When you write, don't just write, tell a story, make your words talk
Those are all nice book covers. The top one is my favorite. Have you read any of them?
Tracy, I haven't read any of these books though I was aware of Dorothy Kilgallen and her controversial life as a career journalist. Check out her bio via the link.
I like the top one too, Prashant. Though it's hard to figure how the title and the illustration will mesh. :)
Yvette, my primary interest was in noting some new women writers I didn't know about. The Grace Zaring Stone book is certainly intriguing.
Prashant: I think the old covers which are paintings are so vivid and more inviting than the later covers. Some time ago I read a biography of Norman Rockwell and came to appreciate he was an artist not an illustrator in his covers for Saturday Night magazine.
Bill, I'm always on the lookout for vintage covers usually adorned with lovely paintings and illustrations. For instance, there are some excellent artworks on the early Erle Stanley Gardner paperbacks. The history behind these artists is also interesting. I'll check out the SATURDAY NIGHT magazine covers by Norman Rockwell.
Prashant: I got my magazines mixed up. Saturday Night was a Canadian magazine. The Saturday Evening Post was the American magazine publishing Rockwell's covers.
Possibly only the top two would give me pause to stop and pick them up - I wonder why that is? I could offer a couple of reasons, but won't!
Col, in that case you have a treasure-trove of similar covers awaiting you! Just type pulp fiction covers in Google Images...
Andrew Nette (Aussie author - pulp curry blog) also has a pinterest site with loads of brilliant covers. A lot more interesting than many of today's offerings.
Col, many of the pulp covers were merely tantalising which didn't reflect in the stories inside. The James Hadley Chase covers of semi-clad women were a case in point. I don't recall even a kissing scene in the Chase novels. Thanks for drawing my attention to Andrew Nette's blog.
And all by women - even better! Great stuff Prashant.
Thanks, Sergio, it wasn't entirely unintentional.
I love vintage covers! Anytime I am reading one and do a write up on it I always try to get the original cover (with permission or proper attribution). There are websites do nothing but post vintage covers. I found one site that had three different vintage covers for James. M. Cain's Mildred Pierce book.
Keishon, I enjoy looking at vintage covers too. It often introduces me to vintage authors I'd never heard before. Rather addictive, isn't it?
Yes, very and I wish I owned these books with their original covers. Hard Case Crime is about the only publisher I'm aware of that is using vintage covers today.
Wow! That was some article on Dorothy K. I remembered some connection with the assassination. There are sure a lot of mysteries surrounding that event.
Nan, I'm glad you read about Dorothy Killgallen and all the controversies. Fascinating stuff! I wanted to write about her separately but then it'd have been a mere repetition.