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News Digest June 26, 2020

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

New Releases
Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 Summer 2020
Contents Page
Alec Cizak: From the Editor
Andrew Bourelle “Companion”
Peter W.J. Hayes “The Bowie Knife”
Mandi Jourdan “These Violent Delights”
“Doc” Clancy “Ghost Town”
Timothy Friend “Burnin’ Love”
Serena Jayne “Necessary Evils”
Adam S. Furman “Intercession”
Victoria Weisfeld “The Unbroken Circle”
Nils Gilbertson “How to Make a Boulevardier”

Publishers: Uncle B Publications & Larque Press LLC
Editor: Alec Cizak
Design: Richard Krauss
Cover: Rick McCollum
Interior Artwork: Ran Scott
Cartoons: Bob Vojtko
5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages
Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99

Alec Cizak reads the intro to Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

Editor Alec Cizak reads his introduction to the issue on ACTV.

Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Jul/Aug 2020

The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen are now available. For contents click on their titles.

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund another four issues of the magazine.

Close to the Bone No. 2

Storytime
The second issue of Close to the Bone is out with crime fiction and other genres. Free download.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Robert Reed on “Who Carries the World” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Robert R. Chase on Immortality and “The Offending Eye” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Herb Kauderer, whose poem “Bicameral” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, has Questions About the New Inequality at From Earth to the Stars.

Tom Mead, author of “The Indian Rope Trick” in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, discusses locked room mysteries at Something is Going to Happen.

Vampirella 17, Eerie 40, Creepy 46

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Steve Carper
explores the Harden Planetarium at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 17, Eerie No. 40, and Creepy No. 46 at bare•bones e-zine.

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2020

Readin’ and Writin’
There’s no other magazine I can think of like Nostalgia Digest. It’s kind of like TV Guide, only for radio; radio from its golden era celebrated anew every Saturday on WDCB and WGN, on air and online. The quarterly Digest shares the schedules and synopsis of all the shows and rounds out every issue with nearly a dozen articles on celebrities, popular culture, and history. The Summer 2020 edition, which I read this week, is the all-vintage swimsuit issue, featuring celebrities Ava Gardner, Doris Day, Anne Baxter, Kirk Douglas, Loretta Young, Alexis Smith, Jackie Cooper, Leila Ernest, Kay Stewart, Eddie Bracken, Richard Conte, Gene Tierney, Beryl Vaughn, Jimmy Durante, Maureen O’Hara, Marie Windsor, and Ginger Rogers. The articles on Keir Dullea, Andy Griffith, Jack Pearl, wartime baseball, the Chautauqua movement, and Jimmy Stewart were all enlightening and entertaining. My thanks to Editor, Publisher, and Host Steve Darnall for another great issue, and for all you do to keep old time radio and those thrilling days of yesteryear alive!

Also read the second issue of Verdict, for a work-in-progress article. Haven’t decided yet if it’s for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, or elsewhere. Verdict No. 2 a terrific issue of a terrific magazine. Sad it only lasted four issues. Some strong entries here by Samuel Blas, Bruno Fischer, Dorothy B. Hughes, Henry Kane, Cornell Woolrich and of course Rex Stout, whose Neo Wolfe novel Fer De Lance is serialized.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Many thanks to Kevin Tipple for highlighting Michael Bracken’s story “El Despoblado” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 at The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog.

Thanks also to David Haden of Tentaclii, an H.P. Lovecraft blog, for including The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in a post this week.

Received comp copies of the new issue of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 from the printer and began mailing them out to contributors. This time the printed book was produced by Lulu.com and I’m very pleased with the results. Their all-new website and new standard color option enabled this edition to include a full color interior at a reasonable, if not inexpensive, price. The book is available in print at lulu.com and for Kindle and Magzter. Among many other features is Lester del Rey’s The Five Ages of Science Fiction by Ward Smith.

News Digest May 29, 2020

EQMM May/June 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen May/June 2020
Contents Page
Richard Helms “Noble Rot” art by Mark Evan Walker
Steve Steinbock
: The Jury Box
Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei
The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre
Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler
Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage
Susan Dunlap “Quality Control”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: The Two Will Wests
R.T. Raichev “Rassendyll’s Grave”
Benjamin Percy “House of Ash”
Shelly Dickson Carr “Nantucket Undertow”
Tom Tolnay “Rhododendron”
Judy Clemens “Safe”
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Alaric Hunt “Borrowed Brains” (Black Mask)
Marilyn Todd “Beyond the Tree Line”
N.W. Barcus “The Workaholic” (Dept. of First Stories)
Michael Berg “Travelers’ Rest” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Jim Weikart “The Frog”
Keith McCarthy “The Perfect Crime”
Wynn Quon “Art in Pieces” (Dept. of First Stories)
2019 Readers Award
Toni L.P. Kelner “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof”
David Dean “Shadow Lane”
Katherine Hall Page “The End of the Line” art by Laurie Harden
Jane Smith “Annie Oakley” (verse)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Indicia
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/June 2020 Vol. 155 No. 5 & 6, Whole No. 944 & 945
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Neil Webb

