Category Archives: Fiction

“Edgar Allan” (by David Dean)

David Dean, an EQMM Readers Award winner and an Edgar nominee, has blogged for this site a couple of times before (See “The Human Condition” and “A Day in the Life of the Creative Writer”), and his evocative stories have … Continue reading

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“Thoughts on Noir and Story” (Robert Rivers)

Pseudonymous new writer Robert Rivers appears in the Department of First Stories of EQMM’s current issue, September/October 2017. By day the Bostonian works for a Danish company that makes health-care products, making time to write in the early morning and … Continue reading

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“Disasters and Inspirations” by O’Neil De Noux

A contributor to EQMM for nearly a quarter of a century, O’Neil De Noux writes primarily in the crime-fiction genre but sometimes ventures into other genres such as science fiction. He is a winner of the Derringer and Shamus Awards, … Continue reading

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“Doing the Twist” (by Laura Pigott)

With our September/October issue just on sale, this morning we introduce a writer whose Department of First Stories debut appears in that issue. Laura Pigott works in the field of corporate communications, but she has been interested in mysteries since … Continue reading

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ON ENDINGS

Recently I was asked to serve on a short-story panel at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto (October 12-15) that will attempt to provide advice to new writers on various aspects of craft. The panel’s moderator, frequent EQMM and … Continue reading

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“The Trials of Writing at 65 MPH” (by M.C. Lee)

Fiction writers come from all walks of life, as this post demonstrates. And those who really have it in them to write will often endure many difficulties, even hardships, to make it possible. I’ve known writers who composed all their … Continue reading

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“The Story I’m About to Tell You Is (Mostly) a Lie” (by Con Lehane)

Con Lehane’s first short story for EQMM will appear in the Black Mask department of our September/October 2017 issue (on sale August 22). The author is a well-reviewed crime novelist whose work includes a series starring bartender sleuth Brian McNulty … Continue reading

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“Ten Days’ Wonder” (1948) by Ellery Queen (review by Arthur Vidro)

As I mentioned when he last blogged for this site, in January of this year, in addition to being a freelance editor and a writer of short stories (two can be found on EQMM’s website and blog), Arthur Vidro is … Continue reading

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“When Location Prompts a Staycation” (by Pat H. Broeske)

A California native, Pat Broeske has worked as a producer on reality-based, true-crime TV shows. She is also a veteran journalist and has coauthored two book-length biographies: the best-selling Howard Hughes: The Untold Story and Down at the End of … Continue reading

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“The Case of the Unrecognized Editor” (by John Duvall)

John Duvall is the Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of English at Purdue University. He has published extensively on modern and contemporary American fiction. In this post he discusses how EQMM helped to reignite the career of one of America’s greatest literary writers, … Continue reading

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