Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: 5 Detective Novels, Fall 1950

5 DETECTIVE NOVELS was a mostly reprint magazine from the Thrilling Group that ran for 17 issues during the late Forties and early Fifties. This issue has a nice cover and a good line-up of authors. The five novellas, all reprints from POPULAR DETECTIVE and THRILLING MYSTERY, are by T.T. Flynn (one of my favorite authors), Paul Ernst, Joseph J. Millard (Ernst and Millard were top-notch pulpsters), John Hawkins (don't know anything about him), and Frank Johnson, a Standard Publications house-name who was often Norman Daniels but there's really no telling who wrote this one. Backing up the novellas are two apparently original short stories by Arthur J. Burks and Amelia Reynolds Long, best known as one of the first female science fiction writers before she turned to mystery fiction. I probably would have read this one if I'd come across it.


Jerry House said...

John Hawkins (1910-1978)was a pulpster who usually wrote with his brother, Ward -- mainly mysteries and westerns. They moved from the pulps to the slicks, then to television. Both were staff writers for BONANZA and John produced and wrote for LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. Both also wrote for BOOTS AND SADDLES. MANHUNT, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE VIRGINIAN, and others. Their papers are stored at the University of Oregon, where you can find a long list of their stories and teleplays.

James Reasoner said...

Thanks for that info, Jerry. It's always good to know more about these old writers.