Monthly Archives: April 2017

Georges Simenon’s Jules Maigret

simenonStories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Elusive Witness” by Georges Simenon

Jules Maigret, or simply Maigret, was a French police detective who starred in 75 novels and 28 short stories. An invention of Georges Simenon, who was influenced by his long time friend, Chief Inspector Marcel Guillaume. Maigret was the subject of several television series around the world, three French films and a BBC radio series in the 1990s.

“Elusive Witness” is a fine murder mystery, with a choir boy as the only witness, and a complete lack of physical evidence. Before it’s over Maigret manages to sleuth out the missing body and the murderer, despite the skeptics surrounding him.
Simenon was a master of his craft. Besides a first rate plot and fascinating characters, he slips
in witty commentary like, “Old men, after all, are given to sulking like children; they are apt to have the same fits of waywardness.”

Sick in bed with a cold or perhaps the flu, the detective’s only comfort is the chance to ruminate on the murder, while his wife plays nursemaid to her cranky patient’s waywardness. At one point she complains, “‘You took your temperature only half an hour ago.’ Just the same, she shook the thermometer to bring down the mercury and slipped it in where it would do the most good.”

Beyond the action, it’s this level of characterization that brings the story and its actors to life. Readers are privy to the fatherly warmth Maigret feels for the young witness, whose claims are easily dismissed by the patrolmen and the other adults of authority. A top-notch story.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2017

2017_5_ahmm500Delights, Dangers, and Debuts—an issue heavy on humor, balanced with some darker tales, and several new voices.

“Money Maker” by Jas. R. Petrin, art by Ally Hodges
“Home from Home” by Sji Holliday
“Twelve Angry Days” by Paul D. Marks
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“The Kubelsky Block” by John C. Boland, art by Tim Foley
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“If Eye was Ewe” by John H. Dirckx
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
“Hatcheck” by Steve Lindley, art by Tom Pokinko
“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Girl!” by Jeff Cohen
“The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” by Debra H. Goldstein
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Final Course”
“Tattersby and the Silence of the Lumbs” by Neil Schofield
“The Loneliest Night of the Week” by Christopher Latragna
“Unrepentant Sinner” by Catherine Dilts, art by Alicia Ballam
“Daisy Bell” by Gladys Mitchell (Mystery Classic introduced by Jason Half)
The Story That Won (Dec) “Amazing Grace” by Rudy Uribe, Jr.
The Story That Won (Jan/Feb) “Naughty But Nice” by Diane Pappas
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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #5 & 6 May/Jun 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Artisticco/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
The Mystery Place: Alfred Hitchcock website

Asimov’s Science Fiction May/Jun 2017

2017_5_asimovs5002017 is Asimov’s Fortieth Anniversary Year

Editorial: Anniversaries and Milestones by Sheila Williams
Reflections: Advertisements for Myself by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: Harry and Dot by James Patrick Kelly
“Sparking the Matter” by Tod McCoy (verse)
“On the Ship” by Leah Cypress
“Come as You Are” by Dale Bailey
“Your Clone Watches Over You” by Robert Frazier (verse)
“Good Show” by William Preston
“Pinned” by Suzanne Palmer (verse)
“The Escape of the Adastra: Asha’s Story” by James Gunn
“Night Fever” by Will Ludwigsen
“Tired of the Same Old Quests?” by Peter Wood
“The Best Man” by Jay O’Connell
“Triceratops” by Ian McHugh
“Endeavour” by G.O. Clark (verse)
“Persephone of the Crows” by Karen Joy Fowler
“The Runabout” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Next Issue
On Books by Norman Spinrad
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SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 41 #5 & 6, whole #496 & 497, May/Jun 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Jim Simpson
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
Asimov’s website

Spaceway Science Fiction June 1970

Spaceway_6_1970_500The fourth and final issue of Spaceway Science Fiction, from second series which began in Jan. 1969 and ended with only one issue in 1970—June on the cover, May-June on the contents page.

Editorial: Mars in Science Fiction
“Farewell, Mars” by Gerald Page and Hank Reinhardt (Novelet), art by Jerry Burge
“Cube in a Dodecagon Garden” by Emil Petaja (Short Story), art by Suzanne
“Many World of Edgar Rice Burroughs” by Gerald Page (Feature)
“The Hard-Skin” by Thomas Cleary (Short Story)
“Garan of Yu-Lac” (Part 2) by Andre Norton (Serial), art by Carleton Palmer
“The City in the Syrtis” by Carleton Grindle (Short Story), art by Jerry Burge
“A Letter from Mr. Sci-Fi” by Forrest J. Ackerman (Feature)
“Hybrid Enigma” by Max Sheridan (Novelet), art by Paul Blaisdell
Rating Spaceway (Feature), includes excerpts from readers’ letters
Back cover art by Dave Cockrum

Spaceway Science Fiction Vol. 5 No. 1 May-June 1970
Editor: Wm. L. Crawford
Cover Design: Morris Scott Dollens
Fantasy Publishing Co., Inc.
About 5.5” x 8.5” 128 pages

