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Subject: Mystery magazines
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 12:38 PM ET
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Does anyone subscribe to any magazines/journals/publications that are dedicated specifically to the mystery/thriller genre? I've looked at a couple online and I'm tempted to subscribe but I'd like some testimonials if anyone cares to voice an opinion. What is your favorite? Why? Thanks!
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 1:02 PM ET
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LeeAnne, I've ordered a couple of back issues of Mystery Readers Journal. Haven't actually subscribed, though. I did enjoy the issues I received. One was from 2002--"South of the Mason Dixon Line."

Here's a link to the past quarterly issues. 



Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:15 PM ET
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I get Aflred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  For the most part they are compilations of mystery short stories, with some book reviews and an editorial on certain aspects of the genre.

I download them from Fictionwise - where back issues are available and everything is in multiple formats, including pdf.  Generally I just save them to a jump drive, or email them as an attachment to my work email account.  When things are slow at work, I take a break and read a short story.  I can also print them out if I choose to do so - one story at a time, or the entire magazine.

It's a good way to try out some new authors, without buying thier book or committing the time to read a full length novel.  I find it really portable too.  I can take a 15 minute break, and read an entire short story, and then come back to the magazine whenever I want without having to remember plot points, etc.  With it being on my jump drive, it's not exactly bulky to carry around several issues.

FYI - you can also get more or less the same thing in sci-fi with Asimov's or Analog.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 6:45 PM ET
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Thanks for the link, Anna. I'll check it out.******** Sharon, I'll check your suggestions out too, but I'm looking more for reviews and interviews. I've checked out both Deadly Pleasures and Crimespree. They both look interesting.
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:34 PM ET
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There's very little review or interview in AHMM or EQMM - maybe 10 pages per issue tops.  They're pretty much just short stories.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:42 AM ET
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I get the HarperCollins email newsletter.   I signed up for it when a book I bought DH was included in a buy this book and get another free by mail deal.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Romantic Times also has new books reviews and tells you what new books are out in different genres- including mystery

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Publisher's Weekly does reviews of mysteries, as well as other genres. I often find books I want from there.



Date Posted: 9/4/2008 4:36 PM ET
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The two best that I have found for articles, reviews, interviews are

Mystery Scene "Your Guide to the Best in Mystery, Crime & Suspense" http://www.mysteryscenemag.com/

and The Strand Magazine "A quarterly magazine that publishes short stories, articles, interviews, and book reviews." http://www.strandmag.com/

The Strand is the same magazine that A. C. Doyle published most of his Sherlock Holmes stories in. It still usually features a Holmes story (pastiche) in every issue, plus several other short stories, along with interviews, book reviews (including audio books), articles and the rest.

Mystery Scene is perhaps a bit more "popular" oriented, whatever that means, and doesn't usually include short stories.

Both are quarterlies. I subscribe to both and recommend them highly.

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Date Posted: 9/4/2008 6:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/4/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Thanks, Larry! Now that you mention The Strand, I know that I've heard of it but I've never seen an issue. I'll check out both your links.