This issue delivered an enjoyable mix of pop culture fervor. Matthrew W. Bradley’ delves into Bradbury’s Elliott Family, while Don D’Ammassa tackles a basket full of overlooked vampire novels. The cover story by W.D. Gagliani offers a definitive examination of the original Planet of the Apes film series and their paperbacked companion novels. It’s supplemented nicely by Craig Miller’s eye-witness report on the filming of supporting footage for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and b•b’s co-editor John Scoleri’s summary of scenes scripted but cut from the final films.
That other b•b co-editor Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests singling out a particularly star-studded issue of Manhunt (Aug. 1956) and MikeShayne (Aug. 1965), while S. Craig Zahler braves Sleaze Alley to unearth a few brazen treasures worth reading about, if not actually reading the books themselves. J. Charles Burwell’s fond review of a trio of novels by H.A. DeRosso is both insightful and captivating. Jack Seabrook interviews supercollector Walker Martin, a conversation loaded with candor and exuberance. And to wrap-up the issue, David J. Schow recounts personal anecdotes about early monster movies and scary stuff with his usual glib aplomb.
If you haven’t yet caught bare•bones fever, this edition is an excellent jumping-on point.
Sam S. Taylor (1903–1994) wrote five stories for Manhunt and four novels in the 1940s and 1950s, three originally in hardcover for Dutton: Sleep No More (1949); No Head For Her Pillow (1952); and So Cold, My Bed (1953); and one in paperback for Gold Medal: Brenda (1952) under the pseudonym Lehi Zane.
On the heels of The Scream Factory came bare•bones Magazine. Then print gave way to digital and bare•bones transformed into a website. Coming full circle back to print, the success of The Best of The Scream Factory paved the way for The Best of bare•bones, which is not a limited edition volume like the former, but a print-on-demand volume that should remain in print for a good long run.
Table of Contents Peter Enfantino & John Soleri’s Dueling Editorial W.D. Gagliani “A Dirty Harry for the Ninties: John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport” Peter Enfantino “A Talk with Bill Crider” John Scoleri “Giving Me the Creeps: The Legend of He Who Kills” Thomas Deja “Dig that Crazy ‘Tec: Richard Prather Interview” Derek Hill “Twilight of the Mind: The ‘Black’ Novels of Cornell Woolrich” Peter Enfantino & John Soleri “Bob Wilkins: The bare•bones Interview” David H. Smith “Cognitive Dissonance: The Horror Career of Jerry Warren” W.D. Gagliani “Dracula Lives Again (And Again And Again . . .) Blending Cenres in Robert Lory’s Dracula Series” Vince Fahey & John Scoleri “From the Friendly Skies to Titanic Depths: Robert Serling Interview” Stefan Dziemianowicz “The Annotated Index to Saturn Science Fiction” Peter Enfantino “The Annotated Index to Web Detective Stories” Thomas Deja “The Profane Scent of Forbidden Knowledge: George C. Chesbro’s Mongo” Derek Hill “Staring Into the Wolf’s Lair Abyss: A Look at Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane, the Mystic Swordsman” Derek Hill “The Blind Dead Ride! The Blind Dead Films of Amando de Ossorio” John Scoleri “Kitten on the Cover: Ann-Margret Movie Tie-Ins (1962–1966)” David J. Schow “Mostest Bestest” W.D. Gagliani “Richard Stark: Donald Westlake’s Dark Half” Lawrence McCallum “Horror Rises From the Past in the Films of Edward I. Cahn” David Allen Brown “Dark Gothic: The Dark Shadows Novels of Dan Ross” David J. Schow “AKA Trevanian” About the Contributors Index to bare•bones Magazine (1997–2001)
Cimarron Street Books Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Soleri 6” x 9” 240 pages Print $16.99 bare•bones website
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 12 Dec. 1966 Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader Contents Max Van Derveer “The Holiday Spirit” J.A. Mas “The Deadly Handyman” Lawrence Block “Some Things a Man Must Do” James N. Semple “Lull in Homicide” Dan J. Marlowe “The Annuity” Bob Bristow “The Message” Mike Brett “Crooks, Satchels, and Selma” Parley J. Cooper “The Servant Problem” Carl Henry Rathjen “Jump Job” Jack Webb “Day of the Tiger” Robert Edmond Alter “No Place Like Home” Wenzell Brown “The Blue Man” Richard O. Lewis “Shakedown” James McKimmey “The Magic Tree”
