- Full Description
Respected researcher and pulp fiction historian Steve Holland gives, for the first time, a comprehensive account of the early 1950s Home Office crackdown on so called "obscene" paperbacks – of which the Hank Janson novels were the prime examples. He also presents a full biography of Hank Janson – in reality, a man named Stephen D. Frances. Illustrated with many original Hank Janson and other book jackets in an eight-page color section.
Janson was a publishing phenom, selling books by the million and carving a niche for himself as the "King of Tough Gangster Authors." However, the British legal system didn't feel the same way, and Janson, along with his publishers, were subjected to vilification, censorship and imprisonment for the crimes of writing and publishing the books.
Includes a previously unseen cover painting by regular Janson cover artist Reginald Heade, and sixteen pages of rare Janson book covers in full color, by Heade and also a number of other artists. It's interesting to see how the styles changed over the years, and how Heade covers were squelched and replaced with more innocuous works, as both are presented.
- Additional Information
Item Code TRIHA Publisher Telos Publishing Publish Date 2004 ISBN 1903889847 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x8 # Pages 344pg Color Partial Color