News Digest March 27, 2020

Gamma Feb 1965 and Fantastic Apr 1965

Digest and Book Reviews
Gamma Science Fiction Feb. 1965 reviewed by Mx. Kris Vyas-Myall at Galactic Journey.

Borderline by Lawrence Block reviewed by Jeff Vorzimmer on Goodreads.

Black Coal by Chris McGinley reviewed by Rusty Barnes at Tough Crime.

Fantastic April 1965 reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf at Galactic Journey.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Blogs
Fate magazine is offering lots of back issues: 5 for $22.95; 10 for $34.95; and 20 for $55.95

Dare Segun Falowo on his story “Kikelomo Ultrasheen” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Steven Torres on his story “The Care of Widows and Orphans” at Trace Evidence.

Sean Monaghan Q&A at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Preston Lang lists the “Top Eight Jazz Pianists in Film Noir” at Something is Going to Happen.

Pulp Literature is offering 25% off anything in their online shop.

Readin’ and Writin’
Michael Bracken provides background for his short stories for a number of Josh Pachter’s anthologies at SleuthSayers.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

And speaking of Michael Bracken, I finished reading his series (co-edited with Trey R. Barker), Tacos + Guns Season One episodes four to six. Published by Down & Out Books, the stories were originally released as ebooks to subscribers. When the season ended the stories were collected into a two-volume set in print. (Subscribers received a bonus story in Vol. 2 “Platanos Con Lechera and a Snub-Nosed .38” by Mr. Bracken.) The original ebooks and print books (sans bonus) are available from Down & Out and elsewheres. Highly recommended.

Volume One: Gary Phillips, Michael Bracken, and Frank Zafiro.
Volume Two: Trey R. Barker, William Dylan Powell, and James A. Hearn.

On the publishing side of things, I completed the initial story layouts for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 this week. Now, illustrator Ran Scott is busy creating story illustrations. so we need to be patient and give him the time and space he needs to complete his part.

Steve Carper wrote a fascinating article about Photoplay Digests, and sent along an excellent collection of cover images for the next issue of The Digest Enthusiast. These are old magazines, so the images require quite a bit of retouch, which I spent several hours working on this week, work that will spill over into next week as well.

Verdict Aug. 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 3 August 1953
Despite his name on the cover, there isn’t a story by Frank Kane inside this issue.

Contents Page
Raymond Chandler “Bay City Blues”
Cornell Woolrich “You Take Ballistics”
Damon Runyon “Big Boy Blues” art by Rus Anderson
Anthony Boucher
“QL 696. C9” (Nick Noble)
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 3 of 5)(Nero Wolfe)
William Lindsay Gresham “A Heart Condition” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Bruno Fischer
“No Escape!” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Craig Rice
“The Dead Mr. Duck” (John J. Malone)
Leonard S. Grey “What’s Your Verdict? No. 2”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 3 Verdict 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Editorial Assistant: Hal Walker
Business Magager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

News Digest March 20, 2020

News Digest March 20, 2020

March Releases Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2020 Contents Pages Dare Segun Falowo “Kikelomo Ultrasheen” SL Huang “The Million-Mile Sniper” Matthew Hughes “The Last Legend” Charles de Lint’s Books to Look For –Catfishing on CatNet by…

True Crime, True North

True Crime, True North

True Crime, True North by Carolyn Strange and Tina Loo The authors use the term “pulp magazine” throughout the text, and even on the cover, but this volume focuses exclusively on true crime stories, not pulp…

News Digest March 13, 2020

News Digest March 13, 2020

The Beat of Black Wings, an anthology of crime fiction stories inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell, launches on April 7, 2020. Many of Mitchell’s classics are represented: “Both Sides, Now” by Art Taylor and…

News Digest March 6, 2020

News Digest March 6, 2020

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog March 1965 at Galactic Journey. Essa Hansen answers a few questions about her story “Save, Salve, Shelter” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog. J.M. Landels, Managing Editor of…

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News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines. Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey. The print version of season one of Guns…

News Digest Feb. 21, 2020

News Digest Feb. 21, 2020

AnLab Reader’s Award Finalists posted on Analog SF. (Hat tip to Mary Burgess.) Catherine Wells, who has a story in the March/April 2020 issue of Analog called “Respite,” writes about arrogance on the magazine’s blog. Matthew…

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News Digest Feb. 14, 2020

The British edition of Mary Wickizer Burgess’ latest Gail Brevard mystery, Shadow of Doubt, is out from Lynford Mystery. Meanwhile, the US version is available from Wildside Press, along with other books in the series. The…

News Digest Feb. 8, 2020

News Digest Feb. 8, 2020

The new Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 was released on the first. Included are stories by Arthur Davis, Jeff H., Jill Hand, Anthony Lowe, Susan Oleksiw, Eric B. Ruark, and Michael Wells. MWM is edited by…

News Digest Now Weekly

Lake County Incidents

After several years of daily blog posts, I’m switching to weekly. Check out the first official weekly installment next Saturday. News Digest features the week’s new releases from the world of digest magazines, with a few…