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June 29, 2009

Deadly Ink Conference–Questions Welcome

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 6:12 am

Albert gives us an overview of Saturday at Deadly Ink. Questions posed in the Comments section are welcomed.

Deadly InkDeadly Ink is primarily for mystery fans and writers. The conference offers no agent/editor appointments. At other conferences I always take the oppportunity to pitch an agent, but I have to admit that the Deadly Ink way is relaxing and enjoyable.
This year writers predominated. I reconnected with some friends, including Cheryl Solimini, Rosemary Harris, and Jeff Markowitz, and took in the Saturday panels and speakers. Most of the topics related to writing–creating villains, writing dialog, using New Jersey settings–but in the afternoon came three nuts-and-bolts presentations of the type that I prefer.
NYPD Lt. Bernard Whalen spoke about police procedures ca. 1940. One example he gave was a bomb that killed two detectives from the Forgery and Bomb Squad, so named because most bombs of the time were dummies, and the personnel spent most of their time investigating the extortion notes that came with the duds. The squad had absolutely no equipment for dealing with real bombs. The killer was never caught or identified.
Dr. Thomas A. Blumenfeld led us through a real autopsy, as opposed to the CSI Miami kind.
Finally, John Reisinger spoke about three unsolved murders from the early 20th century: the Hollywood directory William Desmond Taylor, the Florida real estate developer D.P. Davis, and the Bahamas businessman Sir Harry Oakes.
I was unable to stay for the Sunday presentations.
BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION ALERT: My story Religion appears in the Deadly Ink 2009 Short Story Collection, issued by the conference.



  1. Sounds like you had fun. Thanks for giving us a report. And congrats on the story!

    Comment by Charles Gramlich — June 29, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

  2. A good place to learn new things about writing, and thank you for your report. Go ahead and self-promote: congratulations on that.

    Comment by Barbara Martin — June 30, 2009 @ 5:56 am

  3. Thanks!

    David asked about pics. I didn’t remember my camera, but there will be some official photos at the Deadly Ink website.

    Comment by Al Tucher — June 30, 2009 @ 11:57 am

  4. Where can the book be bought?

    Comment by gary dobbs/jack martin — July 16, 2009 @ 8:55 am

  5. Hey, Gary.

    The Deadly Ink 2009 Short Story Collection should become available from the conference website (, but the store isn’t up yet. Anthologies from previous conferences are available from Amazon, but 2009 hasn’t shown up there, either.

    I hope you can hold out!

    Comment by Al Tucher — July 16, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  6. Who won the best stories? Do you know? Thanx for the write up. I live too far away to come. I will be looking forward to reading your story. Do you know when the website (photos, etc.) will be updated?


    Comment by Larry Strattner — July 22, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  7. Hey, Larry. Here’s the rundown:

    1st place: Get out of Town, by Carla Joinson
    2nd place: Quick on the Draw, by Teresa Leigh Judd
    3rd place: Paper Trap, by Irma Baker

    Honorable mentions to Rosemary Goodwin, Carole Hall, Erika Hoffman, KB Inglee, M.E. Kemp, Amy Lyn Kopenhafer, Patricia L. Morin, Rosemary Olson, Judith R. O’Sullivan, Stephen D. Rogers, Eleanor Roth, Larry Strattner, Albert Tucher, Lina Zeldovich.

    I don’t know when to expect any updates to the website. If I have one complaint about DI, it’s about the lack of timely information.

    Comment by Al Tucher — July 23, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  8. Al

    Thanks. I’ll be looking forward to reading your story. I don’t normally do this genre so didn’t know how to find anything out. It was fun though. I’m going to do more. I appreciate you helping me out. Hope to see you and the rest of this crowd some day.

    Larry S

    Comment by Larry Strattner — August 2, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  9. Just Got the ’09 Deadly Ink collection in the mail. Great story in there by Al Tucher, just as he threatened – Religion. Killer closing line. Really enjoying all the stories. Only got it this afternoon and I’m almost all the way through. Thanks for keeping me in the loop Al.

    Larry S

    Comment by Larry Strattner — September 26, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  10. Hi Larry, thank for the update. Keep writing (and reading).

    Comment by Elaine Ash — September 26, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  11. A pleasure, Larry. Thanks for the kind comment.

    Comment by Al Tucher — September 26, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  12. Hi,
    I was finally able to buy a copy of the 2009 Deadly Ink Anthology and am really enjoying reading everyone’s stories. Your blog came up when I googled my name, so read your story last night. Very good! In fact, the stories that I have read are all good.

    Comment by Teresa Leigh Judd — October 4, 2009 @ 5:23 am

  13. Hi Teresa and thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by Elaine Ash — October 4, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  14. OK. Wasn’t sure whose blog I was looking at. I guess I mean I read Al Tucher’s story. Sorry about that. Still a good story though.

    Comment by Teresa Leigh Judd — October 4, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  15. Yes, I got what you meant and sent a headsup to Al that he got a compliment!

    Comment by Elaine Ash — October 4, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  16. And I’ll take, by whatever route it comes. Thanks!

    Comment by Al Tucher — October 5, 2009 @ 5:11 am

  17. I bought a bunch of copies of the Deadly Ink Anthology to give to relatives and then got nervous because my language in my stories is so bad. Then I saw a bio of Stephen King and found out he was ashamed to show his mother he was successfully publishing work because all of his stories were being purchased by raunchy skin magazines. It made me feel better. Better enough to even send a copy to my spinster aunt. I guess one cannot spend one’s formative years in Hackensack and expect to emerge untarnished. I sure have enjoyed the Deadly Ink experience.

    Larry S

    Comment by Larry Strattner — November 22, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  18. Maiden aunts can suprise you!

    BTW, Exit Strategy was a hoot, Larry.

    Comment by Al Tucher — November 23, 2009 @ 6:31 am

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