Marc Myers, Jonathan Falk, and I were hard at work on the Roman Scott anthology this week. Marcus Reed sent in a piece about his work with Roman on Pastime Publications. The book’s page count is now at 168.
Alec Cizak secured final drafts on three stories and final edits on the others for Pulp Modern No. 6. We’re trying out a two-column layout this time around, to bring the look-and-feel closer to past pulp digests. Bob Vojtko gave us three new cartoons to fill out the pages that needed them. Ran Scott is hard at work on the illustration and cover art. The book should be out in late December or early January.
News items are coming in for the next Digest Enthusiast and I’m proofreading the rest of the book as I await more. This issue will likely be printed by Ingram, like issue No. 11. We’ve picked up a new advertiser this time: Fenham Publishing. If you’re an H.P. Lovecraft fan, be sure to check out their website.
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.
New Releases Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 Special Private Eye Issue Contents Page Michael Bracken: From the Cat’s Perch Robert Lopresti “The Charity Case” Andrew Welsh-Huggins “The Whole Story” Josh Pachter “The Stopwatch of Death” Bev Vincent “The Fugitive with the Dragon Tattoo” O’Neil De Noux “Love Pirate” Graham Powell “Pictures of Lily” Gordon Linzner “Show and Zeller” John M. Floyd “Mustang Sally” E.E. King “Funeral Potatoes” Robert Jeschonek “The Makings of a Killer” Fletcher Flora “Loose Ends” (Classic Reprint)
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 Publisher/Executive Editor: John Gregory Betancourt Editor: Michael Bracken Production: Sam Hogan, Karl Wülf 6” x 9” 168 pages Print $13.00 Wildside Press Website
Digest Magazine Blogs Phyllis Galde talks with Zecharia Sitchin, eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar at Fatemag.com.
LaToya Jovena, whose “The Winner” appears in the upcoming EQMM Nov/Dec 2020, explains where she gets story ideas at Something is Going to Happen.
Readin’ and Writin’ This week’s reading included wrapping up the current issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, an ecclectic mix of entertaining fiction and features. My favorite stories were Marc Laidlaw’s “Weeper,” Leah Cypess’ “Of Them All,” James Sallis’ “The Cry of Evening Birds,” and Brian Trent’s “The Dog and the Ferryman.” The introduction to Laidlaw’s yarn also highlights his Games column with the promise “We think you’ll appreciate his insights into the narratives of this new-ish medium, even if you don’t play games.” I don’t, but it did prove to be an issue highlight. I also greatly enjoyed Jerry Oltion’s Science column on the science of printing. If you hurry, you can still find the issue on newsstands or order a copy directly from the publisher online.
Alec Cizak sent me the first batch of stories he’s selected for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6 and I’ve begun the layout. We’re going with a two-column layout this time to look more like the pulps and digests of old.
Rick McCollum sent the final art for my story that will appear in The Digest Enthusiast No.13. Fab as usual. It’s already in place in the issue, which is progressing nicely. Also completed the retouch on the covers for Steve Carpers’ new article.
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.
New Releases Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020 Contents Page Bill Kelly “Lucid” Josh Pachter “The Odds Are Good” Michael Bracken “Bone Soup” Gerard J. Waggett “Suicide Insurance” Leone Ciporin “The Power of the Dog” Rachel Amphlett “A Grave Mistake” Michael Mallory “Only the Desperate Come Here” David Bart “A Little Housecleaning” Bruce Harris “A Numbers Game” (You-Solve-It)
Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 60 Aug. 2020 Publisher: Chuck Carter Editor: Kerry Carter Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans 7.4” x 9.7” 85 pages Print $7.99 Kindle $3.99 MWM Website
Digest Magazine Writers’ Roundup David Erik Nelson discusses his F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 cover story, “All Hail the Pizza King and Bless His Reign Eternal,” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 326, The Brave and the Bold No. 165, Detective Comics No. 493, and The Untold Legend of Batman No. 2 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook presents The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Five: “Summer Shade” (adapted from an AHMM Oct. 1960 story) at bare•bones e-zine.
