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News Digest June 12, 2020

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

New Release
The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020
Contents:
• Interviews with Tony Gleeson (Fantastic, Amazing Science Fiction, Mike Shayne, Personal Crimes) and John Shirley (Weirdbook, Fantastic, The Crow, Constantine, Wetbones).
Lester del Rey’s Five Ages of Science Fiction by Vince Nowell, Sr.
• Born of Other Worlds, it’s Science Stories, the digest Ray Palmer “tossed in your lap with little or no ceremony.”
• News and dozens of cover previews from around the world of digests, direct from the magazines’ editors, publishers, and writers.
Mike Chomko and William Lampkin untangle the fate of PulpFest 2020 and The Pulpster.
Richard Krauss exhumes the true crime sensation: Fotocrime.
Steve Carper rediscovers the remarkable Photoplay Editions.
Ward Smith spotlights Digest Science Fiction Novels.
• New fiction by Michael Bracken, Rick Ollerman, and Joe Wehrle, Jr. with artwork by Rick McCollum, Marc Myers, and Michael Neno.
• Reviews of Amazing Selects, bare•bones No. 1, EconoClash Review No. 5, Guns + Tacos Season One, Lake County Incidents, and Paperback Fanatic No. 43.
• Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, first issue factoids, cartoons by Bob Vojtko, and more.
• Cover by Tony Gleeson, 160 pages, published in full color by Larque Press.
Print $18.99
Kindle $4.99
Magzter $4.99

MWM June 2020 & Commando Mast of Death

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews Luke Foster’s “Seat 9B” from Mystery Weekly Magazine June 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Mask of Death at Rough Edges.

Storytime
Victoria Dalpe’s
“The Girl” on JD Graves’s Podcast No. 4 at EconoClash Review.

William Boyle’s “Unsatisfied” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Alec Cizak reads his story “The Space Between” at ACTV.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Holly Messinger
on “Byzantine” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Kevin Mims compares and contrasts The Black Death by Gwyneth Cravens and John S. Marr with the current pandemic on EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 16, Eerie No. 39, and Creepy No. 45 at barebones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
John Floyd
offers writing Do’s and Don’ts as SleuthSayers.

James W. Ziskin counts words to motivate “butt-in-chair” writing at Criminal Minds.

Two for the Money by Max Allen Collins and Paperback Parade No. 107

Read Hard Case Crime HCC-005 this week. Two for the Money works as a title for the story, and even better as the description of this two-fer reprint of the Curtis OPB novels “Bait Money” and “Blood Money.” In his afterword, author Max Allan Collins provides the details on the originals and how they came to be paired under the Hard Case Crime imprint. I kinda wish it had been a Foreword. The redundant recap of key plot points from the first novel in the second are more forgivable when you have the facts. Nonetheless, the two represent Collins’ first published novel: “Bait”—and, “Blood,” if not his second, certainly another early effort. Both are serviceable, but felt padded with over-long descriptions and several fully rendered scenes that could’ve easily been summarized in a paragraph or two instead of a whole chapter.

Also managed to fit in a reading of Paperback Parade No. 107. Designer Richard Greene dominates this edition of PP, sharing his collection of paperbacks set in the South Pacific—the Hawaiian islands, Fiji, Tahiti, and Tiki-inspired pop culture. A refreshing, well-researched read. Even his regular “Matchless Paperbacks” feature follows suit with James Michener’s Hawaii. Paperback Talk by Gary Lovisi is always a fun mix of new releases, LOCs, and collectors’ addendums to previous articles. Gary’s piece on the Spanish space operas Luchadores Del Espacio (Space Fighters) is a rare treat, loaded with background and over 40 cover images from the series! Another terrific issue rounded out with pieces on Denis Hughes, Hard Case Crime, and Robert A. Heinlein.

Alec Cizak’s Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 was finalized this week he’s ordered proof prints ahead of its June 23rd release date.