192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95

Paperback Parade No. 107, Hot Lead All-Review Special

Paperback Parade No. 107
Contents Page
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Richard Greene: Aloha Tiki Paperbacks
Gary Lovisi’s Space Fighters: Luchadores Del Espacio Series
Philip Harbottle: The Return of Rex Brandon
Jim Fitzpatrick: Hard Case Crime Editions of PBOs
Richard Greene’s Matchless Paperbacks: Hawaii
Jon D. Sartz: Robert A. Heinlein
Gary Lovisi: Heinlein Paperbacks

Paperback Parade No. 107 May 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 112 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Hot Lead: Most Wanted All-Review Special
A special issue loaded with over 200 reviews of western paperbacks arranged by era: 1920–1959, 1960–1969, 1970–1979, 1980–1989, and 1990+. Also includes the essays: Top 10 Western Authors, Gold Medal Overview, and The Lovesome Dove Saga. Foreword by Chuck Dixon. Introduction by Justin Marriott.
7” x 10” 168 pages
Print Only $7.99

Fantastic & Analog June 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Fantastic June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
John M. Floyd’s
“Saving Mrs. Hapwell” at Kings River Life. (Thanks Kevin R. Tipple.)

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Joseph Bruchac
on “An Indian Love Call” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Toni L.P. Kelner on “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof” from EQMM May/Jun 2020 at Art Taylor’s First Two Pages.

The same Toni L.P. Kelner discusses her varying approaches to writing short stories at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 38 and Creepy No. 44 at bare*bones e-zine.

TDE Advertisers
From the Fantasy Illustrated website: David Smith was born near Anaheim California in 1954 a few months before the opening of Disneyland. Raised in the Orange/Los Angeles County area in the 1950’s and ‘60’s he was influenced with a steady diet of pop culture. At the age of 14 he started working for the late John McLaughlin at The Book Sail in old downtown Anaheim. It was here that he was first exposed to the likes of old comic books from the 1940’s ,pulp fiction, vintage magic books signed by Houdini, and lots of old and rare books.

Dave worked there from 1969 to 1972 and again from 1976 to 1979 after The Book Sail had moved to the city of Orange. In 1979 he left to open his own store, Fantasy Illustrated about 1.5 miles from Disneyland in Garden Grove. From inception until he sold the store location (keeping the name) to Mile High Comics in 1994, Dave maintained one of the largest selections of vintage comic book and Pulp magazines in the Orange County area.

Wanting a change of pace he moved out of state, negotiated a deal with the owner of Rocket Comics of Seattle Washington and on Jan 1 1995 became owner of that store. In 1999 Dave found what would become the famous Yakima Pedigree collection of hundreds of ultra high grade pulps. These are considered some of the finest condition pulps known to exist.

Around 9-11 he closed down Rocket Comics as a brick and mortar store and continued dealing full time as Fantasy Illustrated doing mail order out of his house near Mill Creek Washington where he lives with his wife Kelli. Visit Fantasy Illustrated.

Wordslingers by Will Murray

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading Will Murray’s pulp history tome: Wordslingers this week. The author himself describes the work in his introduction: “What follows is a species of oral history, employing found quotes, developed so that the author recedes into the role of omniscient organizer, sometimes disappearing altogether, in order to allow the participants of the past to spin the saga of their literary labors.”

The writers and editors—and occasionally the publishers—tell their tale in hundreds of timely quotes gleaned from dozens of sources, most often magazines like Writer’s Digest. Like any business riding waves of high- and low-demand these western fictioneers were constantly postulating market changes and how their writers needed to update their approach to maintain or goose sales. Murray does a phenomenal job documenting the rapids and whirlpools along this 40-some-years journey. For die-hard pulp fiction historians this volume is a treasure.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is complete. A proof copy is in process and I’ll make an official announcement of its availability here as soon as I approve the proof via lulu.com.

I tried several times to finalize the book on both IngramSpark.com and the newly improved Lulu.com site and encountered issues on both. It took three days for one of them to fix the hang-ups, so I went with that one: Lulu.com. Each company has certain pluses and minuses, but I’m happy to try Lulu on this edition, as last issue was/is printed through Ingram. I will link to the book on Lulu’s site this time because it removes the middleman (amazon, etc.) where most of the sales revenue goes. Lulu seems to make its profit on printing rather than printing and distribution.

