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Friday, November 21, 2003

The ups and downs of the smaller press 

The Australian crime fiction journal Crime Factory recently became an online-only zine, and ever since some wonderful content has been made available. In their most recent update, they post interviews with two of the best independent publishers going in the genre: The Do-Not Press in the UK, and Uglytown in the US.

I love Uglytown's answer to what kind of books they look for:

"Well-written ones. Ones with engaging characters, moving stories, and exciting language. Our concept of crime fiction extends to -- perhaps even centers on -- books like Umberto Eco's, Foucault's Pendulum, Haruki Murakami's Wild Sheep Chase, and J.G. Ballard's Cocaine Nights."

It's just part of the possibility and potential within the seeming confines of genre that I spoke about yesterday.


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