Mystery Weekly Magazine [July 2021] ed. Kerry Carter (AM Marketing Strategies, Print $7.99, Kindle $3.99, 84pp, digest, cover by Robin Grenville Evans) Note: contents taken from Kindle edition Night Without End • Veronica Leigh • ss Down the Well • Martin Hill Ortiz • ss Beer the Roses • Bob Tippee • ss Tom Terrific • Sharyn Kolberg • ss A Meeting at the Dew Drop Inn • J.B. Stevens • ss Some Days You Beat the Dead Horse • Adam Breckenridge • ss A Bedtime Detective Story • John H. Dromey • vi; a “You-Solve-It Mystery”
Mystery Weekly Magazine [May 2021] ed. Kerry Carter (AM Marketing Strategies, $7.99, 106pp, digest, cover by Robin Grenville Evans) Details taken from Table of Contents 2 • The Cost of Living • Saul Golubcow • ss 24 • Handr • Gerard J. Waggett • ss 28 • The Big Thaw • Michael Compton • ss 40 • Fool Me Once • Edward Lodi • ss 55 • A Crummy Way to Die • Stephanie Bedwell-Grime • ss 67 • Sometimes Trigger • Paul Tovin • ss 75 • Slice of Life • John Joseph Ryan • ss 79 • The Damn Rodents Are Everywhere • Kevin R. Tipple • ss 87 • Double Dipping • Michael Bracken • ss 102 • Ants, Plants and Romance • Jeffrey A. Lockwood • vi; a “You-Solve-It Mystery”
New Releases Mystery Weekly Magazine Oct. 2020 Martin Rosenstock “The Case Of The Count Of Saint Germain” Larry Lefkowitz “The Case Of Vigor, The Hammersmith Wonder” Michael Mallory “The Adventure Of The Turned Tables” Bruce Harris “Beggars Can Be Choosers” Teel James Glenn “The Adventure Of Sherlock Hominid” David Bart “Nevermore” Eric Del Carlo “The Baker Station Irregulars” Phillip Leibfried “The Silent Sherlock” Adam Beau Mcfarlane “Strangers in Blood” Bruce McAllister “Birthday Party” John H. Dromey “A Clockwork Crook” Richard Zwicker “What Lies Beneath The Bandages” J.J. White “The Case Of The Burnt Wires” Roxanne Dent “Mark Of Shame” Teel James Glenn “The Affair Of The Heart” Adam Beau Mcfarlane “Death And The Doctor” Laird Long “Thiefsgiving” (You Solve It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 55 Oct. 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.5” x 9.75 164 pages Print $11.99 Kindle 5.99
The new Andrew McAleer/Paul D. Marks anthology, Coast to Coast: Noir from Sea to Shining Sea is out from Down & Out Books. Authors include Colleen Collins, Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Tom MacDonald, Andrew McAleer, Michael Mallory, Paul D. Marks, Dennis Palumbo, Stephen D. Rogers, John Shepphird, Jaden Terrell, and Dave Zeltserman.
Coast to Coast: Noir from Sea to Shining Sea 5.5” x 8.5” 270 pages Print $17.95 Kindle $3.99
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 330, Detective No. 497, and The Brave and the Bold No. 169—and select the best (and worst) stories of 1980 at bare•bones e-zine.
The latest eNewsletter from Art Taylor brings news of Autumn Anthologies and Award Nominations. Read all about it here.
Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Nine: Body in the Barn and Wrapup at bare•bones e-zine.
I first encountered The Pulps in 1970 when it was first published. I had only discovered—and begun reading—pulp magazine reprints around that time. Mostly I read the hero pulps from Belmont, Bantam, and Berkley, but this volume, with it’s full color cover gallery piqued my interest, and after seeing stacks of copies in my local university book store for weeks on end I finally scraped together the $15 admission. There were several large format hardcover comic strip collections competing at the same price: Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, and Little Orphan Annie.
I purused The Pulps many times, but never sat down and read it cover to cover. Years later I’d lost track of it. Maybe it was sold or traded, but it was no longer in my library.
Years passed and one day my daughter brought home a used copy from Powell’s City of Books on Burnside. She paid $9.50 for it in good condition, with a beat-up dust jacket. She thought it would be something I’d like. Spot on, and this time I finally read it.
Maybe I was just out of the loop, but when it was published I don’t think reprints of short stories from pulps were commonplace. This gave editor Tony Goodstone free rein to select any story he wanted, and he did a great job choosing. Every story is a pleasure to read.
