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News Digest Oct. 23, 2020

Amazing Stories Vol. 77 No. 2

New Releases
Amazing Stories Volume 77 No. 2 Sept. 2020
The home of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, publisher of the first stories of Ursula K. Leguin and Isaac Asimov–Amazing Stories–is back in print after an absence of more than a decade! This relaunch of the iconic first science fiction magazine is packed full of exciting science fiction, fantasy, and articles, all in a beautiful package featuring eye-catching illustrations and cartoons.The Amazing Stories Summer 2020 issue (the 619th issue since 1926) includes work by: Steve Davidson • Darrell Schweitzer • Marie Vibbert • Tom Jolly • Bo Balder • Ellen Denton • D. K. & Jeffrey Blair Latta • Sam Asher • Lindsey Duncan • Laura Davy • Gunnar de Winter.
Print $9.95 Kindle $2.99

Kevin Tipple highlights SMFS members in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020 issue at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

And again, for EQMM Nov/Dec 2020: The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

Five digests reviewed

Digest Magazine Reviews
Ron Fortier
reviews The Guns of Pluto (Captain Future) by Allen Steele at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Doug Ellis reviews A Man of Science: A Study of the Readership of Analog Science Fact-Fiction at Black Gate.

Todd Mason reviews EQMM Oct. 1962, Fantastic Oct. 1970, Partisan Review Vol. 44 No. 4 (1977), and Great Ghost Stories of the Old West at Sweet Freedom.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
on “Visiting the Land of the Stone Giants” on Easter Island at Fate Magazine.

J.M. Swenson on “Enter the Fungicene” from Analog Nov/Dec 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Edwin Hill on “Memory and What if…?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber explain “The Hind” from Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Storytime
Tricia Saiki’s
“Wrong House” at Close to the Bone.

Mav Skye reads Alec Cizak’s “The Bridge” on her podcast Dark Softly Tales. (Thanks Kevin Tipple.)

Michael Bracken’s “Bicycles” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Marie S. Crosswell’s “Killers and Samaritans” at Tough Crime.

Jay Rohr’s “A Good Shepherd” at Close to the Bone.

Brave & Bold 170, Batman 331, Detective 498

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 331, Detective No. 498, and The Brave and the Bold No. 170 at bare•bones e-zine.

Robert Lopresti reviews the origins of his series character PI Marty Crow at Sleuthsayers.

EconoClash Review No. 6

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Alfred Hayes Part One: A Piece of the Action at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines King-Size Editions.

Readin and Writin’
EconoClash Review continues its streak of stellar issues with No. 6 from Down & Out Books. A terrific collection of short stories or “Quality Cheap Thrills” as editor J.D. Graves promises to deliver. Every one was worth reading, but among my favorites this time were stories by Preston Lang, Serena Jayne, and John Kojak. And it was great to read a story from the editor himself in this edition. All in all, a top-notch anthology—highly recommended.

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

Justin Marriott and friends pack a lot of reading into the 64-page Paperback Fanatic No. 44. I have to admit reading about novels featuring natural disasters in the middle of a pandemic gave me pause. The issue opens with an overview of Gil Cohen: One Man Army by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle, with a gallery of Cohen’s original paintings for Mack Bolan, The Executioner series. Then it’s on to disaster. First up: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalances, and tidal waves. You name it, there’s a novel written around it—probably several—some natural, some induced by an evil genuis or organization. But the paperback landslide of The Plague Chronicles dwarfs the former disaster subgenre with more titles than I thought possible. Even after 22 pages, the Fanatic hadn’t exposed them all. No problem, I was ready to move on. Fortunately, the next piece, Prose and Cons, is all about convicts who turned to writing crime fiction, which I found by itself worth the price of the issue—outstanding! And to cap things off, the final pages provide almost two dozen retro-reviews of collectible paperbacks. Some worth seeking out and some cautionary tales.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

My interview with Emily Hockaday wrapped this week, so the only substantial content remaining for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, is the news gathering phase, which I’ll begin next month. At this rate, the issue should be out in December. For the rest of this month, I’ll concentrate on proofing pages and working on my other two projects: Pulp Modern Vol. 2 Nol. 6 and the Roman Scott collection.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

News Digest Oct. 16, 2020

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7

New Releases
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 Special Private Eye Issue
Contents Page
Michael Bracken: From the Cat’s Perch
Robert Lopresti “The Charity Case”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins “The Whole Story”
Josh Pachter “The Stopwatch of Death”
Bev Vincent “The Fugitive with the Dragon Tattoo”
O’Neil De Noux “Love Pirate”
Graham Powell “Pictures of Lily”
Gordon Linzner “Show and Zeller”
John M. Floyd “Mustang Sally”
E.E. King “Funeral Potatoes”
Robert Jeschonek “The Makings of a Killer”
Fletcher Flora “Loose Ends” (Classic Reprint)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Michael Bracken
Production: Sam Hogan, Karl Wülf
6” x 9” 168 pages
Print $13.00
Wildside Press Website

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Phyllis Galde
talks with Zecharia Sitchin, eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar at Fatemag.com.

LaToya Jovena, whose “The Winner” appears in the upcoming EQMM Nov/Dec 2020, explains where she gets story ideas at Something is Going to Happen.

The October eNewsletter is out from Pulp Literature.

Rosemary Claire Smith talks elections at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “The Whole Story” by Andrew Wlesh-Huggins from Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 at Little Big Crimes.

Storytime
Jim Woessner’s
“The Hero” at Close to the Bone.

Abi Marie Palmer’s “The Cult of Huggy Hamster” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Eerie 49, Vampirella 26, Creepy 55

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 49, Vampirella No. 26, and Creepy No. 55 at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines Spectrum 27.

Readin’ and Writin’
This week’s reading included wrapping up the current issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, an ecclectic mix of entertaining fiction and features. My favorite stories were Marc Laidlaw’s “Weeper,” Leah Cypess’ “Of Them All,” James Sallis’ “The Cry of Evening Birds,” and Brian Trent’s “The Dog and the Ferryman.” The introduction to Laidlaw’s yarn also highlights his Games column with the promise “We think you’ll appreciate his insights into the narratives of this new-ish medium, even if you don’t play games.” I don’t, but it did prove to be an issue highlight. I also greatly enjoyed Jerry Oltion’s Science column on the science of printing. If you hurry, you can still find the issue on newsstands or order a copy directly from the publisher online.

Alec Cizak sent me the first batch of stories he’s selected for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6 and I’ve begun the layout. We’re going with a two-column layout this time to look more like the pulps and digests of old.

