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New Crime Digest


Something wonderful in the world of crime digest magazines is happening right now. Rick Ollerman and Eric Campbell have teamed up to bring us Down & Out: The Magazine.

Debut: June 2017
Print: ~5” x 8”
Digital: Yes
Frequency: Quarterly

Issue one will include a new Reed Farrel Coleman story starring detective Moe Prager, a classic reprint, a cover by Peter Rozofsky, and much more. For more information see the official Down & Out announcement.

Newsstand staples


AHMM Mar/Apr 2017

There’s a small notice in the current issue of AHMM. It serves as both a page filler and a call to action, and it’s worth repeating:

Note to Our Readers:
If you have difficulty finding Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine at your preferred retailer, we want to help. First, let the store manager know that you want the store to carry this magazine. Then send us a letter or postcard mentioning AHMM and giving us the full name and address of the store. Write to us at:
Dell Magazines, Dept. NS
6 Prowitt Street
Norwalk, CT 06855-1220

Use the above address for AHMM, Analog, Asimov’s and EQMM.

It works. I did it for Fate, which I couldn’t find at any retailer in Portland. Now Rich’s on 9th and Alder downtown carries it. What a kick to see the new issue on their racks.

For convenience, here’s a few more addresses:
Fantasy & Science Fiction
PO Box 3447
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Fate magazine 800-728-2730
PO Box 460
Lakeville, MN 55044

Nostalgia Digest (773) 769-6575
PO Box 25734
Chicago, IL 60625

Nostalgia Digest: Beyond Nick and Nora

A beautiful shot of William Powell and Myrna Loy grace the cover of the Spring 2017 edition of Nostalgia Digest.

Editorial by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Evelyn Rudie” (uncredited)
“Running Down a Dream” by Jordan Elliott (1908 Chicago Cubs)
“Beyond The Thin Man” by Edward Shaw
“And me, Harlow Wilcox . . .” by Kristi Zanker
“Now Playing Home Movies” by Jim Dohren
“By George” by Karl Tiedemann (George Gobel)
“What a Difference a Day Makes” by Michael Barrett (Doris Day)
“Calling Dick Tracy!” by Walter Scannell
Necrology for 2016
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2017
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Weirdbook #34

With this issue of Weirdbook, editor Doug Draa announces the book-size magazine is now a quarterly. He also reveals the beginning of a special themed annual, which for 2017 will be “Witches.”

From the Editor’s Tower
“The Demon in the Doughnut Shop” by Bret McCormick
“Masks of Babylon” by Steve Dilks (verse)
“A Kiss for the Mirrorman” by Adrian Cole
“Which Remained Untold” by Darrell Schweitzer (verse)
“Mukden by Sean” Patrick Hazlett
“In the Gallery” by J. Michael Major
“Excavation” by Franklyn Searight
“Bunnies of the Apocalypse” by Gregg Chamberlain
“Sephora” by Ashley Dioses (verse)
“Zhar’s Outré House” by Frederick J. Mayer
“The Devil is Anonymous” by Frank Duffy
“Touched” by James D. Mabe
“The Singing Tree” by Lawrence Buentello
“Blood of God” by DJ Tyrer
“Bum Fights and Blood Feuds” by Scott Harper
“Beauty Treatment” by Liam Hogan
“Narda the Czarina” by Ashley Dioses (verse)
“My Personal Dream” by James Ward Kirk
“Mischa in the Window” by Jason Rubis
“The Wrong Daughter” by Lucy A. Snyder (verse)
“Thrill My Soul” by Greg Jenkins
“Trick” by Rish Outfield
“In Silence My Requiem” by Steve Dilks (verse)

Weirdbook Vol. 2 #4, whole #34 published February 2017
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Manager: Steve Coupe
Cover: Tonis Pan
182 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 in Print, $3.03 in Kindle from
$3.99 from Magzter
Wildside Press website

Analog Mar/Apr 2017

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Vol. 137 #3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2017

