Just 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.
Backed 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
Next in my reading queue: Essays on crime fiction writers from the ‘50s through the ‘90s.
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”
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.