A short story of mine titled ‘The Easy Way Out’ has been published by renowned American literary magazine Mystery Tribune.
Dedicated to mystery and suspense, Mystery Tribune was founded in New York in 2011 and features an array of fiction and art, publishing daily articles as well as print and digital issues.
Powered by a team of contributors from around the world, the magazine’s mission statement reads: ‘With the firm belief that “behind extraordinary mystery books or pieces of art, there are extraordinary people”, we search the globe to bring you the most captivating work from both established authors and creatives as well as emerging talents.’
Authors published by Mystery Tribune include Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Walter Mosley, Reed Farrel Coleman and Lynne Barrett.
‘The Easy Way Out’ depicts the dramatic unravelling of Jake Selby, who is part of a group of correctional officers fired for allowing powerful criminals to receive beneficial treatment over several years in a New Jersey prison. Struggling to shake off his guilt, Jake moves to the coast to start over, but his past comes back to haunt him in tragic fashion as he attempts to cling to his sanity.
A fast-paced mystery laced with psychological suspense and intrigue, you can read ‘The Easy Way Out’ here.
The American publication received a wealth of submissions for its upcoming issue, and my story is one of the chosen few to make the cut.
The ethos behind Rock and a Hard Place magazine is to highlight characters struggling at the bottom rung of the ladder, whether they got there through bad luck or their own bad choices. It gives a voice to the marginalised, the poor, the fallen, and the desperate – and focuses on what happens when they’re put in a tight spot without having the means to get out of it.
The magazine’s editorial board includes Roger Nokes (who writes under the pseudonym Stanton McCaffrey), Jay Butkowski, Jonathan Elliott, Nikki Dolson, Katrina Robinson and Albert Tolcher, an esteemed and talented bunch who have written for the likes of Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Near to the Knuckle and The Guardian.
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