Saturday, July 24, 2021

Guest FFB: Barry N. Malzberg on ANATOMY OF A KILLER by Peter Rabe

Just finished this, one of 16 Rabe novels I ordered from Stark House in fulfillment of an ancient sense of obligation (I had never read a word of his divorced wife Claire [Rabe, initially as by "Anna Winter"]'s Olympia Press novel FLESH AND BLOOD when it was published with mine and five others in 1969 in a series of "the inaugural American Olympia hardcover novels" all of which bombed was quite good). This is one of the craziest, most disjointed, most fascinatingly implosive and explosive novels I have ever read; as I just observed to my patient spouse "When you are turning out books for $2500 advances in two or three weeks because you are trying to make a living you can't go back and get it right, but if he had had that unlikely opportunity this could have been a breakthrough work." Even so, I have never read existential fragmentation and individual psychic breakdown merged the way that Rabe manages in the final 15,000 words. That was my off again, on again shtick and in the fourteenth and final novel of THE LONE WOLF [series published as by "Mike Barry"] I might have gotten close but Rabe was on another planet. It's on a level with the last chapters of LOLITA and Rabe does not for better or worse allow linguistic virtuosity to get in his way.

This guy was (as Carter Scholz wrote of me 35 years ago) synchronously the best and worst writer going, sometimes in the same damned paragraph. A stunning broken talent. And a beacon toward the horrible time in which two thirds of a century later we now exist. 

I feel driven to make this observation public, just for the record.  As you were, ladies and gents.

--BNM, reprinted with permission from Rara-Avis.

A Malzberg birthday redux post, from 22 December 2017

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Short Story Wednesday: Walter Tevis: three uncollected stories (from BLUEBOOK and REDBOOK, 1955-58) and a new documentary with other older documents

Walter Tevis: A Writer's Gambit was debuted on Kentucky Educational Television the other day, and Barry Malzberg let a bunch of us know that it was up online for perusal already, from KET themselves. Whether it will be picked up by the PBS network or nationally syndicated by American Public Television (APT) or NETA (the National Educational Telecommunications Association) or even by KET itself, I don't know yet, but watch this can do worse than watch the hourlong documentary, which is very well done and told me some things about Tevis I didn't know, and which do help to explain the throughline of his work.

Among the interviews dipped into repeatedly in the video is one from 1984 with CBS Radio books guy Don Swaim, and here's the link to the Ohio University Libraries archive of the Swaim unedited audio files, and transcripts, of both the 1984 and a 1983 interview with Swaim.

Further interviews: 
David Pettus in Thrust: Science Fiction and Fantasy in Review, Fall 1987

Patti Abbott, who started this SSW roundelay last year, was recently wondering about who isn't read any longer, among the various sorts of literary lions of decades past...I wasn't so sure we could be too sure, and if anyone's case helps make my point, it would be that of Walter Tevis, whose brilliant work was all but completely out of print, at least in non-E-book form, and all it took was a very well-adapted mini-series and an all but captive audience of Netflix subscribers to make him a hot property again, with new editions of his work coming back in all formats...though a once-mooted expanded volume of Tevis's short fiction, which was well if rather incompletely represented by the 1981 Doubleday volume Far From Home is, as yet, unrealized. 

"The Man from Chicago", Bluebook, January 1955

"Sucker's Game", Redbook, February 1958 

"First Love", Redbook, August 1958

Three good stories, two clearly among the run-ups to writing The Hustler, of which there were several others, I suspect the first being the 1954 Esquire story, "The Best in the Country".  "First Love" is a not quite antiromantic vignette involving married and parental love nine years in, and makes its points gracefully. "The Man From Chicago" and "Sucker's Game" are clearly feeling out the choreography between the characters of Tevis's first novel; the younger pool-hustler in the later story is actually named Eddie, but doesn't yet have a surname. A volume of the proto-Hustler stories could stand by themselves, as the changes rung on the basic sports fiction/con-job situation themes...the English put on the balls in sufficiently interesting to make reading two of the stories in rapid succession rewarding, though as tucked into a larger Tevis Reader, it would make more sense...and neither Tevis nor Eddie and his compeers would look kindly at leaving money on the table (Tevis presumably didn't think adding the proto-Felson stories would add much to the allure of his collection at time of publication; he was excessively modest in some ways).

