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Telzey’s Goblin Night

Analog April 1965

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Goblin Night (Analog April 1965). On a camping trip with eleven other college students and her friend’s huge dog, Telzey receives a mental image of a person running, terrified, from a relentless pursuer. Tracking the source, she is led into a trap where she is the one pursued by the frightening creature called “the spook.” At the end of her resources, Telzey mentally summons Chomir for help. This suspenseful story has to be one of the series’ highlights. Reprinted as the first part of The Lion Game (DAW #38 1973, British hardcover from Sidgwick and Jackson, 1976).

Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s Christmas Romance

The Digest Enthusiast No. 7 pages 100 and 101

Joe Wehrle, Jr. wrote two Christmas stories that I know of: “A Christmas Romance” and “Christmas Spirit in a Speakeasy.” The latter featuring Cauliflower Catnip. Joe first shared “Romance” with me in Autumn 2016, but we wanted it to see print before Christmas, and The Digest Enthusiast No. 5 was already scheduled for January. So the following year, we made it a point to get issue No. 7 out early, and on December 6, 2017 the story finally saw print. Joe created two new illustrations for it, one to open the story and one to close.

Here’s the opening line:

“The ship stood on its knobby support legs, casting bizarre shadows across the snow which drifted round the shattered planetoid base.”

Fiction, News, and Reviews

Inside The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 January 2019:

The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 pages 50 and 51

Crime, espionage, and fantasy fiction by Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art from Marc Myers, Michael Neno, and Joe.

News from all your favorite genre digest magazines, straight from their editors’ lips, including every newsstand stalwart, and the new generation of POD/digital stars.

In-depth reviews of EconoClash Review, Nostalgia Digest, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Hot Lead.

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

Cover by Ed Emshwiller, 160 pages, published by Larque Press. $8.99 print, $2.99 digital.

Telzey Amberdon

Jamese H. Schmitz portrait by Joe Wehrle, Jr.
James H. Schmitz by Joe Wehrle, Jr.

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Undercurrents (Analog May and June 1964). Gonwil, Telzey’s best college friend, is being victimized by her guardians, in hopes of securing the financial holdings she is to inherit. Wellan Dasinger of the Kyth Agency works with Telzey’s psionic abilities to solve the problem, and we meet Chomir, Gonwil’s mighty guardian dog. Reprinted in The Universe Against Her. Ace, 1964.

Telzey Amberdon

Telzey Amberdon and Tick-tock by Joe Wehrle, Jr.Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

James H. Schmitz wrote a number of stories about a future world where many things are possible, and particularly, over a period of ten years wrote a series concerning one Telzey Amberdon, an emerging telepath, “fifteen years old, genius level, brown as a berry and not at all bad looking in her sunbriefs.”

Jim Schmitz was born October 15, 1911, and lived until April 18, 1981. You may not be too familiar with his work as he wasn’t as prolific as many of his contemporaries, but he wrote dozens of exceptional stories and a handful of memorable novels.

Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse No. 5

F&SF Dec. 1961The fifth and final episode of Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse saga appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction (Dec. 1961).

Contents
Claude Veillot “The First Days of May” Translated from the French by Damon Knight (“Les Premiers Jours de Mai”, Fiction May ’60).
Herbert Gold “The Mirror and Mr. Sneeves” Story #3, ed. Whit & Hallie Burnett, A.A. Wyn 1953
Anne Walker “The Oversight of Dirty-Jets Ryan”
Will Stanton “You Are with It!”
John Anthony West “The Fiesta at Managuay” Call Out the Malicia, Heinemann 1961
Grendel Briarton “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: XLVI”
Isaac Asimov’s Science: The Trojan Hearse
Hal Draper “Ms Fnd in a Lbry or The Day Civilization Collapsed”
Brian W. Aldiss “Evergreen” (Hothouse No. 5)
Index to Volume 21

Cover by Ed Emshwiller

Contents from Galactic Central

An excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s review of the Hothouse series, from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

[In “Evergreen”] Yattmur and Gren have a child. Gren has become more and more distant and inhuman under the influence of the morel. The morel is soon to sporulate, and it wants to transfer itself to the young, strong child, which can carry it back to the sunlit world for seeding.

Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse No. 4

F&SF Sep. 1961The fourth part of Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse saga appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction (Sep. 1961).

Contents
Gerard Klein “The Monster in the Park” translated by Virginia Kidd
Herbert Gold “The Day They Got Boston” (Metronome Jan. 1961)
Grendel Briarton “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: XLIII”
Michael Young “The Timekeeper”
F. L. Wallace “Privates All”
Nils T. Peterson “Pecking Order”
Rosemary Harris “Hamlin”
Isaac Asimov: Science: Not As We Know It
Rosser Reeves “Effigy” (verse)
Rosser Reeves “E=mc²” (verse)
Brian W. Aldiss “Timberline” (Hothouse No. 4)

Cover by Ed Emshwiller

Contents from Galactic Central

An excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s review of the Hothouse series, from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

“The story “Timberline” (September 1961) finds the travelers far from their natural home, a place where the Sun seems to hang low over the water, and the air is cold and misty. A land of eternal sunset. The boat grounds on an ice shelf, and Gren and Yattmur urge the fishers out of it and onto an islet, where they all live fairly contentedly for a time.”

Fawn the Dark-Eyed

Fawn the Dark-Eyed posterIn 1965, Joe Wehrle, Jr. launched Fawn the Dark-Eyed. Inspired by the heyday of newspaper comic strips like Flash Gordon and Modesty Blaise, the publication presented Fawn’s adventures in Sunday-sized comic strip pages. Unfortunately, this early version of Fawn only lasted two issues, with the second edition published in February 1966.

A third issue was planned, and Joe published a poster of Fawn in 1967 to bridge the gap between issues. All three items are relatively hard to find, but the poster is likely the most uncommon. Fortunately, a small stock of the original print run has been uncovered and is now available via eBay.

The second iteration of Fawn appeared in 1972, as a blonde, in the four-page comic adaptation of Joe’s short story “The Bandemar” in Sense of Wonder No. 12. The story and comic are slated to appear in The Digest Enthusiast book nine in Jan. 2019.

Fawn’s longest run appeared in 1974, in a second series of Sunday-sized comic strips in the Menomonee Falls Gazette No. 142–161, 163–171, 173–176, 178, 179, 181, 183 and 188.

Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse No. 3

F&SF July 1961The second part of Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse saga appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction (July 1961).

Contents
Kingsley Amis “Something Strange”
Will Worthington “Package Deal”
Nicholas Breckenridge “The Cat Lover”
Grendel Briarton “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: XLI”
Otis Kidwell Burger “The Zookeeper”
Kris Neville “Closing Time”
Poul Anderson “Night Piece”
Isaac Asimov: Science: Recipe for a Planet
Brian W. Aldiss “Undergrowth” (Hothouse No. 3)

Cover by Ed Emshwiller

Contents from Galactic Central

An excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s review of the Hothouse series, from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

“In “Undergrowth” (July 1961), we find that the morel has bisected itself to access the minds of both Poyly and Gren. Under its direction, they capture a girl named Yattmur in order to learn the whereabouts of her tribe. If mankind, like H.G. Wells’ Eloi, has lost its initiative through the passage of time, the morel acts as a prod, driving his hosts to achieve its own ambitious aims.”