The first color edition I created was an alternate version of book ten, so I could see first-hand what the standard color option looked like. (Great!) That special edition is available only from Lulu.com in case any readers want one of their own. The Digest Enthusiast No. 10C (full color) $16 at Lulu.com

Work is also very close to complete on Pulp Modern No. 5, which is now scheduled for a June 23, 2020 release.

Zane Grey Mystery Magazine Nov. 1969

Vintage Western Digest
Zane Grey Western Magazine Nov. 1969
Leo Margulies: The Lure of Zane Grey (introduction)
Contents Page
Romer Zane Grey “Gun Trouble in Tonto Basin”
Noel M Loomis “The St. Louis Salesman”
James Oliver Curwood “The Beloved Murderer”
Ben Smith “The Man Who Stole a Horse”
Zane Grey “Fantoms of Peace” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece)
Walter Dallas’ Gunfighters Saddlemate
Gunnison Steele “When the Dessert Gods Laughed”
Bill Pronzini “Sawtooth Justice”

Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 2 Nov. 1969
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Advisory Editor: Romer Grey
Advisory Editor: Dr. Loren Grey
5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages
50¢ cover price

News Digest April 3, 2020

Analog Apr. 1965 & If May 1965

Analog April 1965 reviewed by Gideon Marcus at Galactic Journey.

Mystery Weekly Magazine Nov. 2019 reviewed by Kevin Tipple at Kevin’s Corner.

Worlds of If May 1965 reviewed by David Levinson at Galactic Journey.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Blogs
Mark W. Tiedemann
discusses “The Story I’m Working on Now” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Pat Black on fictional shelters at Something is Going to Happen.

Brian Trent discusses “Death on the Nefertem Express” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Nostalgia Digest Podcast
Every month since 2012, the Nostalgia Digest Podcast has taken listeners on a trip back to the “Golden Age” of entertainment . . . and as the Podcast turns 100, they’re celebrating with the help of two special guests” Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed, Mama) and Rich (Svengoolie) Kaz! Click here to start listening!

JD Graves and Pulp Literature No. 26

Free Crime Fiction
L.A. Wilson, Jr.’s
“The Whisperers” was sent to Mystery Weekly Magazine’s email subscriber’s list on March 29, 2020. Sign up at Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Nikki Dolson’s “Liars, Killers and Thieves” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

J.D. Graves offers “Just Another Job that Doesn’t Pay Very Well” for Kindle.

Pulp Literature e-News
The April update from Pulp Literature includes an advance look at issue No. 26 for Spring 2020.

Pulp Adventures No.34

Readin’ and Writin’
This week’s main read was Pulp Adventures No. 34, published by Rich Harvey, and edited by Audrey Parente. Here’s what’s behind the cover by Albert Fisher (from Front Page Detective Jan. 1941):

Editorial by Rich Harvey
Robert Leslie Bellem has three pulp reprints in this issue; one under the pseudonym William Decatur. Rich Harvey explores Bellem’s Hollywood Dectective: “Does the series epitomize the genre of hardboiled detectives . . . Or does the series actually lampoon the genre and its tropes, which were becoming cliché even before World War II commenced?” Perhaps, both.

“In a Sentimental Mood” by Logan Robichaud
Isaac A. Massinger is a suspected communist, his politics and advocacy cleverly hidden between the lines of his stories. Special Agents Beard and Greene have him under surveillance. The exact time period isn’t clear, but Massinger writes on a typewriter. When confronted at his apartment, Massinger allows a search of the premises and Beard discovered a trove of incriminating papers hidden beneath the floor. Moody and atmospheric, Robichaud’s prose exudes pulp while probing ideology, art, and connection.

“Death Do Us Part” by William Decatur (Robert Leslie Bellem)
“Fogarty had never been known to go back on his word, whether dealing with crooks or the Law. And for that reason, they picked him as go-between. The private detective was safe enough with $40,000—but that didn’t mean he was safe with women.”

P.I. Bob Fogarty is hired by Continental Assurance to deliver forty grand to a guy in Kansas City in exchange for eighty grand worth of stolen diamonds. The action and wordplay are non-stop in this intricately plotted screwball mystery adventure.

“Kill Me Again” by Robert Leslie Bellem
Turns out the previous narrative was only a warm-up for this scintillating Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective yarn. Turner returns home from a High Sierra camping trip with his pal newshound Jim Spencer and encounters his own funeral procession! Somebody was quick to capitalize on his two-week absence from civilization and wound up dead in a spectacular wreck while driving his car.

“Killer in Clay” by Robert Leslie Bellem and Adolphe Barreaux
It’s quite interesting to read a Hollywood Detective comic story right after an adventure in prose. In this form, the author concentrates on plot with minimal narration, allowing the artwork to carry the action and dialog to tell the story. It’s fun, but lacks the depth and wordplay of Bellem’s prose stories.

