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EQMM December 2016

  In This Issue:

In this final issue of EQMM’s 75th-anniversary year, December 2016, we bring to a close a celebration that has paid tribute to the magazine’s past while attempting to incorporate the ideal of quality set forth in EQMM’s very first issue with every new story brought to the page. 

Unconventional crime-solvers have their day as we say goodbye to 2016: A series police officer receives help from a supposed psychic in Richard Helms’s seriocomic procedural “Bloodstained Glass”; in a new entry in Peter Tremayne’s award-winning series set in ancient Ireland, “Catspaw,” Sister Fidelma is seen in her early years as a lawyer-in-training identifying the least likely of all suspects; and a specter supervises the investigation of his own death in Paul D. Marks’s atmospheric “Ghosts of Bunker Hill.” 

The suspense tightens in Sarah Weinman’s “Dream Wedding,” in which a law-enforcement agent goes deep undercover to flush out a killer at a family celebration. The complicated tensions of family continue to drive the action in  “With Eyes Like That,” the tale of an aging rock star by Robert S. Levinson, and in Tom Tolnay’s relatable “A History of Snakes,” in which a husband and wife try to revive a marriage at an Adirondack-lake retreat. 

Sheila Kohler takes us to a space often rife with trouble—the halls of academia—in “Nothing Matters But Matter,” and we bring you a story from our archives, “The Unseen Door” by Margery Allingham, in which her famous gentleman sleuth Albert Campion solves a seemingly impossible murder. 

Our Passport to Crime department and the Department of First Stories both appear, featuring, in the former, a surprising visitation (“Stranger in the Night” by Belgium’s Hilde Vandermeeren) and in the latter a sly, good-hearted member of the younger generation (“The Truth of the Moment” E. Gabriel Flores). 

In From the Editor’s Desk, Janet Hutchings talks about the role she hopes the magazine will continue to play in years to come. Be a part of EQMM’s future by voting in the EQMM Readers Award, the ballot contained in this issue. Thank you for celebrating with us all year—and here’s to the next 75!

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The Crime Scene




On September 30, Columbia University hosted, to a full audience, a half-day EQMM symposium, sponsored by the university’s Butler Library. It was an afternoon of insightful discussion, poignant recollection, a colorful and thought-provoking art presentation, a gripping reading by author Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Video and audio of the symposium are being made available on YouTube and as part of our podcast series. The panels include Making Mystery Matter: EQMM and the Shaping of American Crime and Detective Fiction; A Brush With Death: Crime Fiction Cover Art and Illustration From the Pulps to the Present; and EQMM’s Editors at Work and feature scholars, writers, artists, and editors such as Sarah Weinman, Charles Ardai, Jonathan Santlofer, Tom Roberts, Joseph Goodrich, and Otto Penzler.

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition, on view at the symposium’s reception, will run until December 23 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included is some of founding editor Frederic Dannay’s correspondence with several of the most important writers of the twentieth century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library) and original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers. If you’re in New York, be sure to catch it before the end of the year.

As the year draws nearer to a close, we want to remind you not to miss our two remaining anniversary issues: November, which is on sale now and highlights the magazine’s influence on crime fiction scholarship, reviewing, and criticism, and December, which includes some final thoughts about EQMM’s role in today’s publishing world.

We offer our thanks to all of the knowledgeable, inspiring, and enthusiastic participants and readers who have helped us mark this special year. For further reflections on the symposium, a photo gallery of the events, and a story contest revolving around the celebration (for which we now have results), please visit our blog SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

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at Something Is Going To Happen, where Janet Hutchings and guests blog about suspense, short stories, and the mystery-fiction scene.


EQMM Podcasts
Audio readings and dramatizations by the world's leading suspense writers. Visit our Podcast page today!

Check out this month's podcasts: 
This month’s podcast features “The Nine Mile Walk” from EQMM’s April 1947 issue. With this story, Harry Kemelman, creator of the best-selling Rabbi David Small series, saw print for the first time as the winner of a special prize for best first story. If, after enjoying the podcast, you can’t get enough Kemelman, you’re in luck: Open Road is featuring three of his works as e-books (The Nine Mile Walk: Eight Nicky Welt Stories; Friday the Rabbi Slept Late; Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungryon sale for $1.99 each in the United States from December 1 to December 6. 


Blog Bytes
Check out this month's Blog Bytes by Bill Crider


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 nomin
ated 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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
by Arthur Vidro: The Ransom of EQMM #1


Electronic Submissions For Writers:
EQMM uses an online electronic submission system (http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com) that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made through this system, rather than on paper. Please refer to our writers' guidelines for full details and instructions on manuscript formatting.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th


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Each month we will post a new puzzle for your solving entertainment. Just click here to download and print, but beware: the answer is on page 2. Enjoy!
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Bloodstained Glass

Bloodstained Glass
by Richard Helms
Art by Mark Evan Walker

I was supposed to be on vacation.

I was minutes away from hitting the road for a week of rest and relaxation in Myrtle Beach, when my phone rang. I considered ignoring it. In retrospect, I wish I had. Instead, my damnable integrity forced me to answer."
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Ghosts of Bunker Hill

Ghosts of Bunker Hill
by Paul D. Marks

Art by Allen Davis

I stood at the bottom of the hill, staring up at Angels Flight, the famous little funicular railway in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles that brought people from Hill Street up to Olive. I desperately wanted to ride those rails up to the top. But now the two twin orange-and-black cars were permanently moored in the middle, suspended in midair, ghosts from another time.

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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 nomin
ated 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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
by Arthur Vidro: The Ransom of EQMM #1


Electronic Submissions For Writers:
EQMM uses an online electronic submission system (http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com) that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made through this system, rather than on paper. Please refer to our writers' guidelines for full details and instructions on manuscript formatting.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th



Each month we will post a new puzzle for your solving entertainment. Just click here to download and print, but beware: the answer is on page 2. Enjoy!

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 nomin
ated 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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
by Arthur Vidro: The Ransom of EQMM #1


Electronic Submissions For Writers:
EQMM uses an online electronic submission system (http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com) that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made through this system, rather than on paper. Please refer to our writers' guidelines for full details and instructions on manuscript formatting.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th



Each month we will post a new puzzle for your solving entertainment. Just click here to download and print, but beware: the answer is on page 2. Enjoy!


Next Month in EQMM:

Check out our January/February 2017 issue as we celebrate Sherlock Holmes. Stories by Brendan DuBois, Marilyn Todd, Terence Faherty, Kris Nelscott and many more!



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