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Pulp Literature #15

The digital digest editors/publishers we spoke to prefer printed copies, but a healthy portion of their readers prefer to read on-screen. Jennifer Landels reports Pulp Literature leverages every sales channel. “Along with print, we make html, PDF, EPUB and mobi versions, all of which are available when you buy the digital issue,” says Landels. “It took us a while to find the right eBook formatter, so the EPUB and mobi versions of issues 1–3 are not quite what we wanted. However, by issue 4 we found Booknook.biz and they are absolutely fabulous: fast, accurate, and great people to work with. They use the InDesign files supplied by our designer and the ebooks look as close to the print version as possible given the format. However, I still feel that to appreciate the graphics, e-subscribers would do well to check out the html or PDF versions as well as downloading the ebooks for their readers.”

Pulp Literature #15 is available now.

The above excerpt, from “Digital Digest Magazines” interviews with the editors, appears in TDE4.

Galaxy Novel #19

gn19Jack of Eagles by James Blish is the nineteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, cover by Ed Emshwiller.

Synopsis: Danny Caiden’s on the run—from the FBI, the SEC, the Justice Department, and the Mob. Only recently, Danny had been an average New York copywriter, until he suddenly found he had ESP. His knowledge of the future is astonishing, and the rest of Danny’s powers are just beginning. But someone else wants him too: an evil group of preternatural men bent on world domination. They’ll stop at nothing until they capture Danny . . . or destroy him. Why? Because only Danny has the power to sabotage their diabolic tyranny. In the final, frenzied battle, Danny must summon all his powers, or sacrifice himself—and all mankind—to satanic slavery forever.

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.”

Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s Strangers in Need

Strangers-in-NeedOpening lines to “Strangers in Need” by Joe Wehrle, Jr. from The Digest Enthusiast book four:

“The snow-covered hut stood alone, a tiny, silent bastion against the thoughtless winter’s cruelty, its smoke billowing up against the sombre gray sky. Through a chink in the wall, a small girl’s eyes gazed out at the icy stillness.”
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Note: A short hiatus over the Fourth holiday weekend, posts will resume on Wednesday, July 5th.

Copy This! #40: Michael Neno

Copy-This-40_500Cartoonist and illustrator Michael Neno is interviewed by Copy This! editor/publisher D. Blake Werts, in the June 2017 edition, hitting mailboxes now. Michael is of course a regular contributor to The Digest Enthusiast, who has been with us since book one thanks to Blake’s good sense.

Here’s Michael’s response when Blake asked how he juggles so many projects:

“Well, creating and publishing is my real job. I quit my thankless and dead-end IT day job seven years ago (I wasn’t getting any younger!) to live off my creative talents. That includes everything from freelance comics lettering, coloring, penciling, inking and pre-press formatting to mural and web design, logos, mascots, t-shirts and illustrations for books and magazines. I juggle these deadlines with my own projects . . . I’m also commissioned to write weekly film reviews for a site which will be soon going live.”

There’s often a bonus that comes with an issue of Copy This!, this time it’s an 8-page mini comic by Michael called Pictures of Benevolence.

Copy This! is a wonderful ‘zine featuring interviews with long-time indie cartoonists and news from the mini comics community. To inquire about single issues or subscriptions write to D. Blake Werts.

 

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.
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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.
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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.

Galaxy Novel #14

gn14Isaac Asimov’s Pebble in the Sky is the fourteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz strolled along the pleasant streets of suburban Chicago quoting Browning to himself.”

Art Taylor’s “A Voice from the Past”

eqmm_8_2009EQMM Aug. 2009 included Art Taylor’s “A Voice from the Past,” which he spoke about in this excerpt from his interview in The Digest Enthusiast book four:

“I wrote about half of my story ‘A Voice from the Past’ and then put it aside for several years, not sure where to go next with it. When I returned to it with fresh eyes, I came up with ideas about the rest of the plot, what seemed suddenly not just right but maybe inevitable, given all the seeds I’d planted in the first half.”

Art’s “Parallel Play” from the Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warming anthology, won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story in May 2017.

The Digest Enthusiast Book Six

tde6cover_500It’s here. The print and Magzter editions are available now and the Kindle edition should be later today. Here’s the content underneath that great cover by Brian Buniak:

• Digest News Previews of Rick Ollerman’s Down & Out: The Magazine #1, Karen Valentine’s Betty Fedora #4, Pulp Literature #15, The Pulpster #26, our joint venture with Uncle B. Publications, Pulp Modern, and much more.

• Interviews with Edd Vick (Analog, Asimov’s)* and B.K. Stevens (AHMM).

Manhunt 1953 #1–4 synopses by Peter Enfantino of the greatest crime digest ever.

tde6back_500• International Science Fiction #1 & 2 a fascinating look at this short-lived digest.

• Bob Hope’s They Got Me Covered, a title that turned out to be all too true, by Steve Carper

Sharon Tate’s Fate, weird reporting on the horrific murder by Tom Brinkmann

• Digest Dolls Trading Cards by Max Allan Collins

• Weirdbook #34 reviewed

• Fiction by Lesann Berry, Alec Cizak, and Joe Wehrle, Jr.

• Artwork and cartoons by Brad W. Foster, Michael Neno, Bob Vojtko, and Joe Wehrle, Jr. Haiku by Clark Dissmeyer

I have not updated the Larque Press website yet to include TDE6. It’s next on my list.

TDE Book Six
152 pages
Print: $8.99 from amazon and select booksellers
Digital: $2.99 for Kindle and Magzter

*Interview conducted by D. Blake Werts

The Digest Enthusiast #6 update

tde6cover_500The print proof for TDE6 arrived yesterday. It’s looking great and nearly ready to release. Here’s what’s left to do:

• Print—a few text tweaks inside, discovered while working on other versions
• Magzter—same changes as above, since the files are identical to the print version, except the images are in color.
• Kindle—Three features to layout, then convert to epub/mobi and proof onscreen

Everything should be ready for a ~June 1 release.

Mike Chomko will have TDE6 available at the upcoming PulpFest and through his next catalog. Here’s the listing for Mike’s catalog:

The Digest Enthusiast #6: Interviews with Analog & Asimov’s author Edd Vick and AHMM author B.K. Stevens; previews of summer’s digest magazines; articles on Manhunt, Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse series in F&SF, Sharon Tate’s Fate, Bob Hope’s They Got Me Covered, and International Science Fiction; reviews of Digest Dolls and Weirdbook #34; fiction by Lesann Berry, Alec Cizak, and Joe Wehrle, Jr. Illustrations and cartoons by Brad W. Foster, Michael Neno, Bob Vojtko, and Joe Wehrle, Jr. Haiku by Clark Dissmeyer. Cover by Brian Buniak. Includes over 75 cover images.