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Friday, May 4, 2012 3:00 pm
Spinetingler Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Stop me if you’ve read this before, but May is Mystery Month at Booklist. This year we’re spreading the love by inviting reputable mystery magazines, websites, and blogs to make a case as to why you should read them. Today’s profile is provided by Brian Lindenmuth of Spinetingler Magazine.

Spinetingler Magazine was founded in 2005 and has established itself as one of the longest-running, most reputable e-zines featuring works from the crime fiction community. Our coverage includes book reviews, articles, interviews, guest posts from authors, movie reviews, TV reviews, and general coverage of crime fiction in various media.  Because we have a staff of writers with different interests and tastes we try to cover as broad a range of crime fiction as possible.  Our audience includes everyone from readers to authors to editors and the one thing that brings them all together is their love of the genre.

Crime fiction fans were early adopters of online technology, with the earliest zines appearing as early as 1998. Some of these zines would last for an issue or two and others would last longer. Ultimately, two words can be used to describe most of the crime fiction zines over the years: vibrant and transient. By changing formats and having different regular contributors over the years we hope to continue to be a stable voice in the community. As a result of our work, Spinetingler is now a paying fiction market and an MWA approved publisher of short fiction whose stories are eligible for the Edgar Award.

Speaking of awards, recently we announced the nominees for our annual Spinetingler Award.  The Spinetingler Award was started as a way to showcase the parts of the genre that may not get as much coverage from other awards. In addition to best novel categories we also give out awards for short story collections, anthologies, crime comics, online short fiction, novellas, and many others. The nominees are selected by a private committee and the final vote is open to the public. This is our fifth year doing the awards and they have turned into a major event that a lot of readers look forward to. 

Some of our recent posts included an interview with Joe R. Lansdale; reviews of Bloodman by Robert Pobi and The Next One to Fall by Hilary Davidson; and a guest post by Victoria Houston in support of her new novel Dead Tease.

Over the years we have modified our format to best suit the needs of the crime fiction community. We started out publishing PDF issues that were available for free online. A couple of years ago we switched over to more of a continuous publication web-zine format with daily posts. Recently we split our fiction content off of the main site and now publish fiction directly to the Kindle.

Last year we also started an e-book imprint called Snubnose Press. To date we have published two novels, an anthology, four short story collections, and three novellas. We have a full release schedule for 2012 planned.

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Frequency of publication: Daily

Cost to subscribe: All content is free at the Spinetingler site. Issues of original fiction are $2.99 for the Kindle. E-books published through Snubnose Press vary in price.



One Response to “Spinetingler Magazine: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime”
  1. Jack Getze Says:

    Thanks to Brian’s hard work, Spinetingler was nominated for an Anthony at last year’s Bouchercon.

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