Friday, June 30, 2023

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS And More: the links to the reviews, etc.: 30 June 2023

Includes 28 June Short Story Wednesday items

Patricia Abbott: Vanished by Mary McGarry Morris; "The Puzzle Master" by David Morrell, Playing Games, edited by Lawrence Block

Brad Bigelow: The Pole and the Whistle by George Moor; "June 30" by Gustav Sandgren, from 365 Days edited by Kay Boyle, Laurence Vail, and Nina Conarain

"Joaquin Boaz": "Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Your Crisis" by Kate Wilhelm, Orbit 18 edited by Damon Knight; "The Empathy Machine" by Langdon Jones, Science Fantasy, January-February 1965, edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Robert E. Briney: In Re: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Solar Pons by August Derleth

Brian Busby: The Tempestuous Petticoat (aka A Chicago Princess) by Robert Barr

William Denton: the first sixteen Parker novels by "Richard Stark" (Donald Westlake)

Martin Edwards: The Missing Moneylender by W. Stanley Sykes

Jose Ignacio Escribano: Death of a Nobody (originally On ne tue pas les pauvres types) by Georges Simenon, translated by Jean Stewart

"Olman Feelyus": Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Esther Friesner: writing the Twelve Kingdoms novels

Aubrey Hamilton: The Bohemian Connection by Susan Dunlap

Rich Horton: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Jerry House: I, Libertine by "Frederick R. Ewing" (Theodore Sturgeon and Betty Ballantine, from an outline by Jean Shepherd); Murder is My Business, Vengeance is Hers and Private Eyes edited by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane  (Bill Crider et al. briefly on I, Libertine)

Kate Jackson: Dishonoured Bones by John Trench; Death in a Million Living Rooms by Patricia McGerr

Tracy K: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Karen/Kaggsy: The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino (translated by William Weaver)

Colman Keane: The Hawk is Dying by Harry Crews

George Kelley: The Fifth Grave by Jonathan Latimer (unexpurgated; aka Solomon's Vineyard); The Reel Stuff edited by Brian Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg

Joe Kenney: Call Me a Cab (the novel) by Donald E. Westlake (the novelet version, with a novella by Jody Scott, "Down Will Come Baby", reviewed by TM in 2009)

K. A. Laity: The Singing Sands by "Josephine Tey" (Elizabeth Mackintosh); Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead

B. V. Lawson: Gideon's Fire by John Creasey

Xavier Lechard: "The Slave" by Henry Slesar, 1970 in an MD Publication magazine, reprinted in Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology #8, Spring/Summer 1981, edited by Eleanor Sullivan, and issued in hardcover by the Dial Press as Alfred Hitchcock's Tales to Make Your Teeth Chatter (and under that title reprinted in the UK in at least two editions)

Steve Lewis: Port Angelique by Richard Jessup

Todd Mason: The Annotated Facsimile of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1965, edited by Edward Ferman (with an introduction by Ferman and memoirs by most of the contributors to the issue, edited by Ferman and Martin H. Greenberg); Robert Silverberg: "And the Moon Be Still as Cheddar" (a Ray Bradbury parody); Harlan Ellison: "Cherchez le Message", from Grue, March 1955, edited and published by Dean Grennell

Will Murray: "The Diamond Wager Caper" by Samuel Dashiell (and Not by Dashiell Hammett), Detective Fiction Weekly, 19 October 1929 

Neeru: Who Rides a Tiger by Marie Belloc Lowndes; Fatal Friday by Frances Girard

John O'Neill: The Gate of Ivory trilogy by Doris Egan

Mildred Perkins: A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

Lev Raphael: Marrow and Bone by Walter Kempowski, translated by Charlotte Collins

James Reasoner: The Art of Ron Lesser, Volume One: Deadly Dames and Sexy Sirens, edited by Robert Deis, Bill Cunningham and J. Kingston Pierce; 13 French Street by Gil Brewer