Guest Editorial by Nickolas Falkner
“Nexus” by Michael F. Flynn
Sustainability Lab 101 by Stanley Schmidt (Science Fact)
“Barriers” by J. Northcutt, Jr. (verse)
“Europa’s Survivors” by Marianne J. Dyson, art by Vincent DiFate
“Eli’s Coming” by Catherine Wells
“Time Heals” by James C. Glass
“Shakesville” by Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, art by Kevin Speidell
“Hypothesis/Assertion” by Daniel D. Villani (verse)
“Host” by Eneasz Brodski
“The Snatchers” by Edward McDermott
“Unbearable Burden” by Gwendolyn Clare
Testing the Neutrino Hierarchy by John G. Cramer (Alternate View)
“Hidden Intentions” by Mary E. Lowd
“Grandmaster” by Jay O’Connell
In Times to Come (preview)
“Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity” by Shane Halbach
“Concerning the Devastation Wrought by the Nefarious Gray Comma and Its Ilk” by Tim McDaniel (Men in Tie-Dye Adventure), art by Josh Meehan
“Ecuador vs. the Bug-Eyed Monsters” by Jay Werkheiser, art by Joel Iskowitz
“The Human Way” by Tony Ballantyne
“Plaisir d’Amour” by John Alfred Taylor
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks—Readers’ Letters
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis
Classified Marketplace

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Tomislav Tikulin for “Nexus”
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Apr. 25, 2017
Analog website


The Digest Enthusiast #6 progress report

The sixth edition of The Digest Enthusiast is coming along very well. I’ll focus first on the content on-hand and then get into things in development or planned. Peter Enfantino has turned in one article on Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and another on my favorite digest, Manhunt. Despite being buried with work on his robot book, Steve Carper managed to write a piece about an old self-published digest crica 1941. Tom Brinkmann returns with gusto with an article on Sharon Tate. I’m deep into a piece on International Science Fiction, a title suggested by Tore Stokka.

In the fiction arena, we have “Atomic Fuel” by Alex Cizak with art by Brad Foster, “The Eihkarrad Talisman” by Joe Wehrle, Jr. and the second episode of Lesann Berry’s Alternate History Archive is planned.

D. Blake Werts has an interview with a SF writer in development and I’m lining up one with a crime writer. Joe Wehrle, Jr. has an article in progress, plus we’ll have a few reviews including one on another set of digest magazine trading cards. I’m hoping Bob Vojtko will have time to give us another page of his wonderful gag cartoons. We’re on schedule for a June release in print and digital versions for Kindle and Magzter.

Asimov’s Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2017

40th Anniversary Issue!

Guest Editorial: Times Change by James Patrick Kelly
Reflections: Forty Years! by Robert Silverberg, art by Hoszowski
On the Net: Screen Dreams by James Patrick Kelly
“” by Will McIntosh
“Number Thirty-Nine Skink” by Suzanne Palmer
“Mount Rushmore” by Marge Simon (verse)
“Three Can Keep a Secret…” by Bill Johnson & Gregory Frost
“The Ones Who Know Where They are Going” by Sarah Pinsker
“Invasion of the Saucer-Men” by Dale Bailey (movie title series)
“Kitty Hawk” by Alan Smale
“Small Certainties” by Sara Polsky (verse)
“Cupido” by Rich Larson
“A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension” by Andrea M. Pawley
“Almost Certainly a Time Traveler” by Jarod K. Anderson (verse)
“The Wisdom of the Group” by Ian R. MacLeod
“After the Atrocity” by Ian Creasey
“Surreal Axioms” by Bruce Boston (verse)
“Goner” by Gregory Norman Bossert
“Note from Olympus Mons” by Robert Frazier
“We Regret the Error” by Terry Bisson
“Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Robert Borski
“Tao Zero” by Damien Broderick
Next Issue
On Books by Peter Heck
Classified Marketplace
SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 41 #3 & 4, whole #494 & 495, Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Tomislav Tikulin for “Number Thirty-Nine Skink”
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Apr. 25, 2017
Asimov’s website

