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Raymond F. Jones’ “The Alien”

gn6This excerpt from Steve Carper’s “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” from TDE4 covers Galaxy Novel #6 (1951), The Alien by Raymond F. Jones:

“The alien of the title of Jones’ book is found buried deep in an asteroid, the remains of a planet that exploded 500,000 years ago, creating the asteroid belt. That impossible cosmology is par for
 the book, which has its archaeologist heroes battle the weaponized brain of the alien by hopping into a convenient-but-never-before-mentioned faster-than-light starship and zooming to another planet to bring back the only weapon in the universe that can defeat him.”

Steve’s TDE article focuses on the first 35 Novels published by Galaxy. Surprisingly, the final 11 were published by sleaze house Beacon. For the story on those, see his follow-up piece in the current issue of Paperback Parade (#97) from Gryphon Books.

Paperback Parade #97 March 2017

pp97_500The new issue of Gary Lovisi’s Paperback Parade is arriving in mailboxes this week! Here’s the full contents:

“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“All About Girls: Early Vintage Paperback Girlie Pin-up Cartoon Covers” by Gary Lovisi
“The Mutiny” on The Bounty Saga of Mass-Market Paperbacks” by Dan Roberts
“Early Bee-Line Books: Sleaze Lampoons Literature’s Greatest Titles!” by Gary Lovisi and Chris Eckhoff
“Gil Cohen Paintings for Sale”
“The Pseudonymous Paperback Originals of Lawrence Block” by Don Z. Block
“Sin in Space The Beacon Galaxy Novels” by Steve Carper
“Philip Wylie & the Tragic Gladiator” by Richard L. Kellogg
“Matchless Paperbacks: Tom Murphy’s Ballet!” by Richard Greene
“Great Sherlock Holmes Adventures” by Gary Lovisi
“Short Run Series: UK Key Books True Crime Mystery” by Gary Lovisi

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books

Paperback Parade #96

Paperback Parade #96

The first new issue of Paperback Parade arrived on New Year’s Eve to help celebrate the beginning of 2017. Contents below:

“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“James Meese” by Gary Lovisi
“Matchless Paperbacks” by Richard Greene
“1950’s British Tarzans” by Philip Harbottle
“Gil Cohen Paintings for Sale”
“The Mysteries of Roy Huggins” by Tom Cantrell
“Roy Huggins Paperback Bibliography” by Tom Cantrell
“Kousoulas & Kevin” by Don Z. Block
“Jay Suspense Books” by Wally Green
“Europa Books” by Gary Lovisi
“2016 UK Paperback & Pulp Book Fair” by David Hyman

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books

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Paperback Parade #95

Paperback Parade #9, Oct. 2016

Paperback Parade #95, Oct. 2016

Somehow the folks at Gryphon Books have managed five issues of Paperback Parade this year (so far)! Congrats to Gary and Richard for an impressive year. Paperback Parade #95 is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. Contents below:

“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
Robert Weinberg (1946–2016) Tribute
“She: The Eternal Romance of Ayesha” by Gary Lovisi
“Matchless Paperbacks” by Richard Greene
“The Pioneers of Porn” by John Keyes
“Curtis Books: The Short-Size Series” by Tom Lesser and Gary Lovisi
“American Vintage (1939–1955) Paperback Family Tree” by Jim Fitzpatrick
“Rooster Cogburn Rides Again” by Richard L. Kellogg
“A Book that Doesn’t Exist” by Wally Green
“Hard-Boiled Paradise: The Paperbacks of Al Fray” by Gary Lovisi

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books

Paperback Parade #94 with Bill Crider

Paperback Parade #94

Paperback Parade #94

Yesterday’s mail brought two lovely arrivals. Since we’re all about digests here we’ll start with Gary Lovisi’s Paperback Parade #94 featuring King Kong. Here’s the contents:

“Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi
“King Kong: The Paperbacks & The Film” by Gary Lovisi
“Ozaki: A Collage & A Homage” by Bill Crider
“Ozaki: Life on a Buckslip” by Richard A. Lupoff
“Ozaki/Saber Paperback List” by Gary Lovisi
“Matchless Paperbacks” by Richard Greene
“Earl Norman Spy Series” by Tom Johnson
“Disaster & Philip Wylie” by Richard L. Kellogg
“PEC Sleaze Spy Series” by Gary Lovisi
“A Look at Sneak Previews” by Graham Andrews
“The Man Behind Daniel Boyd” interview by Gary Lovisi
“Reflections of Issac Asimov” by Philip Harbottle

Editor: Gary Lovisi
5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
From: Gryphon Books

Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

Hat tip to Gary for highlighting TDE4 in his “Paperback Talk” column which is loaded with PB and digest news items. And I was delighted to see so much coverage on Milton K. Ozaki aka Robert O. Saber, who appears briefly in the third Suspense Novel, “Naked Villainy,” by Carl G. Hodges—especially by the triple treat of Lovisi, Lupoff and Crider!

