EQMM May 2011 with Taylor’s “A Drowning at Snow’s Cut”
An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview from The Digest Enthusiast book four:
TDE: “Your stories often include a particular interest or experience like sailing, houseplants, prep school, etc. What influences these choices? Do you draw mostly on existing knowledge or research?”
AT: “Some of my fiction draws on my own background and experiences. “Rearview Mirror”—the opening of On the Road with Del & Louise—was inspired by a trip my wife and I took to New Mexico several years ago. Similarly, “A Drowning at Snow’s Cut” was based in part on a boat trip my father and I took down the North Carolina coast. “A Voice from the Past” centers on some hazing incidents very similar to the rat system at the boarding school I attended. All those are pretty heavily fictionalized beyond those core elements, of course, but building from that foundation has helped to fuel the imagination.”Incidentally, the cover of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine with Art’s “Snow Cut” story, features a gallery of EQMM’s esteemed review team by Tom Roberts. From left to right: John Dickson Carr, Allen J. Hubin, Anthony Boucher, Jon L. Breen, and as
Incidentally, the cover of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine with Art’s “Snow Cut” story, features a gallery of EQMM’s esteemed review team painted by Tom Roberts. From left to right: John Dickson Carr, Allen J. Hubin, Anthony Boucher, Jon L. Breen, and as conductor, Howard Haycraft. This issue marked the last regular installment of the review column “The Jury Box” by Jon L. Breen, who would hand the gavel to Steve Steinbock for June 2011.
EQMM Aug. 2009 included Art Taylor’s “A Voice from the Past,” which he spoke about in this excerpt from his interview in The Digest Enthusiast book four:
“I wrote about half of my story ‘A Voice from the Past’ and then put it aside for several years, not sure where to go next with it. When I returned to it with fresh eyes, I came up with ideas about the rest of the plot, what seemed suddenly not just right but maybe inevitable, given all the seeds I’d planted in the first half.”
Art’s “Parallel Play” from the Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warming anthology, won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story in May 2017.
Award-winning author Art Taylor gave us a terrific interview for The Digest Enthusiast in book four. His story “The White Rose of Memphis” appeared in Fall 2011 edition of Needle Magazine.
Art summarizes the story on his website.
The last entry at the Needle Mag website is dated, but through the magic of the digital press, freshly minted back issues of Needle are still available through Lulu.com.
Crime fiction writer Art Taylor’s stories have appeared in quite a number of digest magazines. Foremost, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, but he also made his way into the special Crime issue of lit mag Barrelhouse, issue 10 in 2011, with an unsettling “Blue Plate Special.”
Read our extensive interview with award-winning author Art Taylor in The Digest Enthusiast book four.
Speaking about real life events, Art Taylor shared a few memorable incidents drawn upon for his stories like the one that appears in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine August 2009:
AT: “A Voice from the Past” centers on some hazing incidents very similar to the rat system at the boarding school I attended. All those* are pretty heavily fictionalized beyond those core elements, of course, but building from that foundation has helped to fuel the imagination.
*Art mentions several others in his full interview that appears in The Digest Enthusiast book four.
EQMM Dec. 1995
“My first paid publication, however, was my first story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine—“Murder on the Orient Express” (December 1995)—a story that wasn’t originally intended as a mystery at all. Instead, it focusses on a couple honeymooning aboard the Orient Express and fumbling along a little from mishap to mishap, while the husband builds stories in his mind about the other passengers—all of it imaginary, fueled by the spirit of Christie’s novel of the same name. The story is about that imagination and how imagination suddenly helps the new marriage click, and— spoiler alert—ultimately there’s no real crime in the story at all.”
Excerpt from the 14-page interview with Art Taylor in The Digest Enthusiast book four.
Spent time organizing the next series of posts, derived from TDE3. The contrast between the opening lines of short stories by Dashiell Hammett and the authors of Super-Science Fiction ought to push the borderline beyond its outer limits. We’ll start tomorrow.
I misstated in TDE4 that Peter Enfantino would cover Weird Tales digests next time. Instead he’s working on another western series: Western Magazine, which is about as generic as titles go. But, it nevertheless looks like a great one!
Did some travel recently and wanted to acknowledge a couple of posts from our friends while I was off-grid:
• Writer Art Taylor, our feature interview subject in TDE4, wrote about the issue on June 6th on his blog.
• Artist Michael Neno, who drew the illustrations for John Kuharik’s “Wounded Wizard” wrote about TDE4 in a Facebook post on June 7
• Airship 27’s Captain Ron Fortier also gave us a nod on his Facebook post on June 10th
Many thanks, fellas!
On the Road with Del and Louise by Art Taylor
Lots of virtual and live buzz about Art Taylor’s On the Road with Del and Louise: A Novel in Stories from Henery Press. Taylor is a frequent short story writer and serial thriller in the pages of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.