Monday, July 4, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Wonderworker by Mary Dutta

SMFS list member Mary Dutta’s short story, The Wonderworker, appears in the just released Black Cat Weekly #44. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format.

Publisher Synopsis:

Welcome to Black Cat Weekly #44. This is an amazing issue, with quite the all-star lineup.

First off, private detective Frank Wolf and his grandson Joel return to our pages with a new short novel by Saul Golubcow, The Dorm Murder (published simultaneously with Golubcow’s collection, The Cost of Living and Other Mysteries). This is one of my favorite series in recent years, and I highly recommend you start with The Dorm Murder. You won’t be disappointed.

Black Cat’s acquiring editors have been busy, too—Michael Bracken, Barb Goffman, Cynthia Ward, and Darrell Schweitzer all have contributions this issue. Michael and Barb found great mysteries by Mary Dutta and Brendan Dubois, Cindy has a neo-classic science fiction tale by David Marusek, and Darrell has unearned a “paleo-interview” from 1988 with fantasist Nancy Springer. It’s fascinating.

And we have classics by Fritz Leiber, Robert Silverberg, George O. Smith, Henry Kuttner, and a Nick Carter mystery novel. Plus, of course, a solve-it-yourself mystery from Hal Charles (the writing team of Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet).


Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:

The Dorm Murder, by Saul Golubcow [short novel]

“The Wonderworker” by Mary Dutta [Michael Bracken Presents short story]

“An Eggcellent Equation” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]

“The Lake Tenant” by Brendan DuBois [Barb Goffman Presents short story]

The Blue Veil, by Nicholas Carter [novel]



“Speaking with Nancy Springer” [Interview with Darrell Schweitzer]


Science Fiction & Fantasy:

“Getting To Know You” by David Marusek [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]

“Friends and Enemies," by Fritz Leiber [short story]

“Lair of the Dragonbird," by Robert Silverberg [short story]

“Meddler’s Moon,” by George O. Smith [short story]

Avengers of Space, by Henry Kuttner [short novel]

John A. Hoda Podcast: Edith Maxwell | My Favorite Detective Stories Episode 167

 John A. Hoda Podcast: Edith Maxwell | My Favorite Detective Stories Episode 167

SMFS Member Publishing News: Golgotha Unreliable by Teel James Glenn

SMFS list member Teel James Glenn’s mystery novelette, Golgotha Unreliable, has been published by Lucky Comics. The read is available as a PDF at DriveThruComics.


Golgotha - Unreliable

Golgotha, Wisconsin. A tough city with an even tougher history.

In this Novelette: Illusionist and magician Chant McKenna unravels a murder mystery or has he?

A Pulp Noire Mystery novelette by Teel James Glenn.

Cover Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley


Format: Prose

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Magazine: July 2022

Several SMFS members are published in the recently released Mystery Magazine: July 2022. The read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon. The members in the issue are:


Marcelle Dubé with “Road Trip.”

Edward Lodi with “The Sweet Couple Next Door.”

Jackie Sherbow with Bystander Intervention.”

Mark Thielman with “My Dead-End Job.”



At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery 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 story, “Gone To Weave By Steam” by Kelsey Hutton, Lady Winthrope is hosting the latest society dinner, and her beleaguered cook, Alice, has to feed surprise guests and still find time to sneak away to see her son—until the Home Secretary keels over dead before the marzipan tower is even served.

“Bystander Intervention” by Jackie Sherbow is a somewhat-satirical story critiquing contemporary organizing/activism spaces, about a young woman seeking strange revenge and perhaps self worth after being harassed.

In “Concrete” by George Guthridge a cuckold concrete contractor dumps concrete onto his neighbor's model railroad—a criminal act that uncovers two serial killers.

“Tough Nuts” by Melodie Desmond: When two out-of-town Toronto cops stop for dinner in an Italian bistro, they don't count on being witness to murder! Hijinks ensue when it turns out reluctant mob Goddaughter Gina Gallo and her kooky cousin Nico are at the next table.

“Road Trip” by Marcelle Dubé: Driving a cold northern highway in an effort to reach her daughter who is in labor, Cass comes across a young woman running from her abusive boyfriend.

In “My Dead-End Job” by Mark Thielman the proof-reader at a headstone company investigates the death of a client.