Rick McCollum sent the final art for my story that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No.13. Fab as usual. It’s already in place in the issue, which is progressing nicely. Also completed the retouch on the covers for Steve Carpers’ new article.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

News Digest Oct. 9, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2020

New Releases
Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2020
Martin Rosenstock “The Case Of The Count Of Saint Germain”
Larry Lefkowitz “The Case Of Vigor, The Hammersmith Wonder”
Michael Mallory “The Adventure Of The Turned Tables”
Bruce Harris “Beggars Can Be Choosers”
Teel James Glenn “The Adventure Of Sherlock Hominid”
David Bart “Nevermore”
Eric Del Carlo “The Baker Station Irregulars”
Phillip Leibfried “The Silent Sherlock”
Adam Beau Mcfarlane “Strangers in Blood”
Bruce McAllister “Birthday Party”
John H. Dromey “A Clockwork Crook”
Richard Zwicker “What Lies Beneath The Bandages”
J.J. White “The Case Of The Burnt Wires”
Roxanne Dent “Mark Of Shame”
Teel James Glenn “The Affair Of The Heart”
Adam Beau Mcfarlane “Death And The Doctor”
Laird Long “Thiefsgiving” (You Solve It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 55 Oct. 2020
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 9.75 164 pages
Print $11.99 Kindle 5.99

Coast to Coast

The new Andrew McAleer/Paul D. Marks anthology, Coast to Coast: Noir from Sea to Shining Sea is out from Down & Out Books. Authors include Colleen Collins, Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Tom MacDonald, Andrew McAleer, Michael Mallory, Paul D. Marks, Dennis Palumbo, Stephen D. Rogers, John Shepphird, Jaden Terrell, and Dave Zeltserman.

Coast to Coast: Noir from Sea to Shining Sea
5.5” x 8.5” 270 pages
Print $17.95 Kindle $3.99

Kevin Tipple previews Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

Digest Magazine Reviews
David Levinson
reviews Worlds of If Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Worlds of If Nov. 1965

Digest Magazine Blogs
Janet Hutchings
previews Ellery Queen’s eightieth year (2021), which includes a new story by Cornell Woolrich (!), at Something is Going to Happen.

Storytime
Ana Teresa Pereira’s
“The Statues” at Close to the Bone.

A.G. Hilton’s “Southern Hospitality” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Pulp Modern No. 3 is available for Kindle as a free download today and tomorrow.

Batman 330, Detective 497, Brave and the Bold 169

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 330, Detective No. 497, and The Brave and the Bold No. 169—and select the best (and worst) stories of 1980 at bare•bones e-zine.

The latest eNewsletter from Art Taylor brings news of Autumn Anthologies and Award Nominations. Read all about it here.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Nine: Body in the Barn and Wrapup at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Bookseller
Bud’s Art Books’ Weekly News Item blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Alec Cizak
, with Yuan Sang, offer creative writing tips in Character, Part Two at ACTV.

The Pulps by Tony Goodstone

I first encountered The Pulps in 1970 when it was first published. I had only discovered—and begun reading—pulp magazine reprints around that time. Mostly I read the hero pulps from Belmont, Bantam, and Berkley, but this volume, with it’s full color cover gallery piqued my interest, and after seeing stacks of copies in my local university book store for weeks on end I finally scraped together the $15 admission. There were several large format hardcover comic strip collections competing at the same price: Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, and Little Orphan Annie.

I purused The Pulps many times, but never sat down and read it cover to cover. Years later I’d lost track of it. Maybe it was sold or traded, but it was no longer in my library.

Years passed and one day my daughter brought home a used copy from Powell’s City of Books on Burnside. She paid $9.50 for it in good condition, with a beat-up dust jacket. She thought it would be something I’d like. Spot on, and this time I finally read it.

Maybe I was just out of the loop, but when it was published I don’t think reprints of short stories from pulps were commonplace. This gave editor Tony Goodstone free rein to select any story he wanted, and he did a great job choosing. Every story is a pleasure to read.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Past Goodstone’s introduction and a generous selection of covers, the volume is divided into ten sections, each providing a choice sample of pulp genres: Adventure, Sports, Aviation and War, Western and Frontier, Detective and Mystery, Innocence (Romance), Straight Out Sex (Spicy), Supernatural, Science Fiction, and excerpts from The Hero Pulps. Sorry, it took me fifty years to read this thing cover to cover, but I gotta say, it was well worth the wait.

The final articles slated for TDE13 arrived this week, and that kept me busy scanning and retouching cover images. Still some work to do in that regard, but good progress is happening.

Although there is only one interview this time, it’s shaping up to be a great one. The Managing Editor of Analog and Asimov’s, Emily Hockaday, is our interview superstar and she’s delivers a fascinating look inside two of the leading digests on the newsstand.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Science Fiction Digest No. 1

Vintage Digest
Science Fiction Digest No. 1
Contents Page
Shawna McCarthy: Editorial
J.W. Silbersack: Speculations
Issace Asimov: Asimov on Science Fiction
Gregory Benford “Swarmer, Skimmer” (excerpt from Across the Sea of Suns)
C.J. Cherryh “The Pride of Chanur”
Sydney J. Van Scyoc “Sunwaifs”
Classified Advertising
Science Fiction Digest Questionnaire (IBC)

Science Fiction Digest No. 1 Oct/Nov 1981
President/Publisher: Joel Davis
Editor: Shawna McCarthy
Assoc. Editor: Elizabeth Mitchell
Art Director: Ralph Robino
5.25” x 7.75” 192 pages $1.95

News Digest Oct. 2, 2020

Guns+Tacos Season 2 Episode 10

New Releases
Guns+Tacos Season 2 Episode 10: A Taco, A T-Bird, A Beretta and One Furious Night by Ann Aptaker
When Maureen learns that Leo “Riddles” Ridley is back in Chicago, the screaming harridan of violence and vengeance is unmuzzled in Maureen’s troubled head. The harridan only quiets when fed steady doses of death, which Maureen is only too happy to provide, especially if Riddles is the on the menu. She’ll make him suffer for his betrayal, for abandoning her to the fate of prison for her work as a member of Riddles’ outfit.

Subscribe to Guns+Tacos Season 2 at Down & Out Books:
• Trade Paperback — $32.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story and FREE shipping within the Continental U.S.!)
• Digital Formats — $11.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story)

Kevin Tipple previews Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2020 at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

EQMM Sep/Oct 2020, Analog Oct. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “Terrible Ideas” by Gregory Fallis from EQMM Sep/Oct 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
R.T. Raichev
, whose story “The Other Imelda” will see print in EQMM Nov/Dec 2020 and essay “Murderous Decoys—Philip MacDonald and ‘Loves Lies Bleeding’” appears at Something is Going to Happen.

