Two BEST OFs featuring NEEDLE favorites

Congratulations to Dennis Tafoya, whose “Satan’s Kingdom” will be included in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 by Otto Penzler and Laura Lippman, editors. The story originally appeared in the Spring-Summer 2013 issue of NEEDLE.


And Ed Kurtz’s “The Trick,” originally published in NEEDLE, has been selected for Best Gay Stories 2014.


Looking forward to these publication and pleased as hell to have worked with these talented folks.

Honored to be in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013


Leading off the new 2013 BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES is Tom Barlow’s “Smothered and Covered,” which appeared in the sixth issue of our magazine.

Of course, it was one of our favorites. We were pleased as heck to publish it then, and we’re thrilled that Barlow’s story was picked to open the anthology, which is always one the year’s best reads.

Lisa Scottoline was this year’s editor.

Two other NEEDLE stories were selected as “Other Distinguished” stories  — Jen Conley’s story from the same issue and Timothy Friend’s story from the seventh.

Pick up the The Best American Mystery Stories 2013.

You can get issues six and seven — and the issue with Chris F. Holm’s BAMS 2011 story — at our store.

Thanks, as always, to Otto Penzler for such a great series of collections and to Lisa Scottoline for her hard work this year.

Learn more about:

Tom Barlow

Jen Conley

Timothy Friend




Nice Review in MYSTERY SCENE

Thanks to Bill Crider and the folks at MYSTERY SCENE for the nice mention of NEEDLE in their latest issue.

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NEEDLE editor interviewed at Shoryland

SHORYYou’ve used self publishing tools for Needle. What are your thoughts about self publishing?

WEDDLE: I think it’s a boatload of work, is what I think.

Let’s make a distinction here.

Needle is print-on-demand, which is something people have been using longer than they’ve used e-books. Years ago, you could go to the local copy place and have 20 copies of your dragon-slaying novel or your keys-to-productivity guide and sell them out of the back of your van or at the chamber of commerce meeting.

I decided to go this route with Needle because >>>

Grab some Chris F. Holm — DEAD LETTERS

DLHOLMRemember when Chris F. Holm dropped “The Hitter” on NEEDLE readers back in 2010?

And then that story gets selected for BAMS 2011?

Well, Chris F. Holm has included that piece of awesome in his new collection, DEAD LETTERS, which you can snag for a couple bucks on Amazon right-the-hell now.

“The author’s amazing talent for writing and limitless genius for storytelling guarantees readers a wild ride…”
-The New York Journal of Books

“…a promising new author.”
-Library Journal