News Digest Oct. 23, 2020

Amazing Stories Vol. 77 No. 2

New Releases
Amazing Stories Volume 77 No. 2 Sept. 2020
The home of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, publisher of the first stories of Ursula K. Leguin and Isaac Asimov–Amazing Stories–is back in print after an absence of more than a decade! This relaunch of the iconic first science fiction magazine is packed full of exciting science fiction, fantasy, and articles, all in a beautiful package featuring eye-catching illustrations and cartoons.The Amazing Stories Summer 2020 issue (the 619th issue since 1926) includes work by: Steve Davidson • Darrell Schweitzer • Marie Vibbert • Tom Jolly • Bo Balder • Ellen Denton • D. K. & Jeffrey Blair Latta • Sam Asher • Lindsey Duncan • Laura Davy • Gunnar de Winter.
Print $9.95 Kindle $2.99

Kevin Tipple highlights SMFS members in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020 issue at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

And again, for EQMM Nov/Dec 2020: The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

Five digests reviewed

Digest Magazine Reviews
Ron Fortier
reviews The Guns of Pluto (Captain Future) by Allen Steele at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Doug Ellis reviews A Man of Science: A Study of the Readership of Analog Science Fact-Fiction at Black Gate.

Todd Mason reviews EQMM Oct. 1962, Fantastic Oct. 1970, Partisan Review Vol. 44 No. 4 (1977), and Great Ghost Stories of the Old West at Sweet Freedom.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
on “Visiting the Land of the Stone Giants” on Easter Island at Fate Magazine.

J.M. Swenson on “Enter the Fungicene” from Analog Nov/Dec 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Edwin Hill on “Memory and What if…?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber explain “The Hind” from Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Tricia Saiki’s
“Wrong House” at Close to the Bone.

Mav Skye reads Alec Cizak’s “The Bridge” on her podcast Dark Softly Tales. (Thanks Kevin Tipple.)

Michael Bracken’s “Bicycles” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Marie S. Crosswell’s “Killers and Samaritans” at Tough Crime.

Jay Rohr’s “A Good Shepherd” at Close to the Bone.

Brave & Bold 170, Batman 331, Detective 498

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 331, Detective No. 498, and The Brave and the Bold No. 170 at bare•bones e-zine.

Robert Lopresti reviews the origins of his series character PI Marty Crow at Sleuthsayers.

EconoClash Review No. 6

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Alfred Hayes Part One: A Piece of the Action at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines King-Size Editions.

Readin and Writin’
EconoClash Review continues its streak of stellar issues with No. 6 from Down & Out Books. A terrific collection of short stories or “Quality Cheap Thrills” as editor J.D. Graves promises to deliver. Every one was worth reading, but among my favorites this time were stories by Preston Lang, Serena Jayne, and John Kojak. And it was great to read a story from the editor himself in this edition. All in all, a top-notch anthology—highly recommended.

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

Justin Marriott and friends pack a lot of reading into the 64-page Paperback Fanatic No. 44. I have to admit reading about novels featuring natural disasters in the middle of a pandemic gave me pause. The issue opens with an overview of Gil Cohen: One Man Army by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle, with a gallery of Cohen’s original paintings for Mack Bolan, The Executioner series. Then it’s on to disaster. First up: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalances, and tidal waves. You name it, there’s a novel written around it—probably several—some natural, some induced by an evil genuis or organization. But the paperback landslide of The Plague Chronicles dwarfs the former disaster subgenre with more titles than I thought possible. Even after 22 pages, the Fanatic hadn’t exposed them all. No problem, I was ready to move on. Fortunately, the next piece, Prose and Cons, is all about convicts who turned to writing crime fiction, which I found by itself worth the price of the issue—outstanding! And to cap things off, the final pages provide almost two dozen retro-reviews of collectible paperbacks. Some worth seeking out and some cautionary tales.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

My interview with Emily Hockaday wrapped this week, so the only substantial content remaining for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, is the news gathering phase, which I’ll begin next month. At this rate, the issue should be out in December. For the rest of this month, I’ll concentrate on proofing pages and working on my other two projects: Pulp Modern Vol. 2 Nol. 6 and the Roman Scott collection.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

News Digest Oct. 16, 2020

News Digest Oct. 16, 2020

New ReleasesBlack Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 Special Private Eye IssueContents PageMichael Bracken: From the Cat’s PerchRobert Lopresti “The Charity Case”Andrew Welsh-Huggins “The Whole Story”Josh Pachter “The Stopwatch of Death”Bev Vincent “The Fugitive with the Dragon…

News Digest Oct. 9, 2020

News Digest Oct. 9, 2020

New ReleasesMystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2020Martin Rosenstock “The Case Of The Count Of Saint Germain”Larry Lefkowitz “The Case Of Vigor, The Hammersmith Wonder”Michael Mallory “The Adventure Of The Turned Tables”Bruce Harris “Beggars Can Be Choosers”Teel James…

News Digest Oct. 2, 2020

News Digest Oct. 2, 2020

New ReleasesGuns+Tacos Season 2 Episode 10: A Taco, A T-Bird, A Beretta and One Furious Night by Ann AptakerWhen Maureen learns that Leo “Riddles” Ridley is back in Chicago, the screaming harridan of violence and vengeance is…

News Digest Sept. 25, 2020

News Digest Sept. 25, 2020

New ReleasesMystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2Leah Cutter: IntroductionMichele Lang “The Rehab Archipelago”David H. Hendrickson “Bubba’s Blunder”Kari Kilgore “The Fabulous Feats of Billy”Melissa Yi “Sushi À Volonté”Diana Deverell “Gone Gold”Jason A. Adams “Bobby and Pete”Cate Martin…

News Digest Sept. 18, 2020

News Digest Sept. 18, 2020

New ReleasesWeirdbook No. 43Contents“An American Story” by Darrell Schweitzer“Impervious to Reason, Oblivious to Fate” by John R. Fultz“The River” by Sharon Cullars“Taking Out the Trash” by by D.C. Lozar“Arthur Wardrobe And Asia Anastacia: A Love Story”…

News Digest Sept. 11, 2020

News Digest Sept. 11, 2020

New ReleasesNostalgia Digest Autumn 2020ContentsSteve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!”Steve Darnall “Reflections of a Golden Age” (cover story)Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter FourJordan Elliott “Man and Superman” (Clayton Collyer)Clair Schulz “Smilin’ Through”…

News Digest Sept. 4, 2020

News Digest Sept. 4, 2020

New ReleasesAsimov’s Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2020Contents PageSheila Williams’ Editorial: Forty-Fourth Annual Readers’ Awards’ ResultsRobert Silverberg’s Reflections: The Road Not TakenJames Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Meet Your Subliminal SelfJane Yolen “Gretel’s Bone” (verse)Kristine Kathryn Rusch “Maelstrom”Robert…

News Digest Aug. 28, 2020

News Digest Aug. 28, 2020

New ReleasesEllery Queen Sep/Oct 2020Contents PageDoug Crandell “Baby Drop Box” art by Mark Evan WalkerKristopher Zgorski: Blog BytesSteve Steinbock: The Jury BoxAnna Scotti “What the Morning Never Suspected”Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle and…

News Digest Aug. 21, 2020

News Digest Aug. 21, 2020

Current ReleasesAnalog Sep/Oct 2020Contents PageSheila Williams’ Anniversary Retrospective EditorialLewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” (reprint)Jason Kahler “After National Geographic” (verse)James Van Pelt “Minerva Girls”Derek Kunsken’s Science Fact: The Science Behind The House of StyxHolly Lyn Walrath…