End of an Era

We have an announcement.

As of September, 2014, we are ceasing publication of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden & Victorian Studies. This decision comes after a great deal of deliberation. We started our little magazine in 2004, with six issues a year, and have published a grand total of 30! Quite an accomplishment, we think, and a nice, round number.

We believe at PearTree Press that interest in the Lizzie Borden case has moved away from the print magazine article format and resides firmly in long-form, book-length, and more in-depth studies. The recent successes of Michael Thomas Brimbau’s novel Lizzie Borden: The Girl with the Pansy Pin (2013) and Sherry Chapman’s Lizzie Borden: Resurrections—A history of the people surrounding the Borden case before, during, and after the trial (2014) being two cases in point.

We are going to focus our publishing on books and The Literary Hatchet, a magazine of contemporary short fiction, poetry, prose, interviews, and reviews by writers from around the world. Subjects range from mystery, murder, macabre, horror, monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night.

All of the past issues are for sale at our online store and on Amazon.com, so you can still get your hands on them. And we are offering quite a special: buy all 30 issues in DIGITAL format, for only $99! When you choose that from our store, that is what will be included on the disk. The entire run of The Hatchet!

We owe you, our readers, our undying thanks. Stay warm and safe, and watch out for sharp implements!

Stefani Koorey

Happy New Year and NEWS!

New Years Bring Big Announcements.

It should come at no surprise that we would bring some changes to The Hatchet. We love the evolving nature of web and magazine design and have a long history of adjusting the company’s business model to suit the times. We are nothing if not flexible.

We need to start with an apology, however. A BIG apology. We became sidetracked in 2011. We admit it. I, the editor of The Hatchet, thought that we could publish four issues of the journal plus two of the Literary Hatchet, all while spending 60-80 hours a week running for Mayor of Fall River! (I can hear you groaning at my foolishness.)

Well, I tried. And while I did not succeed at either—the run for mayor or the publication schedule—it was an amazing adventure and well worth the time and effort. But a new year means a new beginning—an opportunity to make adjustments, organize for the future, and focus on the tasks at hand. 

After long and careful consideration, we at The Hatchet have made a number of refinements. Some are cosmetic (the websites for LizzieAndrewBorden.com, MondoLizzie.com, PearTree-Press.com, and HatchetOnline.com), some are behind the scenes, and some are all about business. To this end, let us share with you the following transformation.

  • We are eliminating the subscription option when ordering the journal. 

Those of you who had paid for a subscription for 2010-2011 will receive the next three issues of The Hatchet at no cost in order to complete your subscription package. You will each be emailed information about obtaining your free copies as they are published.

If you are new to The Hatchet or would like to purchase past or current issues, there are two ways going forward to own this great magazine. 

  • You can return to this website to purchase and download the PDF electronic version, or
  • You can buy the print copies through our print-on-demand partners (links are provided in the store)

The prices of the single issue downloads are very reasonable, running from a sale price of $5 per issue for year one of the journal, to $12 each for the most recent issues. If you have any questions, please use our contact form.

We will continue the following traditions: 

  • Offering issues of the Literary Hatchet at no cost for the download PDF version and a minimal cost for print issues
  • Paying our authors for their contributions to both magazines
  • Providing interesting and compelling writing, fully vetted for factual accuracy
  • Accepting submissions for both fiction and non-fiction
Ultimately, the proof of our success is the satisfaction that you, our readers, have in our finished product. So here’s to a great new year! And hoping that this old Irish blessing comes true:
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!