Steve Scott: Kurt Vonnegut on John D. MacDonald

Jack Seabrook: "The Dark Passage" by L. B. Gordon, John Creasey's Mystery Magazine, July 1959, edited by Creasey; "The Five-Forty-Eight" by John Cheever, The New Yorker, 10 April 1954, edited by William Shawn; both adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents: by Charlotte Armstrong

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic, March 1968, edited by Harry Harrison

Kerrie Smith: Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie (as by Marie Westmacott)

William Swanson: Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Justin Taylor: The Collected Works of Charles Portis (still missing this story)

Kevin Tipple: Bad Men by Graham Powell

David Vineyard: Ultra Spectrum by "Vargo Statten" (John Russell Fearn)

Bill Wallace: The Daylight Gate and Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson

Supplemental: from 2021:

Thursday, June 29, 2023

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: links to the reviews: 23 June 2023

Includes 21 June 2023 Short Story Wednesday listings

Patricia Abbott: Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge by Helen Ellis

Tony Baer: Scarface by "Armitrage Trail" (Maurice Coons)

Brad Bigelow: Seven Days Whipping by John Biggs, Jr.

Elgin Bleecker: Six Graves to Munich by Mario Puzo

"Joachim Boaz": "The Highway" by Ray Bradbury (as by "Leonard Spaulding"), Copy, Spring 1950; "The Day the Bomb Fell" by Leslie A. Croutch, Amazing Stories, November 1950, edited by Howard Browne; stories by Russell Bates: "Legion", Infinity Two, edited by Robert Hoskins; "Get with the Program", Amazing Science Fiction Stories, March 1972, edited by Ted White; "A Modest Proposal", Clarion II, edited by Robin Scott Wilson

Matthew Bradley: Murder by the Book by Rex Stout

Brian Busby: Véhicule Press: Ten for the Fiftieth Anniversary

Martin Edwards: The Brazen Confession by Cecil Freeman Gregg

Will Errickson: Finishing Touches and Rapture by Thomas Tessier

Jose Ignacio Escribano: John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles by Douglas Greene

Erica Frank: Playboy, February through June 1968, edited by Hugh Hefner; A. C. Spectorsky, Executive Editor; Robie McCauley, fiction editor

Aubrey Hamilton: Cancelled in Red by "Hugh Pentecost"

Rich Horton: My Ántonia by Willa Cather

Jerry House: "The Man in the Room" by Edwin Balmer and William MacHarg, Hampton's Magazine, May 1909, William Griffith, managing editor (and widely reprinted); Captain Midnight, February 1946, edited by Will Lieberson; The Mouse on Wall Street by Leonard Wibberly

Kate Jackson: The Cornish Wedding Murder by Fiona Leitch

Tracy K: Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

George Kelley: "Missing in the Snow" by Ann Cleeves (e-chapbook); The Court and the Castle by Rebecca West; Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Paul Scharre

Joe Kenney: SunStop 8 by Lou Fisher

K. A. Laity: Quarry by Jane White

B. V. Lawson: Home is the Prisoner by Jean Catherine Potts

Evan Lewis and James Reasoner: Decoy (aka Decoy Doll) by Cleve F. Adams (original posts)

Todd Mason: "And the Moon Be Still as Cheddar" by Robert Silverberg (a parody of Ray Bradbury's fiction) and "Cherchez le Message" by Harlan Ellison, Grue, March 1955, edited and published by Dean GrennellThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1954, edited by "Anthony Boucher" (William White) and J. Francis McComas; and Fantastic, April 1954, edited by Howard Browne

Michael Moorcock and others: The Great Rock'N'Roll Swindle by Michael Moorcock

Neeru: Public Ghost Number One by Andrew Soutar

Steven Nester: Beat the Devil by "James Helvick" (Claud Cockburn)

John O'Neill: Time to Come edited by August Derleth

James Reasoner: The E. Hoffman Price Spicy Adventure Megapack edited by ?John Betancourt (introduction by Darrell Schweitzer); see also, Evan Lewis.

