“My usual process is to open the document in my word processor and change the font color to red. Then as I read, I make notes in square brackets suggesting typo fixes and other grammatical issues, but also problems with the stories, if they exist. These would include things like having someone do something in one scene and later referring to them having done something different.
“If something comes to mind that I think would make the story stronger or more clear, I put it in there. Then I send it back to the author—all changes must come from them, other than basic typos. The story is always theirs, and most importantly, they always have to retain the feeling that it is theirs.”
Blog featured image, a portrait of Rick Ollerman by Joe Wehrle, Jr.
Contributor copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 are starting to arrive. Thanks to Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Pulp Literature Managing Editor Jennifer Landels for including TDE in their recent social media posts.
We also received our first review on Amazon from Steve Alcorn, author and founder of the Writing Academy, which offers excellent online instruction on writing fiction, SF, mysteries, and nonfiction at very reasonable rates.
Alan Orloff offers the opening gambit in this issue with “Getting Away.” Lloyd Birnbaum runs a one-man travel agency. Has for years. He does book travel for the sake of the rubes, but relocation, along with fresh identities for his criminal clientele is where his real fortunes lie. Orloff is the author of several novels—mysteries and thrillers. He garnered an Agatha nomination in 2010, and a Kindle Scout award for Running From the Past, in 2015.
The American Bystander Vol. 3 No. 1, No. 9, Fall 2018 Not-A-Digest Dept: Although slightly delayed, Editor/Publisher Michael Gerber has done it again, with the latest issue of America’s premier humor magazine. The sheer volume of talent inside is remarkable, including indie cartoonist favorites like Rick Geary and Jim Siergey.
Espionage Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4 August 1985 Contents About People (Contributors) About Books About Films About Other Things . . . Letters to the Editor Jackie Lewis: Publisher’s Page Roger A. Beaumont “The Flawed Soothayer—Willoughby: General MacArthur’s G-2” (article) Isak Romun “Dinner in the Upper Latitudes” art by Aries Josh Pachter “Message from Lowanda” art by Robert Spike Ron Goulart “Skyrocket Steel Conquers the Universe” art unsigned Morris Hershman “Proof Negative” art unsigned John Lutz “On Judgement Day” art by Aries Mel Waldman “Rabbi of Berlin” art by Mike Ramesburg Interview: Ernest Volkman Barry N. Malzberg “Piu Mosso” art by Bruce Baker Dick Stodghill “Knights of the Golden Circle” art by Robert Spike Jane Beckman “A Proposition He Could Not Refuse” art by Aries Richard Ashby “Night of the Durga” part one, art by Rob Richards Joe Lewis “Spying Through Time” (article) Richard Walton’s On File: The Sweet Toothed Spy (article) Games Pages Classifieds Did You Know . . .
Editor/Publisher: Jackie Lewis Associate Publisher: Jeri Winston Editorial Assistant: Mike Christenberry Production Manager: Michael Mills Cover: Richard Martin Cartoons: Halm Published bi-monthly by Leo 11 Publications 164 pages, $2.50
Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 136 No. 1 and 2, No. 741, Jan/Feb 2019 Contents Carrie Vaughn “To the Beautiful Shining Twilight” Robert Reed “The Province of Saints” Andy Duncan “Joe Diabo’s Farewell” Charles de Lint: Books to Look For Michelle West: Musing on Books Phyllis Eisenstein “The City of Lost Desire” Jenn Reese “The Right Number of Cats” Adam-Troy Castro “Survey” Leah Cypess “Blue as Blood” Sean McMullen “The Washer from the Ford” Jerry Oltion’s Science: When Betelgeuse Blows Gordon Van Gelder: Statement of Ownership E.G. Neill’s Films: Venom, Us Paul Di Filippo: Plumage from Pegasus Marie Vibbert “Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees” Erin Cashier “Fifteen Minutes from Now” Pip Coen “The Fall from Griffin’s Peak” Coming Attractions Market Place Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: Pink Furniture by A.E. Coppard (1930)
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: Jill Bauman “The City of Lost Desire” Cartoon: Arthur Masear 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until March 4, 2019 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
Contents Steve Darnall: Those Were the Days Number 2,500! “A Few Moments with . . . Stuart Canin” (uncredited) Steve Darnall “Slings and Arrows” The story of Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and how an off-hand remark led to radio’s biggest feud. Christopher Warner “The Long Rider” Remembering Hollywood’s first stunt hero star, Yakima Canutt. Jim Dohren “The Big Chill” Remembering the annual rituals that kept a house warm in winter. Leonard Maltin “From Silent Screen to Small Screen” How television provided a successful third act for some of Hollywood’s earliest stars. Wayne Klatt “We’ll Always Have . . . Casablanca” Garry Berman “Television’s Own Private Idaho” The remarkable story of The Boys From Boise, and medium’s first musical comedy. Michael P. Jensen “The Re-Invention of John Barrymore” Mail Call
Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre
Editor: Steve Darnall Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019 5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior $4.50 on newsstands Four-issue subscription $17 Eight-issue subscription $30 Nostalgia Digest website
Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Vol. 1 No. 5 May 1953 Contents John Ross Macdonald “The Guilty Ones” (Lew Archer) Jonathan Craig “Services Rendered” Vincent H. Gaddis: Crime Cavalcade Robert Patrick Wilmot “Stakeout” Steve Frazee “Graveyard Shift” Evan Hunter “Now Die in It” (Matt Cordell) Dan Sontup’s Portrait of a Killer: Warren Lincoln James M. Cain “Cigarette Girl” Michael Fessier “Nice Bunch of Guys” William P. McGivern “Old Willie” Harold Q. Masur “Build Another Coffin” (Scott Jordan) Manhunt’s Movie of the Month: I Confess Craig Rice “Don’t Go Near” (John J. Malone) Grant Colby “Assault” Mugged and Printed: James M. Cain, Craig Rice, Steve Frazee, and William P. McGivern Every story opens with an illustration, mostly in two colors. Unfortunately, none are uncredited.
Flying Eagle Publications, Inc, Editor: John McCloud Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman Art Director: Chas. W. Adams Business Manager: R.E. Decker 144 pages, 35¢
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2019 Vol. 153 #1 & 2, whole #928 & 929 Contents Steve Hockensmith “My Christmas Story” art by Mark Evans Ragnar Jónasson “Don’t Panic” Hollis Seamon “Dead People’s Clothes” Thomas Kastura “Enough is Enough” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the German by Mary Tannert Michael Bracken “Wishing Tree” Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes O’Neil De Noux “The Pain” Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes! Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box Cecilia Fulton “The Father of the Corpse” (Dept. of First Stories) A.J. Wright “Grace” Peter Kanter: Statement of Ownership Keith Hann “The Dragon’s Mark” art by Jason C. Eckhardt Batya Swift Yasgur “Poof” Simon Brett “Entries and Exits” Brendan DuBois “Sideways Breakfast” Mat Coward “Shall I Be Murder? Doug Crandell “Shanty Falls” Robert Lopresti “Please Do Not Disturb” Lia Matera “Snow Job” John M. Floyd “On the Road with Mary Jo” Terence Faherty “The Cardboard Box” David Dean “Snow Boy” G.M. Malliet “Whiteout” Marketplace Dean Jobb: Stranger Than Fiction (preview)