Wednesday, August 31, 2011

the homicidal virgin

In retrospect I suppose mentioning I would try to update more than once a week was at least a bit of a jinx but, as stated in the previous retrospectively prophetic post, the blog's schedule pretty much depends on my schedule for any given week and last week it just didn't work out.

Anywhoo, tonight it is working out so instead of talking about my schedule let's gaze upon the loveliness that is the cover of The Homicidal Virgin, the 36th entry in the Brett Halliday / Mike Shayne series; featuring another in a long and wonderful series of cover paintings by Robert McGinnis.




As well as a cool back cover design; although, I must admit, I tend to fancy a jaunty arrow. (See here.)

(PS: 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.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

murder takes no holiday

Since relocating the Pulp Fiction Project to a webpage with it's name in the address I've kinda started to feel like I'm neglecting the blog by only updating once a week. So I'm gonna try posting a few times a week - meaning twice, maybe three times depending on my schedule for any given week - and see how that goes.

On that note let's move on to tonight's entry, Murder Takes No Holiday by Brett Halliday; also the next book, chronologically, in the series of Mike Shayne books seen in this pile.


Cover painting by Bob McGinnis


Speaking of the Mike Shayne television series - which, technically, we weren't but the back cover does include a teaser for it - according to the above linked MS wikipedia page, you can watch episodes of it here.

(And, according to me, who just successfully searched for and found it, it's true! Unfortunately the speakers on my laptop aren't working properly so I will wait until I have sound to go with my grainy black and white picture to watch an episode but if you decide to check it out let me know what you think.)

(PS: 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, August 12, 2011

target: mike shayne

Tonight's PFP entry, Target: Mike Shayne, follows in the footsteps of last week's return to this pile of paperbacks; literally. (Meaning it's the 34th entry in the Mike Shayne / Brett Halliday series, as well as the next book in the stack, chronologically.)


Cover painting by Bob McGinnis


Speaking of last week's entry, remember I said it was the most recent Shayne book I've read? Well, I lied. This was actually the most recent one I've read. Either way, both good books assuming you're into this kind of thing.

(And, of course, I assume you are into this kind of thing or you'd be reading something else by now.)

Friday, August 5, 2011

date with a dead man

Tonight I'm happy to get back to working my way through this pile of dusty pulp fiction with Date With A Dead Man, the 33rd entry in the Mike Shayne / Brett Halliday series, as well as the most recent Shayne book I've read.


Cover painting by Bob McGinnis


Cover-wise, an absolute classic! As well as a good book, even if the plot was easy to figure out after the first few chapters.

While we're on the subject check out this, sort of similar yet completely dissimilar, alternate cover. (To me this photo would be better suited to a '70s porn movie poster than a '60s crime novel but what do I know.)

welcome!

Hello and welcome to the new home of the Pulp Fiction Project!

For the benefit of those who may be joining us for the first time - which would make sense since I only set this page up on Tuesday - the PFP started as a weekly column on my "other" blog but during said blog's summer vacation I got the urge to give the PFP it's own little home in cyberspace. Thus, this.

The idea behind the project is pretty simple: once a week, usually on Friday, I pick a paperback from our overflowing shelf of thrifted, sometimes flea marketed, novels and post the front and back cover. Basically it's just my little way of celebrating the genre. (As a whole but, more specifically, the artwork / graphic design. Which, as you may have already guessed, is a huge influence on my own design work.)

Larger versions of the covers seen here can be also be seen in the PFP flickr set, here.

Have a questions or comments? I'm question and comment friendly! (Or at least I will be if the questions and / or comments are.)

And on that note, back to the front; and back. Covers that is. Enjoy!