Occult Detective Magazine


News Digest Aug. 28, 2020

EQMM Sep/Oct 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020
Contents Page
Doug Crandell “Baby Drop Box” art by Mark Evan Walker
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Steve Steinbock: The Jury Box
Anna Scotti “What the Morning Never Suspected”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mutineers
Joseph S. Walker “Chasing Diamonds”
Marilyn Todd “Burning Desire”
Jim Allyn “Things That Follow” (Black Mask)
Dale C. Andrews “Four Words”
Violet Welles “Round-Trip Runaways” (Dept. of First Stories)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Asibe Taku “The Dashing Joker” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Japanese by Yuko Shimada; adapted by John Pugmire
Libby Cudmore
“All Shook Down”
Michael McGuire “Los Colores”
Jane Jakeman “The Oxford Ghosts”
Gregory Fallis “Terrible Ideas”
Zandra Renwick “Killer Biznez”
L.A. Wilson, Jr. “The Last True Love”
Alexandria Blaelock “The Perfume of Peahes” (Dept. of First Stories)
Barb Goffman “Dear Emily Etiquette” art by Jason C. Eckhardt
Brendan DuBois
“The Homecoming”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2020 Vol. 156 No. 3 & 4, Whole No. 948 & 949
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Brian Stauffer
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until October 20, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EconoClash Review No. 6

EconoClash Review No. 6
Contents Page
J.D. Graves: Welcome Thrill Seekers
Daniel Marcus “Jesus Christ Superstore”
Preston Lang “Party Bus”
Serena Jayne “Chet-Shaped Lure”
John Kojak “The Good Squad”
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt “The Night Jake Addison Saved the World”
Robb T. White “The Curse of the Temple Topaz”
Paul McCabe “Seven Flutes”
J.D. Graves “Don’t Panic”
Chris Fortunato “You WIll be Very Happy Here”
Cheap Thrills Biographies

EconoClash Review No. 6
Editor: J.D. Graves
Cover: ToeKeen
Interior Art: Duane Crockett
5” x 8” 166 pages
Print $10.95 Kindle $4.99

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 9

On Tuesday, Down & Out Books released the third episode of Guns + Tacos Season Two: Four Shrimp Tacos and a Walther P38 by Alec Cizak. Series created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker.

Guns + Tacos Season Two Subscriptions:
• Trade Paperback—$32.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story and FREE shipping within the Continental U.S.)
• Digital Formats—$11.95 (includes all six digital episodes plus a subscriber-exclusive short story)

Other authors in Season Two include: Eric Beeter, Michael Bracken and Trey R. Barker, Ann Aptaker, Ryan Sayles, and Mark Troy.

Subscribe at Down & Out Books.

Justin Marriott announced the lockdown special of The Paperback Fanatic will be published soon.

Gabriel Hart’s
“Bottom’s Up” at Pulp Modern Flash.

The new issue of Close to the Bone is now available to read online or download as a PDF at Close2thebone.co.uk.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Paperback Warrior reviews The Best of Manhunt Vol. 2 at Paperback Warrior.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Writers’ Updates
Stephanie Feldman on “The Staircase” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Wang Yuan on “Casualties of the Quake” from Analog Sep/Oct 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Brian Trent on “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Libby Cudmore, whose “All Shook Down” appears in EQMM Sep/Oct 2020, writes about the birthplace of Philo Vance at Something is Going to Happen.

M. Rickert on “Last Night at the Fair” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Michael Libling on “Robyn in Her Shiny Blue Coffin” from Asimov’s Sep/Oct 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Cheryll Jones interviews Fate editor Phyllis Galde at Coast to Coast.

Untold Legend of Batman 3, Batman 327, Brave & Bold 166, Detective 494

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review The Untold Legend of Batman No. 3, Batman No. 327, The Brave and the Bold No. 166, and Detective No. 494 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Six: Museum Place at bare•bones e-zine.

Switchblade No. 12

Readin’ and Writin’
Happy to report I finished reading the outstanding Switchblade No. 12 this week. I wrote a full review that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 in January 2021. With twelve issues and two special editions Switchblade has become a dependable haven for hard-hitting independent fiction. Its list of authors provides a who’s who of rising stars of dark crime fiction. This edition adds further bloody evidence of its usual five-star killer status.

Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett

Also read the Stark House Press imprint Black Gat Books’ editon of Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett writing as George Sanders. Classic crime fiction that solidly captures the era in which it was written: 1946. Great characters chase an intriguing mystery, bodies mount and suspects dwindle until its suspenseful, satisfying conclusion.

