The LA Chapter publishes a biennial short story anthology with submissions open to all members of the Sisters in Crime LA, Orange County and Hawaii chapters. Past submissions have included stories by both best-selling authors and first-time writers. Stories accepted for our anthologies often help launch careers. Author Darrell James says being published in a SinC/LA anthology “…became part of my writer’s resume that led to a book deal with a publisher.”
We are proud to announce the contributing authors for the 2013 anthology LAST EXIT TO MURDER:
Edited by: Darrell James, Linda O. Johnston and Tammy Kaehler with an introduction by Gary Phillips
Contributing Authors: L.H. Dillman “Cam the Man”; Donna May “Rocket 88″; Laura Brennan “Driving Dead Daisy”; Lynn Allyson “Identity Crisis”; Andrew Jetarski “Dance Man”; Miko Johnston “By Anonymous”; Beverly Graf “Shakata Ga Nai”; Sally Carpenter “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in”; Laurie Stevens “Kill Joy”; Stephen Buehler “Not My Day”; Nena Kelty “Road to Revenge”; Julie Beers “The Last Joy Ride”; Eric Stone “Traffic Control”; Avril Adams “The Lowriders”; Bonnie Cardone “The Last of the Recycled Cycads”; Paul D. Marks “Dead Man’s Curve”
Theme: Short stories that capture, with crime, the essence of the car-centered culture in Los Angeles. All of the stories relate to Angelenos’ complicated love affair with their cars: freeway shootings, Carmageddon, road rage, Sig alerts, drive-by shootings, driving one’s car for only one block, car chases (high and low speed) and death by vehicle.
Edited by: Naomi Hirahara, Eric Stone and Juliet Blackwell with an introduction by Michael Mallory. Anthology committee members include Darrell James, Lori Wolf and Ashley Ream.
Contributing authors: Paul Marks, Jack Maeby, Pam Ripling, Jane DiLucchio, Gabriela Vazquez, Michael Mallory, Teri Nolan, Jude McGee, Patricia Morin, Kathy Kingston.
The anthology features stories that reflect a Los Angeles experience rarely depicted by Hollywood, much less witnessed by the casual visitor. Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is home to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s where everyone is auditioning for a part, and where lies and deceit come veiled as glitz and glamour. Join us, if you dare: view a vampire movie in our Forever Hollywood Cemetery, or take a walk along the concrete banks of the L.A. River. But watch your step. Murder brews within the micro-cosmic homeless communes that call it home and sometimes riffs on melodic waves from the jazz street musicians just down the block. Twelve stories of mystery, murder, and mayhem, from the authors of Sisters In Crime/Los Angeles will send you scrambling for a bus ticket home. But watch your back. As they say… “Nobody leaves L.A.”
Editor Juliet Blackwell said of Murder in La-La-Land: “The most difficult task, by far, was choosing amongst all the fabulous entries.” Says editor Eric Stone: “All too often anthologies of stories about Los Angeles play up the clichés about the place: Hollywood, the beach, palm trees, 1940s-style noir. So I thought it was important to try to get a mix of stories that dealt with other parts and aspects of the city, to help give a broader picture of this place. That’s one of the thematic things that I first looked for in helping pick the stories. Jack Maeby’s story, ‘Beethoven’s Last Chorus,’ is a good example of that. It’s contemporary, but set in South Central L.A. in the remnants of the once great music scene there. It is firmly rooted in Los Angeles and its history, but may come as a surprise even to people who live here. That sort of thing was my primary interest in terms of theme.
“Then, of course, like any good short story,” Eric notes, “the stories had to grab me as quickly as possible; ideally from the first sentence on, but certainly within the first three or so paragraphs. A short story that doesn’t have me hooked in some way by the end of the third paragraph is not going to be a great short story. It is possible that something might happen later that will turn it around and make it a good short story, but it isn’t going to be great.
