Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Digest Enthusiast, Book Four

Interviews • Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) • Editors: Alec Cizak (Pulp Modern), Jennifer Landels (Pulp Literature), John Kenyon (Grift Magazine), Kristen Valentine (Betty Fedora) and Sheri White (Morpheus Tales) on the new generation of digital digests.

Articles • Suspense Magazine and Suspense Novels by Richard Krauss • Galaxy Novels by Steve Carper • Galaxy Magabooks by Gary Lovisi • Criswell Predicts: Fate & Spaceway by Tom Brinkmann • Shock Mystery Tales by Peter Enfantino • Pocket Pin-Ups trading cards by Richard Krauss

Reviews by Joe Wehrle, Jr. and Richard Krauss • H.G. Wells Society Newsletter • Bulldog Drummond by Sapper • Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook

Fiction • “The Hideout” by Ron Fortier, art by Rob Davis • “A Rat Must Chew” by Gary Lovisi, art by Sean Azzopardi • “Strangers in Need” story and art by Joe Wehrle, Jr. • “Wounded Wizard” by John Kuharik, art by Michael Neno Includes explicit language.

Cartoons • Brad Foster • Bob Vojtko

Also includes • Editor's Notes • Suspense Magazine contents and reprint sources • Social media round-up • Opening Lines

Includes nearly 100 cover images.

THE DIGEST ENTHUSIAST continues to be one of the very best publications out there. I mean, look at that line-up. Highlights for me are the in-depth looks at SUSPENSE MAGAZINE, SHOCK MYSTERY TALES, and the Galaxy novels, plus some great fiction including a Brother Bones story by Ron Fortier. The Bulldog Drummond review also sparked considerable interest on my part, since I've read one of the books in that series and have been wanting to get around to the others for a long time. If you have any interest in digest magazines, you really need to be reading THE DIGEST ENTHUSIAST.


Todd Mason said...

You remind me of when, when I was in 9th grade in 1978, and we in the theater club were putting on THE ODD COUPLE, and the drama/English teacher and the other students (more understandably in their case) had no idea who "Bulldog Drummond" was, as was referred to in the play. I had to explain. The teacher suggested we opt for "Kojak" instead. And so we did.

(She was very 1978 dramatic in apparel and approach...big cascading curly hair, knee-high boots. Almost but not quite sexy thus.)

James Reasoner said...

Logically I know you're right, but there's still a part of my brain that asks, "How can anybody not know who Bulldog Drummond is?"