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News Digest Oct. 23, 2020

Amazing Stories Vol. 77 No. 2

New Releases
Amazing Stories Volume 77 No. 2 Sept. 2020
The home of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, publisher of the first stories of Ursula K. Leguin and Isaac Asimov–Amazing Stories–is back in print after an absence of more than a decade! This relaunch of the iconic first science fiction magazine is packed full of exciting science fiction, fantasy, and articles, all in a beautiful package featuring eye-catching illustrations and cartoons.The Amazing Stories Summer 2020 issue (the 619th issue since 1926) includes work by: Steve Davidson • Darrell Schweitzer • Marie Vibbert • Tom Jolly • Bo Balder • Ellen Denton • D. K. & Jeffrey Blair Latta • Sam Asher • Lindsey Duncan • Laura Davy • Gunnar de Winter.
Print $9.95 Kindle $2.99

Kevin Tipple highlights SMFS members in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020 issue at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

And again, for EQMM Nov/Dec 2020: The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

Five digests reviewed

Digest Magazine Reviews
Ron Fortier
reviews The Guns of Pluto (Captain Future) by Allen Steele at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Doug Ellis reviews A Man of Science: A Study of the Readership of Analog Science Fact-Fiction at Black Gate.

Todd Mason reviews EQMM Oct. 1962, Fantastic Oct. 1970, Partisan Review Vol. 44 No. 4 (1977), and Great Ghost Stories of the Old West at Sweet Freedom.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
on “Visiting the Land of the Stone Giants” on Easter Island at Fate Magazine.

J.M. Swenson on “Enter the Fungicene” from Analog Nov/Dec 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Edwin Hill on “Memory and What if…?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber explain “The Hind” from Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Tricia Saiki’s
“Wrong House” at Close to the Bone.

Mav Skye reads Alec Cizak’s “The Bridge” on her podcast Dark Softly Tales. (Thanks Kevin Tipple.)

Michael Bracken’s “Bicycles” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Marie S. Crosswell’s “Killers and Samaritans” at Tough Crime.

Jay Rohr’s “A Good Shepherd” at Close to the Bone.

Brave & Bold 170, Batman 331, Detective 498

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 331, Detective No. 498, and The Brave and the Bold No. 170 at bare•bones e-zine.

Robert Lopresti reviews the origins of his series character PI Marty Crow at Sleuthsayers.

EconoClash Review No. 6

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Alfred Hayes Part One: A Piece of the Action at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines King-Size Editions.

Readin and Writin’
EconoClash Review continues its streak of stellar issues with No. 6 from Down & Out Books. A terrific collection of short stories or “Quality Cheap Thrills” as editor J.D. Graves promises to deliver. Every one was worth reading, but among my favorites this time were stories by Preston Lang, Serena Jayne, and John Kojak. And it was great to read a story from the editor himself in this edition. All in all, a top-notch anthology—highly recommended.

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

Justin Marriott and friends pack a lot of reading into the 64-page Paperback Fanatic No. 44. I have to admit reading about novels featuring natural disasters in the middle of a pandemic gave me pause. The issue opens with an overview of Gil Cohen: One Man Army by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle, with a gallery of Cohen’s original paintings for Mack Bolan, The Executioner series. Then it’s on to disaster. First up: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalances, and tidal waves. You name it, there’s a novel written around it—probably several—some natural, some induced by an evil genuis or organization. But the paperback landslide of The Plague Chronicles dwarfs the former disaster subgenre with more titles than I thought possible. Even after 22 pages, the Fanatic hadn’t exposed them all. No problem, I was ready to move on. Fortunately, the next piece, Prose and Cons, is all about convicts who turned to writing crime fiction, which I found by itself worth the price of the issue—outstanding! And to cap things off, the final pages provide almost two dozen retro-reviews of collectible paperbacks. Some worth seeking out and some cautionary tales.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

My interview with Emily Hockaday wrapped this week, so the only substantial content remaining for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, is the news gathering phase, which I’ll begin next month. At this rate, the issue should be out in December. For the rest of this month, I’ll concentrate on proofing pages and working on my other two projects: Pulp Modern Vol. 2 Nol. 6 and the Roman Scott collection.

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.

News Digest Sept. 25, 2020

Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2

New Releases
Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2
Leah Cutter: Introduction
Michele Lang “The Rehab Archipelago”
David H. Hendrickson “Bubba’s Blunder”
Kari Kilgore “The Fabulous Feats of Billy”
Melissa Yi “Sushi À Volonté”
Diana Deverell “Gone Gold”
Jason A. Adams “Bobby and Pete”
Cate Martin “The Fall of La Madrina”
Leah R. Cutter “Tiny Dreams”
Juliet Nordeen “Libby’s Millions”
Our Friends

Thieves: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 2
Editor: Leah Cutter
Cover: ra2studio
5” x 8” 196 pages
Print $12.99 Kindle $4.99
Knotted Road Press

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

The Paperback Fanatic No. 44
Contents Page
Justin Marriott: Fanatical Thoughts
Gil Cohen: One Man Army (Book Preview)
Justin Marriott: Disaster 70!
Justin Marriott: The Plague Chronicles
Justin Marriott: Prose and Cons
The Lockdown Reviews

The Paperback Fanatic No. 44
Editor: Justin Marriott
Copy Editor: TomTesarek
7” x 10” 64 pages full color
Print Only $9.99
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Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Anthony Perconti
: Lovecraft on the Pampas: A Discussion of “There are More Things” by Jorge Luis Borges at EconoClash Review.

