Rarely do we have an opportunity to witness the birth of a magazine, let alone one launched in the deliciously nefarious arena of murder, mayhem, and mystery. It turns out that two entries in the formidable competition in the mystery/crime mag field are shifting gears, and will print fewer issues of their own magazines in the future. Even the format of those issues will change, creating a vacuum which “Black Cat Mystery Magazine” will fill. The timing couldn’t be better for short story writers, since the new publication will focus on short fiction, both new and old, across the broad spectrum of thriller, cozy, noire, private eye, suspense, etc. under the all-encompassing umbrella of ‘Mystery.’
The début issue is remarkable, with entries from (listed in the order they appear) Alan Orloff, Art Taylor, Josh Pachter, Barb Goffman, Meg Opperman, Dan Andriacco, John Floyd, Jack Halliday, Michael Bracken, Kaye George, James Holding, and Fletcher Floyd. This impressive group of writers has individually won or been nominated for Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, Macavity, and Silver Falchion Awards – in some cases, multiple times. Several of the authors are also well known in the very different world of novel writing.
In a literature form where every single word counts, Barb Goffman’s “Crazy Cat Lady” will have you guessing until the end – you might change your mind about ever leaving your cat alone again. Art Taylor offers a modern re-telling of fairy tales in “Fairy Tales,” and delivers a chilling view of differing generational perspectives. Meg Opperman’s “Pie to Die For,” is completely unexpected and I’ll giggle every time I shop for pumpkin pie ingredients. Hide the nutmeg! 😉
Happily, the rest of the dozen stories are thoroughly entertaining as well, and range in subject matter from fraud to murder to Alzheimer’s and everything in between. There are chills, a bit of horror, and some O. Henry endings. If you enjoy a good mystery and like the short form as I do, you will appreciate the contributions of this wickedly talented group.
“Black Cat Mystery Magazine” is published by Wildside Press, LLC, (John Betancourt, Publisher) and is edited by Betancourt and Carla Coupe.
Click on the link and check out the inaugural issue of "Black Cat Mystery Magazine."
Happy reading! 🙂