OK, here we are again with 'Carnival Books' started in 1952 and published by Hanro Corporation, New York with number #901 through to #957 . These were mainly re-named novels given the true sleaze pulp art treatment to better sales !
I only own 14 titles in this series, they are rare and the early editions go like hot cakes !
OK here we go ......let's join the Carnival !
901 - A Body To Own - Robert W.Harmon
902 - Midnight Sinners - John Caldwall.
|Midnight Sinners # 902|
904 - Borrowed Ecstasy - Watkins E.Wright.
|Lovers Bewitched # 903|
|Borrrowed Ecstasy # 904|
906 - A lover For Anne - Sylvia Erskine (Peggy Gaddis)
|Strangers In The Dark # 905 - Art by George Gross|
|A Lover For Anne # 906 - Art by George Gross|
|Tempting Tigress # 907 - Art Raymond Johnson|
909 - The Girl From Mimi's - Joan Tucker (Peggy Gaddis)
910 - Pick-Up - Albert L.Quandt
911 - Affairs Of A Ward Nurse - Mitchell Coleman.
|Ward Nurse # 911 - Art by Ray Pease.|
912 - Wild Party - Frederic Spencer .
913 - Affairs Of A Career Girl - Mitchell Coleman
|Affairs of a Career Girl (art by George Gross)|
914 - Girl Of The Slums - Raymond Blair (Albert L.Quandt) - 1953
|Girl Of The Slums|
915 - Lost To Desire - Peggy Gaddis
916 - Passion's Harvest - Peggy Gaddis
|Lost To Desire # 915 - 1953|
|Passion's Harvest # 916 - Art George Gross|
917 - Frenchie - David Charlson
918 - Rapture Alley - Whit Harrison (Harry Whittington)
|Art by Rudolph Belarski|
From the above list the book to look out for is 'Rapture Alley' by Whit Harrison , this book is a key digest drug paperback and will go for serious money in near mint condition , so keep your eyes peeled boys and girls !!!!
|City Hotel # 919 - Art by Raymond Pease.|
|Art by George Gross|
921 - Girl Hungry (2nd Edition) - William E.Gordon (#908).
|Girl-Hungry # 921 - Art by Rudy Nappi|
922 - City Of Sin - Robert O.Saber
923 - Sinners Club - Harry Whittington.
924 - Pick-Up (2nd Edition) - Albert L.Quandt (#910)
|Pick-Up # 924 - Art by Rafael Desoto.|
925 - Reckless - Kermit Welles.
926 - Hotel Doctor - Frank Haskell.
|Hotel Doctor # 926 - Art by L. Marchetti|
927 - Boy Hungry - Kate Nickerson (Lulla Adler)
928 - Frenchie (2nd Edition) - David Charlson (#917)
929 - Farm Hussy - Sylvia Erskine
|Farm Hussy # 929|
931 - Backwoods Shack - Hallam Whitney (Harry Whittington)
932 - Boy Madness - Ralph Douglas .
|Backwoods Shack # 931 -|
|Boy Madness # 932 - Art by George Gross|
934 - Farmers Wife - Peggy Gaddis.
935 - Girl Hungry (3rd Edition) - William E.Gordon.(#908/921)
936 - Midnight Sinners (2nd Edition) - John Caldwall (#902)
937 - Boy Chaser - Kate Nickerson (Lulla Adler)
|Midnight Sinners # 936 - 1954|
|Boy-Chaser # 937|
938 - Farm Hussy (2nd Edition) - Sylvia Erskine (#929)
939 - City Hotel (3rd Edition) - Jane Manning (#919/933)
940 - Farmers Wife (2nd Edition) - Peggy Gaddis (#934)
|Farmers Wife # 940 - 1954|
941 - Boy Madness (2nd Edition) - Ralph Douglas (#932)
942 - City Of Sin (2nd Edition) - Robert O'Saber (#922)
943 - Backwoods Shack (2nd Edition) - Hallam Whitney (Harry Whittington) (#931)
944 - Frenchie (3rd Edition) - David Charlson (#917/918)
945 - Midnight Sinners (3rd Edition) - John Caldwall (#902/936)
946 - Girl Hungry (4th Edition) - William E.Gordon (#908/921/935)
947 - Social Club (2nd Edition) - Albert L.Quandt (#930)
948 - Big City Hellcat - Raymond Blair
949 - Man-Chaser - Kirk Westley
950 - Rapture Alley (2nd Edition) - Whit Harrison (Harry Whittington) (#918)
951 - Boy Hungry (2nd Edition) - Kate Nickerson (#927)
952 - Lost To Desire (2nd Edition) - Peggy Gaddis (#915)
953 - Strangers In The Dark (2nd Edition) - Peggy Gaddis (#905)
954 - Man-Hungry - Mitchell Coleman
|Man-Hungry # 954 - 1954|
955 - Young Passion - Watkins E.Wright
956 - Big-Town Hellcat - Amos Hatter (James W.Lampp)
957 - Boy Chaser (2nd Edition) - Kate Nickerson (Lulla Adler) #937.
Here below is a cool photo inspiration for art that was used on cover 'The Girl From Mimi's' # 909 . Photo taken from back cover 'Girl On Parole' Venus Book # 158.
So that's the whole Carnival list from 901 - 957, no missing titles and some real smashers in early list but also among the 2nd/3rd & 4th editions. As you can see from the 14 editions I own only 4 are 2nd editions, I am always looking for the original copies, but if you want a real bargain look out for the key drug book #918 'Rapture Alley' which was reprinted under the same title as #950, still very collectable but you might be lucky on the day !
Here below is the standard Carnival back cover to finish up the Carnival Book story. The one below is typical in style from #901 up to #924 a synopsis of the book with various color vertical lines. And from #925 right up to the final book various block color surrounds were used.
|Back cover from Wild Party # 912|