Sword & Sorcery Annual

Vintage Fantasy Digest
Sword & Sorcery Annual 1975
Contents Page
Robert E. Howard “Queen of the Black Coast” (Conan) art by Steven E. Fabian
Sam Moskowitz’s L. Sprague de Camp: Sword and Satire
John Jakes “The Pillars of Chambalor” (Brak) art by Gray Morrow
Michael Moorcock “Master of Chaos” (Earl Aubec) art by Virgil Finlay
Robert Arthur
“The Mirror of Caglisastro” art by Dan Adkins
Fritz Leiber
“The Cloud of Hate” (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) art by Leo R. Summers
Ursula K. Leguin
“The Masters” art by Dan Adkins
Roger Zelazny
“Horseman” art by Leo R. Summers

Sword & Sorcery Annual 1975
Ultimate Publishing Co.
Editor: Sol Cohen
Cover: Steven E. Fabian
5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages
Cover price 75¢

News Digest May 29, 2020

EQMM May/June 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen May/June 2020
Contents Page
Richard Helms “Noble Rot” art by Mark Evan Walker
Steve Steinbock
: The Jury Box
Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei
The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre
Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler
Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage
Susan Dunlap “Quality Control”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: The Two Will Wests
R.T. Raichev “Rassendyll’s Grave”
Benjamin Percy “House of Ash”
Shelly Dickson Carr “Nantucket Undertow”
Tom Tolnay “Rhododendron”
Judy Clemens “Safe”
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Alaric Hunt “Borrowed Brains” (Black Mask)
Marilyn Todd “Beyond the Tree Line”
N.W. Barcus “The Workaholic” (Dept. of First Stories)
Michael Berg “Travelers’ Rest” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Jim Weikart “The Frog”
Keith McCarthy “The Perfect Crime”
Wynn Quon “Art in Pieces” (Dept. of First Stories)
2019 Readers Award
Toni L.P. Kelner “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof”
David Dean “Shadow Lane”
Katherine Hall Page “The End of the Line” art by Laurie Harden
Jane Smith “Annie Oakley” (verse)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Indicia
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/June 2020 Vol. 155 No. 5 & 6, Whole No. 944 & 945
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Neil Webb

192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95

Paperback Parade No. 107, Hot Lead All-Review Special

Paperback Parade No. 107
Contents Page
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Richard Greene: Aloha Tiki Paperbacks
Gary Lovisi’s Space Fighters: Luchadores Del Espacio Series
Philip Harbottle: The Return of Rex Brandon
Jim Fitzpatrick: Hard Case Crime Editions of PBOs
Richard Greene’s Matchless Paperbacks: Hawaii
Jon D. Sartz: Robert A. Heinlein
Gary Lovisi: Heinlein Paperbacks

Paperback Parade No. 107 May 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 112 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Hot Lead: Most Wanted All-Review Special
A special issue loaded with over 200 reviews of western paperbacks arranged by era: 1920–1959, 1960–1969, 1970–1979, 1980–1989, and 1990+. Also includes the essays: Top 10 Western Authors, Gold Medal Overview, and The Lovesome Dove Saga. Foreword by Chuck Dixon. Introduction by Justin Marriott.
7” x 10” 168 pages
Print Only $7.99

Fantastic & Analog June 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Fantastic June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
John M. Floyd’s
“Saving Mrs. Hapwell” at Kings River Life. (Thanks Kevin R. Tipple.)

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Joseph Bruchac
on “An Indian Love Call” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Toni L.P. Kelner on “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof” from EQMM May/Jun 2020 at Art Taylor’s First Two Pages.

The same Toni L.P. Kelner discusses her varying approaches to writing short stories at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 38 and Creepy No. 44 at bare*bones e-zine.

TDE Advertisers
From the Fantasy Illustrated website: David Smith was born near Anaheim California in 1954 a few months before the opening of Disneyland. Raised in the Orange/Los Angeles County area in the 1950’s and ‘60’s he was influenced with a steady diet of pop culture. At the age of 14 he started working for the late John McLaughlin at The Book Sail in old downtown Anaheim. It was here that he was first exposed to the likes of old comic books from the 1940’s ,pulp fiction, vintage magic books signed by Houdini, and lots of old and rare books.