Kelly Robinson: Pulp Fiction by Robert Turner

Kevin Tipple: Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller; Fedora III edited by Michael Bracken

"TomCat": What Happened at Hazelwood by "Michael Innes" (J. I. M. Stewart)

Becky Tuch: LitMag news

Bill Wallace: A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren

A. J. Wright: Rube Burrow in dime novels

Mark Yon: New Worlds, July 1968, edited by Michael Moorcock

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

SSW: The Annotated Facsimile of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, April 1965, edited by Edward Ferman (with an introduction by Ferman and memoirs by most of the contributors to the issue, edited by Ferman and Martin H. Greenberg), Southern Illinois University Press, 1981

This was one of a series of books the Southern Illinois University Press issued in their "Alternatives" line, devoted to fantasy and sf, which published a number of volumes from 1990, including collections of Cornell Woolrich's fantasticated fiction (which can be read here), with essays by Francis Nevins and Barry Malzberg, and the first collection of Algis Budrys's book-review essays, for Galaxy magazine, Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf, in 1985 (and similar collections of his later work have been published by Ansible Editions). The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton (1980), edited by Malzberg and Greenberg (with an introduction by Judith Merril), which can be read here, was one of a number of similar books SIU Press was publishing in the same years that were, for no obvious reason, not under the "Alternatives" aegis. Another, less improbably segregated from the "Alternatives" label, was 
Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher (1983), edited by Nevins and Greenberg.

They issued only two facsimile issues of fiction magazines during the run, in hardcover editions, one devoted to one of the most promising, as it was laden by current and future stars of the magazine and sf, issues of Astounding Science Fiction, July 1939, and this one, devoted to the first issue Edward Ferman would consider as one he fully edited, as he was the editor succeeding Avram Davidson, who had been editing remotely from Mexico for his last year or so, and his father, the publisher of F&SF, Joseph Ferman, wasn't at all sure it would make for a Good Look to install his young son, four years out of college, as the editor at once, so called himself "editor" as well as publisher during the transition--with Ted White, later to edit Fantastic and Amazing for a decade, continuing as Assistant Editor and Robert P. Mills, editor of Mercury Mystery, Bestseller Mystery, Venture Science Fiction, and of F&SF just before Davidson (and having been managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine while that was still a Mercury Press  property) as staff advisor, younger Ferman was able to make his mark, as the various memoirs as well as the evidence of his issues, and longest term of anyone as editor (and eventually publisher) of the magazine, has made clear.

This issue was a good one, and Ferman can be reasonably proud of it, as he was, as he settled into the full role beyond the "Managing Editor" credit he took for this and previous issues, as they worked through most of the Davidson-selected inventory. (In this issue, at least the M. J. Engh story, her second and last to be published as by "Jane Beauclerk", of a loose and widely-spaced trilogy of stories; "Lord Moon" having been a story eventually bought by the departing Davidson, and, probably only coincidentally, her last F&SF story--she's not been hugely prolific. Engh is probably best-known for her first novel, Arslan, published in the UK as A Wind from Bukhara, which I couldn't help but be reminded of during the recent fracas in Russia, when the mercenary army Putin has been employing for various ugly business around the world briefly threatened to attack him,) Also notable, Gerald Jonas's charming poem "Imaginary Numbers in a Real Garden", a decent Isaac Asimov story (as he informs us in his essay, one solicited by Playboy as one of three vignettes to be written in response to an illustration...and, despite Algis Budrys as a tapped-temporarily [as Asimov remembers it, at least] fiction editor [or sub-editor] seeking to accept Asimov's second draft, it being bounced by the upper hierarchy)(Steven Cooper was kind enough to point me to the relevant Playboy issue, December 1966, which features Jack Gregory's sculpture, as photographed by Seymour Mednick, and the three vignettes Playboy went with: "Playback" by Arthur C. Clarke. "Lovemaking" by Frederik Pohl [which Pohl called "Making Love" in his collections] and "Cephalotron" by Thomas Disch [which Disch called "Fun with Your New Head" in his collections]. Gahan Wilson has his first F&SF cartoon in this issue, a regular feature (as with Asimov's essays, which would continue till Asimov's death in 1992) for the next 17 years...whatever ended Wilson's run in the magazine apparently also had enough bad blood to it for Wilson to not provide a memoir. "T P Caravan" also has his last F&SF contribution in this issue, and sadly also doesn't have a latter-day essay.