Gabrial Hart reviews Slow Bear by Anthony Neil Smith at EconoClash Review.

Fate magazine offers a free gift and new books in this October Announcement.

Storytime
Andrea Smith’s
“Hex Boyfriend” at Close to the Bone.

Preston Lang’s “The Man from Goldman Sachs” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Barb Goffman reads “Dear Emily Etiquette” from EQMM Sep/Oct 2020 at the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcast.

Eerie 48, Vampirella 25, Creepy 54

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 48, Vampirella No. 25, and Creepy No. 54 at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books weekly new items blog.

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020, Savage Season by Joe Lansdale
The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading the current issue of Nostalgia Digest (Autumn 2020) this week. Editor/publisher Steve Darnall starts things off with “Reflections of a Golden Age” highlighting 42 milestones over radio’s 100-year history. The issue is packed with entertaining articles, but among my favorites were Wayne Klatt’s “Pleasant Screams” about radio’s horror programs, and the two biographies of Alan Ladd and Raymond Massey, by Walter Scannel and Stone Wallace, respectively.

Also wrapped up Savage Season by Joe Lansdale, the first Hap and Leonard novel. It was great fun, full of action, desperate characters, and lots of heart. If you’ve enjoyed the TV series, the source material is well worth your time.

Received an article from Vince Nowell, Sr. for TDE13 on pulps and digests edited by Robert A.W. Lowndes. I’m still gathering cover images for it, but I’m looking forward to taking it to layout.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Worlds Beyond Feb. 1951

Vintage SF Digest
Worlds Beyond Feb. 1951
Inside covers: Contributor Bios
Contents Page
Jack Vance “Brain of the Galaxy”
Lester del Rey “The Deadliest Female”
H.B. Hickey “Like a Bird, Like a Fish”
Lord Dunsany “The Old Brown Coat”
Poul Anderson “The Acolytes”
Walter C. Davies “Forgotten Tongue”
Richard Matheson “Clothes Make the Man”
C.M. Kornbluth “The Rocket of 1955”
The Dissecting Table (Book Reviews)
Harry Harrison “Rock Diver”
Halliday Sutherland “Valley of Doom”
In the Next Issue

Worlds Beyond Vol. 1 No. 3 Feb. 1951
Editor: Damon Knight
Cover: Van Dongen
Interior Art: Harrison, Jannace, Napoli
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 25¢

News Digest Sept. 25, 2020

Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2

New Releases
Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2
Leah Cutter: Introduction
Michele Lang “The Rehab Archipelago”
David H. Hendrickson “Bubba’s Blunder”
Kari Kilgore “The Fabulous Feats of Billy”
Melissa Yi “Sushi À Volonté”
Diana Deverell “Gone Gold”
Jason A. Adams “Bobby and Pete”
Cate Martin “The Fall of La Madrina”
Leah R. Cutter “Tiny Dreams”
Juliet Nordeen “Libby’s Millions”
Our Friends

Thieves: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2
Editor: Leah Cutter
Cover: ra2studio
5” x 8” 196 pages
Print $12.99 Kindle $4.99
Knotted Road Press

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

The Paperback Fanatic No. 44
Contents Page
Justin Marriott: Fanatical Thoughts
Gil Cohen: One Man Army (Book Preview)
Justin Marriott: Disaster 70!
Justin Marriott: The Plague Chronicles
Justin Marriott: Prose and Cons
The Lockdown Reviews

The Paperback Fanatic No. 44
Editor: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: TomTesarek
7” x 10” 64 pages full color
Print Only $9.99
JM on Facebook

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Anthony Perconti
: Lovecraft on the Pampas: A Discussion of “There are More Things” by Jorge Luis Borges at EconoClash Review.

Dan Reade’s “An Ode to Specificity” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Kevin Mims’ “The Man Who Would Be King (and Tevis and Kesey and Levin, Etc.” at Something is Going to Happen.

F&SF Oct. 1965, Gamma Sept. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Gideon Marcus
reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Catherine Dilts reviews selections from AHMM Sep/Oct 2020 at Catherine Edits (thanks Kevin Tipple).

Kris Vyas-Myall reviews Gamma No. 5 (Sept. 1965) at Galactic Journey.

John O’Neill reviews Entanglements edited by Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams at Black Gate.

Storytime
Michael McLaughlin’s
“The Happiest Place on Earth” at Close to the Bone.

Stephen J. Golds’ “Love Like Bleeding Out with an Empty Gun in Your Hand” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Paul D. Marks reads “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” and “Howling at the Moon” for the EQMM podcast.

Batman 393, Detective 496, Brave and the Bold 168

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 329, Detective No. 496, and The Brave and the Bold No. 168 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Eight: The Twelve Hour Caper at bare•bones e-zine.

Rob Imes has begun The Unofficial Romantic TImes Index.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

TDE Advertisers
This week’s enews from Bud’s Art Books leads with Jim Steranko.

Readin’ and Writin’
Barb Goffman
delves into word usage issues at SleuthSayers.

A goodly amount of reading occurred this week—all progress on existing reads, so nothing to report here until next time.

Touched up a few more issues of Head for the WIP Roman Scott collection. And several digest SF novels for Steve Carper’s article slated for TDE13. Rick McCollum finished some beautiful artwork for my sword and sorcery yarn.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Space Science Fiction Sept. 1952

Vintage SF Digest
Space Science Fiction Vol. 1 No. 2 Sept. 1952
Contents Page
Lester del Rey: Editorial
Erik van Lhin “Moon-Blind” art by Paul Orban
Clifford D. Simak “The Fence” art by Gari
Robert E. Howard “The God in the Bowl” (Edited by L. Sprague de Camp) art by Schecterson
George O. Smith
: Science—Fiction and Fact
Michael Sherman “A Matter of Faith” art by Peter Poulton
Murray Leinster
“The Barrier” art by Paul Orban
John Jakes
“With Wings” art by Schecterson
Coming Events
Fletcher Pratt “Official Record” art by Schecterson
Theodore L. Thomas
“The Revisitor” art by Gari
Meet Paul Orban (back cover)

Publisher: John Raymond
Editor: Lester del Rey
Assoc. Editors: Peter Leavy, John Vincent
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Earle Bergey
5.5” x 7.5” 160 pages 35 cents

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

News Digest Sept. 18, 2020

Weirdbook No. 43

New Releases
Weirdbook No. 43
Contents
“An American Story” by Darrell Schweitzer
“Impervious to Reason, Oblivious to Fate” by John R. Fultz
“The River” by Sharon Cullars
“Taking Out the Trash” by by D.C. Lozar
“Arthur Wardrobe And Asia Anastacia: A Love Story” by Andrew Darlington
“Snack Time” by Franklyn Searight
“Godlike” by Edward Morris and Konstantine Paradias
Ronkonkoma” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“The Fury of Angels” by Adrian Cole
“Keisha’s Dinosaur” by Nicole Givens Kurtz
“Will Home Remember Me?” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
“You’re Gonna Love This Song” by Michael S. Walker
“Frozen Time” by Rivka Jacobs
“Lucien Greyshire and the Ghost from Applebee’s” by L.F. Falconer
Plus poetry by Jeff Barnes, Maxwell I. Gold, Neva Bryan, Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman, Ann K.Schwader, W.D. Clifton, Ngo Binh Anh Khoa, Chad Hensley, Frederick J. Mayer, and Gregg Chamberlain.

