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News Digest May 29, 2020

EQMM May/June 2020

New Releases
Ellery Queen May/June 2020
Contents Page
Richard Helms “Noble Rot” art by Mark Evan Walker
Steve Steinbock
: The Jury Box
Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei
The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre
Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler
Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage
Susan Dunlap “Quality Control”
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction: The Two Will Wests
R.T. Raichev “Rassendyll’s Grave”
Benjamin Percy “House of Ash”
Shelly Dickson Carr “Nantucket Undertow”
Tom Tolnay “Rhododendron”
Judy Clemens “Safe”
Kristopher Zgorski: Blog Bytes
Alaric Hunt “Borrowed Brains” (Black Mask)
Marilyn Todd “Beyond the Tree Line”
N.W. Barcus “The Workaholic” (Dept. of First Stories)
Michael Berg “Travelers’ Rest” (Passport to Crime) Translated from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Jim Weikart “The Frog”
Keith McCarthy “The Perfect Crime”
Wynn Quon “Art in Pieces” (Dept. of First Stories)
2019 Readers Award
Toni L.P. Kelner “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof”
David Dean “Shadow Lane”
Katherine Hall Page “The End of the Line” art by Laurie Harden
Jane Smith “Annie Oakley” (verse)
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction Online: Preview
Indicia
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May/June 2020 Vol. 155 No. 5 & 6, Whole No. 944 & 945
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Janet Hutchings
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Neil Webb

192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website
Dean Jobb’s Stranger Than Fiction

EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95
EQMM and AHMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95

Paperback Parade No. 107, Hot Lead All-Review Special

Paperback Parade No. 107
Contents Page
Gary Lovisi: Paperback Talk
Richard Greene: Aloha Tiki Paperbacks
Gary Lovisi’s Space Fighters: Luchadores Del Espacio Series
Philip Harbottle: The Return of Rex Brandon
Jim Fitzpatrick: Hard Case Crime Editions of PBOs
Richard Greene’s Matchless Paperbacks: Hawaii
Jon D. Sartz: Robert A. Heinlein
Gary Lovisi: Heinlein Paperbacks

Paperback Parade No. 107 May 2020
Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 112 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Hot Lead: Most Wanted All-Review Special
A special issue loaded with over 200 reviews of western paperbacks arranged by era: 1920–1959, 1960–1969, 1970–1979, 1980–1989, and 1990+. Also includes the essays: Top 10 Western Authors, Gold Medal Overview, and The Lovesome Dove Saga. Foreword by Chuck Dixon. Introduction by Justin Marriott.
7” x 10” 168 pages
Print Only $7.99

Fantastic & Analog June 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Fantastic June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Storytime
John M. Floyd’s
“Saving Mrs. Hapwell” at Kings River Life. (Thanks Kevin R. Tipple.)

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Joseph Bruchac
on “An Indian Love Call” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Toni L.P. Kelner on “Rage Warehouse—Ire Proof” from EQMM May/Jun 2020 at Art Taylor’s First Two Pages.

The same Toni L.P. Kelner discusses her varying approaches to writing short stories at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Eerie No. 38 and Creepy No. 44 at bare*bones e-zine.

TDE Advertisers
From the Fantasy Illustrated website: David Smith was born near Anaheim California in 1954 a few months before the opening of Disneyland. Raised in the Orange/Los Angeles County area in the 1950’s and ‘60’s he was influenced with a steady diet of pop culture. At the age of 14 he started working for the late John McLaughlin at The Book Sail in old downtown Anaheim. It was here that he was first exposed to the likes of old comic books from the 1940’s ,pulp fiction, vintage magic books signed by Houdini, and lots of old and rare books.

Dave worked there from 1969 to 1972 and again from 1976 to 1979 after The Book Sail had moved to the city of Orange. In 1979 he left to open his own store, Fantasy Illustrated about 1.5 miles from Disneyland in Garden Grove. From inception until he sold the store location (keeping the name) to Mile High Comics in 1994, Dave maintained one of the largest selections of vintage comic book and Pulp magazines in the Orange County area.

Wanting a change of pace he moved out of state, negotiated a deal with the owner of Rocket Comics of Seattle Washington and on Jan 1 1995 became owner of that store. In 1999 Dave found what would become the famous Yakima Pedigree collection of hundreds of ultra high grade pulps. These are considered some of the finest condition pulps known to exist.

Around 9-11 he closed down Rocket Comics as a brick and mortar store and continued dealing full time as Fantasy Illustrated doing mail order out of his house near Mill Creek Washington where he lives with his wife Kelli. Visit Fantasy Illustrated.

Wordslingers by Will Murray

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading Will Murray’s pulp history tome: Wordslingers this week. The author himself describes the work in his introduction: “What follows is a species of oral history, employing found quotes, developed so that the author recedes into the role of omniscient organizer, sometimes disappearing altogether, in order to allow the participants of the past to spin the saga of their literary labors.”

The writers and editors—and occasionally the publishers—tell their tale in hundreds of timely quotes gleaned from dozens of sources, most often magazines like Writer’s Digest. Like any business riding waves of high- and low-demand these western fictioneers were constantly postulating market changes and how their writers needed to update their approach to maintain or goose sales. Murray does a phenomenal job documenting the rapids and whirlpools along this 40-some-years journey. For die-hard pulp fiction historians this volume is a treasure.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 is complete. A proof copy is in process and I’ll make an official announcement of its availability here as soon as I approve the proof via lulu.com.

I tried several times to finalize the book on both IngramSpark.com and the newly improved Lulu.com site and encountered issues on both. It took three days for one of them to fix the hang-ups, so I went with that one: Lulu.com. Each company has certain pluses and minuses, but I’m happy to try Lulu on this edition, as last issue was/is printed through Ingram. I will link to the book on Lulu’s site this time because it removes the middleman (amazon, etc.) where most of the sales revenue goes. Lulu seems to make its profit on printing rather than printing and distribution.