In “Murder For Sale” by Hunter Liguore a couple attempt to buy a house amid a crime scene.

The Sweet Couple Next Door” by Edward Lodi: Peg and Joe Donavon—such a sweet couple—moved in next door to Sarah Fernandes and proceeded to wreck her life by performing unsolicited favors. And as all the world knows, no good deed goes unpunished.

“The Green Burglar,” a You-Solve-It By John H. Dromey: Hopping on the bandwagon while it’s moving can be tricky. What will happen if a ne’er-do-well crook is inspired by the zeitgeist to change his modus operandi?

Custom Cover Art By Robin Grenville Evans

SMFS Members Published in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 18

Several SMFS members are published in the recently released Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 18. Published by WMG Publishing, the read is available in print and digital formats from Amazon, the publisher, and other vendors. The members in the issue are:

Dayle A. Dermatis with “The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip.”

David H. Hendrickson with “The Short Life and Horny Times of a Teenage Mantis.”

O’Neil De Noux with "He Who Howls.”

Robert Jeschonek with “Voyage of the Dog-Propelled Starship.”

Annie Reed with “The Last Julian."

J. Steven York with "The Problematic Navigation of the Vessel Clayton Booker.”


From the publisher:

The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up twenty-one 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


“The Problematic Navigation of the Vessel Clayton Booker” by J. Steven York

“The Forgiving Execution” by Rob Vagle

“How Fred the Opossum Mobilized the Microbes and Saved the Universe” by Mary Jo Rabe

“Cards on the Table” by Adam-Troy Castro

“Big Green Man” by Don Webb

“The Wall” by Lisa Silverthorne

“He Who Howls” by O’Neil De Noux

“The Train in the Ladies’ Room” by Kent Patterson

“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears

“Ashes to Ashes” by Jerry Oltion

“The Short Life and Horny Times of a Teenage Mantis” by David H. Hendrickson

“The Pillow of Disappointment and What Was Found Beneath It” by Scott Edelman

“Love the Way She Saw It” by C.H. Hung

“Erwin or Ralph” by Ray Vukcevich

“Gossamer Ghosts” by Robert J. McCarter

“Far From Home” by R.W. Wallace

“The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip” by Dayle A. Dermatis

“Like a Hole in the Head” by Jason A. Adams

“Shadows on the Moon” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“The Last Julian” by Annie Reed

“Voyage of the Dog-Propelled Starship” by Robert Jeschonek

Shepherd: The best American mob novels by Brandon Barrows

 Shepherd: The best American mob novels by Brandon Barrows

SleuthSayers: What Are The Odds by Steve Liskow

SleuthSayers: What Are The Odds:  by Steve Liskow Over the past 15 years, I've won a couple of awards and not-quite won a few others. RT's discussion of his Edgar-wi...

Saturday, July 2, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: My Letter to Martha by Mary Jo Robertiello

SMFS list member Mary Jo Robertiello’s short story, My Letter to Martha, appears at the Purple Wall. The tale is free to read online here.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Imposter by Ed Teja

SMFS list member Ed Teja’s short story, Imposter, appears online in the July 2022 issue of Frontier Tales. This free to read western tale can be read here.

Wicked Authors: Guest Leslie Wheeler – Location, Location, Location plus #giveaway

 Wicked Authors: Guest Leslie Wheeler – Location, Location, Location plus #giveaway

SMFS Member Publishing News: Two Tofu Tacos, a Taurus TX22, a Taycan, and a Ton of Trouble by Alan Orloff


Yesterday was publication day for Two Tofu Tacos, a Taurus TX22, a Taycan, and a Ton of Trouble by Alan Orloff. This is the latest installment of Season Four of the Guns + Tacos series edited by Trey R. Barker and SMFS list member Michael Bracken. Published by Down and Out Books, the read is available at the publisher, Amazon, and elsewhere.


Publisher Synopsis:

Blackmail is such an ugly word. Even uglier when it’s happening to you, especially when you don’t know who’s behind it, and defense lawyer Jefferson Bell doesn’t have a clue. Disgruntled client? Current mistress? One of a handful of pissed-off ex-mistresses? An opportunistic co-worker? A team of blackmailers looking for a big payday?