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2017

2017_5_eqmm500Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #5 & 6, whole #907 & 908, May/Jun 2017
“The Belgian” by Doug Allyn (Black Mask)
“Child of the Cold Moon” by Miriam Grace Monfredo, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
“Charcoal and Cherry” by Zoë Z. Dean
2016 EQMM Readers Award (Special Feature)
“Lucky Liam” by Martin Edwards
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Rosalie Marx is Missing” by Robert S. Levinson
“Night Class” by David Dean
“District V” by Teresa Solana (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush
“The Last Thing You Smell” by Rob Brunet
“Find and Replace” by Marjorie Eccles
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Angel Face” by M.C. Lee (Dept. of First Stories)
“Your Name Will Be Written in Lights” by Jonathan Moore
“Black Rooms” by James Sallis (verse)
“China Mary” by Marilyn Todd
“Infinite Uticas” by Terence Faherty
“Summer of the Seventeen Poll” by Aoife Clifford
“The Strangler at the Harrogate Hydro” by R.T. Raichev
“Alphabetical Order” by Michele Ruby
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“In the Time of the Voodoo” by John Lantigua, art by Laurie Harden

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Tom Roberts
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Analog May/June 2017

2017_5_analog_500The May/June Dell books are on newsstands now. I’m particularly excited by this month’s Analog because it includes a story by writing partners Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick.

Edd Vick was a big part of the mini-comics community as well as science fiction fandom in the 1980s. Here’s an excerpt from Bruce Chrislip’s The Minicomix Revolution 1969–1989 (2015):

“Edd had been transferred to Seattle [from Texas] by his employer, Half Price Software, and was living in a long narrow apartment near the University of Washington. I’ll never forget that the walls of the apartment were lined with long bookshelves containing thousands of volumes—mostly paperbacks. It was an impressive sight! Edd had more books on display than many bookstores I’ve encountered.”

Edd still has an impressive library today. His bio in the new Analog reports, “He is a bookseller whose library is a stuffed three-car garage. Stories by Edd have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Year’s Best SF, and about thirty other magazines and anthologies.”

You’ll be able to learn a whole lot more about Edd Vick from his extensive interview with D. Blake Werts in the next The Digest Enthusiast (book six) due in June 2017.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #5 & 6 May/June 2017 contents:
Guest Editorial by Richard A. Lovett
“The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes” by Howard V. Hendrix, art by Kevin Speidell
Alien Archaeology by Michael Carroll (Science Fact)
“Strangers” by Allina Nunley (verse)
“To See the Elephant” by Julie Novakova, art by Vincent DiFate
“The Chatter of Monkeys” by Bond Elam
“A Grand Gesture” by Dave Creek
“Decrypted” by Eric Choi
“Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut” by Dominica Phetteplace
“Focus” by Gord Sellar
“Ténéré” by Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick, art by Joel Iskowitz
“The Final Nail” by Stanley Schmidt
“The Speed of Faith in Vacuum” by Igor Teper
“Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It” by Sam Schreiber
“Vulture’s Nest” by Marissa Lingen
“In the Mists” by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
“The Return” by Bud Sparhawk
Our Leaking Universe by John G. Cramer (The Alternate View)
In Times to Come (preview)
“Lips Together” by Ken Brady
“The Banffs” by Lavie Tidhar
“Where the Flock Wanders” by Andrew Barton
“Proteus” by Joe Pitkin
“Our Religious Conversion” by Ken Poyner (verse)
“Kepler’s Law” by Jay Werkheiser, art by Kurt Huggins
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
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Brass Tacks—Readers’ Letters
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Region NGC 6357 by NASA
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
Analog website

Galaxy Magabook No. 2

magabook_2Galaxy Magabook No. 2: After Worlds End & The Legon of Time
 by Jack Williamson, 1963, cover art by Ed Emshwiller

After Worlds End: “In this strange world danger was his every day companion—despair dogged his steps—and the greatest peril of all was his only hope for life!”

The Legion of Time: “They stormed the wall of the future on the trail of one woman who was too evil to live—and another who might never be born at all!”

Lorenz Heller aka Larry Holden


Suspect #1 Nov. 1955

Stories from Suspense Magazine #2 Summer 1951: “Criminal at Large” by Lorenz Heller

Heller was a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter who wrote dozens of shorts for detective magazines under the name Larry Holden from 1946–1959. He also wrote as Frederick Lorenz and Burt Sims.

“Criminal” sets up a tension-filled confrontation between a housewife and an escaped killer. Unlike many of the stereotypes in stories of this era, the housewife, Aunt Libby, could fend for herself: “She could fix anything. Last Spring, when the level-wind on my reel jammed, she fixed it in nothing flat, and still got more trout than Uncle Steve and me.”

The short-lived Suspect Detective Stories was a good market for Heller. His “Blood Money” appeared in the debut issue (Nov. 1955) under his own name, as well as “Death is Where You Find It” by Larry Holden. He returned in the second issue (Feb. 1956) as Holden for “One for the Hangman.”

Pulp Modern Ad

Set for release next month, here’s the ad for the revived Pulp Modern (Vol. 2 No. 1. May 2017). The 132-page book includes 13 dark tales edited by Alec Cizak, author of the upcoming Down on the Street from Down & Out Books. The new Pulp Modern includes 13 photo illustrations in the style of the cover and six brand new cartoons by Bob Vojtko, whom The Saturday Evening Post dubbed “the working-class cartoonist.”

A joint production of Uncle B. Publications and Larque Press, we’ll post an update as soon as the book is available.