The first color edition I created was an alternate version of book ten, so I could see first-hand what the standard color option looked like. (Great!) That special edition is available only from Lulu.com in case any readers want one of their own. The Digest Enthusiast No. 10C (full color) $16 at Lulu.com

Work is also very close to complete on Pulp Modern No. 5, which is now scheduled for a June 23, 2020 release.

Zane Grey Mystery Magazine Nov. 1969

Vintage Western Digest
Zane Grey Western Magazine Nov. 1969
Leo Margulies: The Lure of Zane Grey (introduction)
Contents Page
Romer Zane Grey “Gun Trouble in Tonto Basin”
Noel M Loomis “The St. Louis Salesman”
James Oliver Curwood “The Beloved Murderer”
Ben Smith “The Man Who Stole a Horse”
Zane Grey “Fantoms of Peace” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece)
Walter Dallas’ Gunfighters Saddlemate
Gunnison Steele “When the Dessert Gods Laughed”
Bill Pronzini “Sawtooth Justice”

Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 2 Nov. 1969
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Advisory Editor: Romer Grey
Advisory Editor: Dr. Loren Grey
5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages
50¢ cover price

News Digest May 22, 2020

Mystery Weekly May 2020

New Releases
Mystery Weekly Magazine May 2020
Contents Page
James Nolan “The Rusted Beetle”
Martin Zeigler “Letter Man”
Alec Cizak “The Don Juan of Eldorado”
Steve Schrott “Paying Your Dues”
Bruce McAllister “Creatures of Our Desire”
Martin Hill Oritz “The Left-Handed Pistol”
Stacy Woodson “Desperate Letters” (A You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 57 May 2020
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.5” x 9.75” 88 pages
Print $6.99 Kindle $3.99
MWM Website

Rock and a Hard Place No. 2, Conan Companion

Rock and a Hard Place No. 2 Winter/Spring 2020
Fiction, essay, poetry, and art contributors are listed at the Rock and a Hard Place Mag website.

Editor-in-Chief: Roger Nokes
Managing Editor: Jay Butkowski
Producing Editor: Jonathan Elliott
Associate Editor: Nikki Dolson
Associate Editor: Katrina Robinson
Associate Editor: Albert Tucker
6” x 9” 156 pages
Print $12.95 Kindle $2.99

The Conan Companion
This full-size (8.5” x 11”), full color collector’s guide by Richard Toogood traces the path of Conan from pulps to paperbacks and devotes a chapter to each publisher: Lancer, Sphere, Berkley, Ace, Bantam, and Tor. Complete with an introduction by Roy Thomas, this 107-page volume is available for $14.92 from the usual places.

Storytime
Gary Hoffman’s
“No Secret Ever Stays Hidden” at Kings River Life. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Cameron Mount reads “Silo” on the EconoClash Review’s Podclash.

Alec Cizak reads his story “Worms” on YouTube.

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “Borrowed Brains” by Alaric Hunt from EQMM May/Jun 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Astounding, Galaxy, S&SF, Commando

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 1944 at SF Magazines.

Matthew Wuertz reviews Galaxy Oct. 1954 at Black Gate.

Gideon Marcus reviews F&SF June 1965 at Galactic Journey.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Destination Siberia at Rough Edges.

Gabe Dybing reviews highlights from Dell’s May/Jun 2020 SF digests at Black Gate.

May/Jun 2020Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Ray Nayler
on his story “Eyes of the Forest” from F&SF May/Jun 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

G.O. Clark on his poem “Miles to Go Before We Rest” from Analog May/Jun 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Katherine Hall Page whose “The End of the Line” appears in EQMM May/Jun 2020 discusses mystery and cooking at Something is Going to Happen.

TDE Contributor’s Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 320 Feb. 1980 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook’s The Hitchcock Project: Morton Fine and David Friedkin Part Four adapt “Thou Still Unravished Bride” by Avram Davidson from EQMM Oct. 1958 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin”
Barb Goffman
discusses “Where to Start” at SleuthSayers.

Ingram Advance May 2020 Page 96

Most of my reading this week centered on Will Murray’s Wordslingers, which I will recap briefly next week if I’ve finished it by then. Also proofread most of The Digest Enthusiast. Yes, I do proofread every page and caption. Unfortunately, it’s never perfect and I inevitably find typos as soon as an issue is published. Such is the fate of a small-time operator like Larque Press. Going through the whole issue felt great and I hope it will be one our readers enjoy.

As mentioned earlier this year, the print version of TDE11 is printed via IngramSpark. I purchased an “announcement” for it in January for their catalog, Ingram Advance, and just this week received a PDF copy of the May 2020 edition. Their nearly 200-page catalog goes out to hundreds of booksellers every month. Of course, this is a terrible year for booksellers, but I hope it helps raise awareness of my humble efforts.

Zane Grey No. 1 Oct. 1969

Vintage Western Digest
Zane Grey Western Magazine Oct. 1969
Leo Margulies: They Live Again! (introduction)
Contents Page
Romer Zane Grey “The Rider of Distant Trails”
Frank Gruber “The Store”
Joe Gores “Gunman in Town”
Talmage Powell “Rawhider’s Woman”
Zane Grey “The Horses of Bostil’s Ford” (A Zane Grey Masterpiece)
Gil Brewer “The Mountain Kid”
Walter Dallas’ Tombstone: Too Tough to Die
Wiliiam MacLeod Raine “Doan Whispers”

Zane Grey Western Magazine Vol.1 No. 1 Oct. 1969
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Advisory Editor: Romer Grey
Advisory Editor: Dr. Loren Grey
5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages
50¢ cover price