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Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2021

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2021

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine [v158 #1/2, #958/959 July/August 2021] ed. Janet Hutchings, mng. ed. Jackie Sherbow (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Bradley Clark)
2 • The Locked Room Library • Gig Pandian • ss; illustration by Laurie Harden
18 • The Jury Box • Steve Steinbock • rc
_18 • Love & Other Crimes, Sara Paretsky, Morrow, $17.99, tpb • br
_18 • Funeral in the Fog: The Strange Mysteries of Simon Ark, Edward D. Hoch, Crippen & Landru, $22, tpb * br
_18 • The Island of Coffins and Other Mysteries From the Casebook of Cabin B-13, Tony Medawar & Douglas G. Greene (eds), Crippen & Landru, 22, tpb • br
_51 • Hot Cash, Cold Clews: The Adventures of Lester Leith, Erle Stanley Gardner, Crippen & Landru, $22, tpb • br
_51 • Inspector Ghote: His Life and Times, H.R.F. Keating, Severn House, $10.99, ebook • br
_51 • The Dead of Winter: The THree Giodano Bruno Novellas, S.J. Parris, Pegasus, $25.95 • br
_128 • Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury, Ray Bradbury, Hard Case Crime, $39.99 • br
_128 • Prefecture D: Four Novellas, Hideo Yokoyama translated from the Japanese by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $17 • br
19 • Bone Marrow Donor • Joyca Carol Oates • ss
22 • Fox’s Wedding • Awasaka Tsumao; translated by Steve Steinbock • ss; EQMM’s “Passport to Crime” translated from the Janpanese
38 • Stranger Than Fiction: Detective-Fever • Dean Jobb • tc
39 • Bad Chemistry • John G. Wimer • ss
53 • Not So Fast, Dr. Quick • Elvie Simons • ss
68 • The Concert • Ragnar Jónasson & Vikingur Ólafsson • ss
70 • Family Love • Brendan DuBois • ss; EQMM’s “Black Mask”
79 • The White Star • G.M. Malliet • ss
92 • A Trunk Full of Illegal Fireworks • Michael Grimala • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
97 • Julius Katz and the Two Cousins [Julius Katz & Archie] • Dave Zeltserman • ss
113 • The Fraud of Dionysus • Smita Harish Jain • ss
122 • When the Dust Settles • Tehra Peace • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
129 • What’s Wrong With Harley Quinn? • Barbara Allan • ss
138 • Sweeps Week • Richard Helms • ss; illustration by Eli Bischof
151 • The Last Man in Lafarge • Joseph S. Walker • ss
158 • Blog Bytes • Kristopher Zgorski • cl
159 • Next Door • Kate Ellis • ss
166 • Homecoming • Janice Law • ss
171 • Sycamore Acres • Richard Dooling • ss
184 • The Body in the Bee Library • Jon L. Breen • ss

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2021

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2021

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine [v157 #5/6, #956/957 May/June 2021] ed. Janet Hutchings, mng. ed. Jackie Sherbow (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Jeff Lee Johnson)
1 • Contents Page
2 • Kiss of Life • Doug Allyn • ss; illustration by Jason C. Eckhardt
28 • The Jury Box • Steve Steinbock • rc
_28 • The Dark Heart of Florence, Tasha Alexander, Minotaur, $27.99 • Steve Steinbock • br
_28 • The Venice Sketchbook, Rhys Bowen, Lake Union Publishing, $14.95 • Steve Steinbock • br
_118 • Dance with Death, Will Thomas, Minotaur, $27.99 • Steve Steinbock • br
_118 • Murder at Wedgefield Manor, Erica Ruth Neubauer, Kensington, $26.00 • Steve Steinbock • br
_118 • The Unkindness of Ravens, M.E. Hilliard, Crooked Lane, $27.99 • Steve Steinbock • br
_128 * Sleep Well, My Lady, Kwei Quartley, Soho Crime, $27.95 • Steve Steinbock • br
_128 • Skim Deep, Max Allan Collins, Hard Case Crime, $12.95 • Steve Steinbock • br
_131 • Bone Canyon, Lee Goldberg, Thomas & Mercer, $24.95 • Steve Steinbock • br
–131 • The Manhunt Companion, Peter Enfantino & Jeff Vorzimmer, Stark House, $19.95 • Steve Steinbock • br
29 • Temptation Street • Martin Edwards • ss
42 • Stranger Than Fiction: Murder on Twenty-Third Street [Benjamin Nathan] • Dean Jobb • tc
43 • Strong Stomach • Zoë Z. Dean • ss
49 • A Season of Night • David Dean • ss
61 • The Hidden Places • Linda Stansberry • ss
67 • The Case of the Strangled Man • Steven Torres • ss
77 • Blog Bytes • Kristopher Zgorski • cl
78 • EQMM Goes to College • Arthur Vidro • mm
79 • A Brief History of Local Warfare [Martin Wade] • Libby Cudmore • ss
89 • The Bunker • Harbert De Paepe; translated by Josh Pachter • ss; EQMM’s “Passport to Crime” translated from the Flemish
97 • Leap of Faith • Marilyn Todd • ss
102 • 2020 Readers Award • Barb Goffman, John M. Floyd, Gregory Fallis • cn
103 • Frank Scarso Finds His Life • Doug Crandell • ss
119 • Nothing Good Happens After Midnight • Hal Charles [Charlie Sweet & Hal Blythe] • ss
129 • Birdman • Alex Knight [Gavin Bell] • ss
132 • Waiting for the Night to Fall • Tim Baker • ss; EQMM’s “Black Mask”
142 • The Unlocked Car • Mike MacInnes • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
149 • A Heaven or a Hell • Anna Scotti • ss
163 • The Cry of the Condor • John Lantigua • ss
174 • Satan’s Circle • Roger Vaccaro • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
180 • Flamingo Flamenco • Melissa Yi • ss; illustration by Eli Bischof

