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The Occult Digest Dec. 1925

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

The Occult Digest Stands for ‘ONE LAW – ONE LIFE – ONE TRUTH – Eternal Progress Through Successive Embodiments’” “The ‘Occult’ You Will Quickly ‘Digest’ – Read with Zeal – Studied With Zest” The Occult Digest’s first issue was dated January 1925 and stated on the contents page, “Volume 1 – No. 1 – Old Serial No. Vol. IV No.1 formerly ‘Psychic Power.’” There were ten issues of The Occult Digest published in 1925, all of which had interesting artwork on the covers and illustrations inside. The first issue was edited by Effa Danelson and the Managing Editor, Ross K. New, and, it had a cover illustration by Louise Huelster; the other covers were by Paul Lehman (1889–1945) who did six covers and S. Mahrea Cramer (1896–1991) who did three covers; they both did inside illustra- tions as well. The three by Cramer were beautiful illustrations, the best of the ten covers in my opinion.

The Occult Digest Dec. 1925 cover image from Galactic Central.

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

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

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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Effa Danelson’s Psychic Leader

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

Psychic Leader (July–December 1922) was the title of Effa Danelson’s first magazine and was essentially the first volume of what would eventually become The Occult Digest. Later, she would offer a bound volume of the Psychic Leader for sale in her subsequent publication, Psychic Power.

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

Copy That! No. 59

Copy That! No. 59

The latest issue of Copy That! is arriving in mailboxes this week. It’s one of their all-art issues with contributions from over two dozen indie cartoonists, including TDE contributors like Tom Brinkmann, Brian Buniak, Clark Dissmeyer, Brad W. Foster, Andrew Goldfarb, and Bob Vojtko, who also drew the cover.

D. Blake Werts opens the issue as usual with “From the ‘Compiler’s Desk,’” but if you skim the intro, you may miss the most important part:

“Anyone out there with any interest in taking the reins of COPY THAT! zine and taking it into the future? I need a break for a while. Just let me know.”

Copy That! No. 59
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D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Journeys Through Space

Journeys Through Space: Experiences of Effa E. Danelson (1922)

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

Effa Danelson’s earliest published effort was a 3.75 x 5.75 inch, one-hundred-page booklet/pamphlet titled, Journeys Through Space: Experiences of Effa E. Danelson (1922). Ads for it appeared in all the Danelson publications, Psychic Leader, Psychic Power, and The Occult Digest.

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

Effa E. Danelson (1869–1939)

Effa Danelson

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

“While the history of The Occult Digest is interesting and complex, it is also the history of Effa E. Roddel who was born to James and Catherine Roddel in Warrens, Wisconsin on June 1, 1869; strangely enough, sharing her birth month and day with Marilyn Monroe who would be born on that day in 1926. Unlike Monroe, Danelson came from a large family with seven brothers and three sisters. She became Effa E. Danelson on June 19, 1905 when she married Gustav E. Danelson, originally from Varnamo, Sweden. That same year, Mrs. Danelson was getting messages from a ‘spirit teacher’ and had become a lecturer and spirit medium by the time she and her husband had made their home in St. Louis, Missouri.”

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

The Occult Digest

The Digest Enthusiast No. 7 pages 80–81Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

The Occult Digest was an amazingly intense publication from 1920s Chicago that had two dynamic women editors who were also the publishers. The first, Effa E. Danelson, edited and published it from 1925–1939. The second, Marie Harlowe, edited and published it from late 1939 until it stopped publication in 1942.”

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

Fate Vol. 23 No. 5 (No. 242) May 1970

Fate Vol. 23 No. 5 (No. 242) May 1970Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article, “Sharon Tate’s Fate,” from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

Fate’s May 1970 issue ran one of the earlier post-murder “weirdness” articles titled, “Sharon Tate’s Tragic Preview of Murder!” by Dick Kleiner. The article related the tale of Tate’s run-in with the ghost of Hollywood producer Paul Bern.

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