News Digest May 1, 2020

Asimov's May/Jun 2020

April Digest
Asimov’s Science Fiction May/Jun 2020
Contents Page
Cady Coleman with Susan Alzner of Shift7 Guest Editorial: Will NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit Fit You?
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: The One that Gets You Hooked
Jane Yolen “Ode to Cassini” (verse)
James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net: Two Dooms
Eleanor Arnason “Tunnels”
Alice Towey “The River”
Sandra Lindow “Darning” (verse)
Ian R. Macleod “The Mrs. Innocents”
Jenny Blackford “Feeding Time” (verse)
Brad Aiken & Rick Wilber “Ithaca”
David Gerrold & Ctein “Ronni and Rod”
Dominica Phetteplace “Digital Witness”
James Gunn “Against the Stars”
Ian Watson “Brave New World by Oscar Wilde”
Robert Borski “How an Astroarcheologist Celebrates the Fourth of July” (verse)
Evan Marcroft “Pax Mongolica”
Suzanne Palmer “Hot New Collectible” (verse)
Tegan Moore “Perfect Blue”
Ruth Berman “The Riches of the Cloud Country” (verse)
Bruce McAllister “The Voice”
R. Garcia y Robertson “Living in Wartime”
Norman Spinrad’s On Books: Modern Chinese Science Fiction—Windows into China
Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu
Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu
China Dream by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew
Next Issue
Erwin Strauss: SF Conventional Calendar

Asimov’s Science Fiction Vol. 44 No. 5 & 6, whole No. 532 & 533, May/Jun 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Sheila Williams
Managing Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistants: Deanna McLafferty, Rae Purdom
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Anna & Elena Balbusso
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until June 16, 2020
Asimov’s website
Asimov’s/Analog Value Pack-8
Asimov’s/Analog Value Pack-16

Fantastic and Analog May 1965

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

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Codename Warlord at Rough Edges.

Gideon Marcus reviews Analog May 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
The May/June issue of AHMM is previewed at Trace Evidence.

Robert Lopresti discusses his story “Shanks Saves the World” in AHMM May/Jun 2020 at Trace Evidence.

Gabino Iglesias interviews Wendy Heard at EconoClash Review.

Amanda Hollander on “A Feast of Butterflies” from F&SF Mar/Apr 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Jim Weikart on the International Association of Crime Writers at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

Eleanor Arnason on “Tunnels” from Asimov’s May/Jun 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

Aimee Ogden on her story “To Persist, However Changed” from Analog May/Jun 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Nostalgia Digest Back Issue Sale
Spring cleaning unearthed a cache of 2013–2017 back issues at Nostalgia Digest HQ. Fill in your collection here (scroll down), while supplies last.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Peter Enfantino & Jack Seabrook
review Warren’s Sept/Nov 1971 titles at bare•bones e-zine.

Peter Enfantino reviews Marvel/Atlas Horror Comics from June 1953 at bare•bones e-zine.

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Nostalgia Digest Spg 2020 and Constantine

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished reading the latest issue of Nostalgia Digest this week. Those Were the Days will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. Due to the pandemic, the special live event that had been scheduled for May 2nd, will be rescheduled. Nonetheless, this issue of Nostalgia Digest provides an interview with Chuck Schaden, who started the weekly radio show in 1970, as well as a enthralling excerpt from his memoir: Chuck Schaden’s Radio Days—Adding Decades to the Golden Age of Radio (Hall Closet Press, 2019).

Other issue highlights include articles on Tina Cole of Hawaiian Eye and My Three Sons, Raymond Burr, and movie star Jean Arthur. Another satisfying edition of Nostalgia Digest. Keep ‘em coming Steve Darnall!

Inspired by the special all-John Shirley issue of Weirdbook, I picked up a copy of the novelization of Constantine, also by Mr. Shirley, and read it this week. It’s terrific. A beautifully written, action-packed, supernatural, adventure story.

Spent a few hours working an my article about Fotocrime for the next issue of The Digest Enthusiast, and worked in edits from Alec Cizak for the next Pulp Modern—both digests scheduled for June release.

Western Magazine Feb. 1958

Vintage Western Digest
Western Magazine February 1958 (final issue)

L.L. Foreman “Showdown at Saber Pass”
In a double-crossing, cold-blooded game of cattle empire—a young, beautiful girl was the helpless pawn. And Lobo Turner was king of gunslingers.

Gardner F. Fox “Gunswift”
Returning from a self-imposed exile, Con Mallard had need of his notorious gun rep to combat the savage welcome his old neighbors had waiting for him.

Joseph Chadwick “Trail-Town Raiders”
The tough town of Rawson prepared its tricks and its heady temptations for the unsuspecting trail-driver Riordan—who had acquired plenty of steam to let off.

Ed Montgomery “Robber’s Reunion”
When Cowhide County elected a sheriff, hardcases took over the vote getting.

Western Magazine Vol. 5 No. 1 Feb. 1958
Publisher: Martin Goodman
Editor: Harry Widmer
Business Manager: Monroe Froehlich, Jr.
Art Director: Mel Blum
~5.5” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Read Peter Enfantino’s story-by-story recap of Western Magazine in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8.

