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News Digest Feb. 21, 2020

Analog masthead, Matthew Hughes

AnLab Reader’s Award Finalists posted on Analog SF. (Hat tip to Mary Burgess.)

Catherine Wells, who has a story in the March/April 2020 issue of Analog called “Respite,” writes about arrogance on the magazine’s blog.

Matthew Hughes gives insights into “Air of the Overworld” in the current issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Gideon Marcus declares F&SF March 1965 “is a dud” at Galactic Journey.

John Floyd discusses his story “Crow’s Nest” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2020) at SleuthSayers.

Mystery Scene No. 163, The Pulpster No. 29

Mystery Scene magazine No. 163 is out. Full contents list, with links to order a single issue or subscription information here.

Have something to share about a Weird Tales, H. P. Lovecraft, Margaret Brundage, or anyone or anything else related to “The Unique Magazine?” Or something about vintage paperbacks and pulps? Bill Lampkin, the editor of the award-winning PulpFest program book, The Pulpster, would like to hear from you. Check out the post, “The Pulpster Wants You in 2020!” on the PulpFest website.

bare•bones No. 1
Front and back cover of bare•bones No. 1 Winter 2020

The reboot of bare•bones No. 1 (Winter 2020), covering vintage, forgotten and overlooked horror/mystery/sci-fi/western/weird films, paperbacks, comics, pulp fiction, and video, arrived this week.

Contents Page
Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri: Dueling Editorials
Thomas Deja “An Introduction to Ed Noon—The Worst Detective Ever Created”
Matthew R. Bradley “The Martian Chronicles on Screen”
Thomas W. Flynn, Jr. “The Spaghetti Western/Martial Arts Mash-Ups of the 1970s”
John Scoleri “Born of I Am Legend”
Gilbert Colon “Book Two of Lin Carter’s ‘People of the Dragon’ Saga”
Peter Enfantino “Digging into Crime Digests”
John Scoleri “Christian Stavrakis: The bare•bones Interview”
J. Charles Burwell “A Survey of Key Hardboiled/Noir Anthologies”
Peter Enfantino “Sleaze Alley”
John Scoleri “What’s on the Tube: January 1–7, 1972”
David J. Schow “R&D”
About the Contributors

Editors: Peter Enfantino, John Scoleri
Layout: John Scoleri
6” x 9” 102 pages
Print $9.95

Bonnie Hearn Hill, whose “Feliz Navidead” appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of EQMM, discusses the books that helped shape her writing at Something is Going to Happen.

Also from EQMM (hat tip Josh Pachter): contents for the May/Jun 2020 issue which goes on sale April 21, 2020.

Rick McCollum's WIP

Readin’ ’n Writin’
Rick McCollum
was busy (well, he’s always busy) this week working on the cover of the next Pulp Modern. He posted the photo of his WIP on his Facebook page. The image is based on a scene from one of the yet-to-be-announced stories.

The move to color for the print edition of The Digest Enthusiast has garnered mostly positive feedback, but I have heard a couple of concerns about the higher price. One reader suggested offering both a color and black-and-white version. If anyone cares to weigh-in please send an email or leave a comment on the Larque Press Facebook page.

Mike Shayne April 1957

Read the second part of Brett Halliday’s serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse in the April 1957 issue of Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine this week. Although the issue includes a nice collection of novelets by Frank Ward and Richard Deming; short stories by Lawrence Treat, Walt Sheldon, C.L. Sweeney, Jr., William R. Cox, and Arthur Feldman; and part two of Halliday’s novel, it wasn’t quite as good at the previous issue. My favorites were Deming’s creepy crime novelet, Sweeney, Jr.’s “Soft, White Body,” and Treat’s humorous yarn. I also enjoyed Halliday’s prose and Cox’s trouble with gangsters.

