Category Archives: Characters

“Owl’s World” (by David Dean)

Although he’s written several novels, David Dean is primarily a short-story writer. After debuting in EQMM’s Department of First Stories more than thirty years ago, he’s continued to produce a number of stories for us each year, while also contributing … Continue reading

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“The Most Versatile of All Genres?” (by Mike Adamson)

Mike Adamson made his EQMM debut in our January/February 2021 issue with the story “The Shadow of the New.” Previously, most of his stories were in the field of speculative fiction, where he’s received nominations for the Hugo and Aurealis … Continue reading

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“It Matters Who Killed Roger Ackroyd” (by Ray Bazowski)

Last week, EQMM’s March/April issue went on sale. In it is the Department of First Stories debut of Ray Bazowski. The professor of politics at Toronto’s York University had previously submitted this first work of fiction, “Mother,” under a different … Continue reading

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“Showdown: Levin vs. Goldman” (by Kevin Mims)

This week we have another essay by short-story writer and popular-fiction fan Kevin Mims. In it he deals with two giants of our genre (and several other genres!) and sets up an interesting comparison.—Janet Hutchings Back in the early 1990s, … Continue reading

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2021, TWELFTH NIGHT, AND 80 YEARS

I’d intended to start this post with best wishes for Twelfth Night, which I always thought of as falling on January 6. These days I find myself checking a lot of my assumptions, however, and on consulting Wikipedia I found … Continue reading

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“City Sagas” (by Kevin Mims)

Essayist and short-story writer Kevin Mims is a frequent contributor to this site. A popular-fiction aficionado—especially when it comes to paperbacks of the late twentieth century—he often provides insight into the intersection and development of genres. That’s certainly true of … Continue reading

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“The Two Pittsburghs; or, the Birth of a Crime Writer” by Travis Kennedy

Maine writer Travis Kennedy‘s work has been recognized by Best American Mystery Stories and featured in McSweeney’s, Level Best Books’ Best New England Crime Stories anthologies, and Suspense Magazine (forthcoming). He is the author of the novel Booty, and his gritty tale “Duel of the Aces” appears … Continue reading

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“Questions Asked of Writers” (by LaToya Jovena)

A wife and mother, LaToya Jovena lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Her fiction has previously appeared in Litbreak magazine, but her first paid professional fiction publication is “The Winner,”  a story that will appear in the Department of … Continue reading

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“Murderous Decoys—Philip MacDonald and ‘Love Lies Bleeding’” (by R.T. Raichev)

R. T. Raichev is a scholar of the mystery as well as a writer of mystery short stories and novels. His most recent story for EQMM, “The Other Imelda,” will appear in our next issue, November/December 2020, on sale October … Continue reading

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“The Man Who Would Be King (and Tevis and Kesey and Levin, Etc.” (by Kevin Mims)

These days, time certainly feels to be an uncertain entity. In this post, essayist, frequent contributor to EQMM and AHMM, and prolific reader Kevin Mims—who has written about popular fiction many times before on this site—takes a look at popular … Continue reading

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