Saturday, December 9, 2023

Now shipping: The Wild World of Two-Fisted Detective, Mystery and Terror Digests by Peter Enfantino

Manhunt Magazine defined crime fiction in the 1950s. A monthly blast of violence and sex that sold millions of copies, Manhunt paved the way for a new age of literary mystery and crime that’s celebrated to this day. A veritable icon of quality.

Yeah, so what? That particular venue has been lauded and revered and mined for material for decades. It’s time to move on and see the forest for the trees. And, as you’ll soon find out, there were other outlets to lay your hat on if you were a murder and mayhem buff. Enter the low-rent crime digests, stuffed full of bursting brassieres and bloody shivs, with only one goal in mind: fill those pages!

With garish covers featuring scantily clad heroines and sadistic prison guards and titles such as Terror Detective, Two-Fisted Detective, Web Terror, and Shock Mystery Tales, you just knew you were in the right place. And some of the names on the contents page were familiar: Donald E. Westlake, Robert Silverberg, Lawrence Block, Harlan Ellison. Some were not: Flip Lyons, Art Crockett, Grover Brinkman, Dan Sontup. Both species of writers were equally responsible for what makes the sleazy crime digests so beloved.

Within these digests, you’ll encounter such unique individuals as: a drug pusher named Fang; a mafia hitman and his leprous girlfriend; the mad magician whose act may be a little too realistic; the psychiatrist whose previous position at a Nazi prison camp may be detrimental to his practice; and hundreds more.

In The Wild World of Two-Fisted Detective, Mystery and Terror Digests, Peter Enfantino has compiled a complete story-by-story guide to four of the most eccentric, perverted, and violent crime digests ever published

So put that tattered copy of the May 1952 Manhunt to the side and enter a world where there were no limits.

Peter Enfantino is the author of The Manhunt Companion (Stark House Press), an exhaustive story-by-story discussion of the greatest crime magazine of all time. He was an editor of The Scream Factory (1988 - 1997) and bare•bones (1997 - 2001, 2020 - present). He is an obsessive collector of crime, horror, and western digests, and has written for all the major channels on the topics, including Paperback Parade, Mystery Scene, and The Digest Enthusiast. He lives in a sleaze alley known as Gilbert, Arizona.

Praise for The Manhunt Companion:

The story annotations are concise and well-written, and reflect a consistent critical standard . . . Enfantino is a tough, sometimes idiosyncratic critic.
— Jon L. Breen, Mystery Scene

The Manhunt Companion is not only a must for readers and collectors of the magazine, but for anyone interested in cutting-edge noir fiction of the 50s and early 60s.
— Bill Pronzini

The Wild World of Two-Fisted Detective, Mystery and Terror Digests by Peter Enfantino
Publication Date: December 9, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
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ISBN-13: 979-8867838393
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Monday, November 27, 2023

Now shipping: bare•bones #16

Inside the sixteenth issue of bare•bones, you will find:
  • Victoria Timpanaro provides her perspective on the evolution of fandom
  • Exploring Outrage in The Dakotas with Larry Blamire
  • J. Charles Burwell digs into George P. Pelecanos’ DC Quartet
  • The Cinema of Alistair MacLean examined by Derek Hill
  • William Schoell studies Professor Quatermass in Films and on Television
  • Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine Part Two by Peter Enfantino
  • Duane Swierczynski’s Field Guide to L.A. Pulp tracks down Paul Cain
  • Just another day hanging out in Sleaze Alley with Peter Enfantino
  • David J. Schow gets the Word on the Street in his latest R&D column
  • A weird, wiggly peek inside John Scoleri’s Monster Gallery

bare•bones #16 - Fall 2023
Publication Date: November 27, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 108 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8864587034
Dimensions: 6 x 0.27 x 9 inches

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Now shipping: bare•bones #15


Inside the fifteenth issue of bare•bones, you will find:
  • William Schoell spies on John Drake: Danger Man, Secret Agent, and The Prisoner!
  • A nostalgic primer on Movie Monster Bubble Gum Cards by Gary Gerani
  • Craig Miller reminisces about marketing John Carpenter’s The Thing
  • Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine — the early years analyzed by Peter Enfantino
  • Stefan Dziemianowicz unearths the contents of Monster Parade & Monsters and Things
  • Duane Swierczynski’s Field Guide to L.A. Pulp rounds up the Cowboy Detective, Charlie Siringo
  • Marvel’s Haunt of Horror: The end of an era exorcised by Peter Enfantino
  • Tim Lucas on the unproduced scripts for The Wolf Man vs. Dracula & Dracula’s Daughter
  • Peter Enfantino' Sleaze Alley reviews
  • In his latest R&D, David J. Schow explores the authors of The Outer Limits
  • John Scoleri spotlights some puzzling vintage monster merchandise in his Monster Gallery

bare•bones #15 - Summer 2023
Publication Date: September 8, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 110 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8856413341
Dimensions: 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Now Shipping: DJSTURBIA by David J. Schow

DJSturbia is home to monsters.

