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Explore the world of digest magazines, past and present, through interviews, articles, reviews and genre fiction.
Interview Author, editor, and publisher James Reasoner delves into his stories for Mike Shayne; PIs Cody, Delaney, and Markham; his Redemption series, the Wind River series with L.J. Washburn; and much more. Articles • Ward Smith remembers Armed Services Editions—digests that are not digests. • Peter Enfantino tackles Startling Mystery Stories No. 1–18, and a keen assessment of Manhunt 1954 July–Oct. • Vince Nowell, Sr. dissects Sol Cohen’s tactics to save Amazing Stories. • Richard Krauss examines Charlie Chan’s media empire, with special emphasis on Renown Publications’ digest magazine. • Steve Carper reports on the one, the only, Bronze Books and trailblazers Luke Roberts and Jesse Lee Carter. • Tom Brinkmann exposes The Creature from the Black Lagoon with The Seven Year Itch. Fiction Fantasy fiction from Robert Snashall and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art by Carolyn Cosgriff. Features and Reviews • News updates from the newsstand giants and the digital darlings of today’s genre fiction digests, straight from their editors and publishers. • In-depth reviews of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine May/June 2019 and Broadswords & Blasters No. 9. Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, cartoons by Bob Vojtko, art by Brian Buniak, a poem by Clark Dissmeyer, first issue factoids, and more.