Alec Cizak


Lake County Incidents

Lake County Incidents by Alec Cizak

After several years of daily blog posts, I’m switching to weekly. Check out the first official weekly installment next Saturday.

News Digest features the week’s new releases from the world of digest magazines, with a few ancillary titles I can’t resist like The American Bystander and Amazing Stories.

From the Vault spotlights a vintage digest magazine.

TDE Updates provides a peek behind the scenes about the coming issue of The Digest Enthusiast and any new developments on the current issue such as reviews.

Reading Pile
Last Saturday, I finished reading Alec Cizak’s latest anthology Lake County Incidents. A terrific read, highly recommended for students of the unusual.

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2020

On Monday, the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest. Another excellent mix of Americana and nostalgia—celebrity bios, word origins, movie serials’ rise to popularity, Sunday dinner traditions, readers’ reactions, and Lucy and Ricky’s heyday that includes synopses of their later hour-long specials. A wonderful issue!

The Future is Noir

Scotch Rutherford and Alec Cizak preview the future of criminal takes on technology in special editions of Switchblade and Pulp Modern. Available now in print and digital.

Switchblade: Tech Noir

Switchblade: Tech Noir
Contents Page
Scotch Rutherford: Editor’s Corner
Eric Beetner “Killer App”
Callum McSorley “Baby on Board”
John Moralee “Bad Score”
Mandi Jourdan “Folie à Deux”
Hugh Lessig “Muscle Memory”
Nick Kolakowski “Night Mayor”
Alec Cizak “Post-Biological-Stress-Disorder”
Matthew X. Gomez “Galatea in the Garden of Eden”
James Edward O’Brien “Torna Nails, Mindbender”
Rob D. Smith “Sundown”
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade: Tech Noir October 2019
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover Photos: Scotch Rutherford
Cover Model: Kiana Gonzalez
5” x 8” 222 pages
Print $8.99 Kindle $2.99
Switchblade Magazine website
Switchblade Merchandise

Pulp Modern: Tech Noir

Pulp Modern: Tech Noir
Contents Page
Alex Cizak: From the Editor
C.W. Blackwell “A Deviant Skin”
Nils Gilbertson “The Moderator”
Tom Barlow “Love in the Time of Silicone”
Deborah L. Davitt “Leaving Red Footprints”
Angelique Fawns “A Time to Forget”
J.D. Graves “Three, Two, One Zebra-Stripe Shake-Off”
Don Stoll “15 Minutes”
Jo Perry “Lights Out”
Zakariah Johnson “Walking Out”
Contact and Links

Pulp Modern: Tech Noir Fall 2019
Chief Editor: Alec Cizak
Guest Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Design: Richard Krauss
Cover and Interior Art: Ran Scott
Cartoons: Bob Vojtko
5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages
Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99
Pulp Modern website

Switchblade No. 11

Switchblade No. 11

Brian Beatty “The Husband” (verse)
Contents Page
Scotch Rutherford’s Editor’s Corner: Dysfunctional Relationships

Sharp & Deadly Short Fiction
George Garnet “Exotic”
Misha Burnett “Whatever Lola Wants”
Serena Jayne “Garden Variety Creeper”
John Timm “Strangers, Perfect Strangers”
J.D. Graves “Amid the Noise & Haste”
Alec Cizak “The Radical Mr. Bogota”
Robb T. White “The Alibi”

Quick & Dirty Flash Fiction
Jim J. Wilsky “A Brand New Outfit”
David Rachels “The Lady Urologist”

Switchblade Person of Interest: Alec Cizak
Author Bios & Acknowledgements

Switchblade No. 11 back

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir No. 11 November 2019
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 136 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle $2.99

Switchblade Magazine website
Switchblade Merchandise

Lake County Incidents

Lake County Incidents by Alec Cizak

Lake County Incidents (LCI) is a new anthology from Alec Cizak, writer and filmmaker, and editor of the fiction journal Pulp Modern. LCI is filled with macabre stories, about half first roiled out in indie digests and webzines.

