Saturday, May 17, 2014

Paperback 775: Slaughter Street / Louis Falstein (Lion Books 172)

Paperback 775: Lion Books 172 (2nd ptg, 1957)

Title: Slaughter Street
Author: Louis Falstein
Cover artist: Robert Maguire

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:

  • I resent how small they've made the painting here. It's ***ing Robert Maguire! You don't reduce Maguire to a 3x2 in. box, you bastards!
  • Is that "Fear Hand," "Sexy Pose Hand," or "I lost 3 quarters in the couch cushions Hand"?
  • His hand is super-veiny and emotional.
  • "I'm hit! Your fierce, shameless love … it does nothing!"


Best things about this back cover:

  • Nice repurposing of front cover art. Hand and gun really stand out in this version.
  • Oof, if that simile is any indication of the kind of writing I'm signing up for, no thanks.
  • Plot actually sounds half-interesting. "And it was no question of being a squealer" = "He was gonna rationalize, then squeal, then rationalize some more."

Page 123~

He nudged his father as Mike Fortugno took the rostrum to greet the assembled in the name of The Block.

I imagine that The Block is some kind of wrestling deity, and I don't want to be told otherwise.


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DemetriosX said...

What a horrible treatment of a great piece of art. I'm not quite sure what they were going for here. Like the actual art has been cut out of the cover or something. Bleh.

I'm gonna say that's "Sexy Pose Hand". "Fear Hand" should either be directed toward or away from the threat (sort of protective) or come from a more natural pose (at the side or something). Also her face isn't really expressing fear, more like anger. She's going to give this lug a piece of her mind while distracting him with her naked body.

Stoutcat said...

Hmm, that's some bad finger placement there. Everybody knows that your finger stays off the trigger until you are about to fire.

Larry said...

I liked the original printing of this book (so much I bought it from you.) The 1959 book was the first printing from Pyramid but this 1957 book went through two printings at least.