“Comrade” by Adam Beau McFarlane
A massive sand storm forces Allied and Axis tanks to take shelter in an abandoned rail station. Under their impromptu truce, the opposing tank commanders engage in a high-stakes card game to determine their fate.

“On the Ego Identity of a Butterfly” by Patti Boeckman and Sharla Williams
Like Pulp Adventures itself, this story combines the best of old and new pulp. Boeckman wrote it years ago, Williams “brushed it up,” for first time publication here. A youngster ekes out his childhood in a severely authoritarian family, his only friend an adopted butterfly that he attempts to tame.

“City of the Dead” by William M. Hope
A sword and sorcery novella joins series character Thurl the Gaelg on his trek to Samorrah to cash in the glowing blood red stone that recently came into his possession. But Samorrah has earned its mantle as the City of the Dead. The burly soldier of fortune will need all his wits and swordsmanship to survive the thieves, warriors, and the witch that lies ahead.

“Athena D” by Charles Burgess
Post-graduate Mike Simmons and his girlfriend, Jennifer Rolland, find themselves in the middle of a secret operation to disarm a Chinese satellite from the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

“Straight Ahead Into Darkness” by Ron Riekki
An EMT finds himself with one for the books when he and his partner arrive at a trailer park to find an elderly man with a Taser dark stuck in his eye.

Pulp Adventures offers a pleasing collection of vintage and brand new pulp-inspired stories and artwork, across the genre spectrum. This issue is no exception. It’s available for $9.95 in print, directly from Bold Venture Press and other outlets.

Alec Cizak offered free ad space for indie authors in the next Pulp Modern (first come, first served) on his twitter feed, which filled up in a matter of hours. The “winners” submitted their ads, which have now been added to the layout.

Also completed the layout of Steve Carper’s article about Photoplay Editions for the upcoming The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. It’s loaded with cover images from these early digest series. And Michael Neno finished his color illustration for Rick Ollerman’s story.

Verdict Sept. 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 4 Sept. 1953
Unfortunately, Verdict didn’t continue after this issue, thus the conclusion of Rex Stout’s Fer-De-Lance was never presented.

Contents Page
William Irish “Three O’Clock” art by Tom O’Sullivan
James M. Cain “Dead Man”
Fredric Brown “the Amazing Dip”
Dan Sontup’s Tricks of the Trade: Firearms
George Harmon Coxe “Material Witness” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Frank Kane “Keeper of the Killed” (Johnny Liddell)
Craig Rice “Motive” (John J. Malone)
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 4 of 5)(Nero Wolfe)
John C. Craig’s What’s In a Name? and Encores
Evan Hunter “Vicious Circle”
Leonard S. Grey “What’s Your Verdict? No. 3”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 4 Sept. 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Editorial Assistant: Hal Walker
Business Manager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

News Digest March 20, 2020

F&SF Mar/Apr 2020

March Releases
Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2020
Contents Pages
Dare Segun Falowo “Kikelomo Ultrasheen”
SL Huang “The Million-Mile Sniper”
Matthew Hughes “The Last Legend”
Charles de Lint’s Books to Look For
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
I Know What I Saw by Linda S. Godfrey
In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz
Photographing the Dead by Dean Koontz
The Praying Mantis Bride by Dean Koontz
Red Rain by Dean Koontz
The Mercy of Snake by Dean Koontz
Memories of Tomorrow by Dean Koontz
Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko
Mingus Fingers by Jacob Weisman
Elizabeth Hand’s Books
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
The Muders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney
Ian Tregillis “Come the Revolution”
John Possidente “Red Sword of the Celiac”
Lauren McBride “To My Shipmates at Journey’s End” (verse)
Amman Sabet “Say You’re Sorry”
Gregor Hartmann “A Solitary Crane Circles Cold Mountain”
Deborah L. Davitt “4 Vesta” (verse)
Amanda Hollander “A Feast of Butterflies”
David J. Skal’s Films: Wet Screams
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Natural Disasters in Utopia
William Ledbetter “Hungry Is the Earth”
Elizabeth Bear “Hacksilver”
Brian Trent “Death on the Nefertem Express”
James Patrick Kelly “The Man I Love”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Graham Andrews’ Curiosities: Public Faces by Harold Nicolson (1932)

Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 138 No. 3 and 4, No. 748, Mar/Apr 2020
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Cover: Mondolithic Studios
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Kendra Allenby, Mark Heath, Nick Downes
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until May 4, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Hard Case Crime released Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman on March 17, 2020. Hardcover $22.99 Kindle $7.99 from amazon.