Zine Scene Jim Main’s latest mini comic Brain Freeze No. 4 is available for $5.00 postage paid from Main Enterprises PO Box 93, New Milford, CT 06776. The 40-page issue includes work by well over a dozen cartoonists including John Lambert, Brad W. Foster, Doug Halverson, and many, many others.
Also, Michael Neno’sHorse Crime Comics mini comic is now available at Nenoworld.
Readin’ and Writin’ Finished listening to Victor E. Frankl’s Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything this week. The book consists of three lectures Frankl gave shortly after his liberation from concentration camps after WWII on the meaning of life. Surprisingly uplifting and of course, thought provoking.
Also read the second edition of Amazing Selects with Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future starring in The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele. This adventure is the second installment of Steele’s trilogy of The Return of Ul Quorn, sequel to Avengers of the Moon. Great read with clever plotting. Can’t wait to get my eyeballs on the conclusion. Plus this edition includes a bonus reprint of Hamilton’s “The Harpers of Titan,” a story in which the Brain takes center stage, with the rest of the crew in supporting roles.
Finished writing an article/review of Flying Eagle’s 1953 digest magazine Verdict and submitted it to Peter Enfantino of Cimarron Street books for a future edition of bare•bones.
Also gained feedback on my sword and sorcery story “The Children of Aldwier” from my writing group. After some tweaks, the story will appear in TDE13, scheduled for January 2021.
Karl awarded The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 a five-star rating on Goodreads this week. Thank you, Karl! The issue is available in print from Lulu.com (and amazon), and in digital formats for Kindle and Magzter.
Vintage SF Digest Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972 Contents Page Ivar Jorgenson “Children of Chaos” Les Collins “The Seventh Planet” art by Schroeder C.H. Thomas “World Beyond Pluto” art by Novick Henry Slesar “Legacy of Terror” art by Virgil Finlay Tom Godwin “Cry From a Far Planet” art by Martinez O.H. Leslie “The Creators” A. Bertram Chandler “It Started with Sputnik” art by Llewellyn G.L. Vendenberg “Moon Glow” A. Morris & Malcolm Smith “The Thing on the Moon”
Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972 Ultimate Publishing 5.25” x 7.75” 132 pages 60¢
New Releases Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6 Contents Page Michael Bracken: From the Cat’s Perch Trey R. Barker “Seven Card Joker High” Robert Guffey “The Loser” Michael Bracken “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” John Hegenberger “The Magnificent Score” Robert Lopresti “Worse than Death” Patricia Dusenbury “The Last Thing He Remembered” Laird Long “Paint the Clown Red” Bryce Walton “The Contagious Killer” (Classic Reprint)
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6 (Vol. 2 No. 2) (June 2019) Publisher: John Gregory Betancourt Editor: Michael Bracken Production Team: Sam Cooper, Steve Coupe, Shawn Garrett, Sam Hogan, Yamini Manikoth Cover: Uncredited 6” x 9” 132 pages Print $14.49 Kindle $3.99 Black Cat Mystery website
The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Analog and Asimov’s are now available. For contents click on their titles.
Pulp Modern editor Alec Cizak provides an update on the fiction digest at No Moral Center and introduces Pulp Modern Flash, a new online genre fiction website.
Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4 Contents Page John C. Hocking “Guardian of the Broken Gem” Adrian Cole “On Death Seed Island” James Enge “Masks of Silence” James Stoddard “Cage of Honor” C.L. Werner “The Witch’s Hand” Ryan Harvey “The Dead Queen’s Triumph” Tom Doyle “Thieves of the Fallen World” Milton Davis “Apedamak’s Army” Terry Olson’s Appendix: Game Statistics
Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4 Publisher: Joseph Goodman Editor: Howard Andrew Jones Cover: Doug Kovacs Design: Lester B. Portly Interior Art: Chris Arneson, Randy Broecker, Samuel Dillon, Jannell Jaquays, Doug Kovacs, Brad McDevitt, Russ Nicholson, Stefan Prag 8.5” x 11” 72 pages Print $14.99
Digest Magazine Reviews Robert Lopresti reviews Mark Thielman’s “A Beastly Trial” from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at Little Big Crimes.
