A terrific assortment of collectable paperback reprints of dark pulp noir by some of the greats of the genre. These are great collectbles, particularly in high grade condition as these all are, and quite affordable; not to mention great reading.
Avon launched this series, originally called "Avon's Murder of the Month", in 1942 with Abraham Merritt's "Seven Footprints to Satan", which mostly reprinted titles that were released earlier from a number of different publishers. For all of these titles it was either the first appearance in paperback form, with that title, or a true paperback original; frequently collecting stories that had originally appeared in the pulps years earlier.
Interesting side note as this first story, though having murders in it, was as mystical and with some supernatural undertones as it was criminal. They changed the title to Murder Mystery Monthly with issue #5, "Burn Witch Burn", also by Merritt and also not a murder mystery per se. Merritt was actually featured 8 times in the series, all of which are included here.
There were 49 issues published from 1942 to 1950. Collected here are 40 of them and all coming one collector. With a few exceptions, these are all in collector condition with most never being read. Most are fresh with bright colors and clean pages; again with a few exceptions. Some of the titles are more uncommon than others though few are truly "scarce" titles. But there are indeed many here that are currently quite scarce in the market in this condition and I tried to be conservative in my grading.
Thanks very much for looking.
A fairly comprehensive selection of some of the darkest hard-boiled pulp fiction ever written. Mostly Paperback Originals in terrific condition adn some choice reprints.
A terrific selection of vintage mystery titles including some quite uncommon early dust-wrappers in excellent collectable condition.
A short but interesting selection of recently the recentaly catalogued.
Books + Crime = Bibliomystery. Make mine Rare and Murder! A fairly interesting selection of the newly catalogued and other highlights.
A nice selection of recently catalogued items as well as some other quite interesting examples of the genre. Some quite uncommon and even scarce items particularly in their condition and with dust-wrappers. Thanks for looking.
A short selection of recently catologued items.