Dave worked there from 1969 to 1972 and again from 1976 to 1979 after The Book Sail had moved to the city of Orange. In 1979 he left to open his own store, Fantasy Illustrated about 1.5 miles from Disneyland in Garden Grove. From inception until he sold the store location (keeping the name) to Mile High Comics in 1994, Dave maintained one of the largest selections of vintage comic book and Pulp magazines in the Orange County area.

Wanting a change of pace he moved out of state, negotiated a deal with the owner of Rocket Comics of Seattle Washington and on Jan 1 1995 became owner of that store. In 1999 Dave found what would become the famous Yakima Pedigree collection of hundreds of ultra high grade pulps. These are considered some of the finest condition pulps known to exist.

Around 9-11 he closed down Rocket Comics as a brick and mortar store and continued dealing full time as Fantasy Illustrated doing mail order out of his house near Mill Creek Washington where he lives with his wife Kelli. Visit Fantasy Illustrated.

Wordslingers by Will Murray

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading Will Murray’s pulp history tome: Wordslingers this week. The author himself describes the work in his introduction: “What follows is a species of oral history, employing found quotes, developed so that the author recedes into the role of omniscient organizer, sometimes disappearing altogether, in order to allow the participants of the past to spin the saga of their literary labors.”

The writers and editors—and occasionally the publishers—tell their tale in hundreds of timely quotes gleaned from dozens of sources, most often magazines like Writer’s Digest. Like any business riding waves of high- and low-demand these western fictioneers were constantly postulating market changes and how their writers needed to update their approach to maintain or goose sales. Murray does a phenomenal job documenting the rapids and whirlpools along this 40-some-years journey. For die-hard pulp fiction historians this volume is a treasure.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is complete. A proof copy is in process and I’ll make an official announcement of its availability here as soon as I approve the proof via lulu.com.

I tried several times to finalize the book on both IngramSpark.com and the newly improved Lulu.com site and encountered issues on both. It took three days for one of them to fix the hang-ups, so I went with that one: Lulu.com. Each company has certain pluses and minuses, but I’m happy to try Lulu on this edition, as last issue was/is printed through Ingram. I will link to the book on Lulu’s site this time because it removes the middleman (amazon, etc.) where most of the sales revenue goes. Lulu seems to make its profit on printing rather than printing and distribution.

The first color edition I created was an alternate version of book ten, so I could see first-hand what the standard color option looked like. (Great!) That special edition is available only from Lulu.com in case any readers want one of their own. The Digest Enthusiast No. 10C (full color) $16 at Lulu.com

Work is also very close to complete on Pulp Modern No. 5, which is now scheduled for a June 23, 2020 release.

Zane Grey Mystery Magazine Nov. 1969

Vintage Western Digest
Zane Grey Western Magazine Nov. 1969
Leo Margulies: The Lure of Zane Grey (introduction)
Contents Page
Romer Zane Grey “Gun Trouble in Tonto Basin”
Noel M Loomis “The St. Louis Salesman”
James Oliver Curwood “The Beloved Murderer”
Ben Smith “The Man Who Stole a Horse”
Zane Grey “Fantoms of Peace” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece)
Walter Dallas’ Gunfighters Saddlemate
Gunnison Steele “When the Dessert Gods Laughed”
Bill Pronzini “Sawtooth Justice”

Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 2 Nov. 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

Paperback Parade No. 106

Paperback Parade No. 106

Contents Page
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Richard Greene “Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller”
Gary Lovisi “Lila Lynn: Paperback Cover Model”
Richard L. Kellogg “Revisiting Peyton Place”
Gary Lovisi “The Hard-Boiled Paperbacks of Al Fray”
Sean McMullen “Carter Brown’s Unscientific Thrillers”
Gary Lovisi “The Australian Scientific Thrillers”
Richard Greene’s Matchless Paperbacks by Howard R. Milsted, Jr.
Philip Harbottle “The Return of Norman Firth”
Richard Greene “Road Trip Treasures”

Paperback Parade No. 106 Jan. 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 104 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade No. 105

