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.