Mike Shayne June 1957

Mike Shayne June 1957

Brett Halliday: The Challenge in Mystery Writing
Contents Page
Helen Nielsen “The Long Walk to Death”
Fletcher Flora “Only the Best for Bowser”
James Shucker “Carny Blood”
Tedd Thomey “Slay-ride to Eternity”
Ted Reynolds “Identification in Red”
D.E. Forbes “In a Neat Package”
Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser) “Weep for a Blond Corpse” part three
Murray Wolf “The Little Glass Tubes”
Keston Clarke “Poison at Eight”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 2 No. 2 June 1957
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

Nearly One-and-Done

D as in Dead by Lawrence Treat

An excerpt from Steve Carper’s series “One-and-Dones” that appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7–9:

Paperback Prices by Graham Holroyd lists two books, D as in Dead, by mystery great Lawrence Treat, and The Lisping Man, by Frank Rawlings, as Atlas Books from the Hercules Publishing Corp. Kenneth R. Johnson’s “The Digest Index” and Hancer’s Price Guide to Paperback Books remove D as in Dead to a separate line of Martin Goodman books, also using the Hercules imprint. Why not put them together? Because D as in Dead is in fact separate. It does not blare “An Atlas Mystery” on the back cover. It is the largest of the three sizes that Atlas used.

Now Available from McFarland: Steve Carper’s Robots in American Popular Culture, a comprehensive reference volume that includes a companion website:

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019

Contents Page
Frederick Highland “Peat”
Vicki Weisfeld “The West Texas Rookie”
Robert Lopresti “Robot Carson”
Stephen Couch “Exposure”
R.T. Lawton “The Job Interview”
John M. Floyd “Rachel’s Place”
Dennis Palumbo “A Really Great Team”
Ray Morrison “Taking Debbie Rabbit”
Jack Bates “A Minute to Murder” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019 (No. 52)
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 83 pages
Print $7.99, Kindle $3.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Cauliflower Catnip Merch

Cauliflower Catnip embroidered patch

Excerpt from the tribute: “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

Shown here are the Cauliflower Catnip pinback button, embroidered patch, and plaster bust.

Joe stayed in touch with Harlan Ellison after Clarion, and in early 2017 sent him a copy of an H.P. Lovecraft portrait he’d drawn. Ellison responded, “What a hell of a portrait of Lovecraft! Still, I like the little pinback even more!”

Cauliflower Catnip pinback button

After casting a few of the CC busts, Joe found their production too time consuming, so only a handful were made. He tried hand-painting them but found the irregular surface of the plaster was too difficult to cover.

Cauliflower Catnip plaster bust

Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.

Opening Lines

Gamma No. 1 1963

“The scene is the Hall of the Great Guilty Lovers in Hell— roofed with stars that glitter like the first glances of fatal love, paved with sulfurous cosmic darkness assuage with desire, and walled with distant nebulas and galaxies that intertwine lasciviously.”
“Crimes Against Passion” by Fritz Leiber Gamma Vol. 1 No. 1 1963

True Crime Detective Spring 1942

True Crime Detective Spring 1942

“There’s nothing I like better than a good story well told with a flavor of surprise and suspense. That’s the reason I pick up True Crime Detective.”
Lauritz Melchior, world-famous tenor

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 2 Spring 1952
Contents Page
Benjamin Bennett “Life and Death of Bubbles Schroeder”
Joseph Catton “Secret Story of Winnie Ruth Judd”
Pierre Perchard “Curiosity Kills a Cop”
Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Edward D. Radin “Homemade Murder”
Bob Patterson “Unfinished Business”
Joseph Gollomb “Nemesis in Texas”
Stuart Palmer “The Dandy and the Squire”
M.R. Kelly “Case of the Quiet Coed”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editor: Edward D. Radin
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

An excerpt from Michael Bracken’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

The Digest Enthusiast: “Chase Your Dreams,” from AHMM (June 2016), is a great example of a story that evokes an emotional response. What prompts you to include social commentary in a story? Do themes emerge while writing, or are they part of the initial planning process?

Michael Bracken: I rarely start with a theme and never intentionally include social commentary because to do so runs the risk of turning a story into a sermon or, worse, a polemic.

When I let characters react to situations I put them in, sometimes themes emerge that represent beliefs different than my own, and it’s important to let the story be the story and not have a theme forced onto it that fits my beliefs. (Think about all the great noir movies ruined by nonsensical happy endings because movie makers didn’t think audiences would tolerate themes like “life sucks and then you die.”)