Len Guttridge would have only two more F&SF stories, despite living into his 90s; then-young Robert Rohrer would have only one more in F&SF, his last in the fantastica magazines (two stories, one each in Cele Goldsmith Lalli's Fantastic and Amazing appeared between his last two in Ferman's magazine)(in comments below. Rich Horton notes that Rohrer wrote to comment on RH's blogpost about Rohrer's career), and Roderic Hodgins has never published in fantastica magazines again (though he did keep a hand in, as a science and medicine reporter for Life magazine [not, alas, a long-term job for him given the essential folding of the magazine not long after, with sporadic specials and revivals], apparently before turning his day-job efforts toward clinical psychology). Judith Merril didn't offer an essay, either, though she might've been under the weather by the time this book was being put together in 1980...the eclecticism of the work she was reviewing (as well as assembling in her annual) was notable. And Ted Thomas's short-form science and speculation column, which ran in the magazine for a few years in the '60s, was a nice counterpoint to Asimov's essays (the film and other a/v reviews wouldn't reappear in the magazine till Samuel Delany, initially reviewing 2001, would begin a column in '68, after Charles Beaumont's column in the latter '50s ended with his ill health...William Morrison's very occasional stage reviews ended with Beaumont's; Baird Searles, Harlan Ellison, Kathi Maio, Lucius Shepherd, Dave Skal and others would follow Delany). 

Patti Abbott has the balance of Short Story Wednesday reviews posted and linked here.

And here's the FMI listing for the Playboy issue, slightly augmented:

    Playboy [v13 #12, December 1966] (quarto) 
    Details supplied by Paul Di Filippo (with some additions, the variant titles of the Pohl and Disch vignettes from ISFDB citations).
    • 126 · An Expensive Place to Die [Part 1 of 3] · Len Deighton · n.
    • 138 · Accidentally Good · Robert Ruark · ss
    • 141 · So Pretty and So Green · MacKinlay Kantor · ss
    • 165 · The Truth About Orlik · Gerald Kersh · ss
    • 182 · The Only Game in Town · Garson Kanin · ss
    • 215 · The Scamp He Would a Scribbler Be · Poggio Bracciolini (as "retold" by John Keefauver) from Facetiae (1470) (the "Ribald Classic"; the volume was the first printed jokebook in Europe, a collection of satirical vignettes) illustration uncredited
    • · Fantastic Trio
    • 220 · Playback · Arthur C. Clarke · ss
    • 221 · Lovemaking · Frederik Pohl · ss [variant title of "Making Love"] (as in Day Million et al.)
    • 222 · Cephalatron · Thomas M. Disch · ss [variant title of "Fun with Your New Head"] (as in the collection of that title and others)

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Shirley Jackson Awards and HWA Bram Stoker Awards for 2022 work, winners and shortlists (updated)


NOVEL (tie)

Beulah by Christi Nogle (Cemetery Gates Media)

The Dead Friends Society by Paul Gandersman and Peter Hall (Encyclopocalypse Publications)

***The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland Books)

Jackal by Erin E. Adams (Bantam)

Unwieldy Creatures by Addie Tsai (Jaded Ibis Press)

***Where I End by Sophie White (Tramp Press)


***The Bone Lantern by Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)

Bound Feet by Kelsea Yu (Cemetery Gates Media)

Catastrophe by Deirdre Danklin (Texas Review Press)

Lure by Tim McGregor (Tenebrous Press)

Pomegranates by Priya Sharma (PS Publishing)

The Wehrwolf by Alma Katsu (Amazon Original Stories)


