Wednesday, April 17, 2024

SMFS Member Publishing News: Here's to Forgetfulness by Roger Johns


SMFS list member Roger Johns’ short story, Here's to Forgetfulness, was published at Black Petals #107, Spring 2024. You can read the piece for free online here.

SMFS Member Publishing News: And Of Course, There Was The Girl: A Sam Harrigan Mystery by Brandon Barrows


SMFS list member Brandon Barrows new book, And Of Course, There Was The Girl: A Sam Harrigan Mystery is now out. Published by Full Speed Publishing, the read is available at Amazon.

 

Amazon Description:

Gabriella's name meant love and lies...

When Sam Harrigan agreed to find runaway bride Gabriella Cole, he expected to be looking for a marriage-scammer, not a lovely phantom with a trail of devastation in her wake whose victims include washed-up celebrities, politicians, and even mobsters.

Now everyone wants to get their hands on Gabriella, but with each step Sam takes, she seems further away as danger races closer and romance, lust, and murder are never far behind!

Read the first full-length mystery starring Sam Harrigan, the private investigator featured in the pages of Guilty Crime Story Magazine!

Monday, April 15, 2024

SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Weekly #137


SMFS list members are published in Black Cat Weekly #137. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format. The members that reported their stories are

 

Veronica Leigh with "The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughters."

 

Anna Scotti with "That Which We Call Patience."

 

Publisher Description:

Welcome to Black Cat Weekly.

   On the mystery side of things this issue, we have original tales by Veronica Leigh (one that looks to be the start of a new series) and Richard A. McMahon (courtesy of Acquiring Editor Michael Bracken). Acquiring Editor Barb Goffman has selected a great tale by Anna Scotti, and our novel is The Talleyrand Maxim, by Golden Age author J.S. Fletcher. Plus, of course, a solve-it-yourself puzzler from Hal Charles.

   On the science fiction and fantasy side, our lead item is a new feature—a portfolio by artist Ron Miller. Ron has joined our staff as art director and will be providing covers from his vast body of work. But I wanted our readers to know how great an artist he is, so here is a collection of some of his best covers. As for the fiction, we have a monster-in-the-mist story by British master John Glasby, plus an all-star lineup of classic authors: Frank Belknap Long, Donald A. Wollheim, Henry Slesar, and Philip José Farmer. Great stuff.

   Here’s the complete lineup—

 

Cover Art:

 

Ron Miller

 

Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:

  • “Mr. George,” by Richard A. McMahan [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
  • “An Open and Shut Case,” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]
  • “That Which We Call Patience,” by Anna Scotti [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
  • “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughters,” Veronica Leigh
  • The Talleyrand Maxim, by J.S. Fletcher [novel]

 

Special Feature:

  • “Cover Portfolio,” by Ron Miller

 

Science Fiction & Fantasy:

  • “The Thing in the Mist,” by John Glasby [short story]
  • “Mr. Caxton Draws a Martian Bird,” by Frank Belknap Long [short story]
  • “Saknarth,” by Donald A. Wollheim [short story]
  • “Mr. Loneliness,” by Henry Slesar [short story]
  • “The Celestial Blueprint,” by Philip José Farmer [short story]

SMFS Members Published in Yellow Mama Webzine: Issue 103


SMFS list members are published in Yellow Mama Webzine: Issue 103. The issue is online and a free read here. The SMFS list members that reported being in the issue are: 

 

Pamela Ebel with “When You’re Dead, You’re Done.”

 

M.E. Proctor with "A Thin Thread."

 

Elizabeth Zelvin with the poem, "Mike's 80th Birthday."

Friday, April 12, 2024

SMFS Member Publishing News: The Law North Of The Pecos by Ed Teja


Today is publication day for Tales of Mystery: The Gravity of Death. The anthology includes SMFS list member Ed Teja’s short story, The Law North Of The Pecos. Published by Inklings Press, the anthology is available at Amazon.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

SMFS Member Winners: 2023 EQMM Readers Awards


Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announced the winners of their annual Readers Awards. The SMFS list members on the list this year that reported their success are: 

 

#1  David Dean for "Mrs. Hyde" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2023.

