Friday, October 31, 2014

Paperback 828: Dead in Bed / Day Keene (Pyramid G448)

Paperback 828: Pyramid G448 (PBO, 1959)

Title: Dead in Bed
Author: Day Keene
Cover artist: Harry Schaare

Estimated value: $55


Best things about this cover:

  • Said it before, I'll say it again: "women spilling backwards off of furniture" is an oddly common paperback cover trope. Really should've created that tag a long time ago (WSBOF).
  • That left hand, like many things about her body, is physically preposterous. My understanding is that dead people are much more prone to gravity than this painting would suggest. Seriously, what is her right shin doing? It's managed to get air, somehow.
  • Dude's left hand is Super suggestively placed. He also appears to be floating down from outer space, or at least the ceiling.
  • Also, dude is Hawaiian. You can tell by … I don't know what.


Best things about this back cover:

  • Possibly the worst tag line in the history of tag lines. Belongs in some kind of noir feminine hygiene ad.
  • Yes, when you rearrange her body thusly, the picture *does* make a lot more sense.
  • It's a story of more things that start with "b" than ever happened to any braindead bozo, Bolivian or otherwise.
  • That last paragraph needs both a lexicographer and an em-dash remover, stat.

Page 123~
She exhaled sharply as she knew what it was like to be a woman for the first time. At least, that's what she said.
Before Johnny put his cock in her, she had imagined herself a grapefruit. Thank you, Johnny.

[Full disclosure, that bit's actually from p. 122, but there was no way I was not choosing it. No way.]


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A said...

That tagline has to be the worst parody of 'Have Gun Will Travel' I've ever seen.

Keir said...

Johnny Aloha... Jesus Christ

Zichao said...

"Thank you, Johnny" - I am literally crying.