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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 December 2016 

In This Issue: 

Editing a magazine is all about novelty—the next issue, the new stories, the new authors. One of the nice things about a significant anniversary is the occasion to pause and reflect. As we notch our sixtieth year, we thought it would be fun to invite some other voices that have long been associated with the magazine, contributors and a few staffers, to reflect on AHMM in this month’s special feature (The Case File).

But it’s the stories and authors that are the magazine’s raison d’être, and this celebratory issue is also a fine representation of AHMM’s recent decades. We are delighted to welcome Lawrence Block back to our pages with “Whatever It Takes”; Mr. Block first published a story in AHMM in 1963. And we are also delighted to welcome Bruce Arthurs, who makes his AHMM debut this month with “Beks and the Second Note.” And in between those extremes, we have new stories from other writers who have long associations with the magazine: John C. Boland (first AHMM story in 1976); Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1989); David Edgerley Gates (1991); Kathy Lynn Emerson (2001); and Stephen Ross (2010).

I wish I had the room to list the hundreds of authors who have graced AHMM’s pages with stories that have delighted and horrified and intrigued our readers for 60 years. We are grateful to them all.

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


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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.


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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At night Key West is a party boat: bright lights, fast drinks, a dark sea churning behind the breakwater as unnoticed as someone else’s bad dream. My friend Barry Irvington, chief of detectives, leaned into the table at Pepe’s, voice low. “Tell her,” he said. Two other cops were there. They were sober and cold eyed, though the youngest cop had a ginger beard that could have made him look friendly. He wore a plaid shirt that exposed skinny elbows, which were propped on the table. Barry had introduced us. Detective Kevin Platt had the skinny elbows. Detective Marcia Madden was middle-aged with black curls. “Here’s the deal,” Platt said, his voice tight. “Celia Childress came down here eighteen months ago . . . from New York, we think. She rented a houseboat, lived alone, had no visible means and so forth. She turned up dead this evening. This was under the body.”

The Woman Who Sold Love Stories
by John C. Boland
Art by Ally Hodges

At night Key West is a party boat: bright lights, fast drinks, a dark sea churning behind the breakwater as unnoticed as someone else’s bad dream. My friend Barry Irvington, chief of detectives, leaned into the table at Pepe’s, voice low. “Tell her,” he said.

Two other cops were there. They were sober and cold eyed, though the youngest cop had a ginger beard that could have made him look friendly. He wore a plaid shirt that exposed skinny elbows, which were propped on the table. Barry had introduced us. Detective Kevin Platt had the skinny elbows. Detective Marcia Madden was middle-aged with black curls.

“Here’s the deal,” Platt said, his voice tight. “Celia Childress came down here eighteen months ago . . . from New York, we think. She rented a houseboat, lived alone, had no visible means and so forth. She turned up dead this evening. This was under the body.”

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Lady Appleton and the Creature of the Night

Lady Appleton and the Creature of the Night
By Kathy Lynn Emerson
Art by Linda Weatherly

The vicar came to dine with Susanna, Lady Appleton only as often as she could tolerate his company. As the leading landowner in the parish, she had an obligation to support him and his church. Indeed, she had been the one to appoint him to his living and he was, furthermore, a distant relative, but she did not much care for Nathaniel Lonsdale or his diatribes against sin.

“It is most alarming,” he insisted between bites of succulent roast beef. “This very morning there were seven reports of chickens and pigs gone missing, and the mauled and partially eaten carcass of a calf was found just the other side of Whitethorn Manor.”

His wife nodded in agreement. Once she’d been a bright young thing, full of enthusiasm for life and fresh ideas. Years of living with her husband had turned her into a stodgy matron without an original thought in her head. She parroted back Lonsdale’s opinions as if they were gospel.

“Sightings of a strange and diabolical beast in the forest?” Susanna let her skepticism show. “Surely it is just some creature that has strayed from its usual haunts. I have heard that there are still wildcats in Scotland, and wolves and a breed of lions too.”

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Check out our January/February issue with mysteries from Michael Nethercott, Jay Carey, Brendan DuBois, S.J. Rozan 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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