Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reviewed: "Dixie Quickies"

In "Short & Sweet," his column in the just-arrived Winter issue of Mystery Scene Magazine, Ben Boulden reviews the first issue of Wildside Press's Black Cat Mystery Magazine, devoting two paragraphs to the issue, and singling out two stories for closer attention, including my "Dixie Quickies," which he calls "a thriller dressed as a straight crime story where a dead cartel gangster, a motel clerk, and a motel room maid, are all caught in the same gravitational pull."

Sunday, February 18, 2018


I completed and submitted my sixth shorty story of the year this evening. This one's a bit of crime fiction I started November 20, 2017.

Published: "My Stripper Past" and "The Mourning Man"

My story "My Stripper Past" appears in Pulp Adventures #28, and my story "The Mourning Man" appears in the March/April Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.


I finished and submitted my fifth short story of the year this afternoon. This one's a 5,600-word private eye story I started January 16.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Published: "Poster Child"

Today I write about all the mystery publications that have come and mostly gone, and about how publication in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine ties short story writers to the genre's history in a way publication in no other magazine does, in my guest post, "Poster Child," at Something Is Going to Happen:

Note: I also now blog as one of the SleuthSayers. My posts appear every third Tuesday at

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


I received my 4th acceptance of the year this afternoon. This one's for an essay.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Friday, February 02, 2018


I received my 3rd acceptance of the year last evening, this time for a reprint.