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The Digest Enthusiast No. 13

The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 is now available in print, kindle and Magzter editions—all in full color.

Emily Hockaday

Interview
• Behind the scenes at Analog and Asimov’s with writer, poet, and managing editor Emily Hockaday.

Manhunt 1955 part one

Articles
• A brand new installment of Peter Enfantino’s popular series on Manhunt—1955 part one.

Looking for Leo Marr


Jack Seabrook investigates the mysterious true crime reports of Leo Marr for Mystery Book Magazine.

Falcon Books


Gary Lovisi reveals the highly collectible digest paperbacks from Falcon Books.

Digest S&SF Classics


Steve Carper uncovers the genre giants of Digest Fantasy & Science Fiction Classics.

Robert A.W. Lowndes


Vince Nowell, Sr. shines the spotlight on Robert A.W. Lowndes’ reign of digests.

News Digest

Industry News
• Catch up on breaking news and cover previews from the digest world’s favorite editors, publishers, and writers.

Reviews
Switchblade Magazine No. 12
• Sword & Sorcery Annual
Marilyn Monroe’s Digest Cover Trading Cards
Rock and a Hard Place No. 3

Robert Snashall's Gaslight Unrolling of the Stars

Fiction
Richard Krauss “The Village of the Wraith” art by Rick McCollum
Robert Snashall “Gaslight Unrolling of the Stars” art by Marc Myers
Joe Wehrle, Jr. “A Young Guitarist’s Dream”

Plus
• Over 100 digest magazine covers in full color, first issue factoids, cartoons by Bob Vojtko, and more
• Cover by Brian Buniak, 160 pages, published in full color by Larque Press.

Print $20 from Lulu.com
Print $20 from amazon.com
Kindle $4.99 from amazon.com
Digital $4.99 from Magzter.com

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

New Releases Nov. 27, 2020

Switchblade No. 13

Switchblade No. 13
The world’s only no-limit outlaw noir magazine is back for a thirteenth round. The one you thought you’d never see. With Fiction, Flash and Poetry from Robert Ragan, David Harry Moss, Gene Breaznell, Serena Jayne, Jay Rohr, Brian Beatty, Elliot F. Sweeney, Stanton McCaffery, Danny Sophabmisay, Andrew Bourelle, George Garnet, David Rachels, and Alec Cizak. Featured interview with author Serena Jayne.
5” x 8” digest, 183 pages
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Print $7.99 Kindle $2.99

New from Hard Case Crime is Shills Can’t Cash Chips, first published in 1961 by William Morrow. It’s book No. 22 in the Cool and Lam series.

Shills Can't Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner

From the world-famous creator of PERRY MASON, Erle Stanley Gardner—at his death the best-selling American writer of all time—comes another baffling case for the Cool & Lam detective agency. Return to the 1960s as a simple insurance investigation into a car accident puts Bertha Cool and Donald Lam on the trail of murder – and Donald hip-deep in danger when he poses as an ex-con to infiltrate a criminal gang. It’s Gardner’s twistiest caper ever, and a fitting conclusion to Hard Case Crime’s revival of this classic (and long unavailable) detective series.
5” x 8” 240 pages
Print $10.99 Kindle $7.99

“A high-spirited romp you’ll be sorry to see end.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Just the ticket for fans of retro crime fiction.” -Publishers Weekly 

“For those who like their crime fiction to be high-octane, this novel is a stunner.” -Daily Mail

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Project Updates
Editor Marc Myers has ordered a proof copy of the new hardcover collection of comix and zines by the late Roman Scott: Oddities and Other Grotesques. With a little luck the 168-page volume will be available from Lulu.com in December.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 13 is about 99% complete and I hope to upload the files to Lulu.com early next week and get a print proof underway. I’m hoping the release date will be Dec. 18.

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

Several great new releases in the last week or so:

All Due Respect 2020

All Due Respect 2020
Featuring the work of Stephen D. Rogers, Tom Leins, Michael Pool, Andrew Davie, Sharon Diane King, Preston Lang, Jay Butkowski, Steven Berry, Craig Francis Coates, Bobby Mathews, Michael Penncavage, and BV Lawson. Edited by Chris Rhatigan and David Nemeth.

Print $11.95 Kindle $4.99

The Sleazy Reader No. 9

The Sleazy Reader No. 9
Crime special! Sleazy reading in the crime genre, with articles on 1950s sleazy digest magazines, comics, paperbacks and true crime magazines. Includes the life and death of True Detective magazine, pre-code comics theft from EC Comics, when the crime genre went hardcore, Harlan Ellison in the crime digests, Crime Does Not Pay comics, Mafia true-crime paperbacks. And more! 74 full color pages, loaded with illustrations.

