More MFM: Episode 7, A Poetics of True Crime Emerges

I’ve already talked about the My Favorite Murder podcast a few times on this blog (here, and here, for example). And it’s easy to keep coming back to this podcast because, for one thing, it’s a long-running series at this point and, more importantly, it serves as an interesting example for both its popularity and … Continue reading More MFM: Episode 7, A Poetics of True Crime Emerges

A Lost Modernist Manifesto, or: S. S. Van Dine’s Rules for Detective Fiction

We’re apparently on the theme of “genre” this week! This post is about how the “detective fiction” genre was defined in the twentieth century (more or less). Folks who are dedicated fans or critics of detective fiction have probably heard of S.S. Van Dine, the pseudonym of an American detective fiction writer who was popular … Continue reading A Lost Modernist Manifesto, or: S. S. Van Dine’s Rules for Detective Fiction

True Crime Burnout, or: Monetize that Sh*

I’m reading a fascinating book about True Crime and digital media engagement by Tanya Horeck (who probably has my dream job and whose work I wish I’d come across earlier in my PhD career), and I’ll definitely be dipping into parts of it on this blog, but this early tidbit stood out to me as … Continue reading True Crime Burnout, or: Monetize that Sh*

I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part Two)

Content Warning: this post references violence, including sexual violence. In an early interview about their podcast, Karen Kilgariff -- co-host of the long-running and beloved podcast My Favorite Murder -- says that what is scary and thrilling about murderers for her is the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” dynamic, when someone has a place in a community … Continue reading I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part Two)

I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part One)

The first episode (in 2016) of the My Favorite Murder podcast drops many truths about the appeal of True Crime, especially for women. I wasn’t following this podcast closely prior to this blog project, but I’ve been aware of it. I know it’s one of the most popular podcasts, period, never mind in the true … Continue reading I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part One)

What happens when a Spy Thriller, a Police Procedural, the Sci-Fi genre, and Conspiracy Theories Intersect?

So, I was going to post this thought/observation about scifi and postmodern crime fiction, and what they might tell us about our real world political and social structures and processes, but given the attempted fascist coup yesterday that culminated in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol building, I decided I need to post this … Continue reading What happens when a Spy Thriller, a Police Procedural, the Sci-Fi genre, and Conspiracy Theories Intersect?