Autumn 2014. Issue #37.
Old-Time Detection Special Interest Group of American Mensa, Ltd.
36 pages (including covers). $6.00
If you think you've missed something in the detective fiction field because you've only just discovered it or maybe you're just too young, Arthur Vidro's fine publication stands a good chance of catching you up. This latest issue of OLD-TIME DETECTION contains a wealth of items worth retrieving from obscurity, including a Hildegarde Withers short story that hasn't seen print for sixty-three years.
"While [Stanley] Ellin may not, unfortunately, be a household name, he is one of the two greatest short story writers of the second half of the 20th century, and I don't know who the other one is."FROM THE EDITOR:
. . . newly written mystery plays—excluding musicals—increasingly are scarce. . . . But we have a ray of hope. . . .PAPERBACK REVOLUTION:
- 47 years ago, Charles Shibuk took a close look at available paperbacks.
. . . Unfortunately there have been many gaps in the [paperback] reprint field. . . .CHRISTIE CORNER:
- Updates in the world of Dame Agatha Christie.
. . . Donning the mantle of a much-loved and respected writer like Agatha Christie is, in the final analysis, a poisoned chalice. . . .MINI-REVIEWS:
- Critiques of books by H. Rider Haggard, Anne Austin, Jon L. Breen, Van Wyck Mason, and a collection edited by Otto Penzler. Reviews of: Mr. Meeson's Will - Murder at Bridge - Touch of the Past - Dardanelles Derelict - The Dutch Shoe Mystery - Mark Twain's Medieval Romance.
STANLEY ELLIN'S START:
- Mystery writer Stanley Ellin got his first break in 1946, thanks to Ellery Queen. Ellin explains how Queen and his namesake magazine allowed Ellin to become a professional writer.
. . . So, as to that question of whether I would have made a career for myself in writing if there had not been a Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, I can only say that the foregoing evidence indicates that it was, at the very least, touch and go. . . .
- Hildegarde Withers solves "Where Angels Fear to Tread," by Stuart Palmer.
. . . Then a bullet ricocheted screaming down the hallway . . .
- William Everson tells about two very short films, Don't Talk and Behind the Headlines.
. . . it's well-knit, well-constructed and doesn't waste time putting in either laughs or action just for their own sake. . . .
- Reviews by Jon L. Breen of books published in 1973 and 1981.
. . . he can write the Ian Fleming-type thriller and make you believe it. . . .LOOKING BACKWARD:
- Reviews by Charles Shibuk that originally appeared a generation ago. Books covered: Murder in Triplicate - A Most Immoral Murder - The Longbow Murder - Shadow of a Tiger.
THE READERS WRITE:
- Letters from our readers.
. . . This larger than usual magazine was very welcome. . . .PUZZLE:
- Solve the puzzle, win a prize.
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- ONTOS previously covered Issue #36 HERE.
Category: Detective fiction