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William Godwin – Caleb Williams

Posted by demonik on June 29, 2011

William Godwin – Caleb Williams   (Four Square, June 1966)

Blurb

WILLIAM GODWIN, renowned as he is for this masterpiece, Caleb Williams is probably even better known as the father of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who was the creator of the greatest of all horror stories, Frankenstein. Born in 1756, Godwin had a Christian upbringing but suddenly and inexplicably turned ‘complete unbeliever’ in 1787. He took up writing and set out deliberately to attack all the standards of society — much of his energy concentrated on marriage, which he called ‘the worst of all laws’. He also attacked the powers of landlords and spearheaded his campaign with this book. To support himself and his family he ran a bookselling business which gradually pushed him further and further into debt until finally he sought a job in the civil service. In later life his writing became less antagonistic — and less successful. He died in 1836.

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Robert Bateman – The Hands Of Orlac

Posted by demonik on March 11, 2011

Robert Bateman – The Hands Of Orlac (Four Square, 1961)

Inner blurb
Brilliant surgery after a disastrous aeroplane crash restored Steven Orlof’s hands – the hands of a world-famous concert pianist. Slowly his skill at the piano returned to him, but there were puzzling oddities.

Were his hands larger, clumsier than before the accident? But serious burns and plastic surgery could account for that.

Those scars around his wrists? The result of skin grafts, perhaps.

Or was it something more dramatic than skin grafting, something uncanny, haunting, even deadly?

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Paperback Fanatic #14

Posted by demonik on May 10, 2010

Justin Marriott (ed) – Paperback Fanatic #14 (May, 2010)

Cover artwork: Robert Bonfils

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  • Fanatical Mail
  • Sennett Sez: Stephen Sennett comments on the Roger Elwood Laser Sf series as featured in PF #13
  • Manitou Man. Justin Marriott’s exclusive interview with Graham Masterton recalling the Charnel House/ Confessions Of A Wanton Waitress pulpster’s early career.
  • The Man From Sadisto. Justin Marriott (with able assistance from Lynne Munroe) on the sad, short life of Bill Knowles AKA ‘Clyde Allison’, the doomed genius behind the 008 spy series, “the rarest paperback series in the world!”
  • Pocket Rockets: Edgar Rice Burroughs in Ace books’ ‘Science Fiction Classics’, featuring glorious cover artwork by Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel.
  • Four Square SF in the 1960’s.
  • Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu in Pyramid paperback

Subscription/ ordering details from the online superstore at Paperback Fanatic

Thanks Justin!

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Roland Topor – The Tenant

Posted by demonik on May 4, 2010

Roland Topor – The Tenant (NEL/ Four Square, 1968)

Thanks to Justin Marriott of Paperback Fanatic for the cover scan.

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Kingsley Amis – New Maps Of Hell

Posted by demonik on December 1, 2009

Kingsley Amis – New Maps Of Hell (Four Square, 1962)

CONTENTS
STARTING POINTS: Definitions;  beginnings; Verne and Wells
THE SITUATION TODAY: Fantasy and space-opera; the magazines; readership; mass outlets
NEW LIGHT ON THE UNCONSCIOUS: Sex; horror; insecurity; rural nostalgia; activism; science and art; religion and religiosity
UTOPIAS  I:  Sex, colonialism; politics and conformism
UTOPIAS 2: The dangers of technology; comic infernos; the science-fiction character; deflation
PROSPECTS: Cosmic disasters; idea as hero; puzzles; limitations; possibilities
Index Of Names & Titles.

Blurb:
NEW MAPS OF HELL
A voyage, with Kingsley Amis as guide, through the fan­tastic world of science fiction – past, present and future.
He surveys the magnificent panorama of this world of fantasy and science fiction, of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, of madly ingenious inventions and cosmic disaster, of bug-eyed monsters and credible human experiments, of revolutionary inventions and awesome transformations, of exploration of the outer reaches of space, and of strange worlds within the universe.
With characteristic humour, acute analysis and superb writing, he provides the general public with a fascina­ting explanation of this vast field of literature, and the enthusiast with new insights into his favourite reading.

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