***And Random House/Vintage is going to take that bet, and intend to release a collection of (presumably) all the Tevis stories they can find (inasmuch as they note that All Tevis's work will be in print at once for the first time) in a Publisher's Weekly press release that Gordon Van Gelder reminded me of (or at least redirected me to). The working title, thanks to The Queen's Gambit and one of the stories going by this title, has been announced as The King is Dead.

Good, as I'd like to read the Esquire and Cosmopolitan and Saturday Evening Post stories that are currently locked behind paywalls, in at least some more convenient form...I have my first edition of Far From Home beside me at the moment, it the subject of a partially written paired review from three years ago in the backfiles here...

Notable, also, the stories in these issues alongside the Tevis items...Robert Bloch's "The Past Master" in the Bluebook along with a Steve Allen short sf story, his first attempt at published fiction apparently, which Judith Merril enjoyed reprinting in her anthologies a few times, a Michael Shaara in the newer Redbook, and others...the Redbook issues were from the period in which the magazine was being marketed to young (heterosexual) couples, with a short story or so in every issue tagged explicitly for Men (though it is telling that "Sucker's Game", so tagged, has a large douche ad in its third page of text), the Bluebook issue (the first to be cover-tagged "the New Bluebook") well into its transition from being the most prestigious and widely-respected of pulp fiction magazines to becoming, however briefly, a men's service magazine with some middle-class uplift and how-to aspects (practicing bowling with your spouse, a series of articles on the service workers who are rarely celebrated), before it fell over the manful cliff into being mostly a True Men's Adventure magazine with some more-expensive content added, a la Saga and True.

From the Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase (ISFDB):
  • Publication: Far from Home
  • Author: Walter Tevis
  • Date: 1981-01-00
  • ISBN: 0-385-17036-X [978-0-385-17036-9]
  • Publisher: Doubleday
For more of this week's Short Story Wednesday entries, 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the Links to Reviews, Texts et al.; weeks of 25 June/2 July 2021

This past fortnight's cycle of 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. Apologies for the delays!

Patricia Abbott: "Motherless Son" by Elizabeth Strout, The New Yorker, 15 August 2019, fiction edited by Deborah Triesman; Canada by Richard Ford; "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander, The New Yorker, 11 November 2011

Brad Bigelow: The Steagle by Irvin Faust; I am the World by Peter Vansittart

Paul Bishop: the fists (and boxing fiction) of Robert E. Howard

Mike Blake: The Rynox Murder by Philip MacDonald

Les Blatt: Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes

Elgin Bleecker: Maigret Has Scruples by Georges Simenon (translated by Robert Eglesfield); Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Joachim Boaz: short stories by Carol Emswhiller:  "The Coming", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1957, edited by "Anthony Boucher" (William White); "You'll Feel Better...", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Boucher,  July 1057; "Two-Step for Six Legs", Science Fiction Quarterly, August 1957, edited by Robert A. W. Lowndes; Alternities edited by David Gerrold and Stephen Goldin; Twilight Country by Knut Faldbakken (translated by Joan Tate)

John Boston: World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr; Amazing Stories, April 1966, edited by Joseph "Ross" (Wrosz) and Sol Cohen (40th Anniversary issue)

Ben Boulden: Double Feature (aka Enough) by Donald Westlake; Jack Bickham's fiction

Cora Buhlert: Babel-17 by Samuel Delany

Brian Busby: The Mac's of '37: The Story of the Canadian Rebellion by "Price-Brown" (John Price Brown); This Suitcase is Going to Explode by Tom Ardies

Bob Byrne: hardboiled CF anthologies; Discovering Robert E. Howard

Alan Cheuse: In the Middle Distance by Nicholas Delbanco

Douglas Cohen: Realms of Fantasy, June 1997, edited by Shawna McCarthy

Bill Crider: Morgue for Venus by "Jonathan Craig" (Frank Smith)

Liz Dexter: Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler; In Our Own Words edited by Anne Shade and Victoria Villaseñor; Apricot Sky by Ruby Ferguson

Scott Edelman: Karen Osborne; Joshua Bilmes 

Martin Edwards: The Rainbird Pattern by Victor Canning; A Fragment of Fear by John Bingham

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Batman comics in the 1980s: June 1982 issues; Warren comics magazines, April 1975

Barry Ergang: Dead Famous by Ben Elton

Will Errickson: the novels of Daniel Rhodes; William Teason's cover art; Jaws promotional pamphlet

José Ignacio Escribano: They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie; Case for Three Detectives by Leo Bruce

"Olman Feelyus": The Cold Moons by Aaron Clement; The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart

Dana Gould: May You Live in Interesting Times by Laraine Newman; A History of Stand Up from Mark Twain to Dave Chapelle by Wayne Federman

Aubrey Hamilton: Through a Glass, Darkly by Helen McCloy; Murder on B Deck by Vincent Starrett; Greenmask! by Elizabeth Linington; Kill Me Again by Terence Flaherty

Bev Hankins: Road Rage by Ruth Rendell; The Predator of Batignolles by Claude Izner; The Youth Hostel Murders by Glyn Carr

Don Herron: Songs and Sonnets Atlantean by Donald Sidney-Fryer

Rich Horton: One Night Stands and Lost Weekends by Lawrence Block

Jerry House: Zomnibus (three graphic novels) by Shane McCarthy (text) and Chris Bolton and Enrique Lopez Lorenzana (illustration), El Torres (text) and Yair Herrera (illustration), and Chris Ryall (text) and Ashley Wood (illustration); The Mystery of the Red Barn: Thriller Picture Library #171 by Robert Forrest (illustration) and  Leonard  Matthews (script); When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer (and its offshoots); "The Man Who Vanished" by J. A. Mitchell, (apparently first published in his) The First Affair and Other Sketches; The Homunculus by David H. Keller; Boy Comics #5, August 1942, edited by Charles Biro and Bob Wood; Druso by Freirich Freska (as translated by Fletcher Pratt), Wonder Stories, May 1934 et seq. (3-part serial), edited by Hugo Gernsback; Frontiers II by Janet and Isaac Asimov; Day of the Ram by William Campbell Gault; The Three Investigators Crimebusters #6: Thriller Diller by Megan and H. William Stine; Bannock by Richard S. Wheeler

Kate Jackson: Hunt the Tortoise by Elizabeth Ferrars; The Fatal Picnic by Bernice Carey; Golden Age Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler; The Avenging Parrot by Anne Austin; Murder by Inches by Stanley Hopkins, Jr.

Tracy K: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; Ackermanthology! edited by Forest J. Ackerman; Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith; The Travelers by Chris Pavone

Colman Keane: Problems Solved by Bill Pronzini and Barry M. MalzbergDouble Feature (aka Enough) by Donald Westlake; At This Point in My Life by Frank Zafiro; McHugh by Jay Flynn

George Kelley: Double Down by Max Allan Collins; The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth; The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. Howard edited by Scott Lee; Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein; Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen

Joe Kenney: Radcliff #3: Double Trouble by Roosevelt Mallory; The Baroness #10: A Black Hole to Die In by "Paul Kenyon" (Donald Moffit) (unpublished ms.); Men's Adventure Quarterly, April 2021, edited by Robert Deis, Bill Cunningham and Bill Simon

Rob Kitchin: The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt

K. A. Laity: The Candy Kid by Dorothy B. Hughes

Karen Langley: [George] Orwell's Complete Essays, Journalism and Letters, V. 4, edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus; Writing Degree Zero by Roland Barthes (translated by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith)

B. V. Lawson: More Good Old Stuff by John D. MacDonald; The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham

Xavier Lechard: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Des/D. F. Lewis: The Breaking Point by Daphne Du Maurier

Evan Lewis: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January-May 1943, edited by "Ellery Queen" (in this case, Frederic Dannay alone); EQMM, July-November 1943; Perry Mason: The Case of the Innocent Thief (newspaper comic strip) by Erle Stanley Gardner and Mel Keefer, syndicated in 1950"DevilDogs Three" by S. M. Iger? (script) and Rudy Palais (illustrati0n), Great Comics, #1, November 1941, edited by S. M. Iger?; "Futuro Kidnaps Hitler And Takes Him to Hades!", illustration by Rudy Palais, Great Comics #3, January 1942

Steve Lewis: Planet of the Damned (aka Sense of Obligation) by Harry Harrison; If a Body-- by George Worthing Yates; Lost Daughter by Michael Cormany; Analog Science Fact and Fiction, November 1961, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.; "Footsteps of Fear" by Vincent Starrett, The Black Mask, April 1920, edited by F. M. Osborne

The Liar's Club Oddcast [writers podcast]: A. C. Wise; John McFetridge; Ellen Datlow; Jason Pinter; Robert Crais

Library of America: "Old Flaming Youth" by Jean Stafford, Harper's Bazaar, December 1950, edited by Carmel Snow; "The Battle of Long Island" by Philip Vickers Fithian, from Philip Vickers Fithian: Journal 1775-1776

