“In 1948 Vital Publications put out four Nick Carter novels as Vital Books, the link being that Vital Publications also issued Tom J. Hopkins’ Open Land Renegades as a Western Thriller digest, which has the telltale “An Atlas Western” all over the rear cover.”
“Bard Books, published by Bard Publishing, released Dead Giveaway by Dorothy Wheelock in 1944. That’s their only book, although oddly a Bard Publishing published two books under the Atlas Mystery imprint in 1944 and 1945.”
“My criteria are subjective, obviously. I only include fiction; anthologies and collections count alongside novels, but nonfiction is out . . . . To be included, publishers had to be legitimate companies devoted to putting out the work of others . . . . Trying to settle on a definitionof a “digest” was surprisingly difficult . . . . I do not include chapbooks . . . . This [series] is my attempt to merge all my research into a single source listing.”
Steve proceeds in alphabetical order.
“Amazing Stories Science Fiction Novel is about as awkward an appellation as publishers’ lines ever get. Fortunately, its sole book was the 1957 movie tie-in 20 Million Miles to Earth by Henry Slesar. This is a prime collectible because of its rarity and the gigantic space lizard from Venus on its cover.”
Per the criteria, not a true One-and-Done as it was published by giant Ziff-Davis, but nevertheless a fascinating one-shot.