“Some stories try to do too much; they are really thinly disguised book ideas. Short stories and novels are entirely different forms. So it was important to me that the stories weren’t too big – a slice of life, not the whole pizza. A story can deal with a big theme, but it needs to do it from a smaller point of view. Jack’s story did that, as did the other stories I edited: ‘Continental Tilt’ by Paul Marks, ‘Just Like Jay’ by Pam Ripling, and ‘This I Know’ by Kathy Kingston, as well as all of the stories that made it into the anthology.
“It was particularly pleasing that most of our submissions were from writers who either haven’t yet published a book, or who are just starting out,” Eric continues. “One of the things I’ve always loved about Sisters in Crime as an organization is how supportive it is of aspiring writers, not just established authors. This anthology really helps uphold that. The fact that it was put together from a blind submission process to fill the entire book, without anyone specifically invited by name to submit, is one of its strengths, as it is one of the organization’s.”
Edited by noted mystery authors Harley Jane Kozak, Michael Mallory and Nathan Walpow, conceived by author and television writer/producer Susan Kosar Beery, with a foreword by bestselling mystery author Taylor Smith.
Contributing authors: Gay Ann Degani, G. B. Pool, Darrell James, Dee Ann Palmer, Paul D. Marks, Kate Thornton, Jinx Beers, Pamela Samuels-Young, Arthur Coburn, and A.H. Ream.
LAndmarked for Murder is a must read for anyone who enjoys a stroll down L.A. mean streets. There is far more to the city of Los Angeles than can be discovered through the ordinary guidebooks, much of it dark, dangerous, even deadly. To find those hidden, shadowy corners of the L.A., where the less-than-angelic denizens of the City of Angels reside, read LAndmarked for Murder, a fictional travelogue through some of LA’s most notable natural and manmade landmarks, each of which serves as the setting for ten tales of dark passions and murder.
According to reviewer Jackie Houchin of the Valley News, “The stories range from darkly noir to madcap comedy, from the realistic to the bizarre, and from the present day to the summer of 1942 … Whether it’s at the old Biltmore Hotel or the ultra-modern Bonaventure, on the campuses of USC or Caltech, or at the Santa Anita Race Track, there is nowhere you are safe from the criminal mind and the wicked deed… LAndmarked for Murder is the best of the Sisters-in-Crime/LA anthologies so far.”
Edited by: Rochelle Krich, Michael Mallory & Lisa Siedman.
Contributing authors: Gabriella Diamond, Dale Furutani, Linda O. Johnston, Gay Toltl Kinman, Dana Kouba, Paul D. Marks, Gayle McGary, Richard Partlow, Anne Riffenburgh, Kate Thornton, Joan Waites, and Mae Woods.
“Sunset Boulevard, the almost mythical street that runs from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean, is the setting for all of the stories in this anthology by members of the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime. Each story is set in a different neighborhood, providing an overview of the city. Beginning with Dana Kouba’s “Closing Time,” set in a downtown, working-class bar, and continuing west through Echo Park, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills to the exclusive Malibu estates, the stories are full of hopeful future stars, arrogant directors, lawyers, and police detectives. There is even a cameo appearance by Philip Marlowe. Paul D. Marks writes “L.A. Late @ Night” as a screenplay, while Gabriella Diamond offers the ultimate in irony and revenge in “Black and Red and Dead All Over.” Short story fans will enjoy this trip down Sunset Boulevard.” -Barbara Bibel, Booklist
Edited by: Susan B. Casmier, Aljean Harmetz and Cynthia Lawrence
Contributing authors: “Sentence Imposed” by Kris Neri, “Wifely Duties” by Cory Newman, “Push Comes to Shove” by Nathan Walpow, “Fatal Tears” by Ekaterine Nikas, “Miss Parker & the Cutter-Sanborn Tables” by Gay Toltl Kinman, “Driven to Kill” by Jamie Wallace, “Touch of a Vanish’d Hand” by Phil Mann, “Ai Witness” by Kate Thornton, “Over My Shoulder” by Lisa Seidman, “The Cats and Jammer” Gayle McGary, “Copycat” by Joan Myers, and “Midnight” by Dorothy Rellas.