Sara Light-Waller: Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper

Robert Lopresti: "The Waiting Game" by Dana Haynes, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021, edited by Laura Landrigan

Barry N. Malzberg: Interview with Alec Navala-Lee; Mark Clifton and his time

Todd Mason: Enough (reissued currently as Double Feature) by Donald Westlake, and the film adaptation of "Ordo"

Ed McBride: Longarm on the Humboldt by "Tabor Evans" (in this case, Harry Whittington)

Steven J. McDermott: Sin Hellcat by "Andrew Shaw" (Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake); The Lady Kills by Bruno Fischer; The Squeeze by Gil Brewer; Affairs of a Beauty Queen by Orrie Hitt

Thomas McNulty: Die a Little by Megan Abbott

Marcia Muller: Murder with Pictures by George Harmon Coxe

Neeru: Judy of Bunter's Buildings by E. Philips Oppenheim; Last Seen Wearing by Hilary Waugh; The Sark Street Chapel Murder by Thomas Cobb; Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Francis M. Nevins: the CF work of Aaron Marc Stein (aka "George Baxby")

Jess Nevins: Cyberpunk 101

John F. Norris: The Intimate Journal of Warren Winslow by Jean Leslie

Jim Noy: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman

Juri Nummelin: 1960s erotic crime novels missing from standard CF indices

John O'Neil: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

M. Harold Page: Imaginary Worlds by Lin Carter

Paperback Warrior: The Wrecking of Offshore Five by Ronald Johnston; Dive in the Sun by Douglas Reeman; Bodies are Dust (aka Hell Cop) by P. J. Wolfson; the works and legacy of William W. Johnstone; Galaxy of the Lost by "Gregory Kern" (E. C. Tubb); The Freedom Trap (aka The MacKintosh Man) by Desmond Bagley; Deathlands: Homeward Bound by "James Axler" (in this case, Laurence James); The Survivalist: The Quest by Jerry Ahern

Matt Paust: Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider edited by Bill Ollerman; The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis

Mildred Perkins: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Deb Pfeifer: The Rules of the Game by Georges Simenon (translated by Howard Curtis)

Holly Rand: Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor by Alison Arant and Jordan Coffer

James Reasoner: Tarzan: Untamed Frontiers by Gary Buckingham; Paperbacks at War edited by Justin Marriott; Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in River of Peril by "Cole Fannin" (Frank Castle); Exotic Adventures of Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg (edited by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle); Sex Dancer by Clayton Matthews

Richard Robinson: The Reader's Room by Antoine Laurain (translated by Jane Aitken and Emily Boyce); When the Death-Bat Flies: The Detective Stories of Norvell Page edited by Matthew Moring

Gerard Saylor: I, a Squealer by Richard Bruns

Steve Scott: "Kids on Wheels" by John D. MacDonald, The American Legion Magazine, June 1954, edited by Joseph C. Keeley

Jack Seabrook: "Epitaph for a Heel" by William Fay, The Saturday Evening Post, 20 January 1962, edited by Ben Hibbs; "The End of an Era" by William Link and Richard Levinson, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January 1962, edited by Lisa Belknap

Mark Seiber: Panacea by F. Paul Wilson

Victoria Silverwolf: Mindswap by Robert Sheckley

Kerrie Smith: The Baby-Snatcher by Ann Cleeves; The Trespasser by Tana French; Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Marina Sofia: Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson; Three Rooms by Jo Hamya; Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell

Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe: Catherynne M. Valente; Lavie Tidhar

Kevin Tipple: Rapture in Death by "J. D. Robb" ("Nora Roberts"/Eleanor Robertson); "It Doesn't Take a Genius" by Kate Thornton, originally in Landmarked for Murder, edited by Harley Jane Kozak, Michael Mallory and Nathan Walpow 

Scott Tipple: An Empire Asunder by Evan Currie

"TomKat": Who Murdered Mrs. Kroll? by Mika Waltari (at several removes!); Moord onder maagden ("Murder Among Virgins") by "Ton Vervoort" (Peter Verstegen)

Emily VanDerWerff: "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" by "Isobel Fall", Clarkesworld, 1 January 2020, edited by Neil Clarke

David Vineyard: "Sapper": The Best Short Stories by "Sapper" (Herman McNiele), edited by "Jack Adrian" (Christopher Lowder)

Bill Wallace: Death by Anna Croissant-Rust (translated by James J. Conway)

Beatrice Washburn: The End of the Night by John D. MacDonald

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to reviews, texts and more: 18 June 2021

This past week's 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.

