Category Archives: Characters

“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” (by Mike MacInnes)

Mike MacInnes trained as a lawyer in Canada before deciding to go to work for a publishing company, and to pursue his interest in writing. He currently writes summaries of legal cases by day, and as he explains in this … Continue reading

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“Summer Reading: Intro to Shakespeare and Agatha Christie” (by Roger Vaccaro)

Roger Vaccaro’s professional fiction debut, the story “Satan’s Circle,” appears in EQMM’s current issue (May/June 2021). The author is a professor of English at St. Johns River State College in St. Augustine, Florida, where, as he mentions in the following … Continue reading

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The Puerto Rican Mystery: Steven Torres Interviews Cina Pelayo and Richie Narvaez

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“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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