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About Brandon Barrows
Brandon Barrows is the author of several novels, most recently 3rd LAW: Mixed Magical Arts, a YA urban fantasy.
He has published over eighty stories, selected of which are collected in the books THE ALTAR IN THE HILLS and THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY.
He is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
He was a 2021 Mustang Award finalist and is a 2022 Derringer Award nominee.
On Twitter @brandonbarrows and online at www.brandonbarrowscomics.com
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In issue five:
"Blood Loss" by Trey R. Barker - It's been years since John saw Diane, but she was still beautiful, the wound still bled, and John wasn't the only one who'd hurt.
"A Tale of Two Wives" by Christine Eskilson - Two wives, two deaths - I swear it's just a coincidence!
"Edwin Gets an Idea" by Susan Oleksiw - It was rare, but Edwin had an idea and it might even be a good one.
"Double or Nothing" by Brandon Barrows - It was all on the line: the payoff of a lifetime or the end of the road.
"A Mischief of Rats" by Robb T. White - The worst neighbors simply require the worst solutions.
"Mercy Killings" by Marie Anderson - It wasn't murder, he was just doing them a favor putting them out of their misery.
"Lunch" by Dustin Walker - Mac needs an in. All he has to do is survive one little luncheon...
"Eden Praire Heist" (article) by Antony Perconti
All brand-new material by top writers!
The Lost Librarian's Grave runs the gamut of horror and weird fiction, from a mutant in Chernobyl to a living monstrosity in India, from lethal curses in Japan and Greece to advice how to become a successful zombie, from an exorcist far stranger than the demons he dispatches to a civilized battle between polite sorcerers in New York City, and much more.
So What's Inside?
Witches, Magicians, and Sorcery
- “Medusa’s Mirror” by Paul L. Bates
- “Snake and Sinew, Flame and Bone” by Amanda Cecelia Lang
- “The Artist” by Mike Murphy
- “The Clearing” by Helen Power
- “The Maze of Moonlight and Mirrors” by Gerri Leen (poem)
The Dead, the Mad, and the Terrified
- “Rathbone” by Zach Ellenberger
- “The Glorious Protection of Angels” by Michelle Ann King
- “The Jump” by Pauline Yates
- “Three Bad Things” by Kathy Kingston
Ancient Days and Apocalypse Now
- “Butterflies of the Longest Night” by Russell Hammell
- “Death, and the Scent of Tea” by Cheryl Zaidan
- “The Day in Gold” by Adele Gardner
- “The Savage Night” by Pedro Iniguez
- “Valhalla is a Lie” by Benjamin Thomas
Strange Adventures and Weird Journeys
- “Among Stars and Stones” by Brandon Barrows
- “Mother Winter” by Matthew Chabin
- “He Gets Hungry Sometimes” by Carol Gyzander
- “The Little People” by Kurt Newton
- “They Never Left” by Matthew McKiernan
A Murder of Gargoyles
- “Gargoyle of the World, Unite!” by Mary Jo Rabe
- “Odd Job Tom” by Eddie Generous
- “The Grotesque” by Rhonda Parrish (poem)
The Scientific Method
- “Aegir’s Son” by Edward Ahern
- “Bottled Rage” by Owen Auch
- "Voyage of the PFV-4" by David Rose
Ghosts and the Grave
- “Good Boy Anyway” Briana McGuckin
- “The Infinity of Worse” by Ken Hueler
- “The Problem with Bottling Troublesome Spirits” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
- “A Bed Both Long and Narrow” by Sipora Coffelt
- “Blooms of Darkness” by Melissa Miles
- “Face to Face” by Tom Leveen
An Eye for an Eye
- “Inside a Refrigerator” by Adrian Ludens
- “Ocular” by Nidheesh Samant
- “Penance” by J.V. Gachs
- “The Binding of Chrysanthoula” by Angeliki Radou
End of the Line
- “Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson
- “Nature versus Nurture” by Gerri Leen (poem)
- “The Ocean’s Misfortune” by Alison McBain
- “The Woman in th
"A small town police procedural with a big heart." –BestThrillers.com
Politically blacklisted detective Luke Campbell's last chance in law-enforcement is a job with the police department of rural Granton, Vermont. It's a beautiful town, home to a beautiful, intriguing girl who's caught his eye, and it's a chance at redemption. Even if his new boss seems strange, secretive, and vaguely sinister, Campbell is willing to give this opportunity a shot. And no sooner does he make that decision than the first in a series of murders is discovered, starting a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone in this once-quiet town.