 

#2  Richard Helms for “Spear Carriers” in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: November/December 2023 issue.

 

#3  Paul Ryan O’Connor for “Teddy’s Favorite Thing” in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: September/October 2023 issue.

SMFS Members Published in The Killing Rain: Left Coast Crime 2024 Anthology


Today is publication day for The Killing Rain: Left Coast Crime 2024 Anthology. Published by Down & Out Books, the anthology was edited by SMFS list member Jim Thomsen. The read is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members that reported their stories in the book are:

 

John Bosworth with "A Bad Place to Die."

 

Smita Harish Jain with "Oil and Water."

 

Bonnar Spring with "Go With the Flow."

 

Bev Vincent with "Payback."

 

Publisher Description:

The Puget Sound region is beautiful, lush with green trees, sun-sparkled waters, wide-open spaces and white-capped mountains. It’s also rich with darkness, gunmetal gray skies, rain-slicked streets, and deep shadows that give cover to its darkest secrets. Small wonder that this corner of America is a high-demand lifestyle destination — and, not so long ago, the serial killer and Sasquatch-conspiracy capital of the country.

The Killing Rain captures that delicious dichotomy in all its deliciously dark glory, through short stories ranging from the cozy to the hardboiled, all charged with depicting Seattle as a real or imagined place. These crime tales have been collected in conjunction with “Seattle Shakedown” — the name we’ve given to the return of Left Coast Crime to the Pacific Northwest. It takes place from April 10-14 in Bellevue, Washington, just a hop and skip from Seattle across Lake Washington.

And, with an enticing foreword from LCC Guest of Honor Megan Abbott, The Killing Rain will be the perfect shivery companion for what’s (almost) sure to be the Seattle area’s shivery early-spring weather. Edited by Jim Thomsen, who grew up on an island near Seattle and went to boarding school in the shadows of the nearby Green River, at a time America’s most prolific serial killer was just getting started. Coincidence? Good crime fiction doesn’t allow for it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

SMFS Member Publishing News: Jeanne and the Imp by M.E. Proctor


SMFS list member M.E. Proctor’s short story, Jeanne and the Imp, appears in Death's Other Kingdom: Horror Tales of World War I. Published by The Scythian Wolf, the anthology is available at Amazon.

 

Amazon Listing:

IN THE AIR, THE EARTH, AND THE SEA, THE WORLD BURNED.

Erupting in a land pregnant with conflict, The War to End All Wars blazed from 1914 to 1918, spreading until no continent escaped the touch of its flame. By the day of armistice, no civilization in history had witnessed more death, destruction, and carnage in such a short time.

TRAVEL THE GHOST ROAD. PART THE VEIL.

Curated by historian Coy Hall, Death's Other Kingdom collects nine frightening tales from this baptismal storm of steel. Within these pages, horrors of the supernatural bleed into the terrors of war. In this ritual of violence, humans have never been more vulnerable.

The Stories
The Apple by Kay Vaindal
Archangel by Jay Charles
Death in the Ruins by Brian G. Berry
Into Oblivion by Stephanie Ellis
Dead Rivers Flow by Zakariah Johnson
Jeanne and the Imp by M.E. Proctor
Trench Foot by Adam Hulse
The Second Front by Charlie Wedding
The Order of Moths by Damien B. Raphael

SMFS Member Publishing News: One Night At McGiuff’s Tavern by Teel James Glenn


SMFS list member Teel James Glenn’s short story, One Night At McGiuff’s Tavern, appears in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #33. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is currently available in print at Amazon and elsewhere.

