Monthly Archives: October 2017

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

eqmm_11_2017_500Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2017 Vol. 150 # 5 & 6, whole #914 & 915, Nov/Dec 2017*
“Small Signs” by Charlaine Harris, art by Laurie Harden
“Manglevine” by Dominic Russ-Combs
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Precision Thinking” by Jim Fusilli (Black Mask)
“Betrayal” by Bill Pronzini
“Death Will Help You Imagine” by Elizabeth Zelvin
“Murder at The Mongoose” by R.T. Raichev
“The Pest” by Penny Hancock
“The Singapore Sling Affair” by Frankie Y. Bailey
“Rizzo’s Monkey Store” by Lou Manfredo
“A Coon Dog and Love” by John Gastineau (Dept. of First Stories)
“Bogus Lives” by Tom Tolnay
“The Running Dead” by Shimada Sōji (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Japanese by Ho-Ling Wong & John Pugmire
“Honey, Hold Me” by Zoë Z. Dean
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Tombstone” by Doug Allyn, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
“Wendell and Joni and Dianne and Me” by Tim L. Williams
“A Gambler’s Superstition” by T.J. MacGregor
“The Bad Guys” by Richard Chizmar
“Bad Bargain Lane” by Peter Turnbull
Index to Volumes 149 and 150
EQMM Readers Award Ballot
Classified Marketplace

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Beppe Giacobbe
Cartoon: Harley Schwadron
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 19, 2017
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website

*Erratum EQMM May/Jun, Jul/Aug, and Sep/Oct 2017 issues contained incorrect volume numbers.

Magazine of Horror #9 June 1965


Magazine of Horror #9 June 1965 Cover by Fred Wolters

“The Night Wire” by H.F. Arnold (Weird Tales Sep. 1926)
“Sacrilege” by Wallace West
“All the Stain of Long Delight” by Jerome Clark
“Skulls in the Stars” by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales Jan. 1929)
“The Photographs”by Richard Marsh (The Seen and the Unseen)
“The Distortion Out of Space” by Francis Flagg (Weird Tales Aug. 1934)
“Guarantee Period” by William M. Danner
“The Door in the Wall” by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and Others)
“The Three Low Masses”by Alphonse Daudet (Weird Tales July 1925)
“The Whistling Room” by William Hope Hodgson (The Idler Mar. 1910)

Fantasy and Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2017

F&SF-11-2017_500Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 133 No. 5 and 6, #734, Nov/Dec 2017
“Attachments” by Kate Wilhelm
“Carbo” by Nick Wolven
“Big Girl” by Meg Elison
“Down at the Goblin Boutique” by John W. Sexton (verse)
Book to Look For by Charles de Lint
Musing on Books by Michelle West
“Stillborne” by Marc Laidlaw
“By the Red Giant’s Light” by Larry Niven
“Marley and Marley” by J.R. Dawson
Science: The Science of Invisibility by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty
Films: It’s a Wrap by David J. Skal
F&SF Competition #94 and #95
“Water God’s Dog” by R.S. Benedict
“Racing the Rings of Saturn” by Ingrid Garcia
“Whatever Comes After Calcutta” by David Erik Nelson
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Index to Volumes 132 & 133, Jan. to Dec. 2017
Curiosities by David Langford

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: Kent Bash (Attachments)
Cartoons: Bill Long, Danny Shanahan, Nick Downes, Arthur Masear, S. Harris
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Jan. 1, 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

William Tenn and Hallock’s Madness

TennStories from Marvel Science Stories May 1951

The following passage from William Tenn’s “Hallock’s Madness” sparked my interest in his story right from the start:

“Wells W. Hallock in a straitjacket! Huge, fearless Hallock who had shot his way out of the under- ground temple in northern India where the original, primitive Thugee was practiced, who penetrated to the vampire cult of Lengluana and took flashbulb photographs!”

Hallock’s madness is all in his head, and unable to get out, his only course of action is to enlist Ransom Morrow to go in after him. Not a simple task from a straitjacket. But the man is persuasive and has forbidden fruit in his favor. The same sweet gift of the palm that started his troubles.

With imaginative characters, setting, and plot Tenn delivers a memorable story, told in beautiful prose, with his distinctive dry wit. The story was reprinted in Here Comes Civilization: The Complete SF of William Tenn, Volume 2 (NESFA Press 2001).

