by Robert Lopresti
Lovely photo by The Family Dog
Two weeks ago John Floyd wrote about which authors he had appeared in magazines with. I said I had been thinking about writing on the same subject, and -- hey presto! -- I have done so. My predictive abilities amaze even me.
I was not surprised to find out that the author I have shared the most mags with is Michael Mallory. We have graced no less than 6 issues together (and he sometimes had more than one story in them, the glutton).. This is because we used to share a mutual admiration club with Margo Powers, the editor/publisher of Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, and were found there, it seems, more often than not. Michael used to write wonderful stories narrated by Dr. Watson's second wife.
Next, with 5 stories is Toni L.P. Kelner. We have shared pages in MIMM, Alfred Hitchcock's, and Ellery Queen's - the latter being surprising, since I have only made it there once.
I have shared the shelf with Ron Goulart 4 times. I consider than an honor because I remember his hilarious stories in Twilight Zone Magazine, where I got some close-but-no-cigars. I fell in love with a story of his called "Groucho," which was about a Hollywood mover-and-shaker who was reincarnated as a cat.
Dick Stodghill was in three issues with me, including the very first issue I ever appeared in, in the late not-very-lamented Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. Some of you may remember Dick as one of our most faithful and interesting commentors. on Criminal Brief.
A few more of my friends and favorites: Gary Alexander, Richard Lupoff (3 stories each), John D. Floyd, Edward D. Hoch, Martin Limon, R.T. Lawton, Leigh Lundin (all 2 stories), and Jon L. Breen, Herschel Corzine, Brad Crowther, Loren D. Estleman, Ed Gorman, Steve Hockensmith, Janice Law, Jack Ritchie, and James Lincoln Warren (all 1).
But let me end with my favorite story on the subject. Not long after I started getting published I attended one of the Edgar Symposiums run by the Mystery Writers of America. A woman saw my name tag and introduced herself. It turned out we had shared the pages of an obscure magazine called P.I.
S.J. Rozan and I have been friends ever since. Of course, not all writers have equally successful careers and I am sorry to report that she has not had quite as many short stories published as I have. I hope her string of bestselling novels is some comfort to her.
And wishing you the same.