Friday, December 28, 2012

frenchie

Rounding out our survey of this stack paperbacks is Frenchie by Aaron Bell; the fourth and final Kozy book in this series of "After Dark" entries as well as the final post of this calendar year.



And on that note, I am off to enjoy a four day weekend with the husband and what's left of 2012. Thanks so much for reading / playing along over this past year & hope to see you in 2013!

Friday, December 21, 2012

love peeper

Next up, and the next to last book seen in this pile of "After Dark" pulp fiction, is Love Peeper by Ben Anderton.



As has been the case with the previous posts featuring Kozy Books, I have no credit for the artwork on the front cover. The back cover does contain some biographical info. on the author; but not his real name. (Either way he sounds like quite the character!)

Friday, December 14, 2012

man for hire

Continuing our effort to cozy up with the four Kozy Books seen at the bottom of this stack of "After Dark" paperbacks, tonight's entry is Man For Hire by Michael Harley.



As usual I don't have a credit for the cover, or much by way of biographical information on the author to share, but as always if I find any, or if any finds me, I will add it in.

Interestingly, there was a boy named Michael Harley in my homeroom the entire time I was in elementary school but, considering this book was written in 1961 and he likely wasn't born until sometime in the early '70s, I'm pretty sure there's no relation.

Friday, December 7, 2012

reaped loves

Those of you who have been following our stroll through this this pile of "After Dark" pulp fiction may have noticed the stack represents offerings from three different publishers. We've already worked our way through the five Midwood and Monarch titles, which means for the next few weeks we're gonna cozy up with four Kozy books, starting with Reaped Loves by Kirby Lord.



Unfortunately I don't have any credit for the cover or biographical info. on the author to offer but you can read a little more about the publisher on the Vintage Sleaze blog, aka my new favorite blog, here.

Friday, November 30, 2012

the luscious puritan

Next up in this stack of "After Dark" paperbacks is The Luscious Puritan by Stuart Friedman.


Cover painting by Victor Olson


Similar to our last entry, the folks at Monarch were kind enough to include an author's profile on the teaser page: "A Midwesterner by birth, Stuart Friedman has had an outstanding career in the field of advertising and fiction writing. His first writing efforts were devoted to the publication of a definitive history of the State of Indiana. After that, he shifted to free-lance fiction and has, to date, written fifteen novels. Rated as one of America's top contemporary novelists, his Monarch Book sales now total better than three million copies."

Interested parties can read a bit more about Olson, and see examples of some of his more mainstream work, here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

the party lovers

Tonight we continue working our way through this pile of "After Dark" pulp fiction with The Party Lovers by Philip Hadrian; a high-powered novel of sin and seduction in suburbia.

(I haven't read this one but, based on that tag line and the back cover text, it sounds a lot like a '60s era Joe Sarno movie.)


Cover by Robert Stanley


Typically my google search didn't yield much biographical info. but according to the author's profile on the teaser page, Hadrian is the pseudonym of "a well-known writer who has had many years of experience writing in the contemporary, suspense and western fiction fields. He was born in Trinidad, Colorado was graduated from the University of Denver and, after a short stint in social work and the teaching profession, has been making his living as a free-lance writer. He is the author of several hundred magazine stories and articles and more than 30 books written under his own name and several pseudonyms."

(PS: Could they be any more vague?)

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, November 16, 2012

two for the road

Next up in this stack of paperbacks, and of course next in our series of After Dark entries, is Two For The Road by Gerald Kramer.


Cover by Isaac Paul Rader


I've always wanted to use this artwork as the base for a 45 cover or poster but somehow never found the right opportunity. (By the same token, I suppose it's never too late...)

Friday, November 9, 2012

your sins and mine

Continuing with our After Dark theme, next up in this pile of pulp fiction is Your Sins And Mine by George Parksmith.



I haven't been able to track down a credit for the cover art and so far the only thing I've been able to unearth about the author was a sentence on this page associating the pseudonym with two other writers I was unable to find any biographical information on, George Sidney Bush and Parker Smith.

BTW, I'm not sure if that means they wrote books together or each used the name at different points but, as always, if I find out anything on any of the above I will add it in.