Past Goodstone’s introduction and a generous selection of covers, the volume is divided into ten sections, each providing a choice sample of pulp genres: Adventure, Sports, Aviation and War, Western and Frontier, Detective and Mystery, Innocence (Romance), Straight Out Sex (Spicy), Supernatural, Science Fiction, and excerpts from The Hero Pulps. Sorry, it took me fifty years to read this thing cover to cover, but I gotta say, it was well worth the wait.
The final articles slated for TDE13 arrived this week, and that kept me busy scanning and retouching cover images. Still some work to do in that regard, but good progress is happening.
Although there is only one interview this time, it’s shaping up to be a great one. The Managing Editor of Analog and Asimov’s, Emily Hockaday, is our interview superstar and she’s delivers a fascinating look inside two of the leading digests on the newsstand.
Our current issue: The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, and in digital formats at Kindle Books and Magzter.
Vintage Digest Science Fiction Digest No. 1 Contents Page Shawna McCarthy: Editorial J.W. Silbersack: Speculations Issace Asimov: Asimov on Science Fiction Gregory Benford “Swarmer, Skimmer” (excerpt from Across the Sea of Suns) C.J. Cherryh “The Pride of Chanur” Sydney J. Van Scyoc “Sunwaifs” Classified Advertising Science Fiction Digest Questionnaire (IBC)
Science Fiction Digest No. 1 Oct/Nov 1981 President/Publisher: Joel Davis Editor: Shawna McCarthy Assoc. Editor: Elizabeth Mitchell Art Director: Ralph Robino 5.25” x 7.75” 192 pages $1.95
New Releases Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020 Contents Page Bill Kelly “Lucid” Josh Pachter “The Odds Are Good” Michael Bracken “Bone Soup” Gerard J. Waggett “Suicide Insurance” Leone Ciporin “The Power of the Dog” Rachel Amphlett “A Grave Mistake” Michael Mallory “Only the Desperate Come Here” David Bart “A Little Housecleaning” Bruce Harris “A Numbers Game” (You-Solve-It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 60 Aug. 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.4” x 9.7” 85 pages Print $7.99 Kindle $3.99 MWM Website
Digest Magazine Writers’ Roundup David Erik Nelson discusses his F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 cover story, “All Hail the Pizza King and Bless His Reign Eternal,” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 326, The Brave and the Bold No. 165, Detective Comics No. 493, and The Untold Legend of Batman No. 2 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook presents The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Five: “Summer Shade” (adapted from an AHMM Oct. 1960 story) at bare•bones e-zine.
Zine Scene Jim Main’s latest mini comic Brain Freeze No. 4 is available for $5.00 postage paid from Main Enterprises PO Box 93, New Milford, CT 06776. The 40-page issue includes work by well over a dozen cartoonists including John Lambert, Brad W. Foster, Doug Halverson, and many, many others.
Also, Michael Neno’sHorse Crime Comics mini comic is now available at Nenoworld.
Readin’ and Writin’ Finished listening to Victor E. Frankl’s Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything this week. The book consists of three lectures Frankl gave shortly after his liberation from concentration camps after WWII on the meaning of life. Surprisingly uplifting and of course, thought provoking.
Also read the second edition of Amazing Selects with Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future starring in The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele. This adventure is the second installment of Steele’s trilogy of The Return of Ul Quorn, sequel to Avengers of the Moon. Great read with clever plotting. Can’t wait to get my eyeballs on the conclusion. Plus this edition includes a bonus reprint of Hamilton’s “The Harpers of Titan,” a story in which the Brain takes center stage, with the rest of the crew in supporting roles.
Finished writing an article/review of Flying Eagle’s 1953 digest magazine Verdict and submitted it to Peter Enfantino of Cimarron Street books for a future edition of bare•bones.
Also gained feedback on my sword and sorcery story “The Children of Aldwier” from my writing group. After some tweaks, the story will appear in TDE13, scheduled for January 2021.
Karl awarded The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 a five-star rating on Goodreads this week. Thank you, Karl! The issue is available in print from Lulu.com (and amazon), and in digital formats for Kindle and Magzter.