Magazine of Horror #8 April 1965


“The Black Laugh” by William J. Makin (Strange Tales Jan. 1932)
“The Hand of Glory” (verse) by R.H.D. Barham
“The Garrison” by David Grinnell
“Passeur” by Robert W. Chambers (Mystery of Choice)
“Orpheus’s Brother” by John Brunner
“Cassilda’s Song” (verse) by Robert W. Chambers
“The Lady of the Velvet Collar” by Washington Irving (Tales of a Traveler)
“Jack” by Reynold Junker
“The Burglar-Proof Vault” by Oliver Taylor

“The Dead Who Walk” by Ray Cummings (Strange Tales Sep. 1931)

Edward A. Herron’s Call Me a Liar

Willaim DallA selected story from Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries #1, May 1955: “Call Me a Liar” by Edward A. Herron

George Anderson is on the lam. From what, we don’t know, but he pitched his gun somewhere in the Mojave, so it can’t be good. He tries blending in with the crowd dining at the Starlight Rescue Mission, but when the cops show up they single him out in an L.A. minute. He figures his first person story is over by page two, but surprise, he’s wrong. Old man Silvester has singled him out for a job.

“It’s back in the desert country. Caretaker at one of the mines in the Saline Valley.”

Anderson takes the offer, and it does him more good than he deserves. He dries out, he maintains the idle Magnet Mine’s equipment, and he even begins to resemble a man who’s gone straight. But trouble finds him, and after what happens, any jury you pick would likely call him a liar.

This could well be Edward A. Herron’s final short story. He’d written a few earlier that appeared in Argosy, NorthWest Romances, and Adventure, but then apparently turned to non-fiction and wrote a series of books about Alaska.

Copy This! #44: Brad Foster


D. Blake Werts interviews indie cartoonist and illustrator, and frequent TDE contributor, Brad Foster in Copy This! #44, October 2017. The 34-page, wide-ranging conversation includes Brad’s refections on his leap of faith into freelancing:

“And, at the end of those six months, I somehow had made money to pay off a few more months of bills. So I stayed at it. And that was over three decades ago, and I’m still doing it. Sometimes it’s been great, enough money in the bank and jobs on line I had no worries at all. Other times, and there have been a lot of them, if a job didn’t come up real-soon-now, I was going to be in big trouble. But, somehow, through all those years, I’ve managed to make my way as an actual, full time artist. And I know what a rare thing that is, and how very, very lucky I am.”

As is often the case, this issue of CT! also includes a bonus. This time it’s a brand new, classic-style mini comic by Brad called “Copy.”

To get your own Copy This! #44 rush $2.00 in cash or stamps to:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Better yet, subscribe for 12 issues for only $20.00.

Magazine of Horror #7 Jan. 1965


Magazine of Horror #7 Cover by Fred Wolters

“The Thing From—Outside” by George Allan England (Amazing Apr. 1926)
“Black Thing at Midnight” by Joseph Payne Brennan

“The Shadows on the Wall” by Mary Wilkins-Freeman (The Wind in the Rose-Bush)
“The Phantom Farmhouse” by Seabury Quinn (Weird Tales Oct. 1923)
“The Oblong Box” by Edgar Allan Poe (Godey’s Lady Book Sep. 1844)
“A Way With Kids” by Ed M. Clinton

“The Devil of the Marsh” by E.B. Marriott-Watson (unknown origin)
“The Shuttered Room” by H.P. Lovecraft & August Derleth ( The Shuttered Room & Other Pieces)
“It Is Written” letters and editor’s comments


Switchblade #3 Special Limited Edition

SB3SLEThe Switchblade surprise mentioned a few days ago has arrived. It’s a special limited edition of Switchblade #3. Along with alternate covers, the issue also swaps the following content with the regular edition:

Switchblade #3SLE
“Close Contact” by J.L. Boekestein (verse)
“Little Rich Street Girl” by A.B. Patterson
“The Lateral Line” by Scotch Rutherford

Switchblade #3 regular
“A Screwdriver for the Skin” by Zakariah Johnson (verse)
“Duke’s Birthday Bash” by Robert Smith
“Baggage” by Joe Ricker

Of course, #3SE also includes a different Editor’s Corner, two new story photos, and a few tweaks to the Author Bios/Acknowledgements. I believe #3SLE is only available in print, and it will only be available for two months—that’s what makes it a limited edition.

Here’s the balance of the content that both the regular and special limited edition share:

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Press it Down” by Preston Lang
“The Kid in Love” by Charles Roland
“Family Secrets” by Eric Beetner
“Crawdaddy” by J.D. Graves
“The Rook” by Ehren Baker
“Burning Snow” by Morgan Boyd
“The Lioness Must Hun” by Calvin Demmer

Quick & Dirty Flash
“Ride On” by J.L. Boekestein
“The Price of a Burger” by Richard Risemberg
“Modern Samurai” by Michael Loniewski

Editor Scotch Rutherford also has a T-Shirt line in the works, so keep an eye on the Switchblade website for an announcement.

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 146 pages
POD $7.99