Here are a few exciting news items from Richard Helms!

Richard Helms story in Best American Mystery Stories 2020!

Richard Helms' "See Humble and Die", from The Eyes of Texas, edited by Michael Bracken (Down and Out Books, 2019) was one of twenty short stories selected by Editor C.J. Box and Series Editor Otto Penzler for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories.


"See Humble and Die" features a new character, Huck Spence, a former Texas Ranger in his seventies who decides to hang out a private eye shingle to help stave off the boredom of retirement. Most of his business involves serving legal papers, until he tries to serve a bench warrant on a butcher in former oil boom town Humble, and stumbles on a clue that can solve a murder.

Richard Helms receives prestigious SEMWA Magnolia Award!

At the Killer Nashville Mystery Conference in Nashville, TN, in August 2017, the Southeast Regional Chapter of Mystery Writers of America presented Richard Helms with its prestigious Magnolia Award, recognizing Helms' contributions to the chapter. Between 2010 and 2012, Helms was the President of SEMWA, and a member of the National Board of Directors for MWA.


The Magnolia Award is presented each year to a SEMWA member for service to the chapter.


"This is a huge honor," Helms said during his acceptance speech. "But I couldn't have accomplished anything without the contributions of the entire SEMWA Board, and the wonderful members of the chapter. 

Richard Helms named Guest of Honor at Murder in Magic City!


Richard Helms and Nashville (TN) author J.T. Ellison have been named as Guests of Honor at the Murder in Magic City Conference, to be held in Birmingham, AL, on February 3-4, 2018. 

Murder in Magic City is a two-day conference. The first day takes place in Birmingham, and features panels and presentations by published authors. The second day, Murder on the Menu, is a charity event that takes place in nearby Wetumpka, AL, to benefit the local library.

J.T. Ellison is the author of twenty novels, and most recently has collaborated with fellow NY Times Bestselling Author Catherine Coulter. She is also the co-host of the EMMY® Award-winning television series, A Word on Words, which airs on Nashville Public Television.

"I'm honored to share Guest of Honor status at Murder in Magic CIty with J.T. Ellison," Richard Helms said. "She's a top-flight author, and I highly respect her work."


At the conference, Helms will distribute free copies of his award-winning short stories as a gift to attendees. 

SHOOTING STARS receives 2016 Derringer Award Nomination!


Richard Helms' Bowie Crapster/Boy Boatright short story SHOOTING STARS (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine), was named as a finalist for this year's Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Awards, in the Best Novelette Category, when nominations were announced on February 1st. 


This is Helms' sixth Derringer Award nomination. He was previously nominated twice in 2008 (PAPER WALLS/GLASS HOUSES, The Back Alley Webzine; and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO GORDON BLACK, Thrilling Detective Website), and twice again in 2011 (SILICON KINGS, The Back Alley Webzine; THE GODS FOR VENGEANCE CRY, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). Helms won both Derringer awards for which he was nominated in 2008, becoming the only author ever to win the Derringer Award in two different categories in the same year. He was also nominated in the Best Novelette Category in 2015 for his story BUSTING RED HEADS, which also appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.


The Derringer Awards will be announced on March 31st, and will be handed out to winners at the opening ceremonies for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 15th.


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