THE DIGEST ENTHUSIAST
Book One Jan 2015
Edited by Arkay Olgar
Larque Press LLC
Growing up in the 50s and 60s, we were lucky enough to enjoy all the wonderful little magazines available on the newsstands during those decades. They were called digest and they covered every genre imaginable. We fondly remember having subscriptions to both The Worlds of If and Analog; two of our favorite sci-fi monthlies. Every now and then we’d pick up a mystery digest like Alfred Hitchcok and Ellery Queen as well. It seemed whenever any particular mystery series made it big in the paperback field, invariably there would be a digest monthly. I can still recall picking up copies of The 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine and Shell Scott Mystery Magazine. Both were short-lived, but not so the popular Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine that, as best I can remember, was around for a long time.
Today the digests are all but gone save for a handful. Which is why we were delighted to see the arrival of a brand new title that is actually devoted to those great little monthlies; The Digest Enthusiast. Issue number one is an eclectic treasure of both factual article on specific digest titles of old, a review of another little series, The Paperback Parade, and three really excellent short stories done in various lengths by writers Joe Wehrle Jr, Lesann Berry and Richard Krauss. We hope this inclusion of short fiction will be permanent feature and offer new pulp writers another market for their tales.
Among some of the digest title histories examined here are Coronet, Galaxy Science Fiction and Photo-rama to name a few. We have to confess, our favorite article was the interview with Canadian fan/writer Matthew Turcotte in regards to his collection of Archie Digests which he claims is well over thousand issues strong. Just amazing.
The Digest Enthusiast is extremely well produced, with clean layouts and clear, expertly printed articles about a lost American publishing format. We recommend it highly to all our pulp readers.