Paperback Parade #98 August 2017

Paperback Talk by Gary Lovisi
A Basic Overview of American Pre-Vintage Paperbacks & Series by Gary Lovisi
Science Fiction in Dime Novels; Penny Dreadfuls; & Shilling Shockers by Jon D. Swartz
A Look Behind Bachelor Books by Gary Lovisi
Badge 714 on Duty (Dragnet) by Richard L. Kellogg
Two Foreign Pre-Vintage Paperback Series (Civilizacao Brasileira & Coleccao Civilizacao) by Gary Lovisi
The 1942 Canadian White Circles by Jim Fitzpatrick
The “Ace Science Fiction Reader” by Michael S. Smith
Walter H. Hunt’s Dark Wing Series by Gary Lovisi
Matchless Paperbacks: Jacqueline Susann by Richard Greene

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 96 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sept 2017

“Clowns on the Run” by D.S. White
“A Man is Worth a Thousand Pictures” by Erik Deckers
“Keeper of the Flame” by Greg Herren
“Do Not Pass Go . . .” by James Blakey
“A Silver .38” by Peter W.J. Hayes
“How Mrs. Hitt Stopped Scrimping and Found Happiness with a Hit Man” by Lani Steele
“Egg on His Face” A You-Solve-It by Laird Long

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sept 2017
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
7.5” x 10” 74 pages
POD $4.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

The Pulpster 26

pulpster26The official program of PulpFest, The Pulpster is also mailed to advertisers and arrived in last week’s mail. The full-size magazine is published by Mike Chomko and edited by William Lampkin. PulpFest 2017 was held in Pittsburgh, PA, July 27–30, 2017.

From the Editor by William Lampkin
From the Publisher by Michael Chomko
“Scarlett O’Horror of Alabam” by Tony Davis
“Dangerous Dames” by Ron Goulart (cover story)
“Women in the Detective Pulps” by Bill Pronzini
“The O. Henry of the Pulps” by Garyn G. Roberts
“How I Get My Inspiration” by A ‘Weird Tales’ Author (Robert Bloch)
“Bloch’s Archetypal Thriller: ‘Psycho’” by Garyn G. Roberts
“First, Do Harm!” by Curt Phillips
“The Lesser of ‘The Big Three’” by Walker Martin
“Pulp Christmas Show” by Douglas Draa
“The Tall Tales of Captain McGrail” by Monte Herridge
Final Chapters by Tony Davis
Advertisers Index

The Pulpster #26
Editor: William Lampkin
Assistant Editor: Peter Chomko
Publisher: Mike Chomko
Cover: Norman Saunders (Black Mask July 1949)
8.5” x 11” 40 pages
$13 postage paid from Mike Chomko Books (inquire for shipping outside the US)

Back on Monday

Rocket1Taking a blog break, will return on Monday with more daily digests.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko Books for carrying The Digest Enthusiast in their catalog and tabling copies at the recent PulpFest and other shows Mike attends.

TDE book seven is progressing nicely and planned for early December release. Contributors include 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, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.

Raymond Drennen’s Murder Town

youll die nowStories from Suspense Magazine #4 Winter 1952: “Murder Town” by Raymond Drennen

Drennen’s pulp fiction career spanned a neat ten years: 1947–1957. It began with Street and Smith’s Detective Story Magazine and ended with Terror Detective Story Magazine. “Himself a man of action, he’s shoved thousands of fellahin [Egyptian laborers] up and down the Nile, wrangled with Nazi agents in Cairo and worked on a hydrogen bomb project for the A.E.C. [Atomic Energy Com- mission], in North Carolina.”

His novelette for Suspense opens with “A rain of blood, a prevalence of corpses, and a deadly puzzle for Jim Brady made the sinful city of Jordanville into a . . . Murder Town.”

Jim Brady, private operative, catches wind of trouble in Jordanville on a routine background check for a client. He’s soon swallowed up in a racket that involves mobsters, crooked cops, a Treasury Agent, slot machines and opium. Drennen is a fine writer. His story is a fast paced, carefully plotted, action- packed mini-saga reminiscent of “Red Harvest.” My only quibble is the hero is so perfect, he pushes the boundaries of suspended disbelieve. The unlikely female Treasury Agent, Gloria Yale, sums it up, “Bill Shumate said you were good, Jim. Now I’ve been here six months, and it took you twenty-four hours to start from scratch and break it open.”

