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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 September 2015 

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Welcome to our Bouchercon issue! As we prepare to travel to Raleigh, the AHMM staff is in a celebratory mood. For one thing, this issue introduces a brand new series from Elaine Viets: death investigator Angela Richman makes her debut in “Gotta Go.” We also celebrate the return to these pages of some reader favorites: John F. Dobbyn with “The Golden Skull”; William Burton McCormick with “Hagiophobia”; Russel D. McLean with “The Water’s Edge”; Chris Muessig with “A Boy’s Will”; Janice Law and “The Dressmaker”; and Joseph D’Agnese with “The Truth of What You’ve Become.” And in the spirit of Bouchercon, we celebrate the genre with an essay by Ken Wishnia on the shifting boundaries of Noir.

Contributing to the celebratory mood, we note the publication of books with AHMM roots. We are proud to publish Loren D. Estleman’s Four Horseman stories set in WWII-era Detroit; he has now collected them in Detroit Is Our Beat (Tyrus Books). John C. Boland has a new collection of stories featuring his “unromantic” spy Charles Marley in The Spy Who Knew Nothing (Perfect Crime Books), all but one of which first appeared here. And B. K. Stevens’s American Sign Language interpreter Jane Ciardi, who first appeared in these pages, is now featured in a new novel, Interpretation of Murder (Black Opal Books).


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If you missed John Shepphird's Anthony nominated story, "Of Dogs and Deceit" from the November 2014 issue, don't miss it here! 

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We are now hosting the very best of crime fiction podcasts! Visit our Podcast page to hear great mystery stories from our pages, complete with exclusive author interviews and fun tidbits.

Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. His story “Looking for David” (EQMM, 2/98) was nominated for an Edgar award, and he took second place in the 1985 EQMM Readers Award poll for “Like a Bug on a Windshield.” His story “Keller in Dallas” (EQMM, 2/11), featuring series hit man John Keller, can be found in the e-anthology The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career CrooksHere is Lawrence Block talking about New York City, Keller's home base, for the NPR series Crime in the City.

The first book in former MWA-NY President Chris Grabenstein's John Ceepak series won the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery. The series now contains eight books, the most recent of which is Free Fall. He's also published a Ceepak short story, "Ring Toss," which appeared in the June 2010 issue of AHMM. Last year he talked with NPR about the series' setting, a New Jersey shore town called Sea Haven. 

The digital version of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is now available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, Apple iPadMagzter, Google Play and Kobo.

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.


by William Burton McCormick
Art by Tim Foley

Kurzeme, Latvia

Horseplay raged for hours between Boriss and his friend Jorens. Inside the abandoned cathedral, far from any town, no one stopped them. They boxed and wrestled, shoved and chased each other through archways and down tunnels into something that might once have been a crypt, though neither boy paused to notice.

Here, Jorens, sixteen and wiry, wrapped his opponent in a fearsome headlock. But Boriss, three years older and oxen built, simply hoisted Jorens off his feet, up past his own shoulders, and threw him to the floor. To both boys’ surprise, Jorens fell through into darkness.

Boriss heard the scream.

Then the thud.

And he thought of recent tragedies.

Boriss dropped to a knee above the hole where his friend had vanished, pressing a muscular arm into the unseen below. He touched nothing, sensing great depth.

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The Truth of What You've Become

The Truth of What You've Become
By Joseph D'Agnese
Art by Ally Hodges

Anyone who knew Buck opined that he was as sweet as a little snack cake. Just as gentle a man as you’d ever care to meet. Did a good business running freight in his Kenworth up from Texas to parts north, and back down. Some truckers gab the whole way. Pepper the air with the sound of their voices. Buck was mostly mum on the airwaves. Kept to himself. His rig was his castle, his cocoon away from the brutishness of the world. His apartment back home in East Texas may as well have been a storage unit. All the man cared about in this world was tucked away in the sleeper of that rig, alphabetized in boxes under the bunk: three hundred and twenty audiobooks on compact disc. And every one of them a major name in the world of romance literature.

When he was a younger man, he’d cut his teeth on Barbara Cartland and moved swiftly into the realm of the pop goddesses, the Jackie Collinses, the Judith Krantzes. He’d recently gone through a major Nora Roberts phase. But these days he reserved the sweetest part of his heart for Eleanor de Havilland. Ms. de H. touched Buck like no writer ever could. Her work was a damned fine example of the beauty of the human heart.

Buck loved nothing more than riding the open road, a few orange wedges in one hand, the stereo pumping out the voice of Eleanor de Havilland herself, purring her way through another tome.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Check out December issue with fatal fictions from Catherine Dilts, David Edgerley Gates, Neil Schofield and more!

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A Mysterious Photograph contest — Submit your 250-word story inspired by an imagination-stirring photograph. The winning story is published in a future issue.

An intriguing, and challenging, mystery-themed puzzle.

Booked and Printed — Book reviews of interest to mystery readers.

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