“Chase Your Dreams” presents a strong example of what happens when you build characters from the inside out. The protagonist is a closeted gay man in small-town Texas and his clandestine lover,a man who is out and proud of it, disappears. The protagonist is torn between searching for his lover and the realization that by doing so he will out himself. The theme emerges from the actions the protagonist takes and how the other characters react to those actions.

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan’s Editor’s Notes: It Takes a Village
The Lineup
Michael Bracken “Chase Your Dreams”
Sarah Weinman “Death of a Feminist” art by Tim Foley
Willie Rose: The Mysterious Cipher (solution on page 93)
Martin Limón “The King of K-Pop”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Janice Law “A Taste of Murder” art by Linda Weatherly
Mysterious Photograph: Words Taking Flight
Brendan DuBois “A Battlefield Reunion”
Erica Wright “Patsy Cline at Harry’s Last Chance Saloon” art by Ally Hodges
Ruth Chessman “Poor Sherm” (Mystery Classic selected and introduced by Jane K. Cleland)
Robert C. Hahn: Booked & Printed
Death On a Starry Night by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
Capitol Punishment by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Day After Death by Lynn C. Miller
The Story that Won (Dec. 2015) “A Better Plan” by Charles R. McCrary, Jr.
Coming in AHMM Jul/Aug 2016
Directory of Services/Indicia
Solution to the May “Dying Words”
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 61 No. 6 June 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Art & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Chuntisel/iStockphoto
112 pages $4.99
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Galaxy Aug/Sep 1970

This issue expands to 192 pages (from 160) for 75¢ (from 60¢) and contracts to a bimonthly schedule.

Galaxy Aug/Sep 1970

Contents Page
Ejler Jakobsson: The Raries
James Blish “The Day After Judgment”
R.A. Lafferty “About a Secret Crocodile”
Sonya Dorman “Coordinates” (verse)
Dannie Plachta “Power Play”
Ernest Taves “Moon Heat”
Robert A. Heinlein “I Will Fear No Evil” Part II
Algis Budrys: Galaxy Bookshelf
14 Great Tales of ESP edited by Idella Purnell Stone
Infinity One edited by Robert Hoskins

Galaxy Magazine Vol. 30 No. 5 Aug/Sep 1970
Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson
Assoc. Publisher: Bernard Williams
Editor: Ejler Jakobsson
Science Editor: Donald H. Menzel
Feature Editor: Lester del Rey
Managing Editor: Judy-Lynn Benjamin
Art Director: Franc L. Roggeri
Assoc. Art Director: Jack Gaughan
Cover and interior art: Jack Gaughan
5.25” x 7.75” 192 pages 75¢

Western Magazine Jan. 1957

Western Magazine Jan. 1957

Contents Page
Joseph Chadwick “These the Condemned” art by Carl Burgos
Gardner F. Fox “The Kid’s Big Kill” art by Carl Burgos
Edward Carr “Dawn Hanging” art by Carl Burgos
L.L. Foreman “Exile of the Valiant”

Western Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 January 1957
Publisher: Martin Goodman
Editor: Harry Widmer
Business Manager: Monroe Froehlich, Jr.
Art Director: Mel Blum
Art Editor: Carl Burgos
~5.5” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Read Peter Enfantino’s story-by-story recap of Western Magazine in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8.

Western Magazine Jan. 1957 back cover

Many thanks to amazon reviewer “halfdan” for honoring The Digest Enthusiast No. 10 with a five star rating.

Gamma No. 5

Gamma No. 5

Inside Front Cover art by William F. Nolan
Contents Page
(Charles E. Fritch) Across the Editor’s Desk
Ron Goulart “Nesbit”
Sylvia Dees and Ted White “Policy Conference” art by Luan Meatheringham
Charles Beaumont “Auto Suggestion”
Chester H. Carlfi “Welcome to Procyon IV”
Richard Matheson “Interest” art by Bernard Zuber
George Clayton Johnson “Lullaby and Goodnight”
Ray Bradbury “A Careful Man Dies” (New Detective Magazine Nov. 1946*)
Steve Allen “The Late Mr. Adams” (Fourteen for Tonight, Holt, Rinehart and Wilson 1955)
Dennis Etchison “Wet Season”
Inside Back Cover art by Burt Shonberg

Gamma Vol. 2 No. 5 (3) (Whole No. 5) Sept. 1965*
Editor-Publishers: Charles E. Fritch and Jack Matcha
Cover: John Healey
5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages 50¢

*From Galactic Central and Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “Gamma: New Frontiers in Fiction” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8 June 2018.