News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Astounding 5-44, Fantastic 3-65

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

The print version of season one of Guns + Tacos season one arrived last Saturday. Each of its two volumes, created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey H. Barker include three stories around 40 pages each. Volume One: Gary Phillips, Bracken, and Frank Zafiro. Volume Two: Barker, William Dylan Powell, James A. Hearn, and a bonus story by Bracken, making this the thicker of the two volumes. Season Two has been ordered and will begin later this year from Down & Out Books.

Boy Detective, Find the Money

Art Taylor writes about the story order in his new anthology The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 at Auntie M Writes. (Hat tip Kevin Tipple).

Artist and author Tony Gleeson’s new book, Find the Money, is now available on amazon. The mysterious Vanessa has vanished, and it’s worth a million dollars to a vicious drug lord to get her back. But the ransom disappears, turning up in the hands of a bewildered innocent bystander, while ruthless gangsters and hapless kidnappers alike desperately search for the money. Meanwhile, Detective Marlon Morrison, who only wants to comfortably ride out the final year and a half before his retirement without incident, finds himself involved with a growing succession of murder victims, and a bizarre case growing in complexity by the hour…

Josh Pachter talks to Publisher’s Weekly about his anthologies The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe. (Hat tip Michael Bracken)

Doug Draa announced on Facebook that Weirdbook No. 42 has gone to print!

A.T. Sayre describes his joy and appreciation at having his first story, “Rover,” published in the venerable Analog.

AHMM & EQMM Mar/Apr 2020

Found all four March/April 2020 Dell digests on shelves this week at my local Barnes & Noble’s. Alfred Hitchcock’s features William Burton McCormick’s cover story “Night Train to Berlin.” Ellery Queen’s cover highlights its “Mystery Strangers” theme. Although not listed on the cover, indie favorite Preston Lang also has a story inside—congrats!

Asimov's & Analog Mar/Apr 2020

Asimov’s cover features Nancy Kress’ “Semper Augustus” and Analog continues their retro-look celebration of their 90th year. Note F&SF Editor C.C. Finley’s name on the cover, and inside there’s a new story by Edd Vick* and Manny Frishberg. *Vick as interviewed by D. Blake Werts in The Digest Enthusiast No. 6.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Corey Flintoff talks about his “Interlude in Arcadia” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book version of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and loved it. I listened while driving and more than once got so lost in the gorgeous prose I had to try to remember what was happening in the plot. Narrator Ray Porter’s cadence and inflections are a perfect match to Tom Hanks’.

Also on audio, I listened to Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor. A intimate memoir with Taylor’s recollections of family dysfunction, fighting addiction, and working with Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Peter Gordon, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. This guided tour of his early life is interspersed with his gorgeous melodies. Riveting, sad, and unforgettable.

Mike Shayne June 1957

In print, I read Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine June 1957. This issue wraps up the trilogy of the serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse, with more action and excitement than the previous two installments. It also boasts two outstanding novelets by Helen Nielsen and Tedd Thomey, as well as some fine short stories by Fletcher Flora, James Schucker, D.E. Forbes, Murray Wolf, and F. Keston Clarke. A great issue of a great digest magazine! Watch for my reviews in a coming issue of bare•bones.

Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of Stark House Press’ Best of Manhunt, read through the current issue of The Digest Enthusiast and awarded it a 5-Star rating this week on GoodReads. Thanks much, Jeff!

TDE12 Update: Met with my writing group on Thursday and shared my review of Paperback Fanatic No. 43, which will appear in TDE12. Also completed the initial layout of my interview with Tony Gleeson for the issue. Thanks to Tony, it’s loaded with beautiful artwork—mostly from vintage digests.

True Crime Detective Summer 1953

From the Vault
Ad copy on page 2: “. . . if you enjoy this issue let us enter a subscription for you so that True Crime Detective may be delivered to you on or before publication date without extra cost. You will find each issue a little better than the one before—an anthology of the best detective true crime stories new and old.” Cost? $1.40 for 4 issues. In 2020 dollars that’s $13.53. I have a feeling it would be more, but I’d get it if it were still being published today. Next week: the final issue.

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 3 Summer 1953
Contents Page
W.T. Brannon “Rendezvous at Rondout”
Joseph Shillips “They Wrote Their Own Convictions”
Homer Croy “Cherokee Bill”
William Roughead “The Merrett Mystery”
Manly Wade Wellman “The General Dies at Dusk”
Miriam Allen deford “The Reluctant Lover”
Frank Mullady “Judgement for a Messiah”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Rendezvous at Rondout”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Amazing Stories No. 2