Print $10.99

Paperback Parade No. 109

Paperback Parade No. 109
Contents
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Gary Lovisi: The Master Artist: Sam Peffer
Tom Cantrell: How Roy Higgins Managed the Adaptation of the Novel Captain and The Kings for the 1976 TV Miniseries
Gary Lovivi: Collecting The Winthrop Press in Very Tiny Paperbacks
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Persistent Image of “I, the Jury”
Richard Greene: Matchless Paperbacks
Jon D. Swartz: Alfred Bester
Phil Harbottle: The Tit-Bits Science Fiction Library

Paperback Parade No. 109 Nov. 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem No. 1
This new mystery and crime digest debuted in June 2020. Every issue is themed–this one is built around private eyes. MCM is a well-concieved series, delivered in a pleasing package. The tone is soft-boiled, with plenty of character development and embellished settings. My favorite in this edition was the story by editor Leah Cutter: “Going Deeper.”
Print $12.99 Kindle $4.99

Oddities and Other Grotesques
The Roman Scott collection is nearly complete. Editor Marc Myers is giving the files a final review and completing the setup at Lulu.com. The book topped out at 168 pages and includes over 14 issues of Scott’s comix and art zines.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No.6
The initial layout is complete. Ran Scott is busy on the issue’s artwork and the book will be out shortly after he finishes up his work.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

The Digest Enthusiast No. 13
Finished proofreading the bulk of the issue and made various corrections to the art and copy. All that remains is the front-matter and compiling the News Digest. I’ll work on that next week before Thanksgiving.

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.

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 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

Changes
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.

News Digest Oct. 30, 2020

Analog Nov/Dec 2020

New Releases
Analog N/D 2020
90TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE REPRINT
CALL HIM LORD, Gordon R. Dickson

NOVELETTES
TOGETHER, WE CAN BE MORE!, Juliette Wade
THIS HARD WORLD OF UNWANTED BEAUTY, Evan Marcroft
TRIAL AND ERROR, Grey Rollins
WINTER’S SPRING, A.P. Hawkins
ENTER THE FUNGICENE, J.M. Swenson

SHORT STORIES
A PURPOSE FOR STARS, Brad McNaughton
GHOST STRIKE, Brenda Kalt
PEACEWEAVER, Marissa Lingen
THE POLAR BEAR SLEEPS ON, M. Bennardo
COURTSHIP FTL, Mary E. Lowd
BELOVED TOILER, George Zebrowski
BROUGHT NEAR TO BEAST, Gregor Hartmann
ASLEEP WAS THE SHIP, Eric Del Carlo
STATE OF GRACE, Clancy Weeks
LAZARUS, UNBOUND, Liam Hogan
ASHES, Mario Milosevic
WHY THINGS WORK ON A STARSHIP, Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer

FLASH FICTION
EVENT, Timons Esaias

SPECIAL FEATURES
THE WOMEN WE CAN SEE IN ANALOG, Marie Vibbert
JUST THE FACTS: HOW ARTICLES CAME TO ASTOUNDING, Edward M. Wysocki, Jr.

SCIENCE FACT
BIG SMART OBJECTS, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven

POETRY
SO MANY BLANK MOONS, Holly Lyn Walrath
THE RETURN, G.O. Clark

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
EDITORIAL: THEREFORE, I KNEW HIM, Trevor Quachri
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer
IN TIMES TO COME
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS, Anthony Lewis

Analog Subscriptions

Asimov's Nov/Dec 2020

Asimov’s N/D 2020
NOVELLA
Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis

NOVELETTES
Christmas at the Hilbert Astoria by Sam Schreiber
The Hind by Kevin J. Anderson & Rick Wilber
Forger Mr. Z by Chen Qiufan, (Translated by Andy Dudak)
Return From the Stars by James Gunn
Pull It From the Root by Zack Be
The Long Iapetan Night by Julie Novakova

SHORT STORIES
The Mirages by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Grief, as Faithful as My Hound by Marissa Lingen
Footprint by Kate Maruyama
Return to Glory by Jack McDevitt

POETRY
After a Year of Solitude by Lora Gray
Archaeologists Uncover Bones, Bifocals, a Tricycle by Steven Withrow
Black Box Sonnet #13,041 by Garrison Kammer
Protozoan Pride by Peter Payack
Let Them Go by Darrell Schweitzer

DEPARTMENTS
Guest Editorial: Where We Came from Is Where We’re Going  Allen M. Steele
Reflections: Finding the Mountains of Madness by Robert Silverberg
On the Net: What Information Wants by James Patrick Kelly
Next Issue
On Books by Paul Di Filippo
The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss

Asimov’s Subscriptions

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 11

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Episode 11
Announcement: We are thrilled to be releasing the fifth episode of our second season, Sopa and a Streetsweeper by Ryan Sayles.

