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Art Taylor on the fallout from relationships

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EQMM Nov 2014 with Art Taylor’s “The Odds Are Against Us”

An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast #4 in June 2016.

TDE: Most of your stories explore relationships, reactions and decisions that characters have to live with. What appeals to you about this approach?

AT: Basically, I think those themes are just at the core of my own interests and obsessions. A fellow writer, E.A. Aymar, pointed out to me—nicely—that I wasn’t very good at branding my work, since my stories were all over the place in terms of subgenre and tone and whatever: noir here, cozy there; traditional structure here, something more experimental there; etc. And I’m certain that readers who have enjoyed some of my darker stories might well be bewildered by some of the lighter comedy of On the Road with Del & Louise. But to me, so many of these stories come down to the same elements: the responsibilities inherent in being in a relationship; the times when that relationship is tested; the decision to respect or betray the relationship; the fallout from that decision. Whatever the circumstances or situation that might drive that central storyline, and whatever the various combinations of choices and consequences that might result, those questions and that theme are what I return to time and time again.

Art Taylor’s Ithica 37

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EQMM S/O 2013 with Art Taylor’s “Ithica 37”

“Ithica 37” marks the seventh appearance of a short story by Art Taylor, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, the Sept/Oct 2013 double issue. A relatively simple young man, whose life seems absorbed in movies, subscribes to a morass of righteous principles and feels it’s his duty to protect his younger sister from life’s darker influences after their only remaining parent’s death.

We interviewed Art about his writing and many of his individual stories in The Digest Enthusiast #4 in June 2016.

Art Taylor’s “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants”

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EQMM Mar/Apr 2013 with Art Taylor’s “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants”

An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast book four. When asked if he relied on existing knowledge or research for the background of his stories he said this about his story from the Mar/Apr 2013 issue of EQMM:

Art: For “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants,” however, I was in new territory. I know little about plants, and they regularly perish under my own care. But plants—and plants versus animals—seemed a necessary metaphorical element to the story I was working on, so I ended up reaching out to a botany professor here at George Mason University with some questions.

“Funny story there—partly a plot spoiler, I’m afraid. When I emailed her—this was back in 2007 or so, as I recall—I also asked about ricin, and she quickly responded that I should call instead of emailing. When I did get her on the phone, she told me that she’d worked at Quantico for a while and that our email exchange had probably already been flagged by the government because of that mention of ricin. I laughed at the time. Seriously? Like the government is checking through everyone’s emails? Again, this was around 2007, so . . . .”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2017

eqmm_7_2017Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 151 #1 & 2, whole #909 & 910, Jul/Aug 2017
Contents
“Hard to Get” by Jeffery Deaver, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
The Jury Box by Jon L. Breen
“Peter and the Wolfe” by Loren D. Estleman
“Tonic” by Susan Koefod
“The Short Answer” by James Lincoln Warren (Black Mask)
“The Egyptian Cat” by Christine Poulson
“Banana Triangle Six” by Louis Bayard
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“The Home Exchange” by Parker Bilal
“Platina and the Green Children” by Richard Stout (Dept. of First Stories)
“Learning to Drive” by Judith Cutler
“Harry Potter and the Shadow of the Forger’s Throne” by Paul Charles
“The Fast and the Furriest” by Pat H. Broeske (Dept. of First Stories)
“Galway Lake” by Dennis McFadden
“Night Crossing” by Marilyn Todd
“Julius Katz and the Terminated Agent” by Dave Zeltserman
“The Yellow Book” by Paul Halter (Passport to Crime) Translated from the French by John Pugmire
“What Could Possibly Go Boing?” by Mat Coward, art by Mark Evan Walker
“The Things We Do for Love” by Sharon Hunt
Classified Marketplace
“Poison Pen” by Graydon Miller

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Philcold/Dreamstime.com
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until August 22, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

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.