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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!

In This Issue: 

The torrid summer days are a great time to kick back and read, and our July/August issue is full of hot new fiction. From flaring tempers to the spiciest chicken wings to a world baked by global warming, the characters in this issue brave it all.

A food-truck owner with the hottest wings in town and his off-duty security guard–customer deal with some unwanted heat in Robert Mangeot’s “Let It Burn.” Jay Carey brings us another dystopian procedural set in a future Florida ravaged by global warming in “We Frequent the Moon Bar.” The heat of an office romance drives characters to make bad decisions in Cathryn Grant’s “Serious Damage.” And some minor league ball players are filling their off-hours by making an amateur film when they learn of a teammate’s drowning in Chris Muessig’s “The Making of Velveteen Dream.”

Meanwhile, a gathering of southeast Asian drug warlords proves difficult for a city-bred teen in R. T. Lawton’s “Merit Making.” A pit stop at a lonely diner puts small-town Mississippi sheriff Ray Douglas and mystery writer Jenny Parker close to the scene of a murder in John M. Floyd’s whodunit “Trail’s End.” O’Neil De Noux returns in noirish form with a story about the 1940s New Orleans PI Lucien Kaye, “The Magnolia Murders.” Joseph D’Agnese offers an unusual Sherlockian tale, with Mycroft and Mrs. Hudson facing off in “A Respectable Lady.” And a former fur trapper struggles with settled life—and a murder—in Eric Rutter’s “Blood Debt.”

We warmly welcome two authors new to our pages: Bev Vincent with a tale of an unlikely superhero in “Pain-Man,” and Susan Breen introducing novice PI Maggie Dove as she tackles her first big case in “The Countess of Warsaw.”

Finally, Steve Liskow scores his second Black Orchid Novella Award with “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma,” which once again visits the Detroit music scene for a new mystery involving that hot new band, Promise.

Find a pool, a cool beverage, and some shades because these stories are hot, hot, hot.

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Read B. K. Stevens’ 2017 Anthony Award–nominated story “The Last Blue Glass” here!

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!

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents: 13 Tales of New American Gothic. Get your copy today!

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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.

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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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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Let It Burn
by Robert Mangeot
Art by AJ Frena

Up against Wing’s food truck I waited out the demon-spit grease tearing through me like it was liquid Judgment Day. Chicken Wing Doultrie never would let on what he put in his hot paste, but with repeated exposure I’d gotten the gist: three parts lard, a jolt of garlic, and some old-time religion’s worth of cayenne. I snatched another bite of his chicken, and the heat of better angels radiated through me. Wing’s Glaze of Glory, good for the soul. In a scouring way.

Thump-thump, thump-thump. Cheap bass speakers echoed off the shuttered warehouses and rousted me from my two pieces of penance. Thump-thump, thump-thump, loud and distorted. A block away on Division, a midnight blue Dodge cruised past, tracking its sound barrage. Earlier, Wing would have slung his fire for a line of hipsters, tourists, and hotel workers, but we had crossed the hour when nice folks had nicer places to be and the cops were up to their stab vests in honky-tonkers. Hard to say if the Dodge had slowed to check out Wing’s truck or not. I’d been too occupied getting rebaptized by fire. The main thing was the Dodge moved along. Thump-thump, thump-thump.

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by Bev Vincent
Art by Ally Hodges

Raymond didn’t wake up that morning planning to become a superhero. The first thing that entered his consciousness when he emerged from a troubled sleep was the fact that his left shoulder was still sore. At least he was alive. He often thought that if he woke up to find that he didn’t hurt somewhere, he’d assume he was dead.

The sad thing was, he had no idea how he hurt his shoulder. One morning a few weeks ago, he suddenly couldn’t raise his left arm without a crimson jolt of pain. This was in addition to his lower back, which had been causing him problems for the past three or four years. Thankfully, that persistent ache dulled in the presence of the new injury.

How long had it been since he’d been completely without pain? It was hard to remember a day when nothing hurt. Back then, an older friend told him that shit started wearing out once you reached a certain age. He’d laughed, too young to recognize the truth of her statement. Now he knew better. And, unlike with his car, he couldn’t take his body into the shop and swap out the bad shit for new shit. Oh, there were a few things you could replace, he supposed, but not many. And not easily.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Look out for our September/October 2017 double issue for more exciting stories on sale August 22, 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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