Beau is a hero.

He’s also the kind of guy who, when he patrons a taco truck, is as interested in their food as he is their black-market firearms. And the special is soup paired with a streetsweeper shotgun.

When Beau puts the special to use at a Black Friday sales event, he unintentionally starts a full-blown, storewide shoot-out. But he escapes, and takes with him an abandoned little girl he rescued. Maybe she’d like some soup too.

In his apartment, oblivious to the fierce manhunt for the child, Beau discusses just how badly he screwed up the Black Friday shooting with his underhanded neighbors. Then SWAT arrives, but SWAT’s never dealt with someone like Beau. Concerned for the little girl’s safety, Beau has to reach deep down to become the protector she needs.

After the fires have been put out, the bodies sorted and the wreckage cleared, Beau’s gonna be hungry. Fortunately, soup is very filling and a lot of taco trucks offer it.

Guns + Tacos Season 2 Subscriptions

Nov/Dec 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Kewaunee Lapseritis’ “Sasquatch: A Terrestrial-Extraterrestrial?” at Fate Magazine blog.

ECR compiles the Top Tem Hammer Horror Films of All Time! at EconoClash Review blog.

Eric Del Carlo, whose “Asleep Was the Ship” appears in Analog N/D 2020, explores the dilemma Covid-19 poses for near-future SF writers at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Jehane Sharah, whose “Words Don’t Kill” appears in EQMM N/D 2020, explores “The Scents of an Ending” at Something is Going to Happen.

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5

Kate Maruyama’s key take-away from a panel of writers mired in 2020 at Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars.

Digest Magazine Reviews and Reflections
R.T. Lawton examines series evolution via “A Matter of Values” from AHMM N/D 2020 at SleuthSayers.

Matthew X. Gomez reviews Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 at EconoClash Review.

John O’Neill teams with Victoria Silverwolf to review Weirdbook No. 43 at Black Gate.

Eerie 50, Vampirella 27, Creepy 56
A Traveller's Guide to Eight Wonders of the Ancient World

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 50, Vampirella No. 27, and Creepy No. 56 at bare•bones e-zine.

Marc Myers has released a new zine: A Traveller’s Guide to Eight Wonders of the Ancient World filled with full page collage art, complete with a guided tour program. Contact Marc Myers for ordering information.

Storytime
David James Keaton’s
“Dolla Dolla Bill Wall” at Tough Crime.

Michael Carter’s “Terminal Island” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Mark McConville’s “Monumental Strength” at Close to the Bone.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest Weekly New Items blog headlines 2021 Calendars.

Amazing Selects No. 3

Readin’ and Writin’
The third edition of Amazing Selects, Adrift in the Sea of Souls by David Gerrold, features three stories by the famed author as well as introductions by Adam-Troy Castro and publisher Steve Davidson. The first, from which the collection gets its title, mixes time travel and head hopping into a satisfiying posit on reincarnation and existence.

“The White Piano” is a magical fantasy laden with a love for life, art, and beauty. “Jacob in Manhattan” presents a fresh new take on one of horror fiction’s oldest, most reliable bloody legends. A trio of 5-star stories wrapped in wonder, invention, and heart. The Author’s Afterward adds a hard-won lesson on storytelling for aspriing writers and pros. A terrific collection.

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.

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Vintage Digests
Todd Mason
shares vintage covers and contents from F&SF, Fantastic, Shock, Fear, Science Fantasy, Fantastic Universe, and Macabre at Sweet Freedom.

