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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2017

2017_5_ahmm500Delights, Dangers, and Debuts—an issue heavy on humor, balanced with some darker tales, and several new voices.

“Money Maker” by Jas. R. Petrin, art by Ally Hodges
“Home from Home” by Sji Holliday
“Twelve Angry Days” by Paul D. Marks
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“The Kubelsky Block” by John C. Boland, art by Tim Foley
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“If Eye was Ewe” by John H. Dirckx
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
“Hatcheck” by Steve Lindley, art by Tom Pokinko
“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Girl!” by Jeff Cohen
“The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” by Debra H. Goldstein
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Final Course”
“Tattersby and the Silence of the Lumbs” by Neil Schofield
“The Loneliest Night of the Week” by Christopher Latragna
“Unrepentant Sinner” by Catherine Dilts, art by Alicia Ballam
“Daisy Bell” by Gladys Mitchell (Mystery Classic introduced by Jason Half)
The Story That Won (Dec) “Amazing Grace” by Rudy Uribe, Jr.
The Story That Won (Jan/Feb) “Naughty But Nice” by Diane Pappas
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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #5 & 6 May/Jun 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Artisticco/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
The Mystery Place: Alfred Hitchcock website

Asimov’s Science Fiction May/Jun 2017

2017_5_asimovs5002017 is Asimov’s Fortieth Anniversary Year

Editorial: Anniversaries and Milestones by Sheila Williams
Reflections: Advertisements for Myself by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: Harry and Dot by James Patrick Kelly
“Sparking the Matter” by Tod McCoy (verse)
“On the Ship” by Leah Cypress
“Come as You Are” by Dale Bailey
“Your Clone Watches Over You” by Robert Frazier (verse)
“Good Show” by William Preston
“Pinned” by Suzanne Palmer (verse)
“The Escape of the Adastra: Asha’s Story” by James Gunn
“Night Fever” by Will Ludwigsen
“Tired of the Same Old Quests?” by Peter Wood
“The Best Man” by Jay O’Connell
“Triceratops” by Ian McHugh
“Endeavour” by G.O. Clark (verse)
“Persephone of the Crows” by Karen Joy Fowler
“The Runabout” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Next Issue
On Books by Norman Spinrad
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SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 41 #5 & 6, whole #496 & 497, May/Jun 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Jim Simpson
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
Asimov’s website

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2017

2017_5_eqmm500Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #5 & 6, whole #907 & 908, May/Jun 2017
“The Belgian” by Doug Allyn (Black Mask)
“Child of the Cold Moon” by Miriam Grace Monfredo, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
“Charcoal and Cherry” by Zoë Z. Dean
2016 EQMM Readers Award (Special Feature)
“Lucky Liam” by Martin Edwards
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Rosalie Marx is Missing” by Robert S. Levinson
“Night Class” by David Dean
“District V” by Teresa Solana (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush
“The Last Thing You Smell” by Rob Brunet
“Find and Replace” by Marjorie Eccles
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Angel Face” by M.C. Lee (Dept. of First Stories)
“Your Name Will Be Written in Lights” by Jonathan Moore
“Black Rooms” by James Sallis (verse)
“China Mary” by Marilyn Todd
“Infinite Uticas” by Terence Faherty
“Summer of the Seventeen Poll” by Aoife Clifford
“The Strangler at the Harrogate Hydro” by R.T. Raichev
“Alphabetical Order” by Michele Ruby
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“In the Time of the Voodoo” by John Lantigua, art by Laurie Harden

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Tom Roberts
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Analog May/June 2017

2017_5_analog_500The May/June Dell books are on newsstands now. I’m particularly excited by this month’s Analog because it includes a story by writing partners Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick.

Edd Vick was a big part of the mini-comics community as well as science fiction fandom in the 1980s. Here’s an excerpt from Bruce Chrislip’s The Minicomix Revolution 1969–1989 (2015):

“Edd had been transferred to Seattle [from Texas] by his employer, Half Price Software, and was living in a long narrow apartment near the University of Washington. I’ll never forget that the walls of the apartment were lined with long bookshelves containing thousands of volumes—mostly paperbacks. It was an impressive sight! Edd had more books on display than many bookstores I’ve encountered.”

Edd still has an impressive library today. His bio in the new Analog reports, “He is a bookseller whose library is a stuffed three-car garage. Stories by Edd have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Year’s Best SF, and about thirty other magazines and anthologies.”

You’ll be able to learn a whole lot more about Edd Vick from his extensive interview with D. Blake Werts in the next The Digest Enthusiast (book six) due in June 2017.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #5 & 6 May/June 2017 contents:
Guest Editorial by Richard A. Lovett
“The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes” by Howard V. Hendrix, art by Kevin Speidell
Alien Archaeology by Michael Carroll (Science Fact)
“Strangers” by Allina Nunley (verse)
“To See the Elephant” by Julie Novakova, art by Vincent DiFate
“The Chatter of Monkeys” by Bond Elam
“A Grand Gesture” by Dave Creek
“Decrypted” by Eric Choi
“Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut” by Dominica Phetteplace
“Focus” by Gord Sellar
“Ténéré” by Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick, art by Joel Iskowitz
“The Final Nail” by Stanley Schmidt
“The Speed of Faith in Vacuum” by Igor Teper
“Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It” by Sam Schreiber
“Vulture’s Nest” by Marissa Lingen
“In the Mists” by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
“The Return” by Bud Sparhawk
Our Leaking Universe by John G. Cramer (The Alternate View)
In Times to Come (preview)
“Lips Together” by Ken Brady
“The Banffs” by Lavie Tidhar
“Where the Flock Wanders” by Andrew Barton
“Proteus” by Joe Pitkin
“Our Religious Conversion” by Ken Poyner (verse)
“Kepler’s Law” by Jay Werkheiser, art by Kurt Huggins
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
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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: Region NGC 6357 by NASA
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 20, 2017
Analog website

Pulp Modern Ad

Set for release next month, here’s the ad for the revived Pulp Modern (Vol. 2 No. 1. May 2017). The 132-page book includes 13 dark tales edited by Alec Cizak, author of the upcoming Down on the Street from Down & Out Books. The new Pulp Modern includes 13 photo illustrations in the style of the cover and six brand new cartoons by Bob Vojtko, whom The Saturday Evening Post dubbed “the working-class cartoonist.”