News Digest April 17, 2020

Fate No. 735

April Digests
Fate No. 735: Why Tattoos
Contents Page
I See By the Papers by Fate Staff
Phyllis Galde: From Your Editor
Katharine Clark: Little Lost Lives
Chris & Paulette Moon: My Encounters with Shadow People
Valenya: The Gardener’s Sin
James McArthur: The Devil’s Footprints
David Weatherly: Payson, Arizona
W.A. Harbinson: Myths and Facts of the Crystal Skulls
Diane Tessman: UFOs: People of the Future?
Stevie Tombstone: Tattooing Overview
M. Christian: Walking Artwork
Jim Willis: Stones Cry Out
Natalie Fowler: Schmidt Brewery
Cheyenne Campbell: Bonanzaville
Hermester Barrington: Spook Lights
Joseph Curreri: Gentle Giant
Kevin Swanson: Paranormal Gear
Rudy Parker: 50 Years Ago: Telling of the Bees
Ted Mahr: Message From the Masters
True Mystic Experiences
My Proof of Survival
Report from the Readers
Classified Advertising
The Amazing Godwin from Spirit as told to Phyllis Galde by Janice Carlson

Editor-in-Chief: Phyllis Galde
Senior Editor: Susan Swan
Editors: Jamie Anderson, Natalie Fowler
Social Media: Jamie Anderson
Fate Radio Host: Kat Hobson
Cover image of a tattooed Maori
Approximately 5.25” x 7.75” 120 pages $5.95
Fate website

Monster Maniacs No. 2 & Amazing May 1965

Monster Maniacs No. 2
The journal of vintage horror in magazines, comics and fanzines. Content includes Web of Horror, Vampirella, Tom Sutton’s work at Charlton, Kevin O Neil’s early horror strip work, interviews with small press publishers of Deep Red, Midnight and Vampi.
8.5” x 11” full color 80 pages $10.99

Digest and Book Reviews
John Boston
reviews Amazing May 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Robert Lopresti reviews Martin Hill Ortiz’s “Mixed Identities” from Mystery Weekly Magazine, April 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

James Van Pelt reviews selections from the Mar/Apr 2020 issues of Asimov’s and F&SF at Black Gate.

Mar/Apr 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Blogs
Scott Rutherford
: “What Crime Fiction Editors Want and Don’t Want” at EconoClash Review.

William Burton McCormick on his “Night Train to Berlin” from AHMM March/April 2020 at Trace Evidence.

William Ledbetter on “Hungry is the Earth” from F&SF March/April 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Gregory Benford talks fact and fiction at The Astounding Analog Companion.

N.W. Barcus writes about mysteries and video games at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen.

2020 Derringer Award Finalists
Gerald So
interviews 2020 Derringer Award finalists at Chatterific. Leslie Budewitz, Michael Bracken, Trey Dowell, John M. Floyd, Debra H. Goldstein, Steve Greco, C.C. Guthrie, Richard Helms, Sandra Murphy, Josh Pachter, C.J. Verburg, Maultash Warsh, and Frank Zafiro. (Hat tip: Kevin R. Tipple)

Digest Newsletter
Read the April newsletter from Pulp Literature.

TDE Contributor Corner
Peter Enfantino
explores Journey into Strange Tales! Atlas/Marvel Horror issue 58 at bare•bones e-zine.

Readin’ and Writin’
Switchblade submission window April 15–25 at Switchblade Mag.

Publishing progress took a back seat to house and yard work this past week, but I was able to complete the layout of the review of bare•bones No. 1 for the June 2020 issue of The Digest Enthusiast. Also did some retouch work on the cover images for Ward Smith’s article on “The Five Ages of Science Fiction.”

I’ve been reading A Trio of Beacon Books from Stark House Press, with a fab introduction by Jeff Vorzimmer. This week was Call South 3300: Ask for Molly! by Orrie Hitt. Terrific!

Verdict Nov. 1956

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 2 Nov. 1956 (Second Series)
Contents Page
Jack Finney “The Widow’s Walk”
Frank O’Rourke “The Bitter Edge”
Wilbur Daniel Steele “Blue Murder”
Clayre and Michel Lipman “Priest Hole”
Richard Marsten “Kill Me, My Sweet”
MacKinlay Kantor “Trail fo the Brown Sedan”
Wade H. Mosby “Hangman’s Witness”
Craig Rice “Dead Men’s Shoes” (John J. Malone)
David C. Cooke “Shadow on the Hill”
Bryce Walton “Bridge Game”

Verdict Crime Detective Magazine Vol. 1 No. 2 Nov. 1956
Publisher: Michael St. John
General Manager: R.E. Decker
Editorial Director: Walter R. Schmidt
Managing Editor: William Manners
Associate Editor: N.F. King
Art Director: Charles W. Adams
Assistant AD: Gerald Adams

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

Fate No. 358 January 1980

Fate No. 358 Jan 1980Contents
Curtis Fuller: I See By the Papers
Jane M. Loy “Quest for El Dorado”
Diane G. Holdson “The Escort”
Martin Ebon “The Mystic Visions of the Shah of Iran”
W. Ritchie Benedict: Star of Bethlehem to Reapear
The Readers: True Mystic Experiences
Mary Jane Knisely “The Many Roads to Healing”
Richard Lee-Fulgham “Dragons—Alive and Well and Living in—”
Michael Gross “What Happened to Genette Tate”
Monster Haunts Virginia Woods
Alan Vaughan “The Riddle of Coincidence”
Thomas J. Mooney: Is Bigfoot the Star of Beowulf?
Walter H. Uphoff “The Psychic Photography of Masuaki Klyota”
D. Scott Rogo “Speaking of Past Lives”
Jim Miles: The British Triangle
John Phillip Bessor “Chaplain Officiates at Phantom Funeral”
The Readers: My Proof of Survival
J. Gordon Melton: Books, News & Reviews
The Readers: Report from the Readers

Clark Publishing Company
Publisher: Curtis Fuller
Editor/Associate Publisher: Mary Margaret Fuller
Managing Editor: Betty Lou White
Associate Editor: Jerome Clark