Friday, July 30, 2010

six angels at my back

Since I started the Pulp Fiction Project I've come into contact with a few like minded folk online and, thanks to the wonders of Flickr, we're able to browse each other's bookshelves from the other side of the world.

One particularly fun group I've joined / contributed to recently is "vintage paperbacks with nice backcovers", the theme of which seems pretty self explanatory.

Just in case it's not though, we have today's subject - Six Angels At My Back by John Bell Clayton - as an example.



(Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

On a semi-related topic I've got something fun planned for the month of August, Pulp Fiction Project wise; tune in Sunday, aka August 1st, for details.

Friday, July 16, 2010

headline crimes of the year

Although unrelated to the Lait & Mortimer "Confidential" series, aka the subjects of the previous two PFP entries, (at least as far as I know) to me today's subject, Headline Crimes Of The Year by Edward D. Radin, seems like it fits right in.

Offering not only "the inside story of America's most shocking crimes" but a cover featuring a hitchhiking honey with a come hither look.


(I can barely make out the signature but I think it reads "Paul Kresse.")


The back cover and a few of the inside pages also feature a bit of disjointed commentary / editing by the previous owner, which I have made no attempt to understand.

As always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

chicago confidential

As promised in last Friday's PFP post, today's entry is the third of the Jack Lait / Lee Mortimer "confidential" books, Chicago Confidential.

I'm not sure if this one counts as a mapback, since the map is actually spread over two pages inside the book, not on the back. Either way, the illustrations on the front and back cover are fantastic!




The husband's copy of the fourth in the series, USA Confidential, is actually a hard back book. I still can't quite decide if that format goes with the overall theme of the pulp fiction project (I guess I kind of associate the genre in general with the paperback specifically) but it has a cool cover illustration as well so I figured I'd add it in.


(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, July 2, 2010

the big city after dark

In last week's PFP post I mentioned wanting to find more "mapback" paperbacks and, lo and behold, later that night I did. In my own house no less!

Specifically in the Kommandant's bathroom, where three of the four Jack Lait / Lee Mortimer "confidential" books have lived since he found them.



I didn't realize they were part of the Dell seires until I followed a link from the mapback Wikipedia page to this page. Now that I do, I figured I should scan / add them in.

He's missing the second in the series, Washington Confidential, but tune in next week for the third, Chicago Confidential.

(PS: To see larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, tune in to the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)