Elizabeth Peters is a well-known pseudonym of mystery writer Barbara Mertz, who died in 2013. The MWA Grand Master and multiple Agatha Award winner was the author of the popular Amelia Peabody series, to which this newly discovered, previously unpublished story belongs!
John Lantigua’s latest novel, Remember My Face (December 2020), features Willie Cuesta, the P.I. who stars in this new story. Willie has appeared in many previous stories for EQMM, and we have more coming up. Remember My Face is currently nominated for a Shamus Award for best original paperback; Publishers Weekly called it an “intelligent, timely novel.”
Anna Scotti has contributed more than a half dozen stories to EQMM over the past three years. She’s also a novelist whose first book, Big and Bad, appeared in 2020. This year saw the publication of her first collection of poetry, Bewildered by All This Broken Sky (Lightscatter Press). The California author’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker several times.
Victor Kreuiter had several short stories published in university-based literary magazines and one in Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine as a very young man, before beginning a career in the printing industry. He’s only just recently returned to writing fiction with this EQMM debut.
A journalist by day, Pat Black is making a mark with his short fiction, named one of the winners in the Daily Telegraph’s ghost stories competition and finishing as a runner-up in the Bloody Scotland short-story contest. He’s also a novelist with three books out. One of them, The Long Dark Road, was described by the Daily Mail as “a slow-burning thriller that builds to a devastating dénouement.”
Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet have collaborated for more than forty-five years. As Hal Charles, they are the authors of more than 200 short stories and nearly a dozen novels. Their pseudonym came about after similar suggestions were made to them by Frederic Dannay, EQMM’s founding editor and half of the Ellery Queen writing team.
Michael Wiley’s most recent novel is Head Case, the third book (following Trouble in Mind and Lucky Bones) in a series featuring deeply disinhibited P.I. Sam Kelson (who also stars in this story). Other Wiley novels include the Shamus-nominated Monument Road, the Daniel Turner thrillers, and the Shamus Award-winning Joe Kozmarski P.I. series.
Back after a long hiatus, Canadian writer Pam Barnsley has had two previous stories in EQMM: “Next Time Will Be Different” (2002) and “Don’t Tell Mom” (2004). She has recently been focused on longer fiction as well as stories, and her crime novel The River Cage was short-listed for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Best Unpublished Novel award in 2020.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, William Boyle currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi. His novels have been nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the John Creasey New Blood Dagger, and the Hammett Prize. A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself was an Amazon Best Book of 2019 and City of Margins was a Washington Post Best Thriller of 2020. Just out: Shoot the Moonlight Out (Pegasus Crime).
Scott William Carter’s first novel, 2010’s The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, won an Oregon Book Award. Since then, he’s written both novels and short stories in a variety of genres, for children as well as adults. In the mystery field, he’s best known for his Garrison Gage series, set on the Oregon coast. His most recent novel is Lethal Beauty (July 2021).
Bruce McAllister’s short stories in the mystery, horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres have appeared in a number of national magazines and “year’s best” volumes, including Best American Short Stories 2007, edited by Stephen King. He’s won or been nominated for numerous awards, among them the Hugo and Nebula. He is also the author of several well-received novels.
We send the last issue of EQMM’s 80th year of publication to print with a clever story by the magazine’s founders, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, who wrote best-selling novels, stories, and radio plays as “Ellery Queen.” The year concludes, following this ingenious tale, with four stories to usher in the holidays.
Sharon Hunt’s first story for EQMM, 2015’s “The Water Was Rising” was nominated for two best-short-story awards, Canada’s Arthur Ellis and the ITW Thriller Award. This new tale is her fourth for us, and she’s also had stories in our sister publication, AHMM. The Canadian author was already a widely published food writer before turning to fiction.
A short-story specialist, Dennis McFadden has placed stories in both literary magazines such as The Missouri Review, The Sewanee Review, Fiction, and Crazyhorse and genre-fiction magazines such as EQMM and AHMM. Two collections of his stories have appeared: Jimtown Road, winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, and Hart’s Grove.
A Utah author who serves as president of the Salt City Scribes, C.H. Hung writes primarily science fiction and fantasy, and her work has appeared in our sister publication Analog Science Fiction and Fact and other magazines. For this venture into crime writing she draws on her knowledge of the corporate world. The holder of an MBA, she had a management position in the business world before quitting to pursue fiction writing.
Elizabeth Elwood’s mystery tales, which have appeared in EQMM and in many anthologies, have been brought together in six collections, all still available. Her most recent story appears in the Bouchercon anthology This Time For Sure. As we conclude this 80th anniversary year, EQMM would like to wish all of our readers a happy 2022!
Eleanor Gonnella describes herself as “a Jersey girl, born and bred, with a love of mystery stories.” Retired from private medical practice, she recently watched both her brother and daughter, separately, have mysteries published, causing her, she told EQMM, to add “write a mystery story” to her bucket list. This one was inspired, in part, by the “Easter eggs” present in Renaissance art.
A resident of New York State and a lawyer by trade, Barbara B. Green makes her fiction debut with a story that has a conventional theme but delivers an unexpected twist. One of two stories in this issue titled with the address of a fictional home, the tale is, as one would expect, a domestic thriller.
Record-holding EQMM Readers Award winner Doug Allyn has appeared in EQMM multiple times per year for decades, but most of his stories are longer than this one and not the type we normally choose for Black Mask. This one’s different, but you’ll recognize the magnetic storytelling of the two-time Edgar winner!
Sunil Mann was born in Switzerland, the son of Indian immigrants. He studied psychology and, later, hotel management before becoming a flight attendant for Swiss Airlines. A full-time writer since 2018, he won the Zurich crime-fiction prize in 2011 with his debut novel Fangschuss (Coup de Grâce). The seventh case for his P.I. of Indian descent, Vijay Kumar, was published in 2017. Awards he’s won include the Friedrich Glauser prize for this story.