Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Sarah Weinman has the scoop on Murdaland, a new crime fiction magazine:

"Crime Fiction for the New Century will feature the best and most derelict, deranged, bareknuckled honest voices to bring about a renaissance of crime fiction. Currently, the predominant “mystery” magazines are two lame, staid, old fogey establishment publications: Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Both are put out by the same publisher and stuck in a timewarp of 1950's schlock. They even have mystery crossword puzzles catering to nuns living sober lives in the cornbelt.

"Murdaland will not be kin to this kind of writing or experience."

More details and submission info can be found by clicking the link above.


  1. Glen Davis12:03 PM

    I've found that when people feel they have to go out of their way to bash the fifties, it is rarely a good sign.

  2. Too bad they think the way to promote themselves is by bashing the competition...

  3. I don't take it as bashing the competition or the fifties...I look at it more as taking a stand on the type of fiction they are looking for. When the only newstand alternatives are the Queen and the Hitch, I think they've been clever carving out the niche they want to be in. Let's face it, the stuff that they want to attract would never stand a chance in hell in being published in those mags. Stansberry has called for something similar in his own Noir Manifesto. In any event, Queen and Hitch don't have anything to worry about...they've been around quite some time and I don't see them disappearing any time soon.

  4. Bashing or not, after reading that description, I want to write a story about a secretly alcoholic nun who likes crossword puzzles and committing serial murder.

  5. Anonymous8:29 PM

    My predicition: These people are going to fold within six months as so many others have before them. These people who start the new magazines don't seem to realize what it takes to get a print magazine out there. And as well instead of bashing another mag, they should merely be saying what they want. AHMM is a fine magazine. Some stories are very good. Others' okay. But as a whole it's something I like to read.

  6. I like EQMM, and AHMM, too. I like it that whoever's behind this wants to bring some new energy into the field, but it takes more than energy to succeed. If they can get through several issues, they might have a chance to stick around.