“Creepy” (Beat to a Pulp 2017)
“Atomic Fuel” (The Digest Enthusiast 2017)
“Sidewalk Flowers” (MicroHorror 2018)
“Canopy Road”
“EMUQ” (Massacre Magazine 2017)
“The Bridge”
“Broke” (Horror Bites 2018)
“Useful Things” (EconoClash Review 2018)
“Worms” (Indiana Horror Review 2015)
“The People in the Margins”

Back Cover

Published by ABC Group Documentation //
Cover by Eric Adrian Lee
Print $11.99 Kindle $2.99

Note: Special Tech Noir editions of Switchblade and Pulp Modern will be unleashed soon.

Tough Crime Stories No. 2

Tough Crime Stories No. 2

Michael Bracken “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
Thomas Pluck “The Third Jump of Frankie Buffalo”
Matt Mattilla “Day Planner”
William R. Soldan “Tally Ho”
C.A. Rowland “Beach Body”
Nick Kolakowski “Viking Funeral”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins “Long Drive Home”
Rob McClure Smith “Masonry”
Tia J’anae “Once Upon a Time in Chicago”
S.A. Cosby “The Grass Below My Feet”
Evelyn DeShane “No News is Good News”
Alec Cizak “The Bag Girl”
Preston Lang “Sarah, Sweet and Stealthy”
Chris McGinley “With Hair Blacker Than Coal”
Mary Torson “She Goes First”

Tough Crime Stories No. 2
Redneck Press
Editor/Publisher: Rusty Barnes
Contributing Editor: Tim Hennessy
Associate Editor: Rider Barnes
Design: Sue Miller
190 pages, 5” x 8”
POD $14.95
Tough website

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 4 Summer 2019

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 4

Don’t keep your new pals waiting. The new issue of Pulp Modern is here.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 4 Summer 2019
Alec Cizak: From the Editor
Rex Weiner “A Pinto, a Hooker, a Gun” art by Ran Scott
Russell Thayer “The Killer” art by Alfred Klosterman
C.W. Blackwell “Her Name Was Larceny” art by Alfred Klosterman
Albert Tucher “Modesy” (Diana Andrews) art by Dan W. Taylor
Matthew X. Gomez “The Price of an Offer Refused” art by Ran Scott
Scott Forbes Crawford “Heart of a Samurai” art by Ran Scott
Adam S. Furman “Rosetta” art by Ran Scott
Adam S. House “Odd Jobs” art by Ran Scott
S. Craig Renfroe Jr. “Chulainn” art by Ran Scott

PM4 back cover

Publishers: Uncle B Publications & Larque Press LLC
Editor: Alec Cizak
Design: Richard Krauss
Cover: Rick McCollum
Back Cover: Brian Buniak
Cartoons: Bob Vojtko
5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle (print replica) $2.99 Magzter $2.99

Pulp Modern website
Larque Press website

Chris McGinley’s “The Killing at Queen’s Tooth”

Pulp Modern Vo. 2 No. 3 pages 114–115Stories from Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3

Chris McGinley has published crime stories in Switchblade, Tough, the I.D. Press crime anthology (forthcoming), Story and Grit (forthcoming), and on a host of internet crime writing sites like Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Near to the Knuckle, and Yellow Mama. He also writes reviews and “re-considerations” for Unlawful Acts, the Flash Fiction Offensive, and SleuthSayers.

J.A. Prentice’s “Sand in a Jar”

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3 pages 98–99Stories from Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3

Though he was born in the UK, J.A. Prentice has spent most of his life in the United States. In 2017, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Creative Writing. His work has previously been published by Crooked Teeth and 365 Tomorrows. He also contributes to the blog Living Authors’ Society, which can be found on WordPress,Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. He believes that the best way to write fantasy is to read history and mythology and then be a little insane.When he was five, he was attacked by a wild monkey, which annoyingly proved to be the most interesting thing that has happened to him.

Cynthia Ward’s “Roadsong”

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3 pages 74–75Stories from Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3

Cynthia Ward has sold stories to Analog, Asimov’s, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Nightmare, Weirdbook, Weird Tales, and other magazines and anthologies. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes 1–2 (WolfSinger Publications).With Nisi Shawl, she coauthored the fiction-writing handbook, Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). She sold her short pulp novels, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess and The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, to Aqueduct Press.