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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Mean Streets : A Quarterly Journal of Crime, Mystery and Detection
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In 1990, Stuart Coupe was working as a freelance journalist when he realised that there was no Australian magazine devoted to crime fiction. To fill this gap Coupe founded Mean Streets : A Quarterly Journal of Crime, Mystery and Detection, producing the first issue in October 1990.

Mean Streets achieved a circulation of 3,000 per issue, distributing almost half of that number overseas. While Australian writers such as Peter Corris, Marele Day, Jennifer Rowe, Jean Bedford and Garry Disher were featured, Mean Streets adopted an international focus, conducting interviews with writers such as James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard accompanied by extracts or short stories.

Coupe was unable to attract funding from the Literature Board despite several applications, remaining afloat by not offering payment to contributors. The time and energy required to produce each issue caused irregularity, especially when Coupe separated from his partner and associate editor, Julie Ogden. The last issue of Mean Streets appeared in December 1996.

Notes

  • RANGE: Issue 1 (Oct. 1990) - issue 17 (Dec. 1996)
  • FREQUENCY: quarterly (irregular)
  • SIZE: 28cm
  • PRICE: $5 (1990-1993); $6 (1994-1996)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1990

Works about this Work

Australian Crime Fiction Jeff Popple , 2004-2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 3-5)
A Life of Crime Lenore Nicklin , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 March vol. 116 no. 6061 1997; (p. 20-21)
Fans Like Us Ken Gelder , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 22 June 1997; (p. 7)
One Thing We're Not Short Of Anthony May (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Editions , October-November no. 18 1993; (p. 17-18)
Latest Thrillers Pack a Punch Jeff Popple , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 July 1991; (p. 25)
Australian Crime Fiction Jeff Popple , 2004-2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 3-5)
Who Cares Who Killed Laura Palmer? Don Anderson , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 March 1991; (p. 48)
One Thing We're Not Short Of Anthony May (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Editions , October-November no. 18 1993; (p. 17-18)
Latest Thrillers Pack a Punch Jeff Popple , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 July 1991; (p. 25)
Foreword [20-21 October 1990] Elizabeth Swanson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 20-21 October 1990; (p. 5)

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ISSN: 1035-9761
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