Monthly Archives: October 2017

Clark Dissmeyer’s Through a Basement Window

CAD500Indie cartoonist Clark Dissmeyer (aka CAD) produced hundreds of comix during spurts of creativity through the years. Many of his comix, created from 1984 to 1986, were never published in mini comix or zines. Fortunately, Marc Myers saved as much original artwork as possible. A few months ago he asked me to help him get them into print.

Marc selected and organized all the pages and wrote the introduction. And he scanned all of the pages. He received some general and some specific input from Clark, but Marc is the editor of the collection. It wouldn’t have happened without him.

Like Bruce Crislip’s The Minicomix Revolution, the book doesn’t include the Larque Press imprint, but our contribution was the design and production. It’s available now from Amazon for $7.99, print only. You can read the description there for more information, and there should be a preview coming in a few days. It’s a terrific volume. If you’re a fan of newave-era comix, you can’t do better than this one.

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct 2017

The Pastiche: A Sherlockian Necessity by Vincent W. Wright
“The Adventure of the Lyceum Theatre Curse” by Michael Mallory
“Hercule Poirot’s Birthday” by David Gibb
“The Adventure of the Very Quiet American” by Eric Cline
“The So-Called Yoga Instructor” by John Hearn
“The Mechanical Detective” by John Longenbaugh
“Who Made Sherlock’s Clay Pipe?” by Bruce Harris
“London After Midnight” by Ralph E. Vaughan
“Positive Denial” A You-Solve-It by Laird Long
“The Halloween Bandit” A You-Solve-It by James Glass

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct 2017
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Christiane Ertmer
7.5” x 10” 124 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $4.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

The Sleazy Reader #5 October 2017

Sleazy5_500Justin Marriott publishes an impressive list of digests. Up to now he’s used the old standard print-then-distribute model. But went he launched The Sleazy Reader #5 he decided to try the new distribute-then-print model thru CreateSpace/Amazon.

Justin is based in England. He explained what drove the switch in an email: “International postage costs have been an ongoing challenge as the cost of posting from the UK to America or Australia is more than the cost of printing. Especially for smaller black and white zines such as Men of Violence.  By making publications available through Amazon, the mag is typically printed and posted from the same country it’s ordered in (not sure how it works for Australia and Japan), which means the postage is cheaper. I also know many people have Amazon Prime which includes “free” postage.”

However, at least initially, the change isn’t across the board. “For black and white publications such as Men of Violence, or smaller scale publications where the postage is too great compared to the print costs for me to feel comfortable about passing it on, I will use Amazon exclusively.

“For The Paperback Fanatic and Pulp Horror, I don’t know at this stage. I was especially proud with the reproduction quality in issue 6 of Pulp Horror, and am not sure if the colour print quality from Amazon is as good. (At this stage I haven’t seen a physical copy of The Sleazy Reader to make an informed judgement.) If the print quality is noticeable inferior, I doubt if I will go down this route for now.”

I have both The Sleazy Reader #5 and Pulp Horror #6. The print quality of PH6 is superior to TSR5, but for me, not enough to ignore the distribution and shipping advantages of print on demand.

Although the introduction and one article are uncredited, in appears as if Justin Marriott wrote the entire issue.

Sleazy Musings
“Bad Girls Go to Hell: The J.D. Lit of Wenzell Brown”
“Talking ‘Bout My Degeneration: A Review of Leslie Garrett’s The Beasts”
“The Flagellants of Falconhurst: The Shocking Phenomena of the ‘Plantation-Exploitation’ Novel”
“The Tormented World of Phil Hirsch: Bizarro Anthologies at Pyramid Books”
“Enter the World of the Notorious Outlaw-The Biker: Review of Easy Riders Best Fiction”
“Living in the Shadows: Harry Whittington’s Life in Paperbacks”

Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Proofing: Jim O’Brien
6” x 9” 52 pages, full color
POD $7.99
The Paperback Fanatic website

Ellery Queen Selects

j26The grand plans for the Ellery Queen Selects series began in 1947. Jonathan Press J26, Stuart Palmer’s “The Riddles of Hildegarde Withers,” was numerically the second in the series.

The excerpt from Frederic Dannay’s introduction to J26 below refers to “First Edition Mysteries.” This was apparently an inside, working title, as the digests replaced it with “Ellery Queen Selects” displayed across the top of the covers.

