Authors in this Issue

As this issue goes to press, William Burton McCormick has a pending nomination for the ITW Thriller Award for his story “Demon in the Depths”—a story that also placed second for the 2021 EQMM Readers Award. He asked EQMM to include a thank-you here to the late Paul D. Marks (also an EQMM writer) for his assistance on the film history in the following story.

When she’s writing mystery novels, Kristine Kathryn Rusch usually uses the pseudonym Kris Nelscott. Under that name her work has made the Chicago Tribune’s list of top-ten crime novels of the year and received nominations for the best-novel Edgar and Shamus. For her short fiction and much of her work in other genres, she uses the Rusch byline. She’s a past winner of our Readers Award.

In reference to R.T. Raichev’s nine-book series starring Antonia Darcy and Major Payne, author R.L. Stine said: “I have read all of Raichev’s books. They are very clever. I really am a fan.” Darcy and Payne have appeared numerous times in stories for this magazine, and all of their cases have been complex whodunits. The following story may be the cleverest of them all!

A government information librarian and the Coordinator for Special Collections at CSUSB, Jill Vassilakos-Long is the coauthor (with her colleague Michael Burgess) of the bibliography of historical crime fiction Murder in Retrospect. Her interest in historical mysteries shifts to fiction with this debut story.

An author who has contributed half a dozen previous stories to EQMM over the past twenty-five years, W. Edward Blain recently retired from teaching high-school seniors to become a full-time writer. This new story was inspired by his experience of holding classes entirely on Zoom during his last trimester of teaching, during the pandemic. It’s a classical puzzle story with a very contemporary setting.

Already a winner of the Silver Falchion, Derringer, and International Thriller awards, last year, after six previous nominations, Richard Helms added the Shamus Award to his list of honors, for his novel Brittle Karma. His latest novel is this year’s A Kind and Savage Place, from Level Best Books. 

A writer based in London, Sandeep Sandhu recently completed a Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, where he was an editor for From Arthur's Seat, an anthology of prose and poetry. He was long-listed for the Alpine Fellowship Fiction Prize 2021, but this is his first professional fiction publication.

Australian author Cheryl Rogers has won a number of awards for her fiction, but much of her writing time over the past couple of years was consumed by a nonfiction project. She’s joined with a childhood friend to tell the story of her friend’s search to uncover her mother’s past: Finding Marjorie King—A Daughter’s Journey to Discover Her Mother’s Identity by Jennifer Durrant and Cheryl Rogers.

Jack Bunker previously appeared in EQMM in 2020 with the story “Active Shooter.” At that time, we mentioned that his first novel, True Grift, had received starred reviews. The book has since been optioned for film by producers Rachel (Dallas Buyers Club) and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos).

Luxembourg native Raoul Biltgen currently lives in Vienna. He is an actor turned playwright, poet, and short-story writer. He had stories nominated for the Glauser Prize (the German equivalent of the American Edgar) in 2014, 2017, and 2019. He won in 2021 for this story.

Derek Haas is the author of six novels, five in his series starring contract killer Columbus—called “devastatingly cool” by the New York Times. He’s also the creator of the shows Chicago Fire and FBI: International and the executive producer of Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and FBI.

Author of a series starring Cambridge literary historian and amateur sleuth Cassandra James, Christine Poulson also writes standalone thrillers, the latest 2019’s An Air That Kills. This new story was long-listed for the U.K.’s Margery Allingham Prize.

Journalist Dana Haynes has won awards as a reporter, columnist, and editor. He’s the author of nine novels, four from Minotaur, three from Bantam, and two from Blackstone Publishing. The most recent, 2021’s Sirocco, is part of a series PW described as “an enjoyable blend of high drama and foreign intrigue.”

Historical mystery specialist Marilyn Todd returns this issue with a contemporary whodunit set in France. Her other recent work includes a new story in the anthology Death of a Bad Neighbour edited by Jack Calverley and Dead Drop, book four in her Julia McAllister Victorian mystery series.

This new story by David Dean will be included in a September 2022 volume of his tales focused on horror and the supernatural. It’s one of four collections of his work being put out by Genius Books. The New Jersey author is a two-time EQMM Readers Award winner and a former nominee for the Edgar, Shamus, Barry, and Derringer awards.

MWA Grand Master Bill Pronzini is the author of over ninety novels, but he also has an extraordinary output of top-notch short fiction. His twenty collections of short stories include 1988’s Small Felonies, which brought together fifty of his best tales. This year, a second volume, Small Felonies 2, appeared, featuring another fifty stories, nearly half of which were originally published in EQMM.

Michael Bracken and Sandra Murphy collaborate on a story for the fifth time here. Michael Bracken is the author of more than 1,300 stories, a multiple Derringer Award winner, and a 2022 nominee for the Edgar Award for his AHMM story “Blindsided,” cowritten with James A. Hearn. Sandra Murphy is a Derringer winner whose story collection From Hay to Eternity was published in 2017 (Untreed Reads).