Jacqueline Freimor whose story “That Which is True” debuts in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020 responds to the question: “Where do you get your ideas?” at EQMM’sSomething is Going to Happen.
TDE Contributor Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 323, The Brave and the Bold No. 162, and Detective Comics No. 490 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook presents The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Two: Portrait of Jocelyn at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writin’ (6-28-20) Finished reading The Confession by Domenic Stansberry, Hard Case Crime, 2004 (HCC-006) this week. A criminal psychologist tells his first-hand story of the criminal justice system when he finds himself facing trial for the murder of his lover amid an avalanche of circumstantial evidence.
Second read of the week was Eddie’s World by Charlie Stella, from Stark House Press’ Black Gat imprint. It’s Black Gat Books No. 2. The copyright is 2001, first published by Carroll & Graf. Cover photo by Peter Rozovsky, book design by Mark Shepard.
Eddie is a sometimes gangster, sometimes word processor. He takes on his latest caper mostly to help out a friend who is in deep financial straits. It’s an after-hours heist for $15K in cash, split three ways between Eddie, Tommy, and the inside-gal Sarah. Like the rest of Eddie’s life, things get complicated, get worse, and get hard to see anyway free and clear of the noirish muck he’s mired in. Plot, characters, prose—this one’s terrific from every angle.
Updated several larquepress.com webpages this week, adding The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 and Pulp Modern No. 5 to their respective webpages and a complete redo of the links page.
DreamHaven Books now has copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 10–12 and bare*bones No. 1 and No. 2 for sale online and at their landmark store in Minneapolis.
Jack Seabrook wrapped up a terrific article on Mystery Book Magazine author Leo Marr that’s locked in for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due in January 2021.
While you’re waiting you might want to check out the current issue that includes an interview with John Shirley about his special issue of Weirdbook No.42. The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is available in print from select booksellers and Lulu.com–and in digital versions for Kindle and Magzter.
Vintage Crime Digest Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959 Brett Halliday: First Appearances Brett Halliday “Keep Me Out of the Morgue” (Mike Shayne) Lewis Horne “Strangers in Gideon” Art Crockett “Murder Begins at Home” Johnston McCulley “Thubway Tham’s Double Play” Henry Slesar “Something Borrowed” John Jakes “The Crooked Three” Charles Beckman, Jr. “Framed” Dennis Weigand “Child’s Play”
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol 4 No. 3 Feb. 1959 Publisher: Leo Margulies Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman Production: Walter P. Dallas 5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages Cover Price: 35¢
New Releases Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 Summer 2020 Contents Page Alec Cizak: From the Editor Andrew Bourelle “Companion” Peter W.J. Hayes “The Bowie Knife” Mandi Jourdan “These Violent Delights” “Doc” Clancy “Ghost Town” Timothy Friend “Burnin’ Love” Serena Jayne “Necessary Evils” Adam S. Furman “Intercession” Victoria Weisfeld “The Unbroken Circle” Nils Gilbertson “How to Make a Boulevardier”
Publishers: Uncle B Publications & Larque Press LLC Editor: Alec Cizak Design: Richard Krauss Cover: Rick McCollum Interior Artwork: Ran Scott Cartoons: Bob Vojtko 5.5” x 8.5” 132 pages Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99
Editor Alec Cizak reads his introduction to the issue on ACTV.
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 17, Eerie No. 40, and Creepy No. 46 at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writin’ There’s no other magazine I can think of like Nostalgia Digest. It’s kind of like TV Guide, only for radio; radio from its golden era celebrated anew every Saturday on WDCB and WGN, on air and online. The quarterly Digest shares the schedules and synopsis of all the shows and rounds out every issue with nearly a dozen articles on celebrities, popular culture, and history. The Summer 2020 edition, which I read this week, is the all-vintage swimsuit issue, featuring celebrities 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. The articles on Keir Dullea, Andy Griffith, Jack Pearl, wartime baseball, the Chautauqua movement, and Jimmy Stewart were all enlightening and entertaining. My thanks to Editor, Publisher, and Host Steve Darnall for another great issue, and for all you do to keep old time radio and those thrilling days of yesteryear alive!