All kinds of monsters, from skyscraper-sized Godzilla (twice!) to the microscopic space germ known as the Andromeda Strain.

Monsters human and inhuman, from fictional psycho killers to the real-life terrorists of 9/11.

Lovecraftian horrors. Extraterrestrial insects. Giant serpents. Gargoyles and ghosts. Gunfighters and assassins. The battlefield monstrosities known as Warbirds, the alien invaders called Black Widowers, and ― oh, yes ― a little critter named Bob.

Classic monsters lurk here, too: That Creature from That Lagoon. That Thing from Another World. Monsters living, monsters dead . . . and in-between.

David J. Schow’s newest collection features his usual lucky thirteen short stories ― shoot ‘em ups, horror noir, and surprises aplenty ― plus, for the first time, a poison-candy sampler of thirteen additional essays covering everything from The Crow to live snake-handling.

A World Fantasy Award winner for short fiction, DJS has come to escort you into the dark suburbs of his imagination ― DJSturbia.

DAVID J. SCHOW — DJS — has authored novels, collections, TV shows, movies, comics, and nonfiction including editorials, columns, intros, outros, flap copy and audio commentaries. DJSturbia is his twelfth title in Cimarron Street’s massive reprint program of his body of work. Collect ‘em all! 

Full contents include:

Now Hold Still
The Last Song You Hear
Denker’s Book
Blue Amber
A Home in the Dark
A Gunfight
The Finger
Two Scoops
Three Missing Footnotes from the Bad Time
The Ghosting
The Chili Hunters 

“After 9/11” 
“Death to Decaf!” 
“Thirty-Eight Days Later” 
“Why You’ll Never See Crow Chronicle”
“The Traps of Nostalgia” 
“The Mulholland Muse” 
“We Have Always Fought Giant Monsters” 
“Two More Scoops . . . of Cinema” 
  (1) “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Thing”
  (2) “Back to Andromeda” 
“The Dream of a Masked Man”
“Catacombs” (introduction) 
“Faux-God of the Mouse Haus”

DJSturbia by David J. Schow
Publication Date: August 8, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $16.95
Trade Paperback - 372 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8421434702
Dimensions: 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Now Shipping: THE OUTER LIMITS AT 60 by David J. Schow

There is nothing wrong with your television set . . . Join Outer Limits expert David J. Schow on a 60th Anniversary exploration of things old, things new, and things to come for the all-time classic TV series. Still going strong in the streaming age and with no fewer than four Blu-Ray incarnations, The Outer Limits has withstood the ravages of time and taste to remain essential viewing for fans of the unknown, the mystical, the different, and — dare we say it? — the outré!

David J. Schow is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of numerous novels, collections, TV shows, movies, comics and nonfiction — including The Outer Limits Companion and The Outer Limits at 50.

"An invaluable sourcebook on one of the best — and weirdest — shows in TV history."

Publishers Weekly on The Outer Limits Companion

Order your copy today — Available in both hardcover and paperback!

The Outer Limits at 60 
Publication Date: June 19, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $30
Hardcover - 130 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8395746504 
Dimensions: 6 x 0.49 x 9 inches

The Outer Limits at 60 
Publication Date: June 19, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $20
Trade Paperback - 130 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8388243157 
Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Now shipping: bare•bones #14


Inside the fourteenth issue of bare•bones, you will find:

  • An annotated guide to Adventures in Horror by Stefan Dziemianowicz
  • William Schoell targets John Payne and his Restless Gun
  • An analysis of Budd Boetticher’s Ranown Westerns by Derek Hill
  • J. Charles Burwell looks at four of Harry Whittington’s Western novels
  • Find out What’s on the Tube in May 1984 with John Scoleri
  • Peter Enfantino returns to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
  • Tracking Leigh Brackett in Duane Swierczynski’s Field Guide to L.A. Pulp
  • Peter Enfantino shines a light down Sleaze Alley
  • A look back at Dr. Lao in David J. Schow’s latest R&D column
  • A special treat for Stephen King and George A. Romero fans

bare•bones #14 - Spring 2023
Publication Date: June 10, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 112 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8394044182
Dimensions: 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Now Shipping: LUSH AND OTHER TALES OF BOOZY MAYHEM by Duane Swierczynski

Cimarron Street Books is pleased to bring you the first collection of short stories from Duane Swierczynski!

