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Magazine of Horror #5 Sept. 1964

“Cassius” by Henry S. Whitehead (Strange Tales Nov. 1931)
“Love at First Sight” by J.L. Miller
“Five Year Contract” by J. Vernon Shea
“The House of the Worm” by Merle Prout (Weird Tales Oct. 1933)
“The Beautiful Suit” by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and Other Stories)
“A Stranger Came to Reap” by Stephen Dentinger
“The Morning the Birds Forgot to Sing” by Walt Liebscher
“Bones” by Donald A. Wollheim (Stirring Science Fiction Feb. 1941)
“The Ghostly Rental” by Henry James (Scribner’s Monthly Sept. 1876)

Magazine of Horror #4 May 1964

“Beyond the Breakers” by Anna Hunger
“What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien
“Last Act: October” by Tigrina
“A Psychological Experiment” by Richard Marsh (The Seen and The Unseen)
“A Dream of Falling” by Attila Hatvany
“The Truth About Pyecraft” by H.G. Wells (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
“The Mark of the Beast” by Rudyard Kipling (Life’s Handicap)
“The Dreams in the Witch-House” by H.P. Lovecraft (Weird Tales July 1933)

Magazine of Horror #3 Feb 1964

“The Seeds of Death” by David H. Keller (Weird Tales June/July 1931)
“The Seeking Thing” by Janet Hirsch
“A Vision of Judgement” by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and Others)
“The Place of the Pythons” by Arthur J. Burks (Strange Tales Sep. 1931)
“Jean Bouchon” by S. Waring-Gould (A Book of Ghosts)
“The Door” by Rachel Cosgrove Payes
“One Summer Night” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins-Freeman (The Wind in the Rose-Bush)
“They That Wait” by H.S.W. Chibbett
“The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)

Magazine of Horror #2

“The Space-Eaters” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales July 1928)
“The Faceless Thing” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Red Room” by H.G. Wells
“Hungary’s Female Vampire” by Dean Lipton
“A Tough Tussle” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Doorslammer” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Electric Chair” by George Waight (Weird Tales Jan. 1925)
“The Other One” by Jerryl L. Keane
“The Charmer” by Archie Binns
“Clarissa” by Robert A. W. Lowndes (expanded version of “Gourmet” from Renascence 1946)
“The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes” by Rudyard Kipling (Under the Deodars)

Magazine of Horror #1

“The Man with a Thousand Legs” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales Aug. 1927)
”A Thing of Beauty” by Wallace West
“The Yellow Sign” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
”The Maze and the Monster” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Death of Halpin Frayser”by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
”Babylon 70 M.” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
”The Unbeliever” by Robert Silverberg
“Fidel Bassin” by W. J. Stamper (Weird Tales July 1925)
“The Last Dawn” by Frank Lillie Pollock (Argosy June 1906)
“The Undying Head” by Mark Twain (Life on the Mississippi)

Men of Violence! #7

mov_7A trio of zines from Justin Marriott arrived yesterday, two issues of Men of Violence! and Pulp Horror #6. More on the content of the others in the days ahead, but let’s begin with MOV! #7:

Mailbag of Violence: LOCs from John Gallagher, Andy Boot, and Art Black
James Leasor Update
A Dirty Way to Die: Peter Enfantino’s recap of The Sharpshooter paperback series by Bruno Rossi
Flying High: Gavin Tudor Lyall paperbacks
The Sheriff of Rockabye County: J.T. Edson’s paperback series
In the Interrogation Room: Stephen Mertz—An interview by Paul Bishop

48 pages, ~6” x 8” (A5-size) saddle-stitch binding
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: Jim O’Brien
Cover: Image from The Sharpshooter #11 Triggerman
The Paperback Fanatic website

The Digest Enthusiast #5

The Digest Enthusiast #5 Jan. 2017 cover by Joe Wehrle, Jr.

TDE5 is now available in print and Kindle editions. Here’s the lineup:

• Interview with Bill Crider: The inside story on Dan Rhodes, EQMM’s Blog Bytes and Bill’s storied career with digests—with special coverage of the beloved DAPA-EM.

• Digest News: the latest from Dell, Fate, F&SF, Nostalgia Digest, Video WatcHDog and our contributors; readers’ response to TDE4; plus Tom Brinkmann’s portraits of synchronicity.

Peter Enfantino’s overview and synopses of Martin Goodman’s Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries.

Steve Carper cracks the riddle of the remarkable Ellery Queen Selects series.