If the truth comes out, however, it will destroy his career and cause the end of Bell’s marriage. And he can’t let that happen, not after all the hard work he’d put in, not after all sacrifices he’d endured over the years. So following the advice of a friend, Bell visits a multi-purpose taco truck and procures what he needs to bring the extortionist down, and hard. Now he just has to find him. Or her. Or them.

With the help of his buddy and former client Rags Richland, Bell follows the trail through Chicago. When the blackmailer sets up an exchange, Bell attempts to seize the opportunity and spring a trap. But things go sideways, and Bell is no closer to learning his tormentor’s identity. To complicate matters, Bell’s situation has attracted the attention of the managing partner at his law firm, who gives Bell an ultimatum: fix things and make sure there’s no blowback on the firm. The ultimatum comes with a veiled part: Or else.

The more Bell searches, the more things come unraveled, and the more his desperation grows. And keeps growing, right up to the snapping point.

Then blows right past it.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Award: Spur Award


David Heska Wanbli Weiden has won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for his short story "Skin," which  appeared in the anthology Midnight Hour.

Publication News: Black Cat Weekly

 Issue #43 of Black Cat Weekly is out and features:

Robert Lopresti.  "The Suicide Club."

Vicki Weisfeld. "Evidence."

Friday, June 24, 2022

Publication News: Witches of a Certain Age


The new anthology Witches of a Certain Age features stories by

Liz Pierce.  "Un-Hexing Helga."

Lyn Worthen (editor).  "Wielding Quiet Magic."

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Publication News: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine


The July/August issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has been published and features:

Michael Bracken and Sandra Murphy. "Sit. Stay. Die."

Richard Helms. "Zoodunit."

William Burton McCormick. "Myrna Loy versus the Third Reich."

Publication News: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine


Today is the publication date for the July/August issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  Stories by Society members include:

Robert Lopresti. "The Lord of Falling Objects."

Josh Pachter. "Vampire Shift."

J.M. Taylor. "Florence Uglietta Solari: A Full Life in 19 Fragments."

Elizabeth Zelvin. Death Will Take the High Line."

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Monday, June 13, 2022

Publication News: Lawyers, Guns, and Money


Today marks the publication of Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Warren Zevon.  Stories include:

Steve Liskow. "Full Automatic."

Josh Pachter. "My Shit's Fucked Up."

Kevin Burton Smith. "Bill Lee."

Member Publication News: Victoria Weisfeld


Victoria Weisfeld's first novel, Architect of Courage, was published this month by Black Opal Books.

Publication News: Yellow Mama


Issue 92 of Yellow Mama Webzine is available for free and contains:

Pam Ebel. "Dead Men Don't Text."

Shari Held. "Two Little Words."

Merrilee Robson. "Why I Left the House that Smelled of Death."

Friday, June 10, 2022

Member Publication News: Victoria Weisfeld

Victoria Weisfeld's story "The Green Door" appears in the new issue of Liquid Imagination.  Read it for free here.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Member Publication News: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

 Andrew Welsh-Huggins' story "Digging In" appears in Issue #40 of
Black Cat Weekly,
and his "If You Say So" is in the Summer issue of Mystery and Suspense Magazine.  Both are available now.  M&SM can be downloaded for free here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Member Publication News: Brandon Barrows

Guilty Crime Story Magazine has published Brandon Barrows' new story "Too Many Chefs." Read it for free here.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Award News: Shamus Nominations

The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the Shamus Award nominees.  Congratulations to these members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Best PI Paperback

Andrew Welsh-Huggins. An Empty Grave.

Best PI Short Story

Michael Bracken. "Disposable Women."

Richard Helms. "Sweeps Week."

Member Publication News: Joan Leotta

 Joan Leotta's story "Dead, Dying, Gone," is available for free at
Punk Noir Magazine.

Member Publication News: Brandon Barrows

 Purple Wall Stories published Brandon Barrows's story "A Coup de Theatre" this week.  Read it for free here.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Publication News: Mystery Magazine


The June issue of Mystery Magazine features:

Guy Belleranti. "Burglar's Bungle."

J.R. Parsons. "To the Castle Borne."

Ricky Sprague. "Backstory."

Monday, May 30, 2022

Friday, May 27, 2022

Award News: Crime Writers of Canada


The Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for Short Story has gone to Elizabeth Elwood for "Number 10 Marlborough Place," published in the November/December 2021 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.