Monday, April 16, 2012
I received a copy of NEEDLE in the mail today. I'd already bought one, but I think perhaps Steve Weddle, the terrific editor who manages to get these out regularly,
sent me one not knowing that. I have every issue of this zine as well as the first issue of GRIFT and two issues of PULP MODERN.
Along side of them are two copies of MURDALAND-which folded due to lack of support. I can't tell you how great those two issues were. That was in the day before they could be printed for a reasonable amount. And a sad day, it was. And although it may be a bit easier to keep a magazine afloat, it does require some devotion from the crime- loving community.
BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE and CRIME FACTORY: FIRST SHIFT also sit on my shelf although they are not technically zines. Just darn great anthologies. There are some great online ones too, but I can't cover all the bases at once.
The stories in these little magazine and anthologies are often on a par with EQMM and AHMM (IMHO) although they are darker, grittier, sweatier, and clearly the work of mostly younger writers.
I have read a dozen or more stories in these zines that are equal to what I see in the older magazines. The voices may be different, the story less focused on traditional crime solving, but the elements are still there.
If you haven't tried any of these newer print zines, I urge you to try a copy. If we want to hand over the car, we have to have the drivers ready to drive.