 

Amazon Description:

FEATURESFROM WATSON’S NOTEBOOKS, by John H Watson, M.D.
ASK MRS HUDSON, by (Mrs) Martha Hudson
SCREEN OF THE CRIME, by Kim Newman

NON-FICTION

SIX DEGREES OF TENTACULAR SEPARATION, by Elizabeth Crowens

FICTION

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DURHAM MONOGRAPH, by Robert Dawson
THE CASE OF THE DIRTY PAWS, by J.M. Walker
LONG SHOT, by Hal Charles
CAPTAIN DAYLIGHT, by Andrew Salmon
ONE NIGHT AT MCGUFFIN’S TAVERN, by Teel James Glenn
THE ADVENTURE OF THE TWO GUINEAS, by Michael Mallory
THE HOLMES IMPERSONATOR ON THE BOARDS, by Janice Law
THE MAN WHO SLIPPED BETWEEN, by Dennis Maulsby
THE ADVENTURE OF THE IRON ELEPHANT, by Jim Robb

CLASSIC SHERLOCK HOLMES

THE ADVENTURE OF THE THREE STUDENTS, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

SMFS Member Publishing News: Got a Job at Hellton Towers by Wil A. Emerson


SMFS list member Wil A. Emerson’s short story, Got a Job at Hellton Towers, was published at Punk Noir Magazine. You can read the piece for free online here.

Monday, April 8, 2024

SMFS Members Published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2024

 

SMFS list members are published in the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2024 issue. The issue is available at the publisher and other vendors. Those list members that reported being in the issue are:

 

Craig Faustus Buck with "Home Game."

 

Kevin Egan with "Foxx Goes to College."

 

Robert Lopresti with “Professor Pie is Going to Die.”

 

Andrew Welsh-Huggins with "From Another Angle."

SMFS Members Published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2024


SMFS list members are published in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2024 issue. The issue is available at the publisher and other vendors. The SMFS members that reported being in the issue are:

 

Michael Bracken with "Bermuda Triangle."

 

Hope Hodgkins, "When Baptists Go Bad."

 

Josh Pachter with “Texas Kinda Attitude.”

 

Twist Phelan with "Artificial Hearts."

 

Anna Scotti "A New Weariness."

 

Larry Sweazy with "The Low Waters."

 

Art Taylor with “Dark Thread, Loose Strands.”

Sunday, April 7, 2024

SMFS Members Published in Black Cat Weekly #136


SMFS list members are published in Black Cat Weekly #136. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format. The members that reported their stories are:

 

Eve Fisher with "Wind Power.”

 

E Senteio with "Damned If You Do, and Damned If You Don’t.”

Friday, April 5, 2024

Thursday, April 4, 2024

SMFS Member Ashley-Ruth Bernier: 2024 Barbara Neely Grant Recipient

 

SMFS list member Ashley-Ruth Bernier is a 2024 Barbara Neely Grant Recipient. Created to honor Barbara Neely by Mystery Writers of America, the grant is designed to honor Ms. Neely’s memory and to do so by supporting Black crime and mystery writers. More details about the grant can be found on the official announcement page.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Epic Echoes Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1


SMFS list members are published in the recently released Epic Echoes Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1. Like the inaugural edition last fall, this issue is available at the publisher website as a free PDF. The SMFS list members that reported being in the issue are:

 

James Patrick Focarile with "The Rink."

 

Bruce W. Most with “Something That Doesn’t Love a Wall.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

SMFS Member Publishing News: The First Murder by Carol Goodman Kaufman


Today is publication day for The First Murder by SMFS list member Carol Goodman Kaufman. Published by TouchPoint Press, the read is available from Amazon.

 

Amazon Description:

 

The ME ruled her death an accident. He was dead wrong.

When Mary Jane Bennett is found dead in her bed— alone, strangled by her own scarf, and with every door in the house locked — the medical examiner rules her death accidental, the result of a sex game gone horribly awry. State police decline to investigate further, but Queensbridge Police Chief Caleb Crane doesn't buy for a minute that his good friend died this way, so he undertakes his own investigation. Facing town councilors afraid of bad publicity, an angry medical examiner, and his own personal demons, he labors to solve what he believes is the first-ever murder in his pastoral Berkshire Hills village. Complicating things: the list of suspects includes some of the people to whom he is closest — including his own wife.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Home to Roost by Zakariah Johnson

 

SMFS list member Zakariah Johnson’s short story, Home to Roost, was published yesterday at TOUGH.  You can read the story online for free here.

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Magazine: April 2024

 

SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Magazine: April 2024 issue. The read is available at the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS list members that reported their presence in the issue are:

 

Jim Doherty with “First Arrest.”