Weirdbook Vol. 2 No. 13 Issue 43 August 2020
Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt
Editor: Doug Draa
Consulting Editor: W. Paul Ganley
Cover: Fotolia
Interior Artwork: Allen Koszowski
184 pages, 6” x 9”
Print $12.00 , Kindle*
Wildside Press website
*Not available at the time of this writing

Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2020

Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2020
Contents
“Of Them All” by Leah Cypess
“The Shadows of Alexandrium” by David Gerrold
“My Name Was Tom” by Tim Powers
“The Fairy Egg” by R.S. Benedict
“Weeper” by Marc Laidlaw
“Do AIs Dream of Perfect Games?” by Angie Peng
“The Martian Water War: Notes Found in an Airlock” by Peter Gleick
“Little and Less” by Ashley Blooms
“The Cry of Evening Birds” by James Sallis
“The Dog and the Ferryman” by Brian Trent
“This World Is Made for Monsters” by M. Rickert
“The Writing of Science Fiction” by Timons Esaias (verse)
Books to Look For by Charles de Lint
Games by Marc Laidlaw
Plumage from Pegasus: Keeping Up with the ISBNs by Paul Di Filippo
Television: The Devil in Devs by Karin Lowachee
Science: The Science of Printing by Jerry Oltion
Coming Attractions
Curiosities by Paul Di Filippo

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 139 No. 3 and 4, No. 751, Sep/Oct 2020
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: Bob Eggleton for “The Shadows of Alexandrium”
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Mark Heath, Nick Downes, Bill Long
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Nov. 2, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Bud’s Art Books’ Weekly New Items Blog post.

Digest Novels
Harlequin Books meet Digest Art at Sleazy Digest Books! (NSFW).

Amazing Oct. 1965, Galaxy Oct. 1965, Worlds of Tomorrow Nov. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
John Boston
reviews Amazing Stories Oct. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Gideon Marcus reviews Galaxy Oct. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Paperback Warrior Podcast No. 61 reviews The Best of Manhunt 2.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Worlds of Tomorrow Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Sarina Dorie
on “I, Bigfoot” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Zandra Renwick, whose “Killer Bisnez” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020, discusses “The Moment Expectations Change” at Something is Going to Happen.

James McArthur writes about “The Devil’s Footprints” for Fate magazine.

Robert Reed on his cover story, “The Ossuary’s Passenger” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020, at From Earth to the Stars.

Storytime
David Rachels’
“Death Comes to Uncle Bob” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Close to the Bone provides “The Otsego House” by DAH via their newsletter.

Jetta No. 5–7

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Steve Carper
delves into Jetta: Teen-Age Sweetheart of the 21st Century at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Eerie 47, Vampirella 24, Creepy 53

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 47, Vampirella No. 24, and Creepy No. 53 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
Since it’s a reference guide, I’ve been slowly making my way through Martin Roth’s (1924–2000) The Crime Writer’s Reference Guide for several months now. He updated it in the early 1990s and this edition was published after his death in 2003. A fair amount of the data is dated, but the concepts remain solid and the author includes plenty of suggestions on how/where to get the latest information on various topics. The reference is divided into sections on Crime, Criminals, Cops, Investigations, The Courts, Prisons, and Language (slang and legal). It also includes an exellent list of further reading books for each of its sections. If one were writing a story set in the early 1990s it would be invaluable to set the stage on then current practices and techology.

Finished reading Unsolved Murders No. 1 from June 1954, the first of only two issues. The first thing that strikes you about this vintage true crime digest is its production values. Printed on a higher grade of paper than newsprint, UM is able to include a generous assortment of quality photographs to support its reports. The writing is also a notch above many of its rivals of its era. If I had to guess why it didn’t catch on, I’d cite it’s lack of closure. Although unsolved murders makes a great hook to grab attention, reading case after case without resolution leaves a void. Somewhat pricy, but worth the splurge, I’m still waiting for a copy of the second issue to surface.

Crime Writer's Ref Guide, Unsolved Murders 1, Paperback Parade 108, Rock and a Hard Place 3

Thoroughly enjoyed a few hours with Paperback Parade No. 108 this week. Full page cover repros dominate this edition, exposing the delights of Pan Books’ Agatha Christie novels (article be Jules Burt), Monarch movie novelizations (article by Bruce Tinkel), the British Tit-Bits crime books (article by Tom Lesser), and Canada’s Westerns and Northerns from Halequin Books (article by Jim Fitzpatrick). Editor Gary Lovisi and Designer Rich Greene round out the issue with news and features on artist Gil Cohen, paperback promotional matchbooks, and Spain’s Celebridades series. Outstanding!

I joined the Rock and a Hard Place fanclub this week, via issue three. Their tag line “A Chronicle of Bad Decisions and Desperate People” aptly sums up the package. The stories here are often crime and often noir, but the magazine also explores characters who may not be criminals in storytime, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they took the plunge somewhere down the line. A great collection of trouble and its aftermath, well worth the support of hardluck story lovers. See my full review in the upcoming TDE13.

Been a tough week motivation-wise. Air quality in the Pacific Northwest has been literarlly off the charts. It rained last night, and the weather people tell us we’re in for big improvements now. I sure hope so, three crises is becoming more than I can handle.

