News Digest Juneteenth 2020

bare•bones No. 2

New Releases
bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020
Contents Page
Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri’s Dueling Editorials
Paul M. Riordan interview: Richard Matheson and the Western
John Scoleri’s Soy Leyenda: The Spanish Adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend
Peter Enfantino’s The Lunatic Odyssey of Johnny Rock: The Sharpshooter
Gilbert Colon’s “Book One” of Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon” Saga
Peter Enfantino’s Shock Mystery Tales
Richard Krauss’ Digging Into Crime Digests
Peter Enfantino’s Slease Alley
John Scoleri’s Captain Action at DC Comics
S. Craig Zahler’s The Spider Master of Men!
David J. Schow’s R&D
About the Contributors

bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri
Layout: John Scoleri
Cimarron Street Books
6” x 9” 106 pages
Print $9.95

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7
Contents Page
John Linwood Grant’s Editorial
Cliff Biggers’s In Memorial: Susan Hendrix Biggers
Debra Blundell “Uxmal” art by Mutartis Boswell
Paul St. John Mackintosh
“Ghost in the Machine”
Jonathan Raab and Matthew M. Bartlett “Pause for Station Identification” art by Luke Spooner
Aaron Vlek
“The Case of the Signet Ring” art by Bob Freeman
Steven Philip Jones’
Dirk Pitt: Occult Detective?
W*ll**m H*pe H*dgs*n “The Thing in the Bedroom”
D.J. Tyrer “The White Sickness” art by Autumn Barlow
Nancy A. Hansen
“Smoake and MIrrors”
Bobby Derie’s Conan and Carnacki: Robert E. Howard and William Hope Hodgson
Tanya Warnakulasuriya “Mama G”
Julie Frost “Dash Thy Foot” art by Russell Smeaton
Brandon Barrows
“Beyond the Faded Shrine Gates”
Colin Fisher “A Night in Gorakhpur”
Dave Brzeski’s Cold Cases: Grimm: Ghost Spotter/Doctor
Describin’ the Scribes

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7 May 2020
Editors: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski
Cover: Sebastian Cabrol
Cathaven Press
6” x 9” 196 pages
Print $10.95

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine News
Michael Bracken
with news on Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Guns + Tacos, and his anthologies at SleuthSayers.

Emily Hockaday, Trevor Quachri, and Sheila Williams announce and 2019 AnLab and Asomiv’s Reader’s Award Winners at both Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars and The Astounding Analog Companion.

Tim Lucas recalls the debut of his digest at Video Watchdog.

Digest Magazine Stories
Robert Lopresti
backgrounds his “Library of Poisonville” cover story from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Rebecca Zahabi discusses “Birds Without Wings” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Read about Tom Jolly’s return to Analog Jul/Aug 2020 with “Stick and Stones” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Claire Ortalda, whose story “The Recipe Box” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, examines “murder as entertainment” at Something is Going to Happen.

Hollis Joel Henry on “The Last Water Baron” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

F&SF July 1965, Galaxy Novel No. 3

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

Mark R. Kelly reviews Galaxy Novel No. 3: Prelude to Space by Arthur C. Clarke at Black Gate.

Gabriel Hart reviews Possession starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil at EconoClash Review.

Alec Cizak
reads Sandra Seamans’ “Survivor’s Guilt” on ACTV.

Thomas Pluck’s “The Cucuzza Curse” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Alec Cizak reads his story, “Useful Things,” on ACTV.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 322, The Brave and the Bold No. 161, DC Special Series No. 21, and Detective Comics No. 489 at bare•bones e-zine.

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

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas

Readin’ and Writing’
This weeks reads included the digest, Sword and Sorcery Annual, featured last week as the Vintage Fantasy Digest. It’s a collection of short stories well worth seeking out in secondary markets, since most were carefully plucked from early 1960s issues of Fantastic. All that is except the Conan adventure, which dates back to 1934, via Weird Tales. If you enjoy swashbuckling adventures mixed with the supernatural this collection is a treasure chest of riches.

Also finished the audiobook edition of Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas, read by L.S. Ganser. Print version from Hard Case Crime, book HCC-004, with a stunning cover by Robert McGinnis. It’s Aleas’ debut novel that delivers a thoroughly engaging investigation of the murder of stripper Miranda Sugarman, college sweetheart of John Blake, now private investigator—a case Blake is pursuing on his own. Although they’d lost track of each other over the years, he feels a deep sense of loss with her passing. He knows he can’t bring her back, but at least he can help bring her killer to justice, and perhaps give himself some closure as well. A top-notch PI novel.

