Switchblade No. 5 April 2018

Switchblade #5 coverContents
Lisa Douglass “The Hidden” (verse)
Editor’s Corner

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
Rob Pierce “A Good Week’s Work”
Alec Cizak “Nasty Habits”
Court Merrigan “Discretion”
Danny Sophabmisay “Play Your Hand”
Tom Barlow “Chemo Queen”
Jack Bates “Daughter of Diamonds”
Rick Risemberg “The Comforter”
Tony Genova “Crossing Lines”
E.F. Sweetman “China Township, MI”
Chris McGinley “These Hills”
Robb T. White “Vanishing Girl”
Timothy Friend “Bad Dog”

Switchblade #5 back coverQuick & Dirty Flash
David Rachels “The Big Blind”
Preston Lang “Lama Todd”
Tom Andes “Lights of San Francisco”

Author Bios/Acknowledgments

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 190 pages
POD $7.99 Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Switchblade Magazine website

Max Clotfelter’s Rat Tactics

Rat Tactics cover“Each page of this zine was created in under four hours during the monthly Dune Comics Night at Cafe Racer in Seattle…” Nov. 2012 thru Oct. 2017

The self-imposed timeframe give these single-page comix spontaneity. Their diversity of subject are likely the result of the five-year span of the sessions, I suspect influenced by cartoonist Max Clotfelter’s mood from his preceding daytime dramas. The styles here are also diverse, from intense crosshatching to more fluid outlined, twisting shapes—but all within the Clotfelter universe.

If you enjoy snake meat, Rat Tactics is a treasure trove of rough, dark humor. Several of the comix inside had me laughing out loud.

Rat Tactics back coverRat Tactics smt-077 March 2018
Comix by Max Clotfelter
60 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”
$5.00 plus add a few bucks for postage
Snake Meat website

Broadswords and Blasters #5 Spring 2018

Broadswords and Blasters #5 coverThe pulp magazine with modern sensibilities.

From the Editors
Alison McBain “After War”
Aaron Emmel “Irini”
J. Rohr “Let It All Bleed Out”
David F. Shultz “Jerold’s Stand”
Dianne M. Williams “Giving Up the Ghost”
Tom Howard “Lost Train to Oblivion”
L. Chan “Petals, Falling Like Memories”

Broadswords and Blasters #5 back coverEditors: Matthew X. Gomez, Cameron Mount
Cover: Luke Spooner
6” x 9”, 98 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Broadswords and Blasters website

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #2

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #2 coverContents
John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe: From the Cat’s Perch
Charlie Hughes “The Cleansing Soil”
Michael Bracken “Skirts”
Elizabeth Zelvin “A Disturbance in the Harem”
Shout Out to Art Taylor
Debra H. Goldstein “A Weighty Matter”
Steve Shrott “Buried Secrets”
Cynthia Benjamin “Jacob’s Ladder”
BK Stevens “Things Past”
Trey R. Barker “Thin Blood”
John M. Floyd “Two in the Bush”
John Hegenberger “The Bad Sleep”
Melba Marlett “The Second Mrs. Porter”

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #2 back coverBlack Cat Mystery Magazine #2 Spring 2018
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Editors: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Cover: Prudkov/Fotolia
6” x 9” 138 pages
POD $10.00 Kindle $3.99
Wildside Press website

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 March 2018

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 coverContents
Rick Ollerman: A Few Clues From the Editor
Peter Sellers “Kickback”
Patricia Abbott “The Wheel Has Come Full Circle”
Frank Zafiro “Adam Raised a Cain”
Robert J. Randisi “Hey, Hockey Puck”
J. Kingston Pierce: Placed in Evidence
Barry Lancet “Three-Star Sushi” (Feature Story starring Jim Brodie)
Art Taylor “Sunday Morning, Saturday Night”
Rick Ollerman: A Few Cents a Word
Raoul Whitfield “Death in the Pasig”
Jim Wilsky “Bear Trap”
Michael Bracken “Texas Sundown”
S.A Solomon “Titan”

Down & Out: The Magazine #3 backEditor: Rick Ollerman
Cover design: Lance Wright, Cover photo: Mason Loring
5.5” x 8.5”, 174 pages
POD $11.99, Kindle $5.99
Down & Out: The Magazine website (subscriptions available)

Get the inside story: Editor Rick Ollerman speaks out on D&O: The Magazine, Gold Medal crime fiction, Stark House Press, and considerably more in The Digest Enthusiast #7. Read Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast #4, and Michael Bracken’s interview is coming in issue #8 this June.

