RARA-AVIS: Re: Short Crime Markets

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@total.net)
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 13:21:51 -0500 >>As for where fans can find consistent crime shorts, I can name about
>>seven American markets, maybe two British.

Well, name 'em! I can only think, off the top of my head, of AHMM and
EQMM, and maybe Mary Higgins Clark's Mystery Magazine (if it's still being
published). And in a harder vein, there's Hardboiled and New Mystery and,
and, and,....I give up! Jiro, are you out there?

Of course, there's always an anthology or two in the works, but I'm talking
about regularly scheduled periodicals that feature short crime fiction.
This would be an interesting list to compile.

And I think there's a few websites that are asking for short fiction, but
of course, they don't pay anything.

Oh, and don't be fooled by the Coen Brother's talk about The Big Lebowski
being a tribute to "that Raymond Chandler/noir thing." The film simply
takes a typical Marlowe situation (poor guy hired to get rich man's
daughter out of a jam, various thugs,deceit, corruption, murder and LA) and
then goes off the deep end, winding up somewhere else. It's a real hoot of
a film, and there's some really funny scenes, but I felt the ending was so
weak that it dragged the whole film down. Too bad. I had such high hopes
after Fargo and Miller's Crossing, and particularly Blood Simple (still
their best, I think).

But I digress...

Kevin Smith
Web Guy for The Thrilling Detective Web Site
For info, mailto:kvnsmith@total.net

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I say, What would Humphrey Bogart do?"
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