Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The First Two Pages: “Pyewackett” by KM Rockwood

 The First Two Pages: “Pyewackett” by KM Rockwood

SleuthSayers: No More Guns, No More Tacos by Michael Bracken

SleuthSayers: No More Guns, No More Tacos: This month saw the release of the final episode of the Guns + Tacos novella anthology series, a project that Trey R. Barker and I created a...

SMFS Member Publishing News: Bombay Monsoon by James Ziskin

 

Today is publication day for James Ziskin and his latest book, Bombay Monsoon. Published by Oceanview Publishing, the read is available in digital and print formats at Amazon and other vendors.

 

 

Synopsis:

The last thing Danny wants to see published is his obituary.

The year is 1975. Danny Jacobs is an ambitious, young American journalist who’s just arrived in Bombay for a new assignment. He’s soon caught up in the chaos of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s domestic “Emergency.”

Willy Smets is Danny’s enigmatic expat neighbor. He’s a charming man, but with suspicious connections. As a monsoon drenches Bombay, Danny falls hard for Sushmita, Smets’s beguiling and clever lover—and the infatuation is mutual.

"The Emergency," a virtual coup by the prime minister, is only the first twist in the high-stakes drama of Danny’s new life in India. The assassination of a police officer by a Marxist extremist, as well as Danny’s obsession with the inscrutable Sushmita, conspire to put his career—and life—in jeopardy. And, of course, the temptations of Willy Smets’s seductive personality sit squarely at the heart of the matter.

Democracy is fragile and the lines of loyalty and betrayal often cross and cannot be untangled.

Perfect for fans of Ken Follett and Steve Berry.


Monday, December 5, 2022

SMFS Members Published in Edgar & Shamus Go Golden: Twelve Tales of Murder, Mystery, and Master Detection from the Golden Age of Mystery and Beyond


Today is publication day for the new anthology, Edgar & Shamus Go Golden: Twelve Tales of Murder, Mystery, and Master Detection from the Golden Age of Mystery and Beyond. Published by Down & Out Books, the read is available at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book are:

 

John Floyd with “Old Money.”

 

O’Neil De Noux with “A Jelly of Intrigue.”

 

Art Taylor with “The Invisible Band.”

 

Website Synopsis: 

Edgar & Shamus welcomes mystery connoisseurs to the Golden Age of Mystery and Murder…Have we ever really left? Has the Golden Age ever really slipped over the falls? The puzzle, the who-dun-it, the why-dun-it, the how-dun-it, and the unshakable alibi are as much afoot today as they were when Dr. Watson documented Holmes’s exploits under the glow of gaslight. As if picking up where the early masters of detection left off, Edgar & Shamus features twelve original mystery tales written exclusively by Edgar Allan Poe Award and Shamus Award-winning authors.

Edgar winner Martin Edwards promises a few relaxing days at a quiet and respectable English resort with criminologist Darius Fortune—or does he? Shamus winner John Floyd’s private detective Luke Walker reserves a 1940s seat for you in the New Orleans Quarter—paid for with old money. To save a friend from a murder rap Shamus winner P. J. Parrish’s “Salvage Consultant” Mavis Magritte must untangle an unshakable alibi with a set of risqué bunny ears. Shamus winner Brendan DuBois rebuilds Boston’s historic and famed Scollay Square without pulling a single building permit. It’s anybody’s guess which master detective might solve the big caper in Edgar winner Art Taylor’s “The Invisible Band”—Nero Wolfe, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, Lord Peter Wimsey, Father Brown, and even Mr. Holmes are among the all-star sleuths assembled to solve the baffling mystery. In post WWII Havana, “vices are annuities” for Shamus winner Carolina Garcia-Aguilera’s veteran P.I. Sophie Stevenson. Thanks to Tennessee Williams, Shamus winner O’Neil De Noux’s private dick Lucien Caye is up to his hip-pocket in extortion. Edgar winner Doug Allyn’s major crimes detective and WWII combat veteran Dolph LaCrosse returns home only to be called the “new guy” by fellow cops. The war to end all wars may be over, but political skullduggery is still afoot in Shamus winner Lia Matera’s “The Party.” When a “riverboat” gambler washes up dead, Shamus winner Kristen Lepionka’s LA homicide dicks Hewitt and Carmichael are up to their necks in suspects all capable of dealing from the bottom of the deck. It’s trouble with a capital “T” when a Tyrone Power look-a-like saunters into Shamus winner Lori Armstrong’s Marlow Detective Agency.

