Friday, January 8, 2010

57 Books from the University Book Sale: Book 37

Title: Wolf in Man's Clothing (Dell 136 — 1st ptg, 1947)
Author: Mignon G. Eberhart
Cover artist: [Gerald Gregg]

Yours for: $20

  • So ... it's about a nurse with giant bloody hands who sticks needles in her head. Interesting.
  • Where the wolf?
  • Love love love the little Dell mystery eye-in-the-keyhole logo.
  • This book's got a hypo cover, with all its original permagloss, *and* it's a mapback? Book sale jackpot!
  • "You know what my favorite part of the book was? ... Fork."
  • "Balifold" must be either a castle that has sunk into the earth or ... a minaret construction plant.

Page 123~

I put my finger on it and he looked at it, his face as inexpressive as a Red Indian's.


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Unknown said...

Not too many folks naming their kids Mignon these days are there?

DemetriosX said...

The eye-in-the-keyhole logo is pretty good and really fits with a mystery line. Unfortunately, this close to Christmas all it does is stick me with Louis Armstrong's "Is That You Santa Claus?"

Nicole "Gidget" Kalstein said...

Maybe I'm really, really dirty minded, but the nurse hat kind of looked vaginal to me...which would make the syringe phallic....*shudder*

Also, I loathe syringes. They freak me the hell out.

Tulse said...

The covers don't seem to match in tone at all. The front presages a dark, gritty mystery, and the back looks like it's a guide to the 100 Acre Wood ("now where is Piglet's house again?"). The hard modernist font on front seriously clashes with the delightfully retro hand-drawn font on back, and the art style is just too cartoony compared to the more modern abstract-y horror on the front.

Alix said...

It ain't just you, Lyndee.

Not as inexpressive as any old Indian -- inexpressive as a RED one!

Elaine said...

Everyone knows that the Yellow Indians were very emotional.

Lyndee....yeah, that nurse's hat was creepy. Maybe Mignon has a sister named Vulva? and a brother Filet?

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Anonymous said...

No, no, Balifold is a castle that first burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp.

I didn't even realize that was nurse's cap until after I'd read your summary twice. I was like, "Is that...a gauze pad? Some neatly folded toilet paper?" I thought it was something wiping the needle.

cwogle said...

Even when I was six years old, I could make a better paper airplane than THAT.