“[W]e preserve in our noble experiment, our colossal publishing venture, and bring you the next in our series [starting with the Hammett collections] of First Edition Mysteries—“The Riddles Of Hildegarde Withers” by Stuart Palmer. Coming soon—watch for them!—will be John Dickson Carr’s never-previously-published book of short stories titled “Dr. Fell, Detective and Other Stories;” Roy Vickers’s never-previously-published “The Department Of Dead Ends;” and Margery Allingham’s “The Case Book Of Mr. Campion;” and unquestionably there will be additional First Edition Mysteries to follow.”

Magazine of Horror #6 Nov. 1964


Magazine of Horror #6 Nov. 1964 Cover by Fred Wolters

“Caverns of Horror” by Laurence Manning (Wonder Stories Mar. 1934)
“Prodigy” by Walt Liebscher
“The Mask” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
“The Life-After-Death of Mr. Thaddeus Warde” by Robert Barbour Johnson
“The Feminine Fraction” by David Grinnell
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Twice Told Tales)
“The Pacer” by August Derleth (Weird Tales Mar. 1930)
“Lovecraft and ‘The Pacer’” (excerpt) by August Derleth (an afterword explaining Lovecraft’s role in “The Pacer”)
“The Moth” by H.G. Wells (The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents)
“The Door to Saturn” by Clark Ashton Smith (Strange Tales Jan. 1932)
Index to Volume One

John Bender’s No Margin for Error

No Margin for ErrorJohn Bender wrote detective stories for the pulps throughout the 1940s. His first sale was “Sermon in Cell 15” for Detective Tales Feb. 1941. He placed stories with Strange Detective Mysteries, Shock, Dime Mystery Magazine, and plenty of others.

His final two stories appear to be sales to Justice. The first, “No Margin for Error,” ran in the debut issue of Justice in May 1955. It was followed by “Double or Nothing” in Oct. 1955, for the Justice #3.

In “Margin,” a concert pianist, Max, discovers his wife’s affair with “A thin, ill-dressed hack of a writer who wrote books that never sold and tried to persuade people that he was a liberal intellectual.” As the story opens, Max has already killed his wife, and contemplates what to do next.

“Think only of getting rid of the body, he commanded himself. Nothing else. Not of what it was like in the early years of marriage when you were a struggling music student. Not of what your life together might have been. That is finished. Think of how to dispose of a body.”

The twist ending helps raise “Margin” above the routine.

Broadswords and Blasters #3 Fall 2017

B&B3_500The pulp magazine with modern sensibilities.

From the Editors
“Gold, Skin, and Time” by Renee Miller
“Watercolor Blue” by Charles Roland
“Moss” by Will Bernardara Jr.
“Zero Days Since Last Accident” by Rachel Unger
“Compartments” by John Wayne Comunale
“Testing Limits” by Karen Heslop
“Valero Serves a Hungry Grave” by Coy Hall

Editors: Matthew X. Gomez, Cameron Mount
Cover: Luke Spooner
6” x 9”, 92 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)
Broadswords and Blasters website

Pulp Literature #16 Autumn 2017

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Autumn Storytelling
“The River” by K.C. Dyer
Feature Interview: K.C. Dyer
The Magpie Award for Poetry: Oak Morse, Leah Komar, Glenn Pape
“Stella Ryman and the Ghost at the End of the Bed” by Mel Anastasiou
“Clearing Out Nests” by Brandon Crilly
“Love” by Greg Brown
“The Olde Town Haunt” by Patrick Bollivar
“Think Tank” by Susan Pieters
“The Wind of a Train” by Erin Kirsh
“For Your Convenience” by F.J. Bergmann
“The Vanishing Dot” by Rina Piccolo (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” by J.M. Landels

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editors: Janet Eastwood, Wendy Christensen
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
Cover: Akem
Interior artwork: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels
5.25” x 8” 198 pages
$14.99 POD
$4.99 ebook
Pulp Literature website

Crime Syndicate Magazine #3, October 2017

A note from the Editor’s Desk by Michael Pool
“The Deplorables” by Eryk Pruitt
“Good Cop Bad Cop” by Kevin Z. Garvey
“Below the Angels” by Max Booth III
“Schmuck” by Dennis Day
“Gods and Virgins in the Big Easy” by Nina Mansfield
“Slit the Belly” by S.A. Cosby
“Hipster Pantsin’” by Travis Richardson
“The Whitest Boy on the Block” by Paul Heatley
“Dirty South of Heaven” by Allen Griffin
“The Contractors” by David A. Anthony

Founding Editor: Michael Pool
Guest Editor: Eryk Pruitt
Cover photo: Stephanie Pool
Cover design: Michael Pool
Formatting: Rik—Wild Seas Formatting
5” x 8” 142 pages
$7.99 POD, $2.99 Kindle
Crime Syndicate Magazine website