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Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

An excerpt from Michael Bracken’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

The Digest Enthusiast: “Chase Your Dreams,” from AHMM (June 2016), is a great example of a story that evokes an emotional response. What prompts you to include social commentary in a story? Do themes emerge while writing, or are they part of the initial planning process?

Michael Bracken: I rarely start with a theme and never intentionally include social commentary because to do so runs the risk of turning a story into a sermon or, worse, a polemic.

When I let characters react to situations I put them in, sometimes themes emerge that represent beliefs different than my own, and it’s important to let the story be the story and not have a theme forced onto it that fits my beliefs. (Think about all the great noir movies ruined by nonsensical happy endings because movie makers didn’t think audiences would tolerate themes like “life sucks and then you die.”)

“Chase Your Dreams” presents a strong example of what happens when you build characters from the inside out. The protagonist is a closeted gay man in small-town Texas and his clandestine lover,a man who is out and proud of it, disappears. The protagonist is torn between searching for his lover and the realization that by doing so he will out himself. The theme emerges from the actions the protagonist takes and how the other characters react to those actions.

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan’s Editor’s Notes: It Takes a Village
The Lineup
Michael Bracken “Chase Your Dreams”
Sarah Weinman “Death of a Feminist” art by Tim Foley
Willie Rose: The Mysterious Cipher (solution on page 93)
Martin Limón “The King of K-Pop”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Janice Law “A Taste of Murder” art by Linda Weatherly
Mysterious Photograph: Words Taking Flight
Brendan DuBois “A Battlefield Reunion”
Erica Wright “Patsy Cline at Harry’s Last Chance Saloon” art by Ally Hodges
Ruth Chessman “Poor Sherm” (Mystery Classic selected and introduced by Jane K. Cleland)
Robert C. Hahn: Booked & Printed
Death On a Starry Night by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
Capitol Punishment by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Day After Death by Lynn C. Miller
The Story that Won (Dec. 2015) “A Better Plan” by Charles R. McCrary, Jr.
Coming in AHMM Jul/Aug 2016
Directory of Services/Indicia
Solution to the May “Dying Words”
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 61 No. 6 June 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Art & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Chuntisel/iStockphoto
112 pages $4.99
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Down & Out: The Magazine Vol. 2 No. 1

Down & Out: The Magazine Vol. 2 No. 1

Contents Page
Rick Ollerman: A Few Clues From the Editor
April Kelly “Rolling Gormay”
Brendan DuBois “The Good That Men Do”
Ray Daniel & Kellye Garrett “Code Switch”
J. Kingston Pierce: Placed in Evidence
Walter Satterthwait “The Death of Mr. Jayacody”
Sylvia Maultash Warsh “The Veiled Heart”
Benjamin Boulden “121”
Dane F. Baylis “Debts”
Robb T. White “Hansel Alone in the Deep Dark Woods”
Richard Prosch “Capitol Offense”
Richard Risemberg “The Last Word”

Down & Out: The Magazine Vol. 2 No. 1 (Book 5)
Editor: Rick Ollerman
Cover design: Lance Wright, Cover photo: Peter Rozovsky
5.5” x 8.5”, 180 pages
Print $12.99, (Kindle $5.99 coming soon)
Down & Out: The Magazine website (subscriptions available)

Ellery Queen Jul/Aug 2019

Ellery Queen Jul/Aug 2019

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2019 Vol. 154 No. 1 & 2, Whole No. 934 & 935
Vicki Weisfeld “New Energy” art by Mark Evan Walker
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Jon L. Breen: The Jury Box
Richard Helms “The Cripplegate Apprehension”
S.J. Rozan “Left for Dead”
Takemaru Abiko “A Smart Dummy in the Tent” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Japanese by Ho-Ling Wong. Adapted by John Pugmire.
Trey Dowell “Heat”
Michael Bracken “Oystermen”
Marilyn Todd “The Day of the Jackal”
V.S. Kemanis “Dzintra’s Tale” Transcribed and translated from the Latvian by Arvids Kraulis.
Aoife Clifford “Crossing Bridges”
Peter Turnbull “There Are Just Some Things a Rat Won’t Do”
Chris Holm “Murderers’ Row”
Tara Laskowski “The Long-Term Tenant” (Black Mask)
Brendan DuBois “Her Sister’s Secrets” art by Laurie Harden
Twist Phelan “Rude Awakening”
Dean Jobb: Stranger Than Fiction (preview)
Steve Hockensmith “Do Not Disturb”
Tony Fisher “Tingo” (Dept. of First Stories)
James Hadley Griffin “Rionach, My Queen” (Dept. of First Stories)
Classified Marketplace
R.T. Raichev “The Mysterious Affair at Osiris House”

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Simon Prades
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Aug. 20, 2019
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

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