Josh Pachter, Loudoun Communication Studies and Theater assistant dean, has been teaching at the college level since 1978; but he has been a professional crime writer for 10 years longer than that. Pachter’s first short story, written when he was a teenager, appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (EQMM) in 1968.
Through most of the ’80s and early ’90s, Pachter taught overseas on American military bases for the University of Maryland European College, including a 10-month stint in the Middle Eastern emirate of Bahrain in 1982-1983. While there, he created fictional policeman Mahboob Chaudri, who was featured in a total of 10 stories published in EQMM, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and other periodicals.
The complete Chaudri series has now been collected into a single volume titled “The Tree of Life,” which has just been published by Wildside Press. It is available in paperback from Amazon and other online and bricks-and-mortar vendors, and also as an e-book titled “The Mahboob Chaudri Mystery Megapack.”
Meanwhile, Pachter continues to produce new fiction: “Coffee Date,” which he co-wrote with his wife Laurie. It will be in the online edition of The Saturday Evening Post during the week of October 8. “Styx,” a zombie cop novel on which he collaborated with Belgian author Bavo Dhooge, will also be published by Simon & Schuster on November 3 and is available for pre-order on Amazon. “Selfie,” a solo story, will be in the February 2016 issue of EQMM.
In addition to teaching, “assistant-deaning” and writing, Pachter translates both fiction and nonfiction from Dutch and Flemish to English.