Vocabulary: Cyanotic
“Her fair and sunburned face had gone absolutely corpse-gray with terror, making the golden freckles stand out with greater prominence, and her lips were blue and cyanotic.”
“The Mansion of Unholy Magic” by Seabury Quinn Startling Mystery Stories No. 1 Summer 1966

News Digest Oct. 23, 2020

Amazing Stories Vol. 77 No. 2

New Releases
Amazing Stories Volume 77 No. 2 Sept. 2020
The home of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, publisher of the first stories of Ursula K. Leguin and Isaac Asimov–Amazing Stories–is back in print after an absence of more than a decade! This relaunch of the iconic first science fiction magazine is packed full of exciting science fiction, fantasy, and articles, all in a beautiful package featuring eye-catching illustrations and cartoons.The Amazing Stories Summer 2020 issue (the 619th issue since 1926) includes work by: Steve Davidson • Darrell Schweitzer • Marie Vibbert • Tom Jolly • Bo Balder • Ellen Denton • D. K. & Jeffrey Blair Latta • Sam Asher • Lindsey Duncan • Laura Davy • Gunnar de Winter.
Print $9.95 Kindle $2.99

Kevin Tipple highlights SMFS members in AHMM Nov/Dec 2020 issue at The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

And again, for EQMM Nov/Dec 2020: The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog.

Five digests reviewed

Digest Magazine Reviews
Ron Fortier
reviews The Guns of Pluto (Captain Future) by Allen Steele at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Gideon Marcus reviews Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Doug Ellis reviews A Man of Science: A Study of the Readership of Analog Science Fact-Fiction at Black Gate.

Todd Mason reviews EQMM Oct. 1962, Fantastic Oct. 1970, Partisan Review Vol. 44 No. 4 (1977), and Great Ghost Stories of the Old West at Sweet Freedom.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Nov. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Big 5 Sep/Oct 2020 issues

Digest Magazine Blogs
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker
on “Visiting the Land of the Stone Giants” on Easter Island at Fate Magazine.

J.M. Swenson on “Enter the Fungicene” from Analog Nov/Dec 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Edwin Hill on “Memory and What if…?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber explain “The Hind” from Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Storytime
Tricia Saiki’s
“Wrong House” at Close to the Bone.

Mav Skye reads Alec Cizak’s “The Bridge” on her podcast Dark Softly Tales. (Thanks Kevin Tipple.)

Michael Bracken’s “Bicycles” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Marie S. Crosswell’s “Killers and Samaritans” at Tough Crime.

Jay Rohr’s “A Good Shepherd” at Close to the Bone.

Brave & Bold 170, Batman 331, Detective 498

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 331, Detective No. 498, and The Brave and the Bold No. 170 at bare•bones e-zine.

Robert Lopresti reviews the origins of his series character PI Marty Crow at Sleuthsayers.

EconoClash Review No. 6

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project—Alfred Hayes Part One: A Piece of the Action at bare•bones e-zine.

TDE Booksellers
Bud’s Art Books’ latest weekly NEW ITEMS blog post headlines King-Size Editions.

Readin and Writin’
EconoClash Review continues its streak of stellar issues with No. 6 from Down & Out Books. A terrific collection of short stories or “Quality Cheap Thrills” as editor J.D. Graves promises to deliver. Every one was worth reading, but among my favorites this time were stories by Preston Lang, Serena Jayne, and John Kojak. And it was great to read a story from the editor himself in this edition. All in all, a top-notch anthology—highly recommended.

Paperback Fanatic No. 44

Justin Marriott and friends pack a lot of reading into the 64-page Paperback Fanatic No. 44. I have to admit reading about novels featuring natural disasters in the middle of a pandemic gave me pause. The issue opens with an overview of Gil Cohen: One Man Army by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle, with a gallery of Cohen’s original paintings for Mack Bolan, The Executioner series. Then it’s on to disaster. First up: floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalances, and tidal waves. You name it, there’s a novel written around it—probably several—some natural, some induced by an evil genuis or organization. But the paperback landslide of The Plague Chronicles dwarfs the former disaster subgenre with more titles than I thought possible. Even after 22 pages, the Fanatic hadn’t exposed them all. No problem, I was ready to move on. Fortunately, the next piece, Prose and Cons, is all about convicts who turned to writing crime fiction, which I found by itself worth the price of the issue—outstanding! And to cap things off, the final pages provide almost two dozen retro-reviews of collectible paperbacks. Some worth seeking out and some cautionary tales.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

My interview with Emily Hockaday wrapped this week, so the only substantial content remaining for The Digest Enthusiast No. 13, is the news gathering phase, which I’ll begin next month. At this rate, the issue should be out in December. For the rest of this month, I’ll concentrate on proofing pages and working on my other two projects: Pulp Modern Vol. 2 Nol. 6 and the Roman Scott collection.

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.