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Ed McBain’s Mystery Book No. 3

Ed McBain’s Mystery Book No. 3

Jack Seabrook takes a close look at Ed McBain’s Mystery Book No. 3 in the current issue (No. 14) of The Digest Enthusiast. Here’s a preview:

Ed McBain’s Mystery Magazine is a standard-sized digest (5-1/4” x 7-5/8”), with color front and back covers and black and white interiors. It was published by Pocket Books in New York and ran only three issues. The first two are dated 1960, while the third is dated 1961. The information in issue number three says it was published bi-monthly, so perhaps the first two issues came out in late 1960 and the third in early 1961. Issue three runs 148 pages, including covers. Ed McBain is listed as the editor and Robert Goodney is listed as the managing editor, so it may be the case that McBain was a figurehead and Goodney put the magazine together.”

Jack’s piece is loaded with background information and a complete synopsis of the issue. Artwork includes cover images as well as several interior illustrations from the digest.

Paperback Parade No. 111

Paperback Parade No. 111

Paperback Parade [#111 April 2021](Gryphon Books, $15.00, 100pp, digest)
1 • Contents
2 • Paperback Talk • Gary Lovisi • cl
18 • After Hours Books • Chris Eckhoff • ia
24 • After Hours Books Checklist • Chris Eckhoff • illustrated list
44 • So You Want to Write a Sex Novel? • Jackson Mitchell • ia (Candid Magazine Special Edition #1, 1969)
50 • Lumen Books “Reading For Eternity” • Gary Lovisi • ia
56 • Matchless Paperbacks • Richard Greene • cl
58 • Fritz Leiber Jr. • Jon D. Swartz • ia
68 • Chariot Books: An Interesting Short-Run British Series • Gary Lovisi • ia
74 • Collection Petit Format; or A French Canadian Paperback Series • Jim Fitzpatrick • ia
86 • Boy’s Ace Library • Gary Lovisi • ia
94 • R.I.P. ~ George Segal: Star of Screen & Paperback Covers • Richard Greene • ia

Gryphon Books website

Contents formatted in the style of Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Terror Detective Story Magazine

Terror Detective Story Magazine Oct. 1956

Terror Detective was the brain-child of uber-publisher Everett “Busy” Arnold, the man responsible for syndicating Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” and launching one of the first comic book publishers, Quality Comics, home of such classics as Plastic Man and Blackhawk.”

For more background and a symopsis of every story that appeared over Terror Detective Story Magazine’s four-issue run, see Peter Enfantino’s analysis in The Digest Enthusiast No. 14, now on sale.
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The Digest Enthusiast No. 14C

F&SF May/Jun 2021

F&SF May/Jun 2021

This second issue with editor Sheree Renée Thomas. The issue must’ve been delayed somewhere in production, an adhesive label was carefully applied to the cover over the original bar code. The update moves the display instructions from what looks like June 20 to June 29.

Fantasy & Science Fiction [v140 #5 & 6, whole #755] ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, assistant eds. Robin O’Connor, Lisa Rogers (Spilogale, Inc., $9.99, 258pp, digest) Cover by David A. Hardy
2 • Content Pages
5 • Letter from the Editor: All That You Touch • Sheree Renée Thomas • ed
9 • A Father’s Hand • Stephanie Kraner • ss
27 • Dontay’s Bones • Danian Darrell Jerry • ss
39 • Goodwill Objects • Nina Kiriki Hoffman • ss
47 • Death’s Coachman • Alan Dean Foster • pm
50 • The World, A Carcass • Rich Larson • nv
85 • Books to Look For • Charles De Lint • rc
_86 • Tooth and Nail, Domino Finn, Blood & Treasure, $9.99, tp * br
_88 • Graves’ Anatomy, Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch, Nobody Loves an Albatross, $12.99, tp • br
_89 • Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells, Tordotcom, $19.99 hc, $11.99 eb • br
_90 • The Prince and the Troll, Rainbow Rowell, Amazon Original Stories, $1.99, eb • br
_92 • The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, John Garth, Princeton University Press, $29.95, hc • br
94 • Plumage from Pegasus: Mornings are for Commas • Paul Di Filippo • cl
101 • Severed Fruit • Pan Morigan • ss
113 • Red Giant * White Drawf • Derrick Weston Brown • pm
114 • The Un-Awakened • Linda D. Addison • pm
116 • Molly Whuppy • Corey Flintoff • ss
129 • F&SF Competitin #101: Synonymous Winners • Zack Lux, Nigel Parsons • cn
130 • F&SF Competitin #102: Jeopardy! • cn
132 • Babylon System [Lij] • Maurice Broaddus • nv
157 • Drunkard’s Walk • James Enge • ss
173 • Television: The Monsters Within Us • Karin Lowachee • cl
177 • By the Numbers: A Glance at the AFF (and H) Publishing Industry • Arley Sorg • cl
181 • Science: Let There Be Light • Jerry Oltion • cl
187 • The Plus One • Marie Vibbert • ss
199 • Coming Attractions • cl
200 • Refugees • Robert Grossbach • na
253 • When the Water Stops • Eugen Bacon • ss
257 • F&SF Market Place • classifieds
258 • Curiosities: Survivor by Octavia E. Butler (1978) • Michael A. Gonzales • cl