Digest and Book Reviews
Repo Shark by Cody Goodfellow reviewed by J.D. Graves at EconoClash Review.

Repo Shark & Thunder Wagon

The premise of “single paragraph book reviews” seems apt for this age of browsing. The March 15th review at Mostly Old Books and Rust features Thunder Wagon by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn.

Worlds of Tomorrow May 1965 reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf at Galactic Journey.

Hell Chose Me by Angel Luis Colon

Hell Chose Me by Angel Luis Colon reviewed by Matthew X. Gomez at EconoClash Review.

Fantasy & Science Fiction April 1965 reviewed by Gideon Marcus on Galactic Journey.

Digest Blogs
Beth Dawkins’
Q&A at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Paul Charles on “Jumping Off a Diving Board” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

John Possidente on “Red Sword of the Celiac” at Fantasty & Science Fiction.

Interviews
Art Taylor
at Washington Independent Review of Books.

Free Online Fiction
“The Man Who Wouldn’t” by Joseph S. Walker on ToughCrime.

Free Newsletter
The American Bystander is standing by at home with too much time on their hands, so they’ve created Bystander’s Quarantine Cavalcade. Subscribe here.

Readin’ and Writin’
Alec Cizak
added several of the earliest issues of Pulp Modern to Magzter this week. Of course, all of our joint issues from Volume Two are there as well.

And speaking of Pulp Modern, all the stories have been selected for the next issue. I’ll be working on layouts for the final three this weekend.

Finished reading and made notes on the second issue of Fotocrime for my article for the next issue of The Digest Enthusiast. Part of my research included reading True Crime, True North, full review here. Since the book’s focus is Canadian true crime magazines, it’s not directly relevant to Fotocrime, but seeing how the authors approached their topic was useful. Also exchanged a series of emails with John Shirley about Weirdbook No. 42, to provide readers with the backstory on the issue.

Also read Guns + Tacos Volume One, but I write more about that next week.

Verdict July 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 2 July 1953
Contents Page
Cornell Woolrich “All at Once, No Alice” art by Tom O’Sullivan
H.H. Holmes
“The Stripper” art by R. Cossette
Dorothy B. Hughes
“Homecoming”
Henry Kane “Kudos for the Kid” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Francis Lewis
“Has Anybody Here Slain Kely?”
Samuel Blas “Revenge”
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 2 of 5)
Bruno Fischer “The Man Who Lost His Head”
Frank Kane “Suicide”
Leonard S. Grey “What’s Your Verdict?”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Business Magager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

News Digest March 13, 2020

The Beat of Black Wings editor: Josh Pachter

The Beat of Black Wings, an anthology of crime fiction stories inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell, launches on April 7, 2020. Many of Mitchell’s classics are represented: “Both Sides, Now” by Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, “Big Yellow Taxi” by Kathryn O’Sullivan, “River” by Stacy Woodson, “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire” by Donna Andrews, “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines” by Amber Sparks, “Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac” by Michael Bracken, etc. The collection was edited by Josh Pachter. The book will be released on April 7, 2020. Preorders are available in Hardcover $29.75, Softcover $19.55, and Kindle $5.99.

Steve Davidson reviews the premier episode of the new Amazing Stories series on AppleTV+ on, what else, the Amazing Stories blog.

Gideon Marcus examines Galaxy April 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Galaxy Apr 1965 & Amazing Apr 1965

John Boston does likewise for Amazing April 1965 also at Galactic Journey.

Tough Crime: “Walker’s Hollow” by John Floyd.

Q&A with Derek Kunsken at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Ian Tregillis on “Come the Revolution” (F&SF Mar/Apr 2020) at Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Jack Bunker writes about his debut with “Active Shooter” in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of EQMM at Something is Going to Happen.

Read J.D. (EconoClash Review) Graves’ latest Flash Fiction “Trojan H” at Shotgun Honey.

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2020

March 2020 Digests
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2020
Contents
Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!”
A Few Moments with . . . Chuck Schaden
Chuck Schaden “Those Were the (Early) Days” (cover story)
“Those Were the Dates” Ten pivotal moments from the 50-year history of Those Were the Days.
Necrology for 2019
Laura Milbraith Stewart “All in the Families” (Tina Cole)
Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Two
Stone Wallace “Everybody Loves Raymond” (Raymond Burr)
Greg Kreinberg “The Daly News”
Wayne Klatt “A Free Soul” (Jean Arthur)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 2 Spring 2020
Editor: Steve Darnall
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

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. First published in 1896, Moreau is a science fiction classic. Its concept isn’t as revolutionary in 2020 as 1896, but for its era it must have been horrific and shocking. Even today, the prose is terrific, my favorite parts were Wells’ fastidious descriptions of his animal hybrids.