In Edgar winner John McAleer’s “The Case of the Illustrious Banker,” 1920s London-based detective Henry Von Stray and his able collaborator in the detection of crime Professor John W. Dilpate are up against a “nippy bit of work” in one of their most baffling cases yet. Discovered more than eight decades after first penned, “Illustrious Banker” makes its debut in Edgar & Shamus. McAleer—forty years before he would win the Edgar Award unanimously beating out Christie’s autobiography—created Von Stray and Dilpate in 1937 during the Golden Age of Mystery.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Tomato Rage by Albert Tucher


SMFS list member Albert Tucher’s short story, Tomato Rage, is published today in Black Cat Weekly #66. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format. Please note that this is issue #66 even though there is a “64” on the cover.

 

Website Synopsis:

Our 66th issue kicks off our holiday festivities, thanks to Katherine Fast’s “Reunion” (brought to you by Acquiring Editor Barb Goffman) Plus we have an original tale by Albert Tucher (courtesy of Acquiring Editor Michael Bracken), and a darker science fiction story by David C. Smith (thanks to Acquiring Editor Cynthia Ward, who had been on leave for the last few issues.) On the mystery front, we have another Johnny Liddell mystery from Frank Kane, a historical novel (okay, a western...but it’s also a mystery!) by W.C. Tuttle), and of course a solve-it-yourself puzzler from Hal Charles.

On the science fiction end, we have a fun tale by the late British master Arthur Sellings, who has been too-long neglected. We hope to have more of his work in future issues. We also have strong stories from Murray Leinster and George O. Smith, plus another Jules de Grandin psychic detective yarn by Seabury Quinn, from the pages of the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales.

 

Here’s this issue’s lineup:

Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:

“Tomato Rage,” by Albert Tucher [Michael Bracken Presents short story]

“Tracking Time” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]

“Reunion,” by Katherine Fast [Barb Goffman Presents short story]v

“Pass the Word Along,” by Frank Kane [short story]

Sundog Loot, by W.C. Tuttlet [novel]

 

Science Fiction & Fantasy:

“Sassenden’s Dream,” by David C. Smith [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]

“The Cautious Invaders,” by Arthur Sellings [short story]

“The Disciplinary Circuit,” by Murray Leinster [novella]

“The Vengeance of India,” by Seabury Quinn [short story]

Spacemen Lost, by George O. Smith [novel]

Little Big Crimes: Street Versus the Stalker, by Pam Barnsley

Little Big Crimes: Street Versus the Stalker, by Pam Barnsley:   "Street Versus the Stalker," by Pam Barnsley, in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November/December 2022. A modest little st...

Saturday, December 3, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Police Navidad by Josh Pachter

 
SMFS list member Josh Pachter’s short story, Police Navidad, appears today at Kings River Life Magazine. The Christmas mystery short story originally appeared in an issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 2015. It can be read for free online at KRL.

Career Authors: Five Deadly Force Myths by Jeffrey James Higgins

 Career Authors: Five Deadly Force Myths by Jeffrey James Higgins

SleuthSayers: Happy in My Shorts by John Floyd

SleuthSayers: Happy in My Shorts:    And why wouldn't I be?--I live in what some call the middle of the Deep South, and for about seven months of every year down here, lo...

Friday, December 2, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Ring by Robert Peyto


SMFS list member Robert Petyo’s short story, The Ring, appears online at Mystery Tribune. The cozy mystery tale can be read for free here.

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Longest Way Home by Brandon Barrows

 


Brandon Barrows’ short story, The Longest Way Home, appears in the Books & Pieces Writing Magazine: December 2022 issue. The issue is available at the website.

 

Website Description:

Welcome to the December 2022 issue of Books & Pieces Writing Magazine. In this issue: • 4 excellent short stories: , 2 interviews: Freddy Cruz and Scott Overton. Lance Thompson (Tales from the Script), and our multi-page PRODUCTS FOR WRITERS holiday section, offering you some exciting finds. This is our FINAL ISSUE. Due to the economics of publishing, we can no longer continue producing this magazine.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Egg on Her Face: Stories of Crime, Horror, and the Space in Between by Zakariah Johnson


SMFS list member Zakariah Johnson's short story collection, Egg on Her Face: Stories of Crime, Horror, and the Space in Between, has been published by Alien Buddha Press. The read is available in print from Amazon. 

 

Amazon Description:

Zakariah Johnson’s Egg on Her Face displays the heart of a poet and the brutality of an executioner. This is a special book.

