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About Michael Bracken
Recipient of the 2016 Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction, Michael is also a two-time recipient of the Derringer Award for his short mystery fiction and has received several awards for advertising copywriting.
Michael is editor of six crime fiction anthologies, including the Anthony Award-nominated The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods and the three-volume Fedora series, and stories from his anthologies have been short-listed for the Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, and Shamus awards.
He has contributed articles to "The Writer" and other writing publications, contributed a chapter to the writing textbook "Many Genres, One Craft," is one of five authors featured in "Writing Erotica," and is extensively quoted in "The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists." He regularly speaks about writing, editing, and publishing to audiences across the U.S. and Mexico.
Additional information about Michael, including a selected bibliography and his speaking schedule, is available at: www.CrimeFictionWriter.com. He blogs at CrimeFictionWriter.blogspot.com.
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have been widely flattered almost from the moment Rex Stout first wrote about them in 1934. The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe collects two dozen literary tributes to one of crime fiction’s best-loved private detectives and his Man Friday. Included are:
- A 1947 pastiche by award-winning crime writer Thomas Narcejac
- Rollicking new stories written especially for this collection by Michael Bracken and Robert Lopresti
- Stories by bestselling authors including Lawrence Block and Loren D. Estleman
- Chapters from Robert Goldsborough’s authorized continuation of the Wolfe series; Marion Mainwaring’s 1955 tour de force Murder in Pastiche; and John Lescroart’s Rasputin’s Revenge, which reimagines a young Wolfe as the son of Sherlock Holmes
Writing short stories takes “Skill. Discipline. Knowledge of the form while not being formulaic,” contends Louise Penny in her introduction. “In a short story there is nowhere to hide. Each must be original, fresh, inspired.” Originality is just what’s in store for readers of the twenty clever, creative selections in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. There’s no hiding from a Nigerian confidence game, a drug made of dinosaur bones, a bombing at an oil company, a reluctant gunfighter in the Old West, and the many other scams, dangers, and thrills lurking in its suspenseful pages.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 includes T. C. Boyle, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, Andrew Klavan, Martin Limón, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
The Eyes of Texas features seventeen original tales of Lone Star State private eyes from Trey R. Barker, Chuck Brownman, Michael Chandos, John M. Floyd, Debra H. Goldstein, James A. Hearn, Richard Helms, Robert S. Levinson, Scott Montgomery, Sandra Murphy, Josh Pachter, Michael Pool, Graham Powell, William Dylan Powell, Stephen D. Rogers, Mark Troy, and Bev Vincent.
Some of the Latest and Best from the Whodunnit Genre
The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page.
Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer.
Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Was the suspect or killer actually close to the scene or miles away? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon? Was the right person actually killed?
Fresh innovative murder stories. The locked room murder genre has always been a favorite. Collected by Maxim Jakubowski, one of the genre's eminent award-winning editors, his latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees.
A fan of Maxim Jakubowski’s The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories and The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories? Reader of books such as Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Her Body and Other Parties, or The Big Book of Female Detectives? A movie goer who liked Clue or Knives Out? Jakubowski’s latest book is for you.
With nine Grammys, multiple lifetime achievement awards, inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a Top Ten ranking on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time,” Joni Mitchell has established herself as one of the most important singer/songwriters, not only of her generation, but in the history of popular music.
In this collection, 28 crime writers pay tribute to Joni’s musical legacy with short stories inspired by her lyrics, representing each of her seventeen studio albums from 1968’s Song to a Seagull to 2007’s Shine.
Many of the classics are represented here, including “Both Sides, Now” (in the first literary collaboration between Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, who have each won major awards for their fiction), “Big Yellow Taxi” (by Kathryn O’Sullivan, author of the Colleen McCabe series), and “River” (by Stacy Woodson, winner of the 2019 Readers Choice Award from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine), plus such equally fascinating titles as “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire” (by Donna Andrews, author of the award-winning Meg Lanslow series), “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines” (by Amber Sparks), and “Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac” (by Michael Bracken). This anthology also includes contributions from Alison McMahan, Brendan DuBois, Edith Maxwell and many other talented writers.