From the Vault
A correction to last week’s True Crime Detective stats. The Winter 1953 issue is incorrectly labeled as Vol. 2 No. 5 inside. It is actually Vol. 3 No. 1, as labeled correctly on its spine. Now onto this week’s digest:

True Crime Detective Spring 1953

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 2 Spring 1953
Contents Page
Walter Wanger “What I Found in Jail”
Joseph A. Shay as told to Robert P. Wilmot “A Rake’s Progress”
Kurt Singer “The Man Who Sank the Royal Oak”
Anthony Boucher “Do You Believe . . . ?” A department of criminous mythology
Stuart Palmer “Death and the Farmer’s Daughter”
F. Tennyson Jesse “The Importance of Spelling”
A.P. Herbert “Rex v. Puddle: Blackmail”
Verdict of Two: a book review department by the Editors
Anthony Boucher “The Tragedy of Samuel Savile Kent”
“The Truth About Lizzie Borden”
Stewart H. Holbrook “Death and Times of a Prophet”
Richard Brennan “The Case of the Talking Reindeer”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Tragedy of Samuel Savile Kent”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

News Digest Feb. 14, 2020

Shadow of Doubt by Mary Wickizer Burgess

The British edition of Mary Wickizer Burgess’ latest Gail Brevard mystery, Shadow of Doubt, is out from Lynford Mystery. Meanwhile, the US version is available from Wildside Press, along with other books in the series.

The Winter 2020 newsletter from Paul D. Marks includes news about his coming novel: The Blues Don’t Care, notice of three new interviews/articles, including his discussion of the Bunker Hill series from Ellery Queen in The Digest Enthusiast No. 11, a little history lesson on La La Land, Noirville with Nat King Cole, What’s Next, and Dog Tails. Subscribe at PaulDMarks.com

Robert Lopresti highlights an intriguing story, “Murderer Bill” by John Grant, in the Jan. 2020 Mystery Weekly Magazine over at Little Big Crimes.

Pulp Adventures No.34

Just out is the new issue of Pulp Adventures, No. 34, with classic pulp fiction by William Decatur and a Hollywood Detective yarn by Robert Leslie Bellem. There’s new pulp fiction by William M. Hope, Logan Robichaud, Charles Burgess, Adam Beau McFarlane, Patti Boeckman & Sharla Wilkins, and Ron Riekki. Plus a Dan Turner comics adventure by Bellem and Adolphe Barreaux. PA is published by Rich Harvey and edited by Audrey Parente from Bold Venture. Print $9.95

Analog interviews Douglas F. Dluzen about his story “Welcome to the New You: Terms and Conditions for the iCRISPR Gene-Editing Kit” in the current issue. The Astounding Analog Companion

F&SF Masthead

Auston Habershaw on “Three Gowns for Clara” F&SF blog.

Occult Detective Magazine No. 6

Matthew X. Gomez reviews Occult Detective Magazine No. 6 at EconoClashReview.com

Michael Bracken exposes his life of crime over at SleuthSayers.com.

Mark SaFranko shares his thoughts “From the Short Story to the Big Screen” over at Something is Going to Happen.

John Boston reviews Amazing Stories March 1965 at GalacticJourney.org

Michael Neno reviews The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells on Goodreads.

Rick McCollum

Rick McCollum shared his WIP with Ken Meyer, Jr. over at Ink Stains this week. If you only click on one link from this week’s digest, make it this one!

Thanks to Chuck Carter for posting a link to this Forbes article on SF and Fantasy magazines’ readership in 2020.

Pulp Literature February 2020 e-news includes an offer for ARCs of Allaigna’s Song: Aria by J.M. Landels, The Muse Retreats for writers, author news, Contest deadlines, and much more. Read it here.

J.T. Yost announced Birdcage Bottom Books 2020 lineup Kickstarter campaign.

James Reasoner called The Digest Enthusiast No. 11 “a spectacular issue” on Rough Edges this week, and Walker Martin commented he wished “it was bi-monthly.” If you’re not already a regular reader of Reasoner’s blog it’s one of life’s daily pleasures, and Martin often adds to the fun.

Brain Freeze
Rocket Roach

Jim Main is launching a new mini comic called Brain Freeze (logo art by Marc Haines). The first issue will include a two-page comic by Bob Vojtko rebooting an adventure of Rocket Roach and Radar. Watch this space for availability.

Readin’ ’n Writin’
Alec Cizak and I have been busy working on the next Pulp Modern. Still no firm publication date, but we’re about one-third through production. Rick McCollum is lined up for the cover and Ran Scott will illustrate the stories. Next submission window will be one day, February 23, 2020. Keep an eye on Pulp Modern’s Facebook page for the official announcement.

Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter

One of Birdcage Bottom Books 2019 releases was Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter, which I read earlier this week. J.R. Williams’ blurb sez it all: “HA, ha! I just love Clotfelter’s weird, gnarly drawings and sick, twisted stories… enjoy this book now, before the final apocalypse brings a sudden, merciful end to this troubled world…”

Michael Shayne Feb. 1957

Also read the Feb. 1957 issue of Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine. A diverse collection of crime stories: smart, screwball comedy by Veronica P. Johns; three solid deductive procedurals by Lee E. Wells, Jay Carroll, and Robert O’Neil Bristow; the suspense of abduction by Samuel W. Taylor, alternative realities by Henry Slesar, Robert Bloch, and Frank Kane; and the opening salvo of Brett Halliday’s Mike Shayne novel, Weep for a Blond Corpse. I’m reviewing this issue and the two that follow for either Peter Enfantino’s reboot of bare*bones magazine or The Digest Enthusiast No. 13.

From the Vault
True Crime Detective Winter 1953

True Crime Detective Winter 1953

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 5 Winter 1953
Contents Page
Frank Mullady “The Wanton Murder of Arnold Schuster”
Edmund Pearson “The Day of Floradora”
J. Francis McComas “Until Your are Dead”
F. Tennyson Jesse “Murder in the King’s Household”
H.B. Irving “The Strange Case of Euphrasie Mercier”
Verdict of Two: a book review department by the Editors
Stuart Palmer “Once Aboard the Lugger”
Miriam Allen deFord “The Murderer was a Lady”
Index to Volume One and Two
Ad for The Book of Wit & Humor (Mercury Publications)

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Murder in the King’s Household”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

News Digest Feb. 8, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020

The new Mystery Weekly Magazine Feb. 2020 was released on the first. Included are stories by Arthur Davis, Jeff H., Jill Hand, Anthony Lowe, Susan Oleksiw, Eric B. Ruark, and Michael Wells. MWM is edited by Kerry Carter and published by Chuck Carter. Cover by Robin Grenville-Evans. The 82-page print edition is $6.99, Kindle $2.99.

Kieran Shea decides to “Shake It Up” at EQMM’s blog Something is Going to Happen.

A.J. Ward joins Analog’s 90th anniversary celebration with “1942 and the Power of Names” at The Astounding Analog Companion blog.

Alex Irvine discusses his story “Chisel and Crime” with F&SF.

Tough Crime features William R. Soldan’s fiction “King of the Blue Rose” and SleuthSayers features Robert Lopresti’s story “Shot By Your Partner” part one and part two.

J.D. Graves reviews Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan over at EconoClash Review.

Tony Gleeson and I connected on Facebook, which led to an interview that will be included in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12. He sent a nice collection of scans, so his comments will be well illustrated.

I read the first edition of Amazing Selects this week, featuring Allen Steele’s novella “Captain Future in Love.” It’s the first part of a larger story: The Return of Ul Quorn, which is the follow-on to his novel Avengers of the Moon. Look for my review in TDE12, coming in June 2020.

Also coming up is a piece on Ray Palmer’s Science Stories, an interim title that ran for four issues after he sold his interest in Clark Publishing which had published Other Worlds. It is, in effect, a short-lived continuation of that title.

The mailing of contributor copies of TDE11 wrapped up this week, and Michael Neno gave us a shoutout on Facebook. Michael contributed a beautiful illustration for the late Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s story “Zymurgy for Aliens.”

Collectors of comics and digest magazines may want to check out by storefront in eBay: Arkay37’s Vintage Collectables If I do say so myself, the prices are bargains.

True Crime Detective Fall 1952

From the Vault
True Crime Detective Fall 1952

The inside front cover features a full-page ad for the magazine with actor Ralph Bellamy extolling it’s virtues.

The many detective parts I’ve played have naturally made me somewhat of a student of criminology. For a long time I wished for a magazine that would present true crime cases in a straight-forward, exciting way—but without sensationalism and trick photography. When True Crime Detective came along I knew I had my wish!