Weirdbook No. 42

Also immensely enjoyed the print edition of Weirdbook No. 42, a special all John Shirley issue, edited by Doug Draa. A triumphant collection of short stories and poetry capped by a sword and sorcery epic that wraps the volume with an enthralling finale.

I completed reading and making notes on the first issue of Fotocrime this week. Still lots to do but it feels good to get this article for TDE12 started.

Rick McCollum sent the cover art for the next issue of Pulp Modern which should see release sometime this Spring. I loved Rick’s artwork for the last PM and the current TDE, but I gotta say, I think this is the best one yet. It’s based on a story called “Ghost Town.”

PM editor, Alec Cizak, has selected another two stories for the issue, so I’ll be working on layout for those over the next few days.

Verdict June 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Contents Page
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 1 of 5)
Craig Rice “His Heart Could Break” (John J. Malone) art by R. Cossette
Dan Stoup’s
Tricks of the Trade: Fingerprints
Henry Kane “A Glass of Milk”
Steve Fisher “Goodbye Hannah”
Chester B. Himes “Marihuana and a Pistol” art by R. Cossette
Fredric Brown
“Don’t Look Behind You”
Edward Clark’s Crime Firsts: The La Rosa Case
Raymond Chandler “Trouble Is My Business”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Business Magager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Astounding 5-44, Fantastic 3-65

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

The print version of season one of Guns + Tacos season one arrived last Saturday. Each of its two volumes, created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey H. Barker include three stories around 40 pages each. Volume One: Gary Phillips, Bracken, and Frank Zafiro. Volume Two: Barker, William Dylan Powell, James A. Hearn, and a bonus story by Bracken, making this the thicker of the two volumes. Season Two has been ordered and will begin later this year from Down & Out Books.

Boy Detective, Find the Money

Art Taylor writes about the story order in his new anthology The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 at Auntie M Writes. (Hat tip Kevin Tipple).

Artist and author Tony Gleeson’s new book, Find the Money, is now available on amazon. The mysterious Vanessa has vanished, and it’s worth a million dollars to a vicious drug lord to get her back. But the ransom disappears, turning up in the hands of a bewildered innocent bystander, while ruthless gangsters and hapless kidnappers alike desperately search for the money. Meanwhile, Detective Marlon Morrison, who only wants to comfortably ride out the final year and a half before his retirement without incident, finds himself involved with a growing succession of murder victims, and a bizarre case growing in complexity by the hour…

Josh Pachter talks to Publisher’s Weekly about his anthologies The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe. (Hat tip Michael Bracken)

Doug Draa announced on Facebook that Weirdbook No. 42 has gone to print!

A.T. Sayre describes his joy and appreciation at having his first story, “Rover,” published in the venerable Analog.

AHMM & EQMM Mar/Apr 2020

Found all four March/April 2020 Dell digests on shelves this week at my local Barnes & Noble’s. Alfred Hitchcock’s features William Burton McCormick’s cover story “Night Train to Berlin.” Ellery Queen’s cover highlights its “Mystery Strangers” theme. Although not listed on the cover, indie favorite Preston Lang also has a story inside—congrats!

Asimov's & Analog Mar/Apr 2020

Asimov’s cover features Nancy Kress’ “Semper Augustus” and Analog continues their retro-look celebration of their 90th year. Note F&SF Editor C.C. Finley’s name on the cover, and inside there’s a new story by Edd Vick* and Manny Frishberg. *Vick as interviewed by D. Blake Werts in The Digest Enthusiast No. 6.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Corey Flintoff talks about his “Interlude in Arcadia” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book version of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and loved it. I listened while driving and more than once got so lost in the gorgeous prose I had to try to remember what was happening in the plot. Narrator Ray Porter’s cadence and inflections are a perfect match to Tom Hanks’.

Also on audio, I listened to Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor. A intimate memoir with Taylor’s recollections of family dysfunction, fighting addiction, and working with Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Peter Gordon, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. This guided tour of his early life is interspersed with his gorgeous melodies. Riveting, sad, and unforgettable.

Mike Shayne June 1957

In print, I read Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine June 1957. This issue wraps up the trilogy of the serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse, with more action and excitement than the previous two installments. It also boasts two outstanding novelets by Helen Nielsen and Tedd Thomey, as well as some fine short stories by Fletcher Flora, James Schucker, D.E. Forbes, Murray Wolf, and F. Keston Clarke. A great issue of a great digest magazine! Watch for my reviews in a coming issue of bare•bones.

Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of Stark House Press’ Best of Manhunt, read through the current issue of The Digest Enthusiast and awarded it a 5-Star rating this week on GoodReads. Thanks much, Jeff!