—J.B. Stevens, award-winning author and critic.

 

Zakariah writes with a keen eye for the strange and melancholic aspects of our human experience. With a steady, practiced hand, his stories transport us somewhere we’ve always known existed but could never find on our own—liminal spaces just beyond our collective imagination. Ingenious and original, Johnson is a literary force to be reckoned with.

—C.W. Blackwell, author of Song of the Red Squire and Hard Mountain Clay

 

Whether the plot involves criminal hijinks or horror, cryptids or centenarians, Johnson infuses his stories with heart. You can tell he’s a musician by the wonderful rhythm of his writing and the way all the elements come together to make each story sing.

—Serena Jayne, author of Necessary Evils

 

For those of us who continue the labor of love that is the American short story, Zakariah’s new collection shows us that the art is not lost—it is, in fact, in damned fine hands.

—Bobby Mathews, author of Living the Gimmick

 

With 14 solid mashups of horror, noir, and the surreal, Egg on Her Face delivers a genre-bending punch.

—Marianne Halbert, author of Cold Comforts

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Adventure Rising From the Ashes by Dan Castro

 

SMFS list member Dan Castro’s short story, The Adventure Rising From the Ashes, appears in the recently released anthology, Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mystery 1884. Published by Belanger Books, the read is available in digital and print formats from Amazon and other vendors.

 

Synopsis:

The ongoing saga of a beautiful friendship!

For all we know, or think we know, about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, what we don't know is far, far greater. In one of the duo's most exciting cases, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, we know when Helen Stoner arrives "in a considerable state of excitement" at the door of 221B Baker Street, seeking the assistance of Holmes and Watson: "It was early in April in the year '83..." But what happened during the rest of 1883? Or all of 1884?

To help fill the void, we have asked today's top Sherlockian writers to rummage through their Watsonian correspondence and uncover the many mysteries left untold until now.

There's a new story for every month of the year, forewords from noted Holmesians, and a gorgeous cover from Jeffrey McKeever, whose work continues to grace the pages of The Strand Magazine!

The game is afoot!


SMFS Member Publishing News: The Case of the Injured Orator by Martin Hill Ortiz


SMFS list member Martin Hill Ortiz’s short story, The Case of the Injured Orator, appears in the recently released anthology, Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mystery 1883. Published by Belanger Books, the read is available in digital and print formats from Amazon and other vendors.

 

Synopsis:

The ongoing saga of a beautiful friendship!

For all we know, or think we know, about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, what we don't know is far, far greater. In one of the duo's most exciting cases, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, we know when Helen Stoner arrives "in a considerable state of excitement" at the door of 221B Baker Street, seeking the assistance of Holmes and Watson: "It was early in April in the year '83..." But what happened during the rest of 1883? Or all of 1884?

To help fill the void, we have asked today's top Sherlockian writers to rummage through their Watsonian correspondence and uncover the many mysteries left untold until now.

There's a new story for every month of the year, forewords from noted Holmesians, and a gorgeous cover from Jeffrey McKeever, whose work continues to grace the pages of The Strand Magazine!


SMFS Member Publishing News: Mrs. Robinson by Veronica Leigh

 

SMFS list member Veronica Leigh’s short story, Mrs. Robinson, is published in the After Dinner Conversation: December 2022 issue. Published by After Dinner Conversation, the read is available in print format at Amazon with the digital version coming out on December 10th.

 

Synopsis:

"After Dinner Conversation" Magazine - December 2022

Mrs. Robinson: Set in Elizabethan England, a young woman marries a too-good-to-be-true heir to an estate, only to find out he has a secret.

Male Privilege: The narrator is picked by the retiring Mayor to be his successor, but his questionable past catches up to him before election day.

The Bargain: Alien real estate developers visit earth to let us know our planet is in a prime development location and set to add 40 billion inhabitants.

The Kill Registry: In a world where everyone in society gets "one free kill," the narrator finds out his attractive coworker got a promotion.

Lev's Pawn Shop: A dying pawn shop own looks to return all the items in his shop to settle his account with God.

Sacrificing Mercy: A devout Christian refuses a heart transplant based on her religious convictions.

Everyone's Gay In Space: Douglas Junior goes to lunch with his successful, gay, astronaut clone.

After Dinner Conversation believes humanity is improved by ethics and morals grounded in philosophical truth. Philosophical truth is discovered through intentional reflection and respectful debate. In order to facilitate that process, we have created a growing series of short stories across genres, a monthly magazine, and two podcasts. These accessible examples of abstract ethical and philosophical ideas are intended to draw out deeper discussions with friends, family, and students.