Also read the second issue of Verdict, for a work-in-progress article. Haven’t decided yet if it’s for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, or elsewhere. Verdict No. 2 a terrific issue of a terrific magazine. Sad it only lasted four issues. Some strong entries here by Samuel Blas, Bruno Fischer, Dorothy B. Hughes, Henry Kane, Cornell Woolrich and of course Rex Stout, whose Neo Wolfe novel Fer De Lance is serialized.
Thanks also to David Haden of Tentaclii, an H.P. Lovecraft blog, for including The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in a post this week.
Received comp copies of the new issue of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 from the printer and began mailing them out to contributors. This time the printed book was produced by Lulu.com and I’m very pleased with the results. Their all-new website and new standard color option enabled this edition to include a full color interior at a reasonable, if not inexpensive, price. The book is available in print at lulu.com and for Kindle and Magzter. Among many other features is Lester del Rey’s The Five Ages of Science Fiction by Ward Smith.
New Releases bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020 Contents Page Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri’s Dueling Editorials Paul M. Riordan interview: Richard Matheson and the Western John Scoleri’s Soy Leyenda: The Spanish Adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend Peter Enfantino’s The Lunatic Odyssey of Johnny Rock: The Sharpshooter Gilbert Colon’s “Book One” of Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon” Saga Peter Enfantino’sShock Mystery Tales Richard Krauss’ Digging Into Crime Digests Peter Enfantino’s Slease Alley John Scoleri’s Captain Action at DC Comics S. Craig Zahler’s The Spider Master of Men! David J. Schow’s R&D About the Contributors
bare•bones No. 2 Spring 2020 Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri Layout: John Scoleri Cimarron Street Books 6” x 9” 106 pages Print $9.95
Occult Detective Magazine No. 7 Contents Page John Linwood Grant’s Editorial Cliff Biggers’s In Memorial: Susan Hendrix Biggers Debra Blundell “Uxmal” art by Mutartis Boswell Paul St. John Mackintosh “Ghost in the Machine” Jonathan Raab and Matthew M. Bartlett “Pause for Station Identification” art by Luke Spooner Aaron Vlek “The Case of the Signet Ring” art by Bob Freeman Steven Philip Jones’ Dirk Pitt: Occult Detective? W*ll**m H*pe H*dgs*n “The Thing in the Bedroom” D.J. Tyrer “The White Sickness” art by Autumn Barlow Nancy A. Hansen “Smoake and MIrrors” Bobby Derie’s Conan and Carnacki: Robert E. Howard and William Hope Hodgson Tanya Warnakulasuriya “Mama G” Julie Frost “Dash Thy Foot” art by Russell Smeaton Brandon Barrows “Beyond the Faded Shrine Gates” Colin Fisher “A Night in Gorakhpur” Dave Brzeski’s Cold Cases: Grimm: Ghost Spotter/Doctor Reviews Describin’ the Scribes
Occult Detective Magazine No. 7 May 2020 Editors: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski Cover: Sebastian Cabrol Cathaven Press 6” x 9” 196 pages Print $10.95
Digest Magazine News Michael Bracken with news on Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Guns + Tacos, and his anthologies at SleuthSayers.
Digest Magazine Reviews Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction July 1965 at Galactic Journey.
Mark R. Kelly reviews Galaxy Novel No. 3: Prelude to Space by Arthur C. Clarke at Black Gate.
Gabriel Hart reviews Possession starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil at EconoClash Review.
Storytime Alec Cizak reads Sandra Seamans’ “Survivor’s Guilt” on ACTV.
Thomas Pluck’s “The Cucuzza Curse” at Rusty Barnes’Tough Crime.