Bright spots: Rick McCollum is working on illustrations for my story, and I completed the retouch repair work on five covers for Steve Carper’s article on Digest SF Novels. Also did clean-up on two more issues of Head for the upcoming Roman Scott collection edited by Marc Myers.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Mantrap No. 1 July 1956

Vintage Crime Digest
Mantrap No. 1 July 1956
Contents Page
Richard Hardwick “One-Way Cruise” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Jack Richie
“A Torch for Tess”
Dan Sontup “Murder for a Doll” art by Dick Shelton
Derek Krull
“Stake Out”
John R. Starr “Target Sighted”
Allen Lang “Body in Blue Jeans”
Robert Turner “The Man Who Never Hurried”
James J. Dwyer “Hunch”
Helen Nielsen “A Bad Night for Murder” art by Ray Houlihan
C.L. Sweeney, Jr.
“A Certain Kind of Caper” art by Dick Shelton
Harold George Shadd
“The Escape of Willie Croton”
Harry Whittington “The Glass Alibi”
Richard Harper “Storm” (from Best Western March 1956)

Mantrap Vol. 1 No. 1 July 1956
Secret Life Publications
Publisher: Michael St. John
Gen. Manager: R.E. Decker
Editorial Director: Walter R. Schmidt
Managing Editor: N.F. King
Associate Editor: William Manners
Art Director: Charles W. Adams
Assistant Art Director: Gerald Adams
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35 cents

News Digest Sept. 11, 2020

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020

New Releases
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020
Contents
Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!”
Steve Darnall “Reflections of a Golden Age” (cover story)
Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Four
Jordan Elliott “Man and Superman” (Clayton Collyer)
Clair Schulz “Smilin’ Through” (Pegy Lynch)
Walter Scannell “This Ladd for Hire” (Alan Ladd)
Wayne Klatt “Pleasant Screams” (radio’s scary shows)
Alex Udvary “Hollywood Madmen” (Clark & McCullogh)
Stone Wallace “Prince of Players” (Raymond Massey)
Mail Call
Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 4 Autumn 2020
Editor: Steve Darnall
Cover: Mark Braun
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

Alfred Hitchcock's Sep/Oct 2020

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan: A Word of Thanks
The Lineup
Elliot F. Sweeney “Mrs. White Hart” art by Kimberly Cho
Dan Crawford
“Storage”
Jane Pendjiky “Fruiting Bodies”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Handoff”
Christopher Latragna “Call it Sad, Call it Funny”
Sharon Jarvis “Who Killed What’s Her Name?”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
James Sallis “The Beauty of Sunsets”
Wouter Boonstra “Archored” translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Steven Gore
“Inflection” art by Daniel Zalkus
Mark Lagasse:
Scrambled Hitch (puzzle, solution on page 192)
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Richard Freeborn “Family Harmony”
John Paul Davies “Limited Edition”
Dave Zeltserman “Past Due” art by Kevin Speidell
Michael Nethercott
“Old Echoes”
Tom Larsen “Buscando Tupac”
Bob Tippee “You Said This Was Business”
Josh Pachter selects/introduces a Mystery Classic: “Thubway Tham’s Hoodoo Roll” by Johnston McCulley (Detective Story Magazine Nov. 12, 1921)
Lee Lofland’s Case File: Excited Delirium
The Story That Won (May/Jun) “Never a Dull Moment in the Kitchen” by Rosemary Herbert
Coming in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior ADs: Victoria Green, Thomas Slosser
Cover: Erika Steiskal
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Amazing Selects No. 3

Amazing Selects No. 3:
Adrift in the Sea of Souls by David Gerrold
Contents Page
Adam-Troy Castro’s Introduction: The Sprung Chicken
Steve Davidson’s Publisher’s Note: David Gerrold
David Gerrold “Adrift in the Sea of Souls”
David Gerrold “The White Piano”
David Gerrold “Jacob in Manhattan”
Author’s Afterword
About the Author
Art the Artist: M.D. Jackson

Amazing Selects No. 3
Publisher: Steve Davidson
Cover and interior artwork M.D. Jackson
5.5” x 8.5” 170 pages
Print $8.99 Kindle $8.99
Amazing Stories website

Also out is Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2020, with stories by Nick LeGrand, Edward Lodi, Joseph S. Walker, Benjamin Mark, William Burton McCormick, Shea E. Butler, Stan Dryer, and Eric B. Rurark. Available in print $7.99 and Kindle $3.99

Kevin Tipple highlights Fiction River: Stolen at The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog.

If Oct. 1965, Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020

Digest Magazine Reviews
John O’Neill
gives an overview of the “Big 5” digests for Sep/Oct 2020 at Black Gate.

Robert Lopresti reviews Joseph S. Walker’s “Golden Lives” from Mystery Weekly Magazine Sep. 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

David Levinson reviews Worlds of If Oct. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Kevin Tipple reviews Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020 at Kevin’s Corner.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Alan Dean Foster
, whose “The Treasure of the Lugar Morto” appears in Analog Sep/Oct 2020, talks about writing at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Iris Hockaday, whose story “The Thunderstorm” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, reflects on “mystery” at Something is Going to Happen.

Jason Sandford on “The Eight-Thousanders” from Asimov’s Sep/Ocy 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Brain Freeze No. 5

Storytime
Charlie Cancel’s
“R/amitheasshole Posted by Tammy Whammy 2 Hours Ago” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Josh Pachter reads his “The Secret Lagoon” from EQMM Sep/Oct 2019 at Podomatic.

Zine Scene
Jim Main’s
Brain Freeze No. 5 was released this week. Its contributor list is too long to re-create here, but includes TDE illustrator Rick McCollum. The 52-page zine is available for $6.25 post paid from:
Main Enterprises
PO Box 93
New Milford, CT 06776

Brave and the Bold 167, Batman 328, Detective 495

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review The Brave and the Bold No. 167, Batman No. 328, and Detective No. 495 at bare•bones e-zine.

Richard Kellogg sent a press release for his new book: Barry Baskerville’s Christmas Mystery (Airship 27, 2020) by Richard Kellogg and lavishly illustrated by Gary Kato, is now available from Amazon.com. In the seventh entry of this series of mysteries for children, Barry uses all his skills of observation and deduction to identify a thief who has been stealing Christmas trees from the lawns of the residents of Watsonville. Young readers will learn about the methods used by Sherlock Holmes while improving their own problem-solving skills. Sherlockians will find the book a great holiday gift for their children and grandchildren.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Seven: Bang! You’re Dead at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
Alec Cizak
offers creative writing tips on plotting at ACTV.

Did a fair about of reading this week, but didn’t finish any one of the books or digests currently in play. More next week.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Finished retouching the pages of Head No. 1 for Marc Myer’s upcoming Roman Scott collection.

Joined the Short Mystery Fiction Society this week! President: Robert Lopresti, Vice President: Kevin R. Tipple.

