ACE POTPOURRI

LITERATURE - OF A SORT


ACE SINGLE format K-SERIES

K-100 RICHARD WRIGHT The Long Dream (cover by Ron Lesser; 1959; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Star edition

I have a 1958/1959 date for this printing, but have been unable to establish if the ACE K-100 edition was prior to the 1958 Garden Press hardbound edition. Never-the-less, this probably represents a PBO of this title by an important African-American author.

K-101 CHARLES FRANCIS POTTER The Faiths That Men Live By (1959; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-102T RICHARD E. BYRD Alone (c.1938; 1959; 1st ACE printing; nonfiction - Arctic exploration)

K-102T (back cover)

Note that this volume letter-number series has the addition of "T." Any AIL users have information on this addition, please let me know.

K-103 PRUDENCIO De PERADA Fiesta (1959; listed as "abridged," ACE Star edition)

K-104 W. A. SWANBERG Sickles The Incredible (1959; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Star edition; historical fiction - Civil War)

K-105 ALFRED DUGGAN Winter Quarters (1959; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; historical fiction)

K-105 (back cover)

K-106 ALLEN CHURCHILL The Improper Bohemians (1959; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged," photo cover)

A history of Greenwich Village in its heyday (1912-1932).

K-107 HUGH B. CAVE The Cross on the Drum (1959; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Star edition)

K-108 DON ROBERTSON The Three Days (1959; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

Historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg

K-109 DALTON TRUMBO (aka JAMES DALTON TRUMBO) Johnny Got His Gun (c.1939; 1959; 1st ACE edition; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

K-109 (back cover)

Originally published by Lippincot in 1939, Trumbo's 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, won a National Book Award (then known as an American Book Sellers Award). The novel was inspired by an article Trumbo had read about a Canadian soldier who had lost all his limbs in World War I and was visited in hospital by the Prince of Wales. In 1971, Trumbo directed the film adaptation of Johnny Got His Gun, which starred Timothy Bottoms, Diane Varsi, Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland.

During the McCarthy Era in 1947, Trumbo, along with nine other writers and directors, was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee as an unfriendly witness to testify on the presence of communist influence in Hollywood. Trumbo and the other nine refused to give information. After conviction for contempt of Congress, he was blacklisted, and in 1950, spent 11 months in prison in the federal penitentiary in Ashland, Kentucky. Throughout the 1950's, Trumbo continued to produce screenplays, all under pseudonyms (such as Lyle Stuart under which Johnny Got His Gun was credited in this ACE edition). Only in 1960, when with the support of Otto Preminger and Kirk Douglas, Trumbo was credited for his screenplays for Exodus (1960) and Spartacus (1960) did he resume using his own name for his screenplays.

K-111 ANONYMOUS The Cracked Reader (cover by John Severin and interior art by Jack Davis; ACE Star edition; 1960; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

This has one of the best front cover quotes "Buy this book and help us get rich."

K-112 LES SAVAGE, JR. The Royal City (cover by G. D. Wilson; 1956; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

K-113 ERIC DUTHIE (ed.) Tall Short Stories (cover by Mona Moore; 1960; ACE Giant Edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

K-114 O. A. BUSHNELL Peril In Paradise (original title: The Return of Lono; 1960; ACE Star Edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

K-115 A. A. HOEHLING They Sailed Into Oblivion (1960; non-fiction)

Collection of stories of disasters at sea.

K-117 FRANK EDWARD Stranger Than Science (1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

FRANK EDWARDS (1908 - 1967) was an early radio broadcaster and writer who was also well known for his series of books about UFO's and other fringe science topics.

The title of the book was also the name of Frank Edwards' syndicated radio program.

K-118 ALFRED DUGGAN Children Of The Wolf (cover by John Leone; 1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

K-119 RALPH GINZBURG an unhurried view of Erotica (c.1958, 1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Introduction by Dr. Theodor Reik and preface by George Jean Nathan. This edition might be considered a paperback original (PBO), but still checking. Although Holroyd (2003) lists the title all in capitals, I have used the original notation on the cover of the book.

K-120 JOAN HASLIP Lucrezia Borgia (c.1953; 1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

K-120 (back cover)

K-121 ROBERT C. RUARK Grenadine Etching: Her Life and Loves (1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

"Hilarious spoofs of historical novels" appears to be a bit of change for the genres that Ruark generally published.

K-122 KURT SINGER (ed.) Spies Who Changed History (1960; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing and PBO; non-fiction)

K-122 (back cover)

Kurt Singer also provides an Introduction for this volume.

