Thursday, August 21, 2008

Another One Bites the Dust

Sad news. Murdaland is no more.

We regret to announce that Murdaland is suspending publication.

We tried very hard in 2008 to keep Murdaland going as a viable entity, but, sadly, it's just no longer possible. We can't rule out our return one day, but for now we're going to have to accept facts and wrap things up.

As upset as we are by this turn of events, we are greatly consoled by the support and enthusiasm we witnessed -- not just for one doomed magazine but for the very idea of literary crime and noir stories. Writers like yourself are embarked on a labor of both love and stringent craft.

Magazines pay very little and markets are few. You're thus asked to make the sacrifices and meet the demands of love (for literature, for the short story form, for the genre) while confronting the imposing standards of an extremely difficult craft.

That so many of you continue to write and work on such stories is an inspiration.

We take solace in the knowledge that countless gifted writers are out there laboring to create just the kind of quality dark fiction we were fortunate enough to feature for a time.

We wish you the very best with your work. We're just sorry that Murdaland won't be around to provide a home for it.

The Murdaland Staff

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