Hello, everyone! Welcome to Jake’s Monthly. The explosion of Bizarro is done, and now that I’ve finally coaxed it all into sitting still, it’s up on Smashwords, right here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140926
Now, onto the next collection, Locked-Room Mystery. Locked-Room Mystery is a subgenre of the Mystery genre which I’m sure everyone’s read at least one example of. The elements are simple: a crime or event, usually a murder, which can’t possibly have happened. This isn’t just a case of “no one lacks an alibi”, this is “the man was murdered and died of a gunshot while sitting in a locked room with only one entrance”. The main character works throughout the story, and the reveal shows how the crime was committed. A really good Locked-Room story has an “impossible” mystery which an observant reader can solve before the detective.
If you can write a good mystery that does that, you’re in. Feel free to be imaginative, if you don’t typically write mundane stories. Set it in the distant future, or the far past. Noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction- they’re all great, and both originality and variety are highly encouraged. Have fun with it!
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I look forward to your stories.
-Jake Johnson (The Staff)