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News Digest March 6, 2020

Analog March 1965

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog March 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Essa Hansen answers a few questions about her story “Save, Salve, Shelter” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

J.M. Landels, Managing Editor of Pulp Literature shares a draft of “The Queen of Swords” via Google Docs.

Hats off to Steve Alcorn of Writing Academy for his 5-Star review of The Digest Enthusiast No. 11 on amazon. He notes the upgrade to full color and the timeline of Leo Margulies’ digests, which I had fun putting together. The visual helps understand when each title appeared in relationship to each other. Turns out Steve was a big fan of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Kraj the Enforcer by Rusty Barnes

Matthew X. Gomez reviews Rusty Barnes’ Kraj the Enforcer. Scotch Rutherford describes it: “Kraj is a human wrecking ball, hiding a tactical mindset, along with his sense of humor.” The collection of fourteen stories is detailed on the EconoClash Review blog.

Fiction Market Window April 15–25
“Submissions for Switchblade reopen on tax day, for a 10 day window. April 15–25. Crime/Noir short Fiction (2k-4.5k), Flash (up to 1k), and Noir poetry (3 pages max). This will be the only submissions call this year for regular issues. We’ll be filling Issues 12 and 13. (issue 12 will be out in June, 13 will arrive in October) Please see our guidelines at switchblademag.com.

“Remember that Switchblade is a no limit gutter noir mag. We publish the stuff no one else will. Not the best of the best. Switchblade is the lowest of the low. (wouldn’t have it any other way) You don’t see “lit” in the title, do you? Right. And you won’t find our authors listing their literary agents in their bios. If you’re working on your Rizzoli&Isles style commercial novel for the NY5, but would like to slum with us, remember this: gutter noir will always get preference. Vulgarity (something other mags despise), words you’re not supposed to use, amoral protagonists–these are tools you can utilize to forge outlaw fiction. Ten days is a big submissions window for us. There will be a lot of competition. Good storytelling about dark corners, bad people, and worse situations to the front.”

C.C. Finlay announces the March/April edition of Fantasy & Science Fiction and hightlights its contents on the F&SF blog.

Mystery Weekly Magazine March 2020

Likewise, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine announces their March/April lineup on Trace Evidence.

Tony Gleeson will be signing books and artwork at the upcoming Vintage Paperback Collectors’ Show in Glendale, CA on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 55 March 2020 is now available, with stories by Scott Forbes Crawford, Denise Robbins, E.R. Brown, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, L.A. Wilson, Jr., Andrew McAleer, and a You-Solve-It by Eric B. Ruark. MWM is published by Chuck Carter, and edited by Kerry Carter. Cover by Robin Grenville-Evans. Kindle $2.99 (Print edition coming soon)

“The Big Ticket” by Stefen Styrsky was published online this week at Tough Crime.

Amman Sabet’s “Say You’re Sorry” is a story about the power that apologies hold over us. For more about it, see the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Weirdbook No. 42

Weirdbook No. 42, the special John Shirley issue is now available. The issue includes a novel, five short stories, and five poems by John Shirley. Editor Doug Draa introduces the issue with resounding praise for the author’s work, “Mr. Shirley has such sights to show you!” Supporting imagery by Allen Koszowski and John Betancourt—plus a wraparound cover by Fotolia. Print $12.00

Worlds of If April 1965

David Levinson takes the April 1965 issue of Worlds of If on a Galactic Journey.

Brenda Kalt talks about her story “Lemonade Stand” in the March/April issue of Analog on the The Astounding Analog Companion.

Edith Maxwell stars a hyperpolyglot in her story “One Too Many” (EQMM Mar/Apr 2020). Read more on Something is Going to Happen.

Matthew Hughes gives insights into “The Last Legend” in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Readin’ and Writin’
Best of the Small Magazines: John O’Neill provides a detailed overview of The Digest Enthusiast No. 11, Pulp Modern: Tech Noir, and Weird Fiction Review No. 9 on Black Gate.

