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ThomasPluck
May 16 2016

Book Review: Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens

Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley is a collection of short stories set in central Jersey, with linked characters searching for the meaning in their lives and the humanity...
CrimeHQ
January 27 2016

Introducing the World’s First Short Story Vending Machines

1, 3, or 5. While definitely odd, these are your only choices at the world’s first short story vending machines in Grenoble, France—a small town of 160,000 located in the French...
DavidCranmer
January 27 2016

Signs and Symbols but in Vane: The Hidden Mysteries of Two Vladimir Nabokov Short Stories

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), world renowned for two twentieth-century literary showpieces—Lolita and Pale Fire—was also a virtuoso at the short story form. From the time he fled Lenin’s...
DavidCranmer
January 7 2016

Hardboiled, Surreal, and Bewitching: 3 Haruki Murakami Short Stories

International novelist Haruki Murakami’s first novel, Hear the Wind Sing(1979) was an immediate success, and since then, he has developed a fanatic worldwide following that eagerly anticipates...
BrianGreene
October 31 2015

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories by Charles Beaumont

There are so many notable aspects of Charles Beaumont’s (1929-67) life and work, it’s hard to know where to being in naming them. He was a gifted writer of short stories and novels, one...
s.amper
October 7 2015

166 Years After His Death, Test Your Poe Q!

Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, and no one knows how. But a much more important mystery surrounds Poe’s life and his works. What most people think they know is way off the mark. Here’s...
CrimeHQ
September 25 2015

After “Lessons Learned,” We Announce The M.O.’s Next Story!

We're excited to announce the story we'll be publishing on the theme of “Lessons Learned” is... “Night Watchman” by A.M. Thurmond Thanks to all...
CToohey
September 23 2015

TBR Confessions: A Blue Labyrinth, 55 Heroes, and Magic

Do you have TBR Confessions to share? Don't keep them a secret! Give us the nod on 3 to 5 books for crime fans, and like the blabbermouths we are, we'll link to your full posts or write-ups...
CrimeHQ
September 11 2015

Haven’t You Learned? YOU Pick the Story for The M.O.!

Ah, smell the fresh school supplies and this ripe shortlist for The M.O.!  Read four sneak peeks of very-short stories, based on the theme of “Lesson Learned,” then vote at the...
Terrie
September 10 2015

Fresh Meat: On the Road with Del & Louise by Art Taylor

On the Road with Del & Louise by Art Taylor is a collection of six short stories that tell the tale of two criminal lovers trying to start a new life (available September 15, 2015). It’s...
CrimeHQ
September 3 2015

The ZINNG: Women Crime Writers, Poisoned Poe, and a Killer Whale

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s is a box set of work by Dorothy B. Hughes, Vera Caspary, Patricia Highsmith, Margaret Millar, Charlotte Armstrong, Dolores Hitchens,...
CrimeHQ
August 27 2015

Hurry! “Lesson Learned” Submissions Mailbox Closes Friday at Noon

At 11:59 a.m. tomorrow, The M.O. submissions close, so get to writing and tell us your “Lesson Learned.” Two weeks after the submissions mailbox closes (see more info at the link),...
CrimeHQ
August 21 2015

The ZINNG: Cocoa and Improbable Weapons

At Mystery Fanfare, the Macavity nominees for Best Short Story discuss the importance of first lines. The home of KISS's Gene Simmons is being searched by the LAPD, because something bad...
CrimeHQ
August 14 2015

“Lesson Learned” Submissions Open for the Next 2 Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is now open for your “Lesson Learned!” That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500...
DavidCranmer
August 12 2015

Infiltrations of the Surreal: Argetina’s Julio Cortázar

At the tender age of nine, and against his mother’s better judgement, Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) managed to get his hands on an Edgar Allan Poe collection. Years later, Cortázar...
CrimeHQ
July 31 2015

No Sweat, The M.O. Returns with a New Theme!

Summer's flying by and The M.O. is sweating with panic over the theme “Lesson Learned.” Write us a crime story in your blue book of one-thousand to fifteen-hundred words. The theme...
CrimeHQ
June 26 2015

Announcing The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Story!

Thanks for checking out our shortlist of great short crime stories and voting! We're excited to announce the “Wishful Thinking” story we'll be publishing in its entirety is... “The...
CrimeHQ
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight at midnight, and we'll be announcing the winner this Friday! So what are you waiting for? Head...
CrimeHQ
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity Awards from Mystery Readers International. “MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization...
CrimeHQ
June 12 2015

Pick The M.O.’s Next Story: Your Wish is Our Command!

Our wishes have come true, because we have a new crop of shortlisted stories for The M.O.! Read these four sneak peeks on the theme of “Wishful Thinking,” then vote at the bottom for...
DavidCranmer
June 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard

Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard is a collection of short, previously unpublished stories of both the Western and crime varieties (available June 16, 2015). Charlie Martz and Other...
CrimeHQ
June 9 2015

Announcing 2015’s Shamus Award Nominees!

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) have announced the nominees for 2015's Shamus awards, granted to works published during 2014. According to their guidelines: A Private Eye is defined...
CrimeHQ
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in the air, but not on the page, simply writing about 70 words per hour will get you 1000-1500 words...
CrimeHQ
May 15 2015

Check Out Agatha Raisin at Twenty-Six!

Just look at Agatha Raisin at twenty-six, already having come a long way from the Birmingham slum where she was born. M. C. Beaton's upcoming short story will find Agatha having dumped both...
CrimeHQ
May 15 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Submissions Open for the Next 2 Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is now open for your “Wishful Thinking!” That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500...
CrimeHQ
May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, held in Raleigh, NC. (You can also check out our Lowdown Calendar for...
CrimeHQ
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha Award teapots! BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan BEST HISTORICAL...
CrimeHQ
May 1 2015

The M.O.: A New Theme is Announced!

Like a repeat offender, The M.O. is back! Write a crime story related to the theme of “Wishful Thinking” in one-thousand to fifteen-hundred words. The theme can be interpreted widely,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest living purveyors of the genre. The moment occurs at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner hosted by the...
DavidCranmer
April 20 2015

The Gadgetless and Tired Assassin: James Bond’s Short Stories

Every so often the caretakers of the James Bond movie franchise talk about getting back to author Ian Fleming’s original creation, distancing themselves from the outlandish stunts, gadgets, and...