2018 Triple Pack: Hemingway, William Trevor, and the 20th Anniversary Issue
In our 55th issue, we’re proud to present an unpublished short story by Ernest Hemingway titled “A Room on the Garden Side.” The story is set at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is narrated by a man named Robert, also referred to as “Papa.” It paints a vivid sketch of soldiers tired from war, yet hopeful for the future. Hemingway scholar Kirk Curnutt provides an afterward and looks at the historical and biographical context of this gem.
Among the other short stories in this issue, David Marcum challenges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with seemingly supernatural drawings in “The Problem of the Hindhead Minister.” John Floyd pairs a love-struck mechanic with a small-town femme fatale in “Foreverglow.”
In this issue we are very lucky to include William Trevor’s previously unpublished story “The Unknown Girl,” which is due to be released in May as part of a collection of his works titled Last Stories. Among our other short stories in this issue, we are honored to share “Circumstantial,” a Lincoln Rhyme story by the great Jeffery Deaver in which the cold, hard facts of forensic science may not be enough to catch a murderer. David Marcum joins us as well, putting Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on the case of a gruesome package in “The Tea Merchant’s Dilemma.” And we have a humorous story,“The P.I’s Last Day,” by Andrew McQuilkin, who sadly passed away three years ago, not long after we accepted the story for publication in the Strand.
Twentieth Anniversary Issue
Drawing on the notes left behind by the late, great Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins has Mike Hammer on a deeply personal case, a prequel of sorts called “Tonight, My Love.” John Floyd, in his eighteenth story for The Strand, sounds a cautionary note about snitching on a criminal in “Lucian’s Cadillac.” The multitalented writer, actor and producer Bonnie MacBird gives Lady Hilda—from the Arthur Conan Doyle story “The Adventure of the Second Stain”—a chance to explain herself in “Lady Hilda Revealed.” In “Milquetoast,” Olaf Kroneman shows how being a jerk can prove hazardous to one’s health. And David McVey’s “MacKenzie’s Artisan Ghost Train” will have you thinking twice about spooky amusement park attractions.