Black Cat Weekly #45
Welcome to Black Cat Weekly #45. This is an fun issue, and I’ve selected Tobias S. Buckell’s fantasy “The Fisher Dragon” as the cover story. (I must admit to having a fondness for dragons. The very first story I sold professionally, way back at the dawn of time when I was 16 years old, was about a dragon. And they appear in several of my novels, most notably Master of Dragons.) Thanks to acquiring editor Cynthia Ward for selecting it.
Black Cat’s other acquiring editors are represented in this issue, too—Michael Bracken selected an original mystery from John M. Floyd, and Barb Goffman has a tale about a retired detective by Steve Hockensmith (whose “Holmes on the Range” series of historical mystery stories are must-reads, as far as I’m concerned. Check then out if you get a chance.) And last (but not least), Darrell Schweitzer unearthed one of his paleo-interviews for us—this time with Craig Shaw Gardner. It's from the 1990s, when Gardner had just become a best-selling author, thanks to his Batman movie novelization.
And we have classics by George O. Smith, Henry Kuttner, and many others, including a 1915 Nick Carter mystery novel. And, of course, a modern solve-it-yourself mystery from Hal Charles (the writing team of Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet).
Here’s the complete lineup:
Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:
- “From Ten to Two” by John M. Floyd [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
- “An Eggceptional Solution” Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]
- “Frank” by Steve Hockensmith [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
- The Bush-Rancher, by Harold Bindloss [novel]
- The Suicide, by Nicholas Carter [novel]
- “Speaking with Craig Shaw Gardner” [Interview with Darrell Schweitzer]
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
- “The Fisher Dragon”by Tobias S. Buckell [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]
- “Catspaw,” by George O. Smith [short story]
- “The Half-Haunted,” by Manly Wade Wellman [short story]
- “The Sea-Witch,” by Nictzin Dyalhis [short story]
- “Chameleon Man,” by Henry Kuttner [short story]