Friday, June 23, 2006



A special New Orleans-themed issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, featuring the Big Easy’s native writers and artists, is slated for shipment to newsstands in early September, following the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating landfall.

Headlining the issue, which bears a November publication date, is fiction celebrating New Orleans’ rich ethnic and cultural diversity. Short stories by crime-fiction pros John Edward Ames, O’Neil De Noux, Tony Dunbar, Tony Fennelly, Barbara Hambly, Greg Herren, Edward D. Hoch, Dick Lochte, William Dylan Powell, Sarah Shankman, and Julie Smith span more than a century and a half of the Crescent City’s history, from pre-Civil War days to the post-Katrina present.

This is New Orleans depicted by New Orleanians: Ten of the issue’s authors, including poetry contributor James Sallis, hail from the beleaguered city. Several lost homes or property in the storm.

The work of other notable New Orleans writers is discussed in a book review column by Jon L. Breen, focusing exclusively on the region’s mystery writing.
Capturing the vibrancy of New Orleans for cover and interior illustrations are artists Jenny Kahn, David Sullivan, and Herbert Kearney, all of whom also call the city home.

EQMM’s publisher, Dell Magazines, has donated all advertising for this special hurricane-recovery issue to organizations with rebuilding or relief efforts ongoing in the areas affected by Katrina. Participating organizations are Bridge House, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, Covenant House, Habitat for Humanity, Reader to Reader, Inc., Save the Children, and the Volunteers of America. For those wishing to make donations over the Internet, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s web site,, provides links to all of the participating charities.

For retail sales information, please contact Bill McCollough at (phone: 212-686-7188 ext. 2343).
To order single copies of the November 2006 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine please visit our web site at, or call toll free (1-800-220-7443).

No, that's not the cover of the New Orleans issue. It's just a cover I like.


Graham said...

My wife drove through there today on her way to Florida to visit her sister. She says it looks like the hurricane hit last week - wreckage everywhere, abandoned cars all over the side of the highway, etc.

I was never a big fan of New Orleans, but it really was unique, and it's sad to think it will never be the same again.

Jeff Meyerson said...

WHat a great idea!

Graham, it depends on what part of the city you're in.

Driving from the French Quarter to Jazzfest was mostly fine at first. Then, you turn off Canal and start to see the boarded up buildings and debris.

On the way back we went under the highway and saw block after block of ruined cars just rotting away.

Look for them at your local unscrupulous used car dealer soon.

Crider's Cider said...

That cover is pretty shocking. You can see right through that nightie.

Maybe this is the real reason short stories aren't doing as well as they used to. The covers aren't as sexy.

Bill said...

For years EQMM had two covers, one for subscribers (the staid one) and one for newsstands (more like the one pictured).

Todd Mason said...

The newsstand covers were often photographs, as well...including not a few of Bettie Page. And not exclusively her, but other models of similar loveliness. Writing of EQMM (currently reviving old George Salter, et al., covers from the '40s and '50s), have you been too modest to note, Bill, Ed Gorman's plug of POP CULTURE in the August EQ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder, Todd. It just slipped my mind. I'll take care of that.