Fantasy & Science Fiction website

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14C

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14 is now available:
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20 Million Miles to Earth, the Novel

20 Million Miles to Earth, the Novel

“As Shuster and Bailey rush to investigate, they find a strange reptilitan creature, eight feet tall with a prehensile tail. Dead—apparently electrocuted by the relatively low voltage of their power lines.”

Henry Slesar (1927–2002) was a prolific author, scriptwriter, and copywriter, famous for his twist endings. He is created for coining the phrase “coffee break” during his early years as an advertising copywriter. His first fiction sale was “The Brat” (Imaginative Tales Sept. 1953).

Two years later he wrote the novelization of the Columbia Pictures’ classic 20 Million Miles to Earth for Ziff-Davis in the the one-shot digest, Amazing Stories Science Fiction Novel.

Read the complete synopsis of Slesar’s novel, with highlights of the differences between film and novel in The Digest Enthusiast No. 14. Available now:
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The Digest Enthusiast No. 14C

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2021

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2021

Nostalgia Digest [Book 47, Chap. 3, Summer 2021, July-August-September 2021] ed. Steve Darnall (Funny Valentine Press, $4.50, 64pp, digest) Cover: Ernie Kovacs
1 • Hello, Out There in Radioland! • Steve Darnall • ed
2 • A Few Moments With . . . Hank Garrett • Anon • ar
4 • The Year of Joltin’ Joe [Joe DiMaggio] • Walter Scannell • ar
8 • Welcome to Kovacsland [Ernie Kovacs] • Jordan Elliott • ar
16 • CeleBio: Dorothy Lamour • Paramount Pictures 1948 • ar
20 • The Time of Your Life [Ralph Edwards] • Martin Grams Jr. • ar
26 • Beware… of It! Them! and The Thing • Wayne Klatt • ar
32 • Those Were the Days [program guide July-August-September] • Anon • schedule
40 • An Actor of Substance [Charles Laughton] • Stone Wallace • ar
48 • Young Man with a Duck [Joe Penner] • Garry Berman • ar
52 • The Little Studio That Could [Republic Pictures] • Bob Kolososki • ar
60 • Mail Call • lc

Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2021 back cover

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

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Bare•Bones No. 6

Bare•Bones No. 6

bare•bones [#6 Spring 2021] ed. Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri (Cimarron Street Books, $9.95, 110pp, digest)
1 • Contents Page
2 • Dueling Editorials • Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri • ed
3 • The Overlooked Library • Don D’Ammassa • ar
10 • Lunar Trajectory: Moon of the Wolf on Page and Screen • Matthew R. Bradley • ar
14 • Mistress of the Putrifying Lash! A Complete Look at the Sleazy World of Web Terror Stories! • Peter Enfantino • ar
34 • The Pipes of Pan and its Dark Voices: Horror Anthology Series in Britain • David A. Sutton • ar
44 • Join the Lamb’s Navy! Caroline Munro and the Lamb’s Navy Rum Campaign • John Scoleri • ar
58 • Digging into Crime Digests: Private Eye (July–December 1953) • Richard Krauss • ar
68 • Ten Quick Tales • S. Craig Zahler • ar
74 • I Am Controlling Transmission: Collecting The Outer Limits on Home Video • Craig Beam • ar
89 • Sleaze Alley * Peter Enfantino • rc
_92 • Lust for Love, Harry Whittington
_93 • Sin Cult, Bruno Decesare
_94 • Syndicate City, William F. Frank
_96 • Sin Driver, David Andrews
99 • R&D: In Praise of Twilight Zone No, Not the TV Show • David J. Schow • cl
104 • A Good Cast is Worth Repeating • bi

Cimarron Street Books website

Bare•Bones No. 6 back cover

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Private Eye No. 1 July 1953

The issue above includes my third contribution to Bare•Bones, an overview and issue synopses of the short-lived crime digest Private Eye, published by John Raymond in 1953. It was a fine crime fiction magazine that included stories by Harold Q. Masur, Will Oursler, Dorothy Dunn, Day Keene, Hunt Collins, Alan E. Nourse, and many others. This edition of B•B also includes co-editor Peter Enfantino’s coverage of the “shudder-pulp” digest Web Terror Stories, so there’s plenty here for digest enthusiasts.

