If 2020 has proven to be predictable in any way, it’s by being unpredictable. The twist and turns of 2020 will go down in the history books to mark this year as a year like no other, I’m sure.

But we’re closing in on the end, thank goodness.

And because I believe that fiction helps ease all ills (hence, my job), I think our latest release is the perfect book to read in the twisty-turny final days of 2020.

A Twist of a Knife: Mystery Stories from the Pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, edited by Dean Wesley Smith, is available in ebook and trade paperback. It’s one of the Pulphouse Books that are part of the Pulphouse Fiction Magazine line.

Here’s the synopsis:

Stories in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine cover all genres, from science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and literature. And just about everything in between all of those. Editor Dean Wesley Smith looks for great stories that don’t fit, that just feel sort of different, but in a good way.

This volume contains ten great mysteries from all the mystery stories published in the first ten issues of Pulphouse. From old spies with attitude, to a heartbreaking tale of a grieving father, to an assortment of detectives including one hard-boiled with fancy sunglasses, one zombie, and a ghost, to a dramatic story behind a famous painting, these stories will entertain readers, make them laugh, and even touch their hearts. 

“The Geezer Squad” by Annie Reed
“Don’t Make Me Take off My Sunglasses” by O’Neil De Noux
“Looking for the Bastard” by David H. Hendrickson
“Heartbreaker” by Kevin J. Anderson
“The Time Cop” by Patrick Alan Mammay
“Red Carnation” by Lee Allred
“Just Desserts” by R.W. Wallace
“Under the Blood-Red Maple” by Joslyn Chase
“The Distant Baying of Hounds” by J. Steven York
“The Case of the Vanishing Boy: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Like I said, it’s the perfect book to read at the close of a very strange year. But these stories are the good kind of strange. A good kind of weird. Won’t that be refreshing?

Find out more here.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.