A joint production of Uncle B. Publications and Larque Press, we’ll post an update as soon as the book is available.


Avengers of the Moon

Captain-Future500Quest Beyond the Stars was the first Captain Future story I read while in high school. It was the Popular Library reprint edition, and I read every one in the series after that. In 2009, Pulpville Press came out with Captain Future Man of Tomorrow, a collection of the short stories written after the Captain’s own magazine folded.

I first heard about Allen M. Steele’s new book from Tor starring Curt Newton and his crew in the Jan/Feb issue of Asimov’s. Avengers of the Moon arrived in yesterday’s mail and I started reading last night. It’s great to see the Captain in hardcover. It’s dedicated to “Edmond Hamilton—Captain Future’s creator and the father of space opera.”

Project Updates


Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1
Production is crackling like Arizona lightning. The return of Pulp Modern launches next month with a brand new 132-page edition featuring 14 stories, Print and Digital. The latest: our pal, cartoonist Bob Vojtko has signed on to provide a few moments of mirth amid the gloriously dark dreams of the authors lined up by editor Alec Cizak.

The Digest Enthusiast Book Six
You got it, things are pealing along here as well. B.K. Stevens, whose standalones and series have graced the pages of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine for over twenty years, promises to enlighten us with her inside stories on Lt. Johnson and Sgt. Bolt, Iphegenia and Harriet, Leah Abrams, and more. It’s happening in June, in Print and Digital, so mark your calendar, diary, or palm.

Paperback Parade #97 March 2017

pp97_500The new issue of Gary Lovisi’s Paperback Parade is arriving in mailboxes this week! Here’s the full contents:

“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“All About Girls: Early Vintage Paperback Girlie Pin-up Cartoon Covers” by Gary Lovisi
“The Mutiny” on The Bounty Saga of Mass-Market Paperbacks” by Dan Roberts
“Early Bee-Line Books: Sleaze Lampoons Literature’s Greatest Titles!” by Gary Lovisi and Chris Eckhoff
“Gil Cohen Paintings for Sale”
“The Pseudonymous Paperback Originals of Lawrence Block” by Don Z. Block
“Sin in Space The Beacon Galaxy Novels” by Steve Carper
“Philip Wylie & the Tragic Gladiator” by Richard L. Kellogg
“Matchless Paperbacks: Tom Murphy’s Ballet!” by Richard Greene
“Great Sherlock Holmes Adventures” by Gary Lovisi
“Short Run Series: UK Key Books True Crime Mystery” by Gary Lovisi

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books

Pulp Horror #5 March 2017

Pulp_Horror_5_500The last of recent arrivals from Justin Marriott’s line of digest magazines, Pulp Horror expands its focus beyond paperback books to include film, comics and magazines.

Pulp Horror #5 March 2017 contents:
“The Pulpit of Horror” (welcome editorial)
“A Visual Guide to Frankenstein” 35 pages of the famous monster in comics, magazines and books.
“The Tie-Ins of Frankenstein” A look at the link between the film and book versions of the monster.
“The Lost Worlds of Frankenstein” German pulp-meister Andreas Decker looks at the German editions of Don Glut’s series.
“Mister Frankenstein” An interview with Frankenstein’s most famous fan and collector , Donald F. Glut.
“In the Shadows” David Sutton traces the development of the British small press across two important decades.
“Straight From the Satyr’s Mouth” Pulp Horror interviews David Sutton about horror in the 70s and his own publishing imprint.
“Leslie Whitten: Night Stalker” Tom Tesarek looks at an early example of the contemporary vampire novel.
“The Michelangelos of Misogyny and Mutilation” Two volumes of Sex and Horror collect the outrageous cover art that appeared on Italian comic books.
“The Wicca Man” The occult fiction of Stewart Farrar, a leading light in the Wicca movement.
“The Totem; A Review” A look at David Morrell’s novel.

96 pages, ~6” x 8” (A5-size) perfect bound, full color throughout
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: Jim O’Brien
Contributors and Scanners: Tom Tesarek, Andreas Decker, David Sutton, David Riley, Darrin Ventincinque
Back cover: Rik Rawling
The Paperback Fanatic website

Men of Violence! #6

mov6_500Dedicated to men’s adventure paperbacks, Men of Violence, is another digest magazine from Justin Marriott, “paperback fanatic.” The articles listed below are uncredited, so is it fair to assume Mr. Marriott wrote them all?

Danger; Diabolical (Deadly Companions by Bob Sang and Dusty Sang)
Welcome (editorial)
Dennison’s Army (Dennison’s War series by Adam Lassiter)
Bloody Brits (Don Miles series by Larry Kenyon)
Submission (The Dragonhead Deal by Richard J. Harper)
Lost in Translation (Detective San-Antonio series by Frédéric Dard)
The Great Game (Renegade series by Ramsay Thorne)
The Executioner Versus Michigan General Corp.

40 pages, ~6” x 8” (A5-size) saddle-stitch binding
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: Jim O’Brien
The Paperback Fanatic website