This week’s progress on TDE13: Steve Carper sent nearly a dozen cover scans for his upcoming article on digest SF novels. Jack Seabrook tapped Walker Martin for help securing the final images from Mystery Book Magazine No. 16, for Jack’s article on Leo Marr. And the color work on Bob Vojtko’s six gag cartoons was completed. Four will appear on one page I’ve dubbed “Zowie” in tribute to the Lopez digest magazine from the 1970s.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Galaxy Aug. 1977

Vintage Science Fiction Digest
Galaxy Aug. 1977
Inside front cover by James R. Odbert
Contents Page
Calendar
James Patrick Bean’s Editorial: Galaxy and the Galaxy
Harbert Charles Petley “…and Earth So Far Away” art by Stephen Fabian
Frederik Pohl
: Postscript to Gateway
Charles Sheffield “Perfectly Safe, Nothing to Worry About”
Jerry Pournelle, PhD: A Step Farther Out (science fact)
Frank Herbert “The Dosadi Experiment”
Richard E. Geis: The Alien Viewpoint art by Tim Kirk
Arsen Darnay
“Pheromonal Fountain”
Spider Robinson: Galaxy Bookshelf
Jay Brandon “The All-Soul is Calling Quinlan” art by Stephen Fabian
Directions (letter pages)
Galaxy/If SF Mart (classified ads)

Galaxy Science Fiction Vol 38 No. 6 August 1977
Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson
Editor: James Patrick Baen
Art Director: Stephen Fabian
Assistant Editor: Elaine Will
Science Editor: J.E. Pournelle, PhD
Contributing Editor: Spider Robinson
Consulting Editor: Theodore Sturgeon
Cover: Kelly Freas
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages $1.25

News Digest Sept. 4, 2020

Asimov's Sep/Oct 2020

New Releases
Asimov’s Science Fiction Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Sheila Williams’ Editorial: Forty-Fourth Annual Readers’ Awards’ Results
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: The Road Not Taken
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Meet Your Subliminal Self
Jane Yolen “Gretel’s Bone” (verse)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch “Maelstrom”
Robert Frazier “Photograph #51” (verse)
Leah Cypess “A Sideways Slant of Light”
Robert Reed “The Ossuary’s Passenger”
Bruce Boston “Incomplete Adaptation” (verse)
Ian Tregillis “When God Sits in Your Lap”
Cadwell Turnbull “Shock of Birth”
Jason Sanford “The Eight-Thousanders”
David C. Kopaska-Merkel “A Rare and Wondrous Thing” (verse)
M. Bennardo “A Vengeful Revenant”
Michael Meyerhofer “In Horror Movies, Whenever Someone Gets Their Soul Sucked Out” (verse)
R. Garcia y Robertson “Escaping Real Time”
Michael Libling “Robyn in Her Shiny Blue Coffin”
Next Issue
Y.M. Pang “Mangy White Dog”
Gregory Frost “Traveling On”
Rich Larson “The Conceptual Shark”
Josh Pearce “Self-Assembly Required”(verse)
Gray Rinehart “Flare Shack”
Fred D. White “Dawn Fiddler” (verse)
Peter Heck: On Books
Mary Soon Lee “Cavall” (verse)
Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 44 No. 9 & 10, whole No. 536 & 537, Sep/Oct 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Maurizio Manzieri
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020
Asimov’s website

Paperback Parade No. 108

Paperback Parade No. 108
A production glitch on this issue forced the cover of the last issue onto this one. The workaround is a “dustjacket” correction. Not ideal, but now it’s a “highly collectible” edition!
Contents Page
Gary Lovisi’s Paperback Talk
Jules Burt “Agatha Christie in Vintage Pan Paperbacks”
Rich Greene “Gil Cohen’s She Adventure”
Bruce Tinkel “Monarch Movie Tie-In Paperbacks”
Gary Lovisi “The Celebridades Series from Spain”
Rich Greene “Matchless Paperbacks”
Tom Lesser “Tit-Bits Crime Fiction Library”
Jim Fitzpatrick “Harlequin Westerns and Northerns”

Paperback Parade No. 108 Aug. 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 96 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

The Best of Manhunt 2 edited by Jeff Vorzimmer

The Best of Manhunt 2 is out from Stark House Press.
Content Includes:
Peter Enfantino’s Foreword: For the Love of Manhunt
Jon L. Breen: Introduction
Jon L. Breen: On the Passing of Manhunt
Robert Turner: Life and Death of a Magazine
Jeff Vorzimmer: 35 stories collected from the pages of the magazine

The Best of Manhunt 2
Publisher: Greg Shepard
Editor: Jeff Vorzimmer
Art Director: Mark Shepard
5.5” x 8.5” 424 pages
Print $21.95 Kindle $5.49

Dead Wrong by Lorenz Heller, Little Sister by Robert Martin

Not a Digest
Also out from Stark House Press are the latest two books from their Black Gat Books paperback series:
No. 26 Dead Wrong by Lorenz Heller
No. 27 Little Sister by Robert Martin

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Natalia Theodoridou
on “The Shape of Gifts” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Barb Goffman on the appeal of epistolary stories like her “Dear Emily Etiquette” in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Editor C.C. Finlay provides an overview of F&SF Sep/Oct 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

M.L. Clark who wrote “Seeding the Mountains” for Analog Sep/Oct 2020, interviews two Colombian SF creators invested in broadening the scope of Colombian SF at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Pulp Literature shares their latest e-news, which includes development details on their upcoming podcast series Pulp Lit Pulpit. Read the entire
e-newsletter here.

Violet Welles whose “Round-Trip Runaways” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020 discusses “How Anxiety Draws Me to Mystery” at Something is Going to Happen.

Ian Tregillis on “When God Sits in Your Lap” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Catherine Dilts
reviews AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at Catherine Edits. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Alan Cranis reviews The Best of Manhunt 2 at Bookgasm.

Storytime
Michael Bracken’s
“I Would Do Anything for You” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Eerie 46, Creepy 52, Vampirella 23

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 46, Creepy No. 52, and Vampirella No. 23 at bare•bones e-zine.

Conan's World by Darrell Schweitzer

Readin’ and Writin’
This week I read Darrell Schweitzer’s essay for the Milford Series: Conan’s World and Robert E. Howard. I have mixed feelings about it. Schweitzer praises Howard’s work throughout, but he also spends considerable wordage on complaints of laziness, repetition, weak plotting, etc. Overall, the negatives overshadow the positives. It didn’t leave me anxious to dive back into Howard’s work, and as a fan, that’s not the feeling one ought to walk away with. That said, the essay is well-researched, tracing the history of stories recast and retitled until publication and/or reprinted. It also covers stories and partials edited/reworked by L. Sprague de Camp and others. Schweitzer includes useful recaps of all of Howard’s Conan stories and well as ratings that run from “excellent” to “pretty bad.”