Pulp Modern trailer

On the publishing side of things, I finished up the Kindle and Magzter versions of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5, due for launch in print and digital formats on June 23, 2020. Authors include Andrew Bourelle, Peter W.J. Hayes, Mandi Jourdan, “Doc” Clancy, Timothy Friend, Serena Jayne, Adam S. Furman, Victoria Weisfeld, and Nils Gilbertson. Interior art by Ran Scott. Cartoons by Bob Vojtko. Cover by Rick McCollum. Editor Alec Cizak has produced a trailer that captures mood.

Tony Gleeson Interview

I ordered contributor copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in bulk as the logistic costs are slightly better to have them all sent here than to parse them out individually from Lulu.com. Above is the opening spread of the interview with artist and writer Tony Gleeson, who also provided the cover and plenty of beautiful illustrations from his Amazing and Fantastic days with Sol Cohen and Ted White.

Short Stories April 1958

Vintage Adventure Digest
Short Stories A Man’s Magazine April 1958
Contents Page
Richard Howells Watkins “Strange Ship” (Sea Story)
T.T. Flynn “Eyes That See” (Railroad)
Theodore Sturgeon “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” (Fantasy)
Myron David Orr “The Voodoo Priestess” (New Guinea)
Murray Leinster “Poor Devils” (Science Fiction)
Carl Jacobi “The Commission of Captain Lace” (Pirate Story)
Frank Bonham “Plague Boat” (Adventure)
Albert George “Castoff Jockey” (Race Track)
Don Ward “Young as Texas” (Western)

Short Stories A Man’s Magazine Vol. 220 No. 2 April 1958
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Walter P. Dallas
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages
Cover price 35¢

News Digest April 10, 2020

Five issues of Pulp Modern Vol. 1

April Digests, Anthologies, Zines
Alec Cizak has made all ten issues in Volume One of Pulp Modern available for free, exclusively on Magzter. The roster of writers appearing in these issues is a who’s who of modern pulp fiction. Start reading now!

Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020
Contents Page
John H. Dromey “The Roaring Twenties Revisited”
Chris Wheatley “One Night At Clancy’s”
Jeffery Scott Sims “The Mystery Of The Egyptian Biscuit”
Josh Pachter “The Pig Is Committed”
Martin Hill Ortiz “Mixed Identities”
Martin Roy Hill “The Last Mission”
Bruce W. Most “Flashgun”
Benjamin Mark “The Case Of The Disappearing Diamonds”
Laird Long “The Purloined Pearls” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020 (No. 56)
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 82 pages
Print $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

The Beat of Black Wings edited by Josh Pachter
It’s official. The anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell has launched. Contributors include Donna Andrews, Abby Bardi, Michael Bracken, Carol Ann Davis, David Dean, John M. Floyd, Barb Goffman, Sherry Harris, Greg Herren, Emily Hockaday, Matthew Iden, Tara Laskowski, Edith Maxwell, Alison McMahan, Adam Meyer, Alan Orloff, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Josh Pachter, Christine Poulson, Mindy Quigley, Jackie Sherbow, Amber Sparks, Art Taylor, Ricki Thomas, Marilyn Todd, Elaine Viets, and Stacy Woodson. 362 pages. Available in paperback and digital formats from Untreedreads and other booksellers.

Zine-ology Report No. 2 and Chaser

Alan Sissom released The Zineology Report No. 2 this week, a newszine with ordering details for dozens of recent zines. Send an email for ordering information.

Book Review
Rider Barnes
reviews Chaser by Dharma Kelleher at Tough Crime.

Digest News, Blogs, etc.
John Floyd
discusses “Rhonda and Clyde” from Black Cat Mystery Magazine at SleuthSayers.

EQMM Fiction Podcast No. 126: Cecilia Fulton “Father of the Corpse”

Jim Kelly on “The Man I Love” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Kenneth Wishnia on “Kickass Women of the Bible” at AHMM’s Trace Evidence.

Em Liu on “The Halting Problem” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Judy Clemens discusses mystery fiction at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Gregor Hartmann on “A Solitary Crane Circles Cold Mountain” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Readin’ and Writin’
Crime fiction writer Dana King is back blogging with the promise of writing advice at One Bite at a Time.

