City of Corpses, the Collected Weird Mysteries of Ken Carter by Norvell Page, Black Dog Books, February 2009 trade paper, 206 pages, pulp fiction. note: the scene on the cover does not occur in the book.
Here are six pulp “novels” from 1933, and a short story 1935, all from magazine. I put the word novels in quotes because pulp length novels are short, really novella length. Though the title names them as weird mystery, only three really have a weird element to them, and then not much. However, the novels are quite entertaining, and Statues of Horror and Gallows Ghost are especially enjoyable. The short story, “Satan’s Sideshow” is both mercifully short and forgettable.
I bought this from Black Dog Books a decade ago, but have just now gotten it off the shelf to read, and I’m glad I did. This is a lot of fun, and it’s still available from Black Dog Books.
In addition to the novels, there’s a 1935 article by Norvell Page detailing his approach to writing, which I found very interesting.
- Introduction by Robert Weinberg
- Hell’s Music
- City of Corpses
- Statues of Horror
- Gallows Ghost
- The Devil’s Hoof
- The Sinister Embrace
- Satan’s Sideshow
- “How I Write” by Norvell Page
- About the Author by Tom Roberts