Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Detective Fiction Weekly, December 22, 1934

Okay, now that's a gruesome cover. I actually had this issue years ago and I'm pretty sure I read the Park Avenue Hunt Club story because I really liked that series by Judson Philips, but I don't remember any of the others. There are plenty of good authors in this issue, too: H. Bedford-Jones, Fred MacIsaac, Richard Sale, Anthony Rud, and George A. Starbird. Mostly, though, I remember that gory cover.


Walker Martin said...

Speaking of gruesome chopped off head covers, I have the original cover painting to ALIBI, March 1934, showing a man holding the head of a woman while another woman screams in horror behind him. I believe the artist is Lyman Anderson. I've tried to trade this painting several times but everyone is too horrified to trade for it. My wife refuses to have anything to do with it and I therefore have it banned to my pulp room.

James, maybe you can start a chopped off head series of covers. The ALIBI cover would make a great second image. Then again, maybe you don't want to since the magazine died an early death perhaps due to reader outrage.

Jerry House said...

Today, I believe the Park Avenue Hunt Club is hunting for Easter eggs. Hope you and Livia have a great holiday!

Joe Allegretti said...

Have these Park Avenue stories been reprinted? joe

James Reasoner said...

Walker, that's a good idea. Don't be surprised if you see some of those covers on the blog in coming weeks.

Happy Easter to you as well, Jerry, and to everyone else reading this.

Joe, I think the small press Battered Silicon Dispatch Box did a complete collection of the Park Avenue Hunt Club stories, but I don't know if it's still available. If it is, copies are probably pretty expensive. I'd like to see a multi-volume reprint collection of the series from, say, Altus Press. Maybe one of these days.

Walker Martin said...

Since Altus Press now owns the rights to Munsey I'm pretty sure that they plan to publish the series. In the meantime if you can attend the Windy City Pulp convention in Chicago during April 21 through April 23, you will find many issues of DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY available for quite reasonable prices. The Hunt Club is in many of the 1930's issues.

As usual I intend to be there. I almost completed my set of DFW in the 1970's( I still lack 3 or 4 issues out of over 900) but I remember finding hundreds of issues while I attended the old Pulpcons.