Mr. Smith went to Washington to attend the 2001 Bouchercon.
Besides plugging the hell out of Iced
and Down These Wicked Streets,
and laughing, talking and drinking too much, he found the time,
between rounds, to moderate a panel on November 1, entitled Click Me, Deadly. Its theme was crime
fiction and the internet.
The panelists were D.L. Browne, Victoria Esposito-Shea and
There were no survivors.
(Actually, it was pretty good. I think -- or at least hope --
we offered up a little something for everyone. Full coverage
of such a large and unwieldy topic would have been impossible,
given the fact nobody wants to sit through a week-long panel
discussion. If you were there and have any suggestions for my
next panel -- hey, you never know -- drop me a line...)
The panel (and other sessions at the convention) were taped
and can be ordered from:
Audio Recording Services,
PO Box 213,
Queenstown, MD 21658
The cost is $10.00 per tape and $7.00 for shipping. The flyer
I picked up says buying on-line saves shipping and handling costs.
Detective Web Site
This one's a no-brainer. You're already here, dude. More
P.I.s than you can shake a stick at.
Company Writers Community
A passionate and completely kick-ass writers' discussion
list. D.L. Browne rides shotgun.
Hard-hitting crime fiction in the palm of your hand. Victoria's
in charge of this one.
The Meg Daniels Mysteries
Jane's site, which she maintains herself, spotlighting
her series character. Cos nothing matters in the world, you know,
when you're in love with a Jersey Girl.
A Dow Jones/Reuters Company's corporate site. Jane ties stories
to their promotional activities.
A joint promotional site that Jane maintains.
The Cape May Times
Our gal Jane writes a monthly column for these guys.
the Kitchen Sink
Webmistress and stand-up gal Kate Derie certainly isn't ClueLess
when it comes to mystery, detective and crime fiction. Her comprehensive,
always-current site, with a guestbook, reviews, links for magazines,
publishers, writers, mystery organizations and everything else
is well-produced and organized, and even features a list of forthcoming
mystery books. And she's also responsible for The
Deadly Directory. Does this woman ever sleep? Hell, even
though the organizers said she couldn't be on our panel, she
still showed up, and fielded a question or two from the moderator.
Guide to Literary
The single best place for legal research, which needs to be done
more often than you'd expect...
Currently missing in action, unfortunately, but so far
still the standard by which all on-line crime fiction will be
judged. Hard, tough fiction, downloadable and free. Like the
Mary Ellen Carter, may it rise again...
Ground zero for the new pulp. "We're looking for good fiction,
poetry, and essays in the hardboiled noir tradition (tweaked
and twisted, however). And it has to have a gun in it. You can
be as sly as you want with that or come out guns blazing, as
long as there's a gun in it." They're also interested in
original black-and-white artwork or photography for the frontispiece.
Published bi-monthly, and currently seeking submissions. The
- Tales of Mystery
R.K.Foster, AKA Ned, is the nefarious editor (N.Ed.) of this
ambitious e-zine, a "mystery entertainment and information
site for readers, writers, moviegoers, and fans of the mystery
in all its forms," which features fiction, non-fiction,
news and reviews.
Been to the animal fair, and wondering what became of the Monk?
He's back as the editor of this hard-boiled fiction e-zine. A
good place for beginning writers a little intimidated by the
whole editing process. And with a name like Judas, you know they're
Talk To Me
William Denton's fantastic moderated mailing list concerning
all things hardboiled, including, ahem, private eyes and other
detective fiction. Simply the best moderated list on the web.
Harriet, this is how it's done.
Gerald So's mailing list is dedicated to the new wave of mystery
writers (male or female, mid-1980s to present) carrying the P.I.
tradition into the future.
The suck-free place for serious in-depth discussion of mystery
books. Take your favourite book or most recent read and discuss
it in detail with others, who have actually read it. Spoilers
Compiled by Sharon Villines, this list is for serious, if occasionally
rather dry, discussion of the history and criticism of detective
fiction including research, collecting, and documentation.
The grand dame of crime fiction discussion lists. Occasionally
silly and prone to gossip and touchy-feely camaraderie among
its members, but God save the Queen, I say. And tell them Kevin
sends his love.
I Heard The
News Today, Oh Boy...
The Mystery News
Chris "Strong Arm" Aldrich and Lynn "Do I have
to send Chris over?" Kaczmarek's Anthony-winning mystery
newsletter. It comes out in print every two months, but its web
site features regular updates on its What's New pages, plus reviews
that didn't make the printed version.
All for now...
This is the first draft. More to come...