Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Pardon My Terror” by Irving Burstiner
Suspense Magazine editor Theodore Irwin wrote that submissions often seem to arrive in trends. A wave of “wife murders or ghost yarns.” For Suspense #2 there was a run on “fiends,” from which Irwin selected two, based on merit and because “. . . they serve to emphasize the vast differences writers can bring to the same theme.”
“Terror” is only just over three pages in length, yet Burstiner manages to add a clever twist to bring his story’s fiend to a satisfying end.
Burstiner also create a puzzle called “Find the Detective,” for Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine (Feb 1957).
Four Sided Triangle by William F. Temple is the ninth Galaxy Novel, published in 1952, with a cover by Richard Powers.
Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” appears in The Digest Enthusiast #4 (June 2016), covering the first 35 digest-sized books in the series. His follow-up “Sin in Space: The Galaxy Beacon Novels,” covering books #36–46 appears in Paperback Parade #97 (March 2017).
The May 1962 issue of Shock Mystery Tales spelled trouble for Bunny Mascowitz Murray, Lynn Masters, Nanette, and plenty of other young women foolish enough to involve themselves with human sacrifice, vampires, psychopathic uncles, family curses, and what not. Don’t go girl!
Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “World Within” by Thomas A. Coffee
Billed as a science adventure, Coffee’s story was a hoot. An investigator from the Board of Health quickly finds himself at peril from a Dr. Cyclops-type threat. Their battle inside the clinic soon morphs into a fantastic voyage at the cellular level. It’s a wild contest of wits and an exhilarating adventure ride.
I could find no information online about other stories by Coffee.
The Digest Enthusiast #4
Although The Digest Enthusiast is primarily a non-fiction series, we like to include a few short stories in each edition. After all, fiction is why readers are drawn to the digests we write about in the first place.
“The Hideout” is a Brother Bones short story featuring Ron Fortier’s iconic avenger. Here’s an excerpt from the story which appeared in The Digest Enthusiast book four, with illustrations by Rob Davis.
“Bones, you are needed.” Within the shimmering yellow flame he saw the tiny angelic face of his spirit guide; a teenage girl he’d shot to death in his previous life as gunman Tommy Bonello.
The print proof for The Digest Enthusiast book six is underway. Watch this space for the official announcement late this month or early June. The book will be available in print and digital versions for Kindle and Magzter.
Cover painting by Brian Buniak.
The pulp magazine with modern sensibilities.
From the Editors
“Skin Deep” by Nicolas Ozment
“Dead Men Tell Tales” by Dave D’Alessio
“The Executioner’s Daughter” by R.A. Goli
“Pension Plan” by Dusty Wallace
“Saturday Night Science” by Michael M. Jones
“Island of Skulls” part one by Matt Spencer
“The Waters So Dark” by Josh Reynolds
“Thicker than Water” by Rob Francis
Broadswords and Blasters #1 April 2017
Editors: Matthew X. Gomez, Cameron Mount
Cover: Luke Spooner
Illos: Dean Spencer
6” x 9”, 90 pages
POD $6.95, Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)
Broadswords and Blasters website
Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Penny Wise, Fate Foolish” by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
The intro from Suspense: “Once voted by readers the most popular short story ever printed in Weird Tales [Aug. 1934], where it appeared under the title “Three Marked Pennies,” this closely knit fantasy is among the finest of the kind. Cited by the writer’s magazines for excellence of plot, it has been dramatized for stage and radio, and reprinted in England, France, Denmark, Norway and Holland. Its most recent appearance was in the Rinehart collection The Night Side, edited by August Derleth.”
Written when Counselman was a teen, “Penny Wise” is a macabre tale that sets its table stakes high: wealth, world travel or death. Where the game began is left a mystery, and its winners may not cash-in the way they expect.
Counselman went on to write for Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping and others, but her landmark story was one of the three all time most popular in Weird Tales’ long history.
Today’s featured article on Wikipedia is The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It includes the history of the magazine as well as photographs of several of its key contributors.
Thanks to Gordon Van Gelder for the tip.
Is there anything more unexpected for a Happy Mother’s Day than a Switchblade?
Warning by Scotch Rutherford
“Getting Away With It” by Paul D. Brazill
“Gut Wrenching” by Jim J. Wilsky
“Re-Election” by Fred Zackel
“Primed” by Scotch Rutherford
“Urban Legend #223” by Susan Cornford
“The Stooge” by Tom Leins
“Rats” by Liam Sweeny
“That’s All Right Mama” by Steve Liskow
“Taste for Danger” by Lawrence Kelter
“The Apex Predator” by William Dylan Powell
“North Creek Brown” by Preston Lang
“Stranger in a Bar” by Travis Richardson
“Killing Time so I Can Dig Myself a Deeper Grave” by Jack Bates
Author Bios and Acknowlegements
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover: Johanna Baquero, Back: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 106 pages
POD $6.95, Kindle $2.99 (99¢ with the print version)
Switchblade Magazine website