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The Digest Enthusiast #7 now in print

tde7front300rgbBook seven is now available in print, just in time for the holidays. Cover guy Rick Ollerman talks digests, fiction, writers, and Down & Out: The Magazine. The cover portrait is the work of Joe Wehrle, Jr., whose name you’ll see a lot in this edition. Joe not only gives us a terrific portrait, but managed to work in some atmosphere and a kick-ass redheaded woman to boot.

Long time mystery writer Josh Pachter provides his fascinating debrief on Espionage Magazine’s 14-issue run from Dec. 1984 to Sept. 1987.

Peter Enfantino continues his entertaining story-by-story synopses of Manhunt 1953 #5–8.

Steve Carper begins an exploration of digests you may never knew existed and others that are collectors’ dreams in “One-and-Dones” part one.

Ever wonder what The Occult Digest was all about, when it surfaces on ebay? Wonder no more. Tom Brinkmann give us the full story with his usual aplomb and attention to detail.

Vince Nowell, Sr. joins us with “When Things Go Wrong: The Lester del Rey–John Raymond Fiasco.” We’re talking Rocket Stories, Fantasy Fiction, Space SF, and Science Fiction Adventures.

The adventures of Telsey Amberdon by James H. Schmitz are explored in “Psience Fiction” by Joe Werhle, Jr., complete with character and author portraits.

tde7back_235Peter Enfantino details the stories of Robert Edmond Alter that appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine from Aug. 1968 to Dec. 1966.

We’ve ramped up reviews this time to cover several recent releases: Black Cat Mystery Magazine #1, D&O: The Magazine #1, Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017, Pulp Literature #15, Suspense Stories, and Switchblade #2.

Brand new fiction from Lesann Berry (art by Michael Neno), Robert Snashall (collage by Marc Myers), and Joe Wehrle, Jr. (w/his artwork); and cartoons by Bob Vojtko.

News and cover previews from Pulp Modern, Nostalgia Digest, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Switchblade, PulpFest 2018, Wildside Press digests, Broadswords and Blasters, Paperback Fanatic, and D&O:The Magazine; writers Bill Crider, Richard Kellogg, Robert Lopresti, Gary Lovisi, and Josh Pachter; artists Brad Foster and Bob Vojtko; and Marc Myers and D. Blake Werts.

The Digest Enthusiast book seven
152 pages, with over 100 cover images
POD from amazon, Mike Chomko, DreamHaven Books, and Bud’s Art Books
Digital from Kindle and Magzter (Dec. 11)

Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals

gold_medalsJust finished reading Stark House’s excellent Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals. It collects Rick Ollerman’s essays about the authors of the paperback original era, along with some additional background material written specifically for the volume. A big part of the Stark House Press mission is to return the best books of the PBO era to print. Ollerman’s book explains why. It’s overflowing with background on the writers and their works. It’s meticulously researched and dangerous to book collectors who won’t be able to resist adding even more to their bulging libraries after reading it.

Down & Out: The Magazine #1

DandO_Magazine_1_500Backed by crime fiction powerhouse Down & Out Books, “The Magazine” is now available in print and ePub. (For the background on this new magazine and much more be sure to check out our interview with editor Rick Ollerman in The Digest Enthusiast #7, coming in December 2017.)

A Few Clues from the Editor: Rick Ollerman
“Dress Blues” by Michael A. Black
“Hit Me” by Rick Ollerman
“The Solitary Man” by Terrence McCauley
Placed in Evidence by J. Kingston Pierce
“On the Job Interview” by Eric Beetner
“Breakage” by Reed Farrel Coleman (Feature Story)
“Trash” by Jen Conley
“Rough Justice” by Frederick Nebel (Black Mask Nov. 1930)
“Deadbeat” by Thomas Pluck

Editor: Rick Ollerman
Cover design: Lance Wright
5.5” x 8.5”, 166 pages
POD $11.99, Kindle $5.99 ($1.99 with the print version)

Down & Out: The Magazine website

New Crime Digest


Something wonderful in the world of crime digest magazines is happening right now. Rick Ollerman and Eric Campbell have teamed up to bring us Down & Out: The Magazine.

Debut: June 2017
Print: ~5” x 8”
Digital: Yes
Frequency: Quarterly

Issue one will include a new Reed Farrel Coleman story starring detective Moe Prager, a classic reprint, a cover by Peter Rozofsky, and much more. For more information see the official Down & Out announcement.