Clues: A Journal of Detection

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For over two decades, Clues has included the best scholarship on mystery and detective fiction. With a combination of academic essays and nonfiction book reviews, Clues covers all aspects of mystery and detective fiction material in print, television and movies. As the only American scholarly journal on mystery fiction, Clues is essential reading for literature and film students and researchers; popular culture aficionados; librarians; and mystery authors, fans and critics around the globe.


Reviews:

Clues is a must-have for readers and writers of crime fiction. Scholarly, thought-provoking, wide-ranging in its topics, Clues covers the crime and thriller map.”—Sara Paretsky

“A. Conan Doyle, notoriously resentful of Sherlock Holmes’s success, liked to scorn ‘police romances’ as less significant and worthy of his talents than his other literary work. If he could have read Clues, the thinking mystery reader’s journal, he would surely have felt differently—and learned much he never realized himself about even his own landmark contribution to the genre, from which so much else by others has flowed.”—Jon Lellenberg, U.S. agent for the Arthur Conan Doyle estate

“I love reading Clues. Every issue provides thought-provoking, well-researched articles. The variety and scope of the material found in Clues makes an unparalleled, ongoing contribution to our understanding of the role of crime fiction in our culture, and the genre’s reflection of its time and society.”—Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of The Messenger

Clues is an important journal. It carries the torch of tradition that is the backbone of detective fiction. It goes below the surface and gets to the heart of what makes the genre so fascinating and valid today”—Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch novels, including The Overlook

“For erudite and fascinating truths about mysteries, follow the clues to Clues, the scholarly journal that is an essential resource for every serious student of the mystery”—Carolyn Hart, author of Death Walked In

“With scholarship ranging from Poe to Peters, nothing beats Clues”—Joan Hess, author of Mummy Dearest


Subscriptions

General Information
Clues is published twice a year in the spring and fall. Subscriptions are print-only, and annual rates are $120 for institutions and $40 for individuals.  Subscribers outside the United States add $20 for additional postage.

Digital content is available via a separate subscription to one of the  following products: ProQuest Research Library, ProQuest Education Journals and ProQuest Central.

To subscribe via mail, telephone, fax or email, please contact:
McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
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tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email [email protected]


Back Issues & Single Issues

General Information
Back issues from earlier volumes of Clues are available for order subject to availability.  Also, single issues of the current volume may be ordered one at a time. The charge for single issues for institutions is $75 per issue (excluding postage). Orders from individuals are also welcome, and the charge for individuals is $30 (excluding postage). Issues from Volume 33 to the present are also available in ebook format on Kindle, Nook and Google Play.

Ordering Back Issues
Single issues may be ordered from the McFarland website here: Clues Back Issues.  To order single issues via mail, telephone, fax or email, please contact:
McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
USA
tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email [email protected]


Submissions

General Information
The peer-reviewed Clues invites article submissions related to all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film without limit to period or country covered. All articles in languages other than English must be accompanied by a short paragraph describing their contents. Submissions should include a short (50-word) abstract and be between 15 and 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) with minimal formatting in Times or Times Roman font. Number pages consecutively.

Submit materials to:
Janice M. Allan
Executive Editor, Clues
University of Salford, UK
[email protected]

Address questions to:
Elizabeth Foxwell
Managing Editor, Clues
[email protected]

Send books for review to:
Pamela Bedore
Book Review Editor, Clues
Department of English
University of Connecticut-Avery Point
1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Avery Point CT  06340


Style Guide

General Instructions
The peer-reviewed Clues invites article submissions related to all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film without limit to period or country covered.

Style
Manuscripts should follow the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. All articles accepted for publication are subject to editorial changes.

Reference Citations
Include parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of works cited.

Illustrations
Illustrations related in some meaningful way to the article topic are considered. Good-quality prints or scans (300 dpi or greater, at full size) and all necessary permissions must be provided to the editor at the time of article delivery. All illustrations will be reproduced in black and white.


