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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!
AHM May/June 2017 

In This Issue: 

Delights, Dangers, and Debuts 

Our May/June issue is heavy on the humor, but nicely balanced with some darker tales, and topped off by several voices new to our pages. A perfect medley of crime.  

On the lighter side is Jeff Cohen’s nervous dad-to-be/proprietor of a comedy film theater, who has serious doubts about the hospital staff in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Girl!”; and Neil Schofield’s ex-Detective-Inspector Harry Tattersby and his side-kick, small-time burglar Eggy, who plumb their underworld connections to break up a gang of under-aged thieves in “Tattersby and the Silence of the Lumbs”; and Catherine Dilts’ scheming Granny cleans up in Turnip Junction in “Unrepentant Sinner.” A tired comedian in a Borscht-belt resort frames John C. Boland’s story “The Kubelsky Block,” featuring perceptive widow Tamar Gillespie, and even draws a few laughs. 

Messing with the toughest man in Halifax, Skig Skorzeny, is a dangerous feat, especially when his mechanic Creepy Culbertson has his back in Jas. R. Petrin’s “Money Maker.” Two commuters on the graveyard shift bond over their fondness for mystery novels in Christopher Latragna’s story “The Loneliest Night of the Week.” Detective Fritz Dollinger and Detective Lieutenant Cyrus Auburn team up to puzzle what happened to cause the death of an unidentified man found with a cryptic message in his pocket. 

We welcome three newcomers this issue. SJI Holliday’s Scottish Sergeant Davie Gray, who spends his Brighton vacation investigating a murder in “Home from Home,” is featured in her novels Black Wood, Willow Walk, and Damselfly. Retired Judge Debra H. Goldstein—author of Maze in Blue and Should Have Played Poker— brings us “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” which takes place in Birmingham during the Civil Rights era. Los Angeles native Paul D. Marks has had a long career in film directing and writing. He is also the author of White Heat (2012) and Vortex (2015) as well as countless short stories. His story “Twelve Angry Days” recalls the old Henry Fonda film, Twelve Angry Men, but with a very different outcome. 

In addition, Jason Half introduces one of his favorite mystery classics, “Daisy Bell” by Gladys Mitchell.  All in all, twelve fiendishly good stories to keep you awake all night.

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The Crime Scene

Don't miss our award-nominated stories!

“A Year Without Santa Claus?” by Barb Goffman and “A Joy Forever” by B. K. Stevens, both nominated for the Macavity Award!


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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine BLOG

Join the conversation . . . at  Trace Evidence, where Linda Landrigan and guests blog about mysteries, short stories, and the craft of writing. 


AHMM Podcasts 
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.


INTERVIEW SERIES:
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. 


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BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD 
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.

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Hatcheck
by Steve Lindley
Art by Tom Pokinko

It isn’t that I don’t like old people. I just prefer that they go about their business as far away from me as possible. I mean, what is their business, anyway, the nonsense they’re always up to, shuffling around places you and I have to go while they don’t really have to be anywhere, just getting in the way, taking forever doing nonsense things like buying greeting cards for their nieces and nephews who don’t care if they get them anyway, or clogging up the grocery aisle looking to get free samples of cheese cubes on toothpicks or something just as bland that’s going to still be all over their lips while they’re giving their opinion on it, we’ve all seen that.

Now, Pam—she’s the cocktail girl works Friday and Saturday nights, which is really a good gig when you think about it, I mean, if you can afford to work two nights a week and take the rest of the week to yourself to have a good time. Though when you really think about it, what good does it do you if you can’t go out on Friday or Saturday night? Anyway, Pam, she tells me that I don’t like old people—and it isn’t that I don’t like old people—because deep down, way deep down in my psyche, I’m afraid of getting old myself. “Brad,” she says, smirking like a brat baby sister, and picking at my head like a monkey looking for lice or something, “I think I see one more gray hair today than I did yesterday,” she says.

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Unrepentant Sinner
by Catherine Dilts
Art by Alicia Ballam

Captain Edmund Winter, hidden in his wool cloak, rode around the back of the tavern to the stables, and then dismounted, leading his horse by the bridle. He saw a lone stableboy huddled in an empty stall, finishing his last bite of dinner. The boy quickly rose when he saw Winter, however, and walked outside as if he didn’t notice the heavy rain. Together, they led the horse into the stall, and Winter pushed his hood off to reveal a hawklike face, black hair, and dark eyes that seemed to take in everything instantly.

He could tell from the boy’s dull gaze that he was simple, but no matter—he saw the lad was gentle but firm with the horse, an enormous black creature. Winter had known others like the boy, those who felt a greater kinship to animals than to people. Seeing the horse would be well cared for, he pressed a coin into the boy’s hand.

“Thank you, sir,” he said, tonelessly.

Winter tossed the saddlebags over his shoulder and walked around the building into the tavern. The few men inside looked up with some surprise at the new arrival. 

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Look out for our 2017 July/August double issue with more exciting stories on sale June 20, 2017!



In Every Issue

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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