Thursday, March 3, 2016

Paperback 926: The Doom Stone / Cornell Woolrich (Avon T-408)

Paperback 926: Avon T-408 (PBO, 1960) (serialized in Argosy in late '30s)

Title: The Doom Stone
Author: Cornell Woolrich
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $15 (tight and complete but super-water-damaged)

Best things about this cover:
  • Vampires shower too.
  •  "I said MOOD RING, mom. What am I supposed to do with a DOOM STONE?" "I thought you and your little friends could summon the dead, dear."
  • No pupils, no nipples, no problem!

Best things about this back cover:
  • Skeletor Eastwood and his international gang of the undead want their goddman doom stone back.
  • Aw jeez, why are the men always selling their souls and the women giving their bodies. Can't we, just once, reverse that?
  • "Insult to Southern womanhood"!? How? I hope the Doom Stone insults some lady's cornbread.

Page 123~

The Chinese girl in the ricksha said, in an astonishingly genuine Cockney accent that must have rubbed off on her from long association with merchant-mariners and limey tars, "Don't tyke too long, byeby. We imes to get there before the plyce closes down, doncher knaow." 

I think I will add Dr. Doncher Knaow to my list of aliases.


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NomadUK said...

Skeletor Eastwood bears a strong resemblance to the gunslinger in the opening credits of The Wild, Wild West.

Anonymous said...

This novel comes out of that genre of "Diamond Curse"-sploitation. I think around the time the book came out the stories about the Hope Diamond started to come out. Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.

DemetriosX said...

Skeletor Eastwood? Look at that mustache. That's Skeletor Lee van Cleef.