Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
SMFS list member Bev Vincent’s horror novella, The Dead of Winter, was recently published in the book, Dissonant Harmonies, a collaboration with Brian Keene. Published by Cemetery Dance in print format with an eBook on the way, the read is available at the publisher and Amazon. The Spotify play list of musical selections that served as inspiration can be heard here.
Inspired by specially curated mixtapes, Bev Vincent and Brian Keene present two new spine-chilling novellas...
As a blizzard descends upon the sleepy town of Bayport, Rhode Island, brothers Joey and Frank Shaw investigate the mysterious disappearances of several townsfolk. After the discovery of strange tunnels, tunnels that only Joey can see, the trio suspect something is lurking beneath the snowbound town. Something burrowing. Something hungry. And it looks like Joey might be next in The Dead of Winter.
Did you imagine the world vanishing to a flood or a comet, the hand of God or nuclear war? What if it started with something as innocuous as the Berenstain Bears, and something known as the Mandela Effect? Barricaded in a seedy motel room, one man makes sense of love, loss, and life as the end of the world looms. Do you see what he sees? Do you know what he knows?
Monday, March 29, 2021
The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “Sweet
Tea and Deviled Eggs” by Sandra Murphy. The tale was originally published in
the 2017 short story collection, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Devilish Tales
of Crime and Deception. Published by Untreed Reads, the book is currently
as part of their March promotion. You can
listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.
From the site:
This episode features the mystery short story Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs by Sandra Murphy. It is read by local actor Donna Beavers. Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs was published by Untreed Reads in the anthology From Hay to Eternity: Ten Devilish Tales of Crime and Deception. 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-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter.
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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area that celebrates the traditional mystery, best typified by the works of Agatha Christie, containing no explicit sex, excessive gore, or violence. This year, instead of the annual in person convention, MORE THAN MALICE will take place entirely online from July 14-17, 2021. There are twelve SMFS list members up for an Agatha Award in six different categories. The awards will be presented on July 17th.
In the “Best Short Story” category there are four members that are nominated. Those members are:
Barb Goffman for "Dear Emily Etiquette" in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2020. You can listen to the podcast for this story here.
Art Taylor for “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ‘74" in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: January/February 2021. You can read Art’s essay on how the story came together here.
Gabriel Valjan for “Elysian Fields” in the anthology, California Schemin’: The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, published by Wildside Press.
James W. Ziskin for “The 25 Year Engagement” in the anthology, In League with Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon, published by Pegasus Crime. You can read James’ essay on how the story came together here.
Our members up for Agatha Awards for longer works are:
Donna Andrews is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best Contemporary Novel” category for Gift of the Magpie, published by Minotaur.
Tina deBellegarde is up for an Agatha Award in the “Best First Novel” category for Winter Witness, published by Level Best Books.
Mary Keliikoa is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best First Novel” category for Derailed, published by Epicenter Press, Inc.
Edith Maxwell is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best Historical Novel” category for Taken Too Soon: A Quaker Midwife Mystery, published by Beyond the Page Publishing.
Leslie Brody in the “Best Non-Fiction” Category for Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, published by Seal Press.
Martin Edwards in the “Best Non-Fiction” Category for Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club, published by Collins Crime Club.
Fleur Bradley in the “Best Children’s/YA Mystery” Category for Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, published by Viking Books for Young Readers.
Richard Narvaez in the “Best Children’s/YA Mystery” Category for Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, published by Piñata Books.
SMFS salutes our members on this honor and wishes them the best as they represent SMFS at Malice Domestic. The full list of nominees can be found at the Malice Domestic website.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
It's finally here! Issue #15 includes a previously unpublished Bentley Little short story, guaranteed to rattle your ribcages. A reprint from Michael Bracken that's one part paranormal and one part sexy. A revenge tale by Serena Jayne and an odd terror by James Richard O'Brien. Danger Slater is back with some of his most inspired film pitches to date. Renee Miller returns as well, this time with her most outrageous instalment of Black Brothel yet. Danielle Trussoni and Tess Gerritsen tell of their early horror memories. Plus reviews by Victoria Lester, Ben Walker, and Eddie Generous.
In the latest AHMM podcast, SMFS list member Joseph S. Walker reads his short story, “Etta at the End of the World” which originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine: May/June 2020 issue. The story is currently an Edgar Award Nominee in the Best Short Story category. You can also read about how Mr. Walker went about writing the tale in this February 2021 guest piece at the First Two Pages hosted by SMFS list member Art Taylor.
