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EQMM May/June 2017

  In This Issue:

Diverse is the word for EQMM’s May/June 2017 issue, whose stories run the thematic and atmosphere gamut of the crime and mystery field. 

In historicals by Miriam Grace Monfredo and Marilyn Todd—masters of that subgenre—we visit nineteenth-century New York state (see “Child of the Cold Moon”) and the Old West (see “China Mary”), where wrongs await righting. Speaking of wrongs: Old misdeeds are reexamined with forensic and analytic slants in M.C. Lee’s tricky “Angel Face” from the Department of First Stories and in Robert L. Fish Award winning author Zoë Z. Dean’s gritty “Charcoal and Cherry.” 

In these pages you’ll find crimes committed by professionals—as in Robert S. Levinson’s mob tale “Rosalie Marx Is Missing”—and by amateurs, as in Martin Edwards’s “Lucky Liam.” An interesting relationship unfolds via e-mail in Marjorie Eccles’ “Find and Replace,” and another finds its haunting conclusion in Jonathan Moore’s “Your Name Will Be Written in Lights,” set in Hawaii. 

Police investigators of very different kinds explore crimes in Barcelona (the Passport to Crime Department’s “District V” by Teresa Solana) and the Jersey Shore (“Night Class” by David Dean). Also investigating, as usual by happenstance, is mystery writer-sleuth Antonia Darcy, in R.T. Raichev’s “The Strangler at the Harrogate Hydro.”

Stunning short-shorts like Rob Brunet’s “The Last Thing You Smell” and Michele Ruby’s “Alphabetical Order” will leave you reeling, while a pair of Australian political fixers will transfix you with their efforts to quell murderous news in “Summer of the Seventeen Poll” by Aoife Clifford. 

There’s a hint of the uncanny in Terence Faherty’s Star Republic mystery “Infinite Uticas” as well as in John Lantigua’s “In the Time of the Voodoo,” featuring P.I. Willie Cuesta. And for those who like their mysteries dark and dangerous, there’s Doug Allyn’s Black Mask entry, “The Belgian.” The issue also contains the winners of the 2016 Readers Award—don’t miss it!

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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: 

“The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy” by Peter Hochstein This month’s episode is from the private-eye genre, the second in a series of stories featuring an offbeat former newspaper reporter turned P.I. The author, Peter Hochstein, is himself a former newspaper reporter who has had a number of novels published under various pseudonyms. Here is Peter Hochstein reading his darkly humorous tale “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy,” from our January/February 2017 issue.

“The Adventure of the Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds” by Ellery Queen Our selection this month is a clever script from The Adventures of Ellery Queen radio series of the late 1930s and the 1940s. “The Adventure of the Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds” (which was reprinted in EQMM in May 1943 and August 2005) is read here by Mark Lagasse.


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. 

 



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Child of the Cold Moon
by Miriam Grace Monfredo
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

The boy knew his deerskin moccasins would fall with no sound on the woodland floor, but he was too frightened to run. At the first shouts and heavy thud of boots, he had darted behind the thick trunk of an old oak. It kept him hidden from the man with a musket who was pulling a woman through the trees. She stumbled over frosted underbrush, pleading, “Let me go!” but he tugged her forward and yelled at her to be quiet.

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In the Time of the Voodoo
by John Lantigua
Art by Laurie Harden

Willie Cuesta walked into Clarke’s Pub on South Beach at noon. He was there to meet Alice Arden, immigration attorney extraordinaire, for their monthly high-cholesterol lunch. Clarke’s made the best burger in South Florida, and maybe the best anywhere. The patty, constructed of Angus beef, was two inches thick, oozing with juice, replete with blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and sinfully good bacon. Alice skipped the bacon; Willie didn’t. . . .

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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:

Look out for our July/August 2017 double issue for more exciting stories on sale June 20, 2017.



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