There's only one magazine in Finland that concentrates on crime fiction, Ruumiin kulttuuri / Body Culture. I contribute to the mag quite regularly and have for example interviewed people like Michael Connelly, Vicki Hendricks and Jason Starr and written articles on David Goodis, Hank Janson, the female noir fiction of the fourties and fifties (Margaret Millar, Dorothy Hughes, etc.) and James Hadley Chase. I've always tried to avoid a fanboy attitude and concentrated on the content of these writers and their historical significance.
Now, I just heard from the editor-in-chief that he's had complaints about how I've had too much stuff on pulp and noir in the mag and he'll have to cut it down. I had suggested a shortish article on Otto Penzler's 1,000-page anthology The Big Lizard Book of Pulps, which I think should merit some notice even here in Finland. Now there won't be any. I've had some three to five articles a year in the mag and all the other pages are about cooking in crime novels, Agatha Christie, new Swedish crime novelists and other stuff. Why isn't there room for other types of literarute?
At the same time, I've been wondering about why hardboiled crime fiction has never been in favour of the Finnish crime fiction reading public or even fandom. Of course there are counter-examples, Chandler has been a favourite, but I've heard some people complain that he's too violent. Too violent?! Chandler?! What the f---? Why read crime novels if one can't take violence?
Note to self: calm down. I almost caused a fire when I was pondering about what I should say: I'd put a kettle on the stove to make me a cup of tea (hey, I'm not really that hardboiled!) and forgot it. The water had run dry and the kitchen was full of smoke... The kettle went to ruin. You can also blame my ADD for this, it's happened before...