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Status Report

The seventh issue of The Digest Enthusiast will be out in December. There’s a little work on the cover remaining, when that’s done I’ll order a print proof and hopefully release it soon after. Beginning with this issue, the Kindle version will be a fixed-page layout. Here’s TDE7’s contributor list:

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
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

The second issue of the new Pulp Modern is also underway. Editor Alec Cizak is busy finalizing the stories, while I’m working on the photo-conversions, nearing the half-way point. Once those are done, I’ll get started on the layout. Aiming for a December release on this one too.

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Next Pulp Modern

PM22frontAlec Cizak has announced the lineup for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 2. Winter 2018 at No Moral Center:
Susan E. Abramski
Tom Andes
Marc Fitch
Matthew X. Gomez
J. Robert Kane
Preston Lang
Robert Petyo
Charles Roland
John Teel
Russell Thayer
Jim Thomsen

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.

Down on the Street by Alec Cizak

downonthestreetAs the designer on Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1, edited by Alec Cizak, I was predisposed to enjoy his latest book, Down on the Street, from Down & Out Books. Fortunately, the novel goes far beyond any struggle for objectivity. It is simply, terrific.

As crime fiction goes, Down on the Street is on the deep, dark side. Its main characters embrace one bad idea after another to make the rent or pay off an urgent obligation that looms around the corner. Lester Banks is a balding, world-weary cab driver who ekes it out in the same run-down apartment building as Chelsea Farmer, a college girl who looks arrestingly out of place in her squalid surroundings.

Their stories intertwine with touches of humanity between their lousy choices and the lousy consequences that follow. Like their mutual brainwave to pimp out Chelsea, making her fair game for a series of Johns who seem intent on turning prostitution into property. It all seems real, sprung to life inside the reader’s mind, through the characters’ street-smart dialogue and shortsighted schemes.

Even before I put the first chapter behind me, I was caught, transfixed as Lester and Chelsea plunge headlong into their world of excess, violence, and sex. Dangerous and vicarious at first, things quickly turn raw and sobering, as these broken spirits scrape toward rock bottom.

Cizak’s novel is a fast, brutal trip down on the street. The writing is terse, with a lyrical quality that belies its spare, driving narrative. “The air outside wobbled from the heat. He hustled to his cab and cranked the engine to get the A/C working.”

If you only try one new crime fiction author this year, make it Alec Cizak. His new book is well worth the price of admission and, more importantly, your time.

Down on the Street by Alec Cizak

downonthestreetAlec Cizak is the editor of Pulp Modern. He’d published ten issues before I met him over the ether, and he welcomed me to help with its revival in May. Alec is also a filmmaker and author. His latest book, Down on the Street, from ABC Group Documentation, an imprint of Down & Out Books, is out today.

If I was the kind of guy who ever read a book in a single sitting, this would be it. I’m half way through and it’s terrific. If you like your crime fiction dire, climb aboard this one-way fare down the city’s backside. The writing is terse, the journey bleak; just the way I like it.

Down on the Street is available direct from Down & Out Books, select booksellers, and the big river.

William Sambrot’s The Saboteur

suspense_3Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “The Saboteur” by William Sambrot

The third issue of Farrell Publishings’s Suspense Magazine starts with a bang. William Sambrot’s tale of espionage and terrorism remains timely. His description of a terrorist organization, their methods and their targets strikes a chilling sense of familiarity nearly 70 years later.
Special thanks to Alec Cizak for his insightful review of The Digest Enthusiast book six on Amazon this past Monday. Alec’s latest book Down on the Street was just published by Down & Out Books.
For those who have yet to join the rest of us digest enthusiasts, you can now purchase a postage paid bundle of all six volumes for $49.99 on eBay.

The new Pulp Modern is available now


The new Pulp Modern is available now!

Larque Press recently partnered with Uncle B. Publications for the triumphant return of Pulp Modern. Volume Two, Issue One features fiction from multiple genres, including crime, horror, and science fiction. Pulp Modern resumes its mission to publish the very best fiction from around the world. In this issue, writers from Europe, Canada, the United States, Asia, and Australia contribute a diverse selection of thirteen short stories for the most discerning readers.

Editor Alec Cizak is a writer and filmmaker from Indianapolis. His latest novella, Down on the Street, is coming from ABC Group Documentation on June 16, 2017. Art Director Richard Krauss is the editor and publisher of The Digest Enthusiast. Gag cartoonist Bob Vojtko contributes a half dozen new cartoons.

From the Editor by Alec Cizak
“Housewarming” by Lucy Kiff
“Maddy Lee Reviews the Movie They Made About Her and Buck” by Tim P. Walker
“Now is Not a Good Time to Die” by Mark David Adam
“The Hand We’re Dealt” by Michaël Wertenberg
“Lady of the Mask” by L.S. Engler
“The Star Trail” by Nick Manzolillo
“Wall Whispers” by Adam S. House
“La Cross” by Stephen D. Rogers
“Out of the Woods” by Joseph Rubas
“Mickey Strange” by Calvin Demmer
“Death Sentence” by Marc E. Fitch
“All Sales Final” by Mario E. Martinez
“Out of Sight” by Myke Edwards

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1 is a 132-page digest magazine (5.5” x 8.5”)
Available in Print ($6.99), and in Kindle in Magzter ($2.99) digital versions.

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.


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.

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.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1

Alec Cizak has restarted his Pulp Modern fiction journal and will be open for submissions from March 1–10, 2017. He’s looking for crime, horror, fantasy, science fiction and western yarns of 2000 to 3500 words.

See the Pulp Modern website for complete submission guidelines and No Moral Center for updates and announcements. Read a few of the past issues for the type of stories he’s looking for.

I’ll handle the design and production of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1, so Alec can focus on sourcing the best fiction.

In other news, congratulations to TDE’s Steve Carper, whose blog, Planet Lactose, was honored as a Top Food Allergy Blog by Feedspot.

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