TRASHY TUESDAY: BOOK HAUL – ODDITIES, RARITIES AND A CONTROVERSIAL AGATHA CHRISTIE TITLE
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by popple58
5d ago
In my recent book hunting I have come across some rare and odd books from overseas that have somehow made their way to Australia and into second hand book stores. I also came across a rare copy of Agatha Christie’s most controversial title, which I have edited and included at the end of the post. Sin In Space by Cyril Judd (Galaxy Publishing/Beacon Books #312, 196?) Sin In Space by Cyril Judd (actually C. M Kornbluth and Judith Merril) was originally published in book form under the title, Outpost Mars in 1951, but was given the Beacon Books treatment in 1961 with a new title and an attention ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: HORWITZ BOOK HAUL and ANDREW NETTE’S BOOK ON HORWITZ PUBLICATIONS
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by popple58
1M ago
During a recent book hunting trip through rural Victoria, I came across a nice selection of Horwitz paperbacks from the 1960s, including a couple of Carter Brown titles I did not have and two Mark Hood spy novels by J. E. Macdonnell. I also recently got a copy of Andrew Nette’s definitive study of Horwitz: Horwitz Publications, Pulp Fiction And The Rise Of The Australian Paperback. Lethal In Love by Peter Carter Brown (Horwitz, 1960) Horwitz were arguably the prime Australian publisher of paperbacks and pulp fiction in the 1950s and 60s. Probably best known in pulp circles for their publicati ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: BOOK HAUL – RARE AUSTRALIAN PULP FICTION
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by popple58
1M ago
A friend and I recently went on a successful book buying trip through rural parts of Victoria. Found lots of books to add to my collection, including a few rare vintage Australian paperbacks. Squeal Squad Larry Kent #106 (Cleveland, 1961?) The Larry Kent series of crime digests originated in 1954 and ran until 1983. The books were originally based on the Sydney radio show ‘I Hate Crime’, about an American reporter, Larry Kent, who moved to Australia and set himself up as crime busting private investigator. The novelettes (around 50 pages) and books (which were under a hundred pages each) move ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: PAPERBACK FANATIC 48 AND THE MARK HOOD NOVELS BY J. E. MACDONNELL
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by popple58
2M ago
The latest edition of Paperback Fanatic (No. 48) by Justin Marriott just arrived and it is another terrific issue! Paperback Fanatic 48 As usual, the issue is full of fascinating articles from James Bond movie tie-ins, to Children’s Horror Anthologies to a look at Vampire Procedurals and Alistair Maclean’s When Eight Bells Toll (the first Maclean I ever read), and Jules Burt’s collection of the eclectic covers associated with UK publisher Panther’s ‘Crimeband’ series. There is a wealth of fascinating material here, with my favourites being James Doig’s article on the ‘wave of shark-exploitat ..read more
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GIRLS AND GUNS: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERS
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by popple58
3M ago
Vintage paperback collectors generally bemoan the shift in the late 1960s/early 1970s from illustrated covers to photographic covers. While the photographic covers usually lack the charm and class of the cover artwork by Robert McGinnis, Sam Peffer, Robert Maguire and many other artists, some of it is quite good and effective. A lot, however, is very bad and some covers leave you wondering as to why the publishers even bothered! The style of the photographic covers varied from photos of items, often covered in blood, to close-ups of faces and body parts, to choreographed ‘action shots’ of sce ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: BOOK HAUL – PAN COVERS
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by popple58
5M ago
At a recent bookfair I acquired some nice Pan and Great Pan books, which covered the spectrum of genre fiction. The pick of them are set out below, including some good covers by two of the best artists from the Pan stable, William Francis Phillipps and Dave Tayler. The Fourth Pan Book Of Horror Stories edited by Herbert van Thal (Pan, 1963) Phillipps was best known for his innovative use of symbolic artwork on Pan covers, especially for crime novels by Agatha Christie and Leslie Charteris. In the above and below books, however, he produced two classic creepy covers for the Pan Book Of Horror ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: PLANTATION PULP
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by popple58
5M ago
Plantation pulp was a popular, but unpleasant, sub-genre championed by many publishers in the 1970s. British publisher New English Library (NEL) was a particularly enthusiastic promoter of plantation novels, and between 1968 and 1981 published around 50 slaver novels. Many of the plantation/slaver novels were imported from the United States, however, NEL also used British pulp writers to meet the demand.  Most of the books focused on inter-racial sex and violence on American plantations, but others had a more naval feel to them, especially Black Slaver and Slaver below. I suspect that mu ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: WAR, UNDERWEAR, MEN’S MAGAZINES AND CARTER BROWN: AUSSIE PAPERBACK PULPS
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by popple58
7M ago
Heading into Christmas and I have some final new additions of Australian paperbacks for 2023 to share. Shady Lady and Dimple Died Deluxe by Carter Brown (Horwitz, 1958) Despite A. G. Yates’ prodigious output, Horwitz could not keep up with the demand for Carter Brown novels, and in 1954 launched their Collector’s Series, which initially reprinted earlier novelettes. The first series ran from 1954 to 1955 (14 issues) and was then followed by a second series (also confusingly called Volume 1). This second series continued until 1960. Collector Series, Volume 1, No.11 (1958) comprised Shady Lady ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: AUSTRALIAN BOOK HAUL
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by popple58
7M ago
Pickings have been a little slim lately, but thanks to friends I have acquired some nice pulpy Australian titles from the 1950s through to the early 1970s and a couple from the 1980s. The Doctor’s Challenge by J. E. Macdonnell (Horwitz, MS4, 1961) I have been doing an article on the Australian Outback Medical books published by Horwitz in the 1960s, and came across this terrific cover by Theo Batten for J. E. Macdonnell’s The Doctor’s Challenge (Horwitz, MS4, 1961). Although better known for his war stories, Macdonnell also did a medical series in the early 1960s, which was a mixture of adven ..read more
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TRASHY TUESDAY: WANTONS, MOVIE STARS, FEMALE WRESTLERS and SMOKING LADIES – MARC BRODY COVERS
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by popple58
7M ago
I recently acquired some new Marc Brody novels for my collection, which have also allowed me to update my series on Smoking Ladies and Wantons! In Australia one of the main rivals to Carter Brown was the series of Marc Brody books which appeared between 1955 and 1960. Marc Brody was supposedly the author and main character in a series of tough novels written for Australia’s Horwitz Publishing. Like the Carter Brown and Larry Kent books, the Brody novels were inspired by the popular hardboiled American fiction of the time and were largely set in America. Brody was a crime reporter who managed ..read more
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