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Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! Each month our magazine is packed with original mystery short stories varying from short-shorts to novellas. You will find every type of mystery fiction from classic whodunits to hardboiled tales to suspense, and everything in between! Each issue is packed with the best mystery has to offer. Plus you'll enjoy author interviews, writing contests, and our "Mystery Classic" — an outstanding tale from the genre's past. For a taste of what's inside AHMM, one of the world's leading mystery magazines, check out the story excerpts, book reviews, and mystery puzzle right here on this site, or listen to a podcast of a few of our stories. Don't miss out — Subscribe today!
AHMM June 2014 

In This Issue: 

Buried secrets have a way of working their way into the light, sometimes explosively. They may gnaw at psyches, as in Shelley Costa’s “The Specific Gravity of Blood in Sunlight” or Steve Lindley’s “Man Buries Man.” They may drive a hapless wife to pick up a shovel, as in Neil Schofield’s “Room for Avril,” or cause a vacationing Chicago businessman to hire a bodyguard, as in John C. Boland’s “Killing Morris Gimple.” A secret contract in Kevin Egan’s “Term Life” has Faustian implications, while secretly assuming another’s identity is more than a lark in Meredith Anthony’s “So a Man Walks into a Bookstore.” With such writers as these, not to mention Jim Fusilli, Sarah Weinman, and a Mystery Classic by Nedra Tyre, it’s no secret that this issue offers compelling fiction.

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AHMM and The Wolfe Pack, the official Nero Wolfe appreciation society, team up each year to sponsor an annual writing contest that seeks to honor an unpublished work of fiction written in the tradition of the Nero Wolfe mystery stories by Rex Stout. Rex Stout was a master of the novella form and published dozens of novellas featuring the corpulent and irascible detective Nero Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin. Today, the novella is uncommon, though AHMM has a long tradition of publishing novellas. More information on the contest, including submission guidelines, can be found here.

 
  
Excerpts
The Specific Gravity of Blood in Sunlight

The Specific Gravity of Blood in Sunlight
by Shelley Costa
Art by Robyn Hyzy

Make no mistake about this: There are places nobody goes, not even the law. These aren’t the wild and inaccessible places of frozen ocean and ice-covered rock you might imagine. No, there are places nobody goes because they’re forgotten places. Acreage that just falls out of favor or goes out of style. The settlers move on and the developers never arrive.

These places terrify me.

As a forty-seven-year-old man, I’ve learned there’s no getting rid of the fear that slicks up your insides whenever the hell it likes. And sometimes—some damn times—there are no consequences. None at all. We need to believe in consequences more than we need to believe in gravity and tides and the distance to the sun.

Without them, you can take it from me, all you’re left with is dread—the dark certainty that vengeance or justice or just plain mad fate will call you to accounts. In some violent way outside the world of corrections. Maybe sometimes that kind of perverse and disappointed waiting is all you’re going to get. And the cop who shows up at your front door is just collecting for the Police Athletic League, after all. . . .

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Gibet De Montfaucon

Gibet De Montfaucon
By R. T. Lawton

Art by Hank Blaustein

I almost made it.

King Jules had sent his hard-faced enforcers round our little community hidden away in the ruins of an old Roman villa atop the Buttes Chaumont. Up here, we stayed out of sight from the bailiffs of France’s real king, Louis the Fourteenth, the one known as Le Roi Soleil.

Down in the city and town of Paris, King Louis’s bailiffs acted as his arm of the law, but our self-proclaimed King Jules had no regard for law or Sun Kings, neither up here in the enclave nor down in the city. Jules ruled his criminal empire with an iron fist, and coin was his driving force, be them made of gold, silver, or even copper. In his underworld domain, thieves, beggars, trollops, and assassins were his chosen subjects, and all paid tribute to him. Or else.

Me, being a recent graduate of Mother Margaux’s School for Orphans, I fell into the category of pickpocket, a classification which required a certain amount of skill. Those others had no finesse to their talents. And any rumors by them of my alleged incompetence at separating objects of value from their owners were just that, malicious chatter. I knew I was getting better at the gentle art of lifting. Those others would see. . . .

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Don't miss our July/August issue... exciting mysteries from Marianne Wilski Strong, Brendan DuBois, Stephen Ross, David Edgerley Gates and more!



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An intriguing, and challenging, mystery-themed puzzle.

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