A Young Adult Historical Mystery-Romance. Murder, Mystery & Music in 17th Century Venice.
A critical analysis of the surviving films of Alice Guy Blaché, the world's first woman filmmaker.
Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat is a law enforcement-themed anthology released April 25, 2017.

The contributing authors and stories are:
  My short story, "The New Score," published in the Guppy Fish Out of Water Anthology in 2017 will be posted here for a short time to enable readers easy access during award season.

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This book celebrates the achievements of Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968), the first woman motion picture director and producer. From 1896 to 1907, she created films for Gaumont in Paris. In 1907, she moved to the United States and established her own film company, Solax. From 1914 to 1920, Guy Blaché was an independent director for a number of film companies.
This book explores the relationship between 2D and 3D animation, simulation, and live action cinema using the work of Tim Burton as a context. McMahan argues that cinema and animation have always had a different relationship and interdependence than we have supposed and that this relationship can be observed in changes to horror and fantasy film genres as well as changes in the use of special effects.

Alison McMahan's historical mystery, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award. Short mysteries: "The New Score" (Fish Out of Water Anthology, Wildside Press, 2017) and “Kamikaze Iguanas” (Scream and Scream Again, MWA anthology for middle grade readers, edited by R.L. Stine, HarperCollins, 2018). She writes for The Big Thrill and Publisher’s WeeklyNon-fiction books: the award-winning Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2002) and The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury, 2005). She writes screenplays and produces documentaries for (Homunculus Productions).

Contact: Alison@HomunculusProds.com

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My Short Story Featured on SMFS Short Story Blog List!

Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has become identified with the short story. So StoryADay.org made it official and declared May 2013 to be the first organized International Short Story Month.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society joins the celebration each year by highlighting members’ published story every day of the month.

Two of my stories nominated for Derringers!

 

Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—named after the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories and people who've greatly advanced or supported the form. Nominees and winners are selected by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The 2018 winners will be announced on May 15, so if you are an SMFS member, read these stories and vote!

Last year I published my first two short stories ever, and both of them have been nominated for Derringer awards! This is a huge, huge, honor for me!