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Thunderclap

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The first time Britt saw the girl in the tight, thin dress he knew damn well he was going to have her, or go to hell trying. But he hadn’t reckoned then on the girl’s husband, a sadistic runt of a guy who’d smash in a man’s skull as happily as blink at him. He hadn’t reckoned on Newt, the lecherous, broken man who couldn’t bear to see other men whole. Worst of all he hadn’t reckoned on Ruby, the two-bit floozy who knew every conniving trick of her trade.

By the time he discovered the trap these people were building for themselves – and for him – it was too late, way too late, to get out…

Copyright 1951 by Jack Sheridan. Third Printing, November 1959.

In celebration of the glorious British summer we’ve been having this year, here’s my Gold Medal contribution. I love this cover – as dramatic and storm-tossed as any I’ve seen.

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Monsters

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From the depths of the sea…

From the secret places of the universe

MONSTERS

A HOST OF HIDEOUS THINGS – writhing… crawling…some scaled, some slimy, some finned… fashioned from the darkest places of man’s imagination…shaped grotesquely in nightmare forms… and some so horrifying they have no shape at all…

MONSTERS

Corgi Books 1970.

Deformed..

Evil…

Bent on horror and destruction…

Rearing up on horny, gleaming legs…

Growing from the floor in a bulbous, slobbering mass…

Grimacing from a tiger shark’s face…

MONSTERS – Eight tales of terror by A.E Van Vogt.

What amazing artwork – I can only wish my aura is as spectacularly colourful as this cover model’s.

Harley Street Hypnotist

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Harley Street Hypnotist

How do you hypnotize a patient? How are mental and emotional problems solved by hypnosis?

This quite remarkable and dramatic book debunks the myths attached to the science – for instance that people can be hypnotized against their will, or if hypnotized can be made to perform actions inconsistent with their character.

It tells of the remarkable use of hypnosis in relieving pain during childbirth, so that now the Ministry of Health has ruled that doctors using hypnosis on such occasions may receive the same fee as an anaesthetist…

This one’s for all you budding Peter Powers out there – I must say, I love the cover art on this one.

Titan’s Daughter

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The tetraploids, giant men and women created by genetic experiment, only wanted to live their lives in peace, but they had to live in a world of the jealous ‘normals’ who gathered in screaming mobs with murder in their hearts.

Sena, the heroine of this remarkable science-fiction novel, is a tetraploid giantess whose youth would last more than a century, who looked with wonder at the toy bridges and houses of normal men and women who regarded her with fear and revulsion. Beautiful, defenceless Sena was the first of a new race, but would she be allowed to live…?

Previously published in the USA by the Berkley Publishing Corporation in 1961. First Foure Square Edition 1963.

Not sure how a nine-foot giantess can be that defenceless in a world of ‘normals’ but from the cover, I’m guessing she must have been vastly outnumbered or something…

Happy Birthday Poe

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This superb selection from an unrivalled classic brilliantly reflects the two-sided genius of…

Edgar Allan Poe.

The nightmare terror of
The Pit and the Pendulum

The gruesome horror of
The Fall of the House of Usher

The devilish logic of
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The fiendish mystery of
The Purloined Letter etc.

These Flawless stories are the work of a master who has chilled the spines of readers for over a century.

First published 1960 by Pan Books Ltd. Tenth printing 1965.

I’ll bury my dead

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Harlequin have a series of composition books, featuring the coverart of six vintage titles, and they look stunning.

One of the books is I’ll bury my dead by James Hadley Chase. The Harlequin reprint can be seen HERE. Below is the original cover art on one of my Pocket Editions.

I’LL BURY MY DEAD by James Hadley Chase. A Robert Hale Pocket Book, this edition 1955.

The action in Mr Chase’s new, sophisticated thriller is crammed into the space of six hair-raising, breathless days and nights. It is the story of organised blackmail, punctured by sudden and gruesome murder, peopled by ruthless killers, shady cops and Mr. Chase’s own particular brand of young ladies.

Written with the punch and speed of a rivet gun, and with an economy of words that will hold the reader’s attention from the first to the last page, I’ll Bury My Dead again confirms the reputation won by James Hadley Chase as the leading writer of all-action, thrill-a-minute, toughness-plus-one thrillers that demand to be read at a sitting.

I’ve not read any of Hadley Chase’s novels, so I can’t comment on his own ‘particular brand of young ladies’ but, if the cover is anything to go by, they look like a force to be reckoned with!

Nightmare

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Jerome Podwil is one of my favourite cover artists. I have more scans of his ‘gothic’ cover art over on my other blog. This cover for Nightmare – (written by Edward S. Aarons, a prolific thriller writer whose career spanned from the 40’s – 70’s) – is gorgeous, and I just love her hair!

Nightmare by Edward S. Aarons. Macfadden second printing October 1967. Cover art Jerome Podwil.

A TWISTED MIND GUIDED THE SCALPEL –

Pain roared through his shoulder. He couldn’t see beyond the intolerable, torturing glare. The dwarf’s voice came from somewhere beyond the haze.

“I have a girlfriend you know,” it whispered. “She plays at being a nurse. She likes to watch me work, because she wants to see men suffer. She always hopes there’ll be lots of blood. Now don’t scream…”

Nolly gritted his teeth as the probe went in. He was taking a long chance – but otherwise he’d be dead by morning…

My, my, my, this book seems to have a bit of something for everyone – a private eye being probed by a twisted dwarf and his sadistic nurse girlfriend… what’s not to love?