Frank Babics: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, October 1969, edited by Ernest Hutter

Brad Bigelow: The Melville Log by Jay Ledya; Queer People by Carroll and Garrett Graham; Dirty Eddie by Ludwig Bemelmens; Come on Out, Daddy by Bernard Wolfe; Night Tennis by Annabel Davis-Goff; Blue Pages by Eleanor Perry and other neglected Hollywood novels

Paul Bishop: the career of Dan J. Marlowe

Mike Blake: The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

Les Blatt: The Red Box by Rex Stout

Elgin Bleecker: Shaft by Ernest Tidyman

Joachim Boaz: First Step Outward edited by Robert Hoskins

John Boston: Amazing Stories, June 1966, edited by Joseph "Ross" (Wrzos)

Ben Boulden: A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson

Cora Buhlert: Orbit 1 edited by Damon Knight

Brian Busby: North Overland with Franklin by J. Macdonald Oxley

Jason Cavallaro: Best and Worst Reading in May (mostly horror)

Douglas Cohen: Realms of Fantasy, April 1997, edited by Shawna McCarthy

Liz Dexter: Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers edited by Kit de Waal

Scott Edelman: Meg Elison

Martin Edwards: Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand; The Gigantic Shadow (aka The Pipe-Dream) by Julian Symons

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren horror comics, March-April 1975

Barry Ergang: A Hunger in the Soul by Mike Resnick

Will Errickson: Thomas Tessier's paperback editions

José Ignacio Escribano: Death's Old Sweet Song by "Jonathan Stagge" (Hugh Wheeler and Richard Webb); The Fortescue Candle by Brian Flynn

Curtis Evans: Phoebe Atwood Taylor; Octagon House by Phoebe Atwood Taylor

"Olman Feelyus": Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

Paul Fraser: Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Readers' Awards 2020: Novella shortlist reviews; Novelet reviews; Short story reviews

Anna Funder: "The Green Light" by Philippe Sands (Vanity Fair, May 2009)

Cullen Gallagher: TNT: Ritual in Blood by Doug Masters; Manhunter by Arnold Hano

Dana Gould: Kliph Nesteroff and Bobby Wilson

Charles Gramlich: Gallimaufry by Bruce Boston

James Harris: "Minla's Flowers" by Alistair Reynolds (The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, 2007)

Aubrey Hamilton: The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom by Erle Stanley Gardner; Pigeon Blood Rubies by M. McDonnell Bodkin

Bev Hankins: The Bitter Path of Death by Pierre Audemars; The Marais Assassin by "Claude Izner" (Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre)

Don Herron: August Derleth ephemera

Rich Horton: The High Hand by Jacques Futrelle; Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

Jerry House: "The Bald Spot" by H. G. Dwight (from his The Emperor of Elam and Other Stories, 1920); The Occult Detector by J. U. Geisy and Junius B. Smith as serialized in The Cavalier, 17-24 February and 2 March 1912, edited by Robert  Davis

Kate Jackson: The Wychford Poisoning Case by Anthony Berkeley (Cox); Murder Menagerie by Jeremy Lane 

Tracy K: Bug-Eyed Monsters edited by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg; The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman

Colman Keane: The Little Men by Megan Abbott; A Writer Prepares by Lawrence Block: The Digger's Game by George V. Higgins; Cast in Dark Waters by Ed Gorman and Tom Piccirilli

George Kelley: Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction #5: Tin Stars edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg and Charles Waugh; Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology edited by Edward L. Ferman and Barry N. Malzberg; Fit to Kill by "Brett Halliday" (in this case, Robert Terrall)

Joe Kenney: Countdown by Frank G. Slaughter; Stryker: Deadly Alliance by William Crawford 

Margot Kinberg: heatwaves in literature

Rob Kitchin: On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong

Leslie Klinger and Lisa Morton: "Round the Fire" by Catherine Crowe, in her Ghosts and Family Legends (1859)

K. A. Laity: Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham and tarot 

Karen Langley: After Lorca by Jack Spicer

B. V. Lawson: The Moving Toyshop by "Edmund Crispin" (Robert Bruce Montgomery); A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women edited by Elizabeth George

Xavier Lechard: the novels of Jean Potts; and of Charlotte Armstrong

Des/D. F. Lewis: The Fontana Book of Ghost Stories anthologies edited by Robert Aickman

