay examines Hugh Boone, the street beggar in 'The Man With The Twisted Lip'.
“Nevermore” by David Bart: In this Poe-ish tale, Lyle Scoggins is a veteran, a cat owner and a successful crook. So, why do they want him dead?
“Birthday Party” by Bruce McAllister: The self-aware artificial intelligence that runs the superyacht of a billionaire who just died hosts a birthday party for him anyway—one with a special theme.
“What Lies Beneath The Bandages” by Richard Zwicker: The monster of Frankenstein has returned to Geneva and reinvented himself as a consulting detective. His motto: no case too monstrous. That remains to be seen when his client is attacked by a mummy.
“Mark Of Shame” by Roxanne Dent: Smart but saddled with a new partner he resents, Detective Martinez investigates the death of a Halloween fanatic in an upscale Massachusetts community.
And we have the special Sherlock Holmes themed “Thiefsgiving”: A You-Solve-It by Laird Long.
Basis Rathbone and Nigel Bruce custom cover art by the talented Robin Grenville-Evans.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
SMFS list member Barb Goffman reads her short story, “Dear Emily Etiquette” for the EQMM podcast. The tale appears in print in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2020. You can listen to her read the short story here.
From the site:
Barb Goffman is a mystery author, editor, and anthologist. She has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her writing, and has received more than two dozen award nominations. In this episode, she reads her tale "Dear Emily Etiquette" from the current September/October 2020 issue of EQMM.
SMFS list member C. W. Blackwell’s short story, “Dancer in the Pines” appears in the new anthology, Dead Awake: 12 Tales of Darkness. Published by LOM Publishing, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon.
Twelve tales of darkness from the new generation of horror authors that will seep into your mind as you lie Dead Awake at night.Including tales from new horror standouts: Christy Aldridge, C.W. Balckwell, Jill Girardi, Mark Allan Gunnells, Sylvia Elven, A C Fraser, Sadie Hartmann (Mother Horror), Michelle Renee Lane, Catherine McCarthy, Justin Montgomery, Ethan Pollard, and the Sisters of Slaughter.As horror legend Stanley Wiater stated, "Go revel in their waking nightmares."
SMFS list member Ron Katz has published “The Mystery of The Fishy Retirement” at his The Sleuthing Silvers website. You can read the tale for free here.
Numerous SMFS list members are published in the new anthology, Ellen Hart Presents Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Theatrical. Published by Wildside Press, this is the fifteenth anthology and is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The members in this anthology are:
Micki Browning with “It’s Not O.K. Corral.”
Karen Chantwell with “Mary Alice Imagines Her Life as a Movie.”
R. M. Chastleton with “The Ghost of Hamnet.”
Margaret Lucke with “This With a Kiss.”
Cheryl Marceau with “The Mask.”
Adam Meyer with “True Crime.”
Michele Bazan Reed with “The Ghost in Balcony B.”
Raquel R. V. Reyes with “A Star Goes Dark.”
Merrilee Robson with “Not Your Lolita.”
Elaine Togneri with “Five Words.”
The Malice Domestic anthology series returns with a new take on mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition--original tales with a theatrical bent! Included are:
The Rock Star, by Frances Aylor
Perfectly Awry, by Anne Louise Bannon
The Ghost in Balcony B, by Michele Bazan Reed
Drama-Rama Flip Flop, by Cindy Brown
It's Not O.K. Corral, by M. E. Browning
Mary-Alice Imagines Her Life as a Movie, by Karen Cantwell
The Ghost of Hamnet, by R. M. Chastleton
When the Wind is Southerly, by Leone Ciporin
Raising Cain, by Carla Coupe
Death of Another Hero, by Susan Daly
The Stars Are Fire, by Phillip DePoy
Death Plays the Palace, by Margaret Dumas
The Homicidal Understudy, by Elizabeth Elwood
No Final Act, by Daryl Wood Gerber
Deus Ex Machina, by B. J. Graf
The Nine Deaths in Hamlet?, by A. P. Jamison
Heat Wave, by Maureen Jennings
Thus With a Kiss, by Margaret Lucke
Such Tricks As These, by Jaquelyn Lyman-Thomas
Final Curtain, by Sharon Lynn
The Mask, by Cheryl Marceau
The Ultimate Tie-Breaker, by Deborah Maxey
True Crime, by Adam Meyer
A Star Goes Dark, by Raquel V. Reyes
Not Your Lolita, by Merrilee Robson
A Death in Shubert Alley, by Lee Sauer
Dance on Fire, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
Missed Cue, by Lynn Slaughter
You Know How Actresses Are, by C. M. Surrisi
Five Words, by Elaine Togneri
Ask Fred the Usher, by Arthur Vidro
Death Takes a Bow, by Mo Walsh
Deal With the Devil, by James Lincoln Warren
Method for Murder, by Carol L. Wright
Several SMFS list members are published in the new anthology, Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation To Murder. Published by Wildside Press, the read is edited by SMFS list members Barb Goffman and Donna Andrews and non member Marcia Talley. The book was published on September 18, 2020 in print format and in eBook format today. The read is available at Wildside Press, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS members in the read are:
Karen Cantwell with "The Dame and Thaddeus Birdwhistle."
Maddi Davidson with “Aumakua.”
Adam Meyer with “The Do-Gooder.”
KM Rockwood with "Secrets to the Grave."
Mary Stojak with “The Killing Winds.”
Art Taylor with "All Tomorrow's Parties."
Cathy Wiley with "The Problem with Open-Ended Invitations."
Stacy Woodson with “Sunnyside.”
The seventh volume in the Chesapeake Crimes series presents an impressive set of tales by new and well established authors. Included this time are:
INTRODUCTION, by Dana Cameron
THE DAME AND THADDEUS BIRDWHISTLE, by Karen Cantwell
SECRETS TO THE GRAVE, by K.M. Rockwood
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT THE ESCAPE ROOM, by Leone Ciporin
THE DOGOODER, by Adam Meyer
THE PROBLEM WITH OPENENDED INVITATIONS, by Cathy Wiley
MUGGINS, by Josh Pachter
THE KILLING WINDS, by Mary Stojak
MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD, by Jane Limprecht
GOOD MORNING, GREEN LEAF CLASS, by Sarah Cotter
THE GREAT BEDBUG INCIDENT AND THE INVITATION OF DOOM, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
GUNS AND YOGA, by Maureen Klovers
RFP/RIP, by Britt Alan
AUMAKUA, by Maddi Davidson
THE COLOR OF ENVY, by Joanna Campbell Slan
TRUE COLORS, by Robin Templeton
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES, by Art Taylor
SUNNYSIDE, by Stacy Woodson