The world of mystery media is full of websites and blogs, many of which arrive on our screens with grand statements of purpose fueled by the energy and ambition of youth . . . only to cease publishing once the creators realize how much work is actually involved. But there are some stalwarts, such as The Strand Magazine, a full-sized glossy that’s been in print since before the turn of the millennium. Curiously, its editor is one of those young people I just mentioned—but Andrew Gulli seems to show no signs of flagging. Read on, learn more, and look into it!
Please describe your publication.
The Strand is a full sized, glossy magazine that has been around since 1999—seems like it was just yesterday that the first issue was first taken off the press. Our audience and reach varies unpredictably and we have everyone from teenagers to people in their 90s reading the magazine. In terms of distribution the magazine is read from Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the U.S. of course—I can rifle off several other countries but that would be bragging! We cover all aspects of the crime genre and occasionally drift into science fiction.
Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been the editor since I was 22 and it’s a job that I’ve kept for 13 years. I do day-to-day editing and also work on some of the business aspects—in other words, I’m never bored and you know what they say about idle hands . . . .
Who are some of your favorite authors?
For classic authors, I woulds say Jim Thompson, Cornell Woolrich, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dostoyevksy, Tolstoy, G. K. Chesterton, and Robert Bloch. For more contemporary authors, Graham Greene, Joseph Finder, Jeff Deaver, Olen Steinhauer, Alexander McCall Smith, John Lescroart, Jonathan Santlofer, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Philip Dick.
Tell us about a recent review or article of which you’re particularly fond.
That would be like asking me to choose a favorite child, only I’m not married and have no kids! Never! Seriously, for the past three years I have managed to publish previously unpublished works by Mark Twain, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie, P. G. Wodehouse, and we have some surprises in store this year. It has been also a highlight to publish some writers I grew up reading like John Mortimer, Ray Bradbury, and Colin Dexter, and you know those three writers are nice guys. I won’t name some of my childhood heroes who in person turned out to be nasty!
What does the future hold for your publication?
It’s good you didn’t ask a question about how we can survive in the digital age. I usually bristle when people talk about print being something of the past. Reading a magazine is a physical experience that can’t be replicated on a computer or phone and that’s why it’s something that readers will never abandon. Having said that, and that was a mouthful . . . yes, we are working on developing an application for the magazine, since that’s a great way to spread our reach.
Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?
Do you think I’m about to give a plug to the competition?! Honestly, there are so many good blogs and magazines out there that I couldn’t pick even a handful; they all are doing a good job.
The Strand Magazine Data
Contact email: email@example.com
Frequency of publication: Quarterly
Cost to subscribe: $19.95/year