First, some happy and yet sad news: the latest editions of Thuglit have just hit the market in both digital and print editions, but they are also the last. The issue, titled "Last Writes," has twelve new crime stories "to blow your faces off like a mistimed quarter-stick of dynamite."
The Spring 2016 issue of the Film Noir Foundation's quarterly Noir City magazine is out, with an article detailing the true story of the U.S intelligence community’s role in the birth of Italian neo-realism; a look at Rudolph Maté and his singular directorial achievement D.O.A.; Imogen Sara Smith considers Douglas Sirk’s dark side; Steve Kronenberg salutes the silken menace of George Macready; Brian Light revisits Peeping Tom, still disturbing after all these years; and Kelly Vance sizes up the latest from Arturo Ripstein, the noir Bleak Street. (HT to Vince Keenan.)
In the summer issue of Mystery Scene magazine, Craig Sisterson chats with James Runcie whose Grantchester mystery series, featuring Anglican priest Sidney Chambers, has been made into a hit PBS TV series; Kevin Burton Smith takes a look at well-known writers from other genres who have dabbled their toes in PI fiction's waters-including the creator of a world-famous young wizard; Kate Jackson examines "The Wimsey Papers," a series of mock letters and diary extracts written by Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey and his family and friends during WWII; Oline H. Cogdill chats with NCIS actor David McCallum, who has has taken up writing late in life at the age of 82; plus much more.
The July issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine continues the publication's 75th anniversary year with a look at its ongoing Department of First Stories feature that has helped launch the writing careers of several authors who are well-known today. To celebrate, there are new stories from nine of these popular authors.
EQMM's sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, also has treats in store in its July/August issue, including stories from two authors appearing in print for the first time: Jason Half with "The Widow Cleans House," and Mark Thielman with his Black Orchid Novella Award-winning "A Meter of Murder."
The latest Flash Bang Mysteries features the short story "The Phone Call" by Herschel Cozine along with new short fiction from Jim Wilsky, Nancy Sweetland, Cynthia St. Pierre, Stephen D. Rogers, and Edward W.L. Smith.