Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pulp


"As real as today's headlines. A novel that penetrates the sewer of human emotion..."

"It's got everything: violence, sex, pathos, sex, humour, sex, racial angles, sex, the devastating effects of war, sex, abnormal psychology and sex."

"Teen-age terror in slum and suburb..."

Paperbacks aren't this fun any more.

16 comments:

Martin said...

On the second cover, is our hero joining the dots just to get abreast of things?

Rog said...

You don't hear much of Melton S. Davies these days.

Have you seen the series in the back of Private Eye where they group all the modern day "me-too" book cover designs together to show an absolute dearth of originality?

Steerforth said...

No I haven't - I'll have a look next time I'm in WH Smith's.

Richmonde said...

I'm sure we could write some - The Asbo Generation, She Was a Ladette, Mobile Thieves...

Rog said...

It's hasn't appeared for a few weeks but it's this sort of thing.

Steerforth said...

Richmonde - I can't see anyone writing the equivalent of West Side Story for the ASBO generation, but I like the idea.

Rog - Thanks for the link. I'd also recommend Caustic Cover Critic - he's good at spotting library images on different covers.

Peter said...

I think the cover at the bottom with the odd title "Long Live The Queen" is the most shocking!

Steerforth said...

Gawd bless 'er!

Tim Footman said...

"A novel that penetrates the sewer of human emotion"

I've tried to work out how many metaphors get mixed in that phrase, but I keep losing count.

Rosie said...

Fantastic book covers...

Brian Busby said...

Here's where I embarrass myself by admitting that the word 'voluptuary' is new to me. Synonymous with 'sensualist' says my old Roget's, but isn't it so much more fun? The sensualist might delight in perfume or the feel of an orange peel, while one gets the impression that the voluptuary finds greatest pleasure in the voluptuous.

Steerforth said...

Tim - It's wonderful isn't it. I wish it was 1965 and that it was my job to come up with gems like that.

Rosie - Thanks. I'm glad you like them!

Brian - To me, it sounds like an office in the Roman Catholic church - perhaps an order of nuns for 'fallen' women?

Resolute Reader said...

Interestingly Harrison Salisbury wrote a brilliant history of the siege of Leningrad, 900 days. I'd only known him as a historian of Russia and China. 900 days is well worth reading. The Shook-Up generation may not be as bad as the cover implies.

PearlFog said...

Wow, I want that first one! Do you still have it? It's a shame it doesn't have any racial angles though.

Steerforth said...

Resolute - I'm sure you're right. In the 1950s-late 70s, a lot of very earnest, serious books had covers that promised a racy, titilating read (to the huge disappointment of the 15-year-old Steerforth).

Pearl - Sorry, I didn't keep it,

Sam Jordison said...

These are superb. Thanks steer forth. Have you spotted Hard Case Crime - a modern publisher that puts out books with covers rather like these:

http://www.hardcasecrime.com/

The books are generally excellent too.