… and talking about reading matter, I just got my copy of Occult Detective Quarterly, Issue #1, edited by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant and all I can say is, what a wonder.
I backed the Kickstarter, and got my copy, and there’s my name in it. Great!
As you can imagine, the mag deals with occult detectives – and contrary to what some might expect, there are ample variety and diversity in the category: occult detectives come in all shapes and sizes, and Occult Detective Quarterly seems to be set to give its readers a fine sample.
The first issue offers a nice selection of stories, and if my fave at the moment is Gus, the very unusual detective dreamed up by William Meikle and David Wilbanks, I must say every story in this first issue of the magazine delivers the creeps and the excitement as promised. And then some.
And there’s a serial in it, too!
And there is a wonderful article by Tim Prasil about Victorian ghost-hunting in fiction.
And more articles (Dr Spektor!!)
And reviews (ah, more money to spend!)
It’s good to see occult detectives, spook-breakers, and ghost hunters come back in such fine form – the mix of occult and mystery, the hard-boiled attitude, and the occasional Yog-sothoteries provide lots of fun and a nice change of pace from more traditional horror and dark fantasy. And the extra serving of non-fiction, at the same time learned and off-beat, makes this an absolute one-stop, all-things-included magazine for lovers of occult mysteries and strange tales.
So, all in all, a great addition to the magazines shelf, and another great read in this early 2017.
And yes, I will have to try and sell one of my stories to these gentlemen.
Which considering the overall quality of their offer is going to be a hard sale (if a sale at all). But that’s part of the fun of writing.
And now, back to studying the competition…