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7

Finally, I completed reading Occult Detective Magazine No. 7, which I had begun last month. In his editorial/introduction to the issue co-editor John Linwood Grant lays out the zine’s original vision: “…to explore this sub-genre with open minds and open hearts. Nothing—as long as it had both a supernatural, strange or weird element and an investigative one—as necessarily out of bounds.”

It helps to review the ground rules and set expectations for a magazine titled “Occult Detective.” There are several tales that fit Grant’s wider definition of the zine’s mission and give its editors a wider net from which to select stories. This edition is another strong entry in the series. My favorite tales were those by D. J. Tyrer, Nancy A. Hansen, and Brandon Barrows. The fiction is supported by articles on Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt, Conan and Carnacki, Grimm: Ghost Spotter from Golden Age Comics, and reviews of occult detective novels and comics. If you like this sub-genre, ODM will provide several sessions of great entertainment.

Bob Vojtko sent in six new gag cartoons for the next Digest Enthusiast. Great stuff—can’t wait to see them in print this January.

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.

Pursuit No. 7

Vintage Crime Digest
Pursuit No. 7
Contents Page
Johnston McCulley “Fate Rides the Cyclone”
R. Van Taylor “Revenge is for the Dead”
H.A. DeRosso “May Lady Weeps”
Stephen Marlowe “Flypaper”
August Derleth “The Case of the Lost Dutchman”
Hunt Collins “Joker”
Robert Carlton “One Lethal Evening”
Bram Norton “Rider Wanted”

Pursuit Detective Story Magazine No. 7 January 1955
Publisher: J.A. Kramer
Editor: L.B. Cole
Associate Editor: Phyllis Farren
5.5” x 7.5” 128 pages 35 cents

News Digest Juneteenth 2020

bare•bones No. 2

New Releases
bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020
Contents Page
Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri’s Dueling Editorials
Paul M. Riordan interview: Richard Matheson and the Western
John Scoleri’s Soy Leyenda: The Spanish Adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend
Peter Enfantino’s The Lunatic Odyssey of Johnny Rock: The Sharpshooter
Gilbert Colon’s “Book One” of Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon” Saga
Peter Enfantino’s Shock Mystery Tales
Richard Krauss’ Digging Into Crime Digests
Peter Enfantino’s Slease Alley
John Scoleri’s Captain Action at DC Comics
S. Craig Zahler’s The Spider Master of Men!
David J. Schow’s R&D
About the Contributors

bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020
Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri
Layout: John Scoleri
Cimarron Street Books
6” x 9” 106 pages
Print $9.95

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7
Contents Page
John Linwood Grant’s Editorial
Cliff Biggers’s In Memorial: Susan Hendrix Biggers
Debra Blundell “Uxmal” art by Mutartis Boswell
Paul St. John Mackintosh
“Ghost in the Machine”
Jonathan Raab and Matthew M. Bartlett “Pause for Station Identification” art by Luke Spooner
Aaron Vlek
“The Case of the Signet Ring” art by Bob Freeman
Steven Philip Jones’
Dirk Pitt: Occult Detective?
W*ll**m H*pe H*dgs*n “The Thing in the Bedroom”
D.J. Tyrer “The White Sickness” art by Autumn Barlow
Nancy A. Hansen
“Smoake and MIrrors”
Bobby Derie’s Conan and Carnacki: Robert E. Howard and William Hope Hodgson
Tanya Warnakulasuriya “Mama G”
Julie Frost “Dash Thy Foot” art by Russell Smeaton
Brandon Barrows
“Beyond the Faded Shrine Gates”
Colin Fisher “A Night in Gorakhpur”
Dave Brzeski’s Cold Cases: Grimm: Ghost Spotter/Doctor
Describin’ the Scribes

Occult Detective Magazine No. 7 May 2020
Editors: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski
Cover: Sebastian Cabrol
Cathaven Press
6” x 9” 196 pages
Print $10.95

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine News
Michael Bracken
with news on Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Guns + Tacos, and his anthologies at SleuthSayers.

Emily Hockaday, Trevor Quachri, and Sheila Williams announce and 2019 AnLab and Asomiv’s Reader’s Award Winners at both Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars and The Astounding Analog Companion.

Tim Lucas recalls the debut of his digest at Video Watchdog.

Digest Magazine Stories
Robert Lopresti
backgrounds his “Library of Poisonville” cover story from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Rebecca Zahabi discusses “Birds Without Wings” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Read about Tom Jolly’s return to Analog Jul/Aug 2020 with “Stick and Stones” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Claire Ortalda, whose story “The Recipe Box” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, examines “murder as entertainment” at Something is Going to Happen.

Hollis Joel Henry on “The Last Water Baron” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

F&SF July 1965, Galaxy Novel No. 3

Digest Magazine Reviews
Gideon Marcus
reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction July 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Mark R. Kelly reviews Galaxy Novel No. 3: Prelude to Space by Arthur C. Clarke at Black Gate.