You can listen to Mr. Walker read his short story here on the Podomatic.
After a hiatus, our podcast series is back with a tale by Joseph S. Walker from the May/June 2020 issue. The story, which is currently nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story, is read here by the widely published short-story author.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
SMFS list members are published in The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Fantastic Whims. Published by WMG Publishing, the anthology is available in print and eBook formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book are:
Liz Pierce with “Dead Fred.”
Annie Reed with "Queen of the Mouse Riders" has been published in Year of the Cat #10: A Cat of Fantastic Whims.
Most cats pursue the business of their lives in ways both fantastic and whimsical.
In this entertaining volume of stories, cats perform as muses, inhabit fairy tales, consort with ghosts and zombies, and one cat even reigns as fantasy queen.
Enter the fantastic world of whimsical cats and enjoy!
“Searching for the Familiar” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Speechless in Seattle” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed
“The Kingdom of Cats and Birds” by Geoffrey Landis
“Cat Leading the Way” by Dean Wesley Smith
“A Powerful Friend” by E. Nesbit
“Clyde and the Ghost Cat” by Jamie Ferguson
“Dead Fred” by Liz Pierce
“Un-Familiar” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Several SMFS members are published in the Rock and a Hard Place: Issue 5, Winter/Spring 2021. SMFS list member Jay Butkowski is the Managing Editor and SMFS List members Paul J. Garth and Libby Cudmore are Associate Editors. Published by Rock and a Hard Place Press, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members published in this issue are:
Paul J. Garth with “Eat for a Week on $9.70.”
Deb Merino with “A Son Needs His Mother.”
J. B. Stevens with “This French 75 is a Living Thing.”
Gangs, guns and tomatoes—what could go wrong?Yeah, turn your back on that gray-haired woman in the old Lincoln.Dumpstering a life is never just a job, especially when the owner is watching.Rock And A Hard Place shifts into fifth gear, and the people have never been more desperate or the decisions worse. Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography by:Travis Wade BeatyJerry BloomfieldC.A. ColeBill DavidsonPaul J. GarthJames D.F. HannahLindsey HeatherlyClaude LalumièreAdrian LudensJeff MaschiDeb MerinoMichael J. MooreRoger NokesThomas PluckRichard RisembergJ. RohrS.J. RozanJohn Joseph RyanJ.B. StevensDon StollR.D. SullivanTim P. WalkerBraxton YountsIn issue five of Rock And A Hard Place you’ll find crime and much more. Wherever making the rent or a day of sobriety counts as a win, and wins and losses never even out, that’s our territory, and yours.
SMFS member David Goudsward has an article in the recently published, Pulp Adventures #38. His piece is titled “Dr. Whitehead & The Naked Secretary.” Published by Bold Ventures Press, the read is currently is available in both print and eBook formats at the publisher and at Amazon.
Pulp Adventures #38 features pulp history along with new and classic pulp fiction!
1936: YEAR OF PULP UPHEAVAL by Will Murray — The Hero Pulp genre was at its peak, and a tipping point, in 1936; DR. WHITEHEAD & THE NAKED SECRETARY byDavid Goudsward — An author of Weird Tales faced the horror of typing his own manuscripts when his secretary became Miss Florida 1931
CLASSIC PULP FICTION
DEATH IS A REBEL by Roger Torrey — Murder was occurring in Florida, right under Detective Mahoney’s snoot — exceptionally baffling murder that speedily developed angles rough and tough, plus painful international aspects of continent-shaking revolution; THE FIREPLACE by Henry S. Whitehead — Angry embers burned many years after the fact.
NEW PULP FICTION
ROOM 801 by Jack Halliday — Just another date for some, but August 5 signified revenge and redemption for other people; TUNNELS OF LAO FANG by James Palmer — An unspeakable horror dwelled among the stalactites; TAKING THE PLUNGE byPaulene Turner — The world’s high-rolling cockroaches look forward to a long, hot night of partying, unless special agent “Valentina” stops them; FROM HERE TO SHEBOYGAN by Charles Burgess — A one-way trip to hell, with Murder as the back-seat driver; ALL IN HER HEAD by Bruce Beattie — Want to take a mindtrip? No drugs involved,” read the classified. What could go wrong, Joshua decided.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Today is publication day for Curtis Ippolito and his new book, Burying The Newspaper Man. Billed as “a gritty tale of fear and redemption” it is published by Red Dog Press in England. Currently it is available in eBook format at Amazon. You can also read an interview with Curtis about the new book at the Bristol Noir.
