Philip Weck’s You Can’t Run Away


Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “You Can’t Run Away” by Philip Weck

When a story starts strong and keeps getting better, you can’t help but stop for a moment to double-check who the writer is. It’s a name you want to remember. For technique alone—wonderfully, smooth transitions from second to first person and back again—this story’s a killer. A war veteran returns to his hometown and finds his perception of things has changed more than the people and the place. Except for the murder—and that changes everything.

With a little searching I was delighted to find Weck’s stories appeared in dozens of pulps and digests from 1947–1961, including Manhunt, Trapped, and Triple Detective. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.

Will F. Jenkins’ Wall of Fear

colliersStories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Wall of Fear” by Will F. Jenkins

First published in Collier’s (June 26, 1937) as “No More Walls”, Jenkins used his given name for this story rather than his famous pseudonym Murray Leinster. It’s an excellent story about an ex-con who made some rather foolish choices early on, and continues to live under their cloud.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2017

eqmm_7_2017Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 151 #1 & 2, whole #909 & 910, Jul/Aug 2017
“Hard to Get” by Jeffery Deaver, art by Jason C. Eckhardt
The Jury Box by Jon L. Breen
“Peter and the Wolfe” by Loren D. Estleman
“Tonic” by Susan Koefod
“The Short Answer” by James Lincoln Warren (Black Mask)
“The Egyptian Cat” by Christine Poulson
“Banana Triangle Six” by Louis Bayard
Blog Bytes by Bill Crider
“The Home Exchange” by Parker Bilal
“Platina and the Green Children” by Richard Stout (Dept. of First Stories)
“Learning to Drive” by Judith Cutler
“Harry Potter and the Shadow of the Forger’s Throne” by Paul Charles
“The Fast and the Furriest” by Pat H. Broeske (Dept. of First Stories)
“Galway Lake” by Dennis McFadden
“Night Crossing” by Marilyn Todd
“Julius Katz and the Terminated Agent” by Dave Zeltserman
“The Yellow Book” by Paul Halter (Passport to Crime) Translated from the French by John Pugmire
“What Could Possibly Go Boing?” by Mat Coward, art by Mark Evan Walker
“The Things We Do for Love” by Sharon Hunt
Classified Marketplace
“Poison Pen” by Graydon Miller

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Philcold/
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until August 22, 2017
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen website

Pulp Literature #15 Summer 2017

PL-15-cPulp Literature #15 Summer 2017
Table of Contents
From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Sensual Summer Reading
“Gret” by Brenda Carre
Feature Interview: Brenda Carre
“The Seven Swans: The Highwayman’s Deception” by Mel Anastasiou
“A Wassail in Ink” by Nicholas Christian
“Pack Up your Troubles” by A.M. Soto
“A Knight at the Royal Arms” by Charity Tahmaseb
“The Hair in the Bag” by Jenny Blackford
“Cannery Row” by Susan Pieters
“The Pool Guy” by Adam Golub
“Inglewood Courts, Edmonton” by Benjamin Hertwig
The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest: Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Jay Allisan
The SiWC Storyteller’s Award: Angela Post
“Gruff” by Kris Sayer (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” by J.M. Landels
The Artists: S. Ross Browne (cover), Kris Sayer (comic), Mel Anastasiou and J.M. Landels (interior)
Hall of Fame Kickstarter campaign backers

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editors: Katherine Howard, Janet Eastwood, Wendy Christensen
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Advertising Co-ordinator: Rachel Kuo
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
5.25” x 8” 220 pages
$14.99 print
$3.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Russell Branch’s Rip Tide

other_worlds_science_stories_195106-07Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Rip Tide” by Russell Branch

Branch wrote science fiction as well as crime stories. He seems to have enjoyed adding a 
few poetic passages to this one, a murder mystery lurking just below the surface. Some of its passages call too much attention to the writing, but others are quite crisp: “Lora Walton took me like a slug of gin, on that hot empty afternoon.”

Branch’s work often appeared in pulp magazines, but his novel “Time Flaw” made it into the pages of the Other Worlds digest in Jun/Jul 1951.

