Remember Grift Magazine? One of the earliest crime fiction journals levering digital print technology, it debuted in 2012 and returned with its second issue in Spring 2013. As of 2016, Grift editor John Kenyon still intended to proceed with issue #3. When interviewed for The Digest Enthusiast in May 2016, he explained his lack of time as the biggest obstacle.
“The long-gestating third issue of Grift is delayed because I simply don’t have enough hours in the day. Also, a lack of funding that would allow me to pay beyond contributors copies. You get what you pay for, and my ability to get the type of nonfiction I desire has certainly been compromised by that.”
The first two editions of Grift Magazine are available through Lulu.com.
One of the original crime fiction digests out of the early digital age of POD was Grift Magazine. The creative vision of John Kenyon, Grift Magazine has appeared twice. The first in April 2012, the second in July 2013. It’s been a long haul for No. 3, but as recently as August 2015, Kenyon posted on his Facebook page, “Life gets in the way sometimes, but it will be worth the wait.”
I interviewed John in mid-2016 for fourth The Digest Enthusiast and asked him about the origins of Grift.
“I started Grift because at the time there were few print venues for crime fiction. Plenty of online outlets, but the opportunities to publish in print were lacking, I thought. At the same time, the sensibilities of the publications that did exist—both in print and online—seemed at odds with what I and others I knew liked to read and write. While it seemed as if other publications leaned toward the ultra-violent, I wanted something more cerebral. No less hard-hitting, but just with less gore. I also wanted to offer a forum for nonfiction work, independent scholarship that would help to expand readers’ understanding of the genre.”
The first two editions of Grift Magazine are outstanding. While we’re waiting for the third, the originals are available thanks to the magic of POD at Lulu.com.