Ten Years and More

It’s difficult to believe that it’s been over ten years since that March 2005 issue. That was the first issue I published after I took the helm at Mysterical-E in 2004 — it took a while to assemble a staff and solicit stories but we did it in record time.

Ten years of issues. Of stories. Of columns. Of book reviews and interviews and excerpts.

Since that first issue we’ve been rolling along. There have been ups and downs, of course. Publication schedules turned upside down, staff realignments, and more. But we’ve managed to navigate through all of that and keep on publishing.

I’ve come to depend upon those who help keep the issues rolling out — massive help with the design and maintenance of the site, help with editing, writing columns, artwork, and more.

And, of course, the stories. We’ve had many. Many! Through the ten years I’ve been Publisher/Editor there have been hundreds. Take a look at the archives page and see. In the four or fve years of the magazine before I came onto the scene, there were many more stories.

Mysterical-E itself has been around since at least 1999 or thereabouts which makes us one of the longest lasting online mystery magazines in the…World!

I wanted fireworks and champagne for the occasion but we’ll just have to settle for the April issue.

This is a good one with plenty of stories to enjoy and columns, interviews, and reviews.

In the coming months we’ll be transitioning to a new format — which will include the ability for readers to make comments on stories and columns.

We will, of course, maintain the classy nature of the layout and design — our Webmaster Jason is at the top of his field and gets better all the time, so the new format will be great.

And we’ll keep on publishing stories, interviews, columns, reviews, and more.

So, spread the word and get your friends to read. We’ll be working on our Subscribers list which has been a little glitchy.

We might even bring back an occasional contest.

Our Staff Makes Us Proud!

Congratulations to Christine!

C.A. Verstraete shared news that her part-zombie character Becca (from her book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie) will have a new adventure. She solves a mystery and faces her fear of dogs in the long short story, “Puppy Love and Zombies” in the YA anthology, Young Adventurers: Heroes, Explorers & Swashbucklers, coming later this year from Intrigue Publishing. Details when received will be at http://cverstraete.com  and her blog,http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com


As usual we’re on the lookout for new column and feature ideas as well as stories, books to review, interviews.

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My new book in the Marco Fantana Mystery series is here:

Death on Delancey


Two popular gay bartenders are found dead in a tony Philadelphia neighborhood and the police are ready to close the case as a murder-suicide. P.I. Marco Fontana has a hunch that there’s more to the crime than a domestic dispute gone horribly wrong. But he’ll need all his wits and resources because the Chief of Detectives hates him and won’t let him anywhere near the case. Besides, the evidence backs up the police department’s claims. And as his personal life becomes more complicated — old flame or hot new barista boyfriend? — Fontana finds the case leads him down some seedy avenues in the City of Brotherly Love.It’s available at Amazon.com, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble online, and more…
It’s of course available at Giovanni’s Room (now named: PAT@Giovanni’s Room) here in Philadelphia.
In the next book in the series Marco and his friends will face a modern gay issue head on.



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