Unearthed Death

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017

Stories from Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2017:

In the intro to “Unearthed Death,” Marissa Lingen reveals a little of the inspiration behind her story. “Sometimes I write to try to teach myself compassion. Sometimes I even succeed.”

Osrith is a messenger of the gods who visits the dying. Her task is to connect her “clients” with one of the gods for the afterlife, or the alternative—the boneyard, the place for those the gods have rejected. “Unearthed” provides a strong finish for the issue’s fiction.

Robots in American Popular Culture

Robots in American Popular Culture

Steve Carper takes a comprehensive look at Robots in American Popular Culture in his new book from McFarland.

“They are the invincible warriors of steel, silky-skinned enticers, stealers of jobs and lovable sidekicks. Legions of robots and androids star in the dream factories of Hollywood and leer on pulp magazine covers, instantly recognizable icons of American popular culture.

“This book examines society’s introduction to robots and androids such as Robby and Rosie, Elektro and Sparko, Data, WALL-E, C-3PO and the Terminator, particularly before and after World War II when the power of technology exploded. Learn how robots evolved with the times and then eventually caught up with and surpassed them.”

Steve Carper is a regular contributor to The Digest Enthusiast and author of an ongoing column about robots on

Robots in American Popular Culture can be purchased directly from McFarland and select bookstores. Be sure to visit Steve’s companion site for the book:

Marie Harlowe

The Occult Digest

Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

The Occult Digest was taken over by [Marie] Harlowe who merged it with her own publication, The Telepathic Magazine, that she had been publishing through her own Maha Publishing Company located at 1221 East 55th Street, Chicago. The Occult Publishing Company was replaced by Maha Publishing, the name coming from the first two letters of Harlowe’s first and last names. Costs were cut once more after Harlowe took over, the magazine was literally down-sized to 5.25” x 8.25” with thirty pages, no illustrations, and less ads. It was in many ways a different magazine from late 1939 on. And, the subtitle was changed to “Dedicated to the laws of higher Mind-Soul expansion.”

A regular contributor to TDE, Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004 to July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including

Amazing Stories No. 4

Amazing Stories No. 4

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 4 Summer 2019
Ira Nyman’s From the Editor’s Desk: Practical Advice for Impractical Situations
Amazing Cover Artist: Yoko Matsuoka
Gary Dalkin: Rachel Armstrong Interview
Jack Clemons’ Citizens of the Solar System: Neil Armstrong
David Gerrold “Follow the Other Brick Road or In The Land of the Wurlikins” art by Roberto Armas
M.J. Moores “Shadow Phoenix Episode I: Answering the Call” (excerpt) art by Melisa Des Rosiers
Jen Frankel “Home-O-Cide” art by Anton Oxenuk
Tatiana Ivanova “The Scheduled War” translated by Alex Shvartsman, art by HMW
Cathy Smith “Canuck Commodities and Futures” art by Olivia Beelby
Brad Preslar “Worth Doing Wrong” art by Tom Miller
Brian Rappatta “The Prufrock Whisperer” art by Ron Miller
Jo Miles “#SaveJade” art by M.D. Jackson
Shirley Meier’s Throwing Rocks at the Void, art by Staff
Ricky Brown’s Inspiring Books for Amazing Stories Readers
Uche Ogbuji, Mary Soon Lee, R. Gene Turchin, and Jerri Hardesty (verses)
Steve Fahnestalk: William Gibson Interview, art by Pratap Sharma

Publisher: Steve Davidson
Editor-in-Chief: Ira Nayman
Art Director: Kermit Woodall
Cover: Yoko Matsuoka
Full size magazine: 8.5” x 11” 94 pages
Available at select conventions and by subscription from the Amazing Stories website

Rocket Stories July 1953

Rocket Stories July 1953

Rocket Stories Vol. 1 No. 2 July 1953

Wade Kaempfert: An Editorial on The Glory Road
Algis Budrys “Blood on My Jets” art by Alex Ebel
George O. Smith “Home is the Spaceman” art by Kelly Freas
Milton Lesser “Picnic” art by Joseph Eberle
Poul Anderson “The Temple of Earth” art by Paul Orban
Wade Kaempfert: Route to the Planets
Ben Smith “Sequel” art by Milton Berwin
Charles E. Fritch “Breathes There a Man” art by H.R. Smith
Irving Cox, Jr. “To the Sons of Tomorrow” art by Tom Beecham
William Scarff “Firegod”