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine M/A 2021

EQMM Mar/Apr 2021

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine [v157 #3/4, #954/955 March/April 2021] ed. Janet Hutchings, mng. ed. Jackie Sherbow (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Ryan Garcia)
1 • Contents Page
2 • Killer’s Alley [Mike Hammer] • Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins • ss; EQMM’s “Black Mask”
8 • The Jury Box • Steve Steinbock • rc
_8 • A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke, Simon & Shuster, $28.00
_8 • Murder in Old Bombay, Nev March, Minotaur, $26.99
_53 • Moonflower Murders, Anthony Horowitz, Harper Books, $28.99
_91 • Watch Her, Edwin Hill, Kensington, $26.00
_91 • The Lost Village, Camilla Sten, Minotaur, $26.99
_110 • Apartment Five Is Alive, Russell Atwood, $19.99
9 • Cold Hard Facts • Chad Baker • ss
19 • Stranger Than Fiction: A Death in Provence [Olive Branson] • Dean Jobb • tc
20 • Stone Coat • David Dead • ss; illustrated by Eli Bischof
30 • Blog Bytes • Kristopher Zgorski • cl
31 • A Bit of Bling • Wendy Hornsby • ss
43 • A Winter Night’s Dream [Sam Kelson] • Michael Wiley • ss
55 • An Eye for Detail • Nancy Novick • ss
65 • The Phone Message • Robert Cummins • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
81 • Black Swallowtail • Hollis Seamon • ss
92 • Mother • Ray Bazowski • ss; EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
99 • A Bucharest Arrest • Bogdan Hrib; translated by Josh Pachter • ss; EQMM’s “Passport to Crime” translated from the Romanian
111 • Pressure • Cath Staincliffe • ss
113 • The Eyes of the Alcalde • William Dylan Powell • ss
126 • Escape Velocity • Kevin Egan • ss
135 • Yeah, I Meant to Do That • Mat Coward • ss
150 • The City of Light • Josh Pachter • ss
159 • The Best is Yet to Come • Chris Knopf • ss
163 • The Dark Underbelly of Commerce [Hennessey and Yellich] • Peter Turnbull • ss
172 • Spring Fever • Charlaine Harris • ss; illustration by Jason C. Eckhardt
184 • Who Stole the Afikomen? • Elizabeth • ss

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
Key to the FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine J/F 2021

