Noting that Edgar Allan Poe fled Philadelphia for New York to start a literary magazine, but failed to publish an issue before he wound up “dead of madness and addiction,” Patrick Rapa looks at the literary climate in Philadelphia today. He quotes Ducky fiction editor (and all-around badass) Dennis DiClaudio on the benefits of web-based publications.
We like publishing online — prefer it, in fact…. [Stories are] searchable from Google. Authors can link to them on their Web sites and e-mail links to anybody that they’d like to send it to. Readers can link to our stories from their blogs…. There is a certain something to holding a book or a story in your hand, and you lose that in online publishing. But, for our purposes, the positives outweigh the negatives.