Drennen wrote at least two crime novels, You’ll Die Now (1953) and Murder Beat (1956). He died in 1967 in Philadelphia, at the age of 67.

James Robbins Miller’s Give Back the Dead


Collier’s June 11, 1949

Stories from Suspense Magazine #4 Winter 1952: “Give Back the Dead” by James Robbins Miller

Inspired “. . . by a woman receiving a letter from a friend who had died a week before, in which he told of future plans.” Miller transforms the concept into an upscale melodrama good enough for Collier’s, where it first ran in 1949 as “Letters from Cairo.”

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Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2017

Hello, Out There in Radioland! by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Tippi Hedren” (uncredited)
“On with the Show: Celebrating 45 Years of . . . Memory Club Movies” by Chuck Schaden
“The Jolson Story” by Stone Wallace (cover story)
“CELEBio: Larry Parks” by Lou Smith
“The Traitor from Lane Tech: The story of a high-school dropout . . . and the Nazi invasion that wasn’t.” by Wayne Klatt
“Mr. Radio: Actor, writer, producer, director . . . Elliott Lewis could do it all—and did” by Jordan Elliott
“1917: A Great Year for Comedy!” by Garry Berman
“Life is but a Scream: Behind the door of The Inner Sanctum . . . ” by Michael Cole
“The Coal Bin” by Dorothy Stanaitis
“Forever Otto” by Orrin Konheim
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 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 #36

From the Editor’s Tower by Doug Draa
“Burn on the Bayou” by L.F. Falconer
“The Horde” by Chad Hensley (verse)
“The Mumbler” by Gillian French
“Beneath the Roads” by John Joe Lopez (verse)
“Cleric at Sentinel Hill” by Franklyn Searight
“Let Them Have Dominion” by Oliver Smith (verse)
“Whores and Criminals” by Dean MacAllister
“The Quiet on the Water” by C.C. Adams
“The Haggard Brothers Go to Town” by James Pratt
“Krysten” by Clay F. Johnson (verse)
The Awakening” by Megan Neumann
“The Chimera” by Chad Hensley (verse)
“Dead Line” by D.C. Lozar
“Stranded in Louisiana” by Chad Hensley (verse)
“The Waterman’s Song” by M.B. Vigil
“Maleficium” by Kelly Gould
“The Green Dome” by Joe DiCicco
“Cryptid Shindig” by Richard Stevenson (verse)
“We Who Walk on Worlds” by Matt Sullivan
“Insect Song” by William Tea
“The Harvest Moon Festival” by Gigi Eng
“Guardians of the Seven Gates” by Chad Hensley (verse)
“Like Falling Snow” by W.D. Clifton
“The Oldest Story” by S.L. Edwards
“Geronimo Versus Frankenstein” by Neal Privett
“The Black-and-White Dozen” by Chris Kuriata
“Omzetten” by C.M. Muller
“Vandegald’s Globes” by Jeremy Hayes
“Great Old Ones” by Darrell Schweitzer (verse)

Weirdbook Vol. 2 #6, whole #36 published August 2017
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Team: Steve Coupe, Ben Geyer, Helen McGee, Karl Würf
Cover: H. White/Fotolia
Interior & Back Cover Art: Allen Koszowski
204 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 in Print, $3.03 in Kindle from
$3.99 from Magzter
Wildside Press website

Now In Stock at Bud Plant’s

budplant_logoAll six issues of The Digest Enthusiast are now available through Bud Plant’s Incredible Online Catalog, from the Pulp & Fiction section. Founded in 1970 by renowned illustration & comic art expert Bud Plant, their flagship Incredible Catalog has evolved from its roots, growing to include all forms of great visual art, and now bears the name Bud’s Art Books. It’s here you will find the very best of the visual arts. A unique and diverse collection representing the past, present and future. And of course, Bud’s trademark service from a great staff who share your passion for great art!

Bud’s blog highlights the latest editions to the Incredible Catalog and featured The Digest Enthusiast in his August 17 update.