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EQMM October 2016

  In This Issue:

EQMM came into the world 75 years ago with an issue dated “Fall 1941,” and this year’s September/October issue is the one we’ve chosen to correlate to that first outing. We’ve designed these pages to examine and celebrate the magazine’s past, bring its traditions into the present, and look ahead to the years to come.

Leading the fiction lineup is a special story from our archives: Stanley Ellin’s famous 1948 fiction debut “The Specialty of the House.” This tale is an important one not only to EQMM’s history but to that of the mystery genre. We learn more about the magazine’s early years in special features by Marvin Lachman (“1941: The Year Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Was Born,” which sets the first issue’s publication in historical context) and Jeffrey Marks (“In the Beginning,” which discusses how the idea for the magazine was born, and the logistics of its startup). Settling us further into that moment is Jon L. Breen’s “A Week Without War,” a fiction puzzler that revolves around EQMM’s first issue, and even uses its pages as a clue.

We’ve brought together many acclaimed authors within these pages. Joyce Carol Oates joins us with “The Crawl Space,” a dark tale of widowhood; best-seller Jeffery Deaver contributes “The Tuesday Plot,” the story of a modern investigative journalist, and Peter Robinson brings his DCI Alan Banks (soon to begin a fifth season of the Banks series on TV) back in the compelling police procedural, “The Village That Lost Its Head.” We also bring you “Small Chances,” the latest in a series exclusive to EQMM by Charlaine Harris, the author behind the TV series True Blood, and there’s a clever narrative of a woman’s unraveling by Marcia Muller, the mother of the contemporary female private eye story (see “The Luddite”). “End of the Affair,” a twisty piece of domestic suspense by MWA Grand Master Bill Pronzini adds spice to the mix, while CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner Peter Lovesey’s “Sweet and Low” will delight those in search of a good whodunit (this one set amidst the profession of beekeeping). Tim. L. Williams returns to our pages with a haunting, dark story of past crimes nearly lost to memory, and you may find yourself recognizing some of your favorite authors as characters in Margaret Maron’s “The Pact,” set at a popular mystery convention.

In the Black Mask tradition, we have David Dean’s “The Long Wake,” a classic noir story about a mistake that cannot be put right. And in keeping with EQMM’s tradition, we also present some authors new to our pages. The critically acclaimed Linda Barnes makes her first contribution to EQMM with “The Way They Do It in Boston,” the hardboiled tale of a female veteran, and our Department of First Stories features the work of published poet but new short-story writer Owain Lewis (“Smoke and Mirrors”).

Six of this issue’s contributors are former EQMM Readers Award winners, but one author is of particular note in this regard; Doug Allyn has won the award eleven times, twice for the Valhalla, Michigan series he continues in this issue with “Coup de Grâce,” a poignant, wartime story that is very much of the current moment. Joining him as a multiple Readers Award contributor is Dave Zeltserman, who returns with an exciting, unusual entry in his Julius Katz and Archie series, “Archie on Loan”—a tale that, with its nonhuman central character, may give us a glimpse into the future of crime fiction.

This issue also boasts something you’ll want for your digital bookshelf: a striking, brand-new cover by eminent designer Milton Glaser, whose first professional work was a 1954 cover for EQMM.

We think you’ll find we’ve carried on the tradition of representing, in each issue of EQMM, the gamut of mystery-fiction subgenres at the quality our readers have come to expect. Enjoy the celebration and partake in this noteworthy moment in EQMM history!

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Columbia University’s Butler Library Presents an Exhibition and Symposium Honoring EQMM’s 75th Anniversary

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition will be on view from September 26 to December 23 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included will be 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), as well as original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers and selections from the correspondence of EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Sullivan.

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Symposium will be held on September 30 in Butler Library, Room 203. Participants include Joyce Carol Oates, Otto Penzler, Jonathan Santlofer, Robert Lesser, Charles Ardai, and several other authors, artists, and distinguished scholars of crime fiction. 

The exhibition and symposium are free to the public—and we do hope you’ll join us, as it wouldn’t be a celebration without you, our readers!

For updated information on the special issues celebrating our 75th-anniversary year, please click here



Don’t miss our award-nominated stories!

“On Borrowed Time” by Mat Coward, nominated for the Macavity Award

“The Siege" by Hilary Davidson, nominated for the 
Anthony Award


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Join the conversation. . .
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: 

“Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick” 
by Russell W. Johnson

“The Lighthouse”
 by Hilde Vandermeeren


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


Back by Popular Demand - Our Mystery Crossword Puzzle!

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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Excerpts

Coup de Grâce
by Doug Allyn
Art by Laurie Harden

I’ve walked this old dirt road ten thousand times in dreams. Walked it in Texas during basic training, then later in Afghanistan, standing guard over construction sites, bunkers, bridges, helipads. I whiled away the endless hours imagining the long walk home, down this dead-end road.

Over and over again. . . Read more

The Crawl Space

The Crawl Space
by Joyce Carol Oates

Art by Mark Evan Walker

Though her husband had died seven years before, the widow still drove past the house in which they’d lived for more than two decades.

Why?—no reason.

(To lacerate a scar, that it might become a raw-throbbing wound again? To lacerate her conscience? Why?). . . . 
Read more


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 November 2016 issue as we celebrate 75 years with toast to mystery reviewers and scholars. Stories by Simon Brett, Dana Cameron, Art Taylor, Anthony Boucher and many more!



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