Pageant Nov. 1969Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article, “Sharon Tate’s Fate,” from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

“Pageant premiered with its November 1944 issue and was originally published by Hillman Periodicals. Macfadden bought it in 1961 and continued publishing it until its final February 1977 issue.

“The misleading cover blurb on this November 1969 Pageant read, ‘Eyewitness Report: Sex • Sadism • Celebrities! The Sharon Tate Orgies.'”

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

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Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 3

Contents John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe: From the Cat’s Perch Michael Bracken “Suburbia” Eve Fisher “The Sorority House” J.M. Taylor “Tourist Season” John M. Floyd “Diversions” Charlie Drees “The List” Peter W. J. Hayes “Something…

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Philip E. High’s Big Tin God

From International Science Fiction No. 1 (Nov. 1967): The closing tale of ISF #1 is from England. “The Big Tin God” by Philip E. High was originally published in New Worlds Science Fiction (January 1963). The…

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Pulp Literature #19 Summer 2018

Contents From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Advent’s Arrival Michael Kamakana “Advent” (stand-alone excerpt from the novel) Feature Interview: Michael Kamakana Mel Anastasiou “The Seven Swans: The Machineries of Progress” Maria Pascualy “First Date” (verse) Richard J…

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James D. Mabe’s Touched

From Weirdbook No. 34: You don’t have to imagine the discomfort of Abigail Haynes when lawman Jim Barton stops by her place unannounced and invites himself in for a drink, a smoke, and a little chat.…

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Edd Vick on critique

Below are Edd Vick’s comments on critique, from the interview conducted by D. Blake Werts, for The Digest Enthusiast book six: “First, the more I critique other people’s work, the better I’m going to get at…