Matthew Hughes


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¢

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Contents Pages
Essa Hansen “Save, Salve, Shelter”
Matthew Hughes “Air of the Overworld”
Michael Cassutt “Banshee”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
The Green Man’s Foe by Juliet E. McKenna
The Man Who Wouldn’t Die by A.B. Jewell
The Slab by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Belladonna University Box Set by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Halloween is Not a Verb by Tansy Rayner Roberts
C.C. Finlay: Recommended Reading
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Joanna Russ by Gwyneth Jones
Monstress and Monstress Volume Four: The Chosen by Marjorie Lin & Sana Takeda
Farmhand by Rob Guillory
Alex Irvine “Chisel and Chime”
Elaine Vilar Madruga “Elsinore Revolution” translated by Toshiya Kamei
Albert E. Cowdrey “Falling Angel”
Julianna Baggott “The Key to Composing Human Skin”
Corey Flintoff “Interlude in Arcadia”
Karin Lowachee’s Films: Ad Astra Per Corde
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Where’s My Flying Car?
Auston Habershaw “Three Gowns for Clara”
Melissa Marr “The Nameless”
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Rahul Kanakia “The Leader Principle”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Rich Horton’s Curiosities: Man’s Mortality by Michael Arlin

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 138 No. 1 and 2, No. 747, Jan/Feb 2020
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Cover: Max Bertolini
Cartoons: Nick Downes, Arthur Masear, Arthur Masear, Kendra Allenby
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until March 2, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2019

Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2019

Contents Pages
Michael Libling “How I Came To Write Fantasy”
Benjamin Rosenbaum “Rejoice, My Brothers and Sisters”
Charlotte Ashley “The Joy in Wounding”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell
Shadow Hunter by BR Kingsolver
Night Stalker by BR Kingsolver
Michelle West: Musing on Books
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
Fall, or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Matthew Hughes “A Geas of the Purple School”
M. Rickert “Evergreen”
Gregor Hartmann “A Hand at the Service of Darkness”
James Morrow “Bird Thou Never Wert”
Jane Yolen “Swing Between” (verse)
Rebecca Zahabi “It Never Snows in Snowtown”
David J. Skal’s Television: Those Were the Days
Jerry Oltion’s Science: Portable Power
F&SF Competition #98 “Titles as Acronyms”
F&SF Competition #99: Ignorance is Bliss
Marie Vibbert “Knit Three, Save Four”
Andy Stewart “The Vicious World of Birds”
Sam J. Miller “Shucked”
Coming Attractions
F&SF Market Place
Index to Volumes 136 & 137 Jan–Dec 2019
Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: The Arrogant History of White Ben by Clemence Dane (1939)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 137 No. 5 and 6, No. 746, Nov/Dect 2019
Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Cover: Bob Eggleton
Cartoons: Nick Downes
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until Jan. 6, 2020
Fantasy & Science Fiction website

Amazing Stories Fall 2019

Amazing Stories Fall 2019

AppleTV+ (AppleTV Plus) new streaming service is planned for a November launch and will include a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series.

The Amazing Stories Selects program is set to roll out soon—individually packaged longer length works than those that appear in the magazine.

Congrats to Sandra Kasturi for her Rhysling Poetry award nomination for her poem from a 2018 edition of Amazing Stories—and to the magazine for their 2019 Nefty Award for Best Magazine.