Editorial Board & Staff

EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Janice M. Allan
University of Salford

MANAGING EDITOR
Elizabeth Foxwell
Catholic University of America
CONSULTING EDITOR
Margaret Kinsman
London South Bank University
BOOK REVIEW EDITOR
Pamela Bedore
University of Connecticut–Avery Point
EDITORIAL BOARD
J.C. Bernthal
Middlesex University
Clive Bloom
Middlesex University
Manina Jones
Western University
Natalie Hevener Kaufman
University of South Carolina
Marty S. Knepper
Morningside College
 Gianna Martella
Western Oregon University
Christopher Pittard
University of Portsmouth
Gill Plain
University of St. Andrews
John Scaggs
Southwestern College
Rachel Schaffer
Montana State University–Billings
Nancy Ellen Talburt
University of Arkansas

 

PUBLISHER
Rhonda Herman
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
BUSINESS MANAGER
Adam Phillips
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
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Newly Published: Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld

New on our bookshelf today:

Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld: Mythic Origins, Sovereignty and Liminality
Sharon Paice MacLeod

Despite censorship and revision by Christian redactors, the early medieval manuscripts of Ireland and Britain contain tantalizing clues to the cosmology, religion and mythology of native Celtic cultures. Focusing on the latest research and translations, the author provides fresh insight into the indigenous beliefs and practices of the Iron Age inhabitants of the British Isles. Chapters cover a broad range of topics, including creation and cosmogony, the deities of the Gaels, feminine power in early Irish sources, and priestesses and magical rites.

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Newly Published: Sherlock and Digital Fandom

New on our bookshelf today:

Sherlock and Digital Fandom: The Meeting of Creativity, Community and Advocacy
Jennifer Wojton and Lynnette Porter

When the BBC’s Sherlock debuted in summer 2010—and appeared in the U.S. on PBS a few months later—no one knew it would become an international phenomenon. The series has since gathered a diverse and enthusiastic fandom.

Like their hero, Sherlock fans scrutinize clues about the show’s deeper meaning, as well as happenings off screen. They postulate theories and readings of the characters and their relationships. They have tweeted with “The Powers That Be,” mobilized to filming locations via #Setlock, and become advocates for LGBTQIA communities.

Sherlock’s digital communities have changed the way that fans and series creators interact in person and online, as each publicly takes “ownership” of beloved television characters who represent far more than entertainment to fans.

Guidelines for Book Series and Journals

Journals and most book series have their own editor.  Please consult the journal or series page for additional, specific instructions.

IMPRINTS:
McFarland | Exposit Books  | Toplight Books


SERIES:
The Comparative Drama Conference Series (Text & Presentation) | Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies | Contributions to Zombie Studies | The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture | Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy | Dogs in Our World | Ethics and Culture | Great Teams in Pro Football History | Joining the Military | McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction | McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature | McFarland Companions to Young Adult LiteratureMcFarland Health Topics | McFarland Historic Ballparks | The McFarland Historical Baseball Library | McFarland Literary Companions | Obituaries in the Performing Arts | Studies in Gaming | Worlds of Whedon


JOURNALS:
Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game | Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal | Clues: A Journal of Detection | Journal of Information Ethics | Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies | North Korean Review

Series & Book Categories Index

IMPRINTS:
McFarland | Exposit Books Toplight Books


SERIES:
The Comparative Drama Conference Series (Text & Presentation) | Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies | Contributions to Zombie Studies | The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture | Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy | Dogs in Our World | Ethics and Culture | Great Teams in Pro Football History | Joining the Military | McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction | McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature | McFarland Companions to Young Adult LiteratureMcFarland Health Topics | McFarland Historic Ballparks | The McFarland Historical Baseball Library | McFarland Literary Companions | Obituaries in the Performing Arts | Studies in Gaming | Worlds of Whedon


JOURNALS:
Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game | Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal | Clues: A Journal of Detection | Journal of Information Ethics | Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies | North Korean Review


BY TOPIC:

Popular Culture & Performing Arts
Animation | Comics & Graphic Narratives | Dance | Film | Film Noir | Film (Silent) | Gaming | Music | Music (Opera) | Puppetry | Radio | Television | Television (Soap Operas) | Television (Reality) | Theatre

