Gil Brewer's Magazine Fiction

There is no complete list of Gil Brewer's short fiction and magazine work. The most authoritative list is David Rachels' Bibliography. Please feel free to e-mail additions, corrections, or questions.

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   Title  Magazine   Issue Month Year  Comments  Pages  First Line
 "Alligator" Hunted Detective Story Magazine  #9 April 1956 As Eric Fitzgerald 48-56 Claude climbed up out of the gulley into
the white noon sunshine on the valley road
and took off his shoes.
 "The Axe Is Ready" Trapped Detective Story Magazine vol 1, #4 Dec. 1956   39-50 Coming up the slope through the woods to
our campsite, I thought about Julie
and began to hurry.
 Backwoods Tease Men vol 13, #2 Feb. 1964 Condensed from The Brat    
 "Beeg Fool" Salvo! #1 Jan. 1957   14-21, 92-98 I watched Marie move lazily and roll over
on the blanket.
 "Beyond The Vineyard" Swank vol 12, #1 March 1965   50-52, 54 He watched her lean back against the
enormous trunk of the willow.
 "The Black Suitcase" Hunted Detective Story Magazine #8 Feb.   1956 As Eric Fitzgerald 50-66 Paget locked the door, walked to the plush
bunk in his cabin below decks, and stared
out the porthole.
 "Blue Moon" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 34, #5 April 1974   67-73 I came across the vacant lot toward the
back of the house.
 "Bothered" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 5, #7 July   1957 reprinted in American Pulp (1997) 9-11 For a time he nelt on the red hassock
behind the tall glassed windows of the sun
porch, looking across the bright afternoon
into Mrs. Welch’s back yard.
 “Brother Bill“ The Executioner Mystery Magazine vol 1, #4 April 1975 contents cites a Jim Beard
byline, but Gil Brewer byline on
the story
   