Alec Cizak reads his story, “Useful Things,” on ACTV.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 322, The Brave and the Bold No. 161, DC Special Series No. 21, and Detective Comics No. 489 at bare•bones e-zine.
Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part One: Premonition at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writing’ This weeks reads included the digest, Sword and Sorcery Annual, featured last week as the Vintage Fantasy Digest. It’s a collection of short stories well worth seeking out in secondary markets, since most were carefully plucked from early 1960s issues of Fantastic. All that is except the Conan adventure, which dates back to 1934, via Weird Tales. If you enjoy swashbuckling adventures mixed with the supernatural this collection is a treasure chest of riches.
Also finished the audiobook edition of Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas, read by L.S. Ganser. Print version from Hard Case Crime, book HCC-004, with a stunning cover by Robert McGinnis. It’s Aleas’ debut novel that delivers a thoroughly engaging investigation of the murder of stripper Miranda Sugarman, college sweetheart of John Blake, now private investigator—a case Blake is pursuing on his own. Although they’d lost track of each other over the years, he feels a deep sense of loss with her passing. He knows he can’t bring her back, but at least he can help bring her killer to justice, and perhaps give himself some closure as well. A top-notch PI novel.
On the publishing side of things, I finished up the Kindle and Magzter versions of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5, due for launch in print and digital formats on June 23, 2020. Authors include Andrew Bourelle, Peter W.J. Hayes, Mandi Jourdan, “Doc” Clancy, Timothy Friend, Serena Jayne, Adam S. Furman, Victoria Weisfeld, and Nils Gilbertson. Interior art by Ran Scott. Cartoons by Bob Vojtko. Cover by Rick McCollum. Editor Alec Cizak has produced a trailer that captures mood.
I ordered contributor copies of The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 in bulk as the logistic costs are slightly better to have them all sent here than to parse them out individually from Lulu.com. Above is the opening spread of the interview with artist and writer Tony Gleeson, who also provided the cover and plenty of beautiful illustrations from his Amazing and Fantastic days with Sol Cohen and Ted White.
Vintage Adventure Digest Short Stories A Man’s Magazine April 1958 Contents Page Richard Howells Watkins “Strange Ship” (Sea Story) T.T. Flynn “Eyes That See” (Railroad) Theodore Sturgeon “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” (Fantasy) Myron David Orr “The Voodoo Priestess” (New Guinea) Murray Leinster “Poor Devils” (Science Fiction) Carl Jacobi “The Commission of Captain Lace” (Pirate Story) Frank Bonham “Plague Boat” (Adventure) Albert George “Castoff Jockey” (Race Track) Don Ward “Young as Texas” (Western)
Short Stories A Man’s Magazine Vol. 220 No. 2 April 1958 Publisher: Leo Margulies Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman Production: Walter P. Dallas 5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages Cover price 35¢
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
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.
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.
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’sPulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 was finalized this week he’s ordered proof prints ahead of its June 23rd release date.
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¢
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
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
Digest Magazine Reviews Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic June 1965 at Galactic Journey.
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.
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.