Evan Lewis: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, edited by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay solo); July, September and November 1942; Perry Mason: The Case of the Innocent Thief (newspaper comic strip) by Erle Stanley Gardner and Mel Keefer, syndicated in 1950

Steve Lewis: White Meat by Peter Corris; The Affair in Duplex 9B by William Johnston; Dead Matter by Steven Frimmer; The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke 

Library of America: "The Personal is Political" by Carol Hanisch (from Notes from the Second Year: Women's Liberation: Major Writings of the Radical Feminists edited by Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt, 1970); "Stranger than Fiction" by James Weldon Johnson, The New York Age, 23 December 1915; "The Gutting of Couffignal" by Dashiell Hammett, The Black Mask, December 1925, edited by Philip Cody; "Tickets" by Donald Barthelme, The New Yorker, 6 March 1989, edited by Robert Gottlieb

Robert Lopresti: "Goodnight, Saigon" by Richard Helms (from Only the Good Die Young, edited by Josh Pachter)

Dawn Major: Fugitives of the Heart by William Gay

Barry N. Malzberg: New American Review/American Review edited by Theodore Solotaroff

Todd Mason: 2020 best of the year literary annuals; stories from Orbit 3 edited by Damon Knight (Putnam 1968) and New American Review #3 edited by Theodore Solotaroff (Signet/New American Library 1968)

Edward McBride: The Long Night by Ovid Demaris; The Gunsmith 98: Nevada Death Trap by "J. R. Roberts" (Robert Randisi)

Stephen J. McDermott: Dawson's Run by Tim McCloud; The Moon in the Gutter by David Goodis

Neeru: Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss; An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith; Maynard's House by Herman Raucher

Steven Nester: The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes; Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy

Jess Nevins: The Social War of 1900, or Conspirators and Lovers by Simon Mohler Landis

John F. Norris: Bedeviled by Libbie Block; Blood on the Common by Anne Fuller and Marcus Allen

Jim Noy: Mysteries and More Mysteries by Robert Arthur

Juri Nummelin: The Love Odds by "Peter Keyes" (Andrew J. Collins?)

John O'Neill: The Empire of Kaz trilogy by Leslie Gadallah; Stellar Fist by Geo. W. Proctor

Paperback Warrior: The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart; The Angry Mountain by Hammond Innes; Hurricane by Gardner F. Fox; Snowbound Six by Richard Martin Stern; Cyclone by Eric Nilsen

Matt Paust: Hearts at Dawn by Alysa Salzberg; Listen Carefully for Our Menu Has Recently Changed by Roger Loring

Mildred Perkins: The Truth About Belle Gunness by Lilian de la Torre

James Reasoner: The Law of the Jungle by "Louis Masterson" (Kjell Hallbing); "The Resurrection of Jimber Jaw" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Argosy, 20 February 1937, edited by Jack Byrne; Rimrock Town by William Heuman; Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by Stuart Jennett

Richard Robinson: Hayden's World, Volume 1 by S. D. Falchetti; Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler; The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes edited by Mike Ashley

Steve Scott: plagiarism of John D. MacDonald texts

Jack Seabrook: "No Name, Address, Identity" by William Link and Richard Levinson, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July 1961, edited by William Manners; "Getting Rid of George" by Robert Arthur, Bestseller Mystery Magazine, May 1959, edited by Robert P. Mills (as by Joseph Ferman)

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic Stories, June 1966, edited by Joseph Wrzos/"Ross"

Kerrie Smith: The Ginza Ghost by Keikichi Osaka (translated by Ho-Ling Wong); The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

Gerald So: "Tag, You're Dead" by John Lutz, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2021, edited by Linda Landrigan

Marina Sofia: five books, five decades (1970-2019)

Charlie Stella: The Boy Who Followed Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe: Zen Cho; Nghi Vo

Kevin Tipple: "A Fine Mist of Blood" by Michael Connelly (Mystery Writers of American Presents Vengeance, edited by Lee Child, 2012); Cop Hater by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter) 

"TomCat": The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat by Enid Blyton; Moord onder de mantel der liefde ("Murder Under the Mantle of Love") by "Ton Vervoort" (Peter Verstegen); Murder at Government House by Elspeth Huxley

Prashant Trikannad: library-building during a pandemic

Bill Wallace: The Guesthouse at the Sign of the Teetering Globe by Franziska zu Reventlow (translated by James J. Conway); The Vanishing Hitchhiker by Jan Harold Brunvard

A. J. Wright: William P. Alabama?

Jonathan Yardley: Condominium by John D. MacDonald