Sunday, August 26, 2012

Paperback 553: One Monday We Killed Them All / John D. MacDonald (Gold Medal s1177)

Paperback 553: Gold Medal s1177 (PBO, 1961)

Title: One Monday We Killed Them All
Author: John D. MacDonald
Cover artist: Bill Johnson

Yours for: $18

Best things about this cover:
  • One of the greatest titles in pulp fiction history
  • Disturbing, fantastic cover. I have no idea what's happening. It's like the men are a loosely affiliated mob of zombie hunters who have decided to use the woman as a human shield. But the men seem kind of shambling and zombie-like themselves.
  • "On the seventh he rested"! – "Attention, Citizens of Brook City: Monday is the new Sabbath. Stop working immediately or We'll kill you all. . . thank you."

Best things about this back cover:
  • This copywriter is not good with the metaphors. I don't think walls harbor cores, and if the wall itself is made of hate, isn't the "steaming evil" inside kind of redundant? What did you expect to find inside the wall of hate? Bunnies?
  • Pictures says: "Yes, *that* John D. MacDonald" and "Don't hate me because I'm rugged" and "I think you mean Ross Macdonald, asshole."

Page 123~
Harpersburg State Prison erupted into overdue violence on the following Tuesday.
Tuesday? But what about Monday? I was promised killing on *Monday*!


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Graham Powell said...

Look, he said the violence was "overdue".

Peter said...

Your plan is crazy, but it just might work. Where have we heard that before?

Anonymous said...

I've never seen someone as proud, or insistent upon, his middle initial as John D (that's a bold 'D', a bold 'D' in Red, a bold 'D' in Red with a different font and exclamation points) MacDonald is.

Anonymous said...

Damn, I forgot the period after the bold, red, exclamed 'D'. Because, you know, it needs the period. There's so much awesomeness following the 'D' that he couldn't help but point that out.

Titus Groan said...

As great as that title is, wouldn't it have been better as "On" instead of "One":