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Spinetingler Magazine Fall 2017

When the Past and Present Converge by Sandra Ruttan
“K for Karen” by Tracy Falenwolfe
“That’s What Happened” by Karin Montin
Author Feature: Leo W. Banks with Sandra Ruttan
“Heaven’s Crooked Finger” by Hank Early, review by Rusty Barnes
“Trail of Bloodcrumbs” by Brandon McNulty
Bedside Stories of James Oswald
“The Settlement” by Jennifer Soosar
Author Feature: Jason Ridler with Brian Lindemuth
“Child Fighter” by S.B. Watson
Bedside Stories of Angel Luis Colón
“Consequences” by Bern Sy Moss
“It’s All Litter to Me” by B.V. Lawson
Author Snapshot: Laura Ellen Scott with Sandra Ruttan
Author Snapshot: Con Lehane with Sandra Ruttan
Author Snapshot: Rusty Barnes with Sandra Ruttan
Author Snapshot: Mindy Tarquini with Sandra Ruttan
“Napa Hospitality” by Nick Kolakowski
“Kevin Robs a Bank” by David Rachels
Bedtime Stories of Robb White
“Illusions” by Albert Tucher
Author Snapshot: Eryk Pruitt with Sandra Ruttan

Publisher: Down & Out Books
Editor: Sandra Ruttan
Contributing Editor: Jack Getze
Cover design: Lance Wright
150 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”
$10.99 POD, $5.99 Kindle ($1.99 with print version)
Spinetingler Magazine website

Pulp Fan #1 Dec. 2017

PulpFan1_500The latest zine is from Main Enterprises is Pulp Fan, with art, cover repros, articles, and  fiction.

From the Publisher by Jim Main, art by Don Marquez
“The Beast of Smoke and Fire” by Link Hullar, art by Kevin Duncan (fiction)
“Pulp Editor Extraordinaire” by Harold B. Hersey, art by Jeff Vavra
“Pulpwoody Daze” by Link Hullar
“Weird Tales Artist Fred Humiston” by Stephan Friedt
“The Cave” by Jeff Vavra, art by John Lambert (fiction)
Pulp Art Gallery #1, art by Robert Fegua

Publisher/Managing Editor: Jim Main
Editor/Production Magaer: Robert J. Sodaro
Cover Production/Logo: Marc Haines
Scanning Assist: Connie Main
Additional Art by Scott McClung (cover), Dan Taylor
32 pages, full-size magazine
$7.00 postage paid
Contact through: eCrater or Facebook

Magazine of Horror #11 Nov. 1965


Magazine of Horror #11 Nov. 1965, cover by Carl Kidwell

“The Empty Zoo” by Edward D. Hoch
“A Psychological Shipwreck” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“The Call of the Mech-Men” by Laurence Manning (Wonder Stories Nov. 1933)
“Was It a Dream?” by Guy de Maupassant (reprint source unknown)
“Under the Hau Tree” by Katharine Yates (Weird Tales Nov. 1925)
“Rattle of Bones” by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales June 1929)
“The Head of Du Bois” by Dorothy Newman Cooke
“The Dweller in Dark Valley” by Robert E. Howard (verse)
“The Devil’s Pool” by Greye La Spina (Weird Tales June 1932)

Status Report

The seventh issue of The Digest Enthusiast will be out in December. There’s a little work on the cover remaining, when that’s done I’ll order a print proof and hopefully release it soon after. Beginning with this issue, the Kindle version will be a fixed-page layout. Here’s TDE7’s contributor list:

Lesann Berry
Tom Brinkmann
Steve Carper
Peter Enfantino
Richard Krauss
Marc Myers
Michael Neno
Vince Nowell, Sr.
Rick Ollerman
Josh Pachter
Robert Snashall
Bob Vojtko
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

The second issue of the new Pulp Modern is also underway. Editor Alec Cizak is busy finalizing the stories, while I’m working on the photo-conversions, nearing the half-way point. Once those are done, I’ll get started on the layout. Aiming for a December release on this one too.