Vintage SF Digest Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972 Contents Page Ivar Jorgenson “Children of Chaos” Les Collins “The Seventh Planet” art by Schroeder C.H. Thomas “World Beyond Pluto” art by Novick Henry Slesar “Legacy of Terror” art by Virgil Finlay Tom Godwin “Cry From a Far Planet” art by Martinez O.H. Leslie “The Creators” A. Bertram Chandler “It Started with Sputnik” art by Llewellyn G.L. Vendenberg “Moon Glow” A. Morris & Malcolm Smith “The Thing on the Moon”
Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972 Ultimate Publishing 5.25” x 7.75” 132 pages 60¢
Current Releases Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2020 Contents Page Coy Hall “A Hazard of the Job” Jeffrey Hunt “Sir Oxnard” Tell James Glenn “Screen Shot” April Kelly “Setting the Pick” Vincent H. O’Neil “Tombstone Dodge” Joe Giordano “Star Witness” Adam Meyer “Wipeout” Gordon Linzner “The Corpse at the Foot of My Bed” Laird Long “Poisoned Relationship” (A You-Solve-It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 59 July 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.4” x 9.7” 84 pages Print $7.99 Kindle $3.99
Fantasy & Science Fiction Jul/Aug 2020 Contents Pages Charles Coleman Finlay: Editorial Rati Mehrotra “Knock, Knock Said the Ship” M. Rickert “Last Night at the Fair” James Morrow “Bible Stories for Adults No. 37: The Jawbone” John Kessel “Spirit Level” Charles de Lint: Books to Look For Michelle West: Musing on Books David Erik Nelson “All Hail The Pizza King And Bless His Reign Eternal” Ana Hurtado “Madre Nuestra, Que Estás en Maracaibo” Mary Soon Lee “A Quartet of Alphabetic Bubbles” (verse) Bennett North “A Bridge from Sea to Sky” Mel Kassel “Crawfather” Madeleine Robins “’Omunculus” David J. Skal’s Films: Darkness Visible Jerry Oltion’s Science: What the Heck Is an Analemma? Stephanie Feldman “The Staircase” Brian Trent “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” Natalia Theodoridou “The Shape of Gifts” Coming Attractions F&SF Market Place Thomas Kaufsek’s Curiosities: The Contaminant by Leonard Reiffel (1978)
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 139 No. 1 and 2, No. 750, Jul/Aug 2020 Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: Alan M. Clark Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Danny Shanahan, Kendra Allenby, Nick Downes 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until August 31, 2020 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
Digest Magazine Blogs Alec Nevada-Lee writes about his story “Retention” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 and in audio from The Outer Reach and Syndromes at The Astounding Analog Companion.
TDE Contributor’s Corner Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 18, Eerie No. 41, and Creepy No. 47 at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writing’ Worked on my review of the Verdict digest this week, and finished reading the third issue of the series. The lead story, “Bay City Blues’ by Raymond Chandler is excellent, but I struggled writing a recap. Chandler’s stories are always packed with characters fading in and out of complex plots. His trademark prose and non-stop action are thrilling. but I find it easy to forget details of what’s what. I went through a second time and made notes so I could write about it intelligently. It is a tightly plotted tale and everything lines up as it should. It’s also a magical reading experience.
Besides Part 3 of Rex Stout’s novel Fer-De-Lance, the other standout story in this issue is Bruno Fischer’s “No Escape.” The story opens with a home invasion and the tension never stops until the end. Masterful storytelling by another crime fiction maestro.
Thanks to Tony Gleeson for his post about The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 on Facebook this week. In addition to the interview with Tony—and one with John Shirley, the issue also features a comprehensive report from Steve Carper about Photoplay Editions the first novelizations of famous films—and even a few plays. TDE12 is available in print from Lulu.com, and on Kindle and Magzter in digital.