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, “Cajun State” by O’Neil De Noux, there is not much crime at Cajun State University … until someone steals the big Christmas tree from campus. Retired New Orleans police detective Hunter Bourget, now a university cop has to find that tree (and who stole it).
“Fruit On The Bottom” by Maura Yzmore: A woman doubts her reality as certain foods, which help with her chronic condition, keep vanishing from the fridge.
“Fair Is Fair” by Brandon Barrows: Jason Brockman has money troubles and no time to solve them. When he stumbles across the perfect extortion opportunity, what else is he supposed to do but take it? Of course, it's never that simple and there's always a problem you can't foresee …
In “The Christmas Caper” by Sharon Hart Addy even a Grinch’s best laid plans get tripped up.
In “Just Another Small Town Death” by Joseph Goodrich, a policeman in a small Minnesota town investigates the death of a woman he'd known—and loved—when he was a child.
In “A Hungarian Christmas” by Vicki Weisfeld, Veronika convinces her young fiancé, Bert, that every Hungarian girl must have a present on Hungarian Christmas.
“Another Body” by Steve Beresford: Casey Baxter seems to have a knack for finding dead bodies, and when she finds another—lying stabbed in the automated warehouse where she works—it’s the start of a very peculiar day …
“Santa Walks Into A Bar” by Frank Oreto: Wearing the Santa suit to Drake's Bar and Grill had been a joke. But after that night Officer Paul Drazdzinski wouldn't laugh for years.
“The X In Xmas” by Robert Jeschonek: To solve the murder of a Mafia boss at Christmastime, Detective Charlie Collins joins forces with a female detective who has plenty of mob connections. The twisted holiday traditions of local wise guys lead them down a dark road decorated with death.
Try solving “Not Even The Mouse,” A You-Solve-It By Eric B Ruark.
Original tales about the other, moodier season of change
Some of the short stories and poems in Autumn Noir unfold as gently as a wisp of chimney smoke. Others bring the heart-thumping thrills of an end-of-summer storm. All feature characters as vibrant as fall foliage and dialogue as crisp as autumn air. Join the down (but maybe not quite out), the struggling, the wicked, the forlorn, and the broken-hearted as they stumble and sometimes fall all the way down. To paraphrase Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy read.”REVIEWS
"Some stories leave you hanging and gasping for more, some make you chuckle at the clever wickedness of seemingly innocent sneaky characters, some leave you shocked over twists at the end. All are worth reading. Autumn Noir: An Unsettling Reads Anthology is the perfect book for a cold night before a blazing fire."
— Kathleen Kaska, author of the award-winning Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series
"Autumn Noir contains stories that get under your skin... an exciting collection of stories, some will make you smile, others will send a chill down your spine, and others will keep you guessing the outcome. I loved it!"
— Kathryn Lane, award-winning author of the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series
Find some of your favorite authors and discover some new ones. Includes tales by Bev Vincent, Bethany Maines, Teresa Trent, Brandon Barrows, Stephen D. Rogers, and many more from the crime, mystery, noir, suspense, and thriller genres. Includes the following stories & poems:
- ‘A Slice for Stanley’ © 2021 Teresa Trent
- ‘Abscission’ © 2021 Dustin Engstrom
- ‘An Orchid to Die For’ © 2021 Wendy Harrison
- ‘Anathema’ © 2021 Robin Knabel
- ‘Autumn Heat’ © 2021 Oisin Breen
- ‘Death & Flying Saucers’ © 2021 Matthew Kresal
- ‘Escape Velocity’ © 2021 Bev Vincent
- ‘Every Single Funeral’ © 2021 Bethany Maines
- ‘Golden Silence’ © 2021 V.S. Kemanis
- ‘Hand Shadows’ © 2021 Rikki Santer
- ‘Hope Is an Opiate’ © 2021 Bob McNeil
- ‘Killer in a Diner’ © 2021 Nathan Squiers
- ‘Let It Go’ © 2021 Brandon Barrows
- ‘Misunderstood’ © 2021 Elif Offner
- ‘Nineteen Creaks’ © 2021 Peter DiChellis
- ‘Perdita’s Shoes’ © 2021 Kat Devitt
- ‘Poor Insect’ © 2021 D.P. Blanchard
- ‘Sensing the Fall’ © 2021 Stephen D.