Sports
Baseball | Baseball (Ballparks) | Baseball (Leagues) | Baseball (People) | Baseball (Teams) | Baseball (Youth) | Baseball (Fiction & Poetry) | Basketball | Boxing | Equestrian | Football | Golf | Hockey | Martial Arts | Motorsports | Olympics | Soccer | Track & Field | Wrestling

Military History
American Civil War | American Revolution | Ancient & Medieval | Korean War | Vietnam War | World War I | World War II

Literature
American |  British |  Classics | Comics & Graphic Narratives | Drama | Fairy Tales | Language | Mythology & Folklore | Poetry | YA & Children’s

History
Ancient | Medieval | United States | United States (American West) | United States (Presidents) | United States (Underground Railroad) | World | World (The Holocaust) | World (The Third Reich)

Body & Mind
Aging | Cannabis Studies | Chemical Sensitivity | Death | Disability Studies | Health | Nursing| Parapsychology  | Sexuality

Transportation
Automotive | Aviation | Locomotive | Motorsports | Nautical

Games & Hobbies
Chess | Gaming | Gaming (Role-Playing) | Gaming (Video) | Guns | Numismatics | Philately

Social Sciences
Business | Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice (Lynching) | Criminal Justice (Organized Crime) | Criminal Justice (True Crime) | Economics | Education | Emergency Services | Government | Human Services | Journalism | International Studies | Peace Studies | Religion | Sociology & Anthropology | Terrorism | Urban Studies

Art & Architecture
Architecture | Folk Art

Science & Technology
Animals | Computers & the Internet | Dinosaurs | Environment | Gaming (Video)

Librarianship
Information Ethics | Youth Services

Interdisciplinary Studies
African American Studies | American Indian Studies | Appalachian Studies | Asian & Asian American Studies | Death | Food | Jewish Studies | Latino & Latin American Studies | LGBTQ Studies |  Medieval Studies | Middle East Studies | Victorian Studies | Women’s Studies

Genre
Adventure  | Comedy | Espionage | Horror  | Horror (Weird)  | Horror (Zombies)  | Mystery | SF & Fantasy | SF & Fantasy (Cyberpunk) | SF & Fantasy (Kaiju) | SF & Fantasy (Steampunk) | SF & Fantasy (Superheroes) | Western


NOTABLE & INFAMOUS FIGURES:

Arthur, King of the Britons | Baum, L. Frank |  Blake, William | Burroughs, Edgar Rice | Churchill, Winston | Conan Doyle, Arthur | Dickens, Charles | Dickinson, Emily | Disney, Walt | Hemingway, Ernest | Hitchcock, Alfred | Jack the Ripper | Lincoln, Abraham | Lucas, George | Miyazaki, Hayao | O’Neill, Eugene | Shakespeare, William |  Stevenson, Robert Louis | Tolkien, J.R.R. | Wagner, Richard | Wells, H.G. | Whedon, Joss


BY REGION:

United States
Appalachia | California | Carolinas | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Mississippi | New England | New York | Ohio | Pacific Northwest | Pennsylvania | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia

Europe
Britain | France | Germany | Greece | Italy | Poland | Russia & Former Soviet Union

East Asia
China | Japan | Korean Peninsula

Latin America
Argentina | Cuba | Mexico

Middle East | Africa | Australia | Canada


BY PRODUCT FORMAT:

Reference
Bibliography | Chronology | Dictionary | Directory | Discography | Encyclopedia | Filmography | Handbook | Index

Miscellaneous
Award Winner | Biography | Collected Essays | Conference Proceedings | Criticism | Drama | Ebooks | Fiction | Graphic Novels (books in this product format) | History | History (Daily Life) | Interviews & Oral History | Large Print | Memoir | Spanish Language | Spanish-English Bilingual | Textbook

How to Buy Journals

In addition to books, McFarland also offers a number of journals. Resources for subscribers may be found in this area, including information on subscription options and back issues. Also, for those who wish to propose an article, editorial contact information and guidelines may be found here. If you have a question not covered by these resources, please email us.

