Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q: ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE

"In 1941, [former editor-in-chief Frederic Dannay] explained his manifesto for ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE as being to "raise the sights of mystery writers generally to a genuine literary form," to "encourage good writing among our colleagues by offering a practical market not otherwise available," and to "develop new writers seeking expression in the genre." -from www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/

By now, you might've noticed that I liked to read in the suspense and mystery genre when I was younger (still do, among other stuff). A magazine I occasionally thumbed through was ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. Lots of short murder mysteries and opportunities for writers to submit stuff. Regretfully, I haven't kept most stuff, including magazines, I owned in my youth. So I don't presently have any ELLERY QUEEN magazines to refer to specifically. Sifting through vintage EQ covers online, I chose this cover. Though I don't remember reading this particular magazine, the cover is interesting enough for me to perhaps look into purchasing a used copy. Many EQ covers come with a cryptic tone, and this one's no different. The holiday decorations and the man in the chef hat hint at a seasonal food themed mystery. In my writing life, I'm working on a food novel with a mystery component, though it's not a murder mystery, as is what's shown here. 

Have you ever read the ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE? What magazines did you read when you were younger?

11 comments:

Em-Musing said...

Great "Q" post. Mine today is also about Ellery Queen...before the magazine.

Stephanie Faris said...

I haven't, but I've heard of them. Did Stephen King write for them at one time?

Pat Hatt said...

I've seen it before around here. Maybe my sister had it hmmm. I always got game magazines, that was before the internet.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I've never seen this magazine before. I'm not big on murder mysteries, but this food mystery you are talking about intrigues me. I hope to hear more about it.

The Silver Fox said...

Never read EQMM but I was a huge fan of the 1970s Ellery Queen TV series. It's before your time, I'm sure, but it exists in a boxed set on DVD. Well worth checking out. Lots of fun.

diedre Knight said...

I love the Ellery Queen magazine! So does Stephen King;-) Did you know the magazine first appeared in 1940 issues of Crackajack Funnies? There was or is one called Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries as well. Not bad places to submit your work, actually;-)

Sunday Visitor said...

I have never read this particular author. I enjoyed my fair share of Sydney Sheldon, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and Poirot.

Jo said...

Nope, never even heard of it before.

JO ON FOOD, LIFE AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I read an Ellery Queen anthology. It had a wonderfully creepy cover, in the style of that magazine cover.

Liz A. said...

No, never read it. As a teen I stuck to Seventeen and such.

Sarah Zama said...

I've never read the Ellery Queen Magazin, but when I was a kid, the Ellery Queen tv show was one of my favourite. Haven't seen it in years.
Uhm... maybe I could hunt it down online :-)

@JazzFeathers
The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

Post a Comment