Friday, November 2, 2012

the sins of martha leslie


As mentioned in our previous post, the past couple entries reminded me it's been a minute since our last foray into the euphemistic "red light district" of our paperback bookshelves. Meaning, it's time to kick off another series of entries in our After Dark series, starting with the book seen on top of the stack in the photo above, The Sins Of Martha Leslie by Don Holliday.


Cover by Isaac Paul Rader


Unlike our previous two entries, which featured books written by one author who used a number of different pseudonyms, Don Holliday was a name used by a number of different writers over the years including (but possibly not limited to) Victor J Banis, Lawrence Block, David Case, William Coons, Sam Dodson, Hal Dresner, John Jakes and Arthur Plotnick. Not a hundred percent sure which, if any, of the gentleman alphabetically listed above is responsible for this particular book but if I find out I will add it in.

Friday, October 26, 2012

the craving

As mentioned in our previous post, rounding out this pile of pulp fiction is another Midwood Fox / Rader pairing The Craving by Dallas Mayo (AKA Gilbert Fox).


Cover by Isaac Paul Rader


These past two entries reminded me it's been a while since we veered off into the more adult sections of the paperback shelves. We'll remedy that next week.

Friday, October 19, 2012

party time

Next up, and the next to last book seen in this stack of paperbacks, is Party Time by Kimbery Kemp, AKA Gilbert Fox.


Cover by Isaac Paul Rader


Interested parties can read more about Fox, Rader and the Midwood imprint here, here and here. (The Fox interview is part of the Midwood article so they link to the same page on the Lynn Monroe Books site; you have to scroll down a bit to get to the q&a portion. By the same token, I'd imagine if you're still reading this you'd probably be interested in reading the whole article.)

Interested parties can also tune in next week for the last book in the stack, another Fox / Rader pairing.

Friday, October 12, 2012

the sometime wife

Continuing our perusal of this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's subject is The Sometime Wife by Carter Brown.




Having only ever been a full time wife I'm not a hundred percent sure what the part time status entails, but I know one thing for sure: both myself & the husband have a hard time resisting a book with a good Robert McGinnis cover.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, October 5, 2012

malice in wonderland

Next up in our survey of this stack of paperbacks is Malice In Wonderland (aka The Summer Land Mystery) by Nicholas Blake, aka British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis; aka father of Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis.


Cover by Arthur Hawkins Jr.


Interested parties can check out the cover for a Fontana Books edition here. (One that kind of seems like was meant for a book with slightly different subject matter.) And, as always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

whose body?

Continuing our stroll through this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's subject is Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers.


Cover by T.V. (Tony Varady)


The first in her series of 14 novels featuring "gentleman detective" Lord Peter Wimsey. (And, when I eventually get around to it, the first Dorothy L. Sayers and / or Lord Peter Wimsey book I'll read.)

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

blow-down

Third in this short stack of paperbacks flea marketed over the summer is Blow-Down by Lawrence G. Blochman, featuring a cover painting by Griffith Foxley plus an unusually simplistic, and a bit blurry, mapback.


Cover painting by Griffith Foxley


PS: Interested parties can see the first Dell edition, featuring a cover by George A. Frederiksen & more typical mapback by Ruth Belew here.

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, September 21, 2012

virtuous girl

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is A Virtuous Girl by Maxwell Bodenheim. (The "a" was left off the cover and spine but appears on the title page, as well as the bibliography on the page linked above.)


Cover by Phillips and Troeger


This is another example of a book I'm not necessarily sure I want to read - the story of Bodenheim's life actually seems much more interesting - yet couldn't seem to leave on the flea market table where I found it.

In my defense, I think I was hypnotized by the cover girl's eyebrows. So fierce!!

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the case of the backward mule


Hey everybody! Sorry to have disappeared without warning for a few weeks there. (Originally the plan was to take one week off from posting. Then I actually went away for a week and decided to extend my vacation from the internet as well. Then, of course, I needed a week to recover / catch up from all of that relaxing time off ;)

Anywhoo, I am back. Relatively refreshed and ready to jump back into our regularly scheduled regular schedule of pulp paperback cover posting. So let's get to it shall we?

Starting, appropriately enough, at the top of the newest batch of books to be seen posed next to our beloved unofficial official PFP mascot, GG Allin Doll, tonight's entry is The Case Of The Backward Mule by Erle Stanley Gardner. Featuring an unusual bit of violence on the cover.