 "Cave In The Rain" Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine vol 1, #4 April  1975   99-105 Fear touched lightly, at first.
 "The Closed Room" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 24,, #4 April 1979   88-96 I did not really notice any perceptible
change in Elsa until we had been
married for thirty years.
 "Come Across" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 4, #4 April  1956   52-61 A late-cruising police car assigned to the
midtown business district spotted him on
the corner of Fourth and Central at
eleven twenty-six.
 "Cop" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 17, #2 July   1965   40-58 Detective Lieutenant Rooke was in charge
and, running down the ramp from the squad
room toward the waiting car, Stevens knew
this would be an unpleasant night.
 "Cut Bait" Pursuit #15 May 1956 As Eric Fitzgerald 75-83 The first day wasn’t so bad.
 "Deadly Little Green Eyes" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 36, #2 Feb. 1975   54-83 The cigar butts tore it.
 "Death Comes Last" Hunted Detective Story Magazine  #6 Oct 1955 As Eric Fitzgerald   They stood up there on the sea wall and
looked at me.
 "Death Of A Prowler" Trapped Detective Story Magazine vol 2, #6 April 1958   48-56 Mel Hopkins dropped heavily onto the
battered old davenport on the small
screened porch, and smeared gleaming
perspiration from his angular face and neck
with both hands.
 "Die Darling, Die" Justice Magazine vol 2, #1 Jan. 1956 reprinted in The Hardboiled
Lineup
(1956)
57-77 As usual, he was waiting for her to go down
to the beach.
 "Don't Do That" Hunted Detective Story Magazine #7 Dec. 1955 As Bailey Morgan 93-100 He shook his finger at his son.
 "Family" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 23, #3 March 1978   54-61 His name was Martin Brundell, and though
it meant something long, long ago, it meant
nothing now.
 "Final Appearance" Detective Tales vol 48, #3 Oct. 1951 reprinted in Black Mask Detective
(Jan 1952)
54-62  
 "Fog" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 4, #2 Feb. 1956   50-57 At dusk he turned into the new housing
development on the far edge of town and
drove slowly, craning his neck out the
window, looking at street signs.
 "The Gentle Touch" The Executioner Mystery Magazine vol 1, #5 May 1975   40-48 The scheme had to work.
 "The Gesture" The Saint Detective Magazine vol 5, #3 March   1956 The Saint, UK, (May 1956), The
Saint
, UK, (March 1958),
reprinted in 101 Mystery Stories
(1986) & A Century of Noir (2002)
104-109 Noah placed both hands on the railing of
the veranda, and unconsciously squeezed
the wood until the muscles in his arms
corded and ached.
 "The Getaway" Mystery Monthly vol 1, #1 June  1976   58-66 Vincenti lit a fat joint, took a big toke, then
glanced sideways at the wheelman of the
silver Continental Mark IV.
 "Getaway Money" Guilty Detective Story Magazine vol 3,#3 Nov. 1958   67-74 He stopped the mud-splattered Dodge
sedan across the street from La Plaza
Theater, and looked toward the ticket box.
 "Gigolo" Pursuit #10 July   1955 As Bailey Morgan 67-78 He turned the corner, spotted me, and
lumbered toward me, the morning sun
bright on his Panama hat.
 "The Glass Eye" Guilty Detective Story Magazine vol 2,#2 Sept. 1957   79-86 Rain drove like hail through the police
spotlight beam that was trained across the
reedy slope of empty lot to the ditch where
the crumpled figure of a man lay.
 "Goodbye Jeannie" Accused Detective Story Magazine vol 1, #3 May 1956   81-84 She was driving me out of my mind.
 "Good-Bye, Now" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 13, #7 July   1968 reprinted in Get Me to the Wake
on Time (1970)
86-93 Lili Southern was a very dainty dish.
 "Harlot House" Mystery Tales vol 1, #5 Aug. 1959   23-33 Liz waggled down to the beach from
the cabana.
 "High Heels And Kisses" True Men Stories vo 1, #6 Aug. 1957   38-39, 58, 60 He turned the ignition off, set the brake,
and looked out across the old wooden pier
at the calm waters of the bay.
 "Hit" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 22, #6 June 1977   28-32 Something tugged at his left side and there
was an immediate pang of the flesh.
 "Home" Accused Detective Story Magazine vol 1, #2 March 1956 reprinted in Hard-Boiled (1995)   Already he was wishing he hadn’t come
home for this visit.
 "Home-Again Blues" Pursuit #14 March 1956 As Eric Fitzgerald 108-128 The bit in Miami was wild goose.
 House of Captive Women Male vol 7, #1 Jan. 1957 Condensed from A Killer Is Loose    
 "I Apologize" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 34, #3 Feb. 1974   45-49 I watched Myra come in the front entrance,
cross the foyer, and step down into the
broad living room.
 "I Saw Her Die" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 3, #10 Oct 1955   37-43 Lieutenant Grisson stretched a hairy hand
across his desk and turned on the goose
neck lamp.
 "I'll Be In The Bedroom" Trapped Detective Story Magazine vol 2, #1 June  1957   70-78 Lunch hour, and The Coffee Pot was
jammed.
 "I'll Never Tell" Swank  vol 18, #5 June 1971   12, 14, 44 At two thirty in the morning, the phone rang.
 "Indiscretion" Swank  vol 13, #2 March 1966 reprinted in A Devil for
O'Shaugnessy/The Three-Way
Split (2008)
13, 14, 76 She woke into a pink morning, the first in
many a moon.
 "Investment" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 34, #4 March 1974   58-65 They sat on the terrace, overlooking
shadowed, well-landscaped lawn.
 "It's Always Too Late" Detective Fiction   April

   1951

    It didn’t matter how Millie got me thinking
this way.
 "Kill Crazy" Posse vol 1, #2 April

1957

  61-65 Crattock strained against the ropes binding
his wrists behind the chair.
 Killer's Love Slave Men vol 15, #9 Sept.

