Sunday, July 5, 2009

Paperback 251: Episode / Peter W. Denzer (Popular Library 621)

Paperback 251: Popular Library 621 (1st ptg, 1954)

Title: Episode
Author: Peter W. Denzer
Cover artist: uncredited

Yours for: not available (property of "Paperback 250" contest winner!)

Best things about this cover:

  • "Why won't the braless zombie look at me directly!? O, the melancholy. Where's my diary...?"
  • "Vanity, thy name is braless zombie."
  • "I brought you that braless zombie milk you asked for, honey. You'll have to come over here and get it, as I can't take my eyes off this hideous portrait of myself."
  • "Hard-hitting" = "It hurts!"

Best things about this back cover:

  • "Shh! Did you hear that? Sounds like braless zombies!"
  • "Oh god, please don't let her take my salmon throw pillow away!"
  • "Many will flip straight to not like the brutal scenes of callous indifference; of patients in orgies for the amusement of attendants..."

Page 123~

He was free, but his freedom produced for the moment no more emotion than any short walk might have. His motive now in being free was not the motive which had produced his first plans. He was not sure what his motive was. He did not know where he was going.

Riveting! If only that paragraph had the word "motive" in it at least four more times.



Dirt Diggler said...

HA! -- It's "Jim"! from "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"! But why is he vamping on the bed like that? Wouldn't bra-less zombie be more appealing in that position rather than him? Wait a minute ... is this another one of your gay novels, Rex?

"Woman trouble" is a misdiagnosis; Arnie's trouble is that he is a fool. Don't you just love the offhand, casual statement, "But Wilma was a mental patient ---"?! I wonder when it is that foolhardy Arnie finally gets a clue and starts to make decent decisions to "fight back to life". As the old proverb goes, "When one finds oneself in a hole, stop digging."

Elaine said...

I, too, was struck by Arnie's coy pose on the cover. Is he about to stutter, "Please...please, be... gentle!"

JamiSings said...

Considering the way Arnie's laying and the long, phallic shaped object in braless zombie's hand, I REALLY DON'T want to know what sort of woman trouble he has with her before getting mixed up with the blond lunatic.

Frank said...

Well, "shocking study" is one way to put it...

Kevin said...

Hey! That's Tedmartin Dansheen on the cover!

Keith said...

Wow! Great cover. You've got a really cool blog.

Nicole "Gidget" Kalstein said...

"As you can see, we got the cover art from the 'Braless Zombies' Exhibit at the Wax Museum."

Tell me they aren't made of wax. Look at the guy's face on both covers. Creeeeepy.