Alec Cizak has announced the lineup for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 2. Winter 2018 at No Moral Center:
Susan E. Abramski
Matthew X. Gomez
J. Robert Kane
He’s also selected photos to support the stories, so I’ve begun the process of converting them into photo-illustrations. Started with the cover, which is a wraparound. Here’s a first look at the front half, a dark image that captures the tone of the new Pulp Modern remarkably well. Watch this space, by December you’ll be able to get your own copy. In the meantime, you can catch up by reading Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1.
EQMM Nov 2014 with Art Taylor’s “The Odds Are Against Us”
An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast #4 in June 2016.
TDE: Most of your stories explore relationships, reactions and decisions that characters have to live with. What appeals to you about this approach?
AT: Basically, I think those themes are just at the core of my own interests and obsessions. A fellow writer, E.A. Aymar, pointed out to me—nicely—that I wasn’t very good at branding my work, since my stories were all over the place in terms of subgenre and tone and whatever: noir here, cozy there; traditional structure here, something more experimental there; etc. And I’m certain that readers who have enjoyed some of my darker stories might well be bewildered by some of the lighter comedy of On the Road with Del & Louise. But to me, so many of these stories come down to the same elements: the responsibilities inherent in being in a relationship; the times when that relationship is tested; the decision to respect or betray the relationship; the fallout from that decision. Whatever the circumstances or situation that might drive that central storyline, and whatever the various combinations of choices and consequences that might result, those questions and that theme are what I return to time and time again.
A few acknowledgements at the half-way mark of 2017:
• Several new contributors are joining us in The Digest Enthusiast book seven: Marc Myers, Vince Nowell, Sr., Josh Pachter, and Robert Snashall. Still lots to do, but most of the content for the next 152-page issue has been scheduled.
* A redo of the Larque Press website is in progress, but an interim update was posted yesterday to add our latest books: Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1 and The Digest Enthusiast book six.
• Hat tip to crime fiction writer Michael Bracken for his post about book six and connecting us with Josh Pachter.
• Thanks to Jeff Canja for including TDE in his upcoming Modern Age Books catalog. If you’re looking for a terrific source for collectable paperbacks and magazines send him an email and request a catalog.
• Hat tip to Todd Mason for including our recent reviews of Suspense Novels on Sweet Freedom’s Friday’s “Forgotten” Books list.
• Pulp Modern editor Alec Cizak has a story in the new issue of Massacre Magazine.
• And don’t miss Bill Thom’s weekly Pulp Coming Attractions, the web’s best source for news on pulp fiction.
Description and photos from the listing follow:
What we have up for bid today is a great old magazine with some terrific reading ahead of you. You won’t see a copy of this in a long time so don’t wait for somebody else grabs it. I admit I’m no professional dealer, so make no attempt to rate condition like I am. Your the judge anyway. The photos tell you everything you need to know, which is plenty for any item as old as this thing. Just so we’re clear, I am not responsible for your happyness. You are.
I’m no professional photographer either, but do the best I can, I’d say better than most too. I took these pictures myself with my wife’s phone camera. I didn’t even know it had a camera until I started poking around. Flash too. Pretty cool, you have to admit.
All my books come with dryer sheets. They make any book smell brand new. Some folks don’t like it. Too bad, that’s the way I do it. I’ve been at this a long time too. It gets rid of that musty smell that all old books get. That’s just the way things work.
I don’t live near the post office, so I ship once a week when I go to town. Wait at least two weeks before you send questions about your ordered. One week is for me to get to the post office and the other is for the post office to get it to you. If it hasn’t shown up in two weeks, it’s okay to let me know but you should probably give it another week so be sure. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
I send all books in a envelope for protection for handling by the post office. If your book arrives damaged, that’s not me, that’s the post office. Any problems you have, contact the post office. Once I turn it over, it’s out of my hands.
If you like what you have here, take a look at my other items you could buy from me. I found a bunch of boxes hid behind the water heater on Sunday so there is alot more is coming as soon as I find time to get it all listed. Keep checking, I’ll get there. You can count on it.
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“Thank you” to all the folks who have purchased The Digest Enthusiast book five. And thanks also to all those who have helped spread the word about it through your support:
Mike Chomko Books
Bill Thom’s Pulp Coming Attractions
John O’Neill Black Gate
Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Machine
James Reasoner’s Rough Edges
J. Kingston Pierce’s Killer Covers
Social Media Likers and Sharers
David J. Bell
Brad W. Foster
George A. Lane III
Chet Jasper Reams
Kipp Poe Speicher
Sorry if I missed anyone! Book Six is in development with a target release planned for June 2017!
Mercury Mystery #233
Published a year after Dashiell Hammett’s death, the final digest magazine collection of his short stories, Mercury Mystery #233, appeared on newsstands in Feb. 1962. The lead story, “A Man Named Thin,” was also the title of the collection. It’s protagonist is Robin Thin, not Nick Charles, and predates all of Hammett’s more famous characters. Ellery Queen (Frederick Dannay) explains in his introduction:
“We do not know when Dashiell Hammett wrote the story we have titled “A Man Named Thin” (the author’s original title was a curious one, “The Figure of Incongruity”). From internal evidence it seems probable that Hammett wrote the story in the mid-1920s—in the formative years before The Maltese Falcon; and if this is true, the story foreshadows much of Hammett’s mature talent, especially his originality of characterization and plot.”
The magazine that originally bought the story went out of business before it saw print. It languished among the assets subsequently purchased by a romance magazine until Dannay caught wind of it in 1945. He bought it in 1946, yet “for reasons too complicated to explain” in his introduction, the story didn’t see print until the March 1951 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Papa was, though I may be deemed an undutiful son for saying it, in an abominable mood. His chin protruded across his desk at me in a fashion that almost justified the epithet of brutal which had once been applied to it by an unfriendly journalist; and his mustache seemed to bristle with choler of its own, though this was merely the impression I received. It would be preposterous to assume actual change in the mustache which, whatever Papa’s humor, was always somewhat irregularly salient.”
Paperback Parade #96
The first new issue of Paperback Parade arrived on New Year’s Eve to help celebrate the beginning of 2017. Contents below:
“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“James Meese” by Gary Lovisi
“Matchless Paperbacks” by Richard Greene
“1950’s British Tarzans” by Philip Harbottle
“Gil Cohen Paintings for Sale”
“The Mysteries of Roy Huggins” by Tom Cantrell
“Roy Huggins Paperback Bibliography” by Tom Cantrell
“Kousoulas & Kevin” by Don Z. Block
“Jay Suspense Books” by Wally Green
“Europa Books” by Gary Lovisi
“2016 UK Paperback & Pulp Book Fair” by David Hyman
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
Trading the Portland rain for the Californian sun for the next week and a few days. More digest magazine mania will return on Sunday, October 23. Please join us then!
Shanks on Crime by Robert Lopresti
Reticent sleuth, Leopold Longshanks, is the creation of Washington State’s author Robert Lopresti. Mysteries have a way of finding Shanks, and he has a way of solving them. Here’s the opening from “Shanks on Misdirection” that originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (Jul/Aug 2009) and reappeared in the Shanks On Crime anthology:
“Just look at him,” muttered Leopold Longshanks. “I can’t believe he had the gall to show up.”
Shanks is approaching a dozen appearances in AHMM, outdistancing Lopresti’s other series characters Marty Crow and Uncle Victor. His recent novel, Greenfellas was published by Oak Tree Press in 2015.