A dead body. A dark past. An ordinary man with everything to lose.
Marcus Kemp is a regular beat cop living a normal life in San Diego, California. Until the day he makes a shocking discovery: a dead body in the trunk of a stolen car. Worse, the victim turns out to be the man who abused him as a child.
Marcus instinctively wants to help the killer get away with murder and, disregarding his police oath, will stop at nothing to make it happen. With both his job and freedom in jeopardy, his investigation leads him to an unexpected killer, and Marcus is soon faced with an impossible decision.
Can he finally bury the past before it drags him under?
Monday, March 15, 2021
The latest KRL Podcast features the first two chapters from the mystery, Out of Time: A Nick Donahue Adventure by Cathi Stoler. This book and the author was previously featured here on the SMFS blog back in November 2019 when the book was published. You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.
From the site:
This episode features the first 2 chapters of Out of Time by Cathi Stoler. It is read by local actor Ian Jones. Out of Time was published by Black Opal Books in November of 2019 and is available for purchase. You can learn more on the author's 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-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter.
If you would like to help support this podcast and Kings River Life financially, and get some fun perks, check out our Patreon Page. You can also purchase some fun Mysteryrat's Maze merchandise on Redbubble.
You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
SMFS list member Bruce Harris’ short story, “Subway Swindle” appears in the Lowestoft Chronicle: March 2021- Issue 45. You can read the story for free online here.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Saturday, March 6, 2021
SMFS list member Jeffrey James Higgin’s short story, The Interrogation, is now available in eBook format on Amazon.
Hillsborough County Deputy Sheriff Alec Barnes begins his first day as a narcotics detective investigating the murders of two drug traffickers. Alec has dreamed of becoming a detective since childhood, and he is desperate to impress his senior partner, the legendary Detective Maricela Diaz. Hoping to prevent a drug war, Alec and Maricela interrogate and flip a member of a new opioid trafficking group, but it may be too late to stop the violence. Sometimes, what you don't know can kill you.
SMFS list member O’Neil De Noux latest book, The Spy Who Used My Love: A Private Eye Mystery is now out in print and eBook formats. This is the sixth book in the Lucien Caye Private Eye Series that began with New Orleans Rapacious. The read is available at Amazon.
The wife of an old army buddy hires New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye. She knows her husband has the occasional girlfriend, but he might be doing something dangerous at work, something that might land him in jail or worse. Lucien confirms there’s a girlfriend involved but the case rapidly whirls out of control with lies, deceptions, espionage, a murder, a suicide, a Soviet spy and a mystifying femme fatale. The confusing case draws in the FBI and CIA as Lucien is interrupted by another friend who found $20,000 hidden in a window seat of his apartment and a strange man who hires Lucien to investigate the growing Beat Generation in New Orleans as well as a nudist colony across Lake Pontchartrain. Lucien and his alluring wife, the exquisite Alizée – now a PI – need all their moxie to sift through these cases before someone else dies.
