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News Digest March 13, 2020

The Beat of Black Wings editor: Josh Pachter

The Beat of Black Wings, an anthology of crime fiction stories inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell, launches on April 7, 2020. Many of Mitchell’s classics are represented: “Both Sides, Now” by Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, “Big Yellow Taxi” by Kathryn O’Sullivan, “River” by Stacy Woodson, “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire” by Donna Andrews, “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines” by Amber Sparks, “Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac” by Michael Bracken, etc. The collection was edited by Josh Pachter. The book will be released on April 7, 2020. Preorders are available in Hardcover $29.75, Softcover $19.55, and Kindle $5.99.

Steve Davidson reviews the premier episode of the new Amazing Stories series on AppleTV+ on, what else, the Amazing Stories blog.

Gideon Marcus examines Galaxy April 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Galaxy Apr 1965 & Amazing Apr 1965

John Boston does likewise for Amazing April 1965 also at Galactic Journey.

Tough Crime: “Walker’s Hollow” by John Floyd.

Q&A with Derek Kunsken at The Astounding Analog Companion.

Ian Tregillis on “Come the Revolution” (F&SF Mar/Apr 2020) at Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Jack Bunker writes about his debut with “Active Shooter” in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of EQMM at Something is Going to Happen.

Read J.D. (EconoClash Review) Graves’ latest Flash Fiction “Trojan H” at Shotgun Honey.

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2020

March 2020 Digests
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2020
Contents
Steve Darnall “Hello, Out There in Radioland!”
A Few Moments with . . . Chuck Schaden
Chuck Schaden “Those Were the (Early) Days” (cover story)
“Those Were the Dates” Ten pivotal moments from the 50-year history of Those Were the Days.
Necrology for 2019
Laura Milbraith Stewart “All in the Families” (Tina Cole)
Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week” Chapter Two
Stone Wallace “Everybody Loves Raymond” (Raymond Burr)
Greg Kreinberg “The Daly News”
Wayne Klatt “A Free Soul” (Jean Arthur)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Book 46 Chapter 2 Spring 2020
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. First published in 1896, Moreau is a science fiction classic. Its concept isn’t as revolutionary in 2020 as 1896, but for its era it must have been horrific and shocking. Even today, the prose is terrific, my favorite parts were Wells’ fastidious descriptions of his animal hybrids.

Weirdbook No. 42

Also immensely enjoyed the print edition of Weirdbook No. 42, a special all John Shirley issue, edited by Doug Draa. A triumphant collection of short stories and poetry capped by a sword and sorcery epic that wraps the volume with an enthralling finale.

I completed reading and making notes on the first issue of Fotocrime this week. Still lots to do but it feels good to get this article for TDE12 started.

Rick McCollum sent the cover art for the next issue of Pulp Modern which should see release sometime this Spring. I loved Rick’s artwork for the last PM and the current TDE, but I gotta say, I think this is the best one yet. It’s based on a story called “Ghost Town.”

PM editor, Alec Cizak, has selected another two stories for the issue, so I’ll be working on layout for those over the next few days.

Verdict June 1953

Vintage Crime Digest
Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Contents Page
Rex Stout “Fer-De-Lance” (Part 1 of 5)
Craig Rice “His Heart Could Break” (John J. Malone) art by R. Cossette
Dan Stoup’s
Tricks of the Trade: Fingerprints
Henry Kane “A Glass of Milk”
Steve Fisher “Goodbye Hannah”
Chester B. Himes “Marihuana and a Pistol” art by R. Cossette
Fredric Brown
“Don’t Look Behind You”
Edward Clark’s Crime Firsts: The La Rosa Case
Raymond Chandler “Trouble Is My Business”

Verdict Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1953
Published monthly by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc.
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Business Magager: R.E. Decker
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

Lake County Incidents

Lake County Incidents by Alec Cizak

After several years of daily blog posts, I’m switching to weekly. Check out the first official weekly installment next Saturday.

News Digest features the week’s new releases from the world of digest magazines, with a few ancillary titles I can’t resist like The American Bystander and Amazing Stories.

From the Vault spotlights a vintage digest magazine.

TDE Updates provides a peek behind the scenes about the coming issue of The Digest Enthusiast and any new developments on the current issue such as reviews.

Reading Pile
Last Saturday, I finished reading Alec Cizak’s latest anthology Lake County Incidents. A terrific read, highly recommended for students of the unusual.

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2020

On Monday, the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest. Another excellent mix of Americana and nostalgia—celebrity bios, word origins, movie serials’ rise to popularity, Sunday dinner traditions, readers’ reactions, and Lucy and Ricky’s heyday that includes synopses of their later hour-long specials. A wonderful issue!

