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.
Current Releases Analog Sep/Oct 2020 Contents Page Sheila Williams’ Anniversary Retrospective Editorial Lewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” (reprint) Jason Kahler “After National Geographic” (verse) James Van Pelt “Minerva Girls” Derek Kunsken’s Science Fact: The Science Behind The House of Styx Holly Lyn Walrath “Yes, Antimatter is Real” (verse) John J. Vester “Where There’s Life” art by Kurt Huggins Sean McMullen “The Chrysalis Pool” Aimee Ogden “A Skyful of Wings” Jacob C. Cockcroft “Going Small” Beth Goder “True Colors” John G. Cramer’s The Alternate View: Where’s All the Antimatter? Stephen S. Power “Drive Safely” Wang Yuan “Casualties of the Quake” translation by Andy Dudak Dan Reade “The Home of the King” art by Tomislav Tikulin In Times to Come Joel Richards “City” M.L. Clark “Seeding the Mountain” Jay Werkheiser “The Writhing Tentacles of History” Alan Dean Foster “The Treasure of the Lugar Morto” Richard A. Lovett’s The Alternate View: The Post-Coronavirus “New Normal” James Sallis “Schools of Thought” Mary Soon-Lee “The Boy Who Went to Mars” Sarina Dories “I, Bigfoot” art by Mark Evans Adam-Troy Castro “Draiken Dies” art by Soo Lee Don Sakers: The Reference Library Brass Tacks (Letters) Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events
Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 140 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2020 Publisher: Peter Kanter Editor: Trevor Quachri Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday Editorial Assistant: Rae Purdom Senior Art Director: Victoria Green Cover: Soo Lee 208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 20, 2020 Analog website
bare•bones No. 3 Contents Page W.D. Gagliani’s epic overview of the original Planet of the Apes films, novel and sequel novelizations Craig Miller recalls being on-set for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes John Scoleri looks at the Apes adaptations from Screen Stories Jack Seabrook interviews collector Walker Martin Matthew R. Bradley’s look at Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family J. Charles Burwell on the Western Noir novels of H.A. DeRosso Don D’Ammassa’s Overlooked Library returns Peter Enfantino Digs into Crime Digests S. Craig Zahler ducks into Sleaze Alley David J. Schow’s latest installment of his R&D column looks at Monster Movies
bare•bones No. 3 Summer 2020 Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri Layout: John Scoleri Cimarron Street Books 6” x 9” 107 pages Print $9.95
Digest Magazine Writers Update Alexandria Blaelock, whose story “The Perfume of Peaches” appears in Ellery Queen Sep/Oct 2020, muses about The Thin Grey Line at Something is Going to Happen.
Trace Evidence previews the writers and stories for AHMM Sep/Oct 2020.
Digest Magazine Review Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Sep. 1965 at Galactic Journey.
Storytime M.E. Purfield shares his story “Bumper” at Rusty Barnes’Tough Crime.
TDE Contributors’ Corner Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 45, Vampirella No. 22, and Creepy No. 51 at bare•bones e-zine.
Readin’ and Writin’ I’m slowly making my way through Martin Roth’sThe Crime Writer’s Reference Guide and ran across this gem on page 182: “A crime is a wrong that affects the community in its aggregate capacity. A tort is a wrong apart from contract, which affects persons in their individual capacity. One is a public wrong, whereas the other is a private wrong. In the case of a crime, the wrongdoer is liable to criminal prosecution, whereas in the case of a tort, the offender is liable only to a civil action by the person injured.”
Finished reading bare•bones No. 2, an excellent follow-up to its debut issue. Lots of good stuff on the work of Richard Matheson by Paul M. Riordan, Matthew Bradley and co-editor John Scoleri, who also provides an article/review of DC’s Captain Action comics; co-editor Peter Enfantino’s pieces on The Sharpshooter paperbacks, another peek down Sleazy Alley, and follow-on to his article on the Shock Mystery Tales digests from TDE4, about the final bedsheet editions; Gilbert Colon on Lin Carter’s “People of the Dragon”; S. Craig Zahler on select issues of The Spider pulps; and David J. Schow explains the pile-up on production credits and endless writers’ meetings. Full disclosure: I dig into crime digests Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (Feb–Jun 1957) in this issue.
Marc Myers is creating a new collection of work by the late Roman Scott. The hardcover format book will include all the content from his Oddities and Head zines. The volume will include recollections by Jonathan Falk and Todd Mecklem. I began the preliminary work on the layout this week.
Marc also completed a beautiful collage to illustrate a new story by Robert Snashall for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, due in January 2021.
Vintage Humor Digest Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986 John Severin “Sagebrush” Contents Page Editor’s Note Keny Gamble “Rambozo” Bill Everett “Pushbutton War” “Cat Gifts” Vic Martin “Hudd & Dini” “Ultra-Realistic Dolls” Charlie Rodrigues “Cannibal Chuckles” Sean Powers “School for TV Wrestlers” McCartney “Hurry Ups” John Severin “Celebrities’ Screen Idols” McCartney “Surfing U.S.A.” John Severin “Beach Ballon” Charlie Rodrigues “Take Me Out to the Old Cracked Ball Game” “Cracked Lens” (photo gags) Bill Ward “Cracked Interviews the Magic King” John Severin “Silly Things We Do…” Howard Nostrand “Foggy Night in Minnesota” John Severin “The Cracked Late Late Late Late Movie: The Towering Infernal” John Severin “Sagebrush” John Severin “Rare Old Shut Ups” (back cover)
Cracked Digest No. 1 Oct. 1986 Editor-in-Chief: Michael Delle-Femine Art Director: Barry Shaprio Editorial Assistance: Mort Todd 5.5” x 8.25” 148 pages $2.00