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Raise a Glass to the Bad Guys (by Derek Haas)

Derek Haas’s first story for EQMM, “Snitches Get Stitches,” is coming up in the Black Mask department of our next issue (July/August), on sale June 14. Its central character is an antihero with whom readers will nevertheless sympathize. It’s the … Continue reading

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Running With Marathon Man, or How I Stopped Worrying About Genre and Learned to Write Mystery (by Sylvia Maultash Warsh)

Sylvia Maultash Warsh is the author of the Dr. Rebecca Temple novels, one of which, Find Me Again, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best paperback original in 2004. The other two books in the series were nominated for an … Continue reading

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Revenge is a Dish Best Served with Brick and Mortar (by Andrew Bourelle)

Author of the acclaimed thriller novels 48 Hours to Kill and Heavy Metal, Andrew Bourelle has also coauthored with James Patterson the New York Times best sellers Texas Ranger and Texas Outlaw. His short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines and in various anthologies. Two have been … Continue reading

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How to Flip Eggs and Influence People (by Tyler Fiecke)

Minnesotan Tyler Fiecke makes his fiction debut in EQMM’s current issue (May/June 2022) with the story “Runner.” A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, he makes his living as a chef and has been part of the culinary scene around the … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Long Story (or Novella/Novelette) (by Daniel C. Bartlett)

Daniel C. Bartlett’s short fiction has appeared in a number of literary and crime-fiction publications, including Iron Horse Literary Review, Chiron Review, and Mystery Magazine. He’s also a novelist whose first book has been signed with a literary agent while a second … Continue reading

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The Scariest Part of Writing Mysteries: The Beginning, the Middle, and the End (by Sharyn Kolberg)

The author of many popular nonfiction books, Sharyn Kolberg is a relative newcomer to fiction writing. She makes her EQMM debut in the issue that goes on sale next week (May/June 2022), with the story “The Thesaurus of Love and … Continue reading

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Is it Real or is it Fictionex? (by Rebecca K. Jones)

Rebecca K. Jones made her fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in September/October 2009 with a story cowritten with her father, frequent EQMM contributor and translator Josh Pachter.  This month, her first novel, Steadying the Ark, was published. … Continue reading

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A Comeback for the Cozy Mystery? (by Janet Hutchings)

The traditional or “cozy” mystery seems to be enjoying something of a resurgence. At EQMM, we are currently seeing a slight uptick in that type of mystery in our short-story submissions, after years of it being a rarity. Novels in … Continue reading

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James Crumley’s Unfilmable Masterpiece (by Jameson Trahearne)

Jameson Trahearne is a pseudonymous new writer whose pen name, first and last, is taken from characters in the novels of James Crumley. In this post, one of Crumley’s great novels, The Last Good Kiss, is examined in detail. We … Continue reading

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Christie by Candlelight (by Ashley-Ruth Bernier)

A writer from the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ashley-Ruth Bernier has had stories published in the distinguished literary journal The Caribbean Writer. She’s a teacher at a local elementary school who manages to write in … Continue reading

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