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Includes "A Sure Thing" by CC Guthrie, nominated for a 2020 Derringer Award for Best Short Story.
Includes "Who They Are Now by Victoria Weisfeld, winner of the 2020 Public Safety Writers Association competition for Best Short Story.
Stories by Tom Barlow, Susan Daly, Lisa de Nikolits, P.A. De Voe, Peter DiChellis, Lesley A. Diehl, Mary Dutta, C.C. Guthrie, William Kamowski, V.S. Kemanis, Lisa Lieberman, Edward Lodi, Rosemary McCracken, LD Masterson, Edith Maxwell, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Peggy Rothschild, Johanna Beate Stumpf, Victoria Weisfeld, and Chris Wheatley. *Long-listed for the 2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Readers' Choice Award.
Whether it’s 1950s Hollywood, a scientific experiment, or a yard sale in suburbia, the twenty-two authors represented in this collection of mystery and suspense interpret the overarching theme of “heartbreaks and half-truths” in their own inimitable style, where only one thing is certain: Behind every broken heart lies a half-truth.
And behind every half-truth lies a secret.
Featuring stories by Sharon Hart Addy, Paula Gail Benson, James Blakey, Gustavo Bondoni, Susan Daly, Buzz Dixon, Rhonda Eikamp, Christine Eskilson,Tracy Falenwolfe, KateFlora, John M.Floyd, J.A. Henderson, Blair Keetch, Steve Liskow, Edward Lodi, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Peggy Rothschild, Joseph S.Walker, James Lincoln Warren, Chris Wheatley and Robb T. White.
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:
“The Roaring Twenties Revisited” by John H. Dromey: can a mature amateur sleuth go undercover and match wits with an alleged criminal kingpin, or will she only be fooling herself?
“The Mystery Of The Egyptian Biscuit” by Jeffery Scott Sims: wheat from an eons old Egyptian Tomb? It was found by the curiously damaged mummy of the sorcerer Artocris. Professor Vorchek seeks the link between the ancient food, the fate of Artocris, and more recent deaths.
“Mixed Identities” by Martin Hill Ortiz: when a bleeding stranger breaks into a cabin after midnight, the house-sitter is mistaken for a private eye. No one is who they say they are.
“Flashgun” by Bruce W. Most: 1930s tabloid crime photographer Weegee prides himself at being first on a murder scene. But when a big-time gangster is gunned down, he’s shocked to find photographers already there. Discovering why leads to more than a front-page photo.
“The Case Of The Disappearing Diamonds” by Benjamin Mark: diamonds have been mysteriously disappearing from their parcels. Blunt and Sharpe have been assigned to discover the methodology use to steal those diamonds. How they do that is the story behind the case.
“The Pig Is Committed” by Josh Pachter: to produce a bacon-and-eggs breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed …
“One Night At Clancy's” by Chris Wheatley: PI Joe Larrone thinks he's got the goods on crime boss Harry Ruddock, but is there another rat in the city smarter than them both?
“The Last Mission” by Martin Roy Hill: sometimes what you do in war comes back to haunt you, no matter that you did it for good reasons.
Classic authors include: Stacy Aumonier, Robert Barr, Irvin S. Cobb, Wilkie Collins, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, E.W. Hornung, Fergus Hume, Maurice Leblanc, Jack London, Baroness Orczy, Melville Davisson Post, Edgar Wallace, Victor L. Whitechurch, Oscar Wilde.
These four components are combined in this volume to celebrate the art and culture of storytelling.
Each tale contains a festival, fair, carnival, or celebratory event to honor the antiquity and the importance of writing and scripture: to record history or to alter it, to entertain all types of populations, and to explore and explain the world around us.We are honored to have 58 stories from the below 39 authors. Their talents have embodied the mission of this anthology. From all walks of life, they have unique abilities to excite and inform, to render realism and alter imagination, to amaze, delight, terrify, and fascinate us as readers. Their work is more than worthy of this, A Celebration of Storytelling.
Hansen Adcock ~ Justin Boote ~ Gustavo Bondoni ~ Kenneth Bykerk ~ Dwain Campbell ~ Laura J. Campbell ~ Gregg Chamberlain ~ Stuart Croskell ~ Lawrence Dagstine ~ Danielle Davis ~ GD Deckard ~ Kevin M. Folliard ~ John A. Frochio ~ Steven Gladwin ~ Kelly Kurtzhals Geiger ~ Elana Gomel ~ Max Griffin ~ L.L. Hill ~ Tim Jeffreys ~ Carl R. Jennings ~ Adrian Ludens ~ Stefan Markos ~ Jonathon Mast ~ Andrew McCormick ~ Jason J. McCuiston ~ Bruce Meyer ~ Christine Morgan ~ Peter Emmett Naughton ~ KB Nelson ~ Gregory L. Norris ~ Quinn Parker ~ Eric Reitan ~ Alistair Rey ~ John B. Rosenman ~ Bradley H. Sinor ~ Susan P. Sinor ~ Nickolas Urpi ~ Christopher Wheatley ~ Martin Zeigler
Strange lights. Alien visitations. UFOs. Implanted technology. Unexplained disappearances. And cows. Roswell, New Mexico, a crossroads of extraterrestrial encounters, is the starting point for 18 dark tales which take place Not Far from Roswell.
Though aliens haunt the pages of Not Far from Roswell, at their heart, these stories are about people and the choices they make when confronted with beings from beyond our world.
Featuring fiction by Brian Trent, Gregory L. Norris, Robert Borski, Jason J. McCuiston, Laura Kostur, Gordon Grice, Paul R. McNamee, James Edward O'Brien, Annelise Knoot, W.T. Paterson, Robert E. Waters, Joe Vasicek, Mike Adamson, Steven R. Southard, Brock Poulsen, Christopher Wheatley, TJ Perkins, Jarod Anderson, and Evan Dicken.
Not Far from Roswellis the perfect read for a starry night But be warned—according to these stories—we are not alone.