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EQMM January/February 2017

  In This Issue:

This first issue of our 76th year, January/February 2017, celebrates both the holiday season and Sherlock Holmes. Against a snowy scene, carolers are a dark concern in Vicki Weisfeld’s small-town whodunit, “A Slaying Song Tonight,” while in Barbara Nadel’s chilling “The Twelve Days of Dunwich” a well-known carol frames the plot. You’ll want to watch where you do your holiday shopping once you’ve read the clever “Slay Belles” by Marilyn Todd and the sinister “After Closing Time” by Nova Lee Maier, from the Passport to Crime Department. And none of our holiday issues would be complete without a wry contribution from the inimitable James Powell (“Ask the Field Mice”). 

Taking us to Baker Street are Terence Faherty—with another humorous parody from the unedited manuscripts of Dr. Watson (“The Engineer’s Thumb”)—and Jonathan Turner, who brings an American duo we’ve met before in the pages of EQMM, Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer, in touch with the Great Detective himself in a fun and tricky Department of First Stories entry (“The Adventure of the Disguised Passenger”). Amy Myers continues the trip to Victorian London with her tale “Tom Wasp and the Disappearing Philosopher,” another case for her chimney-sweep sleuth. 

Echoes of Sherlockian crime-solving are felt when an eccentric man appeals to a P.I. for help with a strange dilemma in “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy” by Peter Hochstein. And an animal also plays a part in the action in “Flowing Waters,” a tough but poignant story about a war veteran and her healing process by Brendan DuBois

Interesting choices of weapons feature in several of this month’s stories—a whole stockingful of them! See what’s uncovered in a journalist’s purse, in “Agony” by Jane Jakeman; see whose is brandished first in the insightful “Glock” by Bill Pippin; and discover which is more effective, flames or fists, in Kris Nelscott’s powerful “Blaming the Arsonist.” In addition to the more traditional implements of mayhem, a computer wreaks havoc in “Night Terrors” by Owen Leddy and the paraphernalia of professional photography figures in “Exposure” by A.J. Wright

This issue also showcases a story from the Black Mask department, “The Children of Espíritu Santo” by David Dean, and a second Department of First Stories entry, “The Game” by M. Soni, in both of which we hope for triumph against the odds, appropriate at any time of the year. 

Happy holidays to all!

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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.

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




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

Check out this month's podcasts: “Cleaning Up” by Steve Steinbock
Writer and reviewer Steve Steinbock is best known for his criticism in the mystery field; EQMM readers are sure to have read his numerous special-feature articles and interviews for us, as well as “The Jury Box” book-review column, where he has been at the helm since 2011. Steve is also an author of fiction, having debuted in our Department of First Stories in the March/April 2010 issue. The author reads that first story, “Cleaning Up,” in our first podcast of the new year.


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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The Engineer's Thumb
by Terence Faherty
Art by Mark Evan Walker

If all the amazing cases which came to the attention of my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes, only two did so through my agency, that of Vidor Hatcher’s thumb and the strange insanity of General Waxbutton, who imagined himself to be a giant cockroach. The latter case has no conceivable literary potential, but Mr. Hatcher’s adventure was so dramatic and coincided so closely . . .

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Blaming the Arsonist
by Kris Nelscott

Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

The first hint that an arsonist had infiltrated the tight community around Telegraph happened on the night of January 23, 1969, in the middle of the Third World Liberation Front protests.

Pammy had nothing to do with the protests. She had attended UC Berkeley ten years before and, like so many others, stayed in the city. . .

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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 March/April 2017 double issue for more exciting stories!



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