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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:00 pm
Bill Crider and His Popular Culture Magazine: If You Don’t Know Him, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month!Bill Crider is one of those guys who glues the mystery world together. He’s an author (see The Wild Hog Murders, 2011) and he’s also a fan who helps get the word out about other writers’ books. (Actually, although Bill is one of the best-known examples, you’d be surprised at how many generous authors there are out there.) He’s been blogging for nearly 10 years and, as he puts it, that’s about 1,000 in web years. (Funny, he doesn’t look nearly that old!) Other bloggers invoke his name often, so they certainly know him—if you don’t know him, your excuse expired about 10 seconds ago. Read on as he shares the who, what, why, and how of Bill Crider’s Popular Culture Magazine.

I’m the author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series and a lot of other mystery, crime, western, and horror novels. After getting a PhD and writing a dissertation on Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, three of my favorite writers, I taught English in college for a long time. Then I retired from teaching and decided to start a blog.

The first post on Bill Crider’s Popular Culture Magazine was on July 28, 2002. It will soon be ten years old, and ten years is like a thousand in Internet time. The blog had a slightly different name then, and it didn’t have any identity, but it was a start. Gradually the blog evolved into what it is now, a grab-bag of book reviews (usually mystery and crime novels), movie reviews, and anything else that happens to interest me at the moment, including a Song of the Day, a Vintage Ad of the Day, and a paperback cover of the day. I even try to plug my own books now and then, but I usually forget to do that and wind up plugging someone else’s.

On Tuesday, like a lot of other bloggers, I talk about an overlooked movie. Fridays are for “forgotten books.” You never know what titles might come up for review on those days.

You want a laugh? The blog has plenty of those, too, or so I like to think. It keeps me amused, anyway. And lists. There are lots of lists. Not to mention a gaggle of witty commenters who like to respond to the posts. I’d welcome you to become one of them.

Because I write a column on blogs for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, I read a lot of other blogs. There are way too many essential ones for crime and mystery fiction for me to pick any favorites. I enjoy them all. Just read my column, and you’ll see. I’ve covered hundreds of them by now.

My webpage is My twitter handle is @macavityabc, and I’m on Facebook, too. You can e-mail me at You can find my peculiar blog at Y’all come!



2 Responses to “Bill Crider and His Popular Culture Magazine: If You Don’t Know Him, It’s a Crime”
  1. Gerard Says:

    Never heard of him.

  2. Keir Graff Says:

    Frankly, Gerard, that’s a crime. (On the other hand, now you have.)

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