Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine J/F 2021

Below is the content of the current issue, formatted to align with entries in Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galactic Central reference website.

AHMM Jan/Feb 2021

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine [v66 #1/2. January/February 2021] ed. Linda Landrigan, mng. ed. Emily Hockaday (Dell Magazines, $7.99, 192pp, digest, cover by Shutterstock.com)
3 • Contents Page
5 • Fatal Resolutions/The Lineup • Linda Landrigan • ed
6 • Hard Money • Kevin Egan • ss; illustration by Daniel Zalkus
17 • Scrambled Alleyn I • Mark Lagasse • pz
18 • A Helping Hand • R.T. Lawton • ss
28 • Fake News • Larry Light • ss
47 • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus • Rebecca Cantrell • ss
52 • Backwords • John H. Dirckx • ss
71 • Mysterious Photograph: It’s All Down From Here • Anon • cn; $25 given to best short-short to explain the photograph.
72 • There’s Nothing Funny About Murder • Michael Mallory • ss
91 • Reader, I Killed Him • Meredith Anthony • ss
96 • Ticking of the Big Clock • O’Neil De Noux • ss; illustration by Ron Chionna
122 • Booked & Printed • Laurel Flores Fantauzzo • rc
126 • The Underneath • Stephen Ross • ss
132 • Piper at the Back Door of Dawn • Dan Crawford • ss
138 • Dying Words Acrostic Puzzle • Arlene Fisher • pz
140 • Coming Clean • Leslie Budewitz • ss
152 • Mr. Jolly Gets His Jollies • Time Burke • ss; illustration by Kelly Denato
160 • Accusing Agnes • Marianne Wilski Strong • ss
170 • A Family Matter • Barb Goffman • ss
179 • The Masque of the Red Death • Edgar Allan Poe • AHMM’s “Mystery Classic.”
184 • Case Files: Moving in Bad Company (Part I) • Lee Lofland • cl
188 • The Story That Won: Don’t Call Me Peanut • Elaine Taylor • ss; winner of the September/October 2020 “Mysterious Photograph” contest.
189 • Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation • Peter Kanter • ms

News Digest Sept. 11, 2020

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020

New Releases
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2020
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
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

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
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

Opening Lines

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

“Chase Montgomery wasn’t just out of the closet—he was out of the house and leading one-man Gay Pride parades around our little two-stoplight Texas town until he disappeared on the first without saying goodbye.”
“Chase Your Dreams” by Michael Bracken Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 12 Dec. 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader
Max Van Derveer “The Holiday Spirit”
J.A. Mas “The Deadly Handyman”
Lawrence Block “Some Things a Man Must Do”
James N. Semple “Lull in Homicide”
Dan J. Marlowe “The Annuity”
Bob Bristow “The Message”
Mike Brett “Crooks, Satchels, and Selma”
Parley J. Cooper “The Servant Problem”
Carl Henry Rathjen “Jump Job”
Jack Webb “Day of the Tiger”
Robert Edmond Alter “No Place Like Home”
Wenzell Brown “The Blue Man”
Richard O. Lewis “Shakedown”
James McKimmey “The Magic Tree”

Editor: G.F. Foster
160 pages, 50¢

Contents from Galactic Central.

BCMM No. 1’s Classic Reprint

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

“Beside a Flowering Wall” by Fletcher Flora is reprinted from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine April 1968. A spinster is visited by the lost love of her life. “The wonder was that he had [once] loved her, for she had been a plain girl, as she was a plain woman, with an odd faded look as if she had been laundered too many times in boiling water.” The crime here was the loss of what might have been, until the opportunity to erase it forever arose.

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¢

News, Fiction, and More

The Digest Enthusiast No. 10 pgs 66 & 67

Rounding out the content of the tenth issue of The Digest Enthusiast:

Fantasy fiction from Robert Snashall and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art by Carolyn Cosgriff.

News updates from the newsstand giants and the digital darlings of today’s genre fiction digests, straight from their editors and publishers.

In-depth reviews of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine May/June 2019 and Broadswords & Blasters No. 9.

Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, cartoons by Bob Vojtko, art by Brian Buniak, a poem by Clark Dissmeyer, first issue factoids, and more.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 10

The Digest Enthusiast No. 10 June 2019
5.5” x 8.5”
160 pages
$8.99 Print
$2.99 Kindle

Alfred Hitchcock April 1966

Alfred Hitchcock April 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 4 April 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Friends “Soon we will once again hear, from spring training camps, the crack of a baseball bat—hopefully, against a ball . . .”
Richard Hill Wilkinson “Night Clerk”
C.B. Gilford “Don’t Call It Murder”
Virginia Coffman “Spring Thaw”
Lawrence A. Hayner “The Big Diamond Glittered”
Cameron Wills “Personal”
Helen Nielsen “The Master’s Touch”
Steve Wyandotte “An Ill Wind”
Jack Ritchie “Plan 19”
Robert Specht “The Real Thing”
Ed Lacy “The Listening Cone”
Ree Montgomery “Cabin on the Old Dump Road”
Robert Edmond Alter “Haunted Hill”
Vera Henry “Between Trains”
Dan J. Marlowe “Don’t Lose Your Cool”
Richard Hardwick “The Private Eye of Irving Anvil”
Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon

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

Alfred Hitchcock June 1964

Alfred Hitchcock June 1964

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 9 No. 6 June 1964
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Friends
Richard Deming “Medicine Woman”
Jack Ritchie “Everybody Except Wilbur”
Leo R. Ellis “Fresh Thuringer Today”
Robert Edmond Alter “Echo of a Savage”
Jay Folb “Hero of the Silver Screen”
Frank Sisk “The Clean Platter”
Carl Henry Rathjen “A Debt to Doc”
Rog Phillips “Legacy of Office”
Carroll Mayers “Until Death Us Do Part”
Thomasina Weber “Judgment Day”
Dick Ellis “Final Performance”
Richard Hardwick “The Dangerous Age”
Jan MacKenzie “Show Me First Your Penny”
Steve O’Connell “Kill the Taste”
Ed Dumonte “Summer Session Only”
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, Ned Benham
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon
164 pages, 50¢

Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 1964

Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 1964

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 9 No. 2 Feb. 1964
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers
Henry Slesar “Second Verdict”
Duane Yarnell “The Bent Frame”
Arthur Porges “Blood Will Tell”
Robert Edmond Alter “A Habit for the Voyage”
Thomasina Weber “The Handiest Man Around”
Wenzell Brown “The Lure”
Hilda Cushing “She Loved Funerals”
Clark Howard “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”
Jonathan Craig “The Baby”
Gene Pollock “The Time of His Life”
Miranda Wallace “A Touch of Magic”
Edward Wellen “Siege Perilous”
Richard Deming “The Sensitive Juror”
Carroll Mayers “The Big Grab”
Bernice Balfour “The Vision of Mrs. Hardy”

Editor: Richard E. Decker
160 pages, 50¢

Contents from Galactic Central.