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The Finest in Crime and Suspense Short Fiction
March/April 2023

Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine! Discover original, spine-tingling stories by top-notch authors and new writers from all corners of the mystery genre, plus news, reviews, and more… to make your blood run cold!

Margo and the Yachting Party
Terence Faherty

Toe on the Ladder
John Paxton Sheriff

Booked & Printed
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo


Reading the Signs
Linda Landrigan

The Story That Won
In 250 words or less…

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At press time we learned that three AHMM stories have been nominated for an Edgar Award (sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America).



157 Nominations from the full breadth of mystery genres

37 Award-winning stories

Edgar, Agatha, Barry, Arthur Ellis, Robert L. Fish, Macavity, Shamus, Thriller, Anthony


Great stories of any genre are rooted in characters — well-drawn, individual, and credibly motivated…

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is one of the oldest and most influential magazines of short mystery and crime fiction in the world. Launched over 60 years ago, today AHMM maintains a tradition of featuring both promising aspiring writers and talented authors, spanning the full spectrum of sub-genres from dark noir to graphic works.

Meet the Who’s Who of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine authors! View The Lineup of contributors in the current issue, see what motivates our writers, and much more.

In any mystery, the careful deployment of clues, character, setting, and foreshadowing can be seen as the author’s fingerprints. Even if the basic set-up of a story is familiar, the writer’s command of their tools and craft can keep the reader hooked until the final paragraph. Where the investigator’s role is to reveal the significance of each clue, the author’s is to conceal the labor required to create the story. At AHMM, we strive for variety in approach and style, but always seek the kind of writing that will keep the reader thumbing through, leaving their own prints all over the issue.

“Skeletons in the Closet”… Get the latest news, check out Editor Linda Landrigan’s blog, enjoy lively podcasts, test your mystery puzzling mettle, see if you have what it takes to be a mystery writer. It’s all here.


Margo and the Yachting Party
by Terence Faherty

“In a past life, I must’ve been Jack the Ripper.” The speaker was Raymond Pedigo, producer of a weekly radio program, Gotham Goings On. “Or maybe the guy who shot President Garfield. It must’ve been something terrible for me to be punished like this.”

His assistant, Margo Banning, who was standing behind Pedigo in the little control booth of Studio A, was moved to pat her boss on the shoulder. She didn’t act on the impulse, having recently met the formidable Mrs. Pedigo, but she sympathized nonetheless. READ MORE


Toe on the Ladder
by John Paxton Sheriff

The roar of the engine and the howl of the siren faded and were borne away on the wind.

I let my breath go in an explosive gasp, dug hooked fingers into the wet mud, and wearily dragged myself out of the weeds and the slime, and on all fours clawed my way up the steep bank from the ditch. When I climbed to my feet my shoes squelched and the wind and driving rain hit me, and I stood shivering on the verge, while the taillights of the police car that had sent me diving for cover winked mockingly as it braked for the distant curve. READ MORE

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