In issue four:
"Poor Little Rich Man" by Brandon Barrows - When a man dies on PI Sam Harrigan's literal doorstep he wouldn't be a detective, or human, if he didn't investigate.
"Badge" by Michael Grimala - Even without a badge, the desire to protect and serve never goes away.
"See the Signs" by Craig Terlson - Dick may have left the police, but even as a private detective, the warnings were clear.
"Caleb's Cannon" by M.E. Proctor - Harry has no interest in insurance fraud or Caleb's tall tales, but a job is a job, and maybe it's a good thing he listened...
"Lucy's Inferno" by Robb T. White - Luther "Lucy" Milton has a talent for arson investigations. It's dangerous work, but at least he's never bored...
"No One's Trash" by Luke Foster - A hotshot killed Eddie Red, but Eddie wasn't a user, and Joe cares about Eddie even if no one else does.
All brand-new material by top writers!
In issue one:
“Midnight at the Oasis” by Robb T. White - Nate thought he and his uncle Rex were as close as brothers until one midnight at the Oasis changed everything.
“French Twist” by Joe Giordano - While on vacation in Paris, American Max Caspian offers police his assistance with a very unusual murder.
“Unprincipaled” by Stephen Sottong - Everyone wondered about the day Principal Taylor stole the truck. Nobody would have ever guessed the reason.
“Give Me a Reason” by Brandon Barrows - Something was taken from Chris Zender while serving in Afghanistan and if he can't get it back, he'll get revenge.
“Bridal Wreath” by Jill Hand - Robin was lonely for a long time. Then she met Richard, then Richard brought the flowers...
“Cymbaline” by Alec Cizak - When Raven and Sparrow saw an opportunity, naturally, they took it. Wouldn't you?
“Chasing 61” by Bruce Harris - The Babe set the record of sixty homeruns. Both Roger Maris and Frankie Z. aim to break it.
“The Famous Last Words of Mickey Spillane” (Article) by Mike McHone
All brand-new material by top crime writers!
Featuring Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, James Sallis, A.K. Benedict, USA Today-bestseller Samantha Lee Howe, Joe R. Lansdale and many more.
An anthology of exclusive new short stories in tribute to the master of pulp era crime writing, Cornell Woolrich. Woolrich, also published as William Irish and George Hopley, stands with Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett as a legend in the genre.
He is a hugely influential figure for crime writers, and is also remembered through the 50+ films made from his novels and stories, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, I Married a Dead Man, Phantom Lady, Truffaut's La Sirène du Mississippi, and Black Alibi.
Collected and edited by one of the most experienced editors in the field, Maxim Jakubowski, features original work from:
Joe R. Lansdale
Paul Di Filippo
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Joseph S. Walker
Samantha Lee Howe
O'Neil De Noux
Ana Teresa Pereira
We return! This issue is packed with both fiction and non-fiction – including lots of reviews – in fact we have the first in a semi-regular column, Dicing With Death, which will cover games of some relevance. Once again we’ve sought out tales which show the sheer breadth of the sub-genre. If you think ‘occult detectives’ are simply a few Victorian amateurs, an out-of-luck noir PI in a trench-coat, or a bit of urban fantasy, you must have missed our earlier issues. In these pages, we range across time and continents, from worrying peculiarities to outright horror.
Authors include Melanie Atherton Allen, Brandon Barrows, Rebecca Buchanan, Robert Guffey, Rhys Hughes, D.G. Laderoute, Paul StJohn Mackintosh, Andrew Neil MacLeod, Jonathon Mast, Uchechukwu Nwaka, C.L. Raven, Carsten Schmitt, I.A. Watson and Cristina L. White. With cover art by Stefan Keller and interior illustrations by Autumn Barlow, Mutartis Boswell and Andy Paciorek.
