Friday, March 6, 2009

Paperback 203: Who's Afraid + Widow's Mite / Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (Ace G-524)

Paperback 203: Ace G-524 (1st ptg / 1st ptg, ca. 1963)

Titles: Who's Afraid / Widow's Mite
Author: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Cover artist: Brulé / uncredited

Yours for: $9

Best things about this cover:

  • Man hands. Seriously, look at those things. My god. I fear for her upper head.
  • "I remember embracing some generic man ... and the corpse of Bela Lugosi was there ... oh, it's all so fuzzy..."
  • This book should be called "Who's Depressed?"

Best things about this other cover:

  • "... and he threw the decapitated head of the young boy through the open window. The End."
  • I guess there was a sale on "Dour Blue" at the art store when these covers were being painted.
  • That blurb is pretty tepid: "Eh, you could do worse, I guess."
  • Is a "mite" what I think it is? Dang, a "widow's mite" is "A small contribution made by one who has little" This is disappointing, as I was imagining this would be a story about a. a widow who kept a tiny bug as a pet, or b. a widow who enjoyed wearing a MITRE (of mysterious origin)

Page 123 (of "Widow's Mite")~

"Now!" she said. "Now you're going to get what's coming to you, you damn smug little bitch! You're going to be arrested, any minute. You'll be in jail tonight. And you'll end up in the electric chair!"



Alix said...

A tepid blurb indeed, but I still had to read it twice before the syntax kicked in.

Tulse said...

Holy cow, those are some darned ugly covers.

Maughta said...

Thought I would share this with you (not that it has anything to do with this post, I'm just too lazy to e-mail).

<3 maughta

Rick said...

I don't recall ever before seeing a middle name which seems to be pig latin. ;)

Tulse said...

Maughta, those are awesome!

But it does make me appreciate Rex's blog all the more, since there is no way to post snark about those covers.

Alix said...

@ Maughta:
OMG, those romances are freakin' genius!
Department Store Nurse"??????

Yo, Rex, it's Sunday, let's go already!

Ms Avery said...

That woman looks like she has the worst migraine ever...