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Marc Myers, Jonathan Falk, and I (and a few others) are working on a collection of the late Roman Scott’s comics and zines. Marc sent page scans of the work, and I’ve begun the production work, squaring images and clean-up. Thus far I’ve completed Oddities Comix and the full run of Oddities (No. 1–7).

Spent a few hours this week coloring the six cartoons Bob Vojtko sent in for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due out in January 2021.

Bud Plant’s Fall 2020 Incredible Catalog is out. Download your copy from Bud’s Art Books.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Fantastic Oct. 1970

Vintage SF/Fantasy Digest
Fantastic October 1970
Contents Page
Ted White: Editorial
Dean R. Koontz “The Crimson Witch” art by Jeff Jones
Greg Benford “The Movement” art by Gray Morrow
David R. Bunch “A Glance at the Past” art by Dan Adkins
Barry N. Malzberg: As Between Generations
Alexei Panshin: Science Fiction in Dimension
David Wright O’Brien “Spook for Yourself” art by J. Jackson from Fantastic Adventures Jan. 1942
Michael Juergens: Fantasy Fandom
Fantasy Books reviewed by Fritz Leiber and Hank Stine
According to You (Letters)
Jay Kinney’s Fantastic Illustrated: 2000 A.D. Man
Classified Market Place

Fantastic Vol. 20 No. 1 October 1970
Publisher: Sol Cohen
Associate Publisher: Arthur Bernhard
Editor: Ted White
Associate Editor: Arnold Katz
Assistant Editor: Alan Shaw
Art Director: Harry Lee
Cover: Gray Morrow
5.5” x 7.5” 144 pages 60 cents

News Digest Aug. 28, 2020

EQMM Sep/Oct 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Doug Crandell “Baby Drop Box” art by Mark Evan Walker
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Anna Scotti “What the Morning Never Suspected”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mutineers
Joseph S. Walker “Chasing Diamonds”
Marilyn Todd “Burning Desire”
Jim Allyn “Things That Follow” (Black Mask)
Dale C. Andrews “Four Words”
Violet Welles “Round-Trip Runaways” (Dept. of First Stories)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Asibe Taku “The Dashing Joker” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Japanese by Yuko Shimada; adapted by John Pugmire
Libby Cudmore
“All Shook Down”
Michael McGuire “Los Colores”
Jane Jakeman “The Oxford Ghosts”
Gregory Fallis “Terrible Ideas”
Zandra Renwick “Killer Biznez”
L.A. Wilson, Jr. “The Last True Love”
Alexandria Blaelock “The Perfume of Peahes” (Dept. of First Stories)
Barb Goffman “Dear Emily Etiquette” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Brendan DuBois
“The Homecoming”
Indicia

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020 Vol. 156 No. 3 & 4, Whole No. 948 & 949
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Brian Stauffer
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until October 20, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EconoClash Review No. 6

EconoClash Review No. 6
Contents Page
J.D. Graves: Welcome Thrill Seekers
Daniel Marcus “Jesus Christ Superstore”
Preston Lang “Party Bus”
Serena Jayne “Chet-Shaped Lure”
John Kojak “The Good Squad”
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt “The Night Jake Addison Saved the World”
Robb T. White “The Curse of the Temple Topaz”
Paul McCabe “Seven Flutes”
J.D. Graves “Don’t Panic”
Chris Fortunato “You WIll be Very Happy Here”
Cheap Thrills Biographies

EconoClash Review No. 6
Editor: J.D. Graves
Cover: ToeKeen
Interior Art: Duane Crockett
5” x 8” 166 pages
Print $10.95 Kindle $4.99

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 9

On Tuesday, Down & Out Books released the third episode of Guns + Tacos Season Two: Four Shrimp Tacos and a Walther P38 by Alec Cizak. Series created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker.

Guns + Tacos Season Two Subscriptions:
• Trade Paperback—$32.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story and FREE shipping within the Continental U.S.)
• Digital Formats—$11.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story)

Other authors in Season Two include: Eric Beeter, Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker, Ann Aptaker, Ryan Sayles, and Mark Troy.

Subscribe at Down & Out Books.

Justin Marriott announced the lockdown special of The Paperback Fanatic will be published soon.

Storytime
Gabriel Hart’s
“Bottom’s Up” at Pulp Modern Flash.

The new issue of Close to the Bone is now available to read online or download as a PDF at Close2thebone.co.uk.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Paperback Warrior reviews The Best of Manhunt Vol. 2 at Paperback Warrior.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Stephanie Feldman on “The Staircase” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Wang Yuan on “Casualties of the Quake” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Brian Trent on “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Libby Cudmore, whose “All Shook Down” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020, writes about the birthplace of Philo Vance at Something is Going to Happen.

M. Rickert on “Last Night at the Fair” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Michael Libling on “Robyn in Her Shiny Blue Coffin” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Cheryll Jones interviews Fate editor Phyllis Galde at Coast to Coast.

Untold Legend of Batman 3, Batman 327, Brave & Bold 166, Detective 494

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review The Untold Legend of Batman No. 3, Batman No. 327, The Brave and the Bold No. 166, and Detective No. 494 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Six: Museum Place at bare•bones e-zine.

Switchblade No. 12

Readin’ and Writin’
Happy to report I finished reading the outstanding Switchblade No. 12 this week. I wrote a full review that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 in January 2021. With twelve issues and two special editions Switchblade has become a dependable haven for hard-hitting independent fiction. Its list of authors provides a who’s who of rising stars of dark crime fiction. This edition adds further bloody evidence of its usual five-star killer status.

Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett

Also read the Stark House Press imprint Black Gat Books’ editon of Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett writing as George Sanders. Classic crime fiction that solidly captures the era in which it was written: 1946. Great characters chase an intriguing mystery, bodies mount and suspects dwindle until its suspenseful, satisfying conclusion.

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7

Finally, I completed reading Occult Detective Magazine No. 7, which I had begun last month. In his editorial/introduction to the issue co-editor John Linwood Grant lays out the zine’s original vision: “…to explore this sub-genre with open minds and open hearts. Nothing—as long as it had both a supernatural, strange or weird element and an investigative one—as necessarily out of bounds.”

It helps to review the ground rules and set expectations for a magazine titled “Occult Detective.” There are several tales that fit Grant’s wider definition of the zine’s mission and give its editors a wider net from which to select stories. This edition is another strong entry in the series. My favorite tales were those by D. J. Tyrer, Nancy A. Hansen, and Brandon Barrows. The fiction is supported by articles on Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt, Conan and Carnacki, Grimm: Ghost Spotter from Golden Age Comics, and reviews of occult detective novels and comics. If you like this sub-genre, ODM will provide several sessions of great entertainment.

