I swear, this time I do have a secret. I can't reveal it for a few days yet, but I am pretty excited about it.
How was your day? Mine was pretty good. The only downside was I forgot to call an Amherst-based bookstore this afternoon. So, the guy called me, a little perturbed. I can't say I blame him. He may be reading this post, so, Doug, sir, I apologize for not calling you today regarding those vintage mystery magazines. I will make it right, on Tuesday.
I am giving away or throwing out, tons of old magazines, but I am holding on to all of my mystery magazines, like Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Shayne, and others I can source at a good price, or even for free, as is the case with the gentleman in Dartmouth. I do not tire of reading crime fiction, and in particular, short crime fiction. If a writer can tell a complete story in 30 pages or less, containing a crime, a protagonist who solves the crime, the bad guy who commits the deed, then I am happy. There are endless variations of the themes to keep things interesting. And crime fiction doesn't have to have an actual murder mystery, or a mystery of any kind. It is just that: fiction in which a crime takes place.
I have loved the genre since I was 11 and my dad bought me the subscription to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. I still have every issue that I got from that original subscription, 40 years ago. They are in the bookcase, along with hundreds of others, above where I am typing these humble, sub-par, slightly pathetic words. I have issues of EQMM going back to 1945. Once I order these magazines tomorrow, and they arrive, I will have two more issues from the 1950's in my collection.
But I know you don't care. You just want to know about my secret. Sorry. It will have to wait a bit longer.
Newbie is next to me on the computer desk. I think he wants me to turn in. So, I will.
You guys have a good evening. See you tomorrow.