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James Elton’s Perilous Expedition

worldsoffantasy4c4bwStories from Worlds of Fantasy #4 (John Spencer and Company 1951):

“Perilous Expedition” by James Elton is the issue’s cover story. (Elton was a house name, so this one may or may not have been penned by John F. Watt, but it certainly reads as if it were.) Written only a few years after WWII, the story’s protagonists are a racist amalgamation of far easterners dubbed “the Asians.” It’s sometime in the future and Earth is divided even after Atomic War I, and Atomic War II, with the domination-obsessed Asians plotting against the West.

The Asians are about to launch a devastating attack from the planet Luna, that will crush the West for good. Commander Glenn Mader and his crew blast off from New Mexico in Space Ship UN5 on
what could be their final mission, intent on saving the West. Equipped with “Neutralising” they evade the Asian’s elaborate network of radar and pursuit ships to land undetected on the hard, dusty floor of
a crater. Their mission: locate and join the Lunarite underground and together defeat the Asian threat.

But how can they infiltrate the Asian city of Stya and contact the underground while appearing to be Asians themselves? (One might assume Asians and Westerners look different from each other, but apparently not.) Any Lunarite they questioned would refuse to divulge even the existence of the underground to someone they believed to be an Asian. “And it was likewise impossible for the men from the West to admit their identity; for all they knew, the Lunarite they were talking with might be a collaborator, and would give them away to the local Asian authorities.”

This is the most interesting dilemma of the story. When Mader and his crew venture into a restaurant, he pulls a bait and switch on their indifferent Luna waiter. Posing as an obnoxious, arrogant Asian
he insults and berates the Lunarite and his race, finally goading the waiter to admit he doesn’t think much of Asians either. One thing leads to another and the men from the West soon locate and join the underground to end the Asian’s plot.

It’s a shame the Lunarite’s have to help set off the Asian’s massive atomic arsenal on their own planet, but they still have Stya and a growing friendship with the West, so all ends well.

New Mystery Vol. 1 #2 Spring 1992


New Mystery Vol. 1 #2 cover by Robert McGinnis

Excerpt from the interview with Bill Crider, from The Digest Enthusiast book five:

“I met the editor of New Mystery [Charles Raisch] at a Bouchercon, and he asked me if I’d do a story for him. “Death’s Brother” was the result. Also in that issue of the magazine is the first published story by Dave Zeltserman, who’s gone on to quite
a bit of fame as a writer of hard- boiled crime and horror fiction. “

New Mystery was a full size magazine that ran for 16 issues from Summer 1991 to Summer 1999, publish from once-a-year to quarterly (1996) over its run. Based in New York, the magazine was sold at book fairs and conventions, and distributed by Eastern News based in Ohio.

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Book Reviews
“A Long Time to Die” by David Zeltserman
“Harder Than To Die” by Shizuko Natsuki, translation by Robert B. Rohm
“Death’s Brother” by Bill Crider
“Rest Peace Quiet” by Ronnie Klaskin, art by Hilda Borem
“Hoods” by Monte Cross and Jack Dolphin, art by Donald David and Harris
“The Walls Came Tumbling” by Billie Sue Mosiman, art by Rachel Pulaski
“All Kinds of Phantoms” by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, translation by William I. Neuman
“His ’N’ Hers” by Alan Horvitz, Betty Page photo c/o Dave Stevens
“Night Chase” by John Lutz

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

The Lineup
“For Want of a Book” by Anna Castle, art by Andrew Wright
“Black Friday” by R.T. Lawson
“A Slight Deviation from the Mean” by Susan Oleksiw
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“Death Under Construction” by B.K. Stevens
“Damsels in Distress” by S.L. Franklin, art by Ron Chironna
“The Darkness and the Light” by William Dylan Powell
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Frozen Out”
“The House Across the Street” by Robert S. Levinson
“Harlem Nocturne” by L.A. Wilson, Jr.
“Ghost Busters” by Carol Cail
Solution to the Sep/Oct Dying Words puzzle
“Pandora’s Hoax” by Gilbert M. Stack
“The Chair Thief” by Robert Lopresti, art by Alicia Ballam
“Darkness Visible” by Eve Fisher
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“Hostage” by Tara Laskowski
The Pod Squad by Steve Hockensmith
The Story That Won (Jul/Aug) “Solutions, Not Problems” by Margaret L. Welsh
Index to Volume 62
Classified Marketplace