1966

Condensed from The Hungry One    
 "Lady For Rent" Playtime vol 1, #1       38-42  “Whiskey,” Steg Vanneker said, grabbing
the mustached barman by the shoulder.
 "Let Me Be First" Swank vol 14, #10 Dec 1967   13-15, 74 They were on the bed, side by side, fully
clothed, talking.
 "Live Bait" The Executioner Mystery Magazine  vol 1, #6 June 1975   105-110 News of a contract travels fast in the
organization.
 "Love . . . And Luck" Cavalier vol 21, #9 July 1971 reprinted in Cavalier Yearbook
(1973), reprinted in A Devil for
O'Shaugnessy/The Three-Way
Split (2008)
66-70 Cora Fleming slowed the white Saab, and
waved to the obviously striking woman
beside the mountain highway.
 "Love-Lark" The Executioner Mystery Magazine  vol 1, #4 April 1975   49-56 She was so soft, so sweet-looking.
 "Love Me, Baby!" True Men Stories vol 1, #4 April 1957   24-25, 52,
54, 56, 58
The old man turned stiffly in the wicker
chair, and wrinkled his faded eyes at the girl
 "Matinee" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 4, #10 Oct 1956   47-56 The tall young man, wearing the neatly
pressed tropical worsted suit, stepped lightly
down the stairs of the front porch of his
home and started along the street toward
town.
 "Meet Me In The Dark" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 6, #2 Feb.   1958   13-23 As he helped her down the steps leading
from the Florida resort hotel to the beach,
he sensed the stares from lounging bathers.
 "Memory Of A Hanging Man" Topper   Sept. 1966   32-34, 74-76 Pa never had a chance.
 "Midnight" Hunted Detective Story Magazine #8 Feb. 1956 As Jack Holland 67-78  
 "Midnight" Sportsman   Aug. 1967   26-28, 72, 73 He turned the corner slowly, drove halfway
down the quiet block, and parked the car
at the curb with hardly a sound.
 "Moonshine" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 3, #3 March 1955   42-50 She wouldn't be expecting me home from
work this early.
 "Mother" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 35, #2 July   1974   91-97 Peggy said, "I'm going to phone Mother."
 "Motive For Murder" Man to Man vol 6, #2 June 1955   26, 27, 44, 46, 47 Vinnie knew something was troubling him
when he came home from the office that
night.
 "The Mountain Kid" Zane Grey's Western Magazine vol 1, #1 Oct. 1969   113-119 Monty Garrett sat on his front porch in the
twilight and listened to the temper of the
town.
 "Mow the Green Grass" Pursuit #14 March 1956 As Jack Holland 101-107 The tall puffy-eyed man yawned and
shuffled across the living room into the
kitchen and sprawled in a chair at the table.
 "My Lady Is A Tramp" Pursuit #9 May 1955 As Bailey Morgan 1-15 Nina wanted some gin.
 My Murderer, My Lover Men vol 9, #8 Aug. 1960 Condensed from Angel 19-21, 88-97 She came close, said, "I like you," and Nick
Gavin got dizzy from her red lips and her
scarlet dress fitting her body as tightly as a
glass around a drink.
 "Old Times" Murder! vol 1, #4 July 1957   15-17 Malleck shifted heavily in the lawn chair,
snatched a white handkerchief from the
frayed breast pocket of his worn gray sport
jacket and mopped his fierce old face.
 "On A Sunday Afternoon" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 5, #1 Jan. 1957 reprinted in The Young Punks
(1957); also reprinted in Man's
Magazine
(7/1957); The Violent
Ones (1958); Man's Annual 1968
128-141 Dell Harper and his wife Julie left their pew
and shoved through the nervously subdued
congregation.
 "Pawnee" Zane Grey's Western Magazine vol  1, #3 Dec. 1969   112-124 Five days beyond the Missouri trouble
began to rain down on the Graufeld-
Carney-Handrahan train of twenty-one
covered wagons, and Angus Graufeld
loudly blamed the slow-talking trail
guide he had been forced to hire in
Independence.
 "Peccadillo" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 32, #6 May  1973   47-53 From the cable car, the Strelagrat looked
elephantine and morning bleak, peaked
against cloud-tipped Alps.
 "Phone Call" Adam Bedside Reader #30   1967   70-73 Really, I was waiting, and I could just barely
stand it, because the phone by my bed
wouldn't ring until after Gregg left for work.
 "The Price Of Pride" Triple Western  vol 18, #3 Summer 1957   81-87  Ed Tunstall stood in the afternoon shadows
of the aspen beside his cabin and stared at
his son, Rick.
 "Prowler" Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 5, #5 May 1957 reprinted in Challenge for Men
(9/1959)
1-3 Waiting, he lay perfectly still in the hot
moist darkness.
 "Ransom for a Hot-Blooded Hooker" Complete Man Magazine vol 6, #5 Dec. 1966 Condensed from Wild to Possess 18-19, 70-81  
 Red Scarf Mercury Mystery Book-Magazine vol 1, #3 Nov. 1955   3-97 About eight-thirty that night, the driver of
the big semi let me out in the middle of
nowhere.
 "Red Twilight" Hunted #6 Oct 1955 As Frank Sebastian 87-91 She came to the doorway of the
boathouse and stood there a moment,
her statuesque figure in the white
swim-suit outlined against the darker
shadows.
 "Redheads Die Quickly" Mystery Tales vol 1, #3 April 1959   117-128 Caffery was tired.
 "Renegade" Blazing Guns Western Story Magazine #2 Dec. 1956   103-119 An hour before noon, while Second
Lieutenant Johahan Allan Haggard waited
impatiently beside the door of his quarters,
a lone rider was seen out on the yellow
simmering silence of the desert, moving
toward the fort at a fatigue-knotted gallop.
 "Return To Yesterday" Pursuit #16 July   1956 As Eric Fitzgerald 62-72 He drove through the town and on into the
dark country, watching for signs of change.
 "Sauce For The Goose" Pursuit #13 Jan. 1956 As Eric Fitzgerald, reprinted in
Bad Girls (1958) & Speaking of
Lust
(2001)
94-107 Country life is just the thing, if you know
how to live right, and if you really enjoy it. 
 "The Screamer" Pursuit #11 Sept. 1955 As Eric Fitzgerald 1-44 She was late meeting me tonight.
"She Opened The Door To Murder" Real Men vol 12, #10 Feb. 1969 a reprint of "Stop Off" from Man's Life 34.35. 42. 44-46  
 "Short Go"                   Hunted #10 June 1956 As Jack Holland 111-120 Mr. Williams was different.
 "Shot"                   Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 4, #2 Feb. 1956 As Roy Carroll 140-144 Renick felt the impact of the slug under his
left shoulder and staggered back against
the department store window.
 "Small Bite" Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 15, #2 Feb. 1970   110-115 Sergeant Joe Hogan looked surprised as I
pulled the silenced .38, and aimed it at his
broad midriff.
 "Smelling Like A Rose" Mr. vol 1, #6 July   1957   38-40, 48-50 The tall young man arranged himself to
better advantage in the yellow- and white-
stripe canvas beach chair beside the
cabana, and went on reading the morning
paper.
 "Somebody Knew Her" Pursuit #18 Nov 1956 As Barry Miles 110-116 Carmoody looked down again at the slack
and awkwardly positioned nude body of the
young girl lying on the kitchen floor of
No. 5, Gulfways Motel.
 