TDE12 Update: Met with my writing group on Thursday and shared my review of Paperback Fanatic No. 43, which will appear in TDE12. Also completed the initial layout of my interview with Tony Gleeson for the issue. Thanks to Tony, it’s loaded with beautiful artwork—mostly from vintage digests.

True Crime Detective Summer 1953

From the Vault
Ad copy on page 2: “. . . if you enjoy this issue let us enter a subscription for you so that True Crime Detective may be delivered to you on or before publication date without extra cost. You will find each issue a little better than the one before—an anthology of the best detective true crime stories new and old.” Cost? $1.40 for 4 issues. In 2020 dollars that’s $13.53. I have a feeling it would be more, but I’d get it if it were still being published today. Next week: the final issue.

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 3 Summer 1953
Contents Page
W.T. Brannon “Rendezvous at Rondout”
Joseph Shillips “They Wrote Their Own Convictions”
Homer Croy “Cherokee Bill”
William Roughead “The Merrett Mystery”
Manly Wade Wellman “The General Dies at Dusk”
Miriam Allen deford “The Reluctant Lover”
Frank Mullady “Judgement for a Messiah”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Rendezvous at Rondout”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Ellery Queen Jan/Feb 2020

Ellery Queen Jan/Feb 2020

Contents Page
Matthew Wilson “The Wretched Strangers” art by Mark Evan Walker
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
“Home for the Holidays”
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Fei Wu “Beijingle All the Way” (Passport to Crime) translated from the Chinese by Josh Pachter
Bonnie Hearn Hill “Feliz Navidead”
Dean Jobb: Stranger Than Fiction (preview)
Mark SaFranko “Frogman”
Mike McHone “A Drive-By on Chalmers Road?”
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
The Devil’s Due by Bonnie MacBird
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer
The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth by Leonard Goldberg
Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas
The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
Death in Focus by Anne Perry
Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey
The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill
—plus four others briefly covered
Kieran Shea “Paying It Off” (Black Mask)
Merrilee Robson “Edie”
Terrence Faherty “The Yellow Face” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Josh Pachter “The Adventure of the Red Circles”
Kelston Gunn Cowling “Mr. Majestyk” (Dept. of First Stories)
John M. Floyd “Crow’s Nest”
Marilyn Todd “Nights in White Satin”
B.A. Paul “The Dragonfly” (Dept. of First Stories)
Pat Black “The Concrete Pillow”
Toni L.P. Kelner “Now Hiring Nasty Girlz”
Bill Pronzini “Stroke of Luck”
Leslie Elman “The Summer Uncle Cat Came to Stay”
Twist Phelan “Used to Be”
Peter Turnbull “The Banks of the Ouse”
Classified Marketplace
Christine Poulson “Because You’re Worth It”
Indicia

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2020 Vol. 155 No. 1 & 2, Whole No. 940 & 941
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Erika Steiskal

192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 18, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95

Ellery Queen Nov/Dec 2019

Ellery Queen Nov/Dec 2019

Contents Page
Charlaine Harris “A Little Happy Hunting” (Anne DeWitt) art by Mark Evan Walker
David Dean “The Breakfast Club” (Julian Hall)
Elizabeth Zelvin “The Island”
Matt Coleman “Stray Dogs” (Black Mask)
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Primary Target by John Billheimer
Bluff by Michael Kardos
The House on Hallowed Ground by Nancy Cole Silverman
And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Hitchcock and the Censors by Jim Billheimer
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan
Amy Myers “Death and the Donkeys” (Nell Drury)
Joseph Goodrich “The Beige Skirt”
Richie Narvaez “None of This Is on the Map”
Joseph Goodrich’s On the Road With Manfred B. Lee: “The Most Profound Mysteries”
Elizabeth Elwood “The Chess Room”
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Angelique Fawns* “Three Calendars” (Dept. of First Stories)
John Lantigua “The Underground Man” (Willie Cuesta)
Dean Jobb: Stranger Than Fiction (preview)
Roger Torrey “Private War” (Black Mask)(George Killeen)
Ingred Oonincx “The Final Stage” (Passport to Crime) translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
A.M. Porter “The Drawings” (Dept. of First Stories)
Doug Crandell “Wrangled”
Christine Poulson “Fiction Addiction”
Twist Phelan “Fathers-in-Law”
Doug Allyn “The Dutchy” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Anna Scotti “That Which We Call Patience”
Classified Marketplace
Index to Volumes 153 & 154—2019
Indicia
2019 EQMM Readers Award Ballot

*Appears in Pulp Modern: Tech Noir

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2019 Vol. 154 No. 5 & 6, Whole No. 938 & 939
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Dave Calver

192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 17, 2019
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95

Ellery Queen Dec. 2007

Ellery Queen Dec. 2007

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Dec. 2007 Vol. 130 No. 6 Whole No. 796
Contents
David Handler “The Man Who Couldn’t Miss” art by Laurie Harden
Edward D. Hoch “Gypsy Gold”
Jon L. Breen: The Jury Box
Patricia Smiley “Party’s Over”
Bill Crider: Blog Bytes
Jon L. Breen “A Run Through the Calendar”
Loren D. Estleman “Wild Walls” (Valentino) art by Mark Evan Walker
Caroline Menzies “The Bathtub Oracle” (Dept. of First Stories)
Peter Turnbull “The Mummy” art by Allen Davis
Marilyn Todd “Room for Improvement”
2007 EQMM Readers Award Ballot
Anton Chekhov “A Malefactor” (Passport to Crime) translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett
Martin Edwards “An Index”
Maria Hudgins “Murder on the London Eye”
Michael Bracken & Tom Sweeney “Snowbird” art by Mark Evans
Index: Vol. 129 and Vol. 130
Classified Marketplace
Indicia and Masthead

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Editorial Assistant: Emily Giglierano
Excutive Director Art & Production: Susan Kendrioski
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Rafael de Soto

144 pages $3.99
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website

I asked Michael Bracken about what it was like to write with a partner on “Snowbird.” Below is an excerpt from his interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

In the early-2000s I edited five anthologies, and Tom had a story in each of them. When I pitched an anthology of private eye stories to a regional publisher, the publisher was interested only if all the stories were set in Texas and the contributors were Texans/ Texas residents. The only way Tom, a New Englander, would get a story in the anthology was if he collaborated with someone in Texas. Me.

Tom’s writing style—that is, the way he uses words and structures sentences—is (or was then) similar to mine, but his approach to writing is quite different. Where I throw something on the page to start and then figure out where I’m going, he likes to start with the theme and build backwards from there.

So, we went back and forth, writing and discussing as we went. I would write a bit and turn it over to him. He would edit or revise what I wrote and add more. I would edit/ revise what he wrote and add to it. All the while we held email discus- sions on the side about where the story was going, what we needed to research to move forward, and so on. (We even roped in a third writer—Çarol Kilgore—to aid with some research. Part of the story is set on the Gulf Coast and Carol provided us with details neither of us could get otherwise.)

Writing the way we did, it’s quite difficult to know now who wrote which passages, but after several months we had a complete draft. Unfortunately, the regional publisher was no longer interested in doing the anthology.
It is true that collaborating means twice the work for half the money, but Tom and I created a story neither of us could have written alone, and it was the first sale either of us made to
EQMM. So, it was well worth the effort.

Ellery Queen Dec. 2016

EQMM Dec. 2016

EQMM is 75 years old. An amazing publishing feat for any magazine. The December issue continues its tradition of outstanding short mystery fiction with the final 75th Anniversary edition. This issue’s insightful Editorial by Janet Hutchings reviews the founding scope of the magazine and its expansive role in today’s ever-challenging marketplace.

“Bloodstained Glass” by Richard Helms, art by Mark Evan Walker
From the Editor’s Desk: Beyond Boundaries by Janet Hutchings
“Nothing Matters But Matter” by Sheila Kohler
The Jury Box by Steve Steinbock reviews:
The English Teacher by Yiftach R. Atir
The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura
I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill
Mr. Campion’s Fault by Mike Ripley
The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris
Kilt at the Highland Games by Kaitlyn Dunnett
The Goddaughter Caper by Melodie Campbell
Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider
and special mentions of
Rhythm and Clues by Sue Ann Jaffarian
The Question of the Felonious Friend by Jeff Cohen and E.J. Copperman
A Killer’s Guide to Good Works by Shelley Costa.
“The Unseen Door” by Margery Allingham
“A History of Snakes” by Tom Tolnay
“The Truth of the Moment” by E. Gabriel Flores (Dept. of First Stories)
“Catspaw” by Peter Tremayne
“Dream Wedding” by Sarah Weinman (From Our Archives)
“With Eyes Like That” by Robert S. Levinson
“Ghosts of Bunker Hill” by Paul D. Marks, art by Allen Davis
“Stranger in the Night” by Hilde Vandermeeren (Passport to Crime) translated by Josh Pachter
2016 EQMM Readers Award Ballot
Index to Volumes 147 & 148
Bill Crider’s Blog Bytes returns next issue.

Final issue of the 112-page editions. Beginning in Jan/Feb 2017 EQMM went bimonthly with double-sized 192-page issues.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 148 #6, whole #903, Dec. 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Design & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Jill Hartley/iStockphoto.com
112 pages
$4.99 on newsstands until December 20, 2016
The Mystery Place: Ellery Queen