The Crimespace logo had a certain amount of coolness to begin with, but after roping in an artist friend of mine to beef it up, the coolness factor has gone through the roof. Cool enough to be slapped on the front of a button or T-shirt or even a baby's bib.

Living down under in this Great Southern Land known as Australia makes it hard for me to jetset around to all the crime, mystery and thriller conventions our world is graced with every year. That makes it hard for me to get the Crimespace name out to the people that exist in the physical world, the one outside cyberspace.

Ken Bruen recently threatened to have me sapped and dragged into the back of a van with a padded interior, then shipped off to parts unknown. To get out of it I had to fast talk him into buying up Crimespace T-shirts, buttons, magnets, bibs and mugs. I didn't have any on me at the time, so I was lucky that he accepted an IOU.

I'm now ready to make good on that promise. Cue the drum roll and pull back the curtains. The Crimespace Store is now open for business.

Full disclosure: One of these days I hope to make a living as a writer but, for now, I already have a day job and don't plan on making a cent from running Crimespace. Any profits (which range from about 50c to $3 per item) I make from the store will go straight back into running the regular Post-Of-The-Month competition or any other way I can think of to funnel the funds back into Crimespace or the crime fiction community.

Maybe one day I'll even get to hold a real bricks-and-mortar Crimespace party and pour drinks for you all. Until then, this is one of the best ways I can think of to get the word out on the street.

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Comment by Will Parish on May 7, 2007 at 1:49am
Thanks for a great space.
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on April 2, 2007 at 8:47am
I'd rather be an AFB than an APB.
Comment by Angie on April 2, 2007 at 8:46am
Oh god. Crimespace has gone commercial.

Actually, I think this is a wicked cool idea & the stuff at the store looks great. You da bomb. But you'll always be Aussie Freak Boy to me.
;)
Comment by Laura Benedict on April 2, 2007 at 8:32am
Daniel, this is so cool! You've done an amazing job in such a short time. Almost to 100,000 hits--Woo-Hoo!

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