Jake's Monthly- Locked-Room Mystery Anthology

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This is the seventh volume in the ongoing project "Jake's Monthly". All throughout March, authors sent in seemingly-impossible mystery stories, from the contemporary to the western. This is the result. More

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About Jake Johnson

A seventeen-year-old freelance writer and professional editor, Jake J. Johnson is not using a pseudonym. Starting to read at any early age, he built up college-level reading comprehension on a steady diet of imaginative SF and horror before entering high school. It was around this time that he discovered a talent for writing, and, shortly thereafter, another for editing.

He is rather disenchanted by novels which appear in English curricula, and much prefers newer, original stories created using recent media. For example, the interactive stories told through the video games “The Stanley Parable” and “Dear Esther”, the concept of the “light novel”, and the community-told story of “The Fear Mythos”. He much prefers looking to the future to studying the past.

His favorite novel is both Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” and Lawrence Miles' "This Town Will Never Let Us Go", and his favorite short story is Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question”.

His ultimate goal is to become an anthology and manuscript editor at ACE, ROC, TOR, or DAW. For now, he's content with gaining a hold on the world of publishing.

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Barry Ergang reviewed on on July 3, 2016

I dislike writing negative reviews, but I've long been a fan of locked-room and "impossible" crime stories and found this collection very disappointing. "Homer's Quilt" is the only story that's fairly-clued, but not at all subtly. "Rabid Revenge" is a complete mess: in dire need of good editing for construction, development, grammar and punctuation, it reads like a rough draft rather than a polished tale. "Silas Tully's Last Case" is not a locked-room mystery. The reader is told Tully once read and figured out a fictional one, but the case he's called in on does not have a locked-room component. Although decently written, if the prose is at times overwrought as if the author is trying to dazzle the reader with his phrase-turning skills, the story could be shortened without detriment to plot or characterization.

See my free Smashwords e-book CRIMINALITIES: THREE SHORT CRIME STORIES AND AN ESSAY. The essay, "Impossible Pleasures," deals with locked-room and other impossible crime situations.
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