A Department of First Stories tale is featured in this month’s episode in our podcast series. And it’s one that went on to win the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author. Russell W. Johnson is a North Carolina lawyer who writes in his spare time; he has already shown a great mastery of plot and misdirection. On a recent trip to New York City, he made this recording.
In the March/April 2016 issue, EQMM’s Passport to Crime Department featured “The Lighthouse” by Belgian writer Hilde Vandermeeren. The winner of a number of awards for her fiction, including the Hercule Poirot Public Award, Hilde Vandermeeren was a practicing psychologist before turning full time to fiction writing, and that background shows in this tale of psychological suspense, which is read by the story’s translator, Josh Pachter.
EQMM has unearthed another episode in the series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays our listeners have enjoyed over the past several years. Based on the series character Dr. Sam Hawthorne, these dramatizations are the work of radioman Dave Amaral and were originally recorded in the 1970s. In this case, the New England country doctor must solve a murder in a house that appears to be haunted. “The Problem of the Whispering House” was first published in EQMM in April, 1979.
This month we feature “The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats” by Ellery Queen, reprinted in EQMM’s January 2016 issue, and originally published in the 1934 short-story collection The Adventures of Ellery Queen. This ingenious whodunit by one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time is read for us by Mark Lagasse.
Screenwriter and novelist Paul D. Marks is also the author of more than thirty published short stories. His EQMM debut was the story "Howling at the Moon" (EQMM November 2014), a tale that went on to garner nominations for both the Macavity and Anthony awards for best short story. This recording of the California author reading his celebrated story was made at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2015.
A gifted writer who got her start in EQMM's Department of First Stories in 2001, Laura Benedict read her story "The Erstwhile Groom" (EQMM September/October 2007) for our podcast series while attending the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in September of 2015. She is the author of several highly acclaimed novels of dark suspense, including 2015's Charlotte's Story, and she has a new story coming up in EQMM's July 2016 issue. www.laurabenedict.com
The series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays that EQMM has been running intermittently over the past several years concludes with this episode. Based on Hoch stories that originally appeared in EQMM, starring series character Dr. Sam Hawthorne, the plays were produced and recorded by radioman Dave Amaral in the 1970s. In this case, adapted from the January 1977 EQMM story “The Problem of the Church Steeple,” Dr. Sam must find the explanation for a murder in a church steeple on Christmas Day.
A story from EQMM’s Passport to Crime series is featured this month. Belgium’s Bavo Dhooge is a winner of the Dutch Crime Writer’s Association’s Shadow Prize, the Flemish Crime Writer’s Association’s Diamond Bullet Award, and the Hercule Poirot Award. His story “Stinking Plaster” appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of EQMM. It is read for this podcast by Josh Pachter, who translated the story into English for its publication in EQMM.
Our series of Ed Hoch radio plays, produced by Dave Amaral in the 1970s and made available to the public for the first time as EQMM podcasts, is nearing an end. This penultimate episode (in our ordering of the plays) centers around a July Fourth celebration and contains typically brilliant puzzle construction by the most important classical mystery short-story writer of the nineteen sixties through most of the first decade of the twenty-first century. “The Problem of the Haunted Bandstand” first appeared in the January, 1976 issue of EQMM.
Tim L. Williams returns to our podcast series this month with a reading of his 2014 International Thriller Award winning story “The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky,” which first appeared in EQMM’s September/October 2014 issue and has since been reprinted in a collection of his stories entitled Skull Fragments. His previous podcast for this series is episode 60’s “Where That Morning Sun Goes Down.”