Vintage SF and Fantasy Digest Fantastic January 1974 Contents Page Ted White: Editorial Howard L. Meyers “The Earth of Nenkunal” art by Jeff Jones David R. Bunch “Alien” Ted White “And Another World Above” art by Michael Nally Janet Fox “She-Bear” art by Michael Kaluta J.J. Russ “The Interview” Barry N. Malzberg “Network” art by Joe Staton Susan Doenim “Heartburn in Heaven” art by Gray Morrow According to You (Letters)
Fantastic Vol. 23 No. 2 January 1974 Publisher: Sol Cohen Assoc. Publisher: Arthur Bernhard Editor: Ted White Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington Assist. Editors: Moshe Feder, John Berry Art Director: J. Edwards Cover: Esteban Maroto 5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 60¢
New Releases Nostalgia Digest Summer 2020 Contents Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!” A Few Moments with . . . Keir Dullea CeleBio: Barbara Stanwyck (Paramount Pictures, 1949) Randy Turner “What it was was Mayberry” (The Andy Griffith Show) Al Doyle “Play Ball?” When baseball’s top players went to War, a wave of youngsters. veterans and amputees ensured the game would go on. Garry Berman “Vass You Dere, Sharlie?” Jack Pearl and the rise and fall of Baron Munchausen. Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Three David Rutter “Summers of Enlightenment” How the Chautauqua movement conquered America…by offering its citizens “all things in life.” Swimsuit Spotlight: Ava Gardner, Doris Day, Anne Baxter, Kirk Douglas, Loretta Young, Alexis Smith, Jackie Cooper, Leila Ernest, Kay Stewart, Eddie Bracken, Richard Conte, Gene Tierney, Beryl Vaughn, Jimmy Durante, Maureen O’Hara, Marie Windsor, and Ginger Rogers. Annette Bochenek “Our (Every)man in Hollywood” James Stewart became a movie star, but never forgot his small-town roots. Mail Call
Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre
Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 3 Summer 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
Mystery Weekly Digest June 2020 Contents Page M.C. Tuggle “The Calculus of Karma” Martin Hill Ortiz “Afterglow” Luke Foster “Seat 9B” Carl Robinette “Nothing Doing” Allan Durand “Ancient Cypress” Arthur Vidro “Gli or Nogt?” Robert Lopresti “In Praise of My Assassin” Tammy Huffman “Angels Stirring” Peter DiChellis “Gallery Thief” (A You-Solve-It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 58 June 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.5” x 9.75” 94 pages Print $6.99 Kindle $3.99 MWM Website
The history of Los Angeles figures prominently in Paul D. Marks’ just-released novel, The Blues Don’t Care (Down & Out Books). In his post this week he shares research on The Rex, a gambling boat anchored just beyond the three-mile limit, at SleuthSayers. Paul writes about The First Two Pages of the new novel at Art Taylor’s blog.
Digest Magazine Reviews Paul Fraser reviews The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction and the F&SF issues from whence the stories came at SF Magazines
Kevin Tipple reviews Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 at Kevin’s Corner.
James Reasoner reviews Commando: Codename Warlord at Rough Edges.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 321, The Brave and the Bold No. 160, and Detective Comics No. 488 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook reviews “The Monkey’s Paw—A Retelling” from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour at bare•bones e-zine.
Zine Scene Jim Main set out to publish a new mini comic called Brain Freeze and put out a call for SF-inspired contributions. The response was tremendous, but as they arrived he worried the repro size wouldn’t really do justice to the detailed artwork many artists sent in. So he jumped up to digest-manga-size, splitting the book into two parts to accommodate all the material. Brian Freeze No. 1 parts A and B are $3.00 each postage paid. Part A features comic and illos by John Lambert, Kevin Duncan, Verl Holt Bond, Steve Shipley, Doug Holverson, Bob Vojtko, Doc Boucher, Jon Lawrence, and Brian D. Leonard. While Part B features Jason Bullock, Jerzy Szotek, Carl Taylor, George Lane III, Tony Lorenz, and more from Steve Shipley, Jon Law- rence, John Lambert, Doug Holverson, and Brian D. Leonard. Contact Jim via FaceBook for more ordering info.
Readin’ and Writin’ Haven’t read a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs in quite a few years so I decided to revisit the author with an Ace paperback edition kicking around for nearly as long. The Eternal Savage, originally titled The Eternal Lover. The science fiction aspect of this one is time travel, the necessary element that allows a prehistoric man to visit the jungles of Lord Greystoke. But Tarzan is mentioned only in passing, the caveman, Nu is the hero. He shares the spotlight with Nat-ul, the impossibly beautiful female lead. The plot and romance are serviceable, it’s the adventure and action where Burroughs excels and The Eternal Savage was quite satisfying, if not the best of others I’ve read long ago.
Finished reading Fate No. 735 on Monday night. Editor Phyllis Galde use her editorial to honor the memory of her friend and co-editor Rosemary Ellen Guiley who passed in July 2019. Susan Swan serves as Senior Editor on this edition that includes articles on animals lost on the Titanic, encounters with Shadow People, Sumerian “Gardener’s Sin,” the Devil’s footprints, monster hotspot Payson, Arizona, crystal skulls, UFO theories, a history of tattooing, and plenty of other true reports of the strange and unknown. In sum: a welcome edition for Spring 2020.
