Friday, June 25, 2010

Paperback 328: Nightmare / William Irish (Readers-Choice Library No. 12)

Paperback 328: Readers-Choice Library No. 12 (1st thus, 1950)

Title: Nightmare
Author: William Irish
Cover artist: Wayne Blickenstaff

Yours for: $35

Best things about this cover:
  • It's effectively creepy, combining puke colors and swirly, dizzying effects with a Joker-faced floating lady-head, a blot-like specter, and some dude re-enacting the dance from the "Thriller" video in a fun house hall of mirrors.
  • William Irish = Cornell Woolrich = kind of a big deal. This book has some mild smashing at the lower spine, and someone's had at those pupils with a pencil, but it's square and solid and pretty rare (see range of prices here).
  • Readers-Choice Library is an uncommon imprint. You may remember their work from this fabulous, pot-smoke-smothered cover a while back.

Best things about this back cover:
  • "I said TOWARD HIM!"
  • The writing here is not good.
  • "Here, take this ... sharp-pointed bore!" (!?)
  • "His victim's button...?" I really don't understand the premise of this write-up.

Page 123~

"Tom, what's wrong?" she said anxiously. "You look all white and disturbed! You haven't—you haven't lost your position, have you?" She caught him by the sleeve and stared up into his face.

She added, "Because I will fuckin' cut you, Tom. You hear me?"


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Frank said...

What about the cover designer's commentary? "(I Wouldn't Be In Your Shoes"? Is he telling the reader this book stinks?

vintagehoarder said...

I believe this was made into a movie ("Fear in the Night") starring a very young DeForrest Kelley. You can find it on YouTube if you're interested--it's quite a suspenseful little thriller!