Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blog Bytes Follow-up

My thanks to Bill Crider for the free publicity in his "Blog Bytes" column of the July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.  Finally located a place (very close to where I live, in fact) that sells the magazine and will be able to pick it up regularly now.

Turns out there is an amazing newsstand in Evanston, the oldest newsstand in the area dating back to the turn of the century. The photo of the neon sign (at left) is from the original location for Chicago-Main Newsstand which was shuttered between 1993-2001 while it underwent a change in ownership and extensive rehabbing and restoration. This Evanston location is considerably smaller than the City Newsstand on Chicago's west side, but they had EQMM and AHMM among many, many other literary and fiction magazines.  I found a magazine called Book Source which I never heard of and had to buy. Book Source includes articles about the antiquarian book trade including lists of book fairs, sales, auctions and even a column about extremely rare books for sale.  I may even subscribe to that magazine.

For all those who haven't seen the bit about Pretty Sinister Books in EQMM, here it is:

All those posts appeared during the month of February this year, so that gives you some idea of the deadline schedule of the mystery magazine. Bill must've written the piece around February 10 when the latest of those articles "LEFT INSIDE: Ann's Library Card"  was posted.

Other blogs mentioned in the column are Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog, The Graveyard Shift, International Noir Fiction and Men Reading Books. They are all more interested in the present than I am, so if contemporary crime fiction is more your thing then head on over for opinions, reviews and interviews of the new stuff out there.  And keep on coming back here for the obscure, forgotten, and well worth reading.

Thanks again, Bill!


  1. Hi John,

    I have an interest in older crime fiction too and hope to read more of it in the coming months. I just read Jim Thompson and Derek Raymond. I'm currently reading The Friends of Eddie Coyle and have a post coming up for Unknown Man #89 by Elmore Leonard this Monday. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  2. This is indeed wonderful John. Congratulations.