EQMM Jan/Feb 2021

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [v157 #1 & 2, whole numbers 952 & 953, Jan/Feb 2021] ed. Janet Hutchings (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Olga Popover?Shutterstock.com)
1 • Contents Page
2 • The Gloria Scott • Terrence Faherty • ss • illustrated by Jason C. Eckhardt
11 • The Dark Oblivion • Cornell Woolrich • ss
17 • No Legacy So Rich • Anna Scotti • ss
30 • The Jury Box • Steve Steinbock • rc
31 • Dangerous Encounter • Tom Tolnay • ss
37 Blog Bytes • Christopher Zgorski • cl
38 • Stranger Than Fiction • Dean Jobb • cl
39 • The Touffard Affair • Marcel Aymé • ss; in EQMM’s “Passport to Crime;” translated by Anne Bru
49 • Pink Squirrel • Nick Mamatas • ss
57 • The Five Orange Pips • Josh Pachter • ss
63 • The Changing Room • Sheila Kohler • ss
72 • Stray • Ken Linn • ss; in EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
82 • The Interpreter and the Killer • Jeff Soloway • ss; in EQMM’s Black Mask
91 • That Poor Woman • Barb Goffman • ss
93 • Pick Up Sticks • Bill Pronzini • ss
105 • The Two Gentleman Guests • Susan Dunlap • ss
112 • Analogue • Rob Osler • ss; in EQMM’s “Department of First Stories”
119 • Bo Radley College Prep • Karen Harrington • ss
133 • The Lemonade Stand • Scott Loring Sanders • ss
153 • The Shadow of the New • Mike Adamson • ss
167 • Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
168 • Curious Incidents • Steve Hockensmith • ss • illustrated by Mark Evan Walker
191 • Watson’s Plane • Ruth Berman • pm
192 • Masthead

EQMM Website

News Digest Aug. 28, 2020

EQMM Sep/Oct 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Doug Crandell “Baby Drop Box” art by Mark Evan Walker
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Anna Scotti “What the Morning Never Suspected”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mutineers
Joseph S. Walker “Chasing Diamonds”
Marilyn Todd “Burning Desire”
Jim Allyn “Things That Follow” (Black Mask)
Dale C. Andrews “Four Words”
Violet Welles “Round-Trip Runaways” (Dept. of First Stories)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Asibe Taku “The Dashing Joker” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Japanese by Yuko Shimada; adapted by John Pugmire
Libby Cudmore
“All Shook Down”
Michael McGuire “Los Colores”
Jane Jakeman “The Oxford Ghosts”
Gregory Fallis “Terrible Ideas”
Zandra Renwick “Killer Biznez”
L.A. Wilson, Jr. “The Last True Love”
Alexandria Blaelock “The Perfume of Peahes” (Dept. of First Stories)
Barb Goffman “Dear Emily Etiquette” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Brendan DuBois
“The Homecoming”
Indicia

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020 Vol. 156 No. 3 & 4, Whole No. 948 & 949
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Brian Stauffer
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until October 20, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EconoClash Review No. 6

EconoClash Review No. 6
Contents Page
J.D. Graves: Welcome Thrill Seekers
Daniel Marcus “Jesus Christ Superstore”
Preston Lang “Party Bus”
Serena Jayne “Chet-Shaped Lure”
John Kojak “The Good Squad”
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt “The Night Jake Addison Saved the World”
Robb T. White “The Curse of the Temple Topaz”
Paul McCabe “Seven Flutes”
J.D. Graves “Don’t Panic”
Chris Fortunato “You WIll be Very Happy Here”
Cheap Thrills Biographies

EconoClash Review No. 6
Editor: J.D. Graves
Cover: ToeKeen
Interior Art: Duane Crockett
5” x 8” 166 pages
Print $10.95 Kindle $4.99

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 9

On Tuesday, Down & Out Books released the third episode of Guns + Tacos Season Two: Four Shrimp Tacos and a Walther P38 by Alec Cizak. Series created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker.

Guns + Tacos Season Two Subscriptions:
• Trade Paperback—$32.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story and FREE shipping within the Continental U.S.)
• Digital Formats—$11.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story)

Other authors in Season Two include: Eric Beeter, Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker, Ann Aptaker, Ryan Sayles, and Mark Troy.

Subscribe at Down & Out Books.

Justin Marriott announced the lockdown special of The Paperback Fanatic will be published soon.

Storytime
Gabriel Hart’s
“Bottom’s Up” at Pulp Modern Flash.

The new issue of Close to the Bone is now available to read online or download as a PDF at Close2thebone.co.uk.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Paperback Warrior reviews The Best of Manhunt Vol. 2 at Paperback Warrior.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Stephanie Feldman on “The Staircase” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Wang Yuan on “Casualties of the Quake” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Brian Trent on “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Libby Cudmore, whose “All Shook Down” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020, writes about the birthplace of Philo Vance at Something is Going to Happen.

M. Rickert on “Last Night at the Fair” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Michael Libling on “Robyn in Her Shiny Blue Coffin” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Cheryll Jones interviews Fate editor Phyllis Galde at Coast to Coast.