 

John M. Floyd with “In-Laws and Outlaws.”

 

R.T. Lawton   "On the Pad."

 

Amazon Description:

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

 

Our cover feature is “Palomino Coal” by Doug Crandell: If the palomino gold was here in the stables, Dani would need to be patient, look for it everywhere. Maybe it would help her find her grandpa.

 

“On The Pad” by R.T. Lawton: During Prohibition, you could buy a bottle of booze from your local bootlegger or drop by a speakeasy for a couple of drinks. Or, you could just ask your family doctor to write you a prescription for a bottle of medical alcohol.

 

“First Arrest” by Jim Doherty: This is the story of a serendipitous turn on the trail. This is the story of Gus Hachette’s first arrest.

 

“Dance With The Dolly” by Gary Alan Ruse: In this modern cozy, a retired college librarian and her best friend get involved in a real-life murder mystery that becomes dangerous to them as well.

 

“Flight Control” by Jacob Aaron Reingold: A chance encounter between a woman and a man on a plane dredges up their war-torn past with dangerous implications for their futures.

 

“Cover Of The Moon” by Robert Mitchell: In the depression years of the 1930's a man returns home to learn his father may have been murdered by a local sheriff. This leads him on a trail of discovery to learn a shocking truth.

 

“In-Laws And Outlaws,” a You-Solve-It by John M. Floyd: Fran and Lucy accuse a thievin’ vegan.

 

Custom Cover Art By Robin Grenville Evans

SMFS Member Publishing News: A Scarlet Death: An Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mystery by Elaine Viets


Today is publication day for A Scarlet Death: An Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mystery by SMFS list member Elaine Viets. This is the eighth novel in the series that began with Brain Storm. Published by Severn House, the read is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

 

Publisher Description:

Angela’s new case is full of dark secrets and scandal, but shocking events closer to home prove to be her biggest challenge yet . . .

Nobody in Choutaeu Forest expected one of their most prominent citizens, socialite Selwyn Skipton, to be found dead in such salacious circumstances: strangled on satin bedsheets, a red letter A brutally stapled to his chest, in his private apartment above the Chouteau Forest Chocolate Shoppe.

Selwyn was a good man. He gave to charity, supported local causes, and was married to his wife for more than twenty years. What did he do to deserve such a terrible end?

As Death Investigator Angela Richman investigates, she uncovers Selwyn’s dark secret, but also faces an unexpected, chilling conundrum closer to home . . .

Genre: Police Procedural

Monday, April 1, 2024

SMFS Member Publishing News: Free Chinese Dinner on the Moon by Joan Leotta

 

SMFS list member Joan Leotta’s short story, Free Chinese Dinner on the Moon, appears online at Impspired.  You can read it here for free here.

SMFS Members Published in Dark of the Day: Eclipse Stories

 

This is publication day for the new book, Dark of the Day: Eclipse Stories. Edited by SMFS list member Kaye George, the anthology from Down & Out books features short stories from a number of SMFS list members. The read is available from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.  The SMFS list members that reported being in the read are:

 

Paula Gail Benson with “Only Absent for a Time.”

 

Michael Bracken with "Four Minutes."

 

John R. Clark with “Bareback Rider.”

 

John M. Floyd with “A Walk in the Woods.”

 

James A. Hearn with "Totality"

 

Editor Kaye George with "Monday in the Park."

 

Debra H. Goldstein with "Just Four Minutes to Get Even."

 

Toni Goodyear with “Crazy.”

 

Joseph S. Walker with "The Light of Another World."

 

Carol L. Wright with "Entering the Totality Zone."

 

Publisher Description:

An anthology of stories to celebrate the April 2024 eclipse in North America. These stories are located in various places and are even of various genres and themes. What they have in common, besides featuring eclipses, are that they are all written by brilliant authors and will all entertain you. Read them before the eclipse, to get into the mood, or after, to nostalgically remember it.

During the darkness, all manner of things can happen. When people are distracted by this spectacular celestial event, criminals can operate unimpeded, they can also be caught.

Trips to see the event can lead to disaster, or they can save the day. And the science of looking at the sun becomes important when a partner strays.

