Friday, April 23, 2021

At Last, January Friday's "Forgotten" Books and More: the links to the reviews, texts and more

This long-delayed January books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. Thanks. More catching up to come soon...

Bob Adey: Broomsticks over Flaxborough by Colin Watson

Mike Ashley: Amazing Stories, 1926-1984, edited by Hugo Gernsback, T. O'Connor Sloane, Ray Palmer, Howard Browne, Paul Fairman, Cele Goldsmith Lalli, Joseph "Ross" (Wrzos), Harry Harrison, Barry Malzberg, Ted White, Elinor Mavor, George Scithers, and Patrick Price

Mark Baker: Design for Murder by Carolyn HartBlood Alone by James R. Benn

Brad Bigelow: Catch a Brass Canary by Donna Hill; 1970s convergences of science fiction and contemporary/mimetic fiction; The King and the Queen by Ramón J. SenderCrotchets in the Air, or an (Un)Scientific Account of a Balloon Trip by John PooleThe Ride to Khiva by F. C. Burnand

Mike Blake: Alias Basil Willing by Helen McCloy

Les Blatt: Halfway House by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee)4:50 from Paddington (aka What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw) by Agatha Christie; A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories by Georges Simenon (translated by David Coward)Unusual Suspects: Selected Non-Fiction by Joseph GoodrichSome Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird; The Lake District Murder by "John Bude" (Ernest Elmore)

Joachim Boaz: Of All Possible Worlds by "William Tenn" (Philip Klass)2020 Best Vintage Reads in sf novels, short stories and related matterInfinity One edited by Robert Hoskins

John Boston: The Year's Best SF: Tenth Annual Edition edited by Judith Merril; Amazing Stories, February 1966, edited by Joseph "Ross" (Wrzos) and Sol Cohen

Ben Boulden: Double Feature (fka Enough) by Donald Westlake

Brian Busby: A Gift to Last by Gordon Pinsent and Grahame Woods; The Bells of St. Stephen's by Marian Keith

Susanna Calkins: Canary by Duane Swierczynski

Steve Carper: Diane and Leo Dillon, and Leo Dillon's solo illustration

Doug Cohen: Realms of Fantasy, February 1997, edited by Shawna McCarthy

Bill Crider: Don't Ever Love Me by Octavus Roy Cohen

Liz Dexter: If Morning Ever Comes and The Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler

Scott Edelman: Alison Wilgus

Martin Edwards: The Plague Court Murders by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carr); "John Le Carré", RIPWhistle Up the Devil by Derek Smith; Stephen Levinson and Katherine Whitrhorn, RIPMurder at the Pageant by Victor Whitechurch

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren horror comics, March/April 1974; Batman comics: July 1981; Warren horror comics and The Spirit, April 1974

Barry Ergang: The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Herbert Brean; 

Will Errickson: The Kitty Telefair gothic novels by Florence Stevenson; Guy N. Smith, RIPManstopper by "Douglas Borton" (Michael Prescott); Platforms by John R. Maxim

José Ignacio Escribano: Death from a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson; The Judas Window by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carter)Nine Times Nine by "Anthony Boucher" (William White); The Chinese Orange Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee); Locked Doors; The Buckled Bag; and Miss Pinkerton (aka The Double Alibi) by Mary Roberts Rinehart 

Curtis Evans: Run to Death by "Patrick Quentin" (Richard Webb and Hugh Wheeler); A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell; Puzzle for Fiends by "Patrick Quentin"; The James Joyce Murder by "Amanda Cross" (Carolyn Gold Heilbrun)

Barry Gardner: From Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell

Doug Greene: A Killing in Xanadu by Bill Pronzini; The Mystery of Lovers' Cave by Anthony Berkeley (Cox)

"Olman Feelyus": Le Chat du Rabbin by Joann Sfar; The Two-Headed Serpent by Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward and Matthew Sanderson

Paul Fraser: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1972, edited by Edward L. Ferman; "Coming of Age in Karhide" by Ursula K. Le Guin (first in New Legends edited by Great Bear and M. H. Greenberg, 1995)"The Secret Place" by Richard McKenna (from Orbit 1, edited by Damon Knight)Year's Best SF (1986) edited by David Hartwell

Cullen Gallagher: If the Coffin Fits and The Case of the Bearded Bride: Day Keene in the Detective Pulps, Volume 4 (edited by David Laurence Wilson) by "Day Keene" (Gunnard Hjertstedt)

Barry Gardner: From Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell

Dana Gould: Anne Serling (daugher of Rod Serling, niece of Robert Serling)

Doug Greene: A Killing in Xanadu by Bill PronziniThe Mystery at Lover's Cave by Anthony Berkeley (Cox)

Aubrey Hamilton: Skeleton Key by Lenore Glen Offord; Murder in Melbourne by Dulcie Gray (Dulcie Denison); Juror Number Eleven by "Terry Devane" (Jeremiah Healey); The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WareLeft-Handed Death by Richard Hull; Statute of Limitation by Steven HavillThere is a Reason for Everything by E. R. Punshon

