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Resident Witch

Analog May 1970

Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Resident Witch (Analog May 1970). Telzey agrees to help Wellan Dasinger locate a man who has been abducted by his brother and hidden until he can be permanently disposed of; but the situation proves to be more complex than anticipated, and Telzey risks her life and safety in a temporary personality exchange in order to bring matters to conclusion. Reprinted in The Telzey Toy (DAW #82 1973).

Psychic Power

Psychic Power

Excerpts from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

Psychic Power: Evolutionary Immortality started its publication with volume 2, number 1, dated February 1923 and was published monthly through volume 3, number 12, December 1924.

An ad for the magazine in its own pages read: “Psychic Power is the largest Magazine of its kind on this continent or elsewhere. Newsy, up-to-date, and with a well informed staff of writers at its disposal. 5,ooo Copies Every Month For Sale at Book Stores and News Stands.”

A regular contributor to TDE, Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 1952

Science Fiction Adventures Nov. 1952

Science Fiction Adventures Vol. 1 No. 1 Nov. 1952
An Editorial Introduction
Chad Oliver “The Fires of Forever” art by H. R. Van Dongen
Coming Up
Ross Rocklynne “Interplanetary Tin Can” art by Raymond
Cyril Kornbluth “Make Mine Mars” art by Paul Orban
F.M. Turner: The Robots Are Coming
William H. Shiras “A Day’s Work” art by Gari
Lester Del Rey: How Phonetic Can You Get?
L. Sprague de Camp “The Ordeal of Professor Klein” art by Gari
Damon Knight’s The Dissecting Table (book reviews)
Thomas C. Pace “Recognition” art by Schecterson
Roger Dee “The Persuasive Man” art by Paul Orban
Irving B. Cox, Jr. The 21st Generation” art by Schecterson
Meet Thomas C. Pace (listed on contents page only)

Publisher: R. Alvarez
Editor: Philip St. John
Assoc. Editors: Michael Shaara, John Vincent
Art Director: Milton Berwin
Cover: H.R. Van Dongen
160 pages, 35¢

Read Vince Nowell, Sr.’s article “When Things Go Wrong—The Lester del Rey/John Raymond Fiasco” in The Digest Enthusiast book seven.

Alfred Hitchcock’s May 1960

AHMM May 1960

“Dear Readers” excerpt: “I have been hard at work on a new motion picture. I shall only tell you that it is entitled PSYCHO.”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 5 No. 5 May 1960
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers
Robert Edmond Alter “Each Night He Pulled the Trigger”
O.H. Leslie “Key to a Skeleton Closet”
Jeff Heller “Victim, Dear Victim”
Jack Ritchie “Lily-White Town”
C.B. Gilford “A Fair Warning to Mystery Writers”
Donald Martin “Don’t Rock the Boat!”
H.A. DeRosso “Lucrezia”
Richard Hardwick “The Still Small Voice”
Henry Slesar “Ruby Martinson’s Big Dentist Caper”
Jack Dillon “Very Moral Theft”
Donald Honig “Lingering Faces, Dead Faces”
Helen Nielsen “Woman Missing”

Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Editorial Director: William Manners
Managing Editor: G.F. Foster
Associate Editors: Pat Hitchcock, Lisa Belknap
Art Director: Meinrad Mayer
Illustrator: Barbara Remington
128 pages, 35¢

Squint 6/Copy That! 60

Squint No. 6

Squint No. 6 by TDE columnist Tom Brinkmann arrived in yesterday’s mail. First previewed in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8 in June 2018, the long-awaited artzine is finally in print, showcasing 16 black-and-white amorphic images and portraits presented in a classic mini-comics format zine.

The piece was published and distributed with Copy That! #60. Editor D. Blake Werts opens CT! 60 with a reminder that he’s scaling back the frequency of his mini-comics interview/newszine and would either like to see someone else take the reins or continue himself on a quarterly or bi-annual schedule. The previous monthly schedule has prevented him from tackling some other projects he’s been sidelining for several years, but isn’t talking about yet.

Copy That! No. 60

This edition of CT! features news from Alan Sissom, Andy Nukes, Blair Wilson, Clark Dissmeyer, Charles Brubaker, Dale Martin, George Erling, Ian Shires, Marc Myers, and Matt Jones. Plus there’s a page highlighting the latest edition of The Digest Enthusiast (No. 9) which leads off with an interview with writer/filmmaker Susan Emshwiller, and a cover by her famous father, Ed Emshwiller. CT! 60 also includes cartoons by Bob Vojtko and R.C. Harvey, and covers by Tom Motley (front) and E. Buzzizyk (back).

Copy That! No. 60 (including Squint No. 6)
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12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Ollerman’s Triggers

Hardboiled, Noir and Gold Medals by Rick Ollerman

Excerpt from Rick Ollerman’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7 (Rick is a writer, and the editor of Down & Out: The Magazine):

TDE: Take us back to the beginning of your love affair with reading > crime fiction > and the giants of the PBO era

RO: Things didn’t get serious until my adult life, and the two things that probably did the most to trigger further adventure were the nearly simultaneous discoveries of the introduction of the Gregg Press edition of Donald Westlake’s The Hunter, and coming across Ed Gorman’s blog. Westlake talks about Peter Rabe and some things from his past, and Gorman talks about nearly everything else.

Josh Pachter’s Eb and Flo

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

The sheriff of Lamar County tackles his first murder case since his election in 2012. Down-home but savvy, he nails the perp between visits to his uncle and aunt at the Choctaw Nursing Home in “Eb and Flo” by Josh Pachter. An affecting mash-up spun from elements of Pachter’s real-life past. Pachter is a frequent contributor to EQMM—his own stories and the translation of Dutch and Flemish work for EQMM’s Passport to Crime feature.