Mike Chomko Books and Modern Age Books are both stocked with copies of the full color print edition of The Digest Enthusiast No. 11.

The Living End by Frank Kane

Read The Living End by Frank Kane (Black Gat Books No. 22) this week. One of Kane’s standalone novels. It details the rise and roil of sociopath Eddie Marlon as he corrupts his way to success in the music business of the late 1950s. A roadmap for an insecure egomaniac whose inflated sense of entitlement and grievance grants him license to destroy any challenger or lackey who fails to kowtow. He strikes back tenfold to the few who defy his commands, doing his best worst to destroy their careers and lives. But this is fiction, so comeuppance is more easily dealt on the page than its real life reflection.

Started work on an article about Fotocrime, a pocket-size true crime magazine from 1954/55. The last time I wrote about a true crime book was for the debut issue of TDE, on The Big Story.

From the Vault
I believe this is the final issue of this digest’s remarkable twelve-issue run. Several times I’ve been surprised by the writers who show up in its pages. This final issue is no exception with Fredric C. Wertham, M.D.

True Crime Detective Fall 1953

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 4 Fall 1953
Contents Page
Kevin Wallace “The Great Screwball Bank Robbery”
Frank Mullady “The Red Circle Murders”
Monster of Monsters:
I The Question: The Kidnapping of Grace Budd by Capt. John Ayers & Carol Bird
II The Answer: The Sanity of Albert Fish by Fredric C. Wertham, M.D.
Stuart Palmer “The Ministering Angel”
Forbes Parkhill “The Strange World of Alex Miller”
Verdict of Two: a book review department by The Editors
Edgar Lustgarten “Small H, Mr. Pigott!”
Irwin Ross “Boom in Counterfeiting”
Robert Tallant “I’m Fit as a Fiddle and Ready to Hang”

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: Uncredited, but likely Dirone Photography from “I’m Fit as a Fiddle and Ready to Hang”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

News Digest Feb. 8, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020

The new Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 was released on the first. Included are stories by Arthur Davis, Jeff H., Jill Hand, Anthony Lowe, Susan Oleksiw, Eric B. Ruark, and Michael Wells. MWM is edited by Kerry Carter and published by Chuck Carter. Cover by Robin Grenville-Evans. The 82-page print edition is $6.99, Kindle $2.99.

Kieran Shea decides to “Shake It Up” at EQMM’s blog Something is Going to Happen.

A.J. Ward joins Analog’s 90th anniversary celebration with “1942 and the Power of Names” at The Astounding Analog Companion blog.

Alex Irvine discusses his story “Chisel and Crime” with F&SF.

Tough Crime features William R. Soldan’s fiction “King of the Blue Rose” and SleuthSayers features Robert Lopresti’s story “Shot By Your Partner” part one and part two.

J.D. Graves reviews Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan over at EconoClash Review.

Tony Gleeson and I connected on Facebook, which led to an interview that will be included in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. He sent a nice collection of scans, so his comments will be well illustrated.

I read the first edition of Amazing Selects this week, featuring Allen Steele’s novella “Captain Future in Love.” It’s the first part of a larger story: The Return of Ul Quorn, which is the follow-on to his novel Avengers of the Moon. Look for my review in TDE12, coming in June 2020.

Also coming up is a piece on Ray Palmer’s Science Stories, an interim title that ran for four issues after he sold his interest in Clark Publishing which had published Other Worlds. It is, in effect, a short-lived continuation of that title.

The mailing of contributor copies of TDE11 wrapped up this week, and Michael Neno gave us a shoutout on Facebook. Michael contributed a beautiful illustration for the late Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s story “Zymurgy for Aliens.”

Collectors of comics and digest magazines may want to check out by storefront in eBay: Arkay37’s Vintage Collectables If I do say so myself, the prices are bargains.

