Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017

f-sf_7_2017Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 133 No. 1 and 2, aka #732, Jul/Aug 2017

“In a Wide Sky, Hidden” by William Ledbetter
“The Masochist’s Assistant” by Auston Habershaw
“The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet” by Robin Furth
Book to Look For by Charles de Lint
Musing on Books by Michelle West
“There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House” by David Erik Nelson
“A Dog’s Story” by Gardner Dozois
“I Am Not I” by G.V. Anderson
Science: With the Best of Intentions by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty
Films” Ghoulies, Ghosties, Beasties by David J. Skal
“Afiya’s Song” by Justin C. Key
“Northwest Cruise” by Sophie M. White (verse)
“An Obstruction to Delivery” by Sean Adams
“Unearthed Death” by Marissa Lingen
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Curiosities by Paul Di Filippo

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Film Editor: Harlan Ellison
Cover: Nicholas Grunas (Crooked Man, Crooked House)
Cartoons: Nick Downes
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Sept. 4, 2017
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Spaceway #1

spaceway_12_1953The first issue of Spaceway, Stories of the Future, debuted in December 1953. It did not yet include an article by Criswell, but when the noted prognosticator began writing for the magazine his presence would extend to the cover on more than one occasion.

“The Osilans” by Arthur J. Burks (serial), art by Arnold Walter
“Slaves of the System” by J.T. Oliver, art by Arnold Walter
“Re-Entrant” by Clyde Beck
“Spaceways to Venus” by Charles Eric Maine, art by Mel Hunter
“Frederick” by Atlantis Hallam
“Dominant Species” by E. Everett Evans, art by Arnold Walter
“The Revolt of the Scarlet Lunes” by Stanton A. Coblentz, art uncredited, but likely Arnold Walter
“Now You See Them—” by Gregory Francis
“The Glad Season” by Gene Hunter, art by Morris Scott Dollens

The introduction to Maine’s “Spaceways to Venus” was “Our feature novelet, by the author of the original ’Spaceways’ movie script, returns to first principles. Much modern science fiction has become so complicated that the new reader often has difficulty understanding it. But the plot of ’Spaceways to Venus’ is refreshingly fundamental: the romance of the conquest of space realistically portrayed.”

For more about Criswell in Spaceway, and his appearances in Fate magazine, and the Spaceways movie see Tom Brinkmann’s article, “Criswell Predicts,” in The Digest Enthusiast book four.

Spaceway Vol. 1 No. 1, December 1953
Fantasy Publishing Co. Inc.
Editor/Publisher: William L. Crawford
Associate Editor: Garret Ford
Cover: Mel Hunter

Analog Jul/Aug 2017

analog_7_2017_500Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #7 & 8 Jul/Aug 2017 contents:
Guest Editorial by Rosemary Claire Smith
The Analytical Laboratory (readers’ ratings)
“Not Far Enough” by Martin L. Shoemaker
The Science Behind “The Final Nail” by H.G. Stratmann, MD (Science Fact)
“The Fool’s Stone” by Aubry Kae Andersen, art by Josh Meehan
“The First Rule is, You Don’t Eat Your Friends” by Robert R. Chase
“Alouette, Gentille Alouette” by Andrew Barton
“Fat Bubble” by Tom Easton
“Perspective” by Kyle Kirkland
“A Theory of Gravity” by Josh Pearce (verse)
“For All Mankind” by C. Stuart Hardwick, art by Vincent DiFate
“Clarity of Signal” by Holly Schofield, art by Kurt Huggins
“Space Junk” by Bruce Boston (verse)
“Belly Up” by Maggie Clark
“A Little Spooky Action” by Howard V. Hendrix
“Pitch” by Bruce McAllister & Patrick Smith
The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
“Phuquiang: A History” by Uncle River
“Blinking Noon and Midnight” by Tim McDaniel
In Times to Come (preview)
“Teamwork” by Eve Warren
“Often and Silently We Come” by Ron Collins
“Galleon” by Brian Trent
“Across the Steaming Sea” by Rob Chilson, art by Joel Iskowitz
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Classified Marketplace
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: Rado Javor
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until August 22, 2017
Analog website

Note: Indicia mistakenly lists this issue as Vol. 137 # 3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2017

Waldo Carlton Wright’s The Thing on the Snow



AHMM Jan. 1971 with Waldo Carlton Wright’s “Little Foxes Sleep Warm”

Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “The Thing on the Snow” by Waldo Carlton Wright


Categorized as “macabre,” this story is every bit its label. It involves an elderly couple, hard winters on their farm and ghastly intentions gone horribly long. Wright’s stories can also be found in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Mike Shayne.

