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Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6

Pulp Modern [v2 #6, Winter 2020] ed. Alec Cizak (Uncle B. Publications & Larque Press, $6.99, 132pp, digest, cover by Ran Scott)
1 • From the Editor • Alec Cizak • ed
4 • Twenty Minutes in Riverdale • John M. Floyd • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
16 • With Hindsight • Stephen D. Rogers • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
28 • Just Another Necky • Dustin Walker • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
44 • Tall Tales • Lousie Taylor • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
60 • Armed and Dangerous • Anthony Perconti • ar
70 • A Lesson in Footwork • Matthew X. Gomez • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
86 • Art Model Noir • Patrick Whitehurst • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
98 • Hara-Kiri • Stephen J. Golds • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
110 • Rotten Meat • Nils Gilbertson • ss; illustrated by Ran Scott
126 • Contacts • lk
127 • Independent Fiction Alliance • ms

Pulp Modern website
Print $6.99 Kindle $2.99

Fate-ful Project Updates

The new Fate arrived this week.
Fate No. 736

Fate No. 736

Highlights of this issue include two articles on mermaids, a report on nature spirits, and a piece by dowser Marty Cain.

Get a copy on newsstands now, or order directly from fatemag.com

Status Updates
The print proof of Oddities and Other Grotesques by Roman Scott arrived this week from Marc Myers. The overall package looks great, but quite a few pages require some tweaks. Mostly image adjustments to make the artwork reproduce in its best light. A little time consuming, but I progressed about half way through the book by week’s end. More to do next week.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Alec Cizak sent a few ads for the next Pulp Modern. And Ran Scott completed another illustration. We’re making good progress, and hope to wrap things up before the end of the year.

The second print proof for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 is in St. Paul on its way to Vancouver. Although next week is probably a lousy week to release a book, I’ll do it anyway ‘cause I’m an indie publisher and there are a few folks who’ve been patiently waiting. Watch for an update next week.

In the meantime, 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.

Fauci in review

Fauci by Michael Specter

This audio biography of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci by Michael Specter provides an excellent overview of the famed doctor’s career, along with excerpts from interviews recorded along the way. Covering more than three decades of work and discovery, from his childhood in Brooklyn to his pioneering research and advocacy for patients with AIDS, up to the current global pandemic with COVID-19.

In addition to its fact-based case for science, its also an illustration of the power of grounding yourself in facts. Faced with a tidal wave of emotion, and too often misinformed rage, Fauci kept his cool and his self-esteem intact by sticking to facts as the foundation for his even-handed, often generous, response to his critics and those intent on bullying. A casebook for going high, when your critics go low.

WIP Update
The proof copy of The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 arrived this week. The book will be manufactured by Lulu.com and was originally spec’ed on their 60 lb. interior stock. The proof looks good, but the color cover repros were not quite as crisp as I’d like. When I went back to upgrade to Lulu’s 80 lb. option, I found the selection no longer available since the book had already reached the proofing stage. This didn’t make sense to me, but there may be good reason(s) of which I’m unaware. I filled out a customer support request, but the response was an automated email that didn’t address my problem. I ended up “retiring” the project and opening a new one using 80# stock. A fresh print proof is in progress. Probably unnecessary, but I want to be sure everything looks good before the book’s release. The heavier stock is more expensive, so the price will be $20 for the print version. The release will likely be the week of the Christmas holiday. Watch for the announcement here.

Marc Myers finished reviewing the proof copy of his latest book Oddities and Other Grotesques by Roman Scott. Several pages are a bit dark, so he’s forwarded the proof to me. I’ll adjust the contrast/density to the pages that need it and upload a new interior file in the next week or two.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Ran Scott completed several more interior illustrations for the next Pulp Modern and sent some cover sketch ideas to editor Alec Cizak and I. We make the selection and now things are back in Ran’s capable hands. Still no hard date for release, but late Dec/early Jan seems realistic.

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 Release Dec. 4, 2020

New Release:

Nostalgia Digest Winter 20221

Nostaglia Digest Winter 2021
The remarkable life of OLIVIA de HAVILLAND, Hollywood legend
The screen partnership of NELSON EDDY and JEANETTE MacDONALD
How THE SHADOW became one of radio’s great heroes
From Teddy Bears to Barbie dolls: The world’s most famous Christmas gifts
The career of DANNY THOMAS, and a promise he kept
Agnes Moorehead, Richard Widmark and other radio actors who became movie stars
A complete listing for Steve Darnall’s Those Were The Days!
FLOYD GIBBONS, the globe-trotting reporter who became a radio star
PLUS: Memories of mimeograph machines; the way televisions used to be; more!
Ordering Information

The Digest Enthusiast No. 13

Status Report
Finished up The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 and ordered a print proof from Lulu.com this week. Hopefully, the proof will show up next week and everything will align with the targeted Dec. 18th release. Meanwhile, prep on the Kindle and Magzter versions kept me busy.

Here’s a cover preview of the issue, with a painting by Brian Buniak.

In other updates, Ran Scott continued his work creating artwork for Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 6.

No news from Marc Myers on the print proof from Lulu.com on his Roman Scott collection–with a little luck he can release it next week.

