September 1949 issue
~ D.L. Champion, “Blackmail Backfire”, 25th of 26,‘Red Sackler & Joey Graham’, 29th of 30 stories in BM
~ Frederick C. Davis, “Let Me Kill You Sweetheart”, 14th of 16 stories in BM
~ James Hall, “Back Door to Hell”, author’s only appearance in BM
~ Hiawatha Jones, “Murder Express”, author’s only appearance in BM
~ Louis L’Amour, “Collect from a Corpse”, noted author’s sole appearance in BM
~ Phil Richards, “The Slay’s the Thing”, ‘James Greer, ex-playwright’, author’s sole appearance in BM
~ Robert P. Toombs, “Not Necessarily Dead”, 2nd of 3 stories in BM
~ Robert Turner, “Man’s Best Friend”, ‘A dog named Satan’, 1st of 4 stories in BM
To be sure, Norman Saunders is known for his crime pulps. Dime Detective, Spicy Mystery, and some of the best covers for the genre defining Black Mask magazine. But in truth Saunders had a remarkably diverse body of work ranging from westerns to jungle adventures to what we see here, Science Fiction.
Anyone familiar with Bela Lugosi’s classic 1930s serial The Phantom Creeps might see a similarity with it’s central ghoul-faced monster, sadly an exaggerated stylish beastie who’s type would soon fall out of fashion in the pulps and paperbacks in favour of a more realistic approach.
And don’t skim over the interiors here, some absolutely amazing stuff from Vergil Finley, Lawrence & Hannes Bok.