With the last post on Edward D. Hoch's stories, we've come to the end of this mammoth task of identifying the most worthy impossible mystery short stories available. There are certainly stories that I'd like to have added if I only had access to them. And that brings me to the subject of this post.
There are several collections I'd like to see published, preferrably in the near future, either because I could actually see a demand for it, or simply because I'm a completist and want everything available in an easily accessible way.
Here's an incomplete list of things that should really be available. I've listed them in an approximate order of how likely they are to appear.
The fifth collection of Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories. There are fifteen
stories left, and Crippen & Landru's Wikipedia page states that this
is forthcoming in 2018. So, that's very promising. C&L are also
said to be publishing a collection by William Brittain featuring both his Mr.
Strang stories and his series of "The Man Who Read..." This should definitely also
be of interest.
A second collection of Paul Halter short stories. Since LRI's publication of the first one, "The Night of the Wolf", another 8 stories have been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, so that's almost enough for a new collection. I've read three of these tales (all discussed elsewhere on the blog), and they are certainly equal to many of the already collected stories. Without having any insight, I'd guess this is probably already in the pipe at Locked Room International.
Arthur Porges collections, each featuring one of his regular series detectives, Ulysses Middlebie and Julian Morse Trowbridge respectively. There's 11 of the former, 4 of the latter, so maybe they could be combined in one volume? Seeing that Richard Simms has been publishing collections by Porges over the last decade or so, I'd say these stories are likely to appear, but it might take a while before we get there, since they are not listed on the "Forthcoming" part of Simms's website.
Perhaps there's enough material for a Soji Shimada collection as
well? He certainly has enough short stories to fill a collection, I
suppose the only problem is getting enough of them translated. As far as
I know, at least three have been published in English in EQMM or elsewhere, so
there may be a lack of material at this moment. Otherwise I guess LRI
would already be planning such a collection.
A second and final collection of senator Banner stories by Joseph
Commings. There are 19 or 20 stories that weren't selected for the first
collection, "Banner Deadlines", published by Crippen & Landru. 19
are listed in the checklist in that volume, and if I understand Robert
Adey's preface correctly, there's an unpublished story lying around as
well. I've read two of these stories, "Serenade for a Killer" and "The
Glass Gravestone" - they've both been discussed here on the blog - and again, they are both
of high quality. I have no idea how well the first collection sold, but
surely there'd be a market for another Commings collection?
A couple of Bill Pronzini collections wouldn't go amiss either. There should
almost be enough uncollected stories for a second Quincannon & Carpenter volume by now, and I
guess there's quite a lot of other uncollected material as well.
Something for C&L to look at maybe?
A James Yaffe "Department of Impossible Crimes" collection. I'm not sure how many stories exist, but the two I've read have whet my appetite for more. Here's hoping LRI or C&L (or someone else) can find the time for this.