Monday, July 26, 2021

ITW 2021 Thriller Short Story Award Goes To . . .

by Paula Gail Benson

Alan Orloff

I remember meeting Alan Orloff at Malice Domestic when his first novel, Diamonds for the Dead, was an Agatha award finalist. Since that time, he has published nine additional novels and a myriad of short stories that have appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked & Loaded, Jewish Noir, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Windward: Best New England Crime Stories 2016, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, Noir at the Salad Bar, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, The Night of the Flood, and Mystery Most Geographical.

Recently, Alan’s story, “Rent Due” (in Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir) received the 2021 International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award for Best Short Story.


This follows the success of his novel Pray for the Innocent (Kindle Press) which received the 2019 Thriller for Best E-Book Original.


“Rule Number One” (originally published in Snowbound, from Level Best Books) was selected for the 2018 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories anthology, edited by Louise Penny.


“Happy Birthday” (published on Shotgun Honey) was a 2018 Derringer Award Finalist in the Flash Fiction category (an award given by the members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society).


“Dying in Dokesville” (published in Mystery Most Geographicalwon the 2019 Derringer Award in the Short Story category.


Currently, his novel I Know Where You Sleep (Down & Out Books) is a 2021 Shamus Award Finalist in the Best First P.I. Novel category.


Congratulations, Alan! May your writing continue to thrive!



  1. I am in the middle of Pray for the Innocent. Is it any wonder I've put off errands for another day?

  2. As I dive deeper into short stories, I'll put these on my list. Thanks!

  3. Hey Paula, thanks for the shout-out here--very kind! Every year, sharing a table at the Malice Banquet with you is a highlight. I hope we'll continue that tradition next year!!

  4. Mary, I have several of Alan's novels on my to-be-read stack.

    Gay, Alan is a consummate story teller!

    Alan, thanks so much for stopping by. Many congratulations! Please let's continue that tradition. I very much look forward to it.


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