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 5 May 1966 Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader (an excerpt) “. . . be King of the Grill, and a Mystery Reading Buff, adn acquire the resolute expression of the gentleman on the cover.” Contents Edward D. Hoch “The Rusty Rose” Robert G. Anderson “Child of the Night” Frank Sisk “The Sawbuck Machine” Robert W. Alexander “Over a Barrel” Ed Lacy “Five Minutes Ago” Carroll Mayers “The Conspirators” Robert Edmond Alter “The Shunned House” F.J. Smith “The Gun Merchant” Aubrey S. Newman “Community Service” Ione Ivey “So Tender These Petals” Dick Ellis “Beware the Righteous Man” Lawrence E. Orin “The Basement Room” Geoffrey Knighton “A Matter of Honor” Joseph Payne Brennan “The Intangible Threat” Fletcher Flora “The Happenstance Snatch” Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon
Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker Managing Editor: G.F. Foster Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ernest Hutter Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon 160 pages, 50¢
The companion digest to Magazine of Horror, covered by Peter Enfantino in The Digest Enthusiast No. 5, was Startling Mystery Stories. Its editor Robert A.W. Lowndes introduced it: “While this publication is restricted to mystery tales, we are stressing the eerie, bizarre, and strange type of mystery . . .” Peter’s coverage includes commentary and contents for all 18 issues of SMS in the newly released issue of The Digest Enthusiast.
The Digest Enthusiast No. 10 June 2019 5.5” x 8.5” 160 pages, with over 100 digest magazine cover images $8.99 Print $2.99 Kindle
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 4 April 1966 Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Friends “Soon we will once again hear, from spring training camps, the crack of a baseball bat—hopefully, against a ball . . .” Contents Richard Hill Wilkinson “Night Clerk” C.B. Gilford “Don’t Call It Murder” Virginia Coffman “Spring Thaw” Lawrence A. Hayner “The Big Diamond Glittered” Cameron Wills “Personal” Helen Nielsen “The Master’s Touch” Steve Wyandotte “An Ill Wind” Jack Ritchie “Plan 19” Robert Specht “The Real Thing” Ed Lacy “The Listening Cone” Ree Montgomery “Cabin on the Old Dump Road” Robert Edmond Alter “Haunted Hill” Vera Henry “Between Trains” Dan J. Marlowe “Don’t Lose Your Cool” Richard Hardwick “The Private Eye of Irving Anvil” Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon
Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker Managing Editor: G.F. Foster Associate Editors: Pat Hitchcock, Ernest Hutter, Victoria S. Benham Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon 164 pages, 50¢
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 9 No. 6 June 1964 Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Friends Contents Richard Deming “Medicine Woman” Jack Ritchie “Everybody Except Wilbur” Leo R. Ellis “Fresh Thuringer Today” Robert Edmond Alter “Echo of a Savage” Jay Folb “Hero of the Silver Screen” Frank Sisk “The Clean Platter” Carl Henry Rathjen “A Debt to Doc” Rog Phillips “Legacy of Office” Carroll Mayers “Until Death Us Do Part” Thomasina Weber “Judgment Day” Dick Ellis “Final Performance” Richard Hardwick “The Dangerous Age” Jan MacKenzie “Show Me First Your Penny” Steve O’Connell “Kill the Taste” Ed Dumonte “Summer Session Only” Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon
Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker Managing Editor: G.F. Foster Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ned Benham Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon 164 pages, 50¢
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 9 No. 2 Feb. 1964 Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers Contents Henry Slesar “Second Verdict” Duane Yarnell “The Bent Frame” Arthur Porges “Blood Will Tell” Robert Edmond Alter “A Habit for the Voyage” Thomasina Weber “The Handiest Man Around” Wenzell Brown “The Lure” Hilda Cushing “She Loved Funerals” Clark Howard “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” Jonathan Craig “The Baby” Gene Pollock “The Time of His Life” Miranda Wallace “A Touch of Magic” Edward Wellen “Siege Perilous” Richard Deming “The Sensitive Juror” Carroll Mayers “The Big Grab” Bernice Balfour “The Vision of Mrs. Hardy”