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2020

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2020

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Ben Vereen
Phil Marsh “A Beautiful Mind” (Hedy Lamarr)
Harry Narunsky “What’s the (New) Good Word?”
Dan McGuire “At This Theatre Next Week!” Chapter 1 (Movie Serials)
Jordan Elliott “One Hour at a Time” (Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz)
Erik J. Martin “A Pal in Hollywood” (George Pal)
Annette Bochenek “Rochester”
Jim Dohren “What’s for Dinner at Our House?”
Stone WallaceGeorge Raft: Hollywood Hoodlum”
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2020
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall’s Nostalgia Digest: The Story So Far
“A Few Moments with . . . Ed Ames
Matthew C. Hoffman “The Merry Old Land of Oz”
Ted Mosser “The Mad Magicians of Michigan” (college football)
Greg Borzo “The Palaces of Chicago” (golden age of Chicago hotels)
CELEBio: Clark Gable
Jordan Elliott “Prime-Time Crime Time” (FBI on radio)
Michael Barrett “Smooth Criminal” (Vincent Price)
Wendy J. Sotos “The Most Famous Reindeer of All . . .”
Wayne Klatt “The Life of Bendix” (William Bendix)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Gloria McMillan” (Lux Radio Theatre)
John Mohler “Peel Her a Grape!” (Mae West)
Garry Berman “Trouble in Paradise” (Mae West)
CELEBio: Burt Lancaster
Wayne Klatt “Crooners and Swooners”
Michael Barrett “Laughter . . . By the Book”
Walter Scannell “The Magnificent Agnes” (cover story)
Ted Mosser “Let’s Play Two!” (Cubs & White Sox)
Robert Grayson “Teddy to the Rescue!” (Teddy the Wonder Dog)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Betty Lynn” (uncredited)
Michael J. Hayde “Melodies and Madness” How Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis conquered radio.
James Dohren “The Cigarette Camps”
Necrology for 2018
Gordon Kissack and Jordan Elliott “The Voice of the 500” Remembering Sid Collins.
Annette Bochenek “Little Miss Sunshine” The story of Frances Langford, the Florida native who traveled the world with Bob Hope . . . and came home to life as a Bickerson.
Garry Berman “To Laugh . . . or not to Laugh” Remembering when radio listeners could hear all the nation’s best comedians—and none of their audiences.
Wayne Klatt “Remembering Riverview” Where Chicagoans would “laugh their troubles away.”
Stone Wallace “Heart and Soul” The incandescent life and career of John Garfield.
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Those Were the Days Number 2,500!
“A Few Moments with . . . Stuart Canin” (uncredited)
Steve Darnall “Slings and Arrows” The story of Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and how an off-hand remark led to radio’s biggest feud.
Christopher Warner “The Long Rider” Remembering Hollywood’s first stunt hero star, Yakima Canutt.
Jim Dohren “The Big Chill” Remembering the annual rituals that kept a house warm in winter.
Leonard Maltin “From Silent Screen to Small Screen” How television provided a successful third act for some of Hollywood’s earliest stars.
Wayne Klatt “We’ll Always Have . . . Casablanca
Garry Berman “Television’s Own Private Idaho” The remarkable story of The Boys From Boise, and medium’s first musical comedy.
Michael P. Jensen “The Re-Invention of John Barrymore
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Joyce Randolph” (uncredited)
Walter Scannell “Marlene Dietrich, American” The movie star vs. Der Fuhrer.
Alex Udvary “Nuts!” The madcap comedy of Olsen and Johnson.
Bob Kolososki “Stars Over Illinois” In honor of the state’s bicentennial, a look at some of the many Illinois natives who went on to conquer Hollywood.
Jordan Elliott “It’s Not Easy Being Green” Stan Freberg’s Green Chri$tma$ album.
Jim Dohren “The Finest Actor Who Never Was” How a wartime accident changed Harold Russell’s life—and led to the movie role of a lifetime.
Dan McGuire “Here Come The Nelsons” (cover story)
Stone Wallace “Cast a Long Shadow” The strange magic of John Carradine.
Meg Guttman “Ads Infinitum” From sofas to cigarette boxes, from carpeting to . . . clowns?!? What the House Beautiful reader of the ‘50s was buying.
Mail Call

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018 back coverPlus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Carl Reiner” (uncredited)
Dan McGuire “Look Who’s Coming!” Remembering those folks who were part of the neighborhood.
Phil Marsh “Band of Brothers” (cover story) The show that brought the Marx Brothers (well, two of them, anyway) to radio.
Steve Darnall “Radio Harpo”
Devin Dugan “The Memories of a Mousketeer” Sherry Albertoni recalls Walt Disney, Lou Costello, and a lifetime of “instant connection and friendship.”
Celebio: Cesar Romero (First issued in 1949 by Harry Brand of 20th Century-Fox)
Lucy Hall Kelly “Dime Store Darlings” Remembering Sweet Susie and Little Cindy, and the stores that sold them . . . and a whole lot more.
Wayne Klatt “Brave Children”
Fred Foy “Who was that Masked Man’s Announcer?” Excerpt from A Masked Man, An Indian and Me.
Walter Scannell “Warner Bros. Declares War!” How a movie studio took the front line against the Nazis . . . with the help of Emile Zola, Sgt. York and a Sea Hawk.
Meg Gurrman “Mid-Century Mavens” One writer’s visit to the 1950s . . . with a little help from House Beautiful.
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio TheatreNostalgia Digest Summer 2018 back coverEditor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018 coverReady for spring? Here’s a sign it’s on the way, the Spring 2018 edition of Nostalgia Digest:

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Max Collins” (uncredited)
Stone Wallace “No Stress, No Strain” The effortless (and sometimes dangerous) charm of James Cagney. (cover story)
Necrology for 2017 (Sad, but at least many of these stars were in their 90s when they passed.)
David Weinstein “Things are Different Now” When America went to war, Eddie Cantor went to work.
Bob Kolososki “But They Really Want to Direct” Recalling actors who looked at movies from the other side of the camera.
Ted Mosser “The Fat Man” The life and career of Thomas Waller, the musician who was—literally—larger than life.
Christopher Lynch “Roadside Assistance” When Burma-Shave was the original King of the Road.
Wayne Klatt “The Days of Our Soaps”
Mail Call

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018 backPlus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Hat tip to Robert Lopresti for his review of The Digest Enthusiast book seven on FB.