Tales of Murder from Los Angeles. Seedy or glamorous … Hollywood or Malibu … cool, enraged, or totally fed up–meet a collection of fascinating culprits plotting deadly deeds in this anthology of gripping crime fiction from a thrill-minded group of Los Angeles writers.
A perfect book for curling up in an overstuffed chair before a crackling fire, iron poker close at hand, just in case… -ForeWord Magazine, August 2000
12 authors from The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters In Crime have put together a doozy of an anthology. There’s not a weak story in the batch. In “Fatal Tears,” Ekaterine Nikas has crafted a wonderfully intricate tale of two sisters that will keep you guessing until the last page. “Touch of a Vanish’d Hand” by Phil Mann is a perfect locked room mystery reminiscent of the best of Sherlock Holmes. Another favorite was “Midnight” by Dorothy Rellas. This story of cross and double cross features a female PI protagonist I’d love to see again. Each story is a gem that will be remembered long after you close the cover. And speaking of the cover–take a closer look. It alone is worth the price of the book. Way to go, ladies (and gentlemen) of LA SinC. Keep ‘em coming. -Amazon reviewer Maureen Morrison
Edited by: Priscilla English, Lisa Seidman and Mae Woods
Contributing authors: Paul D. Marks, Jinx Beers, Torene Svitil, Kris Neri, Marion Rosen, Paulette Mouchet, Gayle McGary, Kevin Gillogly, Glynn Marsh Alam, Larry Hill, Sandy Siegel, Judith Klerman Smith and Rosalind Roland.
MURDER X 13 is SinC/LA’s first published collection of mystery shorts, many of them award winners. It offers a wide variety of lengths and styles, but all exhibit polish and skill that exceed what is often found in typical mystery magazine pages. It is a potpourri of offerings that span the spectrum of the mystery genre.
“Angels Flight” by [Marks], has a hard-boiled flavor, with a hint of voodoo thrown in for fun. “Everything Is a Matter of Timing” by Beers, also has an edge—short and sharp with a twist. “Nothing Now Can Ever Come to Any Good” by Svitil takes a more traditional approach at the whodunit, tying up loose ends concisely. “LA Justice” by Kris Neri, is the introduction of amateur sleuth Tracy Eaton and a lighter mystery that continued in her first full-length novel, Revenge of the Gypsy Queen. “Angel of Mercy” by Rosen, takes a darker turn and demonstrates that a tight, well-developed tale doesn’t require a lot of words. “House of Dreams” by Mouchet, is a great, condensed version mystery with a surprise ending. Very satisfying. “Speak No Evil” by McGary, is a little more avant-garde, but no less enjoyable. “The Shakedown” by Gillogly, is short and sweet – justice gets a final say. “Traveling On” by Alam, has a Bronte flavor. “Never Heard the Shot that Killed Him” by Hill, is another tense, hardboiled police procedural. “Dying to Exhale” by Siegel, is the shortest selection, but it packs a powerful punch. “Trickery” by Smith, takes murder into the Rabbi’s office and does it delightfully. “If Thine Eye Offend Thee” by Roland, rounds out the collection with another hard hitting tale of a citizen taking justice into her own hands.
MURDER BY 13 is an exemplary collection – the best of the best. It offers a wide variety of lengths and styles, but all exhibit polish and skill that exceed what is often found in typical mystery magazine pages. –Charlotte Austin, Amazon reviewer
DESSERTICIDE II AKA JUST DESSERTS AND DEADLY ADVICE
Publisher: Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles; 2nd edition (June 2000)
Edited by: Diane Jay Bouchard and Gay Toltl Kinman
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