from the FictionMags Index, this entry by Ned Brooks
Inside [#53, September 1958] ed. Ron Smith (25¢/30¢, 64pp, digest s/s, cover by Dan Adkins) cover as by “Mel Humdrum”.
- "The Magazine of Science Fiction Fantasy And" with spoof contents page
- F&SF parody contents:
- _5 · Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo · Henna Zenderson · ss
- _8 · Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Fakeout · Anon. · ss
- _9 · Bleak Fate Intervenes · Thomas Hardy · ss
- _10 · The Night After We Land on Mars · R. S. Dickson · ss
- _12 · Recondemned Reading · Anthony Twin · ar
- _14 · Platitudes · Walter Jose Alverez · ss
- _19 · Song of the Spaceways · Fredric Beige · ss
- _20 · Censured house ad: "The Same Old Story..." · humor
- balance of issue:
- 21 · book reviews · Bob Leman, James Gunn, Lawrence Janifer/Larry Harris, Lin Carter, Dave Foley (not the comic actor), Bill Donaho · br
- 35 · Blurb Happy · Bob Tucker · ar; humor
- 40 · Sound the Anti-Tocsin · Walt Willis · hu
- 42 · Letters Found in an Author’s Drawers · Robert Bloch · hu
- 46 · The Slitherer from the Slime (as by "H. P. Lowcraft") · Lin Carter & Dave Foley · humor; satire.
- 51 · Miller by Moonlight · Bob Miller · cartoons
- 56 · How They Did the Doggie at the Curbside · David R. Bunch · ss
- 62 · Khartoum · Anthony Boucher · vi Stefantasy Aug 1955
It's a pretty delightful, knowing, and only slightly heavyhanded parody of Boucher's F&SF by the end of his editorial tenure, with the Fredric Brown micro-vignette parody, for example, squeezed down to one word on the page in part by the thunderous weight of Boucher's headnote, and the Philip Jose Farmer, Zenna Henderson and Robert S. Richardson parodies not Too overdone, and a Thomas Hardy lampoon of sorts standing in for F&SF's reprints. The mockery of Venture (and particularly of the Boucherish ad copy for the attempt at a highly literate but also sexually and otherwise thematically as well as literally adventurous magazine that it was) and of the other Mercury Press magazines, such as Mercury Mystery and Bestseller Mystery as well as the just-sold EQMM is also particularly on-target. The balance of the magazine features a preponderance of satirical material as well, with fannish and literary japes by Tucker, Willis, Boucher and Bloch, and Carter and Foley's Lovecraft lampoon, and a typically acidic short story by David R. Bunch. Inside would suspend publication shortly thereafter, after its impressive run (I have yet to read their similar? parody of Astounding Science Fiction, the predecessor of today's Analog), come back with a few more issues several years later, and then change hands to become the long-lived if less clangorous Riverside Quarterly. There is at least one copy of this issue on sale on eBay at the moment, and if any candidate is ripe for web-archive, Inside is certainly high on the list (I hope to be instructed I've overlooked it being extant)...along with such later examples of similar work as the New York Review of SF-staff parody of Pulphouse magazine, Pulphaus...("because the fans want it...").
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