Interview with Otto Penzler, Owner of Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop and Press: Fall 2017: Issue 3 (Pennsylvania Literary Journal) (Volume 9)
In these pages, you will find an interview with Otto Penzler, the Owner of Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop and Mysterious Press. He has owned several other publishing businesses over the years, and has edited some of the most prestigious mystery anthologies. He talks about diverse topics from ebooks to the power of the Big Four publishers to marketing strategies and onto buying space for a bookstore. Everybody from writers who want to publish a mystery to publishers who want to expand will find something helpful in Penzler’s advice. The book reviews offer a dozen in-depth reviews of scholarly (collections of reviews or essays) and general interest books (Southern recipes), with reflections on where academic scholarship is heading. Then, Kathleen Murphey’s (associate professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia) essay analyzes rape myths in modern fantasy fiction. These heavy speculations are followed by short stories from Alan Fleishman, Mark Howard, M. T. Ingoldby and Michael A. Livingston. The poetry section includes pieces from Gale Acuff, Keith Moul, Howard Winn (Professor of English at SUNY), and John Zedolik.