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 2 Winter 2018Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 2 Winter 2018
Ira Nyman’s From the Editor’s Desk: The Future is Diverse, art by Matt Taggart
Gary Dalkins’ European Author Profile: An Interview with Nina Allan
Jack Clemons’ Citizens of the Solar System, First Steps: Near Earth Orbit and the Moon, art by Al Sirois
Allen M. Steele “Captain Future in Love” part two, art by HMW/Nizar
Lena Ng “Robot on Rampage” art by Richard Mandrachio
Marina J. Lostetter “The Asteroid Contention” art by Tom Miller
Neal Holtschulte “Bold New Flock” art by Ivan Montoya
Daniel M. Kimmel “The Ransom of Red Robot (Beta)” art by Joe Eno
G. Scott Huggins “In the Republic of the Blind” art by Sean Chappel
Julie Novakova “Reset in Peace” art by M.D. Jackson
Noah Chinn “Alison’s Bluff” art by Matt Taggart
Sandra Kasturi “Trips to Impossible Cities” (verse)
Valerie C. Kaelin “Reptilian Brain” (verse) art by Pixabay
Vonnie Winslow Crist “A Horse and Her Boy” art by Ron Miller
Steve Fahnestalk’s SF in Film, art by Staff
Shirley Meier’s Off the Top of My Head, art by Staff

Publisher: Steve Davidson
Editor-in-Cheif: Ira Nayman
Art Director: Kermit Woodall
Cover: M.D. Jackson
8.5” x 11” 88 pages
Available at select conventions and by subscription
Amazing Stories website

Hiss. Buzz. Hum.

Fantastical Fish 2019 CalendarIf you’re looking for fab gift ideas, try Hiss. Buzz. Hum. Artist/Designer C.C. has created a wonderful collection of calendars, prints, sculptures, cards, jewelry, etc. I’ve been enjoying her desktop calendars for years. The 2019 edition featuring Fantastical Fish just arrived at Larque Press world HQ.

The American Bystander No. 8

The American Bystander No. 8Apparently I didn’t get my change of address in quick enough, but the eighth issue of Michael Gerber’s excellent The American Bystander has arrived at last.

Frontispiece: “Mechanical Sex” by Tom Hachtman
Publisher’s Letter by Michael Gerber
News and Notes
Index to This Issue by Steve Young
Crossword: “Alternative Musicals” by Matera & Goldberg

J. Keohane, J. Zeller, D. Lancaster, B. McConnachie, P. Barr, R. McGee, L. Gardner, T. Chitty, L. Kenseth, J. F. Garner, D. & M. Reiss, A. Schmidt, M. Balmain, B. Katchor, E. Waite

Short Stuff
Evidence of Russian Medaling by Ron Hauge
American Bystanders #5 by Drew Friedman
Pursued by Wasps by John Jonik
An Oral History by Simon Rich
Alien Notes on the Voyager Space Probe Golden Record by Steve Young
After Breakfast by Emily Flake
All the Scenes in Meet Cute by Jonathan Zeller
#Whynotmetoo? by Laurie Rosenwald
Comparing Things to Jazz is Like… Jazz by Rob Kutner
New Offerings From Your Alumni Educational Travel by Chris Marcil & Sam Johnson

Your Future Home by Tom Chitty
Comic Character Cursing Dictionary by Ed Subitzky
Piano Lessons by Brian McConnachie
A History of the Freline Notebook by Ostow & Reddy
Just Worried by M.K. Brown
Originalism…For Your Life! by Lars Kenseth
Enjoy Your Stay by Ryan Nyburg
Son of Twisted Cross by Sam Gross
Works by Dylan Brody
Welcome to Scarfolk by Richard Littler
Generation WHAAH?! by Dan Vebber

Cover by Bill Lee
Quiet, Billy, There’s No Time For That by Randall Enos
Free Love With Jan & Stan by Persoff & Marshall
Dog Show by Ted Jouflas
The Basic Overview by Howard Cruse
Mom and Me by Rick Geary
My Extraordinary Dream by Michael Sloan
Trots & Bonnie by Shary Flenniken
Gertrude’s Follies by Tom Hachtman & Sam Gross
Kama Sutra for Cats by Seymour Chwast

Our Back Pages
What Am I Doing Here?: Nepal by Mike Reiss
P.S. Mueller Thinks Like This by P.S. Mueller
Chunk-Style Nuggets by Steve Young
Know Your Bystanders by Laurie Rosenwald

Editor/Publisher: Michael Gerber
Head Writer: Brian McConnachie
Senior Editor: Alan Goldberg
Deputy Editors: Michael Thornton, Ben Orlin
Cover: Barry Blitt
8.5” x 11” 98 pages

Mystery Weekly Magazine November 2018

Mystery Weekly Magazine Nov. 2018Contents
Adele Gardner “Bonnie Parker Sings the Blues”
Dennis E. Hensley “70 X 7”
E.F. Schraeder “Tree Dweller”
Steve Toase “Split Chain Stitch”
M.B. Manteufel “In Case of Emergency”
Nicole Fratrich “The Key”
Elizabeth Zelvin “A Shift at the Bluebird”
Laird Long “A Likely Prospect” (A You-Solve-It)
Solution to Oct. You-Solve-It “Treasure Cave” by Peter DiCellis

