Startling Mystery Stories


News Digest Nov. 6, 2020

New Releases

AHMM and EQMM Nov/Dec 2020

The Nov/Dec issues of Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen are now on newsstands.

Startling Mystery Stories No. 1

My blog posts here at larquepress.com aren’t drawing as much traffic as I’d like, so I’m changing things up again. Most of my weekly summary content will be posted on FB and Twitter as it arrives. I will reserve the blog for New Releases, mini reviews of recent reads, and updates on development of the issues of The Digest Enthusiast. I’ll post as things develop rather than saving items up for one post on Fridays.

Readin’ and Writin’
Startling Mystery Stories was a fine companion digest to Magazine of Horror. The first issue is a solid representative of its 16-issue run. Although most of the magazine is reprints, they are carefully culled from their sources by one of the best editors of the pulp and digest heyday: Robert A.W. Lowndes.

Weirdbook No. 43

Weirdbook seems to have fallen out of their quarterly schedule lately, so I was happy to dive into issue 43 shortly after it arrived. It’s another excellent collection of weird fiction and poetry. My favorites this time out include stories by Darrell Schweitzer, John R. Fultz, Sharon Cullars, D.C. Lozar, and Adrian Cole. The issue also includes a tribute to the late Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (1955–2020) and one of his final stories.

I have to admit I’ve been majorly distracted this week over the election and didn’t get as much accomplished as I’d planned. However, the news gathering process has begun, with requests sent out to all the digest magazine editors I know. The big, newsstand titles as well as the indie variety self-published and small press.

Also, made serious headway on the Roman Scott collection. The book will be published in hardcover through Lulu.com and include about 150 pages of Scott’s comix and art, with recollections by Marc Myers, Jonathan Falk, and Todd Mecklem.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Also received three new cartoons from Bob Vojtko for the issue of Pulp Modern that’s in development.

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.

Startling Mystery Stories

The Digest Enthusiast No. 10 pgs 46 & 47

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

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