Michael Bracken: Excerpt from the Interview

MSMM Oct. 1983

In his interview for The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, Michael Bracken gives us the background on one of his early stories:

“Vengeance to Show in the Third,” my first appearance in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (October 1983), was heavily influenced by reading a great many Dick Francis novels, and I was clearly trying to write an American Dick Francis story. At the time I wrote the story, I lived in southern Illinois, near a racetrack where I placed several losing bets, but I had a personal connection as well. My first wife grew up riding English and, through connections made in that environment, knew people who owned race horses, and she briefly worked as a groom.

In a way, that describes how I do a fair bit of my research: use personal connections. If I don’t have the necessary personal experience and I can’t find what I need with an Internet search, I reach out to friends and family. Additionally, other writers are a great resource, and I have tapped them for information about Catholicism, the odor of a fired handgun, and the like.

A Shot Through the Window

Detective No. 3

Detective, the Magazine of True Crime Cases Vol. 1 No. 3 July 1951 Contents Rex Ainsworth “Stranger in the House” Anthony Abbot “The Vanishing Heart” Alvin F. Harlow “A Shot Through the Window” Edward D. Radin…

A Great New Serial! Breakthrough Novelette

Galaxy April 1970

Contents Ejler Jakobsson: On Genetics and Consensus Stephen Tall “Allison, Carmichael and Tattersall”* Michael G. Coney “Discover a Latent Moses”* Robert Silverberg “The Tower of Glass”* Part I Ray Bradbury “Darwin in the Fields” (verse) A.…

33rd Annual Readers’ Awards

Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2019

Contents Sheila Williams’ Editorial: Thirty-Third Annual Reads’ Awards’ Results Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: Rereading Shiel Holly Day “All the Weight” (verse) James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Deep Reading Peter Payack “Surfing at Night” (verse) Mercurio D.…

William Campbell Gault “Kill If You Have To”

Michael Shayne No. 2

Contents Brett Halliday “The Body Went to Bed” Octavus Roy Cohen “One Minute After Murder” Norman Struber “Clean Sweep” William Campbell Gault “Kill If You Have To” Hal Ellson “The Rites of Death” Robert E. Byrum…

‘Jugged’ by Elmore Leonard

Western Magazine No. 3

Contents Richard Matheson “Son of a Gunman” art by Borgos Paul E. Holland “Power Within” C. William Harrison “Ride a Rough Mile” art by M. Baker Marvin De Vries “Fiddle-Foot Man” art by M. Baker Alfred…

‘Old Halloweens on the Guna Slopes’ R.A. Lafferty

Fantastic Aug. 1975

Contents Ted White: Editorial R.A. Lafferty “Old Halloweens on the Guna Slopes” art by Richard Olsen Harvey Schreiber “Death from the Sea” art by Steve Fabian Barry N. Malzberg “Transfer” art by Tony Gleeson Joe Haldeman…

Opening Line

Opening Lines

“The rain came with nightfall, and the prisoner lay in the darkness listening to its dreary drumming.” “Gunsmoke Over Wyoming” by Joseph Chadwick Western Magazine July 1957