Image from Galactic Central.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2017

The Lineup
“Let it Burn” by Robert Mangeot, art by AJ Frena
“Trail’s End” by John M. Ford
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
“The Making of Velveteen Dream” by Chris Muessig
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Honey Trap”
“Pain-Man” by Bev Vincent, art by Ally Hodges
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“We Frequent the Moon Bar” by Jay Carey
“The Countess of Warsaw” by Susan Breen
“Merit Making” by R.T. Lawton
“A Respectable Lady” by Joseph D’Agnese, art by Tim Foley
“The Magnolia Murders” by O’Neil De Noux
“Serious Damage” by Cathryn Grant
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“Blood Debt” by Eric Rutter
Black Orchid Novella Award: Steve Liskow “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma”
The Story That Won (Mar/Apr) “Five Secrets to Success” by Michael Penkas
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #7 & 8 Jul/Aug 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: RaStudio/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until August 22, 2017
The Mystery Place: Alfred Hitchcock website

Art Taylor’s A Drowning at Snow’s Cut



EQMM May 2011 with Taylor’s “A Drowning at Snow’s Cut”

An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview from The Digest Enthusiast book four:


TDE: “Your stories often include a particular interest or experience like sailing, houseplants, prep school, etc. What influences these choices? Do you draw mostly on existing knowledge or research?”

AT: “Some of my fiction draws on my own background and experiences. “Rearview Mirror”—the opening of On the Road with Del & Louise—was inspired by a trip my wife and I took to New Mexico several years ago. Similarly, “A Drowning at Snow’s Cut” was based in part on a boat trip my father and I took down the North Carolina coast. “A Voice from the Past” centers on some hazing incidents very similar to the rat system at the boarding school I attended. All those are pretty heavily fictionalized beyond those core elements, of course, but building from that foundation has helped to fuel the imagination.”Incidentally, the cover of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine with Art’s “Snow Cut” story, features a gallery of EQMM’s esteemed review team by Tom Roberts. From left to right: John Dickson Carr, Allen J. Hubin, Anthony Boucher, Jon L. Breen, and as

Incidentally, the cover of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine with Art’s “Snow Cut” story, features a gallery of EQMM’s esteemed review team painted by Tom Roberts. From left to right: John Dickson Carr, Allen J. Hubin, Anthony Boucher, Jon L. Breen, and as conductor, Howard Haycraft. This issue marked the last regular installment of the review column “The Jury Box” by Jon L. Breen, who would hand the gavel to Steve Steinbock for June 2011.

Sherlock Holmes & Mr. Mac in: The Affair of Lady Westcott’s Lost Ruby and The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi

lovisi-cAuthor/bookseller Gary Lovisi is a frequent contributor to The Digest Enthusiast. I like his writing. In fact, that’s why I publish it myself. I’ve read plenty of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, but never The Valley of Fear, where the young Scotland Yard detective, Alec MacDonald (aka Mr. Mac), was first introduced. Now he’s back, with a prominent role in two new Sherlock Holmes adventures in Black Gat Books #11.

It’s obvious from the historical notes that follow each story that Lovisi did his homework before attempting to follow in the footsteps of a legendary author like Doyle. His grasp of the characters, the times, and where these new adventures fit in the Holmes canon are to be commended. The reference points in the stories themselves are kept brief and pertinent, adding credibility without digressing into fannish indulgence.

Both stories are nicely plotted with plenty of complications and twists to keep readers engaged and mystified. The pacing strikes the right balance between the style of Doyle’s originals and today’s more fast-paced narrative drive.

The first story, “The Affair of Lady Westcott’s Lost Ruby,” is the more traditional of the pair. Steeped in English custom and courtesy, it begins with Inspector MacDonald’s investigation of a suspicious burglary attempt. Events escalate quickly into a major dilemma when Lady Westcott herself disappears, compelling Mr. Mac to draw Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the affair. A missing person case with no apparent motive and no apparent kidnapper presents just the sort of challenge the great detective and his fans relish.

The second and final story, “The Case of the Unseen Assassin,” pits Holmes and his companions against a more modern-day threat—a serial sniper whose victims have no discernible connection to their killer. Armed with only their wits and the tools of the 19th Century, the trio of Holmes, Watson, and MacDonald must stop the killer before another victim is murdered.

The Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Mac stories of Black Gat Books #11 offer two entertaining mysteries in the style of the original Doyle classics. Fans of the great detective and old English police procedurals would do well to conclude both are worth their immediate engagement.

Black Gat #11 and earlier books in the series are available directly from Stark House Press and the big river for $9.99.

Down on the Street by Alec Cizak

downonthestreetAs the designer on Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1, edited by Alec Cizak, I was predisposed to enjoy his latest book, Down on the Street, from Down & Out Books. Fortunately, the novel goes far beyond any struggle for objectivity. It is simply, terrific.

As crime fiction goes, Down on the Street is on the deep, dark side. Its main characters embrace one bad idea after another to make the rent or pay off an urgent obligation that looms around the corner. Lester Banks is a balding, world-weary cab driver who ekes it out in the same run-down apartment building as Chelsea Farmer, a college girl who looks arrestingly out of place in her squalid surroundings.

Their stories intertwine with touches of humanity between their lousy choices and the lousy consequences that follow. Like their mutual brainwave to pimp out Chelsea, making her fair game for a series of Johns who seem intent on turning prostitution into property. It all seems real, sprung to life inside the reader’s mind, through the characters’ street-smart dialogue and shortsighted schemes.

Even before I put the first chapter behind me, I was caught, transfixed as Lester and Chelsea plunge headlong into their world of excess, violence, and sex. Dangerous and vicarious at first, things quickly turn raw and sobering, as these broken spirits scrape toward rock bottom.

Cizak’s novel is a fast, brutal trip down on the street. The writing is terse, with a lyrical quality that belies its spare, driving narrative. “The air outside wobbled from the heat. He hustled to his cab and cranked the engine to get the A/C working.”

If you only try one new crime fiction author this year, make it Alec Cizak. His new book is well worth the price of admission and, more importantly, your time.

Copy This! #40: Michael Neno

Copy-This-40_500Cartoonist and illustrator Michael Neno is interviewed by Copy This! editor/publisher D. Blake Werts, in the June 2017 edition, hitting mailboxes now. Michael is of course a regular contributor to The Digest Enthusiast, who has been with us since book one thanks to Blake’s good sense.

Here’s Michael’s response when Blake asked how he juggles so many projects:

“Well, creating and publishing is my real job. I quit my thankless and dead-end IT day job seven years ago (I wasn’t getting any younger!) to live off my creative talents. That includes everything from freelance comics lettering, coloring, penciling, inking and pre-press formatting to mural and web design, logos, mascots, t-shirts and illustrations for books and magazines. I juggle these deadlines with my own projects . . . I’m also commissioned to write weekly film reviews for a site which will be soon going live.”

There’s often a bonus that comes with an issue of Copy This!, this time it’s an 8-page mini comic by Michael called Pictures of Benevolence.

Copy This! is a wonderful ‘zine featuring interviews with long-time indie cartoonists and news from the mini comics community. To inquire about single issues or subscriptions write to D. Blake Werts.


Occult Detective Quarterly #2

Editorial by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant
Borkchito: Occult Doggo Detective by Sam L. Edwards and Yves Tourigny (comic)
“The Arcana of the Alleys” by Brandon Barrows, art by Sebastian Cabrol
“The Black Tarot” by Mike Chinn, art by Russell Smeaton
“Conquer Comes Calling” by Edward M. Erdelac
“The Grabber Man” by Tim Waggoner, art by Luke Spooner
“White Ghost in the City” by Tricia Owens
“Devil in the City of Lights” by Bruno Lombardi
The Constant Englishman: John Constantine, Hellblazer by Danyal Fryer (article)
“Light, from Pure Digestion Bred” by Kelly A. Harmon, art by Morgan Fitzsimons
The Man Who is Carnacki! An interview with Dan Starkey
“Death and the Dancing Bears” by Steve Liskow
The Occult Legion Chapter Two: “Terror on the Links” by Joshua Reynolds
Doctors of the Strange: The Tradition of the Occult Physician by Tim Prasil (article)
Describin’ the Scribes
Inside back cover artwork by Mutartis Boswell

Occult Detective Quarterly #2 Spring 2017
Publisher: Travis Neisler
Editors: Sam Gafford, John Linwood Grant, and Dave Brzeski
Layout/Design: Sam Gafford
Cover: Alan M. Clark
8.5” x 11” 104 pages
POD $12.95 from
Electric Pentacle Press website