And speaking of Bill Crider, yesterday’s second arrival was his new Dan Rhodes mystery, Survivors Will Be Shot Again, the title pulled from real life “No Trespassing” signs. (Try an image search and see for yourself.) I had to laugh at the gator tail snaking through the lower right corner of the fence on the cover. You can read the first chapter over at Criminal Element. Check out Bill’s Pop Culture Magazine for PC news, the latest on his writing, and occasional grammar tests.

Paperback Parade #93

Paperback Parade #93

Paperback Parade #93

Now arriving in mailboxes:
Paperback Talk by Gary Lovisi
James Bond in UK Pan Paperbacks by Gary Lovisi
Fit To Be Tied: Film Tie-In Paperbacks by Graham Andrews
Matchless Paperbacks by Richard Greene
Cozy Up with Kozy Books by Gary Lovisi
Philip Waylie Faces Death by Richard L. Kellogg
Favorite Vintage Paperback Covers by Larry Purkey
A Look at Venus Prime by Gary Lovisi

Editor: Gary Lovisi
5.5” x 8.5” 112 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
From: Gryphon Books

The book lover’s TBR

Blood in Brooklyn by Gary Lovisi

Blood in Brooklyn by Gary Lovisi

Below an excerpt from the interview with Gryphon Book’s editor/publisher/author/bookseller Gary Lovisi for TDE2. (Gary has a hardboiled short story with his freelance justice machine Vic Powers coming up in The Digest Enthusiast book four with a fine illustration that Sean Azzopardi just completed for it.) In the excerpt below Gary talks about his pile of to be read books, something all of us book addicts can relate to.

“My reading list is soooo backlogged that it is hard to get to all the wonderful books I want to read. There are so many and of course, I keep finding more and buying them and adding to the stacks. There is so much good stuff out there, or at least, stuff that looks interesting and it catches my interest. I read probably a couple of hundred books a year. My To-Be-Read stacks form quite a few piles, shelves full actually. Eventually I do get to many of them, quite a few of them I write articles about, which is also fun, since I am a writer who for decades has been writing both fiction and non-fiction (mostly bibliographical material, articles and books about books).”

The Digest Enthusiast Interviews: Gary Lovisi

Sherlock Holmes: The Baron's Revenge by Gary Lovisi

Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi

Excerpt from our interview with author, bookseller and publisher Gary Lovisi:

The Digest Enthusiast: What’s the best way to find your books and stories? If someone is new to your work, any recommendation on where to start?

Gary Lovisi: The best way to find my books or stories is to check out my website: gryphonbooks.com, which will give you a good smattering of my work. Check the “News” link for the most up-to-date info and new books. You can also find books written by me on ABE Books, Biblio, and on eBay. You can find various Gryphon Books (some of these by me, but most by other authors) on these sites as well.

As to what a reader wanting to sample my work should get started with? That all depends on what they like. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you would definitely enjoy my various books with that character, The Secret Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Ramble House), or Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge (Airship 27) which is a sequel to Doyle’s own Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”.

If you like hardboiled crime, then my Vic Powers novel Blood in Brooklyn (Do Not Press), Ultra-Boiled (Ramble House), or Violence Is the Only Solution (Wildside Press) will definitely press your buttons.

If you like the classic western novel with a hardboiled twist then West Texas War & Other Stories (Ramble House) will be right for you. If John Carter of Mars pulp space adventure is your thing, The Winged Men (Wildside press) will grab you; or if zombies are your meat, then try When the Dead Walk (Ramble House).

If you like pulp paperback cover art and sexy good-girl art, you’ll love the three books I did for Krause that I have mentioned earlier, check these out—or better yet, try a copy of my magazine, Paperback Parade—you’ll love it! I write a lot, in a lot of genres so there is something of interest for almost everyone who is into adventure pulp or genre fiction.

Review: Paperback Parade #92

Paperback Parade #92

Paperback Parade #92

I’m not sure which is better, the title “Humanoid Puppets” or the book’s artwork by Ray Theobald, featured on the cover of Paperback Parade #92. If covers sell, this one is going fast.