Azeman or, the Testament of Quincey Morris by Lisa Moore (Black Shuck Books)

“Challawa” by Usman T. Malik (Dark Stars:  New Tales of Darkest Horror)

“Sweetbaby” by Thomas Ha (Clarkesworld, October 2022)

“This Place is Best Shunned” by David Erik Nelson (

***What the Dead Know by Nghi Vo (Amazon Original Stories)


“Brother Maternitas” by Viktor Athelstan (Your Body is Not Your Body)

“The Church of Divine Electricity” by Emily Mitchell (The Southern Review)

“Dick Pig” by Ian Muneshwar (Nightmare Magazine, Issue 112)

“Halogen Sky” by Wendy N. Wagner (VASTARIEN:  A Literary Journal, vol. 5, issue 1)

***“Pre-Simulation Consultation XF007867” by Kim Fu (Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century)


And At My Back I Always Hear by Scott Nicolay (Word Horde)

Breakable Things by Cassandra Khaw (Undertow Publications)

Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted by RJ Joseph (The Seventh Terrace)

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu (Tin House)

Splendid Anatomies by Allison Wyss (Veliz Books)

***We Are Here to Hurt Each Other by Paula D. Ashe (Nictitating Books)


Chiral Mad 5, edited by Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)

***The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors, edited by Doug Murano (Bad Hand Books)

Other Terrors, edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason (William Morrow)

Screams From the Dark:  29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Nightfire)

Your Body is Not Your Body, edited by Alex Woodroe and Matt Blairstone (Tenebrous Press)

The 2022 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented in-person on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Readercon 32, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

***denotes winner. Presented at the StokerCon, 17 June 2023 in Pittsburgh.  Link to video: 2022 (awarded 2023) Bram Stoker Awards Ceremony

First Novel
Young Adult Novel
Middle Grade Novel
Long Fiction
Short Fiction
  • ***“Fracture”, Mercedes M. Yardley (Mother: Tales of Love and Terror)
  • “Nona Doesn't Dance”, Aaron Dries (Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts)
  • “The Only Thing Different Will Be the Body”, J. A. W. McCarthy (A Woman Built by Man)
  • “Poppy's Poppy”, Douglas Gwilym (Penumbrice Speculative Fiction Magazine)
  • “A Song for Barnaby Jones”, Anna Taborska (Zagava)
  • “The Star”, Anna Taborska (Great British Horror 7: Major Arcane)
Short Nonfiction
  • “African American Horror Authors and Their Craft: The Evolution of Horror Fiction from African Folklore”, L. Marie Wood (Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook for Middle and High School Students)
  • “A Clown in the Living Room: The Sinister Clown on Television”, Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (The Many Lives of Scary Clowns: Essays on Pennywise, Twisty, the Joker, Krusty and More)
  • “The H Word: The Horror of Hair”, L. Marie Wood (Nightmare Magazine Jul 2022)
  • ***“I Don't Read Horror (& Other Weird Tales)”, Lee Murray (Interstellar Flight Magazine 24 Oct 2022)
  • “This is Not a Poem”, Cynthia Pelayo (Writing Poetry in the Dark)
Graphic Novel
Screenplay (a tie)
  • ***The Black PhoneScott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (Blumhouse Productions, Crooked Highway, Universal Pictures)
  • MenAlex Garland (DNA Films)
  • The Pale Blue EyeScott Cooper (Cross Creek Pictures, Grisbi Productions, Streamline Global Group)
  • PearlMia Goth & Ti West (A24, Bron Creative, Little Lamb, New Zealand Film Commission)
  • ***Stranger Things: “s4e1: Chapter One: The Hellfire Club”, The Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre, Netflix, Upside Down Pictures)
Poetry Collection

Also presented at the ceremony:


  • Elizabeth Massie
  • Nuzo Onoh
  • John Saul


  • Undertow Publications


  • Meghan Arcuri


  • Karen Lansdale


  • David Jeffery
Courtesy File 770 and SFADB.