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 4 Fall 1952
Contents Page
The Borderlands of Sanity:
Miriam Allen deFord “1. The Case of Leopold and Loeb”
Anthony Boucher “2. The Case of Neville Heath”
Joseph Henry Jackson “Give a Man a Horse”
Frank Mullady “Murderers on the Loose”
Edward D. Radin: Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Janet Flanner “The Murder in Le Mans”
Lenore Glen Offord “The Red Barn Revisited”
Edgar Lustgarten “The Trial of William Herbert Wallace”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Consulting Editor: Edward D. Radin
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “The Case of Neville Heath”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

True Crime Detective Summer 1952

True Crime Detective Summer 1952

This issue’s cover photograph first appeared on the cover of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in August 1949.

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 3 Summer 1952
Contents Page
John Bartlow Martin per “Gene” “I Was a Successful Burglar”
Will Ourslet & Jerome Barry “Winston Churchill’s Strangest Case”
Edward D. Radin “Catspaw”
Howard Whitman “The Crime of Rape”
Morris Markey “The Mysterious Death of Starr Faithful”
Manly Wade Wellman “Hex Marks the Murder”
Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Stewart H. Holbrook “Cleopatra of Puget Sound”
F. Tennyson Jesse “Mother and Son”
Joseph F. Dinneen “Murder in Massachusetts”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editor: Edward D. Radin
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Bill Stone
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

True Crime Detective Spring 1952

True Crime Detective Spring 1942

“There’s nothing I like better than a good story well told with a flavor of surprise and suspense. That’s the reason I pick up True Crime Detective.”
Lauritz Melchior, world-famous tenor

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 2 Spring 1952
Contents Page
Benjamin Bennett “Life and Death of Bubbles Schroeder”
Joseph Catton “Secret Story of Winnie Ruth Judd”
Pierre Perchard “Curiosity Kills a Cop”
Here’s the Answer (readers’ crime-related Q&A)
Edward D. Radin “Homemade Murder”
Bob Patterson “Unfinished Business”
Joseph Gollomb “Nemesis in Texas”
Stuart Palmer “The Dandy and the Squire”
M.R. Kelly “Case of the Quiet Coed”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editor: Edward D. Radin
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

True Crime Detective Winter 1952

True Crime Detective Winter 1942

“Here he [J. Edgar Hoover] tells the almost unknown story of Kathryn Kelly, under whose evil guidance her husband, Machine-gun Kelly, rose to eminence in the criminal world. Mr. Hoover omits one interesting detail. It was while Machine-gun Kelly was seeking to escape the noose being closed about him by Hoover, that he coined the phrase by FBI Agents have since been known—G-Men.”

True Crime Detective Vol. 2 No. 1 Winter 1952
Contents Page
Irving Gitlin “Mr. Big and the Waterfront”
J. Edgar Hoover “Woman Behind the Crime”
Edward D. Radin “The Killer Who Wasn’t There”
Patrick Quentin “Last of Mrs. Maybrick”
Dorothy D. Doyle “Portrait of the Monster as a Young Man”
Jackson Hite “The Invisible Cord”
Richard W. Fredericks “Body Under the Couch”
Arthur Train “The ‘Due de Nevers’”
Rex Ainsworth’s Here’s the Answer: “Case of the Severed Hand”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editor: Edward D. Radin
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

True Crime Detective No. 4

True Crime Detective No. 4

“For a long time I wished for a magazine that would present true crime cases in a straightforward, exciting way—without sensationlism and trick photography. When True Crime Detective came along I had my wish!”
Ralph Bellamy, noted stage and screen actor

True Crime Detective, The Magazine of True Crime Cases Vol. 1 No. 4 October 1951
Contents
Dr. Richard H. Hoffmann as told to Will Oursler “The Untold Story of Martha”
Walter Winchell “Behind Lepke’s Surrender”
Henry Jordan “Paris Dead End”
Rupert Hughes “Murder Solves a Murder”
Ray Brennan “Somebody Knows”
Edward D. Radin “Locked-Room Rendeszvous”
Manly Wade Wellman “Bender’s Orchard”
Courtney Riley Cooper “Spawn of Shoebox Annie”
W.T. Brannon “Mr. Con Man”
John Bartlow Martin “The Ring and the Conscience”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editor: Edward D. Radin
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Art Director: George Salter
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