Pulp Literature #18 Spring 2018

Pulp Literature #18 coverContents
From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: A Breath of Fresh Fiction
Genni Gunn “Stones”
Feature Interview: Genni Gunn
A.J. Odasso “We Come Back Different” part two
Sophie Panzer “The Commute”
Susan Pieters “Bug in My Ear”
Susan Alexander “Colour-Blind Sun” (verse)
Mel Anastasiou “Stella Ryman and the Mystery of the Mah-Jongg Box”
Angela Rebrec “On a Dark Lake’s Edge” (verse)
Jessica Barksdale “The Brightness of Things”
The SIWC Storyteller’s Award: Michelle Barker “MVP”
The 2017 Raven Short Story Contest
-First Place: Elaine McDivitt “The Tape”
-Second Place: Kerry Craven “Meggie”
-Runners Up: Alex Reece Abbott “My Brother Paulie: A Domestic Space Odyssey” and Charity Tahmaseb “The Potato Bug War”
Ray Gray & Ben Baldwin “Bone Dry” (comic)
J.M. Landels “Allaigna’s Song: Aria”
The Artists (bios)
Hall of Fame (Patreon supporters)

Pulp Literature #18 backPublisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Story Editor: Sue Pieters
Assistant Editor: Jessica Fabrizius
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Cover: Akem
Interior artwork: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels
5.25” x 8” 212 pages
$14.99 POD
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Pulp Adventures #28 Winter 2018

Pulp Adventures #28 coverContents
Audrey Parente: Pulp-itorial: The Old and the New
Charles Boeckman “Murder, Maestro, Please! (Famous Detective Stories Oct. 1954)
Michael Bracken “My Stripper Past”
Geoffrey North “Killer Wanted—First Class” (Private Detective Stories Feb. 1946)
David Bernard “The Doom that Came to Al Capone”
John E. Petty “The Weirdly True Tale of Benny the Beezer”
Dan McCarthy “Janeck’s Death”
C.J. Henderson “Woolworth’s . . . For All Your Defensive Needs” art by Norman Baer (Thrilling Detective Fall.Winter 2002/2003)
Stephen Payne “The Word Wranglers” art by Everett Raymond Kinstler (West Mar. 1949)
Audrey Parente: David Wright O’Brien (profile)
Pulp Adventures #28 back coverMeet the Authors: David Wright O’Brien (Amazing Stories Nov. 1940)
John York Cabot “The Fantastic Twins” (Fantastic Adventures Mar. 1942)
Duncan Farnsworth “Afraid to Live” (Fantastic Adventures Mar. 1942)
Johnny Strike “Monkey Men”
Rich Harvey: Anatomy of a Cover

Pulp Adventures #28 Winter 2018
Publisher: Rich Harvey
Editor: Audrey Parente
Cover: Norman Saunders
128 pages, $12.95, next issue May 2018
Bold Venture Press

Weirdbook #38

Weirdbook #38 coverContents
Doug Draa: From the Editor’s Tower
Michael Bracken “Harlot Road”
John C. Hocking “With a Poet’s Eyes”
Robert Graves “The Wishing Well”
Darrell Schweitzer “O King of Pain and Splendor!”
Adrian Cole “You’d Do It for Diamonds” (Nick Nightmare)
Franklyn Searight “Dreadful Appetite”
R.C. Mulhare “The Handmaid of the Key”
Russ Parkhurst “The Old Rock” (verse)
Allen Mark Price “Blue Moon”
C.I. Kemp “She Who Gives Life”
W.H. Pugmire “An Implement of Ice”
Sharon Cullars “Night of the Circus”
Tim Jeffreys “Wolvers Hill”
Lorenzo Crescentini “Rafts” translation by Lisa Kramer Taruschio
Edward Ahern “Clean Sweep”
Frederick J. Mayer “Sleeping with Mad Shadows” (verse)
Cynthia Ward “Leaving Malaga”
Greg Chamberlain “Cattle Call”
Jeff Barnes “The Liquid Professor” (verse)
J.N. Cameron “Abomination is Her Name”
Kenneth Bykerk “Kachina” (Bajazid)
David J. Gibbs “Flat is Flat and That is That”
Chad Hensley “The Toad Stool People” (verse)
Scott Harper “Death is Not My Master”
Clay F. Johnson “The Promise of a Polidori Sore Throat” (verse)
Andrew Ivey “This Hungry Earth” (verse)

Weirdbook Vol. 2 No. 8, #38 March 2018
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Cover: Alexandra Petruk
Interior Artwork: Allen Koszowski
190 pages, 6” x 9”
$12.00 POD, $3.99 Kindle
Wildside Press website

Worlds of StrangeneSS #2

Worlds of StrangeneSS #2 coverLate in 2016, Nigel Taylor launched a new zine of horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories: Worlds of StrangeneSS. I suspect the “SS” on end represents deviance and perhaps “Short Stories.” The editor and the zine hail from across the pond, so it was not on my radar until Nigel invited me to review a copy. I will delve into the second issue (October 2017) after I’ve read it, either here or in The Digest Enthusiast book eight (due June 2018), but felt I should share the contents and key specs in today’s post.

Nigel Taylor: The Stranger Speaks (introduction)
Cover Story “The Lost World Lost”
Andy Boot “Pulped!” conclusion from issue one
Franklin Marsh “Computer Wild”
The Stranger Investigates: Parallel Lives: Magritte and Hergé
The Stranger Presents: “The Cold Light of Stars”
“Mr Hide” Micronicles #4 [Micronicles = Flash Fiction]
Graham Andrews “The Lights in the Sky Aren’t Stars”
Mister Gogue “It’s a Strange, Strange, Strange, Strange World”
“Palm” Micronicles #5
Strange Mails
Jojo Lapin X “Spaceman” Micronicles #6

Worlds of StrangneSS #2, October 2017
Editor: Nigel Taylor
Editorial Assistance: Kev Demant
Technical Assistance: Jon Taylor
~6” x 8” 68 pages, saddle-stitched
Print £8
Worlds of StrangneSS website