Hypercrime is a blog I created in 2009 to satisfy my interest in reading and writing crime fiction. As I write many other things, the blog limped along as an occasional outlet for reviews and other more readerly things, as opposed to a place where writers of crime fiction (hopefully including myself) would find a place to share ideas about the writing and publishing of suspense fiction and possibly even publish short works. At some point in the last 6 years, I created a Twitter account for Hypercrime, and began to use that platform as a place to curate and share interesting items related to the subject of crime fiction. Almost none of these items were on this blog.
Now in 2015, having watched many excellent crime fiction blogs come and fall silent, I’ve decided that I will resurrect Hypercrime and try my best to use it for one single purpose: to help other people with an interest in crime fiction find items of interest. If I accomplish even that, I will be greatly satisfied.
According to the Urban Dictionary, the word Hypercrime means “A really REALLY big nono.” The example they provide: “Bush and Cheney stampeding the nation into invading Iraq was a hypercrime of humongous proportions.”
The name was originally chosen as a mashup of Hyper– as in hypertext, hyperlink, and crime. The Cambridge Learners Dictionary defines the Prefix hyper- as “having a lot or too much of the stated quality” as in hypercritical and hyperintelligent.
If you are interested, Wikipedia has a very long list of English words that include the hyper– prefix. It isn’t at all surprising to note that — as of this writing — hypercrime is not on the list.
The header image for this blog was created using images from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection on Flickr. See the Newcastle upon Tyne criminals of the 1930s Album for these and other fantastic images