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Art Taylor’s A Drowning at Snow’s Cut

 

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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.

Art Taylor’s “A Voice from the Past”

eqmm_8_2009EQMM 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.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2017

2017_5_eqmm500Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #5 & 6, whole #907 & 908, May/Jun 2017
Contents
“The Belgian” by Doug Allyn (Black Mask)
“Child of the Cold Moon” by Miriam Grace Monfredo, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
“Charcoal and Cherry” by Zoë Z. Dean
2016 EQMM Readers Award (Special Feature)
“Lucky Liam” by Martin Edwards
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Rosalie Marx is Missing” by Robert S. Levinson
“Night Class” by David Dean
“District V” by Teresa Solana (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush
“The Last Thing You Smell” by Rob Brunet
“Find and Replace” by Marjorie Eccles
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Angel Face” by M.C. Lee (Dept. of First Stories)
“Your Name Will Be Written in Lights” by Jonathan Moore
“Black Rooms” by James Sallis (verse)
“China Mary” by Marilyn Todd
“Infinite Uticas” by Terence Faherty
“Summer of the Seventeen Poll” by Aoife Clifford
“The Strangler at the Harrogate Hydro” by R.T. Raichev
“Alphabetical Order” by Michele Ruby
Classified Marketplace
“In the Time of the Voodoo” by John Lantigua, art by Laurie Harden

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Tom Roberts
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Art Taylor’s “Blue Plate Special”

barrelhouse10_500Crime 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.

John Dickson Carr and Cabin B-13

ellery_queens_mystery_194405Stories from Suspense Magazine #1 Spring 1951

From the story’s introduction: “Numbering its audience in the millions today, the CBS radio-television program series Suspense for a number of years has ranked as one of the finest dramatic programs on the air. It has brought to perfection a new type of high-tension presentation—in tune with our time, in harmony with modern concepts of gripping entertainment.

“In each issue, the magazine Suspense will present one of the distinguished scripts which have made broadcasting history. The initial choice, Honeymoon Terror, was originally given over the CBS network in November, 1943, under the title Cabin B-13, starring Margo and Phillip Dorn.”

“Cabin B-13” was one of the most popular episodes of Suspense, it was rerun in November 1943, but its original broadcast was on March 16, 1943. Even the script had an earlier printing, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine May 1944.

Image from Galactic Central.

Art Taylor’s “A Voice from the Past”

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.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

“All Our Yesterdays” by Andres Klavan, art by Laurie Harden
“Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias
“The Oxford Tarts” by G.M. Malliet
“Le Bernadin” by Alaric Hunt
“Together” by Charlie Hughes (Dept. of First Stories)
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Portrait of a Lady” by Beatrix Kramlovsky (Passport to Crime) Translation from German by Mary Tannert
“The Hard Rise” by Carl Robinette (Hank Garnier series)
“Ruthless” by Judith Cutler
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Just Below the Surface” by Robert Shepherd (Dept. of First Stories)
“The Stereotype” by Bill Pronzini
“The Copyist” by Peter Tremayne (Sister Fidelma series)
“The Model Citizen” by William Dylan Powell, art by Mark Evan Walker (P.I. Billy Raskolnikov series)
“Renters” by Tim L. Williams
“Cramer in Trouble” by Dave Zeltserman (Julius Katz series)
“The Guy I Told Stuff To” by Antony Mann
“Alive, Alive-Oh!” by O.A. Tynan, art by Allen Davis
“The Rat” by Cath Staincliffe

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #3 & 4, whole #906 & 907, Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Doodlemachine/iStockphoto.com
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 25, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Art Taylor’s first story for EQMM

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.

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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

EQMM Jan/Feb 2017

The note to subscribers on the new double-issue, bimonthly publication schedule appears on page 15. Here is the full lineup of the new year’s first edition of EQMM:

“A Slaying Song Tonight” by Vicki Weisfeld, art by Allen Davis
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Flowing Waters” by Brendan DuBois
“The Twelve Days of Dunwich” by Barbara Nadel
“The Children of Espíritu Santo” by David Dean (Black Mask)
“After Closing Time” by Nova Lee Maier (Passport to Crime) translated by Josh Pachter
“Night Terrors” by Owen Leddy
“Exposure” by A.J. Wright
“Slay Belles” by Marilyn Todd
“The Engineer’s Thumb” by Terence Faherty, art by Mark Evan Walker
“Glock” by Bill Pippin
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy” by Peter Hochstein
Cartoon by Harley Schwadron
“The Game” by M. Soni (Dept. of First Stories)
“Tom Wasp and the Disappearing Philosopher” by Amy Myers
“Ask the Field Mice” by James Powell
“Agony” by Jane Jakeman
“The Adventure of the Disguised Passenger” by Jonathan Turner (Dept. of First Stories)
“Blaming the Arsonist” by Kris Nelscott, art by Jason E. Eckhardt

EQMM’s statement of ownership appears on page 89. It’s based on the Feb. 2016 issue and the preceding 12 months. The average number of copies: 18,173 with 16,472 of those comprising total distribution.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #1 & 2, whole #904 & 905, Jan/Feb 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Mike Weaver
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until February 21, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Dec. 2016

eqmm_12_2016_500EQMM is 75 years old. An amazing publishing feat for any magazine. The December issue continues its tradition of outstanding short mystery fiction with the final 75th Anniversary edition. This issue’s insightful Editorial by Janet Hutchings reviews the founding scope of the magazine and its expansive role in today’s ever-challenging marketplace.

“Bloodstained Glass” by Richard Helms, art by Mark Evan Walker
From the Editor’s Desk: Beyond Boundaries by Janet Hutchings
“Nothing Matters But Matter” by Sheila Kohler
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock on The English Teacher by Yiftach R. Atir, The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura, I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill, Mr. Campion’s Fault by Mike Ripley, The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris, Kilt at the Highland Games by Kaitlyn Dunnett, The Goddaughter Caper by Melodie Campbell, and Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider; with special mention of Rhythm and Clues by Sue Ann Jaffarian, The Question of the Felonious Friend by Jeff Cohen and E.J. Copperman and A Killer’s Guide to Good Works by Shelley Costa.
“The Unseen Door” by Margery Allingham
“A History of Snakes” by Tom Tolnay
“The Truth of the Moment” by E. Gabriel Flores (Dept. of First Stories)
“Catspaw” by Peter Tremayne
“Dream Wedding” by Sarah Weinman (From Our Archives)
“With Eyes Like That” by Robert S. Levinson
“Ghosts of Bunker Hill” by Paul D. Marks, art by Allen Davis
“Stranger in the Night” by Hilde Vandermeeren (Passport to Crime) translated by Josh Pachter
2016 EQMM Readers Award Ballot
Index to Volumes 147 & 148
Bill Crider’s Blog Bytes column is absent this issue but slated to return, possibly next issue.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 148 #6, whole #903, Dec. 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Jill Hartley/iStockphoto.com
112 pages
$4.99 on newsstands until December 20, 2016
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website