Paperback Parade No. 105

Contents Page
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Gary Lovisi “A Look at the Cherry Delight Books”
Tom Lesser “British Pedigree Books”
Morgan A. Wallace “Swan’s Detective Thriller Library”
Richard Greene “Matchless Paperbacks: The Cost of Living”
Gary Lovisi “What in the Hell . . . !?” The ‘Heroes in Hell’ Books
Tom Cantrell “Leslie Edgley (aka Robert Bloomfield): A Writer on the Edge of the Blacklist”
Richard L. Kellogg “Uncle Abner: Seeker of Justice”
Philip Harbottle “Remembering A.A. Glynn”
Kathy Godfrey & Kenneth R. Johnson “Regency Fantasies”

Paperback Parade No. 105 Oct. 2019
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 104 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade No. 104

Paperback Parade No. 104

Contents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Art Scott “Carter Brown: The Writer & the Stories”
Art Scott “Carter Brown: The Books & the Covers”
Gary Lovisi & Art Scott “Carter Brown: The Signet List”
Art Scott “Carter Brown: In Belmont & Tower”
Philip Harbottle “Fearn’s Jinxed Novels”
Richard Greene “Matchless Paperbacks: Straw Boss”
Gary Lovisi “Mighty Midgets”
Jon D. Swartz “Early Penguin SF”
Jon D. Swartz “Bill Crider”

Paperback Parade No. 104 Aug. 2019
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade No. 103 Feb. 2019

Paperback Parade No. 103 Feb. 2019

Contents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Gary Lovisi “The Lost World of Professor Challenger”
Jon D. Swartz “A.E. van Vogt”
Gary Lovisi “Men Go and Come but Earth Abides”
Morgan A. Wallace “Weird and Occult Library”
Gary Lovisi “Exploring Trojan Pocket ‘Pulp’ Paperbacks”
Jim Fitzpatrick “Artists for the First 500 Harlequins”
Gary Lovisi “Bee-Line: Some of the Later Books”
Philip Harbottle “The Joys of a Book Collector”

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 108 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade No. 102 Nov. 2018

Paperback Parade No. 102 Nov. 2018Contents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Jim Fitzpatrick “The Canadian Crows”
Gary Lovisi “Hot Rods, Cool Chicks & Fast Racing Cars in Vintage Paperbacks”
Jack Seabrook “Fredric Brown in the Golden Age of Paperbacks (1948–1960)”
Graham Andrews “First-Class Mailer: The Deer Park”
Richard Greene “Deathwish & Vigilante Porn”
Linda Pendleton “Stewart Edward White”

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 104 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade #101 April 2018

Paperback Parade #101 coverContents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Gary Lovisi “The Steve Bentley Thrillers”
Linda Pendleton “A Meeting of the Minds: Don and Linda Pendelton”
Jon D. Swartz “The Ace/Ballantine Rivalry Over the Books of Edgar Rice Burroughs”
Gary Lovisi “Discovering James Warner Bellah”
Richard Greene: Matchless Paperbacks: Connelley, Bosch, and 9 Dragons
John Fraser “The Early Novels of Darcy Glinto”
Richard L. Kellogg “Leo-Roi: The Millionaire Sleuth”
Gary Lovisi “Sin Town: Sleaze Noir at its Best”

Paperback Parade #101 back coverEditor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Paperback Parade #100 February 2018

Congratulations to Gryphon Books’ Gary Lovisi and Richard Greene on the publication of the 100th issue of Paperback Parade! Here’s what awaits readers inside:

Paperback Parade #100 cover

Contents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Gary Lovisi “Treasure Island Again”
Graham Andrews “Pulp-Jungle Man: Frank Gruber”
Gary Lovisi: Robert Weverka Interview
Gene Scovill “A Gold Medal Romance”
Richard Greene: Matchless Paperbacks Duel in the Sun
Philip Harbottle “Lupoff’s Dunwich Lovecraft”
Gary Lovisi: Lyndon Mallet Interview
Richard L. Kellogg “Philip Wylie’s Superspy”

Paperback Parade #100 back cover

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 108 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website