The opening “Paperback Talk” by Gary Lovisi is an engaging mix of PBO news, LOCs, trivia and personal asides. Yes, the digital world is more immediate, but in that scrolling, jumping, click-tracking space there’s nothing to match this extended, diverse mix only available on paper. Even when news of a fresh title isn’t exclusive, its appearance here elevates its importance and Lovisi’s reporting puts a unique, personal touch on each entry.

Like a trip through a used bookshop, you never know what treasure lies waiting in the pages of Paperback Parade. This one hits the jackpot with Philip Harbottle’s report on Denis Hughes. After decades of research on post-war British science fiction writers, Harbottle earned the reward of  literary agent to the Hughes estate. This gave him access to the writer’s personal memoirs. He presents key passages from Hughes’ memories here, connected by his own narrative to bridge the gaps in “Denis Talbot Hughes: His Own Story.”

Hughes only wrote science fiction during the early years of his long writing career, under an amazing array of pseudonyms. “. . . his work under such names as Gill Hunt and George Sheldon Brown rate as some of the worst SF novels ever published; but his later science-fantasy stories from the second half of his short [SF] career show he was a capable and often excellent writer.”

The many covers of his books shown in Harbottle’s “Denis Talbot Hughes: Bibliography” are every bit as strange and wonderful as the sample on PP #92’s cover. These pages alone are worth the price of admission.

Having read highlights of Hughes’ history and seen many of his amazing book covers, the outstanding question of their merit is answered in Harbottle’s final entry, “The Best SF of Denis Hughes.” “. . . a brief survey of the five Hughes titles that still burn brightly in my memory, fifty years after I first read them.” I won’t reveal their titles here, but I located three of the five on ebay as I write these words and suffice to say, I hope Harbottle finds a publisher to reprint them quickly! And let’s hope he can manage to retain their original covers.

Not long ago I heard Marc Maron’s interview with director William Friedkin (WTF podcast #684), who discussed The French Connection, The Exorcist, and Sorcerer, among other topics. When I realized Gary Lovisi’s article on “The Wages of Fear” was about the book on which Sorcerer was based, I was doubly intrigued. The Wages of Fear by George Arnaud, is hard-boiled suspense at its best, a novel loaded with hard-luck characters and dripping with intense atmospheric suspense.” Lovisi recaps the story and the history of the book, which began in hardcover, proliferated in several paperback editions and was filmed twice, once in 1953 with its original title, and finally by Friedkin in 1977 as Sorcerer.

PP designer, Richard Greene, offers a new installment of his “Matchless Paperbacks,” with an array of covers from Robert Ludlum’s series The Matarese Conspiracy, including a matchbook for The Matarese Circle.

Jon D. Swartz compiles “The Tor Double Novels,” listed in order by year along with notable awards, cover artists and personal recommendations. Like all of the articles in PP, it’s loaded with plenty of full color cover reproductions.

Gary Lovisi teams with Chris Eckhoff for the full list of “France Books: Fancy Sleaze with Foldout Covers.” Despite their name, France Books came from an outfit in California that published 70 titles under their banner during the early 1960s. I was surprised to learn several were written by Jim Harmon. With titles like Time Out for Sex, Call Me Nympho, and Jazz Me Baby, you don’t need the cover images to paint a picture of their content—but there are plenty unveiled here just the same.

As much as I enjoy reading PBOs, outdated attitudes of past decades, when too dominate can be spoilers. Richard Kellogg sums up the situation in his report on “Colonel Peter Trees: John Quirk’s Master Spy.” “Comments attributed to the leading characters may be perceived as sexist, racist, and homophobic. The females in the story are stereotyped as sex objects for the rich and powerful males attending the tournament.”

I can overlook a little of this, chalking it up to the era. But when these outdated attitudes drive the action, I have greater difficulty staying with the story. Kellogg gives fair warning for John Quirk’s trio of Peter Trees spy stories published in 1965, 1966 and 1968. “Despite these reservations, The Tournament provides a tantalizing glimpse back into the era of James Bond and the decade often referred to as the Swinging Sixties.”

In “Don Tracy & Deadly to Bed” Gary Lovisi espouses Don Tracy as an unsung scribe of noir and details the plot and post-war setting of a US Army base in Germany in Deadly to Bed. Lovisi’s verdict: a masterpiece of its genre.

Publishing westerns novels was declining in the late 1950s, so perhaps on the strength of their “Doubles,” Ace marketers thought to try “Three Westerns for the Price of One: The Ace Western Triples.” Michael S. Smith places them in the context of their era’s other entertainment trends and documents the stories and writers included in seven Ace Western Triples.
-RK

Paperback Parade #92 ★★★★★
5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
From: Gryphon Books