If you’re in the mood for mayhem, you’ve come to the right place, pal. Cozy up to the bar and let Duane Swierczynski spin you a yarn. I’ll warn ya, though; these eighteen tales aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll find crime, science fiction and plenty of horror in these pages . . . and rest assured, he isn’t afraid to serve up the hard stuff.

As Duane notes in his introduction: “Stories have always been an escape for me, just like a couple of stiff drinks at the end of the day. Both are methods of altering your personal reality, even just for a little while.” We invite you to escape into Duane’s wild world of high-octane (and high-proof) short fiction, where you’ll experience . . .

A journalist landing an interview with Philadelphia’s last hardboiled P.I., the hunt for a pulp writer’s lost manuscript, the downside of finding out that death isn’t the end, the dangers of ignoring a Polish death curse, a new twist on serving time for crimes committed, a cross-country trek under the watchful eye of a killer, a particularly dangerous film print, lawbreakers in a future where technology has tamed the L.A. freeway system, and a whole lot more . . .

Gird your brain and your liver . . . it’s time for Lush and Other Tales of Boozy Mayhem.

Contents include:

  • Sharpened Pencils and Spilled Drinks: An Introduction
  • Hilly Palmer’s Last Case
  • Life During Death
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Not All There
  • Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy
  • Death Runs Faster
  • The Replacement
  • Lonergan’s Girl
  • Hell of an Affair
  • Under the Influence
  • Lush
  • Tough Guy Ballet
  • Universal Monster
  • Giant’s Despair
  • W★lk of F★me
  • Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
  • Pinkerton
  • Story Notes & Thanks

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Lush and other tales of Boozy Mayhem by Duane Swierczynski
Publication Date: May 25, 2023 
Suggested Retail Price: $15.95
Trade Paperback - 312 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8361883219
Dimensions: 6 x .78 x 9 inches

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Praise for Duane Swierczynski

“Duane Swierczynski knows how to slam it down on the table. His tales are up there with the best of them.” — John Carpenter

“Of all the modern noirists, who has the most fun by far with the furniture, the tropes and the beleaguered, doomed characters? Duane Swierczynski, that’s who. You will too. Duane actually did the footwork, the legwork, and the hardboiled coursework, from inky-stained newsprint journalism to dead-of-night fictioneering — as though he Tarzan’d from The Front Page to Black Mask without skipping a quip, a kill, or a deal gone bad. Read all about it, right here.” — David J. Schow

“This guy is a great storyteller. I never know what he is going to come up with or where he is going to take me.” ― Michael Connelly

"Duane Swierczynski writes the 'new noir,' full of bad choices, courage, and sudden disaster, all delivered at a break-neck pace." — Charlaine Harris

“Lean as a starving model, mean as a snake, and fast as a jet. This guy has got to be the hottest new thing in crime fiction." — Joe R. Lansdale

“Crime fiction doesn’t get much weirder.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Enough gut-churning violence to make a Quentin Tarantino movie look like a Disney musical replete with singing candlesticks.” — Chicago Tribune

“[Fun and Games] could not be more perfect. It’s got the pounding rhythm of a West Coast punk band on crystal meth. If you like a relentless sleaze-action read then you are going to lov, and I mean L-O-V this.” — Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Now shipping: bare•bones #13

Inside the thirteenth issue of bare•bones, you will find:
  • Tim Lucas introduces us to a dangerous man in Alphaville
  • William Ard’s Lou Largo — Monarch’s greatest P.I. by Peter Enfantino
  • Anthony Perconti explores DC’s Manhunter
  • Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine Annuals analyzed by Richard Krauss
  • William Schoell investigates Mike Shayne on the screen
  • Tracking David Goodis in Duane Swierczynski’s Field Guide to L.A. Pulp
  • Thomas W. Flynn, Jr. disembowels Marvel’s Tales of the Zombie
  • Getting into bed with Clyde Allison’s Agent 0008 by Jeff Gelb
  • Sauntering down Sleaze Alley with Peter Enfantino
  • David J. Schow’s commentary on commentaries in his latest R&D column
  • A vintage King Kong treat, straight from Skull Island

bare•bones #13 - Winter 2023
Publication Date: February 22, 2023
Suggested Retail Price: $9.95
Trade Paperback - 110 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8374822625
Dimensions: 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches

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