Friday, December 29, 2017

Living Death (1982 Edition) by Jon Messman

Near Fine Copy

 Printing History
Written by Jon Messman (1920-2004)

Award Books

Charter Books
ISBN 441 48541
January 1982

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats

The first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves. Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and, often overlooked, the actual words they wrote. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and sub-cultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.

Printing History
edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre 

December 2017
PM Press

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas

The Christmas Day Murder 
by Lee Harris

Christine Bennett #3
Former nun Christine Bennett is looking forward to the christening of her friend Maddie's baby. But when she goes to the church basement of the town that was flooded out thirty years before, Christine stumbles upon the skeletal remains of a body, the grim result of a thirty-year old murder. Trying to sort out the sordid puzzle from the past, Christine manages to unravel the dark secrets of the once close-knit community, and also reveals a killer who's not afraid to kill again....

Printing History
Written by Syrell Leahy (1935- )

Fawcett Books
ISBN 449 148718 
September 1993 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Lancer Double Trouble

Lancer Double Trouble

Joy House
by Day Keene 

He Was Hunted By The Cops
The Mob
And A Man Hungry Woman

Man On The Run 
A hunted man has nowhere to run, but Mark had to run, into the arms of a man hungry woman who offered him a haven of lust and greed.

City Of Sin
Milton K. Ozaki
The Story Of What Women And Greed Can Do To An American Town

A Town On The Loose
Pete brought his bride home to a city run riot with every conceivable corruption. She had a  honeymoon no decent girl ever dreamed of, in a town no honest man ever lived in.

Printing History
Lancer Books 
February 1956

Joy House
by Day Keene
1954 by Day Keene

City Of Sin
(Murder Honeymoon)
by Milton K Ozaki
1952 by Hanro Corp

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Down Town- And Dead by Marc Brody

Downtown And Dead

The first time Marc Brody saw Bella Cadena she was asleep, in his bed. It was 4 a.m. and he was tired until Bella woke up. She was a student of yoga and hypnotism, and what happened to Marc when Bella started to solve the mysterious kidnapping of heiress Vicki Jarman is strictly for the psychoanalyst, but she was beautiful. Brody didn't mind the cooperating but what he didn't like was the killing attention of hoodlums who figured he knew too much. While Marc was playing tag with gunmen he had to solve a downtown murder that was somehow involved with an African mystery and blackmail, and a 5 million dollar fortune. Which was nothing to what happened when Brody found four women in his apartment, each one waiting for the other wanted.....

Printing History
Written by W. H. "Bill" Williams

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Unnumbered Series
July 1956

Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Way To Hell by Spike Morelli

This Way To Hell

Cover by Reginald Heade
When dames get tough anything can happen and usually does. Shaun O'Malley, slick, confident shamus, finds that he is up against a syndicate that is completely merciless in which women play a major part. Free-lance agents, who's sell their own mothers, and whom no country would own, are seeking secret information in the U.S. Vice and murder walk hand in hand as they make contacts with the underworld. The breathtaking Julie, who has a figure that would make even Venus de Milo hide in shame, and who would risk anything in the adventurous arms of a ruthless killer, finds O'Malley too tough to handle. Shaun likes his women and likes them beautiful, but there are limits to which he won't go. He'll take what he can get when he can, but there can't be strings attached. From ship to shore, from Chicago to Chicago, it's rough tough going all the way and he has to use his wits to keep alive.

Printing History
 Written by William Simpson Newton (1923-2009)

 Leisure Library
October 1952

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Real Men December 1961

December 1961

Printing History

Stanley Publications, Inc
Volume 6 No 6
December 1961

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Devil Wears Wings by Harry Whittington

The Devil Wears Wings

Buz Johnson belonged in the high living, hard drinking generation of World War II flyboys who inspired the saying "Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum." A dozen years after the war he was drinking his way to oblivion at a jerkwater Florida airport, teaching playboys and rich widows how to fly. He was deep in debt, his girl had walked out on him, and we was living from paycheck to paycheck, looking forward only to the next drink. Then Sid Coates came up with the bank caper, and he needed Buz to fly the getaway plane. Buz had a chance to reclaim his pride and make a bundle besides. All he had to do was get up his nerve and be willing to kill if it came to that. He figured he was as ready as he'd ever be.

Printing History
Harry Whittington (1915-1989) 

Abelard-Schuman Ltd

Black Lizard Books
October 1987
ISBN 88739-036

Bonus Cover

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sin Drunk by John Dexter

His Passion Pitch Made Society Wantons

Lust Sell......
and passion purveyor Pierre Drysdale, the Park Avenue interior decorator who spent more time on the client's bodies than he did on their wall. The lust merchant who pampered the idle monied wantons who needed a man and not an argument. And in Pierre there was never any argument, for the price war right and the women were ready, and he was the stud benefactor to their every wanton hunger. It was an easy sell, a sin harvest that would delight any conscienceless guy who was on the prowl for riches and witches. And each new mark on the avenue of passion tramps brought him a new way of sinning, a new method to sell his....
......Passion Product

Printing History
John Dexter

Midnight Reader
MR 478
March 1963

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Lady Has A Scar by Hank Janson

Best Of Tough Gangster Authors

When a successful but brutish playwright is stabbed to death in the aftermath of a wild party, there are no shortage of suspects. But which is the killer? In his latest assignment, Chicago Chronicle crime reporter Hank Janson finds himself participating in a striptease party game, being roughed up by the police, and dodging the attention of a determined nymphomaniac, while he desperately tries to separate the clues from the red herrings.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances (1917-1989)


ISBN 978-1-84583-873
October 2013

Reginald Heade

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Framed In Blood by Brett Halliday

Was It An Act Or Accident She Left The Door Open?

Cover by Robert Stanley
Bert Jackson could have been a great reporter, if he had the patience for it. Married to a woman with expensive taste, Jackson has spent himself into the kind of debt that he’ll never pay off. He needs a big score, and he needs it tonight. Working the city hall beat, Jackson has stumbled upon the greatest corruption scandal in Miami history. If he publishes it, he could win a Pulitzer. But it’s money that he wants, and he’ll risk death to get it.  Using the information in his story, Jackson plans to blackmail a powerful local official for $10,000, and he asks Mike Shayne for help. Shayne has seen too many blackmail artists wind up dead to get involved with something like this, and he warns Jackson to stay away. When the reporter turns up dead, it’s up to Shayne to uncover his final scoop.

Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dodd, Mead, & Company 
Dell Publishing Company

September 1957

November 1962, June 1967

Bonus Covers
Robert McGinnis Cover
Robert McGinnis Cover