Category Archives: Pulp Fiction Thursday

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Smuggled Atom Bomb

Now that’s a hot babe on the cover. In fact, she’s a bombshell.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Scrambled Yeggs

I’d never heard of Richard S. Prather or his Shell Scott detective novels. They turned out to be wildly successful. Who knew? Not me.

It looks as if the bushy-browed shamus is trying out for the Krewe of Spank:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Halloween Tree

It’s time for a seasonal book cover. The Halloween Tree is a 1972 fantasy novel that Ray Bradbury later adapted for an animated teevee flick. The cover is by Bradbury’s frequent collaborator Joseph Mugnaini.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Dunwich Horror

All Hallows Eve approaches, which means it’s time for an H.P. Lovecraft cover:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Ghostly Hoofbeats

Here’s a two-fer: a Western ghost story. Yup. Boo.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Gambler’s Girl

This cover was designed and executed by the noted illustrator Rudi Nappi. He obviously skipped the Nappi and was wide awake when he did this one. I dig the little men on poker chips hanging out with the chick who looks like Lana Turner.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Girl In The Cop’s Pocket

The cover of this book is rather pedestrian but the title and tag line rock.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Ant Men

It’s pre-historic monster time here at First Draft.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: House Of Storm

I went a googling and came up with this 1949 book by Mignon Eberhardt. I like that she had a French first name and a German surname. It makes her sound surprisingly fancy for a writer from Nebraska.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Savage Breed

The tagline says it all:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Shabby Street

I don’t know about you but I don’t even want to stroll down Shabby Street let alone live there.

Remember my Kinks song theorem? It applies here. I believe Shabby Street is located in Sleazy Town. Welcome.

 

 

Pulp Fiction Thursday: William S. Burroughs

It’s linkage week here at First Draft. Yesterday, I posted an album cover by a band whose name was taken from a novel by William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine. Today, we have three-count ’em three-pulpilicous covers of Burroughs books concluding with The Soft Machine.

Junkie was published under a rather dull pseudonym, William Lee. It was an extremely daring book for 1953. Its publication was not a howling success despite Allen Ginsberg’s role in publishing and publicizing the book.

Naked Lunch was published in 1959. It was Burroughs’ breakthrough book. The beats were bopping by that time. Naked Lunch famously inspired the name of one of my favorite bands, Steely Dan. It was the name of a dildo.

The Soft Machine was published in 1961 and has a classier cover than his earlier books.

It’s time to jump into my soft machine and eat junkie food for my naked lunch. I should apologize for that groaner but when did I ever issue a pun-pology?

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Hangman’s Whip

It’s time for another fine cover from master pulp artist Rudolph Belarski:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Werewolves On Wheels

I was watching Americans Pickers the other day and one of the pickees was a collector of movie ephemera. Mike Wolfe spotted a poster for a flick that I had no idea existed: Werewolves on Wheels. It was a biker movie made to exploit the success of Easy Rider.

This poster has me wondering if the folks behind True Blood were influenced and/or knew of this movie. You may recall that the biker gang in the teevee show were werewolves. I googled it and came up empty. Woe is me, bop.

It’s trashy trailer time:

Finally, I hate to be a  cliché on legs, but there’s only one way to conclude this post:

 

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Death At Flood Tide

Great googly moogly, I found this cover on the google.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Graham Greene

Graham Greene blurred the lines between literary and genre fiction. He was fascinated with the criminal element and spies but had an elegant prose style. He was quite simply one of the best writers of the mid-20th Century.

Here’s  a selection of some of Greene’s pulpier book covers:

Greene’s fertile brain also came up with the story and screenplay of The Third Man, which is one of the greatest films ever made.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Big Steal

Don Siegel week continues here at First Draft. The Big Steal was Siegel’s first opportunity to direct a first rate cast and he made the most of it.

It’s trailer time:

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Devil Rides Out

The infernal New Orleans summer heat has me in a devilish mood. Hence this cover.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Dally With A Deadly Doll

It’s another entry chosen for its lurid title. They resisted the temptation to use Dolly instead of Doll. I’m not sure that I could have.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Donovan’s Brain

Curt Siodmak wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite Universal horror movies, The Wolf Man. He also wrote novels. Donovan’s Brain was his biggest hit as a writer. I think the original cover had something to do with its success.