The event can mean many different things to a disaster cult, to drug-dealing Russians, to an artist striving for his grand opus.

It spreads across the country to, maybe, give confirmation to a program to analyze the universe, to give a gift to a mermaid in an abandoned water park, to show what the crazy guy at the fast food place is really like, to help a young girl find her way.

As a not-so-clever crime goes awry, a hike to view the spectacle is interrupted.

Contributors include Cari Dubiel, Katherine Tomlinson, Carol L. Wright, Joseph S. Walker, John Rogers Clark IV, M. K. Waller, Toni Goodyear, Laura Oles, Bridges DelPonte, Eric Beckstrom, Kaye George, Paula Gail Benson, John M. Floyd, Debra H. Goldstein, Michael Bracken, and James A. Hearn

SMFS Member Publishing News: Barracuda Backfire by Tom Milani


Today is publication day for Barracuda Backfire by SMFS list member Tom Milani. This is the fourth novella in the Chop Shop series created and edited by SMFS list member Michael Bracken. Published by Down & Out Books, the eBook is exclusively available at Amazon.

 

Website Description:

Car thieves and the chop shop that buys from them combine to create high-octane stories of hot cars, hot crimes, and hot times in Dallas, Texas.

In “Barracuda Backfire,” Billy Wright’s first loves were Veronica Valdez and his 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. Forty-five years after he thought he’d lost them both for good, he has a plan to win them back. All he needs to make it work is a whole lot of luck—and maybe a miracle.

SMFS Official Announcement: 2024 Derringer Award Finalists


Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—after the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories. The awards recognize outstanding stories published during 2023. Results of membership voting are scheduled to be posted on May 1, 2024.

 

The full listing of our nominees and the markets that published the finalist stories has been compiled and supplied by Derringer Coordinator Joseph S. Walker.

 

FLASH

 

SLEEP ROUGH by Brandon Barrows

(Shotgun Honey, September 19, 2023)

 

THE REFEREE by C. W. Blackwell

(Shotgun Honey, October 12, 2023)

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN by Serena Jayne

(Shotgun Honey, January 9, 2023)

 

TEDDY’S FAVORITE THING by Paul Ryan O’Connor

(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2023)

 

SUPPLY CHAINS by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

(Black Cat Weekly #89)

 

 

SHORT STORY 

 

DENIM MINING by Michael Bracken

(Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2023)

 

DOGS OF WAR by Michael Bracken & Stacy Woodson

(Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir Volume Four, Down & Out Books)

 

LAST DAY AT THE JACKRABBIT by John Floyd

(The Strand, May 2023)

 

I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS by Josh Pachter

(Mystery Magazine, July 2023)

 

JUDGE NOT by Twist Phelan

(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2023)

 

A TAIL OF JUSTICE by Shannon Taft

(Black Cat Weekly #114)


LONG STORY

 

HARD RAIN ON BEACH STREET by C. W. Blackwell

(Killin’ Time in San Diego, Down & Out Books)

 

REVERSION by Marcelle Dubé

(Mystery Magazine, April 2023)

 

BACK TO HELL HOUSE by Nick Kolakowski

(Vautrin, Fall 2023)

 

TROUBLED WATER by donalee Moulton

(Black Cat Weekly #75)

 

IT’S NOT EVEN PAST by Anna Scotti

(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2023)

 

GOOD DEED FOR THE DAY by Bonnar Spring

(Wolfsbane: Best New England Crime Stories, Crime Spell Books)

 

IGNATIUS RUM-AND-COLA by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

(Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2023)

 

 

NOVELETTE

 

VENGEANCE WEAPON by James R. Benn

(The Refusal Camp: Stories by James R. Benn, Soho Press)

 

MRS. HYDE by David Dean

(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2023)

 

THE CASE OF THE BOGUS CINDERELLAS by Jacqueline Freimor

(Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, July/Aug 2023)

 

MADAM TOMAHAWK by Nick Kolakowski

(A Grifter’s Song, Down & Out Books, 2023)

 

CATHERINE THE GREAT by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

(WMG 2023 Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories)