[Free eBook] Half a Loaf by James Holding [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Half a Loaf by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is a self-contained short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1980 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine. The series is set in Brazil, starring Manuel Andradas, a hitman who disguises himself as a photographer.

This story sees him struggling with a conflict of interest when his next assigned target, a kindly doctor, treats his injuries after a seeming accident.

Offered worldwide through October 15th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Question of Ethics by Jacob Holding [Vintage Mystery/Crime Short]

A Question of Ethics by the late Jacob Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is the 1st short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1960 in the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The series stars Manuel Andradas, a Brazilian hitman who disguises himself as a photographer (and is apparently one of the author’s best-known characters). This story is set in Rio de Janeiro, and sees him beginning to question an assigment upon meeting the target, who doesn’t seem to be quite what his employer claims.

Offered worldwide through October 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] It’s Always Too Late by Gil Brewer [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

It’s Always Too Late by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1951 and if you’re interested, there’s an introduction to the author and his works in this guest blogpost by David Rachels, the editor of the University Press of Florida’s retrospective reprint collection of Brewer’s short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories

The story stars a man who turns to bank robbery, much to the surprise of his wife.

Offered worldwide through September 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Six Reasons for Murder by Fletcher Flora [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Six Reasons for Murder by the late Fletcher Flora is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1964 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is centred around the young wife of a former crime boss turned politician, who begins to imagine ways of getting rid of her husband after watching one too many western movies.

Offered worldwide through September 4th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The February Doll Murders by Michael Avallone [Vintage Comedic Pulp Mystery]

The February Doll Murders by the late American author Michael Avallone is the 16th novel in the Ed Noon series of comedic pulp mystery/spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1966 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This installment features a plot to sabotage the UN, uncovered when a WWII Army buddy of Noon’s gets in touch with him to ask about the aftermath of an old war story, setting off a chain of events which inevitably snowballs into murder and conspiracy.

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[Free eBook] The Voodoo Murders by Michael Avallone [Vintage Comedic Pulp Mystery]

The Voodoo Murders by the late American author Michael Avallone is the 9th in the Ed Noon series of comedic pulp mystery/spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1957 by Fawcett Publications. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This installment is a globe-trotting case, as an investigation of a voodoo cult trying to take over the world, starting with Manhattan, turns personal when a friend is murdered and the trail leads to a showdown in Haiti.

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[Free eBook] Spicy Slipstream Stories [Speculative Fiction Anthology]

Spicy Slipstream Stories, edited by Nick Mamatas & the late Jay Lake, recipient of the 2004 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is a standalone speculative fiction anthology with experimental literary and LGBT erotic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The genre-bending “slipstream” category combines sfnal speculative fiction elements with literary fiction form, and in this case, occasional eroticism (I own this from a long-ago purchase and it’s fairly mild in the stories I’ve read), with this anthology featuring risqué homages to the sexily adventurous pulp fiction of yesteryear by contributors including World Fantasy Award-winning Ekaterina Sedia, Carrie Vaughan (author of the popular Kitty Norville urban fantasy series), and many more.

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[Free eBook] Swamp Search by Harry Whittington [Vintage Pulp Mystery Short]

Swamp Search by the late Harry Whittington, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author considered one of the early “Kings of the Pulps”, is a standalone pulp mystery/thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1957 in the July issue of Murder magazine and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage reprints.

The story stars a man hired to find a woman’s husband, dead or alive, after his plane crashes on a hunting trip in the Florida Everglades and the Coast Guard abandons their search.

Offered worldwide through August 13th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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