A graduate of Harvard Law School, Chad Baker works in Chicago as a legal-aid attorney while simultaneously enrolled in DePaul University’s MA program in Writing and Publishing. He’s also a playwright whose plays have been performed around the country. He debuted as a fiction writer in our Department of First Stories in 2019, with “The Smoking Bandit of Lakeside Terrace,” which went on to be nominated for a Shamus Award.
A two-time winner of the EQMM Readers Award, for “Ibrahim’s Eyes” (2007) and “The Duelist” (2019), David Dean is a prolific short-story writer. His tales cover a variety of historical periods and settings. We chose “Stone Coat” for this issue that goes on sale in winter and off sale in spring, and placed it near the front, thinking: What could be better for a cold winter’s night than a story told round a fire?
An Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for best short story and a recipient of French literary prizes for her books, Wendy Hornsby is the author of fourteen mystery novels, twelve in her series featuring investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. The latest in that series, published in 2019, is A Bouquet of Rue. A retired professor of history, she lives in Northern California.
Shamus Award winner Michael Wiley received the PWA/SMP prize for best first P.I. novel in 2007. He’s continued the series starring that book’s sleuth, Joe Kozmarski, and also produced three other series: the Franky Dast mysteries, the Daniel Turner thrillers, and the series to which this story belongs, featuring oddball P.I. Sam Kelson, who, due to a brain injury, can’t help speaking his mind.
A freelance editor, medical writer, and instructor, Nancy Novick made her professional fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in September/October 2018, with “How Does He Die This Time?”. The story went on to win the Mystery Writers of America’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first short story by an American author.
A recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hollis Seamon is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She also teaches creative writing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her books include two short-story collections (Corporeality and Body Work) and the mystery novel Flesh.
Cath Staincliffe is the author of the Sal Kilkenny private eye series and the Scott & Bailey books (based on the ITV television show). She’s also the author of many standalone novels. The latest is Quiet Acts of Violence (Constable, September 2020). Readers may also know her as the creator of the ITV series Blue Murder.
William Dylan Powell got his start as a fiction writer in our Department of First Stories in 2006, with a tale that went on to win the Robert L. Fish Award. Since then, he’s had stories in many other publications, including AHMM. He also writes humorous pieces and books on Texas history (see 2020’s Houston Culture Shock: Quirks, Customs, and Attitudes of H-Town).
Kevin Egan is the author of seven novels (both series and nonseries books); one of them, Midnight, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2013. He’s also had around two dozen short stories published, in magazines ranging from AHMM to The Westchester Review and in anthologies such as the Dan River Anthology and Fedora III.
A writer whose novels span the genres of crime, fantasy, and science fiction (with more than a dash of humor), Mat Coward is also known for his short stories, which have twice earned Edgar nominations. His latest nonfiction book, Eat Your Front Garden (2020), derives from his role as a newspaper garden columnist.
Josh Pachter is a frequent contributor to EQMM as both a writer and a translator; in fact, he’s the translator of this issue’s Passport to Crime story! He wears another hat in the mystery field as well: anthologist. His latest books, just out, are The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett and Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel.
A winner of the Benjamin Franklin and Nero awards and a nominee for a Derringer Award, Chris Knopf is the author of seventeen thriller novels. His work has been widely reviewed, in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe and in journals such as PW and Booklist, where he’s received starred reviews.
In its review of Cold Wrath, the 25th novel in Peter Turnbull’s Hennessey and Yellich series, Booklist praised the “slightly eccentric writing style, the likable . . . Hennessey and Yellich . . . and an authentic-seeming glimpse into the intricacies of modern policing”—all aspects of the series’ short tales too!
EQMM has just received the news that Charlaine Harris has been named a Grand Master of the MWA, an award to be presented in early 2021! The timing for the honor is perfect, since 2021 marks her fortieth year as a published writer. Author of two standalone novels and seven novel-length series (three made into TV series!), she has also produced many short works, including the Anne DeWitt stories, which have run exclusively in EQMM.
Elizabeth Zelvin is the author of five mystery novels (in a series featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler), two historical novels, and more than thirty short stories (which have earned nominations for three Agatha Awards and two Derringer Awards). For this issue that transitions from winter to spring, we close with a story set at an important spring holiday event, a Passover seder.
Although Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer stepped onto the crime-fiction scene in 1947, just six years after EQMM was launched, he’s never before appeared in our pages. As we celebrate the magazine’s 80th year, it’s high time he joined EQMM’s panoply of iconic characters.
A former professor of philosophy with four books and numerous articles published in that field, Robert Cummins came only recently to fiction writing. This is his first paid professional fiction publication. His debut story is similar to an impossible-crime tale: The detective has an idea who must have done it; his challenge is to figure out how it was possible.
Ray Bazowski is a professor of politics who has held posts in several universities in Canada and the U.S. He currently teaches at Toronto’s York University. This new story, his first fiction publication, is a slightly longer version of the one he submitted to the 2019 Margery Allingham Short Story Competition—which it won! The author has just recently completed his first novel.
Now one of Romania’s leading crime writers, Bogdan Hrib has had a varied career that includes the professions of photographer, journalist, book editor, and ad-agency director. His debut as a crime-fiction writer came in 2007 with The Greek Connection, the first book in his Stelian Munteanu series. Several of his novels were subsequently published in the U.K. in English (the most recent, Kill the General).