SMFS Members Published in Mystery Magazine: December 2022

 

SMFS list members are published in the recently released, Mystery Magazine: December 2022 issue.  The read is available at Amazon. The members in the issue are:

 

Brandon Barrows with "Five Finger Christmas."

 

Elizabeth Elwood with "The Last Noel."

 

John M. Floyd with "The Magnolia Thief."  This is A You-Solve-It mystery.

 

Martin Hill Ortiz with "The Adventure Of The Black Barnacle."

 

Synopsis

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 feature, "It's Always Midnight" by Carl Tait, a peculiar man is observed at the scene of several seemingly unrelated deaths forcing a jaded New York City police detective to uncover the dark connection between the stranger and the fatalities.

"The Dust Thief" by Ryan Uytdewilligen: Set in the early 1950s, a bitter travelling vacuum salesman is attempting to try and sell the device to homes around central California. Though he fails at selling any, he discovers that his demonstrations are inadvertently sucking up a thin layer of gold dust.

In "Suddenly, Everything Went Black" by Chris Bullard, a detective investigating the missing Von Radium tiara gets smacked on the head a few too many times to make any sense of things.

"The Last Noel" by Elizabeth Elwood: When Grannie Forbes falls face first into the Christmas pudding, no one in the family is particularly sorry, but soon the questions begin. Did someone take a hand to ensure that this was her last Noel?

In "Gut Instinct" by James A. Mallory, private investigator Alonzo Probe is feeling pretty good on the eve of 1975. Driving home from his latest job, he spots a former lover manhandled into a car and takes chase.

"Five Finger Christmas" by Brandon Barrows: The holiday season is a wonderful time, but there's always someone who has to go and ruin everyone else's fun ...

"The Adventure Of The Black Barnacle" by Martin Hill Ortiz: Professor Moriarty convinces detective and next door neighbor to Sherlock Holmes to steal a precious jewel. Moriarty has an even more sinister goal in mind.

"The Magnolia Thief" A You-Solve-It by John M. Floyd: Fran Valentine is at it again, meddling in her daughter Sheriff Lucy's case.


SleuthSayers: All Things in Moderation by Robert Lopresti

SleuthSayers: All Things in Moderation: LCC 2022. Courtesy of Kelly Garrett Back in the spring I attended Left Coast Crime in Albuquerque.  I have already blogged about that twice ...

Monday, November 28, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Wedding Bell Blues by Robert Petyo

 

SMFS list member Robert Petyo’s short story, Wedding Bell Blues, appears in the recently released anthology, Gypsum Sound Trails 2. The book is published in digital and print formats and available at Amazon.

 

 

Synopsis:

The first Gypsum Sound Trails is my favourite thing that we have ever put out. There was something about all the stories that just worked, and each of them helped bring the fictional town of West Moreton, Arizona and its inhabitants to life.

Gypsum Sound Trails 2 (or A Return to West Moreton as it was originally known) is the first sequel that we have done to any of our collections, and I feel that the stories within are just as impressive as those in the original. Thank you to all the authors who have returned to continue their tales of the Markwell Gang, Smooth Kisses, and the township of West Moreton.

SleuthSayers: In the Beginning by R. T. Lawton

SleuthSayers: In the Beginning: Mike with OH-58 I did a lot of flying with Huey Mike. Nape of the earth, aerial assaults, sometimes parking hundreds of feet up on top of b...

SMFS Members Published in Trees: An Anthology

 

SMFS listed members are published in the recently released book, Trees: An Anthology. Published by Jersey Pines Ink, the read is available in print format at Amazon. The SMFS members in the book are:

 

James Blakey with "Red Oak's Revenge."

 

Shari Held with "The Magical Forest.”

 

 

Synopsis:

An Anthology of 37 short stories by 36 authors

Forests! Swamps! Stumpy trees!

Throw in some moss, mushrooms

and a ghost or two.

Join us for a walk in the woods,

if you dare.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

SMFS Member Podcast News: Tired of Bath by Merrilee Robson


The current AHMM podcast features SMFS list member Merrilee Robson's short story, Tired of Bath.  The story originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of AHMM. The podcast is available here for free.

 

EPISODE DESCRIPTION

This episode features Merrilee Robson's tale "Tired of Bath" from the March/April 2022 issue, which imagines what Jane Austen would experience when transported to the current day and tracks two friends—an English teacher and a filmmaker—as they handle the situation. Canadian writer Merrilee Robson is the author of Murder is Uncooperative, and her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The People’s Friend, Mystery Weekly, Over My Dead Body, Mysteryrat’s Maze podcast, and a number of anthologies.