Finally, I read Black Gat Book No. 20: Madball by Fredric Brown. Crimes among the carneys. Stellar cast of cronies caught in a web of avarice, cons, lust, and murder. A classic novel, reprinted in a beautifully designed new package, still leveraging the best of the past, but with bright, white paper stock the first edition never glimpsed in the madball.
Lulu.com has shipped the proof of TDE12 and I anxiously await its arrival.
TDE Advertisers The latest Bud Plant’s Incredible Catalog (Early Summer 2020) arrived this week and I was happy to see it included a listing for The Digest Enthusiast No. 11. Sign-up to Bud’s weekly eNewsletter or download the catalog at Bud’s Art Books.
Vintage Western Digest Zane Grey Western Magazine Dec. 1969 Leo Margulies: The Open Trail (introduction) Contents Page Romer Zane Grey “The Other Side of the Canyon” Clay Ringold “A Question of Faith” James McKimmey “Showdown at Blue Bluff” Paul Clane “Even Shoot-Out” Walter Dallas’ A Carload of Killers Zane Grey “The Camp Robber” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece) Owen Wister “Timerline” Gil Brewer “Pawnee” C. Hall Thompson “Gun Smart”
Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 3 Dec. 1969 Publisher: Leo Margulies Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman Advisory Editor: Romer Grey Advisory Editor: Dr. Loren Grey 5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages 50¢ cover price
New Releases Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2020 Contents Page James Nolan “The Rusted Beetle” Martin Zeigler “Letter Man” Alec Cizak “The Don Juan of Eldorado” Steve Schrott “Paying Your Dues” Bruce McAllister “Creatures of Our Desire” Martin Hill Oritz “The Left-Handed Pistol” Stacy Woodson “Desperate Letters” (A You-Solve-It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 57 May 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.5” x 9.75” 88 pages Print $6.99 Kindle $3.99 MWM Website
Rock and a Hard Place No. 2 Winter/Spring 2020 Fiction, essay, poetry, and art contributors are listed at the Rock and a Hard Place Magwebsite.
Editor-in-Chief: Roger Nokes Managing Editor: Jay Butkowski Producing Editor: Jonathan Elliott Associate Editor: Nikki Dolson Associate Editor: Katrina Robinson Associate Editor: Albert Tucker 6” x 9” 156 pages Print $12.95 Kindle $2.99
The Conan Companion This full-size (8.5” x 11”), full color collector’s guide by Richard Toogood traces the path of Conan from pulps to paperbacks and devotes a chapter to each publisher: Lancer, Sphere, Berkley, Ace, Bantam, and Tor. Complete with an introduction by Roy Thomas, this 107-page volume is available for $14.92 from the usual places.
Storytime Gary Hoffman’s “No Secret Ever Stays Hidden” at Kings River Life. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)
Cameron Mount reads “Silo” on the EconoClash Review’s Podclash.
TDE Contributor’s Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 320 Feb. 1980 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project: Morton Fine and David Friedkin Part Four adapt “Thou Still Unravished Bride” by Avram Davidson from EQMM Oct. 1958 at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writin” Barb Goffman discusses “Where to Start” at SleuthSayers.
Most of my reading this week centered on Will Murray’sWordslingers, which I will recap briefly next week if I’ve finished it by then. Also proofread most of The Digest Enthusiast. Yes, I do proofread every page and caption. Unfortunately, it’s never perfect and I inevitably find typos as soon as an issue is published. Such is the fate of a small-time operator like Larque Press. Going through the whole issue felt great and I hope it will be one our readers enjoy.
As mentioned earlier this year, the print version of TDE11 is printed via IngramSpark. I purchased an “announcement” for it in January for their catalog, Ingram Advance, and just this week received a PDF copy of the May 2020 edition. Their nearly 200-page catalog goes out to hundreds of booksellers every month. Of course, this is a terrible year for booksellers, but I hope it helps raise awareness of my humble efforts.