Progress on The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 this week included more notes on Fotocrime and the layout for my review of Guns + Tacos. Also, happily received an article each from Vince Nowell, Sr. and Ward Smith, both centered on science fiction digests.

ECR No. 5 and Bare•bones No. 1

Reading included EconoClash Review No. 5, which like Switchblade and Pulp Modern continues to showcase the best of hard-wrought indie genre fiction. ECR No. 5 delivers another crusty collection of ten terse tales guaranteed to divert, debauch, and delight. Look for my full review in TDE12.

Also finished reading bare•bones No. 1, which was excellent. Like its contributors, the return of bare•bones to print offers an eclectic mix with impressive range. Even when one of its many topic isn’t of primary interest to you, its presentation and depth of coverage provide an enjoyable, edifying lesson in pop culture. And yes, I’ll have a full review ready for TDE12 shortly.

Verdict Aug. 1956

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1956
“St. John made another attempt in 1956, reviving the magazine under a slightly different title (Verdict Crime Detective Magazine), but this also suffered a short run.”* Three issues.

Contents Page
Craig Rice “Hanged Him in the Mornin’” Originally “His Heart Could Break”
Evan Hunter “Get Out of Town!”
Hunt Collins “Eye-Witness”
Laurence G. Blochman “To Find a Killer”
Richard Deming “Two Kinds of Murder”
Don Stanford “Holdup!”
Samuel Blas “Vengeance is Mine”
Q. Patrick “Kisses of Judas”
Allan Vaughan Elston “Genius at Work”
David C. Cooke “Ride for a Stranger”
Samuel Elkin “The Deadly Sisters”

Verdict Crime Detective Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1956
Publisher: Michael St. John
General Manager: R.E. Decker
Editorial Director: Walter R. Schmidt
Managing Editor: William Manners
Associate Editor: N.F. King
Art Director: Charles W. Adams
Assistant AD: Gerald Adams

*Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook (Greenwood Press, 1983)

The Best of bare•bones

The Best of bare•bones

On the heels of The Scream Factory came bare•bones Magazine. Then print gave way to digital and bare•bones transformed into a website. Coming full circle back to print, the success of The Best of The Scream Factory paved the way for The Best of bare•bones, which is not a limited edition volume like the former, but a print-on-demand volume that should remain in print for a good long run.

Table of Contents
Peter Enfantino & John Soleri’s Dueling Editorial
W.D. Gagliani “A Dirty Harry for the Ninties: John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport”
Peter Enfantino “A Talk with Bill Crider”
John Scoleri “Giving Me the Creeps: The Legend of He Who Kills”
Thomas Deja “Dig that Crazy ‘Tec: Richard Prather Interview”
Derek Hill “Twilight of the Mind: The ‘Black’ Novels of Cornell Woolrich”
Peter Enfantino & John Soleri “Bob Wilkins: The bare•bones Interview”
David H. Smith “Cognitive Dissonance: The Horror Career of Jerry Warren”
W.D. Gagliani “Dracula Lives Again (And Again And Again . . .) Blending Cenres in Robert Lory’s Dracula Series”
Vince Fahey & John Scoleri “From the Friendly Skies to Titanic Depths: Robert Serling Interview”
Stefan Dziemianowicz “The Annotated Index to Saturn Science Fiction
Peter Enfantino “The Annotated Index to Web Detective Stories
Thomas Deja “The Profane Scent of Forbidden Knowledge: George C. Chesbro’s Mongo”
Derek Hill “Staring Into the Wolf’s Lair Abyss: A Look at Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane, the Mystic Swordsman”
Derek Hill “The Blind Dead Ride! The Blind Dead Films of Amando de Ossorio”
John Scoleri “Kitten on the Cover: Ann-Margret Movie Tie-Ins (1962–1966)”
David J. Schow “Mostest Bestest”
W.D. Gagliani “Richard Stark: Donald Westlake’s Dark Half”
Lawrence McCallum “Horror Rises From the Past in the Films of Edward I. Cahn”
David Allen Brown “Dark Gothic: The Dark Shadows Novels of Dan Ross”
David J. Schow “AKA Trevanian”
About the Contributors
Index to bare•bones Magazine (1997–2001)

The Best of bare•bones back cover

Cimarron Street Books
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Soleri
6” x 9” 240 pages
Print $16.99
bare•bones website