Welcome to the latest and indeed, the last issue of The Big Click. We’ve brought you many excellent stories and provocative essays over the past few years, but truth be told things have not been the same for us since the passing of Tom Piccirilli last year. He was more than our occasional columnist, or even our friend—he was our inspiration for exploring the world of contemporary crime and noir fiction in the first place. Without him, the magazine became more of a burden than a joy.
Also, there are technical and economic issues. Amazon.com allows us to sell individual issues of the magazine, but no longer allows readers to subscribe via their Kindles. Weightless Books did yeoman’s work in bridging the gap, but there’s a big difference between selling subscriptions via a great website and selling them via the hegemonic retail space of our time. So The Big Click never really clicked (yeah yeah, sue us) with an audience of the size we need to be profitable.
The good news is that we succeeded in our goal of finding new voices in crime fiction, and to celebrate, this issue is the Libby Cudmore special! We have three stories by her in this issue, and a Q/A, and we can only beg you—well, we can possibly try threats—to check out her first novel The Big Rewind. We also have a new story by Click favorite Marc Fitch, a writer whose fiction we published more often than anyone else over the past few years.
All is not lost. Though the Click is clicked, two of our editorial team are launching a new project—Molly Tanzer will edit and Jeremy Tolbert will publish Congress, an online magazine of thoughtful erotica, which launches in June 2016.
And The Big Click? We’ve always been open to guest editors, with themes ranging from professional wrestling to comic book noir, so of course we’re open to new ownership. Want to buy an acclaimed, slightly used, magazine? Make us an offer we can’t refuse.