Vintage Western Digest Zane Grey Western Magazine Oct. 1969 Leo Margulies: They Live Again! (introduction) Contents Page Romer Zane Grey “The Rider of Distant Trails” Frank Gruber “The Store” Joe Gores “Gunman in Town” Talmage Powell “Rawhider’s Woman” Zane Grey “The Horses of Bostil’s Ford” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece) Gil Brewer “The Mountain Kid” Walter Dallas’ Tombstone: Too Tough to Die Wiliiam MacLeod Raine “Doan Whispers”
Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 1 Oct. 1969 Publisher: Leo Margulies Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman Advisory Editor: Romer Grey Advisory Editor: Dr. Loren Grey 5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages 50¢ cover price
April Digests, Anthologies, Zines Alec Cizak has made all ten issues in Volume One of Pulp Modern available for free, exclusively on Magzter. The roster of writers appearing in these issues is a who’s who of modern pulp fiction. Start reading now!
Mystery Weekly Magazine April 2020 Contents Page John H. Dromey “The Roaring Twenties Revisited” Chris Wheatley “One Night At Clancy’s” Jeffery Scott Sims “The Mystery Of The Egyptian Biscuit” Josh Pachter “The Pig Is Committed” Martin Hill Ortiz “Mixed Identities” Martin Roy Hill “The Last Mission” Bruce W. Most “Flashgun” Benjamin Mark “The Case Of The Disappearing Diamonds” Laird Long “The Purloined Pearls” (You-Solve-It)
The Beat of Black Wings edited by Josh Pachter It’s official. The anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell has launched. Contributors include Donna Andrews, Abby Bardi, Michael Bracken, Carol Ann Davis, David Dean, John M. Floyd, Barb Goffman, Sherry Harris, Greg Herren, Emily Hockaday, Matthew Iden, Tara Laskowski, Edith Maxwell, Alison McMahan, Adam Meyer, Alan Orloff, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Josh Pachter, Christine Poulson, Mindy Quigley, Jackie Sherbow, Amber Sparks, Art Taylor, Ricki Thomas, Marilyn Todd, Elaine Viets, and Stacy Woodson. 362 pages. Available in paperback and digital formats from Untreedreads and other booksellers.
Alan Sissom released The Zineology Report No. 2 this week, a newszine with ordering details for dozens of recent zines. Send an email for ordering information.
Book Review Rider Barnes reviews Chaser by Dharma Kelleher at Tough Crime.
Digest News, Blogs, etc. John Floyd discusses “Rhonda and Clyde” from Black Cat Mystery Magazine at SleuthSayers.
Readin’ and Writin’ Crime fiction writer Dana King is back blogging with the promise of writing advice at One Bite at a Time.
Progress on The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 this week included more notes on Fotocrime and the layout for my review of Guns + Tacos. Also, happily received an article each from Vince Nowell, Sr. and Ward Smith, both centered on science fiction digests.
Reading included EconoClash Review No. 5, which like Switchblade and Pulp Modern continues to showcase the best of hard-wrought indie genre fiction. ECR No. 5 delivers another crusty collection of ten terse tales guaranteed to divert, debauch, and delight. Look for my full review in TDE12.
Also finished reading bare•bones No. 1, which was excellent. Like its contributors, the return of bare•bones to print offers an eclectic mix with impressive range. Even when one of its many topic isn’t of primary interest to you, its presentation and depth of coverage provide an enjoyable, edifying lesson in pop culture. And yes, I’ll have a full review ready for TDE12 shortly.
Vintage Crime Digest Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1956 “St. John made another attempt in 1956, reviving the magazine under a slightly different title (Verdict Crime Detective Magazine), but this also suffered a short run.”* Three issues.
Contents Page Craig Rice “Hanged Him in the Mornin’” Originally “His Heart Could Break” Evan Hunter “Get Out of Town!” Hunt Collins “Eye-Witness” Laurence G. Blochman “To Find a Killer” Richard Deming “Two Kinds of Murder” Don Stanford “Holdup!” Samuel Blas “Vengeance is Mine” Q. Patrick “Kisses of Judas” Allan Vaughan Elston “Genius at Work” David C. Cooke “Ride for a Stranger” Samuel Elkin “The Deadly Sisters”
Verdict Crime Detective Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1956 Publisher: Michael St. John General Manager: R.E. Decker Editorial Director: Walter R. Schmidt Managing Editor: William Manners Associate Editor: N.F. King Art Director: Charles W. Adams Assistant AD: Gerald Adams
*Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook (Greenwood Press, 1983)
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.
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.
Likewise, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine announces their March/April lineup on Trace Evidence.
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.
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
David Levinson takes the April 1965 issue of Worlds of If on a Galactic Journey.
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 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¢
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.
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’sScience 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.
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¢