Josh Pachter


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
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”

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

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2019

Ralph E. Vaughan “The Adventure of the Abominable Inn”
S. Subramanian’s An Indian Nobody’s Affair with Mr. Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street
Chris Chan “Of Course She Pushed Him”
Thomas J. Belton “The Murderous Wood”
Teel James Glenn “The Case of the Final Interview”
Jack Bates “Casualty of the Bidding War”
Josh Pachter “The Two-Body Problem”
David Wiseman “Hemingway’s Hat”
Bruce Harris’ The Reigate Squires Scrutinized
M. Bennardo “Rousseau’s Children”
Michael Mallory “The Adventures of the Seven Nooses”
S. Subramanian “Counterpunch” (Bull-Dog Drummond)
Vincent W. Wright’s Words on a Page
J.R. Underdown “The Body Pillow”
Laird Long “Cater-Wail” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 151 pages
POD $9.95, Kindle $5.49
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

BCMM1: Summary

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

“The ABCs of Murder,” a humorous poem by Josh Pachter, fills out the back cover. Oddly, it’s run landscape; I suppose to maximize the type size.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine is a welcome new arrival for fans of crime fiction magazines. Its content fulfills its promise of something for all mystery readers—hardboiled, cozy, noir, crime, private eye, suspense, and thriller. Each story is a satisfying example of its sub-genre. My favorites were those by Michael Bracken, Kaye George, and Fletcher Flora; but I lean toward the dark side. If you enjoy the full range of crime fiction, you’ll love the variety here. And frankly, variety is what a great anthology is all about.

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Editors: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Cover: Fotolia
6” x 9” 150 pages
POD $12.00, Kindle $3.99

Espionage Magazine May 1987

Espionage Magazine July 1987
The second issue of the reboot, Espionage Magazine Vol. 2 No. 7 July 1987

Excerpt from Josh Pachter’s memoir of working for Espionage Magazine from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

After eleven issues Espionage sales were not self-sustaining.

“So, after a four-month hiatus, Espionage was “reborn” in May 1987 in its spiffy new format [magazine-size, shown in the featured image], with the words First Edition prominently placed on the cover in big red capital letters. The issue contained an even dozen pieces of fiction (including a “Spy Classic” credited in the table of contents to Douglas Greene but in fact was introduced by him and written by the English Mansfield brothers and published in 1900 under the pseudonym “Huan Mee,” plus a lengthy excerpt from a novel by Warren Burke), and, to my surprise (and, I admit it, gratification), my name was the first of the four listed on the cover.”

Espionage Feb. 1986

Espionage Feb. 1986

Espionage Magazine Vol. 1 No. 6 Feb. 1986
About People [Contributors]
Brian Burley’s About Books
Carl Martin’s About Video
Ernest Volkman’s About Other Things . . .
Letters to the Editor
Jackie Lewis: Publisher’s Page
Guy Graybill “The War Which Never Ends”
Michael Gilbert “Early Warning”
Joe R. Lansdale “An All American Hero”
Did You Know
Joe Gill “Go Kill Yourself”
Interview: David Morrell by Stanley Wiater
Ron Goulart “The Monster of the Maze” at by Rob Richards
Charles L. Harness “Crossings”
Did You Know
Isak Romun “Letter from Moscow”
Janwillem Van de Wetering “Non-Interference”
Josh Pachter “Assignment: Vienna” (Conclusion) art by Mike Romesburg
Did You Know
Joe Lewis’ Spying Through Time
Richard Walton’s On File . . . Naughty Mariella [Novotny]
Game Pages

Editor/Publisher: Jackie Lewis
Associate Publisher: Jeri Winston
Art Director: Laura Avello
Production Manager: Michael Mills
Cover: Rob Richards
Cartoons: Dandy, Halm
Published bi-monthly by Leo 11 Publications
160 pages, $2.50

Writer Josh Pachter recalls Espionage Magazine in “I Spy” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7.

Josh Pachter’s Eb and Flo

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

The sheriff of Lamar County tackles his first murder case since his election in 2012. Down-home but savvy, he nails the perp between visits to his uncle and aunt at the Choctaw Nursing Home in “Eb and Flo” by Josh Pachter. An affecting mash-up spun from elements of Pachter’s real-life past. Pachter is a frequent contributor to EQMM—his own stories and the translation of Dutch and Flemish work for EQMM’s Passport to Crime feature.

Espionage Nov. 1985

Espionage Nov. 1985

Espionage Magazine Vol. 1 No. 5 Nov. 1985
Jackie Lewis: Publisher’s Page
About People (Contributors)
About Books
About Films
About Videos
About Other Things . . .
Letters to the Editor
Robert P. Kissel: Our Man in Berlin (Admiral Willhelm Canaris)
Michael Bracken “Only Heroes Die”
Announcement: First Annual Short-Story Contest
Francis M. Nevins, Jr. Bebriefing Joe Gali: A Conversation with James Atlee Phillips (Phillip Atlee)
Anderz Telemark “Pas De Deux”
Alice Lightner “Lindy’s Lights”
Next Issue
Did you know . . .
John Dickson Carr “Menace in Wax” (Radio Script)
Josh Pachter “Assignment Vienna” (Part One)
Stuart Symons “The Last Speakers of Oubykh”
Edward D. Hoch “Prisoner of Zerfall”
Richard Ashby “Night of the Durga” (Part Two)
Joe Lewis: Spying Through Time
Espionage Questionaire
Richard Walton’s On File . . . The Darling of the Gestapo
Game Pages

Editor/Publisher: Jackie Lewis
Associate Publisher: Jeri Winston
Editorial Assistant: Mike Christenberry
Art Director: Laura Avello
Production Manager: Michael Mills
Cover: Aries
Cartoons: Halmmasthead
Published bi-monthly by Leo 11 Publications
164 pages, $2.50

Writer Josh Pachter recalls Espionage Magazine in “I Spy” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7.