Crime Factory started production in the year 2000, in Melbourne, Australia, as a print-only magazine focused on hardboiled and noir fiction. In 2003, after nine issues, the Factory went dark until 2010, when original contributor Cameron Ashley and several henchmen restarted the ‘zine as a PDF publication. Offering fiction, features, interviews, and reviews in a variety of formats—including e-reader and print on demand—they’ve now set their sights even higher and are planning to publish their first books. The very busy Ashley was kind enough to give us the scoop.
Please describe your publication.
Crime Factory is a quarterly publication with a free PDF, a 99-cent ebook, and we’re ironing the kinks out of a print-on-demand service. Originally running from 2000–2003, volume 2 of CF has been running since January 2010. It’s a mix of nonfiction, fiction, and reviews, and we work hard to get the balance right and publish only the most interesting stuff. Our audience has primarily been the internet crime crowd; we are beginning to break out a bit, but it’s a slow process. Although we tend to focus on noir and hardboiled, we are a fairly broad publication and welcome a wide range of material.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m the editor in chief, which generally entails a lot of coordinating and shuffling of material, liaising with contributors, and editorial grunt work, as well as a lot of emailing. With Liam Jose, Andrew Nette, and Jimmy Callaway rounding out the staff, the publication is in a good place and runs very smoothly and everyone carries their load admirably. I started on CF vol 1 in 2000 with creator David Honeybone and essentially inherited the publication from him.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Far, far too many to list, but Gil Brewer deserves a special mention as he’s often overlooked.
Tell us about a recent review or article of which you’re particularly fond.
Here’s the link to our latest issue. We’re very proud of the work inside. From an interview with Megan Abbott to a memoir by Josh Stallings, some tremendous fiction and much more, it’s a great primer as to what we’re about.
What does the future hold for your publication?
CF has bold plans. We’re moving into books (both print and e-versions) with an all-Australian anthology due mid-year, a tip of the hat to the country where the ‘zine was founded. Two more books are in the works as well as a special themed issue due in October. We work hard and I’m personally excited to be working with the crew that I do and to putting out the amount of material that we do. We want to continue to encourage a wide diversity of writers to submit to us—particularly those interested in feature articles or memoirs. The guidelines can be found at the site: www.thecrimefactory.com.
Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?
Adrian McKinty keeps a very varied and always interesting blog, as do Megan Abbott and Sara Gran. Our own Andrew Nette’s Pulp Curry is also a great place to visit. Honestly though, I’m personally way too busy to read too many blogs, so I apologise for the lack of depth here.
Crime Factory Data
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequency of publication: Approximately quarterly
Cost to subscribe: Mostly free; ebook version is 99 cents