Bob Vojtko sent in six new gag cartoons for the next Digest Enthusiast. Great stuff—can’t wait to see them in print this January.

Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Pursuit No. 7

Vintage Crime Digest
Pursuit No. 7
Contents Page
Johnston McCulley “Fate Rides the Cyclone”
R. Van Taylor “Revenge is for the Dead”
H.A. DeRosso “May Lady Weeps”
Stephen Marlowe “Flypaper”
August Derleth “The Case of the Lost Dutchman”
Hunt Collins “Joker”
Robert Carlton “One Lethal Evening”
Bram Norton “Rider Wanted”

Pursuit Detective Story Magazine No. 7 January 1955
Publisher: J.A. Kramer
Editor: L.B. Cole
Associate Editor: Phyllis Farren
5.5” x 7.5” 128 pages 35 cents

News Digest Aug. 21, 2020

Analog Sep/Oct 2020

Current Releases
Analog Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Sheila Williams’ Anniversary Retrospective Editorial
Lewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” (reprint)
Jason Kahler “After National Geographic” (verse)
James Van Pelt “Minerva Girls”
Derek Kunsken’s Science Fact: The Science Behind The House of Styx
Holly Lyn Walrath “Yes, Antimatter is Real” (verse)
John J. Vester “Where There’s Life” art by Kurt Huggins
Sean McMullen “The Chrysalis Pool”
Aimee Ogden “A Skyful of Wings”
Jacob C. Cockcroft “Going Small”
Beth Goder “True Colors”
John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Where’s All the Antimatter?
Stephen S. Power “Drive Safely”
Wang Yuan “Casualties of the Quake” translation by Andy Dudak
Dan Reade
“The Home of the King” art by Tomislav Tikulin
In Times to Come
Joel Richards “City”
M.L. Clark “Seeding the Mountain”
Jay Werkheiser “The Writhing Tentacles of History”
Alan Dean Foster “The Treasure of the Lugar Morto”
Richard A. Lovett’s The Alternate View: The Post-Coronavirus “New Normal”
James Sallis “Schools of Thought”
Mary Soon-Lee “The Boy Who Went to Mars”
Sarina Dories “I, Bigfoot” art by Mark Evans
Adam-Troy Castro
“Draiken Dies” art by Soo Lee
Don Sakers
: The Reference Library
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Soo Lee
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020
Analog website

Bare Bones No. 3

bare•bones No. 3
Contents Page
W.D. Gagliani’s epic overview of the original Planet of the Apes films, novel and sequel novelizations
Craig Miller recalls being on-set for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
John Scoleri looks at the Apes adaptations from Screen Stories
Jack Seabrook interviews collector Walker Martin
Matthew R. Bradley’s look at Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family
J. Charles Burwell on the Western Noir novels of H.A. DeRosso
Don D’Ammassa’s Overlooked Library returns
Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests
S. Craig Zahler ducks into Sleaze Alley
David J. Schow’s latest installment of his R&D column looks at Monster Movies

bare•bones No. 3 Summer 2020
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri
Layout: John Scoleri
Cimarron Street Books
6” x 9” 107 pages
Print $9.95

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Writers Update
Alexandria Blaelock, whose story “The Perfume of Peaches” appears in Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020, muses about The Thin Grey Line at Something is Going to Happen.

Ana Hurtado on her story “Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

James Van Pelt on his cover story “Minerva Girls” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Gregory Fallis correlates day jobs with writing stories (his “Terrible Ideas” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020) at Something is Going to Happen.

Leah Cypess on her story “A Sideways Slant of Light” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Bennett North on “A Bridge from Sea to Sky” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Trace Evidence previews the writers and stories for AHMM Sep/Oct 2020.

F&SF Sep. 1965

Digest Magazine Review
Gideon Marcus
reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
M.E. Purfield
shares his story “Bumper” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Eerie 45, Vampirella 22, Creepy 51

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 45, Vampirella No. 22, and Creepy No. 51 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
I’m slowly making my way through Martin Roth’s The Crime Writer’s Reference Guide and ran across this gem on page 182: “A crime is a wrong that affects the community in its aggregate capacity. A tort is a wrong apart from contract, which affects persons in their individual capacity. One is a public wrong, whereas the other is a private wrong. In the case of a crime, the wrongdoer is liable to criminal prosecution, whereas in the case of a tort, the offender is liable only to a civil action by the person injured.”

bare•bones No. 2

Finished reading bare•bones No. 2, an excellent follow-up to its debut issue. Lots of good stuff on the work of Richard Matheson by Paul M. Riordan, Matthew Bradley and co-editor John Scoleri, who also provides an article/review of DC’s Captain Action comics; co-editor Peter Enfantino’s pieces on The Sharpshooter paperbacks, another peek down Sleazy Alley, and follow-on to his article on the Shock Mystery Tales digests from TDE4, about the final bedsheet editions; Gilbert Colon on Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon”; S. Craig Zahler on select issues of The Spider pulps; and David J. Schow explains the pile-up on production credits and endless writers’ meetings. Full disclosure: I dig into crime digests Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (Feb–Jun 1957) in this issue.

Marc Myers is creating a new collection of work by the late Roman Scott. The hardcover format book will include all the content from his Oddities and Head zines. The volume will include recollections by Jonathan Falk and Todd Mecklem. I began the preliminary work on the layout this week.

Marc also completed a beautiful collage to illustrate a new story by Robert Snashall for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due in January 2021.

The current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.

Cracked Digest Oct. 1986

Vintage Humor Digest
Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986
John Severin “Sagebrush”
Contents Page
Editor’s Note
Keny Gamble “Rambozo”
Bill Everett “Pushbutton War”
“Cat Gifts”
Vic Martin “Hudd & Dini”
“Ultra-Realistic Dolls”
Charlie Rodrigues “Cannibal Chuckles”
Sean Powers “School for TV Wrestlers”
McCartney “Hurry Ups”
John Severin “Celebrities’ Screen Idols”
McCartney “Surfing U.S.A.”
John Severin “Beach Ballon”
Charlie Rodrigues “Take Me Out to the Old Cracked Ball Game”
“Cracked Lens” (photo gags)
Bill Ward “Cracked Interviews the Magic King”
John Severin “Silly Things We Do…”
Howard Nostrand “Foggy Night in Minnesota”
John Severin “The Cracked Late Late Late Late Movie: The Towering Infernal”
John Severin “Sagebrush”
John Severin “Rare Old Shut Ups” (back cover)

Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986
Editor-in-Chief: Michael Delle-Femine
Art Director: Barry Shaprio
Editorial Assistance: Mort Todd
5.5” x 8.25” 148 pages $2.00