 "Spaghetti" The Executioner Mystery Magazine  vol 1, #4 April  1975 contents cites a John Harding
byline, but Gil Brewer byline on
the story
70-75 Fat Thomas, the  Syndicate mouthpiece,
growled over the phone, "Now don't worry,
Spider.
 "Stop Off" Man's Life vol 5, #3 May 1957   30, 31, 72-74 Outside it was raining.
 "Sunset" Gallery vol 5, #8 July 1977   56-58, 122,
124, 126,
128, 129
He was quite tall, even behind the wheel of
his silver Continental Mark IV, and terribly fat.
 "Swamp Tale" Mystery Monthly vol 1, #7 Dec. 1976   40-47 That afternoon, sitting on the hotel gallery,
looking out through the cypress trees and
the mangroves to the swamp, drinking beer
with Old Jock, the sheriff, I was filled to the
brim with I had to do.
 "Sweet Amy" Needle Magazine vol 2, #2 Fall 2011   64-72 Oh, I blamed Amy for all of it, at first, be sure of
that.
 "Swing With Me" Caper   Oct. 1969   36, 37, 68. 69, 71, 72 She was José Martine’s wife, and Martine
was the boss, so she had it made, and
obviously knew it. 
 "Sympathy" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 25, #1 June  1969   125-128 Sergeant Keller was at the long desk on
the first floor of the police building when
he saw this obvious bum come up the
steps from the front door at the end of the hall.
 "The Taking Of Cherry"    Stag vol 28, #2 Feb 1977   58, 59, 70, 72, 73 She hesitated at the bulged-out screen
door of the cabin, then kneed it open.
 "Teen-Age Casanova" Justice vol 1, #3 Oct 1955 reprinted in Young and Deadly
(1959)
55-68 She smiled so slyly.
 "That Damned Piper" Pursued vol 1, #4 July   1957   37-42 That’s what Mr. Jefferies always said.
 That French St. Woman Man's World vol 10, #1 Feb. 1964 Condensed from 13 French Street    
 "That Night in Jinny’s Bed" Men   June 1977     I had known Jere Derrick for maybe two
weeks, so when his wife phoned one night it
wasn’t a total surprise.
 "They'll Find Us"            Accused Detective Story Magazine vol 1, #1 Jan. 1956   27-35 I watched Nora move to the window
overlooking the small weed grown yard
and the woods behind the cabin.
 "The Thinking Child" Mystery Monthly  vol 1, #4 Sept. 1976   38-50 "Just don't give me any lip!"
 "This Pretty Pace" Mystery Tales vol 1, #4 June 1959   66-77 It was night.
 "Token" Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine vol 31, #1 June 1972   121-125 Marie stared hard at John Marko.
 "The Tormentors"            Manhunt Detective Story Monthly vol 4 #11 Nov. 1956   19-26 It was mid-morning when he found the knife.
 "Trick"         Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine vol 14, #11 Nov. 1969 reprinted in Coffin Break (1985)   Chauncey wrinkled his thin, leathery face
in a sneer.
 "Upriver" Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine vol 1, #6 June  1975     It was the third day out, aboard the
S.S. Winthrope, en route to Panama City.
 "A Waking Dream" Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine vol 1, #5 May 1975   98-104 Glumly, ponderously, Morse Bascomb,
bank guard, walked past the side door
of the First National Bank of Glenville.
 "Whiskey" Pursuit #18 Nov  1956 As Bailey Morgan 45-62 Pedro Cargado flung his shovel into the
burning sunlight and watched as it leaped
glittering and ringing against the sandy,
rock-strewn ground.
 "With This Gun" Detective Tales vol 47, #3 March 1951   46-55 It didn't seem possible than Joan could talk
me into a thing like this.
 "You Got So Much -- I Want
A Piece!"
Escapade vol 14, #9 July 1969 reprinted in Caper (7/1970)
 
