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Mystery Periodicals

This is a round-up of mystery fanzines, magazines, and periodicals. Because of space, I have not included Sherlockian periodicals nor mystery bookstore newsletters in this list. There is no categorization to this list. It's a listing. I haven't seen all of the magazines, so I'm not trying to rate them here, although I would appreciate hearing what you think of them so I can annotate the listings.

Keep in mind that even as I write this, new magazines are being published, some are going out of business, and many are changing publishers, editors, e-mails, web sites and addresses. I have included some, but not all, organizations which publish local and national newsletters for their members such as Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers League, and the International Association of Crime Writers. Many mystery bookstores, mail-order catalogues, and publishers have newsletters. Even small mystery reading groups have their own newsletters. Send changes, deletions, or comments to Janet: whodunit (at)


813: Publication of Les Amis de La Littèrature Policière: Quarterly. Association of French mystery writers and fans. 22 bd Jean-Louis Touchant, 22bd Richard-Lenoir, Paris, F-75011, France. E-mail:


Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: Publishes original short stories ten times a year with two double issues. Features include the Mysterious Photograph short-short writing contest each month; mystery-themed puzzles; "Reel Crime," a column about crime TV and movies; and "Booked and Printed," in depth book reviews and publishing news. Editorial offices: 475 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016. Subscriptions: 1-800-220-7443. Writers' guidelines, readers' forum, online subscription form at Web site:

AudioFile: The Magazine for People who Love Audiobooks: Monthly with a regular column on mystery and suspense. Interviews, resources, new releases. Robin F. Whitten, Editor/Publisher, 37 Silver St, PO Box 109, Portland, ME 04112-0109. Phone: 207-774-7563. Toll free: 800-506-1212. E-mail:; web site:


The Blood Letter: Newsletter of Friends of Mystery: a non-profit organization in Portland, OR. News on the group and more. Friends of Mystery gives the Spotted Owl Award for best mystery set in the Northwest. Jay Margulies, PO Box 8251, Portland, OR 97207. E-mail:; web site:

The Bottle Street Gazette: Semiannual Newsletter of The Margery Allingham Society: Mrs. Pamela Bruxner, 2B Hiham Green, Winchelsea, East Sussex TN36 4HB, England. Phone: +44 1797 222363.

The Brehon: Journal of the International Sister Fidelma Society: Dedicated to Sister Fidelma, an Irish religieuse of the 7th century AD. Heroine/sleuth of novels and stories by author Peter Tremayne. David Robert Wooten, editor. Web site:


CADS (Crime and Detective Stories): "An irregular magazine of comment and criticism about crime and detective stories." Great articles about British, European, and classic mystery writers, with a bibliographic department correcting "errors and omissions from the standard references." News, reviews, letters, and new releases. Geoff Bradley, Editor & Publisher, 9 Vicarage Hill, South Benfleet, Essex SS7 1PA, England. Phone: +44 1268 793338. E-mail:

Cahiers Simenon: Newsletter of Les Amis de George Simenon: Les Amis de Georges Simenon; Michel Schepens, Beigemsesteenweg 291, 1852 Beigem (Grimbergen), Belgium. Phone/fax: +32 2 269 47 87. E-mail:

CDM: Short Stories of Crime, Detection & Mystery: Quarterly fiction magazine. Established in 1991. Stories in Swedish, English, Danish, Norwegian. Per Olaisen, Editor, Rådmansgatan 31 A, SE-311 45 Falkenberg, Sweden. E-mail:; web site:

The Cloak: Periodical of the Cloak and Clue Society, mystery readers and writers in the greater Milwaukee area. Susan Goodrich, Treasurer, 6851 Crocus Ct #4, Greendale WI 53129-2327. Web site:

CLUES: A Journal of Detection: Janice M. Allan, executive editor; Elizabeth Foxwell, managing editor. Published biannually. The only academic journal in the United States on mystery and detective material in print, TV, and film. McFarland & Co., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640. Phone: 336-246-4460. E-mail:; web site:

Bill Crider's Newsletter: E-mail:; web site:

Crime Spree: Bimonthly. Interviews, reviews, short stories, comics, bookstore spotlights, and more. Jon Jordan and Ruth Jordan, Editors in Chief. 536 South 5th Street, Suite 1A, Milwaukee, WI 53204. E-mail:; web site:

Crime Time: Quarterly. Trade paperback with features and reviews, interviews, news and information. Barry Forshaw, Editor. Send e-mail via the contact page; web site:

Crimestalker Casebook: Dedicated to suspense, mystery, and spy/espionage stories in the pulp tradition. Edited by Andrew McAleer. Falconcroft Press-Mount Independence, 121 Follen Road, Lexington, MA 02173. E-mail:

Les Crimes de l'Année: Sélection Critique des Meilleurs Romans Policiers: Crimes of the Year: A Critical Selection of the Best Crime Novels. Annual publication of the BILIPO: Bibliothèque des Littératures Policières. BILIPO is a public library dedicated to collection, preservation, and study of mystery literature published in French. Catherine Chauchard, Chief Librarian, 48/50 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, F-75005 Paris, France. Phone: +33 42 34 93 00. E-mail:

Crimewave: Andy Cox, Editor, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2LB, England. Phone: +44 1353 777931. E-mail:; web site:


DAPA-EM: 35 members. Although not open to the general public, I thought I should include this 'zine in the round-up. Each member of DAPA-EM writes a bimonthly 'zine of reviews, checklists, profiles and articles. Art Scott collates the 35-40 'zines and distributes the compilation to members. This is a fan publication. Members of DAPA-EM are writers, readers, fanzine editors and aficionados of the genre. Art Scott, 855 Mayview Way, Livermore, CA 94550-5803.

Dast Magazine: Detective, science fiction, thrillers. Quarterly in Swedish. International focus. Short stories, reviews, interviews, profiles, on collecting, upcoming releases. Bertil Falk, Editor, Box 20010, SE-161 02 Bromma, Sweden. E-mail:; web site:

The Deadly Directory: No longer being published in book form, but it is available online. Kate Derie, Editor, 6702 N Casas Adobes Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704-6124. Phone: 520-742-6946. E-mail:; web site:

Deadly Pleasures: One of the best periodicals in the genre. Articles, reviews, information and more. George Easter, Editor, PO Box 969, Bountiful, UT 84011-0969. Phone: 801-294-7232. E-mail:; web site:

Detective Mystery Stories: Monthly fiction digest-sized magazine. Five or six stories per issue. 504 E Morris St, Seymour, TX 76380-2212. E-mail:; web site:

Dorothy L. Sayers Society Bulletin: Available to members. Information about forthcoming meetings and general literature about Society matters. DLS Society also publishes Sidelights on Sayers, which is a series of articles about aspects of Sayers's work as well as proceedings of all conventions and major meetings. Lenelle Davis, 6 Constantius Court Brandon Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, GU13 0YF, England, or Christopher Dean, Rose Cottage Malthouse Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9JY, England. E-mail:; web site:


Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine: Short mystery fiction in all subgenres. Ten issues a year including two double issues. Book review column "The Jury Box" reviews 8-10 mysteries each issue. Janet Hutchings, Editor, Dell Magazines, 475 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016. Subscriptions: 6 Prowitt St., Norwalk, CT 06855. Phone: 212-686-7188. Toll free: 800-220-7443. Web site:

The Epistle: Newsletter of The Saint Club: For people interested in the work of Simon Templar and the adventures of Leslie Charteris. Ian Dickerson, Hon. Sec., Shandy St, Stepney, London, E1 4ST, England. E-mail:; web site:


Femmes Fatales: Semiannual newsletter featuring eight women mystery writers: Donna Andrews, Meg Chittenden, Charlaine Harris, Julie Wray Herman, Toni L.P. Kelner, D.R. Meredith, Marlys Millhiser, and Kris Neri. E-mail:; web site:

Firsts: The Book Collector's Magazine: Monthly. Frequent articles about mystery authors, annual special mystery issue. Interviews, profiles, upcoming releases, Collector's Calendar. Robin Smiley, Publisher, PO Box 65166, Tucson, AZ 85728-5166. Phone: 520-529-1355. E-mail:; web site:

Foglio Giallo: Newsletter of Il Club del Giallo. Giuseppe Isnardi, Strada Genova 313, I-10024 Moncalieri, Italy. Phone: +39 81 556 1029. E-mail: or; web site:

Futures Anthology MagEzine: Quarterly magazine available as a PDF or print digest includes short fiction in a variety of genres, but primarily mystery and its subgenres. Also features cartoons, some regular columns, and a smidge of poetry, contests and awards. Barbara Lakey, Publisher. 3039 38th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2140. Phone: 612-724-4023. E-mail:; web site:


The Gazette: Official newsletter of The Wolfe Pack. Short stories and non-fiction. Articles and stories are relevant to Nero Wolfe or the author Rex Stout. Mary A. Glascock, PO Box 822, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023-9998. E-mail:; web site:

Giallo: Quarterly. Stories, columns, interviews. Successor to EQ. c/o Kobunsha 1-16-6 Otowa, Bunkoyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8790, Japan. E-mail:; web site:

The Gothic Journal: News and reviews for readers, writers, and publishers of romantic suspense, romantic mystery, and gothic, supernatural, and woman-in-jeopardy romance novels. Now published online at


Hardboiled: Contains short stories in the pulp fiction tradition as well as articles and reviews. Gary Lovisi, Editor, PO Box 209, Brooklyn, NY 11228-0209. Phone: 718-646-6126. E-mail:; web site:

Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine: Monthly. Stories, columns, interviews. Hiroyuki Chida, Editor, c/o Hayakawa Publishing, 2-2 Kanda-tacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0046, Japan. Phone: +81 3-3252-3114. E-mail:; web site:


Il Gatto Nero: The only Italian mystery fanzine. Federica Marchetti, Editor, Str. SS. Ilario e Valentino 7/A, 01100 Viterbo, Italy. E-mail:; web site:

In a Mellotone: The John Harvey/Charlie Resnick/Slow Dancer Press Newsletter: John Harvey, Garden Flat, 71 Dartmouth Park Road, London, NW5 1SL, England. Phone: +44 20 7485 4611. E-mail:; web site:


John Buchan Journal: Semi-annual, published by the John Buchan Society. Kenneth Hillier, Secretary, Greenmantle, Main Street, Kings Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8BX, England. Phone: +44 1332 865315. E-mail:; web site:

John Meade Falkner Society Journal: Annual, published by the John Meade Falkner Society. Kenneth Hillier, Secretary, Greenmantle, Main Street, Kings Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8BX, England. Phone: + 44 1332 865315. E-mail:; web site:

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture: Scholarly research and opinion on the intersection of crime, criminal justice, and popular culture. Draper Hall #213, 135 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12222-0001. Phone: 518-442-5609. E-mail:; web site:

JURY: Quarterly, in Swedish with international scope, est. 1971. Articles, interviews, news, reviews, rarely short fiction. Annual list of all mystery books published in Swedish. Bertil Widerberg, Editor, Box 19, S-161 26 Bromma, Sweden. Phone: +46 8 26 56 52.


Keeler News: Newsletter of the Harry Stephen Keeler Society. 5 times a year. Richard Polt, 4745 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45232-1522. Phone: 513-591-1226. E-mail:; web site:

The Kiss of Death: Newsletter of the Romance Writers of America Mystery & Suspense Chapter. Articles on writing and mystery-suspense related research, member & market news, and new releases. Patty Burns, Editor, 303 S 5th St, North Wales, PA 19454-3001. Phone: 215-699-9144. E-mail:


Läst & Hört I Hängmattan: Iwan Hedman-Morelius, Editor, Calle Acacia, 8, Pinar de Campoverde, El Pilar de la Horadada, 03190 Alicante, Spain. Phone: +34 96 67 627 92 or +34 60 96 162 11. E-mail:

L'H Confidencial: Irregular newsletter from Reading Group Mystery & Hard-Boiled of the Bòbila library. La Bòbila is a municipal library with a special collection of thrillers and detective genre Fiction. Jordi Canal, Chief Librarian, Plaça de la Bòbila, 1, 08906 L'Hospitalet, Spain. E-mail:; web site:

The Lizzie Borden Quarterly: Printed by Leary Press of Fall River at the house on Second Street where the famous murders took place. Jules R. Ryckebusch, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA 02730-7395.


