…and not always with great fondness, either.
It’s funny to think back, because 18 months ago, when it started, I was barely on DorothyL trying to make sense of the listserve and who these people were (but I was continuously being told I had to read it if I was writing mysteries). I’d never heard of a blog. I participated in discussions on some author forums, but hadn’t even been on those for close to a year and was there mainly as a way to get book referrals and find other people with similar interests.
And when we started the ezine, I had no idea how much it would grow over time.
Yes, folks, the new issue of Spinetingler Magazine is up And it’s our biggest issue yet, complete with
- Short Stories
And the Devil Will Drag You Under by Stephen Blackmoore
Demon in the Storehouse by Megan Powell
Cursive Three by Joe Swope
A Dream by Erato Sahapoglu
The Kiss George Burden
DJ’s Girl by Sarah Weinman
Downdraft From Tokyo by Michael Obilade
Tigergirl by Daniel Arenson
Domino by MG Tarquini
- Interviews and Profiles
Murphy’s Laws For Successful Writing: Profile of Margaret Murphy by Chris High
Colin Campbell: His Work, Love of Films & Tennis, And What the Future Holds by Chris High
In Conversation With Cornelia Read: Blubber, Barf Buckets, Breast Size and… The National Film Board of Canada? (part 2) by Sandra Ruttan
Sandra Ruttan reviews Rhapsody in Blood, The Forest of Souls and The Field of Darkness
Chris High reviews Through the Ruins of Midnight, Gone and The Lincoln Lawyer
Andrea Maloney reviews Murder @ Work
Martin Edwards reviews Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (nominated for the top Dagger prize this year)
Book Signing: On the Road with Lee Child and Cornelia Read by Angela Lynn
Fostering Online Communities on Author Forums: Sandra Ruttan interviews moderator Jayne Massey, with comments from Mark Billinghamand John Connolly
Spinetingler Staff Profile: M G Tarquini
And, as though that isn’t enough, we’ve launched the COZY NOIR contest.
There are four stories included, just to show you how broadly we’ll define “cozy noir”.
A Fistful of Cozy by JA Konrath
Unstuffed by Bill Blume
Favourite Things by K. Robert Einarson (as in, evilkev)
Childhood Dreams by Sandra Ruttan
Oddly enough, when we started Spinetingler, I was only aware of a few ezines out there. Now, the numbers are growing. I do try to keep an updated list of links here for publication venues, and if you know of others I don’t have, please let me know.
And special thanks to Trace, one of our amazing editors, who we plan to profile in the Fall Issue.
Now, let me see. This month I have to finish off the Canadian Issue, finish selecting the stories for the special double issue we’re running for Fall, do the edits on the stories for fall, prep for a couple interviews coming up and continue arguing with evilkev about why he insists on making such cheery covers for an not-so-cheery ezine.
Plus, you know, finish editing my book.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something…
I was going to send you all to Brett's blog, but he might want to keep that Tar Pit idea to himself. Never know how that might prove useful down the road, Brett…
And Because, as Bill said, You Can Never Have Too Many Kitties…
Now you may tell us how fantastic the issue looks. Or point out really big mistakes we missed. The bigger the issue, the more stressed I'm getting about that...