Amazing Stories Fall 2019 All Color Issue!
Ira Nayman: From the Editor’s Desk: Pratical Advice for Impratical Situations
Vincent Di Fate: Amazing Cover Artist
S.P. Somtow “Another Avatar” art by Jon Eno
R.S. Belcher “Home” art by Tom Miller
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm “Blindside” art by Matt Taggart
T.B. Jeremiah “Robots at Dawn!” art by Anton Oxenuk
Bud Sparhawk “Dog Tales” art by Igor Avdeev
Wendy Nikel
“Stone and Starlight” art by Phil Foglio & Cheyenne Wright
Matthew Hughes
“Stopover at Meech’s World” art by Chukwudi Nwaefulu
Sandra Kasturi
“In the Moon Garden” art by Amanda Makepeace
Shirley Meier
“Buyer Beware” art by Roberto Armas
Jack McDevitt
“Breaking News” art by Renan Boe
Sally McBride
“The Doll Ladies” art by Melisa Des Rosiers
S.L. Saboviec
“The Boy With the Matalliderm Arm” art by Lianna Ribeiro
Paul Levinson
“The P&A” art by Richard Mandrachio
Amber Royer
“When Krom-ish Eyes are Smiling” art by Brad Foster
Adam-Troy Castro
“Genesis for Dyslexics” art by MD Jackson
Dave Creek
“The Typhoon Rider” art by Olivia Beelby
Poetry: Darrell Schweitzer, Roger Dutcher and Francine P. Lewis
Jack Clemons
“Intruder” art by Ron Miller
Paul Di Filippo
“Ancient Hearths” art by Derek Whitaker
Lawrence Watt-Evans
“The Night People” art by Anthony Rhodes

Amazing Stories Fall 2019 back cover

Amazing Stories Vol. 77 No. 1 (No. 618) Fall 2019
Publisher: Steve Davidson
Editor-in-Chief: Ira Nayman
Art Director: Kermit Woodall
Cover: Vincent Di Fate
Full size magazine: 8.5” x 11” 154 pages
Available at select conventions and by subscription from the Amazing Stories website
Print $19.95 Kindle $2.99

Pulp Literature No.23

Pulp Literature No.23

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: First of the Summer Wine
In This Issue
Kelly Robson “Good for Grapes”
Feature Interview: Kelly Robson
Matthew Hughes “What the Wind Brings”
Mel Anastasiou “Stella Ryman and the Locked Room Mystery”
Casey Reiland “An Examination of a Freckle”
Christian Walter “Wolf, Dog, Sun”
Lena Mahmoud “The Thieving Pot”
Alison Braid “Asturias” (verse)
Deborah L. Davitt “On the Sixth Day”
Susan Pieters “Black Market”
Raluca Balasa “Waltz for My Brother”
Margot Spronk “Biophilia”
Deepthi Atukorala “White Rabbit”
The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest
Josephine Greenland “Wife Giver”
Zoe Johnson “Inherited Love of Unexplainable Things”
Lola Ridge & Chaille Stovall “Wall Street at Night” (illustrated verse)
J.M. Landels “Allaigna’s Song: Aria” Verse 23–26
The Artists (bios)
Hall of Fame (Patreon supporters)
Conferences and Events

Pulp Literature No.23 Summer 2019
Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Story Editor: Jessica Fabrizius
Poetry Editors: Daniel Cowper, Emily Osborne
Copy Editor/Designer: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Cover Design: Kate Landels
Cover Art: Akem
216 pages
POD $14.99 Kindle $4.99
Pulp Literature website

Fantasy & Science Fiction May/Jun 2019

F&SF May/Jun 2019

Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 136 No. 5 and 6, No. 743, May/Jun 2019
Andy Dudak “The Abundance”
Kelly Barnhill “Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters”
Mary Soon Lee “Guinevere” (verse)
Bruce McAllister “Breath”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Elizabeth Hand: Books
Lavie Tidhar “New Atlantis”
Gretchen Tessmer “From Tierra de Fuego to the Moluccas” (verse)
David Gullen “The Moss Kings”
Debbie Urbanski “How to Kiss a Hojacki”
Pip Coen “Second Skin”
Karin Lowachee’s Films: Bird Box Never Quite Takes Off
Jerry Oltion’s Science: How to Calculate an Orbit
F&SF Competition #97: “Watered Down”
F&SF Competition #98: Titles as Acronyms
Matthew Hughes “Sternutative Sortilege”
Rebecca Campbell “The Fourth Trimester Is the Strangest”
Tobias S. Buckell “Apocalypse Considered through a Helix of Semiprecious Foods and Recipes”
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Paul Di Filippo’s Curiosities: Atomsk, by Cordwainer Smith (1949)

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Cover: Cory and Catska Ench “New Atlantis”
Cartoons: Danny Shanahan, Arthur Mascar, S. Harris
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until July 1, 2019
Fantasy & Science Fiction website