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Elements of The Magazine

The Digest Enthusiast #7 coverExcerpts from the interview with Rick Ollerman, editor of Down & Out: The Magazine, appearing in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7.

TDE: What are the core elements of The Magazine?

RO: I knew that I wanted to cross-pollinate fanbases as much as I could, and to promote the authors and their stories—especially when they write a story with their series’ characters—as much as their own fanbases would support the magazine.

Another was kind of the unspoken notion of size; we just sort of knew it should be a digest-sized magazine without ever really talking about it.

Another thing I want to do that many new magazines in the POD era don’t do is offer subscriptions, something we will definitely do, probably starting with the second issue.

We’ve also got a non-fiction column by J. Kingston Pierce, who used to write for Kirkus Reviews before they reshuffled.

Another hopefully unique feature answers that burning question you never knew you wanted to ask: what happened to short crime fiction after Hammett and Chandler left the pulps for the slicks and nov- els and Hollywood? Obviously, the pulps kept going, but who kept them going with the two big stars gone?

The page count is right around 170 for the first issue. I think we’ll wait on reader response to see if that moves, and by how much.

Introducing D&O: The Magazine

Down & Out: The Magazine No. 1Excerpt from the review of Down & Out: The Magazine No. 1 in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7.

Editor Rick Ollerman introduces his new magazine with the assertion, “Digest magazines aren’t what they used to be.” There are few crime fiction magazines on newsstands today. Even the influx of new titles, since the advent of Print on Demand, are often infrequent or published erratically. The Magazine intends to shake things up. How? The backing of a publisher like Down & Out Books should help. But The Magazine’s big idea is to leverage a character from a novel series in a brand new short story. In the debut edition, that’s Reed Farrel Coleman’s ex-cop, ex-PI, ex-retiree, Moe Prager.

In fact, every story in issue No. 1 features a series character, making it an ideal venue to reach new readers or delight series’ fans with short, between-novels, adventures. There’s nonfiction too. J. Kingston Pierce, who manages The Rap Sheet website, provides crime fiction news and reviews, and Ollerman introduces the issue’s only reprint in a column called, “A Few Cents a Word.”

Down & Out: The Magazine No. 4 Aug. 2018

Down & Out: The Magazine No. 4Contents
Rick Ollerman: A Few Clues From the Editor
Arthur Klepchukov “A Damn Fine Town”
John Shepphird “Headhunter”
Brian Silverman “Scotch Bonnet”
J. Kingston Pierce: Placed in Evidence (book reviews)
Michael Stanley “Shoot to Kill” (feature story)
Rick Ollerman: A Few Cents a Word
Frederick C. Davis “Blood on the Block” (Dime Detective Magazine Dec. 15, 1933)
Robb T. White “Inside Man”
Lissa Marie Redmond “We Don’t Talk About Lester Anymore”

Down & Out: The Magazine No. 4 back coverEditor: Rick Ollerman
Cover design: Lance Wright, Cover photo: Peter Rozovsky
5.5” x 8.5”, 178 pages
POD $12.99, Kindle $5.99
Down & Out: The Magazine website (subscriptions available)

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 March 2018

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 coverContents
Rick Ollerman: A Few Clues From the Editor
Peter Sellers “Kickback”
Patricia Abbott “The Wheel Has Come Full Circle”
Frank Zafiro “Adam Raised a Cain”
Robert J. Randisi “Hey, Hockey Puck”
J. Kingston Pierce: Placed in Evidence
Barry Lancet “Three-Star Sushi” (Feature Story starring Jim Brodie)
Art Taylor “Sunday Morning, Saturday Night”
Rick Ollerman: A Few Cents a Word
Raoul Whitfield “Death in the Pasig”
Jim Wilsky “Bear Trap”
Michael Bracken “Texas Sundown”
S.A Solomon “Titan”

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 backEditor: Rick Ollerman
Cover design: Lance Wright, Cover photo: Mason Loring
5.5” x 8.5”, 174 pages
POD $11.99, Kindle $5.99
Down & Out: The Magazine website (subscriptions available)

Get the inside story: Editor Rick Ollerman speaks out on D&O: The Magazine, Gold Medal crime fiction, Stark House Press, and considerably more in The Digest Enthusiast #7. Read Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast #4, and Michael Bracken’s interview is coming in issue #8 this June.