I’ve read all five previous issues of this reboot of Bare•Bones cover-to-cover and have started on this issue. It’s an excellent pop culture treasure trove that I highly recommend. You can order copies from Bud’s Art Books, Amazon.com, and all of the usual outlets for this type of independent gem.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14C

The latest issue of The Digest Enthusiast is now available. This time there are two print editions, one in color and one is black-and-white.

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Coming soon select booksellers including Bud’s Art Books, DreamHaven Books, Mike Chomko Books, Modern Age Books, Barnes & Noble (online), and eBay.

The Digest Enthusiast [#14 June 2021] ed. Richard Krauss (Larque Press, $20 (color), $12 (b&w), $4.99 (digital) 160pp, digest)
3 • Contents Page
4 • News Digest • various • gp
20 • Ed McBain’s Mystery Book No. 3 • Jack Seabrook • ar
30 • Assisted Dying • Jack Seabrook • ss
47 • Zip! • Bob Vojtko • ct
48 • Startling Mystery Stories No. 1 • Richard Krauss • rv
54 • Manhunt 1955 part two • Peter Enfantino • sz
66 • At the Vanguard…But, Not for Long • Vince Nowell, Sr. • ar
74 • The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine Vol. 6 No. 1 • Richard Krauss • rv
78 • Ocean De Ville • Robert Snashall • ss
88 • Amazing Stories Science Fiction Novel: 20 Million Miles to Earth • Richard Krauss • sz
110 • Dedication: Paul D. Marks • ms
112 • The End of Wonder • Ward Smith & Vince Nowell, Sr. • rv
116 • The Haunt of Horror • Richard Krauss • ar
130 • Gnoll Attack [Buckthorn Burrough] • John Kuharik • ss; illustrated by Michael Neno
142 • Terror Detective Story Magazine • Peter Enfantino. ar
159 • Opening Lines • ms

The Digest Enthusiast No. 14 back cover

Larque Press website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Weirdbook No.44

Weirdbook No.44

Weirdbook [Vol. 2 #14, #44, May 2021] ed. Doug Draa (Wildside Press, $13.00, 179p, 6” x 9”0 Cover by Fotolia, interior illustrations by Allen Koszowski
1 • Contents
2 • From the Editor’s Tower • Doug Draa • ed
3 • Let Me Be Your Swamp Snake [Nick Nightmare] • Adrian Cole • ss
16 • Warning • Darrell Schweitzer • pm
17 • A Whisper in the Death Pit • Kyla Lee Ward • ss
25 • Absent a Passion Play • Allan Rozinski • pm
26 • Deadest Man in Town • Franklyn Searight • ss
63 • Penumbra Over Millwall • Jan Edwards • ss
75 • Fragile • Lucy A. Snyder • pm
76 • Birth • M. Stern • ss
88 • Spectres Untold • Maxwell I. Gold • pm
91 • Belladonna’s Kiss • Ashley Dioses • pm
91 • Among the Fallen • Ann K. Schwader • pm
92 • Okiko’s Doll • Stefano Frigieri; translated by Amanda Blee • ss
102 • Heatseeker • Tim Curran • ss
121 • Witch’s Barrow • Chad Hensley • pm
122 • The Librarian • Sharon L. Cullars • ss
128 • The Third Obscenity • Frederick J. Mayer • pm
129 • Dream Warriors (1) Team Spirit • D.C. Lozar • ss
148 • Bang! • Chris Kuriata • ss
160 • Death and the Vampire • James Dorr • ss
162 • Mind Rot • Cindy O’Quinn • pm
163 • The Dust of Sages and Fools • John R. Fultz • ss
176 • Push Dagger • John C. Hocking • ss
179 • Song of the Goat • K.A. Opperman • pm

Weirdbook on Wildside Press’ website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

The Dark City April 2021

The Dark City April 2021

The Dark City Crim & Mystery Magazine [Vol. 6 No. 3 April 2021] ed. Steve Oliver (Dark City Books, $6.99 POD, $2.99 Kindle, 128p, digest)
1 • Blue Martini • Barbara DeMarco-Barrett • ss
45 • Elliott Harbinger • Anthony Regolino • ss
67 • Dead Weight • Sharon Hart Addy • ss
79 • The White Marlin • Evan Clarry • ss
91 • The Neighbors • A.M. Porter • ss

The Dark City Mystery Magazine website

Contents formatted for inclusion in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

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