Magazine of Horror #2

“The Space-Eaters” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales July 1928)
“The Faceless Thing” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Red Room” by H.G. Wells
“Hungary’s Female Vampire” by Dean Lipton
“A Tough Tussle” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Doorslammer” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Electric Chair” by George Waight (Weird Tales Jan. 1925)
“The Other One” by Jerryl L. Keane
“The Charmer” by Archie Binns
“Clarissa” by Robert A. W. Lowndes (expanded version of “Gourmet” from Renascence 1946)
“The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes” by Rudyard Kipling (Under the Deodars)

Bill Crider Discovers Digests


F&SF Dec. 1951

Excerpt from our interview with Bill Crider, author of the Dan Rhodes series, for The Digest Enthusiast book five:

“It was when I was in junior high that I really hit my stride, though, and that was thanks to one of those big Groff Conklin anthologies of SF stories, The Big Book of Science Fiction. I thought the stories were wonderful, every one of them. I’ve always been one to read everything in the book, so I read the copyright page and discovered that all the stories had been published in magazines. The next day I was at the local bookstore (yes, even my small East Texas town had one), where I located a couple of digests, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Astounding Science Fiction. I bought those and was soon off on a real binge. I bought every SF digest that I could get my hands on.”

Ellery Queen’s Challenge to the Reader

mercury66Mercury Mystery #66 from 1943 reprints nine stories from the earlier hardback of the same name with 25. Queen’s challenge is simple:

“I’ll change the familiar names of the detectives to ones of my own invention, and I’ll challenge the reader to deduce who the detective is in each story. The only alteration of the original text will be the disguising of the detective’s name.

“[T]here will be clues galore . . . Clues created by the author of the story, lying right there in the author’s own text.”

Steve Carper explores this forgotten beauty and others in his article “The Riddle of the Ellery Queen Selects Series” in The Digest Enthusiast book five.

Magazine of Horror #1

“The Man with a Thousand Legs” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales Aug. 1927)
”A Thing of Beauty” by Wallace West
“The Yellow Sign” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
”The Maze and the Monster” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Death of Halpin Frayser”by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
”Babylon 70 M.” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
”The Unbeliever” by Robert Silverberg
“Fidel Bassin” by W. J. Stamper (Weird Tales July 1925)
“The Last Dawn” by Frank Lillie Pollock (Argosy June 1906)
“The Undying Head” by Mark Twain (Life on the Mississippi)

Opening Lines

magabook_1Selected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book four:

“The air of the city’s cheapest flophouse was thick with the smells of harsh antiseptic and unwashed bodies. The early Christmas snowstorm had driven in every bum who could steal or beg the price of admission, and the long rows of cots were filled with fully clothed figures.”

“Badge of Infamy” by Lester del Rey Galaxy Magabook #1

Lorrie McLaughlin’s The Way Out

suspense_4Stories from Suspense Magazine #4 Winter 1952: “The Way Out “by Lorrie McLaughlin

The final story of the Suspense digests is a “storyette,” a filler for the final page. With only a single page to work with McLaughlin does a fine job setting up a desperate situation, planning its aftermath, and taking the fatal last step from which there is no return.

Galaxy Novel #31

gn31Opening lines of Shambleau by C.L. Moore, reprinted as Galaxy Novel #31 in 1958:

“Man has conquered space before. You may be sure of that. Somewhere beyond the Egyptians, in that dimness out of which come echoes of half-mythical names—Atlantis, Mu—somewhere back of history’s first beginnings there must have been an age when mankind, like us today, built cities of steel to house its star-roving ships and knew the names of the planets in their own native tongues—heard Venus’ people call their wet world “Sha-ardol” in that soft, sweet slurring speech and mimicked Mars’ gutteral “Lakkdiz” from the harsh tongues of Mars’ dryland dwellers.”

Barry Baskerville #5

BarryB5Paperback Parade and The Digest Enthusiast contributor Richard L. Kellogg is also the author of the Barry Baskerville series, starring a boy detective inspired by Sherlock Holmes, and illustrated by Gary Kato. Kellogg’s fifth book in the series, Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory, has just been released by Airship 27 and is available from Amazon for $10.99.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #1 Winter 2017/2018

The Cat’s Perch by John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
“Getting Away” Alan Orloff
“Fairy Tale” by Art Taylor
“Eb and Flo” by Josh Pachter
“Crazy Cat Lady” by Barb Goffman
“A Pie to Die For” by Meg Opperman
“Murder at Madame Tussaud’s” by Dan Andriacco
“Rooster Creek” by John M. Floyd
“Don’t Bank on It” by Jack Halliday
“Dixie Quickies” by Michael Bracken
“Flight to the Flirty Flamingo” by Kaye George
“The Italian Tile Mystery” by John Holding (Classic Reprint from EQMM Sept. 1961)
“Beside a Flowering Wall” by Fletcher Flora (Classic Reprint from AHMM April 1968)
“The ABCs of Murder” by Josh Pachter (verse)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #1 Winter 2017/2018
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Editors: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Cover: Fotolia
6” x 9” 150 pages, $12.00 POD, $3.99 Kindle
Wildside Press website