Because it's a slow news day here's me showing off some original Aus pulp art on the wall at home:
These are lovely! Always did like the Fangs of the Vampire painting. Who are the artists?
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Here are some Larry Kent covers from the 1950s - Andy I don't know if you got these in Germany, but I've seen a few Nordic translations. They were published by Cleveland, who are still around publishing westerns:
Wonderful covers, thanks for sharing them James. I've got a couple of these,undated, but I guess they're from the sixties as the price had doubled to two shillings! Must fire up the scanner later and see if I can get them on here.
I'm holding on by a fingernail and my right bollock!
Indeed they were. I havn't seen these, but I I discovered that they were published as a Heftroman. From 1968 to I guess 1970. These translations were published at first in a series of random originally written weekly crime novels,the "Kriminal-Roman".
Then they changed the format to series fiction and published a few alternativly with another original crime series called Cliff Corner, one of those FBI series. I found a few scans. (Thanks to the original scanner.) The tagline is: He hates crime and loves beautiful woman.
Absolutely lovely painted covers, which make me want to read them - more so the German photographic ones, as I have a real weakness for those; a little like the staged cheesecake photos that Bill Baker used on the inside of some of the fourth series SBL's for a short run; purporting to be characters from that months novel, they were really just an excuse to have a showgirl in scanties. Interestingly, a short lived experiment with SBL, which may say something about a Blake audience at that time.
James, I know nothing about Larry Kent - given that he's the hero of the piece, was this a Hank Janson first person narrative? And was it mostly one writer, or a stable?
Great cover! I for one would find it difficult to resist such choice titles as The Hippy Cult Murders (an item of Mansoniana I would think?) or the charming Hippie Doctor (alternate title: Move over, Dr Kildare baby). Almost inevitably the actual texts never seem to live up to the promise of the cover art...
Not sure if I've posted this one before, a novelisation of an Aussie horror flick, written by John Pinkney who now writes "unexplained mystery" books.
Thirst, John Pinkney, Circus Books, 1979.
From the blurb:
'Thirst' is a suspense thriller about a career lady named Kate Davis who is brainwashed by a blood lusting vampire cult.
Kate is kidnapped and spirited away to the cult's remote farm headquarters where she is subjected to intense psychological conditioning in an attempt to convince her that she is a direct descendant of their founding high priestess.
After numerous attempts she eventually submits to their evil wishes.
When released back into society Kate attacks the people who are closest to her - her secretary Martha, and her boyfriend Derek.
You won't be able to put the book down, and you will be dying to see the movie.
If I may reply almost 8 years later, I didn't know John Pinkney used to do these sorts of things; good for him! His "Haunted: The Book of Australia's Ghosts" is one of my favorites, and I've read one or two unexplained ones too.