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EQMM August 2016

  In This Issue:

The August 2016 issue continues our year of celebration of EQMM’s 75th anniversary with special features honoring the magazine’s illustrious former editors. We start off with “The Ten-Cent Murder” by Joseph Goodrich, a tale based on the real-life connection between Dashiell Hammett and EQMM founding editor Frederic Dannay, who solves a classical whodunit with Hammett by his side. Learn more about editor Dannay in a piece by scholar Francis M. Nevins entitled “Founding Editor At Work: Fred Dannay and EQMM,” and pick up some little known facts about Manfred B. Lee, Dannay’s partner as Ellery Queen, in “Ellery Queen’s Other Half: Manfred B. Lee in His Own Words,” by Manny’s son Rand B. Lee. In “She Did It Her Way” you’ll hear about EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Regis Sullivan, from an author who coincidentally shares her name, Eleanor J. Sullivan. And there’s a treat in the From Our Archives section: a reprint of editor Sullivan’s Edgar-nominated story “Ted Bundy’s Father,” published under her pseudonym Ruth Graviros

We think EQMM’s earlier editors would applaud this issue dedicated to them. In the EQMM tradition, it includes mysteries of many different types, with settings ranging from close to home to far away in time and space. Enter the world of Cold War era professional ballet dancing in V.S. Kemanis’s moving classical whodunit “Journal Entry, Franklin DeWitt,” and climb the Andean slopes, where your climbing partners may pose as great a threat as the environment, in current Arthur Ellis Award nominee Scott Mackay’s “The Ascent.” Dave Zeltserman delivers a wry thriller in “The Caretaker of Lorne Green,” while Jonathan Moore provides a more contemplative police procedural in “A Swimmer From the Dolphin Club.” And if you like ancient history combined with heart-pounding suspense, you’re sure to enjoy “Voices in the Cistern” by William Burton McCormick, featuring Ancient Roman thief-sleuth Quintus the Clever. 

Not to be missed this issue are two of EQMM’s signature departments: The Department of First Stories showcases the gripping rural tale “A Visitor in Winter” by Julie McNeely-Kirwan, and Passport to Crime contains the Glauser Award-winning epistolary tale “Fan Mail” by Germany’s Christiane Geldemacher. Enjoy the scholarship, the reminiscences, and—of course—the stellar fiction this month!

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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


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The Ten-Cent Murder

The Ten-Cent Murder
by Joseph Goodrich
Art by Mark Evans

Fred Dannay, in a dark-gray overcoat and fedora, heavy briefcase swinging at his side, walked quickly along West Tenth Street. An editorial meeting at EQMM had gone on longer than anticipated and he was running late. It was eight minutes after six on an early autumn evening in 1951. The sky was lambent. The trees still had their leaves, obscuring the brick and stone of the buildings that lined the block, but the air was chillier than a week ago. He was glad he’d worn the overcoat. If only he’d brought his scarf . . . Read more

Ted Bundy's Father

Ted Bundy's Father
by Ruth Graviros

Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

With his tendency to tune out the distasteful, Warner Chadason couldn’t remember when he’d first heard or read about Ted Bundy. He’d had little personal experience with crime in his sixty-four years—the hit-and-run death of a classmate when he was in grammar school, a series of petty thefts on board ship when he was in the Navy, the burglary of the first house he and Jane had rented when they were married, the nonfatal shooting last summer of the manager of the store where they bought their liquor out on Route 138. . . .  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:

Continuing with our 75th Anniversary, our August/September 2016 issue features mysteries from Stanley Ellin, Joyce Carol Oates, Jon L. Breen and many more!



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