Untold Legend of Batman 3, Batman 327, Brave & Bold 166, Detective 494

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review The Untold Legend of Batman No. 3, Batman No. 327, The Brave and the Bold No. 166, and Detective No. 494 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Six: Museum Place at bare•bones e-zine.

Switchblade No. 12

Readin’ and Writin’
Happy to report I finished reading the outstanding Switchblade No. 12 this week. I wrote a full review that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 in January 2021. With twelve issues and two special editions Switchblade has become a dependable haven for hard-hitting independent fiction. Its list of authors provides a who’s who of rising stars of dark crime fiction. This edition adds further bloody evidence of its usual five-star killer status.

Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett

Also read the Stark House Press imprint Black Gat Books’ editon of Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett writing as George Sanders. Classic crime fiction that solidly captures the era in which it was written: 1946. Great characters chase an intriguing mystery, bodies mount and suspects dwindle until its suspenseful, satisfying conclusion.

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7

Finally, I completed reading Occult Detective Magazine No. 7, which I had begun last month. In his editorial/introduction to the issue co-editor John Linwood Grant lays out the zine’s original vision: “…to explore this sub-genre with open minds and open hearts. Nothing—as long as it had both a supernatural, strange or weird element and an investigative one—as necessarily out of bounds.”

It helps to review the ground rules and set expectations for a magazine titled “Occult Detective.” There are several tales that fit Grant’s wider definition of the zine’s mission and give its editors a wider net from which to select stories. This edition is another strong entry in the series. My favorite tales were those by D. J. Tyrer, Nancy A. Hansen, and Brandon Barrows. The fiction is supported by articles on Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt, Conan and Carnacki, Grimm: Ghost Spotter from Golden Age Comics, and reviews of occult detective novels and comics. If you like this sub-genre, ODM will provide several sessions of great entertainment.

Bob Vojtko sent in six new gag cartoons for the next Digest Enthusiast. Great stuff—can’t wait to see them in print this January.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Pursuit No. 7

Vintage Crime Digest
Pursuit No. 7
Contents Page
Johnston McCulley “Fate Rides the Cyclone”
R. Van Taylor “Revenge is for the Dead”
H.A. DeRosso “May Lady Weeps”
Stephen Marlowe “Flypaper”
August Derleth “The Case of the Lost Dutchman”
Hunt Collins “Joker”
Robert Carlton “One Lethal Evening”
Bram Norton “Rider Wanted”

Pursuit Detective Story Magazine No. 7 January 1955
Publisher: J.A. Kramer
Editor: L.B. Cole
Associate Editor: Phyllis Farren
5.5” x 7.5” 128 pages 35 cents

Ellery Queen Dec. 2007

Ellery Queen Dec. 2007

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Dec. 2007 Vol. 130 No. 6 Whole No. 796
Contents
David Handler “The Man Who Couldn’t Miss” art by Laurie Harden
Edward D. Hoch “Gypsy Gold”
Jon L. Breen: The Jury Box
Patricia Smiley “Party’s Over”
Bill Crider: Blog Bytes
Jon L. Breen “A Run Through the Calendar”
Loren D. Estleman “Wild Walls” (Valentino) art by Mark Evan Walker
Caroline Menzies “The Bathtub Oracle” (Dept. of First Stories)
Peter Turnbull “The Mummy” art by Allen Davis
Marilyn Todd “Room for Improvement”
2007 EQMM Readers Award Ballot
Anton Chekhov “A Malefactor” (Passport to Crime) translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett
Martin Edwards “An Index”
Maria Hudgins “Murder on the London Eye”
Michael Bracken & Tom Sweeney “Snowbird” art by Mark Evans
Index: Vol. 129 and Vol. 130
Classified Marketplace
Indicia and Masthead

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Editorial Assistant: Emily Giglierano
Excutive Director Art & Production: Susan Kendrioski
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Rafael de Soto

144 pages $3.99
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website

I asked Michael Bracken about what it was like to write with a partner on “Snowbird.” Below is an excerpt from his interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

In the early-2000s I edited five anthologies, and Tom had a story in each of them. When I pitched an anthology of private eye stories to a regional publisher, the publisher was interested only if all the stories were set in Texas and the contributors were Texans/ Texas residents. The only way Tom, a New Englander, would get a story in the anthology was if he collaborated with someone in Texas. Me.

Tom’s writing style—that is, the way he uses words and structures sentences—is (or was then) similar to mine, but his approach to writing is quite different. Where I throw something on the page to start and then figure out where I’m going, he likes to start with the theme and build backwards from there.