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
May Digests Fantasy & Science Fiction May/June 2020 Contents Page Tom Cool and Bruce Sterling “Hornet and Butterfly” Leah Cypess “Stepsister” Ray Nayler “Eyes of the Forest” Jane Yolen “Mab’s Wedding” (verse) Charles de Lint: Books to Look For —Carbon by Andrew Vachas —In Restless Dreams by Wren Handman —Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks —Well of Magic by BR Kingsolver —Stray Bats by Margo Lanagan and Kathleen Jennings James Sallis’ Books —Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker —All Worlds are Real by Susan Palwick —Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley Paul Di Filippo’s Plumage from Pegasus: Faster, Publisher! Binge! Binge! Holly Messinger “Byzantine” Rich Larson “Warm Math” Joseph Bruchac “An Indian Love Call” Rebecca Zahabi “Birds Without Wings” Mary Soon Lee “First Contact” (verse) Marc Laidlaw’s Games —Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice —A Plague Tale: Innocence Karin Lowachee’s Films: The Disease of Class Divisions Jerry Oltion’s Science: Starlink, Star Junk F&SF Competition No. 99 “Ignorance is Bliss” F&SF Competition No. 100 “The Lowest Form of Humor” Richard Bowes “In the Eyes of Jack Saul” Robert Reed “Who Carries the World” M. Rickert “Another F*cken Fairy Tale” Coming Attractions F&SF Market Place Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: Hackenfeller’s Ape by Brigid Brophy
Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 138 No. 5 and 6, No. 749, May/June 2020 Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder Editor: C.C. Finlay Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky Cover: Maurizio Manzieri “Who Carries the World” Cartoons: Kendra Allenby, Bill Long, Arthur Masear 258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until July 6, 2020 Fantasy & Science Fiction website
The Dark City April 2020 Contents Page James Blakey “How to Become a Successful 21st Century Cybercriminal (In Five Easy Steps)” Nicky Johnson “The Darkest of Games” Michael Chandos “The Happy Ending” Roger Leatherwood “Green is the Only Color” Stef Donati “Only a Mother”
The Dark City Crime and Mystery Magazine Vol. 5 No. 3 April 2020 Editor & Publisher: Steve Oliver Contributing Editors: Barbara Curtis, Darin Krogh 5.5” x 8.5” 120 pages $6.99 The Dark City Mystery Magazine website
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Readin’ and Writin’ Paul D. Marks (TDE11 interview) writes about the L.A. locations in his new novel The Blues Don’t Care at SleuthSayers.
Chris Rhatigan offers One Approach to Writing Short Stories at Do Some Damage. (Thanks, David Nemeth.)
Read the Hard Case Crime edition of Top of the Heap by Erle Stanley Gardner this week. Originally written as by A.A. Fair in 1952, this is No. 13 of his Donald Lam/Bertha Cool series. Lam somehow manages a driving narrative while methodically untangling an intricate plot. Fortunately, the weakest link, his partner Cool, intended to add comic relief, is a minor part of the action. Beginning, middle, and end, a fully satisfying murder mystery. More about Lam and Cool at Thrilling Detective.
Artist Ran Scott delivered four illustrations this week, which were added to the latest rev of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5. Booked (InDesign function) all of the individual articles for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 and created the first digital proof. Laid out its cover that features an illustration Tony Gleeson painted on spec for Sol Cohen for Amazing Science Fiction back in the mid-1970s. Rick McCollum completed the art for Rick Ollerman’s story. Sent ads to Switchblade and EconoClash Review for PM5 and TDE12—and another one for TDE12 for The Pulpster. A productive week for Larque Press.
Vintage Crime Digest The Saint Detective Magazine Oct.-Nov. 1953 Contents Page Leslie Charteris “The Spanish Cow” Octavus Roy Cohen “Let Me Kill You Sweetheart” Clarence Budington Kelland “Case of the Rival Familiars” William Campbell Gault “Sweet Rolls and Murder” Arthur Conan Doyle “The Professor Had a Key” Morris Cooper “A Murder of No Importance” Edgar Wallace “The Magic of Fear” Rufus King “The Wreath From the Sky” Cornell Woolrich “It Had to Be Murder” Hayden Howard “Murder on San Afet” Ben Hecht “The Doting Burglar”
The Saint Detective Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4 Oct.-Nov. 1953 President: H.L. Herbert Publisher: Leo Margulies Editor: Sam Merwin, Jr. Supervising Editor: Leslie Charteris 192 pages, cover price 50¢