The Barrister's Clerk, by Michael Robertson
The Belle Hope, by Peter DiChellis
Arroyo, by Michael Bracken
Muskeg Man, by Keenan Powell
The End of the World, by Susan Breen
To Protect the Guilty, by Kerry Hammond
Dying in Dokesville, by Alan Orloff
The House in Glamaig's Shadow, by William Burton McCormick
Summer Smugglers, by Triss Stein
The Jamaican Ice Mystery, by John Gregory Betancourt
Death at the Congressional Cemetery, by Verena Rose
Cabin in the Woods, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Mad About You, by G. M. Malliet
What Goes Around, by Kathryn Johnson
Summer Job, by Judith Green
Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place, by Leslie Wheeler
We Shall Fight Them, by Carla Coupe
Marigold in the Lake, by Susan Thibadeau
Murder on the Northern Lights Express, by Susan Daly
Czech Mate, by Kristin Kisska
Keep Calm and Love Moai, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
Isaac's Daughters, by Anita Page
A Divination of Death, by Edith Maxwell
Payback With Interest, by Cheryl Marceau
Island Time, by Laura Oles
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder, by Josh Pachter
The Breaker Boy, by Harriette Sackler
Death on the Beach, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
Ridgeline, by Peter W. J. Hayes
Ho'oponopono, by Robin Templeton
Also features a new Foreword, by Nancy Pickard
Melissa H. Blaine
John M. Floyd
Eleanor Cawood Jones
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.
Our cover feature, “Lucid” by Bill Kelly, is a femme fatale tale dealing with mystery, memory and murder.
“Only The Desperate Come Here” by Michael Mallory: People only come to attorney Scott Turley when there's no other choice. So when a confessed murderer with deep pockets and a powerful family retains him, he sees it as a big payday … not realizing the extent of the price to him.
“The Odds Are Good” by Josh Pachter: When Ginny Krause heads north to escape a bad second marriage, she finds Alaska full of surprises.
In “A Grave Mistake” by Rachel Amphlett a walk in the woods takes a dark turn for Ben.
In “The Power Of The Dog” by Leone Ciporin a girl wearing a dog costume is performing at a county fair with a kindergarten class, when a gunman rushes the stage. Can her costume help her save the children?
“Bone Soup” by Michael Bracken: Sheriff Sherri Fine won her election by mistake, and now she's faced with a cold case that pits her against the local political machine.
“A Little Housecleaning” by David Bart: Wade comes to understand the phrase: “The chickens have come home to roost.”
“Suicide Insurance” by Gerard J Waggett: The good news: Irish Twins twins Bobby and Ronan hit the lottery. Bad news: Their winning ticket connects them to the murder of a liquor store owner.
Getting Away, by Alan Orloff
Fairy Tales, by Art Taylor
Eb and Flo, by Josh Pachter
Crazy Cat Lady, by Barb Goffman
A Pie to Die For, by Meg Opperman
Murder at Madame Tussaud’s, by Dan Andriacco
Rooster Creek, by John M. Floyd
Don’t Bank on It, by Jack Halliday
Dixie Quickies, by Michael Bracken
Flight to the Flirty Flamingo, by Kaye George
The Italian Tile Mystery, by James Holding
Beside a Flowering Wall, by Fletcher Flora
The ABCs of Murder, by Josh Pachter
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The birth of evil…
In 2017, Splatterpunk masters Bentley Little, John Skipp Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee united in an extreme horror masterpiece, resulting in our largest and best-selling anthology to date.
However, the origin story of Blood Bound Books’ extreme reputation began here...
With cover art inspired by a 90's Slayer T-shirt and brought to life by the Maggotmeister Andrej Bartolovic, D.O.A. is twenty-eight stories of offensive, repulsive, and disturbing content.
Like an underground mix tape of from your favorite death metal bands, D.O.A. is raw and gritty, and the beginning of something epic.
WARNING: This anthology contains 28 stories of violence, sexual depravity, self-degradation, and other dark subjects taken to an extreme you've never read before. If consumed, please consult a mortician.
*Blood Bound Books does not in any way condone or endorse the actions described in the stories of this book.
Shane Mckenzie - John McNee - Robert Essig - Adrian Ludens -Craig Saunders - Kenneth Yu - J. Grant - Atris Ray III - Glynn Barrass - C.M. Saunders - Chad McKee - JW Schnarr - KJ Moore - Piper Morgan - Michael Bracken - Calie Voorhis - Quinn Hernandez - Michael Cieslak -Chris Reed -Stacy Bolli -Forrest Ingle -Matthew Keville -Tonia Brown - Eric Dimbleby - A.R. Braun -Uri Grey - R. Warren Smith -Alec Cizak
SOMETHING FISHY, by Michael Bracken
INSEPARABLE, INSUFFERABLE, by Alan Orloff
USE OF THE AWKWARD HAND, by Julie Leo
UMBERTO SCOLARI AND THE FEAST OF PARADISE, by Dayle A. Dermatis
MOE’S SEAFOOD HOUSE, by Ramona DeFelice Long
MUD SEASON, by Su Kopil
MESSIN’ WITH THE KID, by Steve Liskow
ASSASSIN’S SCROLL, by Tais Teng
TROUBLE IN MIND, by Cynthia Ward
Plus a bonus poem: THE TIMELINE MURDERS, by Janet Fox