Friday, August 13, 2010

pic o' the day

Regular followers of my pic o' the day may have noticed my recent obsession with mid-century vintage hard-boiled and sleaze paperbacks. Actually, it's not a recent obsession, just a temporary shift. We'll get back to more pulp covers soon, and they're all related, anyway.

Spicy, lurid pulps anyone?

So when Hard Case Crime mixed Sherlockiana with a vintage-styled hard-boiled cover as rendered by my favorite cover artist (he'd better be my favorite, he's done my novel The Evil in Pemberley House and the soon-to-be-released The Green Hornet Chronicles which I co-edited) Glen Orbik... well, saying they had me at hello would be an understatement.

This is not the first time, though, that Holmes received the mid-century paperback treatment.

And I'll be posting those covers, as well as some other plunder I picked up at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair last weekend, over the next several days, so stay tuned.


Stuart said...

I know that I cracked up at the paperback rack in my local Fred Meyer store when I saw this edition. I think that I remember the 1950s paperback edition that you're thinking about and look forward to what you post!

Brad Mengel said...

When I heard that Hard Case was doing a Sherlock Holmes novel I thought it was a practical joke.

But Orbik does gorgeous gorgeous work.