May Digest Magazines Alfred Hitchcok’s May/Jun 2020 This issue marks the introduction of former police detective Lee Lofland’s new column Case Files, “offering insights into the working lives and daily realities of those involved in law enforcement.” Contents Page Linda Landrigan: Trapped! (introduction) The Lineup Joseph S. Walker “Etta at the End of the World” art by Kimberly Cho Jeff Cohen “The Question of the Befuddled Judge” Ken Brosky “Airless Confinement” Parker Littlewood “Buck Solves the Case” Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192) Robert Lopresti “Shanks Saves the World” art by Kevin Speidell Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Plum (puzzle, solution on page 105) Joslyn Chase “The Wolf and Lamb” Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed —The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell —Anti-Social by Andrew Marantz Viking —Phantom Lady by Christina Lane Elizabeth Zelvin “Reunion” Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Never a Dull Moment in the Kitchen” Michael Bracken “Sleepy River” Bob Tippee “A Bias for Action” John G. Wimer “Probable Cause” Mark Thielman “The Case of the Cereal Killer” art by Enan Liang Sarah Weinman “Limited Liability” Eve Fisher “Brother’s Keeper” Janice Law “The Client” Russell Atwood selects/introduces a Mystery Classic” “A Gross Miscarriage of Justice” by Joyce Porter Lee Lofland’s Case Files The Story That Won (Jan/Feb) “Famous Last Words” by S.D. Burke Coming in AHMM Mar/Apr 2020 Directory of Services/Indicia Classified Marketplace
Analog May/Jun 2020 Emily Hockaday’s Anniversary Retrospective Editorial: Here There Be Women Anne McCaffrey “Weyr Search” (90th Anniversary Retrospective Reprint) G.O. Clark “Miles to Go Before We Rest” (verse) Neal Asher “Moral Biology” Richard A. Lovett’s Science Fact—Space Dust: How an Asteroid Altered Life on Earth . . . Millions of Years Before the Dinosaurs Tom Jolly “A Breath of Air” art by Soo Lee Sarah Gallien “The New Planet” (verse) Dominica Phetteplace “Candida Eve” John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Is the Universe a Hypersphere? Aimee Ogden “To Persist, However Changed” James Sallis “Net Loss” Phoebe Barton “A Compass in the Dark” In Times to Come Eric Cline “It Was a Tradition When You Turned 16” Ramona Louise Wheeler “Calm Face of the Storm” art by Mark Evans Derek Künsken “The House of Styx” Part II art by Eldar Zakirov Don Sakers: The Reference Library —The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer —Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller —Frozen Orbit by Patrick Chiles —The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Michael R. Johnson —Starborn & Godsons by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes —The Renegat by Kristine Karthryn Rusch —Vulcan’s Forge by Robert Mitchell Evans —The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy —Gremlins Go Home by Ben Bova & Gordon R. Dickson Brass Tacks (Letters) Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events
Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 5 & 5 May/Jun 2020 Publisher: Peter Kanter Editor: Trevor Quachri Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom Senior Art Director: Victoria Green Cover: Donato Giancola 208 pages, $7.99 on sale until June 16, 2020 Analog website SF Value Pack-8 $7.95 SF Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95 SF Value Pack-16 $12.95
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Readin’ and Writin’ Book Trailer for Lake County Incidents by Alex Cizak. I wrote a short review of the book on Goodreads, but see my full version in the upcoming TDE.
Read this week: The Hard Case Crime edition of Fright by Cornell Woolrich. A beautifully written noir crime story with a socko finish.
Finished writing my article on Fotocrime this week and laid out the pages. The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is getting close to final so I sent out many requests to digest magazine editors for news updates, the final step of content creation. There are some great things in the works!
Vintage SF Digest Space Science Fiction Feb. 1953 Contents Page Lester del Rey: An Editorial on Immortality H. Beam Piper “Ullr Uprising” part one of two, art by Paul Orban William Morrison “The Hunters” art by H.R. van Donge Coming Events Milton A. Rothman’s Solution Unknown George O. Smith’s Book Reviews Science: Fact and Fiction H.B. Fyfe “Exile” art by Ed Emshwiller John Christopher “Relativity” art by Ed Emshwiller Poul Anderson “Security” art by Alex Ebel Take-Off (Letters of Comment) In Memoriam: Earle Bergey
Publisher: John Raymond Editor: Lester del Rey Assoc. Editor: John Fell, John Vincent Art Director: Milton Berwin Cover: Alex Ebel 5.5” x 7.5” 160 pages 35¢ cover price