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Friday, May 18, 2012 3:00 pm
Sirens of Suspense: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

With so many mystery-themed publications to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones deserve your reading attention. (Let’s face it, much as you may want to, you can’t read everything.) During this year’s Mystery Month, we’re profiling 23 different magazines, websites, and blogs in an effort to help you choose. Hopefully you’ll find something new or at least feel the urge to revisit a bookmark you haven’t clicked in awhile. Today, Chantelle Aimée Osman shares the siren song of The Sirens of Suspense.

Please describe your publication.

The Sirens of Suspense is a website started in 2010, and nominated for an Anthony Award in 2011, featuring reviews, guest blog posts by authors and industry professionals, and slightly out-of-the-ordinary interviews that we call Pro-Files. Sirens is mystery-based but doesn’t specialize in any particular subgenre; we cover thriller, noir, suspense, traditional, humor, and occasionally true crime and even steampunk. The Sirens of Suspense caters to readers, authors, and soon-to-be authors by providing information and tips that they may not be able to find anywhere else—whether it’s an inside story about the writing of a book, a helpful website for book research, information about what editors and agents are looking for, marketing tips from a PR guru, or poison hints from an entomologist, there’s something for every mystery lover.

Tell us about yourself.

I run The Sirens of Suspense. I’m a rabid mystery reader and short-story author and wanted a way to share not only the helpful things I learn as a result of being a part of the mystery community, but also have some fun as well and let fans get to know some of their favorite authors (or discover new authors) in a unique and different way.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Too numerous to mention. Instead, let me mention a few who will be visiting the website in one way or another in the near future: Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the (steampunk) Parasol Protectorate series; L. C. Tyler, multiple Edgar nominee and author of the Elsie and Ethelred series; and Giles Brandreth, former MP, broadcaster, and author of the Oscar Wilde mysteries. Anthony, Barry, and Strand winner Bryan Gruley will be joining us next month, and very soon we’ll be hearing from Ben LeRoy, publisher of Tyrus Books (previously the founder of Bleak House Books). Multiple award winner Carolyn Hart has just signed on, too.

Tell us about a recent review or article of which you’re particularly fond.

A recent Pro-File, “Brad Parks: The One That’s the Author.” A guest blog by author and psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo “Is Your Psycho Killer Just…Psycho” was re-printed in the Huffington Post. Here’s one of my favorite reviews, “On Defenestration and Bananas” for Lisa Lutz’ Trail of the Spellmans. And to give you a little idea of our variety, here’s Dana Kaye’s “Top Ten Author Taboos

What does the future hold for your publication?

Hopefully much of the same, and more! I’ve been very fortunate to have such a wide variety of fabulous contributors and I love finding new authors to share with readers. In the past we’ve raised money for tornado relief, holiday food banks, and animal rescue thanks to the donations of character names, book baskets, and more from authors, and I’d like to make giving back to the community a larger part of The Sirens of Suspense.

Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?

Here’s a list of my favorite links.

The Sirens of Suspense Data

Website: www.SirensofSuspense.com

Twitter: @SuspenseSirens

Contact email: sirensofsuspense@gmail.com

Frequency of publication: Weekly

Cost to subscribe: Free

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