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Authors in This Issue

Paul D. Marks, “The Wrath of Bunker Hill”
Although he’d only been writing for EQMM for seven years prior to his death in 2021, Macavity and Shamus award winner Paul D. Marks was a favorite of both EQMM readers—he won our 2016 Readers Award—and EQMM’s staff, who remember him as an extraordinary person. This is the last of the Los Angeles author’s work purchased by EQMM, and, sadly, it may well be the last to see print.

Anne Swardson, “Uncaged”
Anne Swardson is a former journalist for the Washington Post who turned to fiction writing some years back.  She’s lived in Paris for twenty-five years and says that in her fiction she tells the stories of “the invisible people.” Her work has been included in the MWA anthology Vengeance, edited by Lee Child, and elsewhere, and she’s a cowinner of Noir Nation’s Golden Fedora Award

Art Taylor, “We Are All Strangers Here”
Art Taylor made his debut as a writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1995. Since then he’s won an Edgar Award, three Agathas, an Anthony, four Macavitys, and four Derringers for his short fiction. (His many additional award nominations won’t fit here!) His “novel-in-stories,” On the Road With Del and Louise, (incorporating tales from EQMM) won the Agatha for best first novel.

Martin Edwards, “No Peace for the Wicked”
The current president of the U.K.’s legendary Detection Club, Martin Edwards received the highest honor in British Crime writing in 2020, the Diamond Dagger Award. He had previously won a Best Short Story Dagger and a Dagger in the Library award. And that’s just for his fiction. For his scholarly work The Golden Age of Murder he received the Edgar, Agatha, and Macavity awards.

William Burton McCormick, “The Celta Wave Conundrum”
William Burton McCormick placed second in the 2021 EQMM Readers Award competition for his novella “Demon in the Depths.” As this issue goes to press, that story is nominated for an ITW Award. It’s part of a series set in Latvia that has been running in EQMM since 2019. This new tale is its most current entry.

Elizabeth Elwood, “The Light on the Lagoon”
Elizabeth Elwood is the most recent winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence in the short-story category. She received that honor for her EQMM story “Number 10 Marlborough Place” (November/December 2021). Many of her short stories have been collected in six volumes available from book e-tailers. 

John Dziuban, “Down the Mine”
John Dziuban is a recipient of the Ginny Wray Prize in Fiction, awarded yearly for the best writing by a student at Purchase College in White Plains, New York, from which he was soon to graduate when this issue went to press. His nonfiction has appeared in several online publications, but this is his first published work of fiction.

David Dean, “Deconstruction”
A two-time winner of the EQMM Readers Award and a nominee for the Edgar, Shamus, Barry, and Derringer awards—all for his short fiction—David Dean will see the publication of several collections of his stories this year as well as the reissue of one of his three novels, The Purple Robe. Stay tuned too for more new Dean stories coming up in our pages!

Leigh Perry, “The Skeleton Rides a Horse”
Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner, who’s been contributing stories to EQMM for twenty years. When she conceived the Family Skeleton series, to which this story belongs, a distinguishing name seemed called for by a type of content that was new to her at novel length—the paranormal. Several other stories in this Halloween issue also belong to that mystery subgenre.

Joseph S. Walker, “Cleaning Day”
A winner of the 2019 Bill Crider Prize for Short Fiction and a 2021 nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story, Joseph Walker is the author of more than fifty published tales, including two earlier ones for EQMM. By day, he’s an academic whose area of expertise is contemporary literature and popular culture.

Smita Harish Jain, “Publish or Perish”
Smita Harish Jain is the author of a number of highly regarded short stories, including “Keeping Up With the Jainses,” in the Malice Domestic anthology Mystery Most Diabolical, and “The Manglik Curse,” in EQMM’s May/June 2022 issue. The latter has been read by the author for our podcast series and is available at

Hal Charles, “Sound Moral Character”
Hal Charles is the collaborative pen name of the writers Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet. We’ve introduced many of the stories they’ve written together over the years, but one interesting tidbit about them that we have not mentioned before is that they were the last of a series of ghost writers for Brett Halliday, for Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine!

Bernard Onken, “The Hideout”
Bernard Onken’s day job, as a writer and editor, is currently with Google. He is also a short-story writer with work published in Switchblade, Mondays Are Murder, Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Mysterical-E, and other places. He lives in New York City. This is his EQMM debut.

Twist Phelan, “The Kindness of Strangers”
Author of the Finn Teller spy novels and the Pinnacle Peak mystery series, Twist Phelan is also a short-story writer whose honors include two ITW awards and Canada’s Arthur Ellis award for best short story. Thirteen of her top-notch stories are brought together in Criminal Record: Collected Crime and Mystery Stories (2017).

Pierre Véry, “Police Technique”
French novelist and screenwriter Pierre Véry was considered, until his early death in 1960, the equal of great French mystery writers like Pierre Boileau. EQMM published a previous Véry translation by John Pugmire in August of 2011. See “The Mystery of the Green Room.”

Mark Harrison, “Dogs in the Canyon”
Born and educated in Massachusetts, Mark Harrison continues to live in the state with his wife and three children. He has been an educator for more than fifteen years, and with this story he becomes a professionally published writer! He tells EQMM that the authors who inspired him most in the mystery field include Lawrence Block and James Crumley.

Jane Jakeman, “The Edinburgh Vampire”
Author of the Lord Ambrose Malfine historical mysteries, whose second entry, The Egyptian Coffin, was praised by Publisher’s Weekly for “realistic and admirable characters” and “a tightly woven plot,” Jane Jakeman takes us to the early twentieth century in this new case for her series character Octavia Tenbaker—a suitably ghoulish one for our fall issue.


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