The story is read by our managing editor, Jackie Sherbow.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Wormhole by Keith Brooke


Today is publication day for Keith Brooke’s new book, Wormhole, cowritten with Eric Brown. Published by Angry Robot, the read is available in print and digital formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

 

Synopsis:

An eighty year old cold case murder investigation that stretches across light years and risks the future of mankind’s new home. A hard SF/crime crossover from two respected and well-likednames in SF.

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2110. Earth is suffering major resource shortages, and the impact of climate change is peaking, with much of the planet’s equatorial regions turned to lifeless desert and populations displaced. Colonies have been established on Mars and the Moon, but these cannot hope to sustain any more than a scant population of hundreds of citizens.

Attention has turned to the need to discover an extra-solar colony world.

European scientists, using discoveries made at CERN, have identified the means of creating a wormhole in the space-time continuum, which would allow interstellar travel. However, to do so they must first physically transport one end of the wormhole to where they want it to be, so settingup a wormhole will always rely on physical travel first of all.

A ship is sent to Mu Arae, earth-like planet discovered 10 years before. It is a journey that will take 80 years, the crew, who will eventually set up the wormhole on the planet, kept in suspended animation. But only a few years into the trip, catastrophe strikes and the ship blows up en route, killing all aboard.

2190, eighty years after the starship set out.

Gordon Kemp is a detective working in the cold case department in London. Usually he works on cases closed ten, twenty-five years earlier. Now, however, he has been assigned a murder investigation closed, unsolved, over eighty years ago. What he unearths will change history and threatens everything we know about what the powers that be have planned for Earth. The tragedy that befell the ship 80 years before is not what it seems and the past and the present are radically different to what everyone on Earth believes. We made the journey. Why has it been kept a secret?

Sunday, November 20, 2022

SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Weekly #64

 

SMFS list members are featured this week in Black Cat Weekly #64. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format. The SMFS list members in the issue are:

 

John M. Floyd with “Button’s and Bo’s.”

 

Andrew Welsh-Huggins with “Dumbass Is Dumbass.”

 

Website Synopsis: 

Our 64th issue is a bit of a celebration—our American holiday, Thanksgiving, is nearly upon us, so we have a couple of other seasonally appropriate stories which I hope you will enjoy. (I trust our international readers will enjoy them as much as we do here.)

Our acquiring editors have been busy. Michael Bracken has an original tale by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Barb Goffman has a turkey tale from modern master John M. Floyd. Cynthia Ward is off again this week, but she will have more for us shortly.

Not enough? Well, we have gone back to the pulps for stories by Alfred Bester, George O. Smith, and Arthur J. Burks. Plus a novel by mystery superstar Mary Roberts Rinehart. Plus a long-lost fantasy by British author Sydney J. Bounds, which appears here for the first time. And another long-unseen story by the late and much-missed Larry Tritten. 


Here’s this issue’s lineup:

Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:

“Dumbass Is Dumbass,” by Andrew Welsh-Huggins [Michael Bracken Presents short story]

“The Loser Takes All,” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]

“Button’s and Bo’s,” by John M. Floyd [short story]

“Thubway Tham’s Thanksgiving Dinner,” by Johnston McCulley [short story]

“The Adventure of the Coffee-Pot,” by Hal Meredeth [short story]

The Red Lamp, by Mary Roberts Rinehart [novel]

 

Science Fiction & Fantasy:

“In Video Veritas,” by Larry Tritten [short story]

“The Grey Mage,” by Sydney J. Bounds [short story]

“The Unseen Blushers,” by Alfred Bester [short story]

“The Death Crystal,” by George O. Smith [novella]

“The Vanishers,” by Arthur J. Burks [novella]

Saturday, November 19, 2022

2022 Al Blanchard Award Honorable Mention: Kim Keeline

 

SMFS list member Kim Keeline’s short story, Steer Clear of the Devil, was named an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2022 Al Blanchard Award presented at New England Crime Bake. The Al Blanchard Award, named after Al Blanchard, honors the best crime short story by a New England writer or with a New England setting. For a full list of the honorable mentions and the winner, please go to the website.

SMFS Member Podcast News: They Shoot Pumpkins Don't They? by Margaret S. Hamilton


SMFS list member Margaret S. Hamilton’s mystery short story, They Shoot Pumpkins Don't They?, is featured this week at Mysteryrat's Maze podcast. Produced by Kings River Life Magazine, the podcast can be heard here.

