Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday's Forgotten Books: The Links

One of the less-inept covers for this magazine, which began life as a mildly interesting sf magazine and ended its run as a mid-'60s revival of "shudder pulp" (sadistic "Scooby-Doo"-style pseudo-horror fiction)...but in these years was the bottom-of-the-market for crime fiction. Note C. B. Gilford and H. A. De Rosso as two of its actually good contributors, slumming.

Here are the entries (that I've seen--please let me know if I've missed yours or someone else's) in this week's Friday's Forgotten Books...hosted this week here, and next week by George Kelley's blog, then Patti Abbott's triumphal return to ice-riddled Detroit and to hosting the links on her blog.

Bill Crider: Backfire by Dan J. Marlowe
B. V. Lawson: Monkey Puzzle by Paula Gosling
Craig Clarke: Terrible Thrills by C. Dennis Moore
Ed Gorman: Wild Night by L. J. Washburn
Eric Peterson: King of the Wood by John Maddox Roberts
Evan Lewis: Skull-Face by Robert E. Howard
George Kelley: The Best of Larry Niven
James Reasoner: Ki-Gor, King of the Jungle by "John Peter Drummond" (John Murray Reynolds)
Jerry House: The Illustrious Dunderheads compiled by Rex Stout
John F. Norris: Mystery at Friar's Pardon by "Martin Porlock" (Philip MacDonald)
Juri Nummelin: (read in translation in Finnish, *and with probably NSFW covers*) Swap Motel by Gerald Kramer and Operation: Sex by "Kimberly Kemp" (Gilbert Fox)
Kerrie Smith: Reader, I Murdered Him edited by Jen Green
Martin Edwards: Murder in Black and White by "Evelyn Elder" (Milward Kennedy)
Paul Bishop: The Canvas Prison by Gordon DeMarco
Phil Abbott: The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
Randy Johnson: Fly Paper by Max Allan Collins
Richard L. Pangburn: Mike Dime by Barry Fantoni
Scott Cupp: Sojan the Swordsman by Michael Moorcock and Under the Warrior Star by Joe R. Lansdale

Of related interest:
Curt J. Evans: Poison for Teacher and Death Goes on Skis by Nancy Spain
James Reasoner: The Snake Den by Chuck Tyrell (Charles T. Whipple)
Juri Nummelin: Tower by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman
Mickey Z.: Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene
Peter Enfantino: A story-by-story guide to the deservedly forgotten Web Detective Stories magazine
Rick Robinson: What I Read, 1975-1994
Robert Napier: Wild Night by L. J. Washburn
Ron Scheer: Skins by Adrian Louis
And, possibly, more links to come!


J F Norris said...


I'm the new one. You skipped over me.


Todd Mason said...

Rectified! Thanks, and welcome...

George said...

You're doing a great job, Todd. You're a natural host. I hope I can reach your high standard next week when I substitute host for Patti.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, George...I suspect if you spell everyone's name correctly, you'll do at least as well as I have today! Also, relatively few misdirected links to recipe sites or sex-dungeon webcams also helps.

BV Lawson said...

I know that the Web Detective Stories began life under the name "Saturn," but what was the significance of the "Web" part? It certainly is one of those full-circle kind of phrases, seeing as how the phrase "stories on the Web" now has an entirely different meaning! Some other great names attached--Lawrence Block and Ed Hoch (

Todd Mason said...

Well, in the abrupt transition (probably to keep the same mailing permit, much as comic books particularly would make similar radical swaps in the '50s and onward), the magazine lost editor Donald Wollheim and added "Web" to make it sound a bit more noirish, I'm sure...they didn't want to just jump straight from SATURN SF to WEB DETECTIVE, I guess, for fear that would be challenged by the vigilant postal authorities...and given some of the content of WEB DETECTIVE and a whole lot of the content of WEB TERROR (the "weird menace" inpulpation it became in '62), these guys were almost certainly a little nervous about drawing too much post office attention. Though I suspect WEB TERROR particularly sold mostly on newsstands. (What do WEB TERROR and EVERGREEN REVIEW have in common? Some pretty tough descriptions...and some not too dissimilar illos, at least on the WT covers...)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Todd. A great job.

Anonymous said...

Good one, Todd, and a new one to me. I'd rate that cover as so-so.

Lawson: I suspect the use of "web" here is in the sense of a spider web, as just phrases as "web of crime", "web of desire", "web of lies" was common enough at the time.

I wish I'd had time to read and review something for this week's FFB, but alas I did not. I will have a pretty big New Arrivals post on Monday, however. (a bit of shameless self-promotion). What I did, and am doing as I type this, is listen to Grant Green. Right now it's his "Idle Moments" CD. Most is cool, but on some he really swings.

Todd Mason said...

You're quite welcome, Patti, and thanks...who would I be to not at least ease the path of the obviously ineluctable utter domination of the web by the Abbotts? Do remember to bundle up on the way home!

Yes, indeed, Rick...web of deceit, etc. I might've misunderstood BV's query, since I've known of this magazine for years, and it seems fairly natural...far moreso, certainly, than SATURN WEB. Yes, in being professionally acceptable if unispired, this is one of the better WEB covers...WEB TERROR had one decentish cover, but that wasn't really what they were after by then...
for the complete run of the covers for the title under all its forms.

And, you can be sure, this was not my FFB, but simply a reasonably catchy illo to highlight Peter's reprint of his old BARE*BONES magazine run through WEB DETECTIVE a decade back...

Grant Green was more consistent than Wes Montgomery (didn't have as much opportunity to Sell Out, or perhaps didn't need to as much to support a family), and certainly at least as much a guitar hero as Jim Hall or Joe Pass...or even hipster fave James "Blood" Ulmer...

Evan Lewis said...

Nice job with the link-wrangling, Todd.

That was one of the BEST Web covers? A scary thought.

Todd Mason said...

Evan, well...the worst covers are an interesting mix of scary and just sad...and thanks.