What the Mystery Genre Gets Right by W.W. Mauck
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W.W. Mauck made his fiction debut in the Department of First Stories of EQMM’s November/December 2022 issue with the story “A Ghost for Marcy’s Garden.” In case you missed the story when the issue came out, the author recorded it for our November 1, 2022 podcast, which you can find here: link. In this post, he talks about what attracted him to the mystery genre. To illustrate his interesting observations about the form, he discusses Anne Swardson’s story “Uncaged,” from EQMM’s September/October 2022 issue. If you have not yet had a chance to read that story, we’d like to warn you to stop readi ..read more
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The Short Story Then & Now (by Tom Tolnay)
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Tom Tolnay is the author of dozens of published short stories, both literary and genre. He’s had two dozen stories published in EQMM over the years. One of his literary stories, “The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald,” was a winner of the Literal Latte short story contest and was later made into a film that was shown at festivals in Hollywood, Toronto, Savannah, and Woodstock. He’s in a good position, since he straddles the literary-genre divide, to make some observations regarding it. His latest short story collection is the just-published Reading Old Books: A Farce in Two Novellas (from Atmospher ..read more
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It Takes a (Chinese) Village (by SJ Rozan and John Shen Yen Nee)
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EQMM’s current issue (January/February 2023) contains a collaboration between Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Award-winning writer SJ Rozan, the author of eighteen novels and more than eighty short stories, and entrepreneur, producer, former Senior Vice President at DC Comics, and former Publisher at Marvel Comics John Shen Yen Nee. John was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to a Chinese father and a Scottish-American mother, an ancestry that probably had a role in his coming up with the concept for his collaboration with SJ. I will let them tell the story of the process by which their contribution ..read more
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Groundhog’s Day (by Bill Bassman)
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Bill Bassman makes his debut as a professional fiction writer with the story “Errand for a Neighbor” in our current issue, January/February 2023 (see the Department of First Stories). He’s a software engineer and a former teacher, and he tells EQMM that he’s a lifelong fan of crime fiction, although the closest he ever came to real detective work was a year as health inspector for the city of Philadelphia. Authors come to fiction writing as a result of varying impetuses; Bill explains one of the things that pushed him in that direction in this post. I hope it brings a smile to readers on ..read more
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Confessions of a Repentant Sesquipedalianist (by Sean McCluskey)
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Sean McCluskey makes his fiction debut with the story “The Soiled Dove of Shallow Hollow” in EQMM’s current issue (January/February 2023). He tells EQMM that he is a federal agent on a fugitive task force in New York and that he appeared briefly on a reality show about it, experiences that convinced him he much prefers fictional to real crime. We’re glad he does, because his is a very original new voice in the field. In this post he talks about his struggle to cut unnecessary words—a battle most writers will have had to wage at one time or another.  —Janet Hutchings I have a problem: I w ..read more
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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EQMM!
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EQMM!
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2022 EQMM READERS AWARD BALLOT DEADLINE EXTENDED!
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The EQMM Readers Award ballot deadline has been extended to January 19, 2023! Find more information in the November/December 2022 issue. Make your opinion about the year’s issues and next year’s heard ..read more
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Travel Ban (by David Dean)
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David Dean made his fiction debut in EQMM in 1990 and is a two-time winner of the EQMM Readers Award. His best-known series character is Police Chief Julian Hall.  A new Dean character will debut in EQMM’s March/April 2023 issue: “alienist” Dr. Beckett Marchland. That series is set in England. The author is recently returned from the U.K.—a trip that inspired this post. His reflections on travel and fiction writing complement last week’s post by Josh Pachter, but that is entirely coincidental.  Don’t miss the newly released second collection of David Dean stories from Genius Press: T ..read more
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Passport to Crime Fiction (by Josh Pachter)
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Over many decades, Josh Pachter has been an invaluable contributor to EQMM as a writer, anthology editor, translator, go-to person for information on EQMM’s history, and general friend of the magazine. When I heard that he would be traveling and teaching mystery and crime fiction courses in Europe this fall, I asked him to do a post for this site about his classes, his adventures, and the EQMM authors he visited. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this account of his past few weeks and the many photos of people whose work you’ve seen in EQMM.  And I raise my own glass to Josh’s toast at the end. —Jane ..read more
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