Friday, January 31, 2014


Next up in our survey of this pile of pulp fiction is another somewhat salacious selection from our wee Softcover Library library, Insatiable by Tom Harland.

I must admit I haven't read this one, and the cover text is a bit vague, so I'm not 100% sure what "seldom-mentioned variation of sex" the author is referring to but I gather the general tone of the novel is not entirely unlike this decidedly dirty movie of the same name. (Although, presumably, sans a sequel.)

Friday, January 24, 2014

she learned the hard way

As you may have guessed from the photo above, tonight we embark on yet another new journey through a stack of old paperbacks. This time returning to the section of our bookshelves I like to refer to as the red light district, aka the shelf where we put books we're less likely to read and more likely to have bought based on the scantily clad / undressed lady, or ladies, gracing the cover. Like tonight's entry, She Learned The Hard Way by Scott Stone.

Cover by Jack Faragasso

Unfortunately I haven't been able to come up with any biographical information about the author; although, if I had to guess, I'd say Scott Stone is not his or her real name. Regardless, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: a woman who answers the phone topless is nothing but trouble.

Friday, January 17, 2014

blonde trap

Rounding out this pile of dusty and disheveled pulp fiction, tonight's entry is a particularly dusty and disheveled edition of a "story of a sultry office girl who believed in pleasure before business!", Blonde Trap by Ernie Weatherall.

(Seriously. I can't even figure out who the publisher is because the title page is missing and the spine's a mess. By the same token, I can't quite blame the husband for picking this up. Who can resist a brutal bawdy story of a girl up to no good?)

This is the first Weatherall book we've come across in our travels but someone once sent us a postcard featuring the art from another of his, perhaps somewhat more well known, works of fiction; which you can see in my tumblr feed here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

survival... zero!

Next up, and next to last in this stack of dusty paperbacks is Survival... Zero! by Mickey Spillane. The eleventh novel featuring hard boiled anti-hero Mike Hammer and the eighth in the series to be featured here over the years. (I was going to add links to the posts but then I remembered that's why blogger invented labels.)

No offense to the young lady pictured on the cover(s) but I would have preferred to hold out for something a bit more festive; like this Corgi edition featuring an illustration by Terry Gilbert.

Or, even better - although not for reading purposes since I don't speak the language - this Dutch edition featuring an illustration by PFP fave Robert McGinnis. (Which just so happens to have also been used as a cover for So Lush So Deadly by fellow PFP fave Brett Halliday, see here.)

Friday, January 3, 2014

the crooked hinge

Happy New Year everyone!

I know in some ways that sentiment is sooo 48 hours ago - plus, if my neighbor's rotating collection of holiday themed flags is any indication, folks have already moved on to Happy Valentine's Day - but as this is the first post of the year and I didn't have the forethought to say it in the last post of last year, aka when it would have been slightly more appropriate, it is what it is. The thought still counts, right?

Anywhoo, continuing our slow stroll though this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's entry is The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr. The second of two Carr books that followed the husband home over the summer and, unlike the first / our previous post, one of the series of 23 novels featuring detective Dr. Gideon Fell. (Which for those following along, would make this the third of the 23 to appear on the PFP.)

I'm not sure if I mentioned this trivial tidbit in any of those entries but Carr was, and likely still is, regarded as the master of the "locked room mystery." Interestingly, this particular book was voted #4 on a list of the genre's all time top ten; bested by another Carr book featuring the detective / doctor, The Hollow Man, at #1.