So, we went back and forth, writing and discussing as we went. I would write a bit and turn it over to him. He would edit or revise what I wrote and add more. I would edit/ revise what he wrote and add to it. All the while we held email discus- sions on the side about where the story was going, what we needed to research to move forward, and so on. (We even roped in a third writer—Çarol Kilgore—to aid with some research. Part of the story is set on the Gulf Coast and Carol provided us with details neither of us could get otherwise.)

Writing the way we did, it’s quite difficult to know now who wrote which passages, but after several months we had a complete draft. Unfortunately, the regional publisher was no longer interested in doing the anthology.
It is true that collaborating means twice the work for half the money, but Tom and I created a story neither of us could have written alone, and it was the first sale either of us made to
EQMM. So, it was well worth the effort.

Terror at the Crossroads

Terror at the CrossroadsA new horror anthology under the Dell Magazines imprint, Eris Press, titled Terror at the Crossroads: Tales of Horror, Delusion, and the Unknown, edited by Emily Hockaday and Jackie Sherbow and taken from the pages of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, is now available.

The collection features stories from Kit Reed, David Brin, Tara Laskowski, Alec Nevala-Lee, Will McIntosh, Louis Bayard, Zandra Renwick, Chris Beckett, Barbara Nadel, Rachel L. Bowden, Stephen Ross, Paddy Kelly, Jason Half, Kurt Bachard, O.A. Tynan, Seth Frost, Kathy Lynn Emerson, Teresa Solana, A.J. Wright, Josh Pachter, and Megan Arkenberg.

The anthology is currently available on Amazon and will soon be available via other digital platforms.

Eris Press will be holding a digital launch for the anthology on Wednesday, October 31: a day-long event featuring book giveaways, twenty-minute Twitter AMAs with authors including Alec Nevala-Lee, Chris Beckett, and Josh Pachter, video readings, Q&As, costumed author photos, and more. To follow the event, stay up to date with @ErisPress.

This collection brings readers demonic encounters, the apocalypse and post-apocalypse, ghostly apparitions, mad scientists, demented artists, monsters, and plenty of bizarre and frightening experiences that will stay with you well beyond its pages. Join @ErisPress this Halloween for their digital launch!

Bill Crider’s Blog Bytes

EQMM August 2007 cover
EQMM August 2007 with Bill Crider’s first Blog Bytes column

The Jan/Feb 2018 issue of EQMM may have been the last issue to feature Bill Crider’s long running column: Blog Bytes. Here’s what he said about it in our interview for The Digest Enthusiast five:

“I’m not sure how ‘Blog Bytes’ came about, as I inherited the column from Ed Gorman, who called me and asked me to take over for him. I suspect that the column was the idea of the EQMM editor, Janet Hutchings, who wanted to start making some connections with the online world, but it could have been Ed’s idea. When I agreed to do the column (in 2007; hard to believe it’s been almost
10 years), Ed sent me some of his columns to look at. They were all between 400–415 words, so I’ve stuck to that with my own column.

“The only thing that worried me about doing the column was whether there would be enough new blogs and websites to keep it going. I needn’t have worried. Another thing that occurred to me a few years ago was that some blogs deserved a repeat mention because people might have missed the first one or might have forgotten about it. So I now lead with a repeat each time.”

EQMM cover image from Galactic Central.

Bill Crider 1941–2018

Social media and the blogs of Bill Crider’s friends and fans celebrate the life of the gifted writer with tributes and recollections upon the news of his passing yesterday. Like many, I first met Bill through his wonderful blog Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine.

In 2015, I was fortunate enough to meet him in person at Bouchercon in Raleigh, where he signed a copy of his—at the time—current novel Between the Living and the Dead. A year later, he graciously agreed to be interviewed via email and responded to general questions about his career, and highlighted some of his short stories and articles for magazines and zines like The Not So Private Eye, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, New Mystery, Hardboiled, and Ellery Queen.

The Spider Chronicles cover

When asked about his terrific story, “The Marching Madmen,” starring The Spider, he shared the inside information:

“I was invited to write a story for The Spider Chronicles, and the invitation came at a time when I’d been reading a lot of Novell Page Spider novels. I’m easily influenced by the writing style of other authors, so it seemed as if it would be easy to sit down and write a story like the ones I’d been enjoying. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, so I’m glad you think it turned out well. Writing the story kind of burned me out on The Spider, and I haven’t read any other Page novels since then.”

Rest in peace, Bill Crider, your stories and kindness, that touched so many lives, lives on.