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.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Larque Press Publications

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.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

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.

News Digest Oct. 16, 2020

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7

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

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

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.

The October eNewsletter is out from Pulp Literature.

Rosemary Claire Smith talks elections at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “The Whole Story” by Andrew Wlesh-Huggins from Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 7 at Little Big Crimes.

Storytime
Jim Woessner’s
“The Hero” at Close to the Bone.

Abi Marie Palmer’s “The Cult of Huggy Hamster” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Eerie 49, Vampirella 26, Creepy 55

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 49, Vampirella No. 26, and Creepy No. 55 at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines Spectrum 27.

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.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

News Digest Aug. 14, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020

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

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

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.

Mel Kassel talks “Crawfather” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Adam Ford on the secret origin of his poem “Dog Day Afternoon” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

James Morrow on “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 37: The Jawbone” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Tom Purdom talks ray guns, personality mods, and quotes about his story “We All Lose if They Take Mizuba” from Asimov’s Jul./Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

MWM 8-2020, Pulp Modern 5, Fantastic 9-1965, Commando: Raging Metal

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “Only the Desperate Come Here” by Michael Mallory from Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Suz Jay reviews Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 and awards it 4.5 stars at Goodreads.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Raging Metal at Rough Edges.

Storytime
Alec Cizak
reads three poems from The Five-Two on ACTV.

Tom Leins presents “Recalibration” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Batman 326, Brave & Bold 165, Detective 493, Untold Legend of Batman 2

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.

AHMM Oct 1960, Brain Freeze 4

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’s Horse Crime Comics mini comic is now available at Nenoworld.

Yes to Life, The Guns of Pluto

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.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

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.

Thrilling SF No. 24

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¢

News Digest July 3, 2020

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6
Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 6

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

Analog, Asimov's Ju./Aug 2020
Analog, Asimov’s Ju./Aug 2020

The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Analog and Asimov’s are now available. For contents click on their titles.

Pulp Modern Flash

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
Tales from the Magician’s Skull No. 4

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

Analog July 1965, If Aug. 1965
Analog July 1965 and World of If Aug. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews Mark Thielman’s “A Beastly Trial” from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog July 1965 at Galactic Journey.

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

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Derek Künsken’s
Q&A on “Tool Use by the Humans of Danzhai County” Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

P.K. Torrens on his story “Nanoscopic Nemesis” Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

C.C. Finlay overviews F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen Mazur is leaving his post as Assistant Editor of F&SF. C.C. Finlay writes a farewell tribute at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen Mazur interviews Richard Bowes about “In the Eyes of Jack Saul” (F&SF May/Jun 2020) at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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’s Something is Going to Happen.

Batman 323, Brave & Bold 162, Detective 490
Batman 323, Brave & Bold 162, Detective 490

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.

The Confession, Eddie's World
The Confession and Eddie’s World

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.

Barb Goffman shares proofreading tips at SleuthSayers.

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.

John Shirley on Weirdbook No. 42
John Shirley on Weirdbook No. 42

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.

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb. 1959

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¢

News Digest June 26, 2020

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

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

Alec Cizak reads the intro to Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

Editor Alec Cizak reads his introduction to the issue on ACTV.

Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Jul/Aug 2020

The Jul/Aug 2020 issues of Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen are now available. For contents click on their titles.

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund another four issues of the magazine.

Close to the Bone No. 2

Storytime
The second issue of Close to the Bone is out with crime fiction and other genres. Free download.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Robert Reed on “Who Carries the World” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Robert R. Chase on Immortality and “The Offending Eye” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Herb Kauderer, whose poem “Bicameral” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, has Questions About the New Inequality at From Earth to the Stars.

Tom Mead, author of “The Indian Rope Trick” in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, discusses locked room mysteries at Something is Going to Happen.

Vampirella 17, Eerie 40, Creepy 46

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Steve Carper
explores the Harden Planetarium at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 17, Eerie No. 40, and Creepy No. 46 at bare•bones e-zine.

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2020

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.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Many thanks to Kevin Tipple for highlighting Michael Bracken’s story “El Despoblado” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 at The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog.

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.

News Digest Juneteenth 2020

bare•bones No. 2

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’s Shock 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

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

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine News
Michael Bracken
with news on Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Guns + Tacos, and his anthologies at SleuthSayers.

Emily Hockaday, Trevor Quachri, and Sheila Williams announce and 2019 AnLab and Asomiv’s Reader’s Award Winners at both Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars and The Astounding Analog Companion.

Tim Lucas recalls the debut of his digest at Video Watchdog.

Digest Magazine Stories
Robert Lopresti
backgrounds his “Library of Poisonville” cover story from AHMM Jul/Aug 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Rebecca Zahabi discusses “Birds Without Wings” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Read about Tom Jolly’s return to Analog Jul/Aug 2020 with “Stick and Stones” at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Claire Ortalda, whose story “The Recipe Box” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, examines “murder as entertainment” at Something is Going to Happen.

Hollis Joel Henry on “The Last Water Baron” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

F&SF July 1965, Galaxy Novel No. 3

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.

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas

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.

Pulp Modern trailer

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.

Tony Gleeson Interview

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.

Short Stories April 1958

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¢