Friday, June 5, 2015

twin taboos

Rounding out this stack of random thrifted paperbacks, tonight's entry is Twin Taboos by Burton St. John. Which may qualify as an entry in our After Dark series?

I haven't read this one so I'm not sure how smutty the contents are (the difference between our regular entries and the After Dark series being akin to the difference between an R or X rating) but, based on what would now be seen as the politically incorrect front and back cover text, I believe one of the twin taboos is interracial love. Possibly interracial lust. Which seems equally taboo for the time, especially in the South.

The other taboo is anyone's guess I suppose. My guess is they're related somehow? If I ever decide to read this I'll get back to you.

And on that note I am off to enjoy what's left of this Friday night via a late dinner and Noir flick on TCM. As for next week, I still haven't quite figured out how I'm gonna adjust the schedule to fit my schedule but again, when I figure it out I'll get back to you.

Friday, May 29, 2015

the big kill / the twisted thing

Assuming anyone is still reading this, hey everybody!

I swear I didn't mean to spontaneously disappear form the blog. Nor do I have a proper excuse (or, really, any excuse) to offer. Like a lot of things in life, it just kinda happened. And, similarly, now I'm back. To do a little tidying up of old business and hopefully get back on track. Starting with the former...

Since it's been a little bit, and the next two books in this pile of pulp fiction have more than a little bit in common, tonight we have a two in one entry, featuring two books written by one author, The Big Kill & The Twisted Thing by Mickey Spillane; AKA numbers five and nine in a long series of books featuring Spillane's most famous creation, Mike Hammer.

This is actually the second time the first book has appeared on the blog. (See way back here.) Had I remembered we already had a copy with a better cover I probably would / could have convinced the husband to leave this behind. Much like the whole non-blogging thing, it just kinda didn't happen that way...

Anywhoo, tune in next week when we round out said pile and move on to our next chapter.

Friday, April 10, 2015

death of a citizen

Tonight's entry, aka the next book in this stack of thrifted paperbacks, is Death Of A Citizen by Donald Hamilton; aka the first entry in the Matt Helm series.

Cover by John McDermott

I have to admit I haven't read any of the books in this series. (It's more of a husband kind of thing.) But I am quite fond of the film series featuring Dean Martin as a kitschy & drunk version of Hamilton's character.

In case you're unfamiliar with said movies, this super fun montage from The Silencers, aka the film loosely based on this book (the operative word being loosely), will provide plenty of inspiration to remedy that.

And since it was available, here's the first four minutes and 26 seconds to get you started...

Friday, March 27, 2015

run, chico, run

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is a tale of youth "spawned in the sidestreets of hell", Run, Chico, Run by Wenzell Brown.

Cover by Barye Phillips

At the risk of repeating myself, the JD - aka juvenile delinquent - genre isn't one I usually gravitate towards in terms of contents (perhaps because I have my own, non-1950s era, tales of juvenile delinquency to muse over) but one I have a hard time resisting in terms of cover art; see here & here.

And at the risk of repeating repeating myself, interested parties can see a similarly minded alternate Gold Medal cover here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

hangover house

Continuing our stroll through this stack of paperbacks, tonight's entry is a non-series novel from the creator of one of the PFP's favorite charachters, Fu Manchu, Hangover House by Sax Rohmer.

On a semi-related topic, I have nothing against the uncredited artwork featured on the cover but I have to admit the waterstain is my favorite part.

Friday, March 13, 2015

the big bubble

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is a novel of Florida (apparently the author's specialty) The Big Bubble by Theodore Pratt. To be somewhat more specific it's "a sultry novel of emotional storm in boom-time Florida in the fabulous Twenties!"

Of course said author, or whoever wrote copy for the back cover and title page, would have had the husband at Florida but, like any right thinking person, he was too distracted by the cover to notice.

Friday, March 6, 2015

crackers in bed

As you've likely guessed from the photo above, tonight we kick off a new journey through a pile of old books we've come across in our travels over the Winter months. (And I have to say, considering how little time we've been able to spend outside the house over the past two months, it's not a bad haul.) Starting with a book "that guarantees to do nothing except make you laugh," Crackers In Bed by Vic Fredericks.

Cover painting by Casey Jones

I haven't read this, nor do I plan to, but the husband seemed to be amused by the fact the cost inflated exactly 10 cents in the 70 years since this edition was published. (At least in the eyes of the charity shop where he found it.)

PS: I am seriously considering putting the top cartoon on the back of my business card.

PPS: I haven't been able to turn up much (read: any) info. on the author or cover artist but interested parties can check out a few similarly minded offerings from the latter here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

so rich, so lovely and so dead

Rounding out this pile of pulp fiction is a "new" murder mystery featuring "personable young lawyer" Scott Jordan, So Rich, So Lovely And So Dead by Harold Q. Masur.

Cover illustration by Stan Zuckerberg

I haven't had the chance to read this one yet so I can't personally vouch for Jordan's personality, or age, but am willing to take the cast of characters word for it.

(New is in the eye of the beholder I suppose; in this case both the author and character are new to me.)

Friday, February 13, 2015

the case of the lonely heiress

Next up, and next to last in this pile of thrifted paperbacks, is another Perry Mason mystery penned by famed author Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case Of The Lonely Heiress.

Cover by Verne Tossey

Based on the amount of people one would assume spent time with said heiress prior to and post her posting the ad reprinted on the back cover, one has to wonder how she wound up with the adjective. But I suppose loneliness, like everything else, is in the eye of the beholder.

Friday, February 6, 2015

the case of the borrowed brunette

Speaking of prolific author Erle Stanley Gardner, which we were in our previous post, tonight's entry features perhaps his most well known character, aka Perry Mason, as he solves The Case Of The Borrowed Brunette.

Cover by Roswell Keller

I haven't been able to find out much (read: anything) about the artist responsible for the fetching borrowed brunette on the cover but interested parties can check out a sampling of his (possibly her?) work featuring foxy ladies of assorted hair color here...