A southwestern no-tell motel with hourly rates is the scene of the crime in “Dixie Quickies” by Michael Bracken. Bodies are bad for business, so when Maria, one of several illegal immigrants who keep the sheets fresh, gives night manager Tiny Campella the news, he takes over the clean-up duties without bothering local authorities. Of course, that’s just foreplay for the action to come. Bracken’s mini-bio proclaims he’s the author of over 1200 short stories, and his impressive pedigree shows throughout this sterling example of his dandy work.
“The twelve-room Dixie Motel, sandwiched between the Dew Drop Inn and the Rodeo Bar and Grill on the outskirts of Chicken Junction, Texas, did most of its business on Friday and Saturday nights, when inebriated couples were willing to spend as much for a one-hour room rental as they would spend for an entire night the rest of the week.”
“Dixie Quickies” by Michael Bracken Black Cat Mystery Magazine #1 Winter 2017/2018
Espionage Magazine Vol. 1 No. 5 Nov. 1985
Jackie Lewis: Publisher’s Page
About People (Contributors)
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”
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
Richard Walton’s On File . . . The Darling of the Gestapo
Editor/Publisher: Jackie Lewis
Associate Publisher: Jeri Winston
Editorial Assistant: Mike Christenberry
Art Director: Laura Avello
Production Manager: Michael Mills
Published bi-monthly by Leo 11 Publications
164 pages, $2.50
Contributor copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 are starting to arrive. Thanks to Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Pulp Literature Managing Editor Jennifer Landels for including TDE in their recent social media posts.
We also received our first review on Amazon from Steve Alcorn, author and founder of the Writing Academy, which offers excellent online instruction on writing fiction, SF, mysteries, and nonfiction at very reasonable rates.
Inside The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 January 2019:
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.
Stories from Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 3
Michael Bracken, recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement, is author of several books, including All White Girls, and more than 1,200 short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Down & Out:The Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, and many other anthologies and periodicals. He lives and writes in Texas.
Much of my reading is in support of my series, The Digest Enthusiast—for articles, reviews, or interviews. When I take a break and pick up something purely for its own sake, I often turn to pulp fiction. For me, these stories are akin to comfort food, perhaps not entirely nutrition-rich, but delicious and satisfying all the same.
I’ve never actually read a shudder pulp, but I have to believe the stories in Weird Menace Vol. 1 from Rough Edges Press, are authentic. They’re set in right era and their creators are highly qualified to crank out new stories crafted in the rapid-fire, tension-packed style that inspired them.
I zeroed in on Vol. 2 because it contained a story by Michael Bracken that I wanted to read as prep for my interview with him for TDE8. But when I noticed Bill Crider had a story in Vol. 1, well, I had to have that one too. When I wrapped up design and production on TDE8, I was ready for a comfort read and sat down to read Bill’s story. I liked it so much, I decided to try another, and flew through the whole of volume one before I knew it.
What’s more, I’d be hard pressed to name a favorite. Each story was just plain fun to read; and despite their similarities, there’s enough variation in the setups, threats, and narrow escapes, so the action never slows. In fact, the trouble only escalates. What a harrowing, pleasurable read!
The eighth edition of The Digest Enthusiast is now available in print and digital copies. I haven’t updated LarquePress.com yet, but should get the full description and cover images posted later today or tomorrow. Michael Bracken, who gets the cover spot this time, included us in his post today on the SleuthSayers blog—thank you!
If you read digest magazines with any regularity it would be hard to miss something by Michael. Seems as if he’s everywhere these days. Good thing, his stories are terrific. His interview in TDE8 is loaded with background on his career, writing tips, and comments about several of his recently published stories. As always, it’s illustrated with lots of cover images of past and present digests.
Award-winning author and copywriter, Michael Bracken, delivers a terrific 17-page interview for The Digest Enthusiast book eight. Michael is the author of over 1,200 short stories and several novels. He garnered the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction in 2016. Shown here is the opening spread that kicks off the discussion that includes career highlights, writing tips and techniques, and comments on his stories from Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Espionage, Weird Menace, AHMM, Mystery Weekly Magazine, EQMM, Needle, Down & Out: The Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and others. TDE8 is coming soon.
Note: Photography by Amber Bracken.