As a special treat to celebrate the relaunch of their Black Cat community for reprints of vintage mystery/crime & science fiction/fantasy/horror pulp fiction as well as newer works by featured authors, publisher Wildside Press is offering the #1 issue of the new Black Cat Weekly magazine, free for a limited time.
The contents compile what would have been the individual weekly offerings under the old subscription service in one convenient place, and include 3 full novels (1 mystery + 2 science fiction), 7 short stories, and 1 true crime piece, with a mix of mystery and science fiction (even a mix of the two with a telepathic detective short). These were originally published from 1908 up to 2018, including works by the late Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of classic lawyer sleuth Perry Mason) and World Fantasy & Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Brian Evenson, and the 1962 1st in series novel for the late Keith Laumer‘s alternate history-jumping Imperium sequence.
To get your free copy, simply add the 1st issue to your cart, and use the coupon FREECAT during checkout.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through either Saturday, September 18th or Sunday, September 19th (the newsletter said ends on Sunday, but I don’t know if that’s an “until” or “through”), available directly from the publisher.
Currently free @ the publisher’s catalogue page (DRM-free ePub/Mobi bundle available worldwide, requires account signup with billing address but no payment info, use coupon code FREECAT during checkout).
Also, the annual subscription price currently has a discount coupon available for 3OFF which will deduct $3 from the usual $19.99 for 52 issues, if you like what you read and wish to see more. Don’t forget to check out their Free Ebooks sampler page, which has a few introductory shorts by selected authors in various genres.
The Black Cat web site has been around for almost four years now, serving up a weekly buffet of new and classic mysteries—and more recently science fiction—to thousands of readers each week. Rather than continue to release all these novels and stories as individual ebooks, we have decided to bundle them up into a convenient weekly e-magazine…which is a lot more fun to work on (and we hope read)!
So here is Black Cat Weekly #1, the September 5, 2021 issue, for your enjoyment pleasure.
To make the first issue memoriable, we are including a lot more content than usual—double the usual word count, in fact. This time we have no less than three complete novels and 7 short stories—and even a “true crime” feature by Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason! There’s something here for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a fan of traditional mysteries, psychic detectives (in the case of Frank Lovell Nelson’s story, a telepathic detective, the first of 12 stories featuring Carlton Clarke from 1908, all of which will run in the Black Cat’s pages). Looking for modern detection? We have that, too. And if your taste runs to the fantastic, we also have adventures across parallel worlds and well into the future. (And monsters. Did I mention monsters?)
- REMISSION, by Michael Bracken [Barb Goffman Presents – mystery short story]
- A KEY FOR REBECCA, by Hal Charles [Solve it yourself mystery!]
- AUROVIA’S FAMOUS LODGE CASE, by Frank Lowell Nelson [Serial story – first of 12]
- THE CASE OF THE KNOCKOUT BULLET, by Erle Stanley Gardner [True crime]
- HAND IN GLOVE, by James Holding [mystery short story]
- THE SKULL OF THE WALZING CLOWN, by Harry Stephen Keeler [mystery novel]
- HAVER, by Brian Evenson [Paul Di Filippo Presents – sci-fi short story]
- A ZLOOR FOR YOUR TROUBLE, by Mack Reynolds [sci-fi short story]
- VALLISNERIA MADNESS, by Ralph Milne Farley [sci-fi short story]
- LAST CALL FOR DOOMSDAY! by S. M. Tenneshaw [sci-fi novel]
- WORLDS OF THE IMPERIUM, by Keith Laumer [sci-fi novel]