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GRIFF – BRITISH PULP FICTION AT
GRIFF – BRITISH PULP FICTION
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“GRIFF” : FROM DANCE HALL TO OPIUM DIVE.
London : Modern Fiction (London), . First edition. Bullets, business and be-pop – better dead than dope-crazed – the “Griff” byline was first used by Ernest McKeag (1896-1974) in 1948, but became the most successful of the Modern Fiction pulp brand-names under various later authors. Lightning pace, crisp dialogue, casual violence, and seedy and salacious faux American settings are the common denominators. By 1950 most of the “Griff” titles, of which this is perhaps the most celebrated, were being written by the journalist, compiler of reference works and occasional Dickens scholar, Frank Dubrez Fawcett (1891-1968) and this is almost certainly his work.
“GRIFF” : TRADING WITH BODIES.
London : Modern Fiction (London), [ca.1955]. One of the most successful of the Griff titles – at least three different editions are known: the present copy, with 110,[ii] pages, the name and address of the printers given as E. H. T. (Printers) Ltd. of Liverpool Road, and with advertisements consonant with a publication date somewhere in the mid 1950s, would appear to post-date both the 128pp edition and the 160pp one. Chapter headings include Blondes Mean Trouble, White Slave Racket, When Crooks Fall Out, etc.
“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.
London : Modern Fiction (London), . First edition. “Master-spies, gunhawks, mobsters, hoods, all the unsavoury characters of the underworld ... A young scientist is kidnapped. He carries badly wanted secrets in his brain ... the secrets of that most despicable of all forms of death ... germ warfare!”. Mark Freeman of the FBI is on the case. The “Griff” house name here being used by David Boyce.
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