Gabriel Hart reviews Possession starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil at EconoClash Review.

Alec Cizak
reads Sandra Seamans’ “Survivor’s Guilt” on ACTV.

Thomas Pluck’s “The Cucuzza Curse” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Alec Cizak reads his story, “Useful Things,” on ACTV.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 322, The Brave and the Bold No. 161, DC Special Series No. 21, and Detective Comics No. 489 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part One: Premonition at bare•bones e-zine.

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas

Readin’ and Writing’
This weeks reads included the digest, Sword and Sorcery Annual, featured last week as the Vintage Fantasy Digest. It’s a collection of short stories well worth seeking out in secondary markets, since most were carefully plucked from early 1960s issues of Fantastic. All that is except the Conan adventure, which dates back to 1934, via Weird Tales. If you enjoy swashbuckling adventures mixed with the supernatural this collection is a treasure chest of riches.

Also finished the audiobook edition of Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas, read by L.S. Ganser. Print version from Hard Case Crime, book HCC-004, with a stunning cover by Robert McGinnis. It’s Aleas’ debut novel that delivers a thoroughly engaging investigation of the murder of stripper Miranda Sugarman, college sweetheart of John Blake, now private investigator—a case Blake is pursuing on his own. Although they’d lost track of each other over the years, he feels a deep sense of loss with her passing. He knows he can’t bring her back, but at least he can help bring her killer to justice, and perhaps give himself some closure as well. A top-notch PI novel.

Pulp Modern trailer

On the publishing side of things, I finished up the Kindle and Magzter versions of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5, due for launch in print and digital formats on June 23, 2020. Authors include Andrew Bourelle, Peter W.J. Hayes, Mandi Jourdan, “Doc” Clancy, Timothy Friend, Serena Jayne, Adam S. Furman, Victoria Weisfeld, and Nils Gilbertson. Interior art by Ran Scott. Cartoons by Bob Vojtko. Cover by Rick McCollum. Editor Alec Cizak has produced a trailer that captures mood.

Tony Gleeson Interview

I ordered contributor copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in bulk as the logistic costs are slightly better to have them all sent here than to parse them out individually from Lulu.com. Above is the opening spread of the interview with artist and writer Tony Gleeson, who also provided the cover and plenty of beautiful illustrations from his Amazing and Fantastic days with Sol Cohen and Ted White.

Short Stories April 1958

Vintage Adventure Digest
Short Stories A Man’s Magazine April 1958
Contents Page
Richard Howells Watkins “Strange Ship” (Sea Story)
T.T. Flynn “Eyes That See” (Railroad)
Theodore Sturgeon “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” (Fantasy)
Myron David Orr “The Voodoo Priestess” (New Guinea)
Murray Leinster “Poor Devils” (Science Fiction)
Carl Jacobi “The Commission of Captain Lace” (Pirate Story)
Frank Bonham “Plague Boat” (Adventure)
Albert George “Castoff Jockey” (Race Track)
Don Ward “Young as Texas” (Western)

Short Stories A Man’s Magazine Vol. 220 No. 2 April 1958
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Walter P. Dallas
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages
Cover price 35¢

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6

Contents Page
Dave Brzeki: Editorial
John Linwood Grant’s In Memoriam: Sam Gafford (1962–2019)
Melanie Atherton Allen “The Rending Veil” art by Autumn Barlow
Tade Thompson “Komolafe”
Matthew Willis “The Way of All Fresh”
Cliff Biggers “Blindsider”
S.L. Edwards’ Kotto’s Creepies: An Interview with Jonathan Raab
I.A. Watson “Vinnie de Soth and the Phantom Skeptic”
Kelly M. Hudson “The Empanatrix of Room 223” art by Bob Freeman
Bryce Beattie “The Unsummoning of Urb Tc’Leth”
Alexis Ames “In Perpetuity”
Craig Stanton’s Nury Vittachi’s The Feng Shui Detective and the Singapore Union of Industrial Mystics
S.L. Edwards “The Way Things Were”
John Paul Fitch “Angelus”
Ian Hunter “The Last Performance of Victoria Mirabelli”
Michael Kellar’s Cold Cases: Supernatural Sleuths: Stories of Occult Investigators Edited by Peter Haining
James A. Moore & Charles R. Rutledge “Occult Legion: He is the Gate” art by Russell Smeaton
Describin’ the Scribes

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6 back cover

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6 Fall 2019
Publisher: Jilly Paddock & Dave Brzeski
Editors: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski
Cover: Roland Nikrandt
6” x 9” 206 pages
Print $11.81