Vintage Paperback: ‘World Without Men: They Had Forgotten What Men Look Like’

Ace D-274 Paperback Original (1958).  Cover Art by Ed Emsh

Ace Books D-274: World Without Men by Charles Eric Maine, 1958. Cover by Ed Emshwiller.


Vintage Paperback Crime Fiction: Agatha Christie ‘An Overdose of Death’, 1960


January 1960 Dell edition, first printing

Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Pulp Fiction: ‘Vertigo’


Dell 977 (by uk vintage)

Cover art by Robert Maguire

Pulp Fiction Cover: ‘Murder for the Asking’


1939 Knopf hardcover

1944 Dell paperback reissue

Cover art by Gerald Gregg

First novel featuring Maxfield Chauncey Hale

Seattle Mystery Bookshop –

Happy 206th Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe


Banned Books: A Reading Challenge For 2015

Pulp Fiction Cover: James P. Duff’s ‘Las Vegas Slay Ride’ & ‘Dangerous to Know’, 1959


James P. Duff – Dangerous to Know
Ace Books D-361, 1959


Jeffrey Goldberg: Europe Is Under Siege


The Charlie Hebdo massacre represents a direct attack on perhaps the most crucial Western ideal.

 writes: The European Parliament complex in Brussels, where I happen to be sitting at the moment, is meant to be a monument to post-World War II continental ideals of peaceable integration, tolerance, free speech, and openness. All of these notions seem to be under attack at once, and what is striking to me, as a relatively frequent visitor to Europe over the past year, is that not many people—until a few hours ago, at least—seem to believe that their union, and their basic freedoms, are under threat.


The massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo falls into the category of events that are shocking in their intensity and brutality, but not at all surprising. This attack, which killed at least 12 people, including journalists and two police officers, was utterly, completely predictable.prisoners-goldberg

[Check out Jeffrey Goldberg’s book “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror” at Amazon]

The brittle, peevish, and often-violent campaign to defend the honor of Allah and his prophet (both of whom, one might think, are capable of defending themselves with lightning bolts and cataclysmic floods and such, should they choose to be offended by cartoons) has been pursued in earnest since the 1989 Iranian-led crusade (I use the word advisedly) to have Salman Rushdie murdered for writing a book. In 2011, of course, the offices of Charlie Hebdo were firebombed—the equivalent of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, an attack that should have told us more about long-term jihadist intentions than it unfortunately did.

Anti-Israel demonstrators atop a Trafalgar lion (Luke MacGregor/Reuters )

Anti-Israel demonstrators atop a Trafalgar lion (Luke MacGregor/Reuters )

And Europe has had specific, sometimes fatal, warnings about the capabilities and desires of jihadists in recent months—the car attacks in France, conducted by men shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and, most obviously, the assault on the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May, in which four people were murdered, allegedly by Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen of Algerian origin who apparently spent time in the Middle East in the employ of ISIS. Read the rest of this entry »

[BOOKS] ‘No Wings on a Cop’


No Wings on a Cop

1950 Quinn/Handi Books paperback original

second book with Lt. John J. Shannon

cover art by Mike Privitello

expanded in 1953 by Robert Leslie Bellem

Seattle Mystery Bookshop


[BOOKS] Erle Stanley Gardner’s ‘This is Murder


This Is Murder (1960)

1935 Morrow hardcover published under the pen name Charles J. Kenney

This was his seventh published novel, after the first five Perry Mason books and one with the pen name Carleton Kendrake the year before.

pulp covers – Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Pulp Fiction: Murder Where?



Pulp Cover: ‘Girls Gone Wild on the D Train’


this isnt happiness™

Illuminated Choirbook: 1436 Consecration of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore


The New Criterion

Little Golden Book: ‘Frosty the Snow Man’



Pulp Fiction Cover: ‘The Mystery Man of Soho’


Pulp Covers

Today in Comic Book History, December 11, 1942: Captain Marvel Adventures #18



In the pages of Captain Marvel Adventures #18 we learn Billy Batson has a long lost twin sister, Mary Batson. Mary is based off of actress Judy Garland by artist Marc Swayze and soon gains the same powers as her brother and is later dubbed Mary Marvel.

Mary Marvel would go on to headline her own book with supporting characters such as Uncle Marvel. Although Wonder Woman debuted a year earlier, Mary Marvel gained a great following especially from younger girls.

In the mid-fifties Fawcett Publications ceased the Mary Marvel books and all the Captain Marvel Family titles due to a copyright lawsuit by DC, and she wouldn’t be seen again for 20 years. DC eventually started publishing stories about the Marvel Family in the early 70s under the title “Shazam”. Read the rest of this entry »

Pulp Fiction: ‘D is for Delinquent’



She Was Strictly For The Boys!

The Jail Bait Age — what with petty thievery and wild marijuana parties, there had been enough problems for the faculty at Seacliff High before the girl named Gloria arrived. She was sixteen, she was sexy and she spelled trouble.

“This masterpiece is one of the most iconic images of teen delinquents and perhaps the finest single example of the JD genre. Published as the cover for three separate major publications, this painting has all the requisite elements of the classic 1950s troubled teen: the obligatory back drop of a basement club, the gorgeous sweater clad blonde, and the leering young tough, a wolf in hood’s clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Pulp Fiction: ‘Bullets for the Bridegroom’


Bullets For The Bridegroom / The Lying Killer

Murder Interrupts A Wedding Night

Whit Whitney plays tag with blondes, blackjack and sudden death in Reno

They knew it was a tough town. But they hardly expected to be threatened with death by strangers because they forgot the marriage license…


REWIND: Reason Magazine’s 1983 Interview with William F. Buckley Jr.


I came across this delightful interview with William F. Buckley Jr. the other night when searching and browsing Firing Line video archives (see the 1990 Christopher Hitchens Firing Line episode, from earlier today, here) started reading it, and ended up reading it multiple times. What a pleasure to discover this. It’s captured from the pre-digital era, so it’s stored as a PDF of a photocopy directly from the print magazine, you can access the whole thing here. Below is just one image file, which links to Reason. The March 1983 interview reveals Buckley’s characteristic thoughtfulness, charm, rich vocabulary, humor, and well-mannered social persona, his Roman Catholicism, the founding of the National Review, decades of work on Firing Line, his friction with figures like Ayn Rand, his literary and scholarly alliances, and opponents, his spy novels, his views on libertarianism, contemporary conservatism, and much, much more. The Reason interviewer’s questions are good, too, informed, and engaging.


I was particularly interested in Buckley’s use of the word “schematic”, to describe what he doesn’t have an appetite for, favoring instead an eclectic and evolving world view. This interview barely scratches the surface. To get a sense of the fresh appeal (and timelessness) of Buckley’s thinking, refer to National Review’s “Our Mission Statement“, which Buckley wrote in 1955. As one NR reader notes, “the edits on this for 2014 would be minimal.” Though 1980s references appear in the discussion, I’d say the same could be said about this interview.




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