Vintage Pulp Jan 24 2017
BAD TWO-TIMING
Unbelievable. I put my trust in you. Give you my heart. And here I find you pawing some red-headed bimbo.


Above is a cover for 1955's The Passion Murders, written by the prolific Day Keene, aka Gunnar Hjerstedt, and originally published as Farewell to Passion in 1951. In this one a burned out big city lawyer leaves the danger and corruption of the metropolis behind for a simpler existence, only to find that small towns offer no protection against crime. The tangled web includes a dangerous mobster, a partner with no scruples, and the lawyer's own compromised wife. We really like the cover on this one, but unfortunately it's uncredited.

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Vintage Pulp Aug 26 2015
DRAIN WRECK
Hmm... looks like it was four or five shots that did her in—tequila most likely.


Originally published in 1945 as The Dead Lie Still, William L. Stuart’s thriller Dead Ahead is about an ex-naval intelligence officer who after the war runs afoul of a gang of local thugs. The Ace edition here appeared in 1953 and the art is by Norman Saunders. It’s a double novel, and the other side is Day Keene’s Mrs. Homicide, also with Saunders art. Twice the vice, one easy price. 


 
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Reader Pulp Nov 23 2014
DEAD SET
Got room for one more corpse?

Guys, when I saw this cover I remembered your collection of pulps with women who’d died in bed. This is a worthy addition, I think. Her eyes aren’t open but the pose is exactly the same. Harry Schaare did the art. Amazing stuff on the site this week, by the way. Have no idea how you do it.

Submitted by Peter B.
 
Thanks, Peter. This is twice now you’ve added to one of our collections. You totally saved us from having to come up with a book post today, and we’re going to use the extra time wisely by getting into a cold white wine. Keep visiting. More good stuff to come.

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Vintage Pulp Nov 7 2014
UPSKIRTING THE ISSUE
Actually, from my perspective, I’m enjoying this just as much as if you'd taken your dress off.

Above, the cover of Al James’ Born for Sin, 1960, from Nightstand Books. James was aka Al James Hjerstedt, the son of writer Day Keene, who was born Gunnar Hjerstedt. Harold McCauley art on this.

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Vintage Pulp Apr 1 2009
KEENE TO FINNISH
Cold hearts and cold blood.


Cover art for four Day Keene thrillers published in Finland, circa 1949 to 1953. The artist on these was Swedish painter Bertil Hegland, whose work we’ll be showing you more of later. More Keene info and books here.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 4 2009
ONE FINE DAY
Two-fisted tough guys and double-crossing dames are all in a Day's work.

Gunnar Hjertstedt wrote six books before he decided people weren’t digging his name. So he chose the pseudonym Day Keene and went on to publish some of the most entertaining novels of pulp’s golden age. Hjertstedt also wrote as William Richards, but it was the Day Keene moniker that he parlayed into international fame, writing titles like MyFlesh Is Sweet, If the Coffin Fits, and Dead Dolls Don’t TalkSeveral of Keene’s novels were adapted to film, including 1960’s Chautauqua (written with Dwight Vincent), which was transformed into the Elvis Presley vehicle The Trouble with Girls. But don’t let that deter you—Keene’s novels are hard, fast and well worth the read.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
March 25
1957—Ginsberg Poem Seized by Customs
On the basis of alleged obscenity, United States Customs officials seize 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" that had been shipped from a London printer. The poem contained mention of illegal drugs and explicitly referred to sexual practices. A subsequent obscenity trial was brought against Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who ran City Lights Bookstore, the poem's domestic publisher. Nine literary experts testified on the poem's behalf, and Ferlinghetti won the case when a judge decided that the poem was of redeeming social importance.
1975—King Faisal Is Assassinated
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia dies after his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed shoots him during a royal audience. As King Faisal bent forward to kiss his nephew the Prince pulled out a pistol and shot him under the chin and through the ear. King Faisal died in the hospital after surgery. The prince is later beheaded in the public square in Riyadh.
March 24
1981—Ronnie Biggs Rescued After Kidnapping
Fugitive thief Ronnie Biggs, a British citizen who was a member of the gang that pulled off the Great Train Robbery, is rescued by police in Barbados after being kidnapped. Biggs had been abducted a week earlier from a bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by members of a British security firm. Upon release he was returned to Brazil and continued to be a fugitive from British justice.
March 23
2011—Elizabeth Taylor Dies
American actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose career began at age 12 when she starred in National Velvet, and who would eventually be nominated for five Academy Awards as best actress and win for Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, dies of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. During her life she had been hospitalized more than 70 times.
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