Dan Reade’s “An Ode to Specificity” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Kevin Mims’ “The Man Who Would Be King (and Tevis and Kesey and Levin, Etc.” at Something is Going to Happen.

F&SF Oct. 1965, Gamma Sept. 1965

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

Catherine Dilts reviews selections from AHMM Sep/Oct 2020 at Catherine Edits (thanks Kevin Tipple).

Kris Vyas-Myall reviews Gamma No. 5 (Sept. 1965) at Galactic Journey.

John O’Neill reviews Entanglements edited by Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams at Black Gate.

Michael McLaughlin’s
“The Happiest Place on Earth” at Close to the Bone.

Stephen J. Golds’ “Love Like Bleeding Out with an Empty Gun in Your Hand” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Paul D. Marks reads “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” and “Howling at the Moon” for the EQMM podcast.

Batman 393, Detective 496, Brave and the Bold 168

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 329, Detective No. 496, and The Brave and the Bold No. 168 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Eight: The Twelve Hour Caper at bare•bones e-zine.

Rob Imes has begun The Unofficial Romantic TImes Index.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

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This week’s enews from Bud’s Art Books leads with Jim Steranko.

Readin’ and Writin’
Barb Goffman
delves into word usage issues at SleuthSayers.

A goodly amount of reading occurred this week—all progress on existing reads, so nothing to report here until next time.

Touched up a few more issues of Head for the WIP Roman Scott collection. And several digest SF novels for Steve Carper’s article slated for TDE13. Rick McCollum finished some beautiful artwork for my sword and sorcery yarn.

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.

Space Science Fiction Sept. 1952

Vintage SF Digest
Space Science Fiction Vol. 1 No. 2 Sept. 1952
Contents Page
Lester del Rey: Editorial
Erik van Lhin “Moon-Blind” art by Paul Orban
Clifford D. Simak “The Fence” art by Gari
Robert E. Howard “The God in the Bowl” (Edited by L. Sprague de Camp) art by Schecterson
George O. Smith
: Science—Fiction and Fact
Michael Sherman “A Matter of Faith” art by Peter Poulton
Murray Leinster
“The Barrier” art by Paul Orban
John Jakes
“With Wings” art by Schecterson
Coming Events
Fletcher Pratt “Official Record” art by Schecterson
Theodore L. Thomas
“The Revisitor” art by Gari
Meet Paul Orban (back cover)

Publisher: John Raymond
Editor: Lester del Rey
Assoc. Editors: Peter Leavy, John Vincent
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: Earle Bergey
5.5” x 7.5” 160 pages 35 cents

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

Fanatic HQ Update

Men of Violence No. 11 (draft)Justin Marriott’s update on The Paperback Fanatic’s fall schedule:

Issue 7 of Pulp Horror is now available through Amazon UK, Europe and US.

Articles for issue 40 of The Paperback Fanatic are just back from being proof-read, so expect that in October.  A real eclectic mix, with something (I hope) for everyone.

And the first draft cover for issue 11 of Men of Violence (shown here) – I hate the phrase bad-ass, but that is exactly what it is.  It will be a historical fiction special which will out before Xmas.

Issue 8 of Pulp Horror is just about in place and Sleazy Reader 8 is also coming together.  So it’s a busy time here at Fanatic HQ.

Double Trouble

Hot Lead No. 2
Hot Lead No. 2 cover by Tony Masero

Paperback collectors and enthusiasts will soon be able to dive into Justin Marriott’s next pair of ‘zines, Hot Lead No. 2 and Men of Violence No. 10. Both available in print editions from Amazon by the middle of June. Pictured are the back and front covers, with the backs showing images of what’s in store inside.

Men of Violence No. 10
Men of Violence No. 10 cover by Rik Rawling

The Paperback Fanatic #39

The Paperback Fanatic #39 coverContents
Fanatical Mails
Artists Assemble: Paul Gulacy & Alfredo Alcala
A Chat With a Cool Cat: Andrew Nette co-editor of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats
A transcript of James Doig’s presentation on “Australian Pulp Fiction”
Paul Bishop “Steve Holland—The Face of a Hero”
Nigel Taylor “Portrait of a Slapdash Perfectionist”
Tom Tesarek “Would You Like Some Humor with Your Horror?”
Peter Enfantino “His Life Turned Into a Screaming Nightmare” or “A Comprehensive Look at ‘The Frankenstein Horror’ Series”
“Steve Holland is The Avenger” gallery images from Bill Thom, introduction by Justin Marriott

The Paperback Fanatic #39 back cover100 pages, 6” x 9” full color $14.99 POD
Editor/Publisher: Justin Marriott
Assistant Editor: Jim O’Brien
Proofing: Tom Tesarek
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