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Weirdbook #35

Weirdbook-35_500The second issue of Weirdbook’s new quarterly schedule has arrived. Editor Doug Draa received over 350 submissions, so you can bet those that made the cut are gems of bizarre, horrid, adventurous, fantastical weirdness.

From the Editor’s Tower by Doug Draa
“The Pullulations of the Tribe” by Adrian Cole
“A Queen of Carpathia” by K.A. Opperman (verse)
“The Dead of Night” by Christian Riley
“Mother of My Children” by Bruce L. Priddy
“Queen of the Bats” by K.A. Opperman (verse)
“The Man Who Murders Happiness” by John R. Fultz
“A Handful of Dust” by Tom English
“Taken from the Tcho Tcho People’s Holy Codex” by Frederick J. Mayer (verse)
“Revolution à l’Orange” by Paul Lubaczewski
“Fiends of the Southern Plains” by Patrick Tumblety
“The Pyrrhic Crusade” by Stanley B. Webb
“The Migration of Memories” by Charles Wilkinson
“When Wolfsbane Blooms” by K.A. Opperman (verse)
“Maquettes” by Paul St John Mackintosh
“In the Shadows” by J.S. Watts
“The Dinner Fly” by James Matthew Byers (verse)
“The Spot,” by C.R. Langille
“Schism in the Sky” by Donald McCarthy
“To Roam the Universe” Forgotten and Free” by Janet Harriett
“Rejuvenate” by Lily Luchesi
“Vigil Night” by Lorenzo Crescentini
“Strange Jests” by Jessica Amanda Salmonson (verse)
“Dead Clowns for Christmas” by L.J. Dopp
“The Tale and the Teller” by Darrell Schweitzer

Weirdbook Vol. 2 #5, whole #35 published May 2017
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Team: Steve Coupe, Ben Geyer, Helen McGee, Karl Würf
Cover: Grandfailure/Fotolia
194 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 in Print, $3.99 in Kindle from Amazon.com
$3.99 from Magzter
Wildside Press website

Weirdbook #34 is reviewed in The Digest Enthusiast book six

Help Wanted


Betty Fedora #3

As the “News Digest” section comes together for The Digest Enthusiast book six I’m in touch with several indie editor/publishers. Kristen Valentine of Betty Fedora reminded me of issue #3’s first appearance of a story by Victoria Reidfeld, titled “Breadcrumbs.” It was nominated, and very recently won the Derringer award for “Best Long Story” (4001 to 8000 words).

Betty Fedora #3 was published on September 18, 2016. Yesterday, when I looked on Amazon it had zero customer reviews.

Most indie projects struggle for existence. Their creators need financial and emotional support to help motivate them to continue. Buying their books provides financial help. But frankly, the balance sheet on these efforts is usually red even after a hundred sales. So why continue?


Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1

Each issue require hundreds of hours of effort to create. That’s not an inflated stat. I know from first hand experience. Indie publishers of series like Betty Fedora, Pulp Modern, and The Digest Enthusiast (and many others) strive to produce the best work possible. A Derringer award for a story is just one proof point of that quality.

Indie magazines and other indie projects need your help. Buy them. Read them. Rate them. Don’t sweat the review. A single sentence is enough. Write more if it feels right, otherwise a quick, honest summary is golden.

It matters. The number of reviews raises visibility on amazon, where it’s easy to be unnoticed among millions of books. And, just as important, your feedback is a voice from the dark. It helps publishers to know somebody out there cares about those hundreds of hours of work that are just beginning on their next edition.



The Digest Enthusiast #5

Now go rate some indie digest magazines that you’ve read. Your help is wanted.

Betty Fedora
Crime Syndicate Magazine
Pulp Literature
Pulp Modern
The Digest Enthusiast
(These are just a few of the titles available.)

On amazon.com, pick an issue, scroll down to the “Customer Reviews” section and click the “Write a customer review” button.

Thanks for reading and considering this request.

Weirdbook #34

With this issue of Weirdbook, editor Doug Draa announces the book-size magazine is now a quarterly. He also reveals the beginning of a special themed annual, which for 2017 will be “Witches.”

