Category Archives: Pulp Friday

Pulp Friday: The Hands of Orlac

“Had a brilliant skin graft left him with a murderer’s hands? A tense and eerie film starring Mel Ferrer.” French writer Maurice Renard’s 1920 novel The Hands of Orlac concerned a concert pianist called Paul Orlac who loses his hands in a terrible … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: The Tip

“A scorching novel of horse-racing and desperate men and exciting women and big gambler Johnny Broadway’s bid to parlay the killing of all time.” Ray Slattery must rank as one of the most prolific of the in-house hacks employed by … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Notorious Women

“They were beautiful, dangerous and shocking – high voltage wantons who stopped at nothing to get their men.” This week’s Pulp Friday, Notorious Women, is another offering from former clerk turned prodigious pulp hack, James Holledge. Holledge, who has featured previously on … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Newton Thornburg’s heist novel, Knockover

“The scheme was so perfect, the take was so big, you couldn’t ask for anything more-but one of them did. I’ve got a little gem of a Pulp Friday today, the very rare Australian release of Newton Thornburg’s little known … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Avakoum Zahov Vs 07 and Soviet spy fiction

“A battle to the death between two crack Secret Agents of East and West!” This week’s Pulp Friday is one of the strangest cultural artefacts to come out of Australian pulp publishing in the sixties, the spy thriller Avakoum Zahov vs 07 by Bulgarian … Continue reading