Midnight Louie's Scratching Post-Intelligencer: All the news about the mysteries of Midnight Louie that is "fit to be typed" -- ML Adopt-a-Cat tours & merchandise, cat causes, reader mail. Twice yearly. Includes Irene Adler's Postmodern Victorian Gazette covering this relaunched historical suspense series. Carole Nelson Douglas, PO Box 331555, Fort Worth, TX 76163-1555. Phone: 817-292-6208. E-mail:, web site:

Mysterious Women: A quarterly newsletter of reviews of mysteries, written in a series, by women. Most, but not all, of the books reviewed are cozies. Sara Berger, Editor. P.O. Box 2122, Amherst, MA 01004-2122. E-mail:; web site:

Mystery & Adventure Series Review: Quarterly devoted to preservation, collecting, and study of old series-type adventure books for youthful readers. Fred Woodworth, Editor, PO Box 3488, Tucson, AZ 85722-3488.

Mystery*File: Covers mysteries of the past as well as the contemporary scene. Now published online at by Steve Lewis, 62 Chestnut Road, Newington, CT 06111. E-mail:

The Mystery Magazine: Monthly. Chinese language. Mr. Fu-Er Lin, Publisher, 32, 1/F, Lane 84, Hsinshen North Road, Section 3, Taipei, Taiwain. Phone: +886 2 2594 6699. Fax: +886 2 2596 2288.

Mystery News: Revived in 1997 by Black Raven Press (a partnership of Lynn Kaczmarek and Chris Aldrich). Contains concise and unbiased reviews, insightful interviews, and timely previews of crime and detective fiction. Each issue also contains columns written by the publishers, mystery convention and award information, and guest columns and articles. Published 6 times a year. Black Raven Press, 7645 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209. E-mail:; web site:

Mystery Readers Journal: Official publication of Mystery Readers International. This periodical is unique in that it focuses on a single theme each quarter. Each issue contains articles, reviews and author essays on the title theme, as well as columns, events, and letters. Back issues available. Janet A. Rudolph, Editor, MRJ, PO Box 8116, Berkeley, CA 94707. E-mail: whodunit (at); web site:

Mystery Scene: Lively, expert coverage of the mystery world with a special emphasis on the writing life. Offers many personal essays & opinion pieces by well-known authors; appreciations and career retrospectives; news on book, TV & film markets; inside info on the publishing business, including small presses; mystery news from around the world; how-to articles; and a comprehensive range of reviews. Published five times a year. Kate Stine, Editor, 331 W. 57th Street, Suite 148, New York, NY 10019-3101. E-mail:; web site:


P I Magazine: "America's Private Investigative Journal." Bimonthly trade magazine for investigators, with practical articles, columns, interviews, true-life cases. No fiction. 755 Bronx, Toledo, OH 43609. Phone: 419-382-0967. E-mail:; web site:

Paperback Parade: Dedicated to paperback collectors and readers. Interviews, news, letters, articles and cover reproductions. Gryphon Publications. Gary Lovisi, Editor, PO Box 209, Brooklyn, NY 11228-0209. Phone: 718-646-6126. E-mail:; web site:

Partners in Crime Newsletter: From Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles series, and Bill Albert, who also write together as Robin Paige. Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert, PO Box 1616, Bertram, TX 78605-0619. Phone: 512-355-2799. E-mail:; web site:

The Police Writer: Newsletter of the Police Writers Association. Includes markets, members' news & writers' tips. Welcomes published and unpublished writers of police fiction or non-fiction, as well as illustrators, editors, and publishers of related books and periodicals. LeslyeAnn Rolik, owner, PO Box 738, Ashburn, VA 20146. Phone: 703-723-4740. E-mail:; web site:

Pomp & Circumstantial Evidence: Newsletter of Magna Cum Murder. An Annual October conference for scholars, fans & writers, est. 1994. Newsletter includes reviews, articles, & news; available by subscription. Kathryn Kennison, Coordinator, Ball State University, EB & Bertha C. Ball Center, Muncie, IN 47306-0001. Phone: 765-285-8975. E-mail:; web site:

Prose 'n Cons™ Mystery Magazine: Quarterly magazine (both print and digital) catering to fans of mystery, crime and suspense. Short fiction in addition to author profiles and non-fiction features on all aspects of these genres. Stephanie Hoover, Editor. E-mail:; web site:


The Reasoning Novel: Chinese language. Est. 1996. Bimonthly. Ey-shem Cheng, Publisher, Forward Book Company, PO Box 89311, Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Phone: +852 2353 5856.

Ripley's Garden Plots: Newsletter from the author of a series of gardening mysteries featuring Louise Eldridge, TV garden show hostess and foreign service wife. Ann Ripley, PO Box 2527, Lyons, CO 80540-2527. Phone: 303-823-9329. E-mail:

Romantic Suspense Networking Newsletter: Irregular. News, articles, interviews, reviews. 517 S 51st Ave, Omaha, NE 68106-1362. Phone: 1-402-558-1869.

RT Book Reviews: Extensive mystery review section, which includes many "straight mysteries" as well as those with a romantic suspense element. Contact Faygie Levy. E-mail:; web site:

Ruumiin kulttuuri: Quarterly magazine of Suomen dekkariseura, the Finnish Whodunit Society. Web site has English summary of current issue. Risto Raitio, Editor, PL 6, 00551 Helsinki, Finland. Phone: +358 9 0205 811 288. E-mail: or; web site:


Scarlet Street: "The Magazine of Mystery and Horror," with photos and articles about genre entertainment including TV, movies and more. Quarterly. $5.95 US, $7.95 Canadian/international. Subscriptions $20/year. Richard Valley, Editor, PO Box 604, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. Phone: 201-445-0034. E-mail:

Seven: Annual review published by the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, focusing on seven Christian authors, including Dorothy L. Sayers and G.K. Chesterton. The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593. Phone: 630-752-5908. E-mail:; web site:

SHOTS: Fiction, nonfiction, interviews, news. Now published online only. E-mail:; web site:

The Strand Magazine: Quarterly revives the tradition of the famous old magazine with short mystery fiction, Sherlockiana, articles, reviews. UK toll-free 0800 961 280. Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor; Jackie Acampora, Book Review Editor. PO Box 1418, Birmingham, MI 48012-1418. Phone: 800-300-6652. E-mail:; web site:


La Tête en Noir: A bimonthly newsletter in French. News and reviews. Occasional supplement, La Tête en Rose, for romantic suspense. Send one international reply coupon for sample copy. Jean-Paul Guéry, 3 Rue Lenepveu, F-49000 Angers, France.

Traces: Newsletter of the Centre d'Etudes Georges Simenon. For the development and dissemination of studies of Simenon's work. Prof. Danielle Bajomée, Directeur, Université de Liège, Place Cockerill, 3, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. Web site:


The Usual Suspects: Produced by the annual Malice Domestic conference; contests and grants for unpublished writers. Available online. P.O. Box 8007, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8007. E-mail:; web site:


Victorian Era Light Mystery Fiction: Online magazine endeavors to cover light mystery fiction of the Victorian Era. "I copy tales from copyright-free pre-1923 volumes I purchase and collect, and publish tales from them alongside current writers of Victorian Era fiction." Don B. Anderson. E-mail:; web site:


The Whispered Watchword: Newsletter of The Society of Phantom Friends: The Society is an international fellowship of girls' series book collectors. Monthly 30-page newsletter. Kate Emburg, P.O. Box 1437, North Highlands, CA 95660-1437. Phone: 916-331-7435. E-mail:; web site:

Wilkie Collins Society Newsletter (UK): Andrew Gasson, Secretary, 3 Merton House, 36 Belsize Park, London, NW3 4EA, England.

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