 

Website Synopsis:

They Shoot Pumpkins Don’t They? by Margaret S. Hamilton

November 15, 2022

This episode features the mystery short story They Shoot Pumpkins Don't They? by Margaret S. Hamilton, and it is read by local actor Donna Beavers. They Shoot Pumpkins Don't They? was published on the Writers Who Kill blog You can learn more about the author 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. Our theme song was written and performed by Kevin Memley. 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 our podcast newsletter.

If you would like to help support this podcast and Kings River Life financially, and get some fun rewards, check out our Patreon Page. You can also make a one time donation through Paypal and you can 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.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Where Palms Sway and the Surf Pounds by Curtis Ippolito

 
SMFS list member Curtis Ippolito’s short story, Where Palms Sway and the Surf Pounds, has been published at Shotgun Honey. The story is online and free to read at the website.

SleuthSayers: Treasures from the Sock Drawer by John Floyd

SleuthSayers: Treasures from the Sock Drawer: Like all writers, I have a lot of ideas for stories. When one of them occurs to me, I try first to figure out whether it's marketable, a...

Friday, November 18, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Rumor That Refused to Die by C.A. Verstraete


SMFS list member C.A. Verstraete’s short story, The Rumor That Refused to Die, is in new the anthology out today, A to Z of Horror: O is for Outbreak. Published by Red Cape Publishing, the read is available in digital format at Amazon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

SMFS Member Publishing News: Two Short Stories by Lamont A. Turner


SMFS list member Lamont A. Turner has two short stories that have been published online and are free to read.

“The Missing Dentures” appears at Half Hour To Kill.

“Heavy Weight” appears at The Piker Press.

SMFS Members Published in GONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CRIME STORIES


Today is publication day for the new anthology, GONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CRIME STORIES. Several SMFS list members are included in this anthology of thirty authors. Published by Red Dog Press, the read is available in print format from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book are:

 

M. H. Callway with "Must Love Dogs - or You're Gone."

 

Scott Von Doviak with "Mystery Lights."

 

Mike McHone with "Abductor, Abductee.”

 

Jacqueline Seewald with "Lost Lady."

 

Bev Vincent with "Good Neighbors."

 

Synopsis:

Edited by Stephen J. Golds, this anthology of 30 short stories covering every sub-genre of crime from some of the world's finest authors is not to be missed.

A woman running away from the darkness of her past finds it’s followed her to Spain. A man searching for his missing wife ends up lost in translation in Japan. A girl in financial distress moves in with her boss with gruesome results, a guilt-racked musician on tour in Germany slips into delusion and paranoia, a private detective investigating a disappearance finds the mystery solved close to home, an aging mobster tries to teach a young DJ the ways of the world.

Pulp, hard-boiled, transgressive, private eye, science fiction, mystery, cosy, literary and noir.

Thirty international stories of crime.

Thirty stories Gone.

Featuring short stories from:

Charles Ardai, Sharon Bairden, John Bowie, Gordon J. Brown, M.H. Callway, Ailsa Cawley, Richard Chizmar, M. Sean Coleman, Scott VonDoviak, Ted Flanagan, Nils Gilbertson, Stephen J. Golds, Gabriel Hart, Noelle Holten, BF Jones, Steven Kedie, Awais Khan, Chris McDonald, Mike McHone, S.E. Moorhead, Judith O'Reilly, Nathan Pettigrew, M E Proctor, Mark SaFranko, Jacqueline Seewald, Megan Taylor, Ken Teutsch, Sebastian Vice, Bev Vincent, Trevor Wood


Monday, November 14, 2022

SMFS Members Published in Cold Cases: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem #12


Several SMFS list members are published in Cold Cases: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem #12. Published by Knotted Road Press, the read is available in digital and print formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members in the issue are: 

 

Joslyn Chase with "Cold Hands, Warm Heart."

Diana Deverell with "Love Child."

David H. Hendrickson with "Buried Braces."

Steve Liskow with "When Lainie Was Late."

Annie Reed with "The Promise."

 

 

Synopsis:

It might be that one case that never closed, that always haunted you.

Or perhaps one that someone dumped in your lap, because new evidence has brought it back to life.

Anything.

The case remains cold. The clues molding, or non-existent.

But you still move forward, trying to find the answer.

Those who are gone deserve no less.

Cold Cases. Issue number 12 of Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem.

So Criminal, It's Good.