Authors in this Issue

Doug Crandell is the author of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick The Flawless Skin of Ugly People, as well as three other novels and two memoirs. One of his short stories was chosen by NPR’s Glynn Washington for the 2017 Page-to-Screen Award. His work has appeared in EQMM twice before.

With her first sale to EQMM just three years ago, Anna Scotti has already sold seven more stories to the magazine. She’s also a poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, and she’s been honored for both her short fiction and poetry with several prizes, including the Orlando Prize for short fiction. Her first novel, the YA book Big and Bad, is now out from Texas Review Press.

Joseph Walker’s stories have appeared in our sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and in various other periodicals and anthologies, including the MWA’s Life Is Short and Then You Die, edited by Kelley Armstrong. His story “The Last Man in Lafarge” won the first annual Bill Crider Prize for Short Fiction at the 2019 Bouchercon. It will appear in EQMM in early 2021.

Marilyn Todd is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and historical thrillers who is best known for two series, one set in Ancient Rome, the other in Ancient Greece. More recently, she’s been turning her historical eye to the Victorian period, with two books out so far featuring a female sleuth who works as a crime-scene photographer: Snap Shot and Cast Iron.

Jim Allyn made his fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in our Mid-December 1993 issue. The ensuing years, during which he was pursuing a career in marketing, did not allow him much time for fiction. EQMM has published eight of his stories, but few as they are, their quality is high: the Michigan author has had work selected multiple times for Best American Mystery Stories.

Dale Andrews first appeared in EQMM in May 2007, with an Ellery Queen pastiche coauthored with Kurt Sercu entitled “The Book Case.” The story placed second in its year’s Readers Award voting and garnered a Barry nomination. He followed up as a solo author a couple of years later with a second Ellery Queen pastiche, “The Mad Hatter’s Riddle.” After a long break, he brings Ellery back again in this new story.

Violet Welles is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she works as a tutor. Two other, unpublished, stories of hers have received, respectively, honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and posting as a runner-up on World Geekly News for their Horror Flash Fiction contest.

Ashibe Taku is the award-winning author of twenty-four adult mysteries (most in the series to which this story belongs, starring Morie Shunsaku), six children’s novels, and several short-story collections. He is a member of the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan and one of the representative writers of the new traditionalist movement in Japanese mystery writing. He’s previously had two other works translated into English.

Libby Cudmore’s debut mystery novel, The Big Rewind, was published by William Morrow in February 2016. In its review of the book, Library Journal said: “Recommended for Generation Xers who like fast-paced, hip, and seminostalgic reads.” This is the author’s EQMM debut, but her short stories and essays have previously appeared in a variety of publications.

Winner of the 2018 Lamar York Prize for Fiction, Michael McGuire has had stories published in many literary journals, including The Kenyon Review and The Paris Review. A collection of his short fiction entitled The Ice Forest was named one of the best books of its year by Publishers Weekly.

Jane Jakeman is an art historian as well as a novelist, and a reviewer for publications such as The Independent and The Times Literary Supplement. Her crime novels include four books featuring Byronic detective Lord Ambrose Malfine, the most recent of which is Diamond Cut Diamond. She has also written fantasy for a young-adult audience and a contemporary thriller.

Gregory Fallis’s short stories have appeared in both EQMM and AHMM, and he’s the author of the novels Lightning in the Blood and Dog on Fire. He has been variously employed as a criminology professor, a private detective specializing in criminal-defense work, and a counselor in a prison for women. He’s also a photographer who serves as the managing editor of

Zandra Renwick’s stories and poems appear under several variations on her name (see also Alexandra Renwick, Alex C. Renwick, and Camille Alexa). She has over fifty short stories and thirty poems in print and has had work in two of our sister publications, AHMM and Asimov’s Science Fiction, as well as previously in EQMM.

L.A. Wilson, Jr. was born in Norfolk, VA and grew up on the coastal plains of North Carolina. He currently lives in Atlanta. His fiction, which has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and several anthologies, has been recognized by The Deep South Writers Conference and the William S. Faulkner Awards. In 2011, one of his stories was nominated for the PWA’s best short story award.

Drawing on a career in project and event management, Alexandria Blaelock has written four personal-development books, applying business techniques to personal matters such as managing wealth. The books include Holistic Personal Finance and Stress Free Dinner Parties. An Australian, she makes her home in Melbourne, with her husband and dog.

A twenty-eight-time nominee for various major mystery short-story awards—thirteen times for the Agatha, six for the Macavity, five for the Anthony, three for the Derringer, and once for the Silver Falchion—and a winner of the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion, Barb Goffman has had one previous story in EQMM, and will have another featured in early 2021.

Author of 170 published short stories, Brendan DuBois is one of the most distinguished current mystery short story writers. He’s twice won the PWA’s Shamus Award for Best Short Story and had a story selected for Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, edited by Otto Penzler and Tony Hillerman. This year he won the Derringer for best novelette for “Her Sister’s Secrets,” from EQMM.

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