Editor: Wade Kaempfert (Lester del Rey)
Assoc. Editor: John Vincent, E. Lynn
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Alex Schomberg
160 pages, 35¢

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

Alfred Hitchcock May 1966

Alfred Hitchcock May 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 5 May 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader (an excerpt) “. . . be King of the Grill, and a Mystery Reading Buff, adn acquire the resolute expression of the gentleman on the cover.”
Edward D. Hoch
“The Rusty Rose”
Robert G. Anderson “Child of the Night”
Frank Sisk “The Sawbuck Machine”
Robert W. Alexander “Over a Barrel”
Ed Lacy “Five Minutes Ago”
Carroll Mayers “The Conspirators”
Robert Edmond Alter “The Shunned House”
F.J. Smith “The Gun Merchant”
Aubrey S. Newman “Community Service”
Ione Ivey “So Tender These Petals”
Dick Ellis “Beware the Righteous Man”
Lawrence E. Orin “The Basement Room”
Geoffrey Knighton “A Matter of Honor”
Joseph Payne Brennan “The Intangible Threat”
Fletcher Flora “The Happenstance Snatch”
Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon

Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Managing Editor: G.F. Foster
Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ernest Hutter
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon
160 pages, 50¢

Weirdbook No. 41

Weirdbook No. 41

Weirdbook Vol. 2 No. 11 Issue 41 June 2019
Doug Draa: From the Editor’s Tower

Adrian Cole “Tonight I Wear My Crimson Face”
Darrell Schweitzer “The House of the Witches”
Erica Ruppertabout “The Bones”
Steve Dilks “The Idols of Xan”
Marlane Quade Cook “Conjurings”
Glynn Owen Barrass “Matriarch Unbound”
Luke Walker “The Mouth at the Edge of the World”
Alistair Rey “An Autumn Settling”
K.G. Anderson “I Know How You’ll Die”
Jack Lee Taylor “Fair Shopping”
Marina Favila “Black Aggie”
Arasibo Campeche “The Chroma of Home”
Dean MacAllister “The Last Resort”
S. Subramanian “The Crypt Beneath the Manse”
C.M. Muller “A Winter Reunion”
Leonard Carpenter “The Stravinsky Code”
Matthew Masucci “She Talks to Me”
L.F. Falconer “Wings of Twilight”
Thomas C. Mavroudis “A Pantheon of Trash”
D.C. Lozar “Juliet’s Moon”
Jean Graham “The Gargoyle’s Wife”
Justin Boote “The Melting Man”
Sean McCoy “Dead Waves”
J.D. Brink “The Proposal”
Kevin Hayman “Dark Energy”
S. L. Edwards “Christmas at Castle Dracula”
M. Ravenberg “There Was Fire”
Sharon Cullars “Them”
C. I. Kemp “For Love of Lythea”

K.A. Opperman “Beltane”
Scott J. Couturier “Twin Hungers”
Ashley Dioses “The Jackal”
Joshua Gage “Our Family Ghost”
Russ Parkhurst “Le Gargoyle”

Weirdbook Vol. 2 No. 11 Issue 41 June 2019
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Cover: Iuliia Kovalova
Interior Artwork: Allen Koszowski
235 pages, 6” x 9”
POD $12.00 , Kindle*
Wildside Press website

*Not available at the time of this writing

Uncomfortably Tricky

The Surrealist Bird No. 5

Marc Myers, whose collage work is featured in TDE No. 7–9, illustrating stories by Josh Pachter and Robert Snashall, has released two new zines:

The Surrealist Bird No. 5 is a 12-page, digest-sized, zine filled with striking images like “The London Head Incident–1873” and “A living radio with insect parts.” It’s available for $2.00 postage-paid.

Mulmig is the size of a classic mini comic, 8 pages, and available for $1.00 postage-paid.

Click on the link: Marc Myers to arrange purchase.

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019

Don McLellan “Visitors”
Stacy Woodson “The Hail Mary Play”
Chris Wheatley “The Shrewdness of Apes”
Jay O’Connell “Going South”
Bill Connor “Willard”
Shannon Hollinger “Bad Moon Rising”
Robert C. Madison “A Bit of Nasty Business”
Laird Long “Shut and Open Case” (A You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 84 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website