Pulp Modern [v2 #6, Winter 2020] ed. Alec Cizak (Uncle B. Publications & Larque Press, $6.99, 132pp, digest, cover by Ran Scott) 1 • From the Editor • Alec Cizak • ed 4 • Twenty Minutes in Riverdale • John M. Floyd • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 16 • With Hindsight • Stephen D. Rogers • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 28 • Just Another Necky • Dustin Walker • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 44 • Tall Tales • Lousie Taylor • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 60 • Armed and Dangerous • Anthony Perconti • ar 70 • A Lesson in Footwork • Matthew X. Gomez • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 86 • Art Model Noir • Patrick Whitehurst • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 98 • Hara-Kiri • Stephen J. Golds • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 110 • Rotten Meat • Nils Gilbertson • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott 126 • Contacts • lk 127 • Independent Fiction Alliance • ms
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
Contents Page Frederick Highland “Peat” Vicki Weisfeld “The West Texas Rookie” Robert Lopresti “Robot Carson” Stephen Couch “Exposure” R.T. Lawton “The Job Interview” John M. Floyd “Rachel’s Place” Dennis Palumbo “A Really Great Team” Ray Morrison “Taking Debbie Rabbit” Jack Bates “A Minute to Murder” (You-Solve-It)
“Rooster Creek” by John M. Floyd is a nicely constructed yarn set somewhere in a rural past. Katie Harrison can’t resist a final look at her childhood farmhouse as she’s passing through. Bad idea. There’s a reason the new owners conduct their maniacal mischief in the middle of nowhere. In her first encounter with the farmhouse matron, Katie asks:
“I thought you were Mrs. Carter. You’re not?” “I am. But Mrs. Carter doesn’t care for questions,” the woman said stiffly, “unless she’s the one asking them.”
That dubious exchange should’ve sent Katie packing, but she unwisely digs deeper into Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s weird ways until she reaches the end of her rope.