Mystery Weekly Magazine November 2018
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Mark Harchar
7.5” x 10” 75 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Switchblade: Issue Seven

Switchblade No. 7William R. Soldan “The Bastard Girl of Tampa Ray” (verse)
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
Bryce Wilson “Dogfight”
R. Daniel Lester “Nowhere to Go but Dead”
Jon Zelazny “Jackass Junction”
Jack Bates “Kettle’s Wake”
Michael R. Colangelo “Tick Tock”
J.L. Boekestein “Sleep Tight Hannibal”
Mark Slade “The Last Savior”
C.W. Blackwell “Kiss for Karma”
Arthur Evans “Dead Drop”
Bill Davidson “Sister”
Nick Kolakowski “My Worst Morning Ever”

Switchblade No. 7 back coverQuick & Dirty Flash
Stephen D. Rogers “Last Day of Summer”
David Rachels “A Serial Killer Buys a Watermelon”
Scott Hallam “Choices”
Matthew X. Gomez “Queen of Vice City”

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 189 pages
Kindle $2.99

Switchblade Magazine website
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Pulp Literature No. 20 Autumn 2018

Pulp Literature No. 20Contents
From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: A Score for Cross-Genre Fiction
Kristene Perron “Flavour of the Forsaken”
Feature Interview: Kristene Perron
The Magpie Award for Poetry
Kelli Allen “Leather Wraps Both Our Shoulders, and I Will Call You My Lungs, My Falconer, Guidepost” (verse)
Christine Leviczky Riek “All I Need is a Chair, My Red Piano, and” (verse)
Angela Caravan “My Desk” (verse)
Mitchell Towes “Away Game”
Sara Mang “Gross Motor”
Dave Beynon “Small Town Superhero”
Epiphany Ferrell “Every Town Has One”
Susan Pieters “Waking Up Black”
Summer Jewel Keown “Indebted”
Alex Reece Abbott “Alphabet Soup”
Erin Evans “The Hub”
Mel Anastasiou “Meat” (comic)
JM Landels “Allaigna’s Song: Aria”
The Artists (bios)
Hall of Fame (Patreon supporters)

Pulp Literature No. 20 back coverPublisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Story Editor: Sue Pieters
Assistant Editor: Jessica Fabrizius
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper, Emily Osborne
Copy Editor/Designer: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Cover: Ben Baldwin
Interior artwork: Melanie Anastasiou, John Henry Friesen
207 pages
$4.99 Kindle
Pulp Literature website

Men of Violence No. 11

Men of Violence No. 11 (draft)The fanzine of vintage men’s adventure paperbacks.

Richard Toogood: Guest Editorial
Forgotten Artists One: Jack Hayes
Song of the South: Stuart Cloete
The Swordsman: Martin Holmes studies the historical novels of Gardner F. Fox
Forgotten Artists Two: Bill Francis Phillips
Paul Bishop “Talbot Mundy the Mystic Adventurer”
The Eternal Champion: A review of the first Casca book
“Casca the Immortal” interview with Tony Roberts
The Curse of Casca
Richard Toogood “Family of Fighting Eagles” The Aquila stories of Rosemary Sutcliff
Forgotten Artists Three: Richard Clifton-Dey
Jim O’Brien “The Viking Paperback Bloke” Henry Treece
Love Like Blood: Rafael Sabatini

Men of Violence No. 11 back coverMen of Violence No. 11 November 2018
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: Jim O’Brien
Cover: Rik Rawling
76 pages, 6” x 9” (A5-size) perfect bound
POD only $10.99
The Paperback Fanatic website

Fantasy and Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2018

F&SF Nov/Dec 2018Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 135 No. 5 and 6, #740, Nov/Dec 2018
Jeffrey Ford “Thanksgiving”
Y.M. Pang “The Lady of Butterflies”
Sean McMullen “Extreme”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
James Sallis: Books
Hanuš Seiner “The Iconoclasma” translated by Julie Novakova
Abra Staffin-Wiebe “Overwintering Habits of the North American River Mermaid”
Robert Reed “Every Color of Invisible”
Ruth Berman “Escaping the Ogre” (verse)
Geoff Ryman “This Constant Narrowing”
Nina Kiriki Hoffman “Other People’s Dreams”
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Space Drives Real and Imaginary
David J. Skal’s Films: Strange Invaders
Gordon Van Gelder: Publisher’s Note
F&SF Competition #96 “Crime Blotter”
F&SF Competition #97 “Watered Down”
Nick DiChario “The Baron and His Floating Daughter”
J.R. Dawson “When We Flew Together Through the Ice”
Bo Balder “The Island and Its Boy”
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Index to Volumes 134 & 135, January–December 2018
David Langford’s Curiosities: The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough (1917)

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Cover: Alan M. Clark “The Iconoclasma”
Cartoons: Nick Downes, Danny Shanahan
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Dec. 31, 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction website