Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

“All Our Yesterdays” by Andres Klavan, art by Laurie Harden
“Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias
“The Oxford Tarts” by G.M. Malliet
“Le Bernadin” by Alaric Hunt
“Together” by Charlie Hughes (Dept. of First Stories)
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Portrait of a Lady” by Beatrix Kramlovsky (Passport to Crime) Translation from German by Mary Tannert
“The Hard Rise” by Carl Robinette (Hank Garnier series)
“Ruthless” by Judith Cutler
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Just Below the Surface” by Robert Shepherd (Dept. of First Stories)
“The Stereotype” by Bill Pronzini
“The Copyist” by Peter Tremayne (Sister Fidelma series)
“The Model Citizen” by William Dylan Powell, art by Mark Evan Walker (P.I. Billy Raskolnikov series)
“Renters” by Tim L. Williams
“Cramer in Trouble” by Dave Zeltserman (Julius Katz series)
“The Guy I Told Stuff To” by Antony Mann
“Alive, Alive-Oh!” by O.A. Tynan, art by Allen Davis
“The Rat” by Cath Staincliffe

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #3 & 4, whole #906 & 907, Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Doodlemachine/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 25, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Criswell Predicts: Fate #4

“The “Criswell Predicts” radio broadcast had preceded his writing of articles and columns and Criswell’s “87% correct” claim had been established by the time Ray Palmer wrote his editorial in this early issue of Fate. Palmer, writing as “Robert N. Webster,” seemed most concerned with the accuracy of Criswell’s predictions and stated, ‘We’re going to ‘keep score’ on
him and see whether or not he can live up to his reputation for correctness. Incidentally, Mr. Criswell will appear in FATE each month with predictions for the coming month, or with special prognostications that may apply.’ Criswell did not appear monthly as Palmer initially stated; he actually only wrote in the four issues listed here.”
Fate #4 Winter 1949
Fate #6 July 1949
Fate #18 March 1951
Fate #37 April 1953

Excerpt from “Criswell Predicts: Fate & Spaceway” by Tom Brinkmann, TDE4 June 2016

Pocket Pin-Ups Trading Cards

The Pocket Pin-Ups trading card set provides high-quality reproduction of a enticing collection of pocket magazine covers from the 1950s. Each card front features a different cover, of which all but four are in full color. Each back includes informative facts and commentary by Max Allan Collins.

Produced by Denis Kitchen’s Kitchen Sink Press, the cards’ production values are top notch. From the quality of reproduction, the consistently even trim, Collins’ thorough research, to the sturdy two-piece retail box, this now out-of-print card set is well worth today’s going price (about $12) in secondary markets.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

AHMM Mar/Apr 2017

The big news in this second edition of AHMM’s new bi-monthly double-issue schedule—at least in my mind—is the appearance of Dale Berry’s seven-page comic. There isn’t any fanfare about it inside, but this must be the first time AHMM has ever run a comic. Kudos to the AHMM’s editors for mixing things up. I wonder what other readers will think…

Here’s the full contents:
Editor’s Notes: Strength of Character by Linda Landrigan and The Lineup
“Rough-Hewn Retribution” by Nancy Pauline Simpson
“The Echoes” by Charles John Harper, art by Ally Hodges
Promo for the Wolfe Pack/AHMM $1000 Black Orchid Novella Contest
“A Little Cariñoso” by Chris Knopf
“Dead Air” story and art by Dale Berry
“Underground Above Ground” by Bob Tippee
“Razor’s Edge” by Alan E. Foulds
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“Greed” by Gilbert M. Stack
“Magpie Man” by Tony Richards
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Ice Falls”
“How Do You Know What You Want” by Susan Oleksiw
“Bygones” by Wayne J. Gardiner, art by AJ Frena and Howard John Arey
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“Hominid” by Martin Limón
“Bleak Future” by Mitch Alderman
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
The Story That Won (Jul/Aug) “Stiff Competition” by Margaret L. Welsh
The Story That Won (Nov) “Best in the Field” by Caryl Giles

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Afteryoureality/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 24, 2017
The Mystery Place: Alfred Hitchcock website

Art Taylor’s first story for EQMM

EQMM Dec. 1995

“My first paid publication, however, was my first story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine—“Murder on the Orient Express” (December 1995)—a story that wasn’t originally intended as a mystery at all. Instead, it focusses on a couple honeymooning aboard the Orient Express and fumbling along a little from mishap to mishap, while the husband builds stories in his mind about the other passengers—all of it imaginary, fueled by the spirit of Christie’s novel of the same name. The story is about that imagination and how imagination suddenly helps the new marriage click, and— spoiler alert—ultimately there’s no real crime in the story at all.”

Excerpt from the 14-page interview with Art Taylor in The Digest Enthusiast book four.


William Hope Hodgson

Cover art by Robert Knox for Sargasso #3

Stories from Suspense Magazine #1 Spring 1951

In “Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson, the lone survivors of a shipwreck discover a strange fungus on a deserted island. A truly creepy story.

Hodgson (1877–1918) was a writer, photographer, body builder and sailor. His first story, “The Goddess of Death” was published in The Royal Magazine April 1904. His most widely known novels were The House on the Borderland (1908) and The Night Land (1912).

Sam Gafford has published three volumes of the Sargasso journal, dedicated to the life and works of Hodgson.

Digital digests

Print on demand (POD) and ePub technologies make it possible for individuals and shoestring operations to publish print and electronic magazines that can measure up to the quality standards of the big publishers. These new digital digests are a breath of fresh air for readers who want a wider choice of titles that feature short genre fiction. Titles like Weirdbook, Sherlock Holmes, Pulp Literature, Betty Fedora and Mystery Weekly are a few examples available in multiple formats made possible by digital technology.

Pulp Modern was an early entry in this new territory. Editor Alec Cizak explains, “Initially, I started Pulp Modern because I didn’t see a lot of print journals that published good, interesting fiction in a variety of genres.”

After ten issues the digest magazine has been on hiatus, but once the publishing bug has bit, it’s hard to ignore. Cizak is preparing to relaunch the book later this year. I’ll contribute the design and production tasks, so Alec can focus on the editorial work. Writers should keep an eye on the Pulp Modern website for the submissions window that’s coming in March.

Galaxy Science Fiction Novels #1

Galaxy Novel #1

The size of a digest magazine makes them ideal for readers. Not so for newsdealers. Standard racks aren’t designed for digests and if you can’t grab the attention of someone browsing the stands, impulse sales are tough to close. Challenge enough for digest magazines. But what is a newsdealer to do with a digest-size novel coming at her through her regular magazine distributor?

Despite display and distribution challenges, the Galaxy Science Fiction Novels ran from 1950 to 1961. Shown here is the cover of the first edition that launched the series.

Steve Carper examines the series and its roots in “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” in TDE4.

Oliver Saari

Suspense Magazine #1 Spring 1951

Stories from Suspense Magazine #1 Spring 1951

“The Deathless Ones” by John Chapman and Oliver Saari
A monolithic space ship transports a crew of two thousand to colonize a new world light years away. Everything aboard the self-sufficient wonder goes exactly as planned until the crew and its expanding population realize the conditions in space have an unexpected effect on them—they are no longer aging and will expend their resources long before they reach their destination.
Oliver Saari (1919–2000) was a fan and writer of science fiction. He was a founder and first Director of the Minneapolis SFL, and Assistant Director for Clifford Simak when the Minneapolis Fantasy Society gathered what was left of the SFL group in 1937. The group’s journal was called The Fantasite.
Saari’s short story “The Cannibals” appeared in Future Fantasy and Science Fiction, Swan American Mags #11 (1948) and his novelette, “Under the Sand-Seas” appeared in Super Science Stories, January 1941. Both Saari and John Chapman had letters of comments published in the February 1935 edition of Amazing Stories (along with Arthur C. Clarke). Chapman and Saari also contributed to the Sky Hook fanzine, published by Redd Boggs during the 1950s. Saari was awarded the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award in 2011, a year after his death.

Big Fiction #7

Big Fiction #7 Winter/Spring 2015

The latest (final?) issue of Big Fiction, Winter/Spring 2015 includes:

“I’ll Be Your Fever” by Panio Gianopoulos
“Happy Birthday to Me” by Neina Gordon
“A Theory of Transformations” by Earle McCartney

Editor and publisher: Heather Jacobs
Printed by Bremelo Press

Big Fiction website
Dock Street Press website

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Special thanks to Rod Lott for his review of The Digest Enthusiast book five at Bookgasm yesterday!