Michael Coalhouse - a dark, deeply satirical look at what happens when an average man snaps over bureaucratic nonsense. His crime? He left a nonrecyclable bag (used to hold recyclable bottles) in a bin meant for recyclable items only. Therefore, the trash collectors refused to pick up any of his trash at all. Micha ...more
These stories are short and by that I mean really short, each one less that 1000 words, which for many was a relief as even that was too many. While the first story is the quintessential short story with a horrible back drop and a heartbreaking and terrifying end that leaves you satisfied the same can't be said for most of the stories. Many the the stories left me confused or downright annoyed as to where the author was going and never getting to (seriously ...more
Entire novels are often written about a single crime, detailing every gruesome, dark detail until the last drop of blood spatters across the page. Yet in this mystery anthology, renowned editor and author Otto Penzler weaves together to heart-stopping effect more than ninety tales of brutality, terror, and unexpected demise, with each story told in a swift one thousand words or less.
These crimes may be fast in both form and fallout, but none lack the dark impulses that too often guide human hand
Most of them were brilliant, though. Tiny tales of genius and horror, crim ...more
Happily I can say that despite the kind of weird name, I enjoyed most of the flash fiction in this anthology. As someone who doesn't really have the patience to sit still for a full fledged mystery novel, but does enjoy the genre occasionally - I loved short bite sized stories to satisfy that itch.
As typical for an anthology, some stories are more engrossing than others, but I didn't find myself skipping ...more
The anthology is a tremendous nod to the online short crime fiction community. It is quite the challenge, for writers of any caliber, to craft a well-told tale in under 1000 words. Awesome talent exists between the covers of KWIK KRIMES.
I've recently gotten into mystery stories and this book is full of it.
Short stories that will leave you hungering for more without overwhelming you.
I would like to see some of the stories potentially getting their very own book just to flesh out some more detail.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Otto Penzler founded The Mysteriour Press in 1975 and was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years.
Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, for The Encycl ...more