Thursday, May 25, 2006

Mystery*File Update

MYSTERY*FILE ON-LINE: "WEB DETECTIVE STORIES. Complete runs of some of the 1950s and 60s crime detective magazines are more difficult than others to obtain, and WDS is one of the toughest. Are the 14 issues worth collecting? Peter Enfantino says yes, and here he tells you why."

Fine article, with some neat cover scans. Check it out.

8 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Peter actually serialized this in his magazine BARE*BONES before submitting it to Lovisi...I wonder if he ever got around to doing the followup he meant to, dealing with the next inpulpation of WEB, the neo-shudder WEB TERROR TALES...or if the latter issues were just too terrible to trudge through. (As usual, try the hotlink "under" my name.) Good to see it again, and so accessible.

Bill said...

I'd love to know who the real authors of some of those stories were. Those are obviously pen names. These magazines are all very pricey on eBay.

Juri said...

The stuff sure sounds great! Someone could do an anthology of these lesser-known and lesser-appreciated digests.

Juri said...

Art Crockett wasn't a pen name, that much I can tell you. He wrote also lots of true crime stuff. There's something about him in the foreword of Marc Arnold's true crime anthology the name of which escapes me and I can't see the book on the shelves. (Murder Plus?) Grover Brinkman also was a real guy, photographer and very sporadic pulpster and paperbacker, having his four-book Hollywood trouble-shooter series published only in Finland.

Peter Enfantino said...

>>I wonder if he ever got around to doing the followup he meant to, dealing with the next inpulpation of WEB, the neo-shudder WEB TERROR TALES...
Haven't gotten to that yet, but will someday... that being said...

>>or if the latter issues were just too terrible to trudge through.
I read a handful of stories in the first shudder pulp issue... which led to a short stay in a mental hospital. This stuff is gawdawful but for the sake of those-who-dare-not-delve I shall overcome and finish this piece someday. In related news, I'm currently halfway through the 20 book run of Bruno Rossi's "The Sharpshooter" series from the mid-70s. Now that's more like it!
Pete Enfantino

Bill said...

All right! I'm looking forward to reading something on The Sharpshooter. And finding out who wrote all the books.

Peter Enfantino said...

I don't have a clue who wrote these books, but I swear there's a discussion on the internet as we speak about who did!
I DO know that the same guy wrote #2 Blood Oath and #6: Muzzle Blast as he constantly calls Johnny Rock (our Mafia-killing hero) by the name of Magellan (the Mafia-killing hero of Leisure's other series The Marksman). Oops! Can anyone say editor?

Bill said...

Some of the books Nelson DeMille wrote back in those days have the names of the series characters confused, too.