Saturday, October 29, 2016

Paperback 978: Pemmican / Vardis Fisher (Cardinal C-253)

Paperback 978: Cardinal C-253 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: Pemmican
Author: Vardis Fisher
Cover artist: Daniel Schwartz

Estimated value: $7-10
Condition: 7/10

[from the Laura R. Braunstein Collection]

Best things about this cover:
  • The only thing scarier than her fright makeup is her linebacker hands. Look at those meat claws, dear god!
  • Why would you kneel in the river like that? Serious question.
  • Her mouth! We get it, she's "savage," dial it back.
  • I do like the way the light shines off her hip.
  • Chief Wahoo on Cleveland Indians uniforms. Dakota Access Pipeline. This dehumanizing shit must be exhausting.

Best things about this back cover:
  • Ah, the "savage white girl" trope. See Natalie Wood in "The Searchers."
  • I wish this were titled "A Virile Young Scotsman, or, The Debauchery"
  • Rawboned! The bones of this book have not seen fire! Like sushi, are these bones!

Page 123~

"Coming!" he whispered.

He whispered with an exclamation point? Wow. Graphic.


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Thalia said...

the back cover features every provocative synonym from Roget's. Nice use of CAPS LOCK, really draws the lurid gaze

Amanda said...

And here I thought pemmican was a survival food.

On first view of the cover this book had the appearance of a horror book - not a frontier fiction book. But maybe that's because I've been watching too many Hammer vampire films this Halloween season.