Category Archives: Pulp Fiction Thursday

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Mr. District Attorney

I don’t usually post comic book covers in this space but this one was irresistible:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Knock ‘Em Dead

Note the contrasting femme fatales. On the first cover, she looks smug and seductive. On the second one, she looks scared shitless. So it goes.


Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Man In The Moonlight

As you can see below, Dell Books had cool graphics back in the day.

How about some moonlight music?

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Hollow Needle

We’ve done a lot of jab talking lately. It’s time to really put the needle in:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Harder They Fall

We go from The Harder They Come to The Harder They Fall. I told you there would be a flow to this week’s regular features.

Budd Schulberg is best remembered for his work with my countryman Elia Kazan on On The Waterfront and A Face In The Crowd, which was based on one of Schulberg’s short stories.

The film version of The Harder They Fall was directed by Mark Robson. It was Humphrey Bogart’s last movie.

Here’s the movie trailer:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Mysterious Half Cat

This is the first time I’ve posted a book aimed at young’uns in this feature. It is not, however, a substitute for catblogging. I fear the wrath of the Calico cat.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Moon In The Gutter

Another day, another lunar title this time from the outstanding Philly crime fiction writer, David Goodis. He was really, really Goodis at what he did.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Decoy

This tome has a tagline to die for: Head Over Heels In Homicide.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Profiles In Courage

JFK’s Profiles In Courage isn’t the sort of book that comes to mind when you think of pulp fiction. It’s not fictional and the covers do not feature women with three heads or breasts. But it fits the moment in the wake of Trump’s second impeachment trial.

One chapter is about Kansas Senator Edmund Ross’ inner turmoil during the Johnson impeachment. I would have voted the other way, but Ross took what he believed to be a principled stand.

In addition to the longstanding authorship question, the book has other issues. The New Yorker’s Nicholas Lemann wrote an article last year entitled JFK’s Profiles In Courage Has A Racism Problem. What Should We Do About It? It’s well worth your attention.

Here are two dogeared covers of the best-selling book ever published by an Oval One:


Pulp Fiction Thursday: Insurrection

Liam O’Flaherty was an Irish writer best known for his novel, The Informer. The movie version was directed by John Ford and won a bunch of Oscars.

Insurrection is a novel about the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule. The title seemed appropriate since the Dipshit Insurrection occurred a mere 29 days ago. Like the Easter Rising, it should never be forgotten.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Case Against Satan

This book is not about the second senate trial of the Kaiser of Chaos.


Pulp Fiction Thursday: Hell On Hoofs

Hoofs? Isn’t it hooves? Apparently, both are correct. Who knew?  It behooves me to end this discussion.



Pulp Fiction Thursday: Drummer

Drummer by Richard Carlile is the literary equivalent of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs? Who knew?

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Georgia Boy

I obviously still have Georgia on my mind.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Repeat Performance

While searching for NYE related material, I stumbled upon Repeat Performance at It’s a film noir that I’ve yet to see but this description is enticing:

It stars Joan Leslie, Louis Hayward, and Virginia Field and features Richard Baseheart, Tom Conway, and Natalie Schafer.  It’s film noir (with a touch of fantasy) about a lot of unpleasant people in the theatahhh in New York.

The story opens with murder, and when the star wishes she could live the year over again she is, of course, magically able to.  But she discovers the results frightening.

We don’t want to give away any of the intricate plot points.  Just take our word for it. It’s a unique take on New Year’s resolutions.  It’s a true classic

At the risk of repeating my performance, it sounds enticing. We begin with the poster:

Holy smoking gun, Batman.

It’s lobby card time:

The trailer isn’t online BUT Eddie Mueller’s Noir Alley introduction is:

How the hell did I miss that? I am a sinner in the church of the Noir Czar.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: And Four To Go

I grew up on Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries. My mom was a fan and she introduced me to the books. I never got into growing orchids, but my paunch currently resembles that of William Conrad and Maury Chaykin who played the detective on teevee.

And Four To Go is a short story anthology that kicks off with the holiday classic Christmas Party.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Tied Up In Tinsel

The holiday theme continues:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Chester Himes

Chester Himes was a crime fiction writer whose own life story was nearly as interesting as his books. He grew up in Cleveland and attended Ohio State University. He fell afoul of the law and was convicted of armed robbery. He began writing in prison and started selling stories to the pulps then Esquire Magazine. That eventually led to an early parole. The rest is crime fiction history.

Here are two of his books featuring Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Never Smile At Children

I certainly wouldn’t smile at this kid. Her lips are sealed and so are mine.