Janet Hutchings previews what’s in store for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 2016, celebrating the digest’s diamond anniversary, at Something is Going to Happen.
Just in time for the holidaze: Paperback Parade #91 is landing in mailboxes this week.
“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“Celebrating Frank Frazetta” by Gary Lovisi
“Two to Keep” by Richard A. Lupoff
“The Riddle of the Barmaray Company” by Steve Carper
“Paperback Kerouac” by Tom Cantrell
“Matchless Paperbacks” by Rich Greene
“Keyhole Covers” by Ken Wishnia
“Outrageous Covers” by Wally Pattengill
Editor: Gary Lovisi
5.5” x 8.5” 108 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
From: Gryphon Books
A bit late on this one, but the current issue of Steve Darnall’s fine Nostalgia Digest is on newsstands now.
“Hello, Out There in Radioland!”
“A Few Moments with . . . Dick Cavett”
“Have Yourself a Swinging Little Christmas” by Steve Darnall
“Remembering Chicago’s Southtown Theatre” by Gardner Kissack
“John Wayne” CELEBio
“Gee Dad, A Flexible Flyer!” by Jack French
“Jimmy Durante” by Walter Scannell
“Truth or Consequences” by Martin Grams Jr.
“Chicago’s Wheels of Fortune” by Wayne Klatt
“Captain Kangaroo” by Phil Marsh
“Mail Call!” by readers and listeners
And of course, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and Radio’s Golden Age
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2016, the Winter Double Issue
“The Wizard of 60 Centre Street” by Kevin Egan
“Smothered Mate” by Steven Liskow
“Suppose There Is Nothing,” by James L. Ross
“We Are Caught in a Net” by Jay Carey
“Inquiry and Assistance” by Terrie Farley Moran
“Shaken, Not Stirred” by Diana Deverell
“Incident on Clinton Street” by Joseph Goodrich
“The Dark Side of the Moon” by Eve Fisher
“The Finlay Millions” by S. L. Franklin
“The Therapist” by Paul Lees-Haley
“Girlie” by Steven Utley and Alex C. Renwick
“Eternity Met” by Lucas Gray
Graphic Short Story
“Not a Creature Was Stirring . . .” by Dale Berry
Dying Words an acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
Solution to the December puzzle
The Story that Won
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Cover by Joel Spector
192 pages, on sale until Jan. 19, 2016
How near the edge is your current project?
NC: As a news producer you have to judge how far to take things, car accidents, children in harms way, etc.
SN: As a journalist and paranormal investigator, my children’s books generate the most controversy for their edginess.
DMP: I’m an engineer, my story was inspired by an old bank’s building inspection. It took ten years to write.
CR: My fiction is quite dark, there is nothing I can’t write about.
Are any subjects taboo?
CR: Anything goes as long as it’s treated with integrity.
DMP: Readers fill in details better than writers.
SN: Things change, skills change, so the edginess of a writer’s work can change over time.
NC: The reader is with the character as things happen to her.
What input have editors or agents given you in regard to edginess?
DMP: Don’t kill a certain character.
SN: “Make it trashier.”
CR: My agent said “kill ’em” and she was right.
NC: Readers give advice too.
What about considerations from readers?
CR: Certainly listen, but be true to yourself.
DMP: Readers have mentioned foul language, now its on my radar. Taking the Lord’s name in vain, a sexual affair with an unmarried man . . .
NC: There’s almost a double standard for women’s sexual behavior versus James Bond.
What have you been binge-watching on TV?
Noir, Drunk History, The Wire, White Pines.
Who are some favorite villains?
Dolores Umbridge, Hannibal Lector, Cruella De Vil, the nurse in Misery (Annie Wilkes)
Favorite book cover?
Steppenwolf, skeleton hand in a baby carriage, something red
Who are some favorite heroes?
James Lee Burke’s, Stephanie Plum, Kinsey Millhone, Philip Marlowe, Simon Brett’s.
Is what’s considered edgy changing?
NC: Be true to what is edgy to you.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine January 2016
“The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats” by Ellery Queen
“Secondhand Heart” by Christine Poulson
“The Old Man and the Seashore” by Marilyn Todd
“Wolfe and Warp” by Loren D. Estleman
“To Kill a Rocking Horse” by James Powell
“Cruel Memory” by Ed Wyrick
“Two Birds” by Cath Staincliffe
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“The Salvation of Seamus Tyrrell” by David Dean
From the Editor’s Desk
On Our Diamond Anniversary
Department of First Stories
“Just Desserts” by Catherine Robson
Passport to Crime
“Game of Errors” by Alberto Mussa
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Cover art: Elizabeth Sayles
On sale until Jan. 19, 2016
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen
“Heads Will Roll” by Shane Simmons
“Last Chance Saloon” by Tess Makovesky
“Lucifer” by Colleen Quinn
“Mannish Water” by Thomas Pluck
“Luxury to Die For” by Albert Tucher
“A Diet Rich in Noir” by Lara Alonso Corona
“Burden of Proof” by John H. Dromey
“All Things Violent” by Nikki Dolson
“Sensible Sleaze” by Sarah M. Chen
“If you had met Margrete Daney in those days when she was the famous reporter on the Toledo (Ohio) Blade, you would have wondered how this very pretty, petite, delicate girl could have solved the city’s most vicious and brutal mass murder mystery.”
“The Mad Clubber Strikes Again”
The Big Story #1, Oct. 1951
Dana King asks Tim Hallinan Twenty Questions at One Bite at a Time.