Bev Hankins: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie; Crimson Snow edited by Martin EdwardsThe Floating Admiral by the Detection Club: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton; Victor L. Whitechurch; Margeret and G. D. H. Cole; Henry Wade, "John Rhode", Milward Kennedy, Ronald A. Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane, and "Anthony Berkeley"; Why Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris; Death and the Dutch Uncle by Patricia Moyes; Mr. President, Private Eye edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Francis M. Nevins, Jr.; Dead as a Dodo by Jane Langton; Hallowed Murder by Ellen Hart; Raffles by E. W. Hornung

Rich Horton: James Sallis stories; Territory by Emma Bull; How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu; The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford; Cheerful Weather for the Wedding and An Integrated Man by Julia Strachey; Allen Steele stories; Kitty Norville novels by Carrie Vaughn; Three stories by "Idris Seabright" (Margaret St. Clair): "An Egg a Month from All Over", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1952, edited by "Anthony Boucher" (William White) and J. Francis McComas; "The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnolls", F&SF, October 1951, as above; "Short in the Chest", Fantastic Universe, July 1954, edited by Leo Margulies; "The Star Pit" by Samuel Delany, Worlds of Tomorrow, edited by Frederik Pohl 

Paul Herman: Black Mask, October 1936, edited by Joseph T. Shaw

Jerry House: Ghostly Tales by Wilhelmina FitzClarence; Plague from Space (aka The Jupiter Legacy; revised as The Jupiter Plague) by Harry Harrison; "Old Lady Mary" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant (Blackwood's Christmas Annual, 1883, edited by William Blackwood); The Avenger: Justice Inc. by "Kenneth Robeson" (Paul Ernst) (The Avenger magazine, September 1939; Popular Library, 1972); "The Great Carbuncle" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Token and Atlantic Souvenir, 1837)Did She Fall? by Thorne Smith; "The Dance on the Beefsteak" by E. F. Benson, Temple Bar, September 1902, edited by Arthur Ransome; John W. Campbell, Jr. interviewed by Fred Lerner, The Printed Word, WKCR Radio, 1962; Death in a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson; "The Red Face of Feerish Ali" by John Francis Dwyer, Collier's, 9 March 1912, edited by Norman Hapgood; Queen Cleopatra by Talbot Mundy

Kate Jackson: The Anthony Boucher Chronicles: 1942-47 edited by Francis M. Nevin: review part one; part two; Straw Man by Doris Miles Disney; Reservation for Murder by June Wright; Golden Age Detective fiction and its legacy; The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers; She Wouldn't Say No by Delano Ames; Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell; New-t0-me writers first read in 2020; The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie; The Perfect Alibi by Christopher St John Sprigg; 5 Sprigg mysteries ranked

Randy Johnson: Black is the Color by John Brunner    

Tracy K: Black Robe by Brian Moore; "The Cross of Lorraine" by Isaac Asimov, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, May 1976, edited by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay); stories from Home Schooling by Carol Windley; The Hollow by Agatha Christie; Do Not Murder Before Christmas by "Jack" Iams (Samuel Iams); "The Carol Singers" by "Josephine Bell" (Doris Bell Ball), The Illustrated London News, Christmas 1963, edited by Hugh Ingram; Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

Colman Keane: Blood Moon by Ed Gorman; XXX Shamus by "Red Hammond" (Anthony Neil Smith); Castle in the Air by Donald E. Westlake; Exiles: An Outsider Anthology edited by Paul Brazill; The Nudger Dilemmas by John Lutz

Joe Kenney: Valley of the Assassins by "Ian McAllister" (Marvin Albert): Dagger #1: The Centaur Conspiracy by "Carl Stevens" (Raymond Obstfeld); Trips by Ellen Sander; The Adjusters #4: The Glass Cipher by "Peter Winston" (?Jim Bowser)

George Kelley: Stiff News by Catherine Aird; (The) Star King by Jack VanceBorn of the Sun edited by Mike AshleyMurder By Experts by "Anthony Gilbert" (Lucy Malleson); The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction (1st Series, by default) edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas; Wizards edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois; Surface to Air by Gerard Villiers

Rob Kitchen: Empires of the Sky by Alexander Rose; City of Jackals by Parker Bilal; 2020 reads

Kate Laity: Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. HughesCurious Toys by Elizabeth Hand; Conviction by Denise Mina

B.V. Lawson: Mystery on the Queen Mary by "Bruce Graeme" (Graham Montague Jeffries); I Start Counting by Audrey Erskine Lindop; The House at Balnesmoor (aka A Few Small Bones) by Hugh C. Rae

Xavier Lechard: the continuing divide between English- and French-language mysteries; 10 best of 2020

Des/D. F. Lewis: Report from the Interior by Paul Auster

Evan Lewis: It Rhymes with Lust by Drake Waller, Matt Baker, and Ray Osrin (a chapter a day--post series at this link in parentheses)"The Pit and the Pendulum" slightly adapted from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe and illustrated by Everett Raymond Kinstler, Nightmare comics (Ziff-Davis),  Fall 1952