Peter Enfantino reports on the editorial insights of Robert A.W. Lowndes on his ultimate manifestation: the Magazine of Horror.

• RAWL on Writing for Publication, a summary by Richard Krauss.

• Reviews of the UK’s Worlds of Fantasy #4, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by Peter Nicholls, Charles Beckman, Jr.’s Honky Tonk Girl by Gary Lovisi, and Marvel Science Stories May 1951.

• Genre fiction by Lesann Berry, Richard L. Kellogg, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.; with illustrations by Brian Buniak, Michael Neno, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.

• Plus contents lists and sources; digest magazine checklists; Haiku by Clark Dissmeyer; cartoons by Brad Foster and Bob Vojtko; and more.

Print version, $8.99, includes nearly 100 B&W cover images, 152 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ digest.
 Kindle version, $2.99, includes over 50 color cover images.

For information on previous editions visit the Larque Press website.

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Roy Carroll aka Robert Turner and The Gunny

The Tobacco Auction Murders (Ace 1954)

The Tobacco Auction Murders (Ace 1954)

Opening of “The Gunny” by Robert Turner from Gunsmoke #1 (June 1953):

“After it was over, Maurer didn’t look at Blackburn sprawled in the dust over the rutted, hard-packed dirt of Main Street. He stood there for a wild moment, feeling terribly tall, as though he were standing in the middle of a toy town, the clumps of wooden buildings around him only ankle-high and he all alone there like that. Then the feeling faded as fast as it had come.”

The deadly past of a hired gun begins to haunt him. In his overview of Gunsmoke for The Digest Enthusiast #3, Peter Enfantino provides a biographical sketch of the author.

Robert Turner (aka Roy Carroll) sold hundreds of mystery tales to the pulps and over 60 stories to crime digests such as Manhunt, Pursuit, Hunted, and Guilty, including my favorite Turner title, “Frogtown Vengeance,” in Hunted #2 (February 1955). Manhunt’s bio on Turner states that he was an agent and an editor before turning to full-time writing because it ‘made less ulcers.’ Eleven of the eighteen stories collected in Shroud 9 (Powell, 1970) originally appeared in Manhunt. Novels included The Tobacco Auction Murders (Ace, 1954), Woman Chaser and Strange Sisters (both Beacon, 1962), and The Night is For Screaming (Pyramid, 1960). Turner wrote a short piece on ‘The Not-So-Literary Digests’ for Xenophile #38 (1978), wherein he opined that Gunsmoke died a quick death ‘probably because the typical western story fan didn’t go for off-trail stories.’”

Noel Loomis: Gunsmoke #1

Gunsmoke #1 June 1953

Gunsmoke #1 June 1953

Flying Eagle Publications launched a western fiction digest in June 1953, six months after the introduction of Manhunt. Edited by John McCloud, Gunsmoke boasted a fine roster of authors, including Noel Loomis, whose “The Man Who Had No Thumbs” holds the honor of the first story in the inaugural issue—and full coverage on the back cover. Here’s the opening:

“Jonas Marson sat cross-legged and unmoving, watching juice drip from the haunch of mule-meat and hearing it sizzle into the fire. He wore a big hat with the brim sagging at front and rear, and beneath it showed sandy hair, long and tangled, and matted at the back where he lay on it when sleeping. His chin was covered with sandy whiskers stained brown from tobacco juice.”

Back cover of Gunsmoke #1

Back cover of Gunsmoke #1

Peter Enfantino described it in TDE3: “This gruesome revenge yarn would have found a perfect home in Joe R. Lansdale’s equally gruesome anthology of western horrors, Razored Saddles.”

Noel Miller Loomis (1905–1969) wrote mystery and science fiction stories, but his main body of work was westerns. He was born in the Oklahoma Territory and raised in Texico, in the New Mexico Territory. He served as the President of the Western Writers of America, 1954–1955, and received the Spur Award for his novel Short Cut to Red River (1958) and his short story Grandfather Out of the Past (1959). He was Assistant Professor of English at San Diego State College (1958–1969).

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In other news, DreamHaven Books now has all four issues of The Digest Enthusiast in stock at their store in Minneapolis. If you live in the area, the store is at 2301 East 38th Street, and they also sell online at dreamhavenbooks.com.

Hat tip to Bill Thom for his continuous coverage of the June launch of TDE4, as well as the Digest Magazines blog this week on his essential Pulp Coming Attractions.

Lastly, we’ve added the print editions TDE3 and TDE4 to our eBay listings, for those looking for an alternative to the monster river.