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Talmage Powell’s Terror in the Sun


Manhunt May 1957 with Talmage Powell’s “Midnight Blonde”

Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Terror in the Sun” by Talmage Powell

Talmage Powell wrote hundreds of stories for pulps and digests, including Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Shayne and Manhunt. “Terror” centers on a father’s hunt for his son’s killers in the sweltering heat of the Everglades. Armed with a shotgun, tension builds as the search progresses; exploding when he finds them. Terrific story.

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Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Sept. 1981


Browsing a digest that arrived yesterday, I was delighted to find a short, short by Robert Lopresti called “Stumped.” Even at just over a page Rob manages to entertain and amuse in his send-up of the live and loves of a hardboiled dick.

Mike Shayne Mystery Makers
“Killer’s Cruise” by Brett Halliday (Mike Shayne short novel)
“Bucknell’s Law” by Clayton Matthews
“Going to Pot” by Patty Matthews
“Uncle Max was Bleeding” by Arthur Moore
“Dear Stranger” by Gary Brandner
“The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend” by Dan J. Marlowe
“Blarney” by Richard Laymon
“Counselor at Law” by Carl Panzran
The Phantom Detective by Michael Avallone, art by Frank Hamilton
“The Brass Ring” by Jack Matcha
“Night Run” by William L. Story
Mike Shamus by Fred Fredericks (comic strip)
Stiff Competition by John Ball (book reviews)
“Stumped” by Robert Lopresti
Mike’s Mail (LOCs)

Robert Lopresti was interviewed in The Digest Enthusiast book two.

A. E. van Vogt’s Dear Automaton


Other Worlds Sep. 1950 with A. E. van Vogt’s “Automaton”

Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Dear Automaton” by A. E. van Vogt

A story must be terrific to reprint it barely a year after its original appearance in Other Worlds Science Stories. This robots versus humans story adds some clever ideas to keep it interesting and above expectations.

Image from Galactic Central.

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

9 of the World’s Most Exciting Suspense Stories

suspense_stories_1945One might think this magazine is called Suspense Stories, but it’s actually a one-shot entitled 9 of the World’s Most Exciting Suspense Stories, published by Consolidated Book Publishers in 1945. Compiled by R.M. Barrows, it includes stories by Richard Connell, Wilkie Collins, Damon Runyon (two), Richard Middleton, Agatha Christie, John G. Craig, Frederic J. Stimson, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Remarkably, it includes at least one illustration on every spread throughout its 96 pages, by J. Allen St. John, Stan Lilstrom, Martin Garrity, Robert Sinnott, Bob Logan and Milt Youngren. Measuring in at 6” x 9,” it originally sold for 13¢. Note the Best Books logo on its cover—a cover painted by Stan Lilstrom. It was part of a short-lived series that included 11 of the World’s Great War & Spy Stories and 12 of the World’s Great Humor Stories, both published in 1944.

William Sambrot’s The Saboteur

suspense_3Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “The Saboteur” by William Sambrot

The third issue of Farrell Publishings’s Suspense Magazine starts with a bang. William Sambrot’s tale of espionage and terrorism remains timely. His description of a terrorist organization, their methods and their targets strikes a chilling sense of familiarity nearly 70 years later.
Special thanks to Alec Cizak for his insightful review of The Digest Enthusiast book six on Amazon this past Monday. Alec’s latest book Down on the Street was just published by Down & Out Books.
For those who have yet to join the rest of us digest enthusiasts, you can now purchase a postage paid bundle of all six volumes for $49.99 on eBay.

Galaxy Novel #14

gn14Isaac Asimov’s Pebble in the Sky is the fourteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz strolled along the pleasant streets of suburban Chicago quoting Browning to himself.”

Galaxy Magabook No. 3

magabook_3Galaxy Magabook No. 3 by Theodore Sturgeon, 1963, cover art by Gray Morrow

Baby is Three: “The boy went to the psychiatrist because he needed help—but his problem was something no analyst could handle. He knew his name—but not his identity. He knew what he did—but not what he was. Worst of all, he didn’t know how many of him there were.”

. . . And My Fear is Great: “The fear that lurked inside him was a demon that drove him to desperate measures of hatred and terror. It promised him all the riches of the earth. It carried him to a God- like power—until it met an even more frightful monster outside!”

Shock Mystery Tales July 1962

shock_7_1962“Soft Brides for the Damned!” by James Barnett
“Black Chapel!” by Richard Shaw
“Vengeance of the Devil’s Mistress!” by Art Crockett
“Handmaidens of the Monster!” by Alan Lance
“Evil Stalks the Night!” by F. X. Fallon
“Night of the Walking Dead!” by Jim Arthur
“In the Name of Terror!” by Larry Dickson
“The Crypt Speaks!” by Harvey Berg
“Satan’s Ballet!” by Bill Ryder

Morpheus Tales #30

MT-30There have been two issues since I last posted anything about Morpheus Tales. Issue #30 was published in May 2017. The digest seems to have shifted from a print and digital model to strictly digital.

A year ago when I exchanged emails with MT editor, Sheri White, she reported her readership was about 50/50 print and digital. She also said, “I think digital sales continue to grow, and we’ve built a large back catalogue of issues which continues to sell, which doesn’t get so much attention in print, unless we do special offers, which we do regularly. Print seems to need to be pushed, digital sales just seem to come in steadily.”

Perhaps that explains the shift.

Morpheus Tales is also publishing a line of books, some of which are available in print and digital and some digital only.

Morpheus Tales website