North Korean Review
North Korean Review provides readers with an improved understanding of the country’s complexities and the threat it presents to global stability. International and interdisciplinary, topics include culture, history, economics, business, religion, politics and international relations, among others.

Journal of Information Ethics
Within the acclaimed Journal of Information Ethics some of the brightest and most influential figures in the information sciences confront a broad range of transdisciplinary issues.

Clues: A Journal of Detection
Clues: A Journal of Detection covers all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television and movies.

Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game
Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game offers the best in original research and analysis and promotes study of baseball’s early history, from its protoball roots to 1920.

Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues
Black Ball offers new, authoritative research on all subjects related to black baseball, including the Negro major and minor leagues, and pre–Negro League play.

Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies
Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that examines global territorial and maritime issues from a range of fields including geography, history, political science, international law, regional studies and peace studies.

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Newly Published: The Digital Age Detective

New on our bookshelf today:

The Digital Age Detective: Mysteries in a Changing Landscape of Literacy
Brendan Riley 

Imagining the figure of the fictional detective as an archetype in the study of modern culture, the author argues that contemporary detective fiction can help us better comprehend fundamental shifts of the Digital Age—in communication, family, entertainment, society, even the way we think as individuals. The nature of the detective story itself models how we build and share knowledge. Drawing on concepts from literature and media studies, the author reveals clues about modern phenomena like conspiracy theory, groupthink and the nature of our digital identities.

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Newly Published: Murder in the Closet

New on our bookshelf today:

Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall
Edited by Curtis Evans

Before the 1969 Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ life was dominated by the negative image of “the closet”—the metaphorical space where that which was deemed “queer” was hidden from a hostile public view. Literary studies of queer themes and characters in crime fiction have tended to focus on the more positive and explicit representations since the riots, while pre–Stonewall works are thought to reference queer only negatively or obliquely. This collection of new essays questions that view with an investigation of queer aspects in crime fiction published over eight decades, from the corseted Victorian era to the unbuttoned 1960s.

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Newly Published: African American Historic Burial Grounds and Gravesites of New England

New on our bookshelf today:

African American Historic Burial Grounds and Gravesites of New England
Glenn A. Knoblock

Evidence of the early history of African Americans in New England is found in the many old cemeteries and burial grounds in the region, often in hidden or largely forgotten locations. This unique work covers the burial sites of African Americans—both enslaved and free—in each of the New England states, and uncovers how they came to their final resting places. The lives of well known early African Americans are discussed, including Venture Smith and Elizabeth Freeman, as well as the lives of many ordinary individuals—military veterans, business men and women, common laborers and children. The author’s examination of burial sites and grave markers reveals clues that help document the lives of black New Englanders from the 1640s to the early 1900s.

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Margaret Kinsman Receives Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America

Congratulations to Margaret Kinsman, recipient of the Mystery Writers of America‘s 2016 Raven Award!

The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. In their announcement on November 23rd, the MWA wrote:

As a mentor, teacher, scholar, and editor, Margaret Kinsman has supported and promoted both the mystery genre as a whole and many individual writers. As senior lecturer in popular culture at Southbank University in London from 1991 – 2012, she played a leading role in making crime fiction an important and legitimate field of study. She has worked hard both to expand readership of our genre in the general public and to expand understanding of the genre as a powerful form of social commentary.

From 2004 to 2011, Kinsman served as Executive Editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection, the only American scholarly journal dedicated to the mystery. She continues to serve Clues as a consulting editor. She is an international authority on Margery Allingham and has published extensively on other American crime writers. She is a U.S. citizen who divides her time between London and Iowa City, Iowa, where she is conducting research in the Nancy Drew archives at the University of Iowa.

When told that she would receive the Raven Award, Kinsman said “”I am thrilled to know the MWA is giving me the Raven award this year – such recognition is indeed an unexpected, and very exciting, honour!”

 

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PCA 2014 Recap

Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people.  Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people. Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.