About Lucien Caye: Lucien Caye works in the run-down New Orleans French Quarter of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Unlike most P.I.s, Caye rarely drinks, doesn’t smoke and only wears a hat only when necessary (it messes up his hair). He’s six feet tall with wavy, dark brown hair and standard-issue Mediterranean-brown eyes, a sly smile and a clever mind that often gets him into trouble.He has a weakness for women, children and fellow World War II veterans, down on their luck. He knows how to make a decent living but often finds himself working pro-bono – in one case working to find a little girl’s missing cat, in another searching for a boy’s runaway father and in yet another, canvassing the Quarter for the child who wrote a note to Santa Claus, asking Santa to take him to live with the angels so his mother and father didn’t have to buy food for him anymore. They don’t have much money.Born in New Orleans of French and Spanish descent, Caye attended Holy Cross High School before working as a copy boy, then cub reporter for The New Orleans Item. A stint as a crime reporter drew Caye to law enforcement and he joined the New Orleans Police Department in 1939 where he was a patrol officer working uptown until December 7, 1941.Caye joined the U.S. Army serving in North Africa, Sicily and the subsequent Italian campaign at Anzio and Salerno. At the Battle of Monte Cassino, Caye met and befriended journalist Ernie Pyle during the bitter stalemate. Leading an assault on the infamous monastery, Caye was seriously wounded by a German sniper and sent home with a Purple Heart medal and a Silver Star for bravery.After the war, he returned to the police department, working the French Quarter beat until deciding he preferred working alone and set up shop in 1947 in an apartment building at the corner of Barracks and Dauphine Streets, not far from the fictional residence of Tennessee Williams’s Stanley Kowalski. Living upstairs, Caye’s office faces Barracks Street and the small Cabrini Playground Park across the narrow street.In 1950, Lucien falls in love three times (see novel ENAMORED) as a seven year old girl changes his life. In 1951, an alluring, auburn-haired, doe-eyed beauty named Alizée enters Lucien’s life and things change again for this hardboiled private eye (see novel HOLD ME, BABE). ENAMORED and HOLD ME, BABE were finalists for the Private Eye Writers of America SHAMUS AWARD – awarded annually by the Private Eye Writers of America to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. Other Caye books include the collection NEW ORLEANS CONFIDENTIAL and novels NEW ORLEANS RAPACIOUS, DAME MONEY and WALKIN’ THE BLUES.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Art Taylor’s essay, “Tales of Mystery & Imagination: A History of the Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Award” appears in Mystery Scene: Spring Issue #167. You can learn more about the current issue at the publisher as well as on newsstands.
SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story, “Fools Gold” is the featured fiction in The Saturday Evening Post: March/April 2021 issue. The bicentennial issue is available at their website and on newsstands. Interested readers can also watch a video preview of the issue on YouTube.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
The Write Practice: The Cliffhanger: How to Write a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down by Joslyn Chase
Several SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: March 2021 issue. The read is available in both print and eBook from the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS members in this issue are:
BV Lawson with “Suite In The Key Of Death.”
Jeff Soloway with “The Hook-Up Scam.”
Mark Thielman with “Exhibiting Signs Of Death.”
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:
“Damaged People” by David Bart: Creed didn’t keep his promise to Leah and now it’s too late. She's dead.“Suite In The Key Of Death” by BV Lawson: When Scott Drayco was hired to investigate a suspicious death, he didn't count on an oddball suspect. Or that he'd wish he'd never taken the case at all.
In “It Was Always Temporary” by Chris Preston, a hitman takes on an assignment to make up for recent missteps. Is his loyalty in the right place?
“The Hook-Up Scam” by Jeff Soloway: The woman was not who she claimed. But neither was he. And neither was his wife. Would any of them get their revenge?
“Short Con” by Brandon Barrows: At last, Eli Farris has the freedom he wanted so badly, but he needs money to sustain it. Working is for marks, but he has a plan—only it includes his sister. Amber doesn't take direction well and the buzzing in Eli's head is getting really bad.
In “Billy The Kid, GED” by Jack Clark, a private-eye test for an ambitious young man leads him down a dark alley.
In “Spanky And Delilah Are In Love” by Roger Johns, a dog park romance and a chance encounter with an aging mobster renew Alex Abraham’s desire to find his long-lost brother.
“Exhibiting Signs Of Death” by Mark Thielman: During a quick stop at a museum gift shop, a retired cop finds a dead body on display. He and the shop clerk must solve the murder.
Several SMFS members are published in the recently released Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 10. Published by WMG Publishing, the read is available in print and digital formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The members in this issue are:
Dayle A. Dermatis with “Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of).”
David Hendrickson with “Role of a Lifetime.”
Robert Jeschonek with “Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?”
Annie Reed with “Paintings of Cats by Mice.”
Johanna Rothman with “Flat Bernie Saves Stanley.”
C. A. Rowland with “Sergei's Swan Song.”
A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up sixteen 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.
“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed
“The Conjurer of the Canvas” by Phillip McCollum
“Sometimes Gramma’s Gotta Cut A Bitch” by Leah R. Cutter
“Blind Eclipse” by Rob Vagle
“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason Adams
“Visage” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Used to be Your Victim” by Stephen Couch
“The Artist, The Engineer, and The Sleeping Dog” by Robert J. McCarter
“Drumbeats” by Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart
“Just Write!” by James Gotaas
“Role of a Lifetime” by David H. Hendrickson
“Sergei’s Swan Song” by C.A. Rowland
“Vamp Until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears