I recently saw a copy of a relatively new mystery magazine, Prose 'n Cons. I don't know a lot about the magazine business, but I do know that it's as tough as book publishing, and new mags have a high failure rate. That's why I want to give a quick plug to Prose 'n Cons, whose subtitle is "A Magazine for Fans of Mystery, Crime & Suspense." It's not as hefty as the well established and highly respected Mystery Scene, but it's offering a nice range of materials, and I found myself reading the Summer 2015 issue from cover to cover.
I like the wide-reaching aspect of PNC -- for example, this issue has not only the book reviews and author profiles that you'd expect, but also some clever and interesting extensions, like an article titled "Criminal Activities: The Best Day Trips and Destinations for True Crime Lovers," a story about the scientific vanguard of "brain fingerprinting," and some pretty good short fiction. Gotta support the community, so here I am!
My only criticism is that one of their featured books is by a writer who hypes herself quite a bit but can't write her way out of a paper bag. Well, different strokes for different folks.
If I understand the subscription model correctly, it's only 7 bucks a year for online access and $29 for a print/online combo. I've been following the conversations about the "future of the Internet" and how the future will supposedly give us OK free content, but put the really good stuff behind paid subscriptions. I'm all for that -- and think we publishers (especially newspapers) should NEVER have started giving information away for free. But that ship has sailed...
If you'd like to check out Prose n Cons, just click on this link.