Tuesday, July 5, 2022

NRV: Tag Team Elimination Tournament Round Five

Street & Smith's Mystery Magazine (May 1940, v06n01)

No Profit in Murder by Alan Hathway

The Keyhole is a mysterious columnist crime solver. This case involves a slain mail carrier, an Inca curse, and a murdered inventor. The premise is still being set up as the Keyhole smashes and shoots his way out of it.

Savage Realms Monthly Volume 2 (February 2021)

In the Cove of the Apostate by B. Harlan Crawford

Barbarian nomad Seanai takes refuge in a cursed temple of a city that was driven into the sea for worshipping dark gods. The spirits of the apostates animate statues held together with possessed sea-life.

Teen-Age Gangsters (1957)

Gang Wars

Yikes! Strong stuff here from Teen-Age Gangsters. After the introduction of an ex-gang member being beaten and outraged, more general information about New York's juvenile gangs and the lax criminal justice system that doesn't strip search teenage girls enough. Surprisingly, neither parents nor comic books were blamed.

Startling Detective Adventures (December 1937, v19n113)

The Man Who Turned Monster by Dean S Jennings

The story of Roy Righthouse, obsessed killer and necrophile who strangled a nurse before turning himself in. One of these true crime stories which took some narrative liberties, complete with internal monologues of the characters. More florid than most, Jennings tries to go full Dostoyevsky.

Mystery Magazine had that sub-genre of mystery that introduced bizarre elements in the beginning, hoping to explain everything in the resolution. It almost never works, and you're better off depending on action than the whodunit. A whole magazine of this format is a bit much. Street & Smith Mystery Magazine is eliminated!

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