StoryHack, Issue Four is finally here! Featuring past favorite and new authors, all penning works of furious adventure. Here's the lineup:
by Sidney Blaylock, Jr.
The captain of the King's Guard vows to kill the assassin after the death of the King. There's only one problem: it turns out she may not have been the killer.
by Spencer E. Hart
College-age Frank Mason accompanies his father to the private island of a reclusive billionaire and his lovely, yet lonely daughter. When armed men storm the house, what can they do to rescue their fathers?
Beyond the Temple of Baktaar
by Jason Restrick
Three years ago, Sam Walters emerged from those ruins, alone, unable to discover what had happened to his friend. Now, as he fights in the trenches of France during World War 1, a mysterious apparition in the night hands him his friend's journal.
by Brandon Barrows
Clint Hagar never encountered a foe he couldn't beat with bullets or fists - until he met the desert, alone and afoot. And though he survived, something inside of him has broken and he must now battle both his own fear and self-doubt while trying to protect a small, isolated town from the outlaws who terrorize it.
My Foe Outstretched
by Misha Burnett
In a future world two men fight a duel in the ruins under the city. The rules are simple--two men enter the tunnel, one man leaves.
by Julie Frost
A young werewolf, an abusive alpha, and a new pack--in space.
The Bouncer's Tale
by Jon Mollison
Trapped in a life as muscle for a crime syndicate, Robert "Bomber" Robinson struggles to maintain his humanity during the second worst night of his life.
by John M. Olsen
A retired military veteran settles down on a distant planet away from his old life only to find that violence is a universal trait. Old habits resurface as he is forced to step up and defend his neighbors.
The Spirit of St. George
by Damascus Mincemeyer
In an alternate 1922, a biplane squadron must engage in aerial combat with dragons that are ravaging the American Rockies.
33 Original Tales About Summer's Darker Side
Inspired by an earworm from a song in the 1978 film, Grease, "summer lovin'" became “summer bludgeon.” Voila! A new collection was born. The stories, poems, and art included in this collection highlight the dark corners of our hearts. They pull back the curtains and show us people at odds, broken relationships, romantic love gone terribly wrong. Cold deeds and chilling words unfold against the simmering backdrop of the "warmest" season of the year.Stories, art, and poetry included:
‘A Daughter’s Love’ by Ewan A. Dougall
‘A Swing and a Mistress’ by Jahmil Effend
‘Bag It Up’ by Allison Vincent
‘Benny’s Last Hike’ by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
‘Cerulean Pools of Arizona’ by Corey Lynn Fayman
‘Checkmate’ by Robin Knabel
‘Complicated’ by Elliott Orchard-Blowen
‘Consternation 2bb by Edward Michael Supranowicz
‘Coonhounds, For Instance’ by Justin Thurman
‘Crimes Against Fashion’ by Amanda Nicholson
‘Death by Porn’ by Amanda Nicholson
‘Dinner for Two’ by Ken Luer
‘Double Play’ by Bev Vincent
‘Evidence' by Frank William Finney
‘Gone Without a Trace' by H. Dair Brown
‘Help Yourself’ by Brandon Barrows
‘Hopelessly Devoted’ by Katie Brunecz
‘Nest’ by Mark Thomas
‘Nightshade’ by Edward Michael Supranowicz
‘Old Friends’ by Gay McKenna
‘P’ by Lee Pletzers
‘Rendezvous on the Riviera’ by Elyse Kallen
‘The Class Ring’ by Shannon Lawrence
‘The Dullingham Murder’ by Chris Wheatley
‘The Getaway’ by Brian J. Smith
‘The Glass Cage’ by Joseph J Dowling
‘The Last Summer’ by Christine Eskilson
‘The Tangled Web’ by Eric Knabel
‘This Small Matter About Some Diamonds’ by JM Connors
‘Song of the Summer’ by Jacob Steven Mohr
‘Stuck’ by Yvette Viets Flaten
‘Tony Rock n’ Roll, or The First Last Day of Disco’ by Sebastian Corbascio
‘Wasted’ by Cath S Nichols
‘Worse Things’ by Joseph S. Walker