Cover illustration by Frank McCarthy


(Unusual in the sense that, generally speaking, you'd expect to see another man on the receiving end of a fist to the jaw depicted on the front of an ESG novel.)

On a semi-related topic, interested parties can see the cover of an alternate Pocket Book edition here and an interesting French edition here.

And, as always, should you care to see covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, you can do so here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

night haunts of paris

Before I get to the fourth and final entry in this brief survey of the Archer Press Ltd. titles on our shelf, a brief programming note: I'm taking off next week for a little end of Summer R&R but will, once again, return us to our regularly scheduled programming - complete with photo of a stack of paperbacks next to our beloved PFP mascot GG Allin Doll - the first week of September.

Anywhoo, rounding out this short stack is Night Haunts Of Paris by Roland Vane.



Sadly I still haven't figured out who is responsible for the cover art (as of this writing I'm leaning towards Reginald Heade) but if I find a credit I will 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 here.)

Friday, August 17, 2012

spoiled lives

Third in our brief survey of the four Archer Press Ltd. novels on our shelf is Spoiled Lives by Pierre Flammeche. (According to this post, AKA George H. Dawson; AKA Michael Storme, Lew Della and Nick Perrelli. The former being his real name.)


Cover by Reginald Heade


For those following along, this is also the third entry in a row to feature cover art by Heade. I have yet to determine if the next entry will make it four out of four (it has no signature) but hopefully I'll figure it out before next Friday.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, August 10, 2012

take it and like it

Continuing the theme of our previous post, tonight's entry is Take It And Like It, another Archer Press Ltd. novel by the elusive author known, at least occasionally, as Spike Morelli; this time "with the gloves off."


Cover by Reginald Heade


I'm not exactly sure what that tag line means, but if said gloves are anything like the dress depicted on the cover, they were bound to be shed sooner or later. (Likely sooner rather than later.)

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, August 3, 2012

coffin for a cutie

Tonight we return to our regularly scheduled regular schedule of weekly updates with Coffin For a Cutie by Spike Morelli. The first in a group of four books published by British imprint Archer Press Ltd that somehow found their way to our bookshelf an undetermined amount of time ago.

(Neither one of us remembers buying these books, and I'm certain neither of us stole them, so I assume someone gifted them to one or both of us at some point? Should the responsible party happen to be reading this, in case one or both of us didn't say this before, thanks!)


Cover by Reginald Heade


My search for information on the imprint and / or author wasn't very successful; the latter mostly turning up unrelated pages, as well as a couple leading me to believe I'm not the first to launch such an investigation with mixed results. (See here and here)

My quest for biographical info. on the cover artist was a little more successful. Interested parties can read a bit about Heade, and browse through some other fantastic examples of his work, here.

(PS: I didn't take a pic of the four books stacked up next to our beloved mascot, GG Allin Doll, because the spines aren't that interesting but, not to worry, he will return to his regular schedule of blog appearances soon.)

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, July 20, 2012

the marriage cage

Before we get to tonight's entry a brief scheduling note: I am taking a vacation (from the internet) for the rest of the month to, among other things, celebrate the husband's birthday. The PFP will return to it's regulalrly scheduled programming the first week of August.

Speaking of marriage, which we kind of were, tonight's entry is The Marriage Cage by William Johnston.


Cover by Victor Kalin


(Suffice it to say, there better not be any crossed fingers behind my back when we smooch!)

Interested parties can read a little more about Johnston and his unique paperback novel niche - of which this book is not an example - here; and see more Kalin artwork here.

And, as always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

contraband

Rounding out our journey through this stack of paperbacks is Contraband by Cleve F. Adams; a pretty classic example of the genre, featuring a particularly classic pulp cover by Carl Bobertz.



(PS: Interested parties can check out a bunch of other Bobertz covers here.)

(PPS: And of course larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)

Friday, July 6, 2012

madigan's women

Continuing our survey of this stack of pulp fiction, tonight's entry is Madigan's Women by John Conway.



I wasn't able to find a credit for the artwork but according to the title page Conway "is the pseudonym of Joseph Chadwick, one of the best known and most successful writers in the paperback fiction field." (Circa 1959 at least.)

I have no other source to corroborate this factoid but I'm willing to take their word for it.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen here.)