Friday, December 09, 2005

The Strand



Have I ever mentioned The Strand Magazine here? The latest number, which actually arrived some time ago, came to the top of the stack today. It's one of the last periodical refuges for short stories, and most are very good indeed.

This is not the old Strand in which Conan Doyle got his start. That one is long gone. This reincarnation, started only 4 or 5 years ago, is dedicated to the detective story with at least one story or essay on Sherlock Holmes in each issue. In addition there are reviews of 'tec novels and collections, interviews - the current number interviews P.D. James - and the excellent short stories.

$20 more of less for a large-size quarterly, glossy paper, loads of pictures, even purpose-drawn illustrations which you don't see anywhere any more. You can't go wrong. The Strand's website is here.

{No, I don't get a kickback. However, should one be offered. . . .]