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14 Rules For Pretty Good Writing (by Ralph Hornbeck)

Ralph Hornbeck is a new writer for EQMM whose short story “Strangler Fig” is in this month’s Department of First Stories. Though he’s new to us—in fact, “Stranger Fig” is the first piece he’s ever published—he isn’t new to mystery … Continue reading

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The Wealth of Loneliness (by Michael Caleb Tasker)

Michael Caleb Tasker was born in Montreal, raised in New Orleans, and now resides in Australia, where he was a staff writer for Look, the Sydney-based fine arts magazine, for a number of years. Tasker’s writing has won the Saturday … Continue reading

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Payback (by Lou Manfredo)

Lou Manfredo’s latest story for EQMM, “Sundown,” appears in our current issue (March/April 2022). In it he brings back some characters who featured in a series of stories published in this magazine between 2009 and 2013. Those five previous tales starred Gus Oliver, constable … Continue reading

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Winners and Answers to EQMM’s 80th Anniversary Trivia Contest

One of the things that struck me most forcefully within my first few months as the editor of EQMM was the dedication of our magazine’s fans. The 1991 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Pasadena, California occurred during EQMM’s fiftieth anniverary … Continue reading

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The Veteran by Frederick Forsyth (by Kevin Mims)

This new post by Kevin Mims, essayist, short story writer, and frequent contributor to this blog, addresses again a subject he discussed in his September 2, 2021 post “A Semiforgotten Masterpiece of Short Fiction”—the short stories of Frederick Forsyth. If … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation, or Language Through the Looking-Glass (by Steve Steinbock)

All regular EQMM readers know who Steve Steinbock is: He took over the chief reviewing position in our distinguished book-review column The Jury Box in 2011, he became a published fiction writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 2010, … Continue reading

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Setting Would Be Nice (by K.L. Abrahamson)

K.L. Abrahamson’s story “Paleolithic” appears in EQMM’s current issue (January/February 2022). I cannot think of any recent EQMM story that relies more heavily on setting and atmosphere than this evocative suspense tale. I was therefore not surprised to see that … Continue reading

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A Journey During the Pandemic Months (by Raghu Roy)

Indian writer Raghu Roy currently lives in Mumbai. He makes his fiction debut in the Department of First Stories of our current issue (January/February 2022) with the story “The Policeman and the Dead.” As its title suggests, the story’s protagonist … Continue reading

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Writing in the Margin (by Cheryl Rogers)

As you’ll read in this post, Australian short-story writer Cheryl Rogers is a former journalist and the author of two nonfiction books. For her short fiction, she is a multiple winner of both the Henry Lawson Society of New South … Continue reading

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Ramping Up Mystery With Setting (by Karen Jobst)

Iowa writer Karen Jobst is a poet whose work has appeared in various literary magazines. Her first published fiction, “Into Thin Air,” appears in our current issue (January/February 2022), in the Department of First Stories. It’s the story of a … Continue reading

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