13-15 In her room tonight, Brenda Jenners took
a last quick look in the hazy mirror, and
smiled a force smile.
 

  Short Stories in Anthologies

Short Story   Anthology  Editor Original Publication
 "The Axe Is Ready" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Trapped, Dec. 1956
 "The Black Suitcase" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Hunted, Feb. 1956
 "Bothered" American Pulp (1997) Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, & Martin H. Greenberg Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, July 1957
 "Bothered" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, July 1957
 "Come Across" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt, April 1956
 "Cut Bait" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Pursuit, May 1956
 "Death of a Prowler" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Trapped, April 1958
 "Die Darling, Die"   The Hardboiled Lineup (1956) Harry Widmer Justice Magazine, Jan. 1956
 "Die Darling, Die"   Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Justice Magazine, Jan. 1956
 "Don't Do That" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Hunted, Dec. 1955
 "Fool's Gold" Alfred Hitchcock's Mortal Errors (1983) Cathleen Jordan (original story)
 "The Gesture" 101 Mystery Stories (1986) Bill Pronzini & Martin H. Greenberg The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1956
 "The Gesture" A Century of Noir (2002) Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1956
 "The Gesture" Best American Noir of the Century (2010)  James Ellroy & Otto Penzler The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1956
 "The Gesture" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1956
 "The Getaway" The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) Maxim Jakubowski Mystery Monthly, June 1976
 "Getaway Money " Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Guilty, Nov. 1958
 "Goodbye, Now"   Get Me to the Wake on Time (1970) Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July 1968
 "Harlot House" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Mystery Tales, Aug. 1959
 "Home" Hard-Boiled (1995) Bill Pronzini & Jack Adrian Accused Detective Story Magazine, March 1956
 "Home" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Accused Detective Story Magazine, March 1956
 "Home-Again Blues" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Pursuit, March 1956
 "It's Always Too Late " Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Detective Fiction, April 1951
 "Matinee" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt, Oct. 1956
 "Moonshine" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt, March 1955
 "Mow the Green Grass" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Pursuit, March 1956
 "My Lady Is a Tramp" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Pursuit, May 1955
 "On A Sunday Afternoon" The Young Punks (1957) Leo Margulies  Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, Jan. 1957
 "On A Sunday Afternoon" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels  Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, Jan. 1957
 "Prowler!" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt, May 1957
 "Red Twilight" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Hunted, Oct. 1955
 "Redheads Die Quickly" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Mystery Tales, April 1959
 "Sauce For The Goose" Bad Girls (1958) Leo Margulies Pursuit, Jan. 1956
 "Sauce For The Goose" Speaking of Lust (2001) Lawrence Block Pursuit, Jan. 1956
 "Shot" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Manhunt, Feb. 1956
 "Smelling Like a Rose" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Mr., July 1957
 "Teen-Age Casanova"    Young and Deadly (1959) Leo Margulies Justice, Oct. 1955
 "Trick"        Coffin Break (1974) Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 1959
 "With This Gun--" Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories (2012) David Rachels Detective Tales, March 1951