Sunday, 12 October 2008
The December 2008 imports of Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine have hit UK shelves. A little later than usual this month and for one awful moment I thought my local Borders had stopped stocking them.
As usual EQ scores over Hitch in the cover designs with a great retro style pic of two hoods leading a man into a dark alley. Hitch gives us a bland pic of a pair of female eyes peering through a pair of blinds. In fact I've not really liked any of the Hitch covers in 08 - they really need to go back to the old pulp lurid style of old.
Both mags though score highly on the fiction front, though as well as the usual book reviews, mystery blog round ups and genre features. Both mags have changed their size to by an inch
or so which won't bother most people but bugs the hell out of me. They no longer sit right on my shelf alongside my large collection of these mags - I've been buying both titles regularly for the last five years. I guess that's the anorak in me coming out but life would be easier if magazines such as these, titles that are meant to be kept and stored, would stick to a uniform size. The mags are also a lot thinner than usual but seem to have the same amount of content so maybe this is a cost cutting exercise.
The contents of each magazine and a readers forum , as well as book reviews and author interviews, can be found at: the mystery place website.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 06:14