bare•bones [#4, Fall 2020] eds. Peter Enfantino & John Scoleri (Cimarron Street Books, $9.95, 138pp, digest) 1 • Contents Page 2 • Dueling Editorials • Peter Enfantino & John Scoleri • ed 3 • The Overlooked Library • Don D’Ammassa • ar 11 • Running to Death: The Horror Films of Val Lewton • Derek Hill • ar 33 • Digging into Crime Digests: Verdict June–September 1953 • Richard Krauss • ar 47 • Gorgo: Godzilla’s British Cousin • William Schoell • ar 51 • Konga: I was a Teenage Gorilla • Matthew R. Bradley • ar 55 • Reptilicus: The Monster (Movie) with No Legs • William Schoell • ar 60 • Gorgo: The Crown Prince of the Monsters! • pi 73 • Gorgo, Reptilicus and Konga: The Monarch Movie Tie-Ins • Peter Enfantino • ar 79 • When Giants Walked the Comic World • Peter Enfantino • ar 117 • Harry Stephen Keeler • S. Craig Zahler • br 120 • Sleazy Alley • Peter Enfantino • ar 127 • R&D: Take Back the Zone! • David J. Schow • ar 132 • About the Contributors • bg 138 • Caroline Munro • pt
This issue delivered an enjoyable mix of pop culture fervor. Matthrew W. Bradley’ delves into Bradbury’s Elliott Family, while Don D’Ammassa tackles a basket full of overlooked vampire novels. The cover story by W.D. Gagliani offers a definitive examination of the original Planet of the Apes film series and their paperbacked companion novels. It’s supplemented nicely by Craig Miller’s eye-witness report on the filming of supporting footage for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and b•b’s co-editor John Scoleri’s summary of scenes scripted but cut from the final films.
That other b•b co-editor Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests singling out a particularly star-studded issue of Manhunt (Aug. 1956) and MikeShayne (Aug. 1965), while S. Craig Zahler braves Sleaze Alley to unearth a few brazen treasures worth reading about, if not actually reading the books themselves. J. Charles Burwell’s fond review of a trio of novels by H.A. DeRosso is both insightful and captivating. Jack Seabrook interviews supercollector Walker Martin, a conversation loaded with candor and exuberance. And to wrap-up the issue, David J. Schow recounts personal anecdotes about early monster movies and scary stuff with his usual glib aplomb.
If you haven’t yet caught bare•bones fever, this edition is an excellent jumping-on point.
John Floyd discusses his story “Crow’s Nest” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2020) at SleuthSayers.
Mystery Scene magazine No. 163 is out. Full contents list, with links to order a single issue or subscription information here.
Have something to share about a Weird Tales, H. P. Lovecraft,Margaret Brundage, or anyone or anything else related to “The Unique Magazine?” Or something about vintage paperbacks and pulps? Bill Lampkin, the editor of the award-winning PulpFest program book, The Pulpster, would like to hear from you. Check out the post, “The Pulpster Wants You in 2020!” on the PulpFest website.
The reboot of bare•bones No. 1 (Winter 2020), covering vintage, forgotten and overlooked horror/mystery/sci-fi/western/weird films, paperbacks, comics, pulp fiction, and video, arrived this week.
Contents Page Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri: Dueling Editorials Thomas Deja “An Introduction to Ed Noon—The Worst Detective Ever Created” Matthew R. Bradley “The Martian Chronicles on Screen” Thomas W. Flynn, Jr. “The Spaghetti Western/Martial Arts Mash-Ups of the 1970s” John Scoleri “Born of I Am Legend” Gilbert Colon “Book Two of Lin Carter’s ‘People of the Dragon’ Saga” Peter Enfantino “Digging into Crime Digests” John Scoleri “Christian Stavrakis: The bare•bones Interview” J. Charles Burwell “A Survey of Key Hardboiled/Noir Anthologies” Peter Enfantino “Sleaze Alley” John Scoleri “What’s on the Tube: January 1–7, 1972” David J. Schow “R&D” About the Contributors
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri Layout: John Scoleri 6” x 9” 102 pages Print $9.95
Bonnie Hearn Hill, whose “Feliz Navidead” appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of EQMM, discusses the books that helped shape her writing at Something is Going to Happen.
Readin’ ’n Writin’ Rick McCollum was busy (well, he’s always busy) this week working on the cover of the next Pulp Modern. He posted the photo of his WIP on his Facebook page. The image is based on a scene from one of the yet-to-be-announced stories.
The move to color for the print edition of The Digest Enthusiast has garnered mostly positive feedback, but I have heard a couple of concerns about the higher price. One reader suggested offering both a color and black-and-white version. If anyone cares to weigh-in please send an email or leave a comment on the Larque Press Facebook page.
Read the second part of Brett Halliday’s serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse in the April 1957 issue of Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine this week. Although the issue includes a nice collection of novelets by Frank Ward and Richard Deming; short stories by Lawrence Treat, Walt Sheldon, C.L. Sweeney, Jr., William R. Cox, and Arthur Feldman; and part two of Halliday’s novel, it wasn’t quite as good at the previous issue. My favorites were Deming’s creepy crime novelet, Sweeney, Jr.’s “Soft, White Body,” and Treat’s humorous yarn. I also enjoyed Halliday’s prose and Cox’s trouble with gangsters.
From the Vault A correction to last week’s True Crime Detective stats. The Winter 1953 issue is incorrectly labeled as Vol. 2 No. 5 inside. It is actually Vol. 3 No. 1, as labeled correctly on its spine. Now onto this week’s digest:
True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 2 Spring 1953 Contents Page Walter Wanger “What I Found in Jail” Joseph A. Shay as told to Robert P. Wilmot “A Rake’s Progress” Kurt Singer “The Man Who Sank the Royal Oak” Anthony Boucher “Do You Believe . . . ?” A department of criminous mythology Stuart Palmer “Death and the Farmer’s Daughter” F. Tennyson Jesse “The Importance of Spelling” A.P. Herbert “Rex v. Puddle: Blackmail” Verdict of Two: a book review department by the Editors Anthony Boucher “The Tragedy of Samuel Savile Kent” “The Truth About Lizzie Borden” Stewart H. Holbrook “Death and Times of a Prophet” Richard Brennan “The Case of the Talking Reindeer”
Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin Art Director: George Salter Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Tragedy of Samuel Savile Kent” 5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