Writers: Please note Pulp Modern is open for submissions from March 1, 2017 thru March 10, 2017. Details here.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

“All Our Yesterdays” by Andres Klavan, art by Laurie Harden
“Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias
“The Oxford Tarts” by G.M. Malliet
“Le Bernadin” by Alaric Hunt
“Together” by Charlie Hughes (Dept. of First Stories)
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock
“Portrait of a Lady” by Beatrix Kramlovsky (Passport to Crime) Translation from German by Mary Tannert
“The Hard Rise” by Carl Robinette (Hank Garnier series)
“Ruthless” by Judith Cutler
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“Just Below the Surface” by Robert Shepherd (Dept. of First Stories)
“The Stereotype” by Bill Pronzini
“The Copyist” by Peter Tremayne (Sister Fidelma series)
“The Model Citizen” by William Dylan Powell, art by Mark Evan Walker (P.I. Billy Raskolnikov series)
“Renters” by Tim L. Williams
“Cramer in Trouble” by Dave Zeltserman (Julius Katz series)
“The Guy I Told Stuff To” by Antony Mann
“Alive, Alive-Oh!” by O.A. Tynan, art by Allen Davis
“The Rat” by Cath Staincliffe

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 149 #3 & 4, whole #906 & 907, Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Doodlemachine/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 25, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

AHMM Mar/Apr 2017

The big news in this second edition of AHMM’s new bi-monthly double-issue schedule—at least in my mind—is the appearance of Dale Berry’s seven-page comic. There isn’t any fanfare about it inside, but this must be the first time AHMM has ever run a comic. Kudos to the AHMM’s editors for mixing things up. I wonder what other readers will think…

Here’s the full contents:
Editor’s Notes: Strength of Character by Linda Landrigan and The Lineup
“Rough-Hewn Retribution” by Nancy Pauline Simpson
“The Echoes” by Charles John Harper, art by Ally Hodges
Promo for the Wolfe Pack/AHMM $1000 Black Orchid Novella Contest
“A Little Cariñoso” by Chris Knopf
“Dead Air” story and art by Dale Berry
“Underground Above Ground” by Bob Tippee
“Razor’s Edge” by Alan E. Foulds
Dying Words acrostic puzzle by Arlene Fisher
“Greed” by Gilbert M. Stack
“Magpie Man” by Tony Richards
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Ice Falls”
“How Do You Know What You Want” by Susan Oleksiw
“Bygones” by Wayne J. Gardiner, art by AJ Frena and Howard John Arey
Booked & Printed by Robert C. Hahn
“Hominid” by Martin Limón
“Bleak Future” by Mitch Alderman
The Mysterious Cipher by Willie Rose
The Story That Won (Jul/Aug) “Stiff Competition” by Margaret L. Welsh
The Story That Won (Nov) “Best in the Field” by Caryl Giles

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 62 #3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Afteryoureality/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 24, 2017
The Mystery Place: Alfred Hitchcock website

Digital digests

Print on demand (POD) and ePub technologies make it possible for individuals and shoestring operations to publish print and electronic magazines that can measure up to the quality standards of the big publishers. These new digital digests are a breath of fresh air for readers who want a wider choice of titles that feature short genre fiction. Titles like Weirdbook, Sherlock Holmes, Pulp Literature, Betty Fedora and Mystery Weekly are a few examples available in multiple formats made possible by digital technology.

Pulp Modern was an early entry in this new territory. Editor Alec Cizak explains, “Initially, I started Pulp Modern because I didn’t see a lot of print journals that published good, interesting fiction in a variety of genres.”

After ten issues the digest magazine has been on hiatus, but once the publishing bug has bit, it’s hard to ignore. Cizak is preparing to relaunch the book later this year. I’ll contribute the design and production tasks, so Alec can focus on the editorial work. Writers should keep an eye on the Pulp Modern website for the submissions window that’s coming in March.