True Crime Detective Fall 1952

From the Vault
True Crime Detective Fall 1952

The inside front cover features a full-page ad for the magazine with actor Ralph Bellamy extolling it’s virtues.

The many detective parts I’ve played have naturally made me somewhat of a student of criminology. For a long time I wished for a magazine that would present true crime cases in a straight-forward, exciting way—but without sensationalism and trick photography. When True Crime Detective came along I knew I had my wish!

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 4 Fall 1952
Contents Page
The Borderlands of Sanity:
Miriam Allen deFord “1. The Case of Leopold and Loeb”
Anthony Boucher “2. The Case of Neville Heath”
Joseph Henry Jackson “Give a Man a Horse”
Frank Mullady “Murderers on the Loose”
Edward D. Radin: Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Janet Flanner “The Murder in Le Mans”
Lenore Glen Offord “The Red Barn Revisited”
Edgar Lustgarten “The Trial of William Herbert Wallace”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Case of Neville Heath”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2020

Contents Page
William Burton McCormick “Fast Forward”
Ken Teutsch “The Beresford Case”
Christie Cochrell “A Siege of Herons”
John H. Dromey “When the Circus Almost Came to Town”
Bruce Harris “Murder in the Workplace”
John Grant “Murderer Bill”
Laird Long “Bare Billfold” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Jan. 2020 (No. 53)
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 82 pages
Print $6.99, Kindle $3.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019

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)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Dec. 2019 (No. 52)
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 83 pages
Print $7.99, Kindle $3.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine Nov. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Nov. 2019

Contents Page
Shea E. Butler “Giving Up the Ghost”
Nils Gilbertson “Cold Feet”
D.V. Bennett “Midnight in a Sea of Marble”
Brandon Abbott “Digging Up Bones”
Robert Mangeot “Murder On the First Night’s Feast”
Kathleen Gerard “To Whom It May Concern”
Peter DiChellis “Disappearing Diamonds” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Nov. 2019 (No. 51)
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 83 pages
Print $6.99, Kindle $3.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2019

Contents
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

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sept. 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sept. 2019

Contents
Donald J. Bingle “Mutatis Mutandis”
Tony Deans “The Dirtman”
Benjamin Mark “The Case of the Jagged Edge”
C.L. Cobb “Within an Heir’s Breath of Death”
Gary Pettigrew “Stumped”
Mike McHone “Burn”
H.K. Slade “Foot Chase”
Laird Long “Retirement Bash” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine Sept. 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 86 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine August 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine August 2019

Contents
T.L. Huchu “El Chappie” The World’s Second Greatest Criminal”
James Nolan “Stranger in Paradise”
David Bart “The Mayfly”
Andrew Welsh-Huggins “You Can’t Go Alone”
Emily Devenport “Jumpers for Jesus”
Bruce W. Most “The Dead Man in the Pearl Gray Hat”
Jeff Dosser “Three Hogg’s Tales and One Hairy Ending”
Laird Long “Fanfarewell” (A You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine August 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 85 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019

Contents
Don McLellan “Visitors”
Stacy Woodson “The Hail Mary Play”
Chris Wheatley “The Shrewdness of Apes”
Jay O’Connell “Going South”
Bill Connor “Willard”
Shannon Hollinger “Bad Moon Rising”
Robert C. Madison “A Bit of Nasty Business”
Laird Long “Shut and Open Case” (A You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 10” 84 pages
POD $6.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019

Contents
Paul D. Marks “The Box”
Rob Nisbet “Sergeant Spinge and the Locked-Room Mystery”
Jeffery Scott Sims “The Search for Doctor Vane
Dennis Palumbo “Evidence”
David Rachels “Gold, Jewels, Art, My Father”
Thomas Millstead “Hi! I’m Heather”
Eric Cline “Storey”
Tatiana Claudy “For the Love of Wine” (A You-Solve-It)
Solution to April You-Solve-It “Imperceptible” by Susan Sundwall

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
7.5” x 10” 82 pages
POD $5.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website