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News Digest June 5, 2020

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2020

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

MWM 6-20, The Blues Don't Care

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.

Author tribute issues of F&SF

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

MWM 2-20, Commando, If 7-65

Kevin Tipple reviews Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 at Kevin’s Corner.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Codename Warlord at Rough Edges.

David Levinson reviews Worlds of If July 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
Nick Kolakowski’s
“Scapegoat” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Charlotte Platt’s story “Meet the Family,” read by JD Graves for PodClash No. 3 at EconoClash Review.

Robert Lopresti posts his story “Nobody Gets Killed” from AHMM Mar/Apr 2018 at his blog.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Richard Larson
discusses hi story “Warm Math” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Robert Lopresti talks about his “In Praise of My Assassin” from MWM June 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Janet Hutchings ponders “Reading in a Time of Crisis” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

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.

Brain Freeze No. 1-A & 1-B

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.

The Eternal Savage, Fate 735, Madball

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.

Bud Plant's Incredible Catalog early summer 2020

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.

Zane Grey Western Magazine Dec. 1969

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

News Digest Feb. 14, 2020

Shadow of Doubt by Mary Wickizer Burgess

The British edition of Mary Wickizer Burgess’ latest Gail Brevard mystery, Shadow of Doubt, is out from Lynford Mystery. Meanwhile, the US version is available from Wildside Press, along with other books in the series.

The Winter 2020 newsletter from Paul D. Marks includes news about his coming novel: The Blues Don’t Care, notice of three new interviews/articles, including his discussion of the Bunker Hill series from Ellery Queen in The Digest Enthusiast No. 11, a little history lesson on La La Land, Noirville with Nat King Cole, What’s Next, and Dog Tails. Subscribe at PaulDMarks.com

Robert Lopresti highlights an intriguing story, “Murderer Bill” by John Grant, in the Jan. 2020 Mystery Weekly Magazine over at Little Big Crimes.

Pulp Adventures No.34

Just out is the new issue of Pulp Adventures, No. 34, with classic pulp fiction by William Decatur and a Hollywood Detective yarn by Robert Leslie Bellem. There’s new pulp fiction by William M. Hope, Logan Robichaud, Charles Burgess, Adam Beau McFarlane, Patti Boeckman & Sharla Wilkins, and Ron Riekki. Plus a Dan Turner comics adventure by Bellem and Adolphe Barreaux. PA is published by Rich Harvey and edited by Audrey Parente from Bold Venture. Print $9.95

Analog interviews Douglas F. Dluzen about his story “Welcome to the New You: Terms and Conditions for the iCRISPR Gene-Editing Kit” in the current issue. The Astounding Analog Companion

F&SF Masthead

Auston Habershaw on “Three Gowns for Clara” F&SF blog.

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6

Matthew X. Gomez reviews Occult Detective Magazine No. 6 at EconoClashReview.com

Michael Bracken exposes his life of crime over at SleuthSayers.com.

Mark SaFranko shares his thoughts “From the Short Story to the Big Screen” over at Something is Going to Happen.

John Boston reviews Amazing Stories March 1965 at GalacticJourney.org

Michael Neno reviews The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells on Goodreads.

Rick McCollum

Rick McCollum shared his WIP with Ken Meyer, Jr. over at Ink Stains this week. If you only click on one link from this week’s digest, make it this one!

Thanks to Chuck Carter for posting a link to this Forbes article on SF and Fantasy magazines’ readership in 2020.

Pulp Literature February 2020 e-news includes an offer for ARCs of Allaigna’s Song: Aria by J.M. Landels, The Muse Retreats for writers, author news, Contest deadlines, and much more. Read it here.

J.T. Yost announced Birdcage Bottom Books 2020 lineup Kickstarter campaign.

James Reasoner called The Digest Enthusiast No. 11 “a spectacular issue” on Rough Edges this week, and Walker Martin commented he wished “it was bi-monthly.” If you’re not already a regular reader of Reasoner’s blog it’s one of life’s daily pleasures, and Martin often adds to the fun.

