Over the Top (February 1930) Street & Smith pulp fiction magazine
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
1w ago
Over the Top (Feb 1930) Over the Top (February 1930) was published by Street & Smith and features cover art by H. T. Fisk (Harry Thomas Fisk). This is a great issue leading off with military intrigue by veteran writer Frederick C. Painton. The story title is The Spy Ring of Paris. The military intelligence of the United States must work in conjunction with the French and English to track down the mysterious Herr Ex, a German master spy. When a double-agent approaches Captain Kent Rathart of the American counterespionage bureau in fear of his life, he’s willing to supply much needed informa ..read more
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Border Vengeance by John Theydon (UK: 1948)
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
1M ago
Way back in 1996 I attended my first PulpCon in Bowling Green, Ohio with my brother. The Bowling Green location was close enough that Canadian collectors and dealers attended and sold their goods, too. One table was littered with British publications, mostly common stuff, but a battered western priced at a couple of dollars arrested my attention. I made the purchase and later that night (in a dorm room) I read the paperback-format magazine. The image depicted is an old pic of my copy from that convention. Someone had ripped the sticker-price off the cover. At the time it had confused me as I ..read more
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PHANTOM [Vol. 1 No. 2, May 1957] a weird stories magazine
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
2M ago
Regular readers and followers will recollect the first issue I blogged six months ago identifying half the contents as reprints. This issue has 18 fiction stories and two articles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to repeat my performance with this issue. No doubt when millions of more pages of rural UK newspapers are eventually digitized we’ll be able to trace further reprinted works. So, the second issue of Phantom features a release date of May 1957 and has cover art by R.W.S. (Ronald W. Smethurst). Once again no editor is noted but we can assume it is Leslie Syddall. This was the last issue to appear ..read more
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Western Trails [February 1931] – an A. A. Wyn pulp magazine
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
3M ago
Early 2023 I lucked into a large 1930s collection of the pulp Western Trails magazine. I featured many of the covers and spines from the haul in a blog early last year. Sadly, many of the issues have vast condition flaws. Missing covers, both front and/or rear. (Those lacking front covers were not featured in that blog entry). Missing spines. Chunks of covers lacking. Front covers present but glued down to the internal page or onto an inserted sheet of paper and itself glued to the next interior page. Some covers are trimmed. The collection was largely a blind, take-a-chance purchase. The ear ..read more
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Creasey Mystery Magazine # 4 (November 1956)
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
3M ago
Creasey Mystery Magazine (v1 n4, November 1956) was published by Dalrow Publishing and unlike its preceding three issues, sports a full color illustrated cover. Edited by Leslie Syddall, this issue is mostly reprints by quality writers of the mystery genre. The artist signing as R.W.S. is Ronald W. Smethurst and he would be responsible for all of this publisher’s illustrated fiction magazine covers. Smethurst also illustrated some covers for WDL, aka, World Distributors. The lead novella is Murder Out of the Past by John Creasey. It debuted in an unknown South African magazine a few years bef ..read more
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Jonathan Guest by Margaret Archer (UK: Jarrolds, 1952)
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
4M ago
In 1952, English hardcover publisher Jarrolds published Margaret Archer’s Jonathan Guest. It is an historical romance, a vast break from her crime / detective novels. And depending upon one’s interpretation of the novel’s conclusion, one may even consider this to be a gothic romantic mystery, as Archer has infused numerous genres into this work. The dust jacket art features a handsome Englishman with a happy, smiling young redhead gazing up at the man she loves. The illustration is signed lower-right “Harman.” This would be Jack Harman, who illustrated many of the juvenile western novels in R ..read more
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Cherokee Fowler by Chuck Stanley (and the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889)
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
5M ago
Chuck Stanley was one of many aliases used by Charles Stanley Strong. Born 29 November 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, Strong went on to become a global adventurer and fiction writer. A look at his inadequate Wikipedia entry would lead you to believe he almost entirely wrote juvenile fiction. There’s no real mention of his westerns, his pulp fiction output, etc. Several of his westerns were published by Crown or Arcadia, and in both cases, their copyrights were renewed by the publisher, not the author (who was dead decades earlier by then). Cherokee Fowler was originally published in the United St ..read more
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YARD LENGTHS: 5 Detective Stories by Donald Shoubridge
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
7M ago
In 1946, Pendulum Publications released Yard Lengths, a collection of five detective stories by Donald Shoubridge, the first issue in their short-lived Pendulum Popular Detective Series. The approximate paperback dimensions are 4.75 x 5.75 inches, and contains 120 pages. The cover art is not signed, but features a silhouetted man smoking a cigarette with a drawn gun in one hand. The title refers to Scotland Yard, naturally. The contents below include the pages each story spans. I was not able to trace each story’s original source of publication. (3-25) Murder of the Month (25-53) The Case of ..read more
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DARKER GROWS THE STREET by Bevis Winter (the 3rd Steve Craig thriller)
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
7M ago
Published August 1955 by Herbert Jenkins Ltd., Darker Grows the Street is the third novel in the Steve Craig crime thriller series. Bevis Winter returns for his third outing with his sarcastic private detective along with partner Patrick Shaun Mulligan (now aged 31) and office-girl Kitty Callaway. The novel spans pages 9 to 190; it is comprised of 13 colorfully titled chapters. The cover art is by the highly competent Kingsbury / London illustrator Henry Fox. Darker Grows the Street was later reprinted in 1964 via Digit Books in a mass market paperback edition. Darker Grows the Street by Bevis ..read more
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Book Wants: N. Welsey Firth and assorted aliases
The Spectre Library Presents: The Pulp and Paperback Fiction Reader
by Morgan A. Wallace
7M ago
I am actively searching for vintage books authored by Norman Firth written under a myriad of aliases. Many are noted below. This list is not complete, as there are publications I am not aware of. He appeared in obscure digest-sized magazines and digest-sized comic books, too. Please feel free to quote anything by this author. No hardcovers needed. Please contact me: morganwallace@gmail.com and send photos of the items you have to offer. as by N. Wesley Firth Desire at Midnight (Clifford Lewis; two editions exist) Frightened Virgin (Grant Hughes) Lady in Leicester Square (Brown Watson) Night S ..read more
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