From the Editor’s Tower
“The Demon in the Doughnut Shop” by Bret McCormick
“Masks of Babylon” by Steve Dilks (verse)
“A Kiss for the Mirrorman” by Adrian Cole
“Which Remained Untold” by Darrell Schweitzer (verse)
“Mukden by Sean” Patrick Hazlett
“In the Gallery” by J. Michael Major
“Excavation” by Franklyn Searight
“Bunnies of the Apocalypse” by Gregg Chamberlain
“Sephora” by Ashley Dioses (verse)
“Zhar’s Outré House” by Frederick J. Mayer
“The Devil is Anonymous” by Frank Duffy
“Touched” by James D. Mabe
“The Singing Tree” by Lawrence Buentello
“Blood of God” by DJ Tyrer
“Bum Fights and Blood Feuds” by Scott Harper
“Beauty Treatment” by Liam Hogan
“Narda the Czarina” by Ashley Dioses (verse)
“My Personal Dream” by James Ward Kirk
“Mischa in the Window” by Jason Rubis
“The Wrong Daughter” by Lucy A. Snyder (verse)
“Thrill My Soul” by Greg Jenkins
“Trick” by Rish Outfield
“In Silence My Requiem” by Steve Dilks (verse)

Weirdbook Vol. 2 #4, whole #34 published February 2017
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Manager: Steve Coupe
Cover: Tonis Pan
182 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 in Print, $3.03 in Kindle from Amazon.com
$3.99 from Magzter
Wildside Press website

Links to Today’s Digests


If you’re looking for a quick click to explore any of today’s current (or unfortunately recently discontinued) digest magazine websites, remember the Links Page on larquepress.com. Just click on any cover to jump over to their site. (We update the covers often so it’s a good place to see what the current cover looks like as well.)


Weirdbook #33

Weirdbook #33, October 2016

Weirdbook #33, October 2016

The third issue of the revived Weirdbook is out with nine novelette- and novella-length stories. Here’s the full contents:

A Note from the Editor by Doug Draa
“The River Flows to Nowhere” by John R. Fultz
“The Amnesiac’s Lament” by Scott R. Jones
“Trance Junkie” by Bruno Lombardi
“Bad Faith” by Will Blinn
“Dwelling of the Wolf” by Franklyn Searight
“The Ruby Palace” by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
“The Screams at the Keyhole” by Garrett Cook
“Diary of an Illness” by C.M. Muller
“Teatime With Mrs. Monster” by James Aquilone
“Train to Nowhere” by Adrian Cole

Poetry Section
“A Cure for Unrequited Love” by Donald W. Shank
“The Owl” by S. L. Edwards
“Bathory in Red” and “Blood Siren’s Alcove” by Ashley Dioses
“Woodland Funeral,” “The Lady in Scarlet” and “The Ghost Carriage” by K.A. Opperman
“Hymn to Shub-Niggurath” by Darrell Schweitzer
“Noctuary of Sfatlicllp,” “Sfatlicllp’s Ghoul” and “Nile Lamia Recalls” by Frederick J. Mayer

Interior illustrations are uncredited.

Weirdbook #33 published October 27, 2016
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Production Manager: Steve Coupe
Cover: Elena Schweitzer
180 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 in Print from Amazon.com
Wildside Press website

Weirdbook #31

weirdbook_31Weirdbook returns after a 20-year hiatus under the editorship of Douglas Draa. Enjoy these great fantasy and horror tales by current and upcoming masters of the genre.
“Chivaine” by John R. Fultz
“Give Me the Daggers” by Adrian Cole
“The Music of Bleak Entrainment” by Gary A. Braunbeck
“Into The Mountains with Mother Old Growth” by Christian Riley
“The Grimlorn Under the Mountain” by James Aquilone
“Dolls” by Paul Dale Anderson
“Gut Punch” by Jason A. Wyckoff
“Educational Upgrade” by Bret McCormick
“Boxes of Dead Children” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The Forgotten” by D.C. Lozar
“Coffee with Dad’s Ghost” Jessica Amanda Salmonson
“Missed It By That Much” by Gregg Chamberlain
“A Clockwork Muse” by Erica Ruppert
“The Rookery” by Kurt Newton
“Wolf of Hunger” Wolf of Shame” by J. T. Glover
“Zucchini Season” by Janet Harriett
“The Jewels That Were Their Eyes” by Llanwyre Laish
“The Twins” by Kevin Strange
“Princess or Warrior?” by S.W. Lauden

6” x 9” 160 pages
$10 print
$3.99 Kindle
From Wildside Press