Brain Freeze
Rocket Roach

Jim Main is launching a new mini comic called Brain Freeze (logo art by Marc Haines). The first issue will include a two-page comic by Bob Vojtko rebooting an adventure of Rocket Roach and Radar. Watch this space for availability.

Readin’ ’n Writin’
Alec Cizak and I have been busy working on the next Pulp Modern. Still no firm publication date, but we’re about one-third through production. Rick McCollum is lined up for the cover and Ran Scott will illustrate the stories. Next submission window will be one day, February 23, 2020. Keep an eye on Pulp Modern’s Facebook page for the official announcement.

Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter

One of Birdcage Bottom Books 2019 releases was Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter, which I read earlier this week. J.R. Williams’ blurb sez it all: “HA, ha! I just love Clotfelter’s weird, gnarly drawings and sick, twisted stories… enjoy this book now, before the final apocalypse brings a sudden, merciful end to this troubled world…”

Michael Shayne Feb. 1957

Also read the Feb. 1957 issue of Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine. A diverse collection of crime stories: smart, screwball comedy by Veronica P. Johns; three solid deductive procedurals by Lee E. Wells, Jay Carroll, and Robert O’Neil Bristow; the suspense of abduction by Samuel W. Taylor, alternative realities by Henry Slesar, Robert Bloch, and Frank Kane; and the opening salvo of Brett Halliday’s Mike Shayne novel, Weep for a Blond Corpse. I’m reviewing this issue and the two that follow for either Peter Enfantino’s reboot of bare*bones magazine or The Digest Enthusiast No. 13.

From the Vault
True Crime Detective Winter 1953

True Crime Detective Winter 1953

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 5 Winter 1953
Contents Page
Frank Mullady “The Wanton Murder of Arnold Schuster”
Edmund Pearson “The Day of Floradora”
J. Francis McComas “Until Your are Dead”
F. Tennyson Jesse “Murder in the King’s Household”
H.B. Irving “The Strange Case of Euphrasie Mercier”
Verdict of Two: a book review department by the Editors
Stuart Palmer “Once Aboard the Lugger”
Miriam Allen deFord “The Murderer was a Lady”
Index to Volume One and Two
Ad for The Book of Wit & Humor (Mercury Publications)

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 “Murder in the King’s Household”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Alfred Hitchcock Jul/Aug 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Jul/Aug 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2019
Contents
Linda Landrigan: All in the Execution (introduction)
The Lineup
Dave Zeltserman “Lulu and Heartbreaker” (Morris Brick)
R.T. Lawton “The Horse” art by Noah Bailey
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Leaf Peeper”
Janice Law “A Fine Nest of Rascals”
John H. Dirckx “Who’s Counting?”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
B.K. Stevens “The Tourist”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Wolfe (puzzle, solution on page 137)
John C. Boland “Marley’s Mistress” art by Ally Hodges
Dayle A. Dermatis “Pirate Pete’s”
Michael A. Black “Carnivores and Herbivores” art by Eric Fisher
William Burton McCormick “The Three Camillas”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Paul D. Marks “Past is Prologue”
Mark Bruce “Minerva James and the Goddess of Justice” (Black Orchid Novella Award)
The Story That Won (Mar/Apr) “Seeing is Believing” by L.J. Belle
Coming in AHMM Sep/Oct 2019
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 7 & 8 Jul/Aug 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Maggie Ivy
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until August 20, 2019
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

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

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019

Contents
Paul D. Marks “The Box”
Rob Nisbet “Sergeant Spinge and the Locked-Room Mystery”
Jeffery Scott Sims “The Search for Doctor Vane
Dennis Palumbo “Evidence”
David Rachels “Gold, Jewels, Art, My Father”
Thomas Millstead “Hi! I’m Heather”
Eric Cline “Storey”
Tatiana Claudy “For the Love of Wine” (A You-Solve-It)
Solution to April You-Solve-It “Imperceptible” by Susan Sundwall

Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2019
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
7.5” x 10” 82 pages
POD $5.99, Kindle $2.99
Mystery Weekly Magazine website