Steve Lewis: Adventures in Time and Space (aka Famous Science Fiction) edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas (part 1); (part 2); (part 3); (part 4); "Death of the Flute" by Arthur J. Burks (All Detective Magazine, April 1933, edited by Carson Mowre); The Fourth Side of the Triangle by "Ellery Queen" (in this case, Avram Davidson, working from an outline by Frederic Dannay); "Summa Mathematica" by Sean Doolittle (from Crime Spree, edited by Sandy de Luca, 2001); "The Charity Case" by Robert Lopresti, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, November 2020, edited by Carla Coupe and John Gregory Betancourt; Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 1966, edited by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay); The Death at Yew Corner by Richard ForrestThe Lady Killers by Alan Riefe; SF Yearbook 1967, edited by Helen Tono; "Slated to Die" by Erle Stanley Gardner, Argosy, 11 January 1936, edited by Frederick Clayton?; Crimes Past by "Mary Challis" (Lana Hutton Bowen-Judd, aka "Sara Woods"); "The Opposite Number" by Jacob Hay, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 1966, edited by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay)

Library of America: "Positive Obsession" by Octavia Butler, Essence, May 1989, edited by Susan L. Taylor; "The Last Passenger Pigeon" by (Ms.) Gene Stratton-Porter, Good Housekeeping, August 1924, edited by William Bigelow; "A Date with Conrad Green" by Ring Lardner (Sr.), Liberty, 3 October 1925, edited by John Neville Wheeler

Leslie Klinger and Lisa Morton: "The Old Nurse's Story" by Elisabeth Gaskell, Household Words, Christmas 1852, edited by Charles Dickens

Barry N. Malzberg: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha ChristieNew American Review/American Review, edited by Theodore Solotaroff

Gideon Marcus: Paingod and Other Delusions by Harlan Ellison

Todd Mason: Orbit 3 edited by Damon Knight; New American Review #3 edited by Theodore Solotaroff;  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader edited by Carol Serling, M. H. Greenberg and Charles Waugh

Neeru: A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill; A Gathering of Friends by Ruskin Bond; The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr

Steven Nester: The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing;  Crisscross by Harmon Henkin

Jess Nevins: cyberpunk and proto-cyberpunk; cyberpunk MA thesis bibliography

Juri Nummelin: The Boss's Daughter by Mark Clements; Racket Babe by Ken Kane (covers possibly NSFW, etc.)

Matt Paust: "The Gun" by Ed Gorman, from Confederacy of the Dead edited by Richard Gilliam, Martin H. Greenberg and Edward Kramer (1990); "You Must Remember This" by Robert Coover, Playboy, January 1985, fiction editor Alice Turner/edited by Hugh Hefner; Shakespeare's Dark Lady by John Hudson; Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies by Roger Mannon

James Reasoner: Strange Stories, December 1940, edited by Mort Weisinger; Giant Western, April 1952, edited by ?; So Fair, So Evil by "Paul Connolly" (Tom Wicker); Code of Vengeance by Ennis Willie; The Manhunt Companion by Jeff Vorzimmer and Peter Enfantino; Shootout at Sioux Wells by Cliff Farrell;  North Fork to Hell by Dan Cushman; War Dog, written by Alan Hebden, illustrated by Cam Kennedy and Mike Western; serialized in Battle Action, 1879-80; Seven Footprints to Satan by A. Merritt

L. J. Roberts: The Greenway by Jane Adams

Gerard Saylor:  The White Mountains by "John Christopher" (Christopher Youd)

Jack Seabrook: "The $2,000,ooo Defense" by Harold Q. Masur, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, May 1958, edited by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay); "Safety for the Witness" by John De Meyer, The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1955, edited by Hans Stefan Santesson

Andi Schechter: No Human Involved by Barbara Saranella

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic Stories, January 1966, edited by Joseph "Ross" (Wrzos) and Sol Cohen; Worlds of Tomorrow, March 1966, edited by Frederik Pohl

Dan Stumpf: My Own Murderer by Richard Hull

G. W. Thomas: Horror and Crime Fiction writers in Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine, for the most part as edited by Charles Fritch

Kevin Tipple: El Camino del Rio by Jim Sanderson; The Adventures of Quinn Higgins, Boy Detective: The Quest for the Lost U-Boat by Douglas Quinn; The Troubleshooter by Austin S. Camacho

David Vineyard: Isle of the Snakes by Robert L. Fish


Neeru said...

This must have taken loads of time, Todd! Thanks for all this effort.

Todd Mason said...

Thank you, Neeru. I've been both down and distracted for quite some time, and hope to put together this pat Friday's later today (as it's just past midnight Saturday in EDT in North America)...your patience, and benisons, as well as your contributions of reviews, are appreciated!

TracyK said...

This is wonderful, Todd. I could spend days her going through these links.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Tracy, for your good words and consistent contributions as well...the wheel girnds slow here of late, and with a lot of interruption...

Jack Seabrook said...

Thanks, Todd!

Todd Mason said...

Thank you, Jack!