This issue includes stories by two writers, Robert Lopresti and B.K. Stevens, interviewed in The Digest Enthusiast, book two and six respectively. Linda Landrigan’s editor’s note following Bonnie’s story pays tribute to the long-time contributor to AHMM, who passed away in August of 2017.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #11 & 12 Nov/Dec 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: isaxar/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 19, 2017
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Weirdbook Annual #1: Witches

A Note from the Editor
“Thou Shalt Not Suffer” by Matt Neil Hill
“No Holds Bard” by Adrian Cole
“Laying the Hairy Book” by Josh Reynolds
“Here is Where Your Proud Waves Halt” by Erica Ruppert
“Vicious Circles” by Paul Dale Anderson
“Assorted Shades of Red” by Franklyn Searight
“Strange Days in Old Yandrissa” by John R. Fultz
“Fertility Rites” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“The Witch’s Heart” by Rachel Bolton
“Hag Race” by Andre E. Harewood
“Best Friend Becky” by Wayne Faust
“The Rat in the Rabbit Cage” by Ashley Dioses
“Two Spells” by Neva Bryan
“Pulled Over” by Paul Spears
“The Witch of Skur” by L.F. Falconer
“Cat and Mouse” by Duane Pesice
“Last of the Ashiptu” by Paul Lubaczewski
“Firestorm” by Richard H. Durisen
“The Witch of Pender” by John Linwood Grant
“The Nora Witch” by Brandon Jimison
“The Broken Witch” by Scott Hutchison
“The Desert Rose Inn” by Maurits Zwankhuizen
“Salty” by Lucy A. Snyder
“The Ballad of Blighted Marsh” by David F. Daumit
“The Witch-Queen” by S.L. Edwards
“A Witch’s Work is Never Done” by Lori R. Lopez
“Oracle Bone Script” by Frederick J. Mayer
“Halloween Witch” by K.A. Opperman
“Remembering the Peculiar Effects from the Sugar Witch’s Goblin-Brew” by Clay F. Johnson
“Sea Witch” by Vonnie Winslow Crist
“Little Youkai at the Witch House” by Chad Hensley
“Mother Persephone” by Oliver Smith
“A Warlock Slips into My Dreams” by Darla Klein

Weirdbook Annual #1, October 2017
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Manager: Steve Coupe
244 pages, 6” x 9”
$13.00 POD, $.99 Kindle Megapack
Wildside Press website

Paperback Fanatic #38 Oct. 2017

“Larry Kent: Rival of Carter Brown” by James Doig
“Soldiers, Spies and Smut by Subscription” by Richard Toogood
“But Mr. Tanner, Isn’t that a Bit Close to The Rats?” by Nick Sharman & Grady Hendrix
“Just Do It!” Jim O’Brien talks to Gordon Williams
“Sea Wolves; Corsairs of the Sea” by Andreas Decker
“Mad Scientists and Peeping Toms” by Justin Marriott
“The Whole World is a Garden” by Tom Tesarek
“The Furious Futurologist: Algis Budrys” by Graham Andrews

100 pages, 6” x 9” full color $13.66 POD
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Assistant Editor: Jim O’Brien
The Paperback Fanatic website

Magazine of Horror #10 August 1965


Magazine of Horror #10 Aug. 1965 Cover by Carl Kidwell

“The Girl at Heddon’s” by Pauline Kappel Prilucik
“The Torture of Hope” by Villiers de L’Isle-Adam (Contes Cruel)
“The Cloth of Madness” by Seabury Quinn (Young’s Magazine Jan. 1920)
“The Tree” by Gerald W. Page
“In the Court of the Dragon” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
“Placide’s Wife” by Kirk Mashburn (Weird Tales Nov. 1931)
“Come Closer” by Joanna Russ
“The Plague of the Living Dead” by A. Hyatt Verrill (Amazing Apr. 1927)