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EQMM May 2016

  In This Issue:

We continue our 75th-anniversary year celebration with May 2016, a special All Nations issue. If that sounds familiar to you, it should—EQMM editor Frederic Dannay put together EQMM’s first All Nations issue in August 1948. You can learn more about that issue and the history of EQMM in May’s From the Editor’s Desk feature “From the Four Corners of the World.”

Inside the May 2016 issue you’ll find stories from twelve countries and all continents except Antarctica, by award-winning and internationally celebrated authors and carrying the names of many accomplished translators. We start off with a very special tale from our own archives, the first English translation of any work by Jorge Luis Borges: “The Garden of Forking Paths,” a characteristically labyrinthine mystery translated by Anthony Boucher, originally part of EQMM’s first All Nations issue. Also from Argentina and similarly steeped with scholarly tension is Christian X. Ferdinandus’s “For Strictly Literary Reasons.”

Angolan author João Melo brings us a dark tale of domestic suspense (“Soot”), while tales from Sweden and Belgium revolve around apartment buildings (“An Elderly Lady Has Accommodation Problems” by Helene Tursten and “Garage 27” by De Paepe and Depuydt). And bestselling Swiss author Petra Ivanov’s “For Semira” deals with the aftermath of war and the life of a refugee.

Two puzzles are set at Christmastime, but with very different tones: “The Miracle on Christmas Eve” by Taiwanese writer Szu-Yen Lin is a bright and nostalgic locked-room mystery, of sorts, while “The Cold Night’s Clearing” by Japanese author Osaka Keikichi, is a whodunit with a hauntingly dark solution. An impossible-crime tale from France’s Paul Halter rounds out this classical trio (“The Scarecrow’s Revenge”).

The rest of our stories are published in their native English: We have a stunning short-short by American writer and editor Tara Laskowski (“States of Matter”); an imagistic jailhouse narrative by Britain’s Marilyn Todd (“The Girl Who Walked on Rooftops”); the colorful tale of a woman on the run by Australia’s Cheryl Rogers (“The Ballad of Maggie Carson”); and an imaginative scenario unfolding in the holy land by Canadian Department of First Stories author Jennifer Soosar (“Profane Pilgrims”).

For characters and mysteries as diverse as the nations from which these authors hail, the May 2016 issue is one not to miss!

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For more information on our 75th-anniversary celebration, click here and keep your eyes on The Mystery Place as the year continues!


Don't miss our Agatha-nominated story! Read Terrie Farley Moran's "A Killing at the Beausoleil", hosted by Malice Domestic.


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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 podcast: “The Problem of the Whispering House” by Edward D. Hoch


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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For Semira

For Semira
by Petra Ivanov
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

A cry tore Ruben out of his thoughts. It was a man’s voice, a wail that swelled, bounced off the bare concrete walls, and then fell silent as suddenly as it had sounded. Wearily, Ruben got to his feet. As a security officer at the Kreuzlingen refugee facility, it was his job to ensure order.

A group of asylum-seekers had gathered in the hallway outside the reception area where he was on duty, ... Read more

Garage 27

Garage 27
by De Paepe and Depuydt

Art by Mark Evan Walker

Thanks to me, the folks who live in the big apartment block on Ganzendries Street in Ghent are well taken care of. Thanks to me, Remi De Sutter. I know them all. I know who lives in each apartment. I know that the old man at #113 always takes out his trash on the wrong day of the week. First thing in the morning, I see one girlfriend or another slip out the young stud who lives at #107’s door. 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 June 2016 issue as we celebrate the MWA and the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. And don't miss feature stories from Doug Allyn, Jean B. Cooper, Peter Turnbull, Edward D. Hoch and many more!



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