Image from Galactic Central.

Switchblade #2

Switchblade-2_500Great to see the second edition of Switchblade on the virtual newsstand.

A Word from the editor
Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Salsa Verde” by Renee Asher Pickup
“Profski Gets It” by Charles Roland
“The Long Arm” by Carmen Jaramillo
“Next Stop Hell” by Paul Greenberg
“My Brother’s Keeper” by Rob T. White
“A Talent for Killing” by S.E. Bailey
“A Death in Deep Ellum” by William Dylan Powell
“Mayhem and Motherfuckery” by Ashley Erwin
Quick & Dirty Flash
“Years of Paper and Steel” by J.L. Boekestein
“Bookie Boyz” by Scotch Rutherford
“Meeting the Demand” by Stephen D. Rogers
“Hostile Plans” by Peter Dichellis
Author Bios/Acknowledgements

Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover: Johanna Baquero, Back: Sam Lee
5” x 8”, 114 pages
POD $6.96 (assume the Kindle version is coming)

Switchblade Magazine website

Asimov’s Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017

asimovs_7_20172017 is Asimov’s Fortieth Anniversary Year

Editorial: The 2017 Dell Magazine Award by Sheila Williams
Reflections: Sharing Worlds by Robert Silverberg
“Wheelwork” by Jane Yolen (verse)
On the Net: Hold the Phones! by James Patrick Kelly
“How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry” by Alexander Jablokov
“Annabelle, Annie” by Lisa Goldstein
“Titan’s Magic Islands” by Geoffrey A. Landis (verse)
“Other Worlds and This One” by Cadwell Turnbull
“An Evening with Severyn Grimes” by Rich Larson
“Transcendental Mission: Riley’s Story” by James Gunn
“Weighty Matters: Tordor’s Story” by James Gunn
“Vacation Checklist” by Salik Shah (verse)
“@lantis” by Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw
“Grandfather Paradox” by John Richard Trtek (verse)
“The Patient Dragon” by David Gerrold
“Dead Star Reckoning” by Robert Borski (verse)
“Field Studies” by Sheila Finch
“Invasion” by Bruce McAllister (verse)
“Gale Strang” by Michael Bishop
“Challenger: A Sedoka” by Jane Yolen (verse)
“The Girl Who Stole Herself” by R. Garcia y Robertson
Next Issue
On Books by Paul Di Filippo
Classified Marketplace
SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 41 #7 & 8, whole #498 & 499, Jul/Aug 2017
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Bob Eggleton
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until August 22, 2017
Asimov’s website

Galaxy Novel #15

gn15Three Go Back by J. Leslie Mitchell is the fifteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Opening lines:
“A SKYEY monster, lapis and azure-blue, it sailed out of the heat-haze that all morning had been drifting westward from the Bay of Biscay. It startled the crew of the Rio tramp and there was a momentary curry of grimy off-watches reaching the deck, and a great upward gape of astounded eyes and mouths. Then the second engineer, a knowledgeable man and discreet in friendship with the wireless operator, voiced explanations.”

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2017

Mystery-Weekly-7-2017_500Extra Fat Humour Issue!

“A Gastleigh Curse” by Melanie Atherton Allen
“Uncle Charlie and the Passport” by Thom Bennett
“Gun Control” by Tom Tolnay
“Smiling Gnome” by J. Michael Major
“Landscaping” by Tapanga Koe
“Publish or Perish” by Kevin Z. Garvey
“The Date” by Bruce Harris
“Darkness, Darkness” by Peter DiChellis
“The Red Herring” A You-Solve-It by Rhonda Howard

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2017
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
7.5” x 10” 94 pages
POD $5.82, Kindle $3.99, Magzter $1.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Robert’s Bookshop

digests_books_500Located on the east side of Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Oregon, Robert’s Bookshop is a destination stop for book lovers. It houses over 150,000 books filling its shelves, stacked on the floor, and queued for display in cardboard boxes around the shop. It is also one of those rare bookshops that carries digest magazines. Pictured are the treasures I found there over the holiday weekend.