K-123T RICHARD B. ERNO The Hunt (1960; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

K-124 PETER FREUCHEN Eskimo (c. 1931; 1960; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; listed as "abridged, "non-fiction)

K-124 (back cover)

K-125T HAROLD MEHLING The Scandalous Scamps (1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," non-fiction)

K-125T (back cover)

Note that this volume letter-number series has the addition of "T." Any AIL users have information on this addition, please let me know.

Contents include The Two Face of Richard Whitney, "520%" Miller, "Goat-Gland" Brinkley, Andrew Carnegie's Wild Oats, The Man Who Stole Most of New York, The Man Who Stomped The Devil, The Prophet Who Profited, A Case of Salted Diamonds, The Man Who Gave Henry Ford A Ride, "With This Machine, Gentlemen .....", and A Gaggle of Sharpshooters.  There is also a bibliography at the end.

K-126 ROBERT DAHL Breakdown (1959; medical non-fiction)

K-127 GEORGE R. STEWART Fire (c.1948; 1960; listed as "ACE Star Book reprinted by arrangement with Random House, Inc.," listed as "complete and unabridged," non-fiction)

K-128S CLELLAN S. FORD and FRANK A. BEACH Patterns of Sexual Behavior (1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged,"non-fiction)

Note that this volume letter-number series has the addition of "S." Any AIL users have information on this addition, please let me know.

K-129 ALFRED DUGGAN Conscience Of The King (1960; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

K-130 (see A-130 for discussion and volume information)

K-131 MARIE BENYON RAY The Importance of Feeling Inferior (c.1957; 1960; ACE Star edition; non-fiction; self-help)

Forward by Mandfred J. Sakel, M.D. "How to make your inferiority complex work for you." Hmmmm - an interesting approach.

K-132 HARNETT T. KANE Spies for the Blue and Gray (1960; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction - Civil War)

K-133 DON BERRY Trask (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1961; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," historical fiction)

K-134 PETER FLEMING Operation Sea Lion (1961; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged," non-fiction WWII)

K-134 (back cover)

The story of Hitler's planned Invasion of England in 1940

K-136 CURTIS D. MacDOUGALL Hoaxes (c.1958; 1961; listed as "complete and unabridged," 1st ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-136 (back cover)

K-137 GEORGE BLUESTONE The Private World of Cully Powers (1961; listed as "complete and unabridged," 1st ACE Star edition)

K-137 (back cover)

K-138 GEORGE R. STEWART Ordeal By Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party (1961; listed as "revised and enlarged edition," ACE Star edition; non-fiction - historical)

K-139 ALFRED DUGGAN Three's Company (1961; listed as "complete and unabridged"; ACE Star edition; historical fiction - Imperial Rome)

K-140 HARRY R. LITCHFIELD and LEON H. DEMBO Your Child's Care (1961; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; self-help/child care)

K-141 EMIL LUDWIG Michaelangelo and Rembrandt (1961; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

EMIL LUDWIG was a prolific biographer in the early 20th century.  This ACE Book is a set of selected pieces from Ludwig's book Three Titans.

K-142 BRANT HOUSE (ed.; aka DONALD WOLLHEIM) Crimes That Shocked America (1961; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

This title is cross-listed on the ACE Mystery Singles page.  Introduction by Anthony Boucher.

K-143 WILLA GIBBS The Twelfth Physician (c.1954; 1962; listed as "complete and unabridged;" ACE Star edition; historical fiction)

K-144 FRANK EDWARDS Strangest Of All (1962; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-144 (back cover)

K-145 HARRY F. TASHMAN (M.D.) The Marriage Bed: An Analyst's Casebook (c.1959; 1962; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-146 ROWENA FARRE Seal Morning (cover by Raymond Sheppard; c.1957; 1962; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

Listed as "The Complete Book"  ..... "Illustrated"

K-147 CARL J. SPINATELLI Baton Sinister (1959; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged;" historical fiction)

K-148 HERBERT ASBURY The Chicago Underworld (original title: Gem of the Prairie: c.1940; 1962; ACE Star edition; listed as "complete and unabridged")

K-148 (back cover)

K-149 TALBOT MUNDY Queen Cleopatra, The Complete Novel (1962; ACE Star edition; listed as "the complete novel;" historical fiction)

K-149 (back cover)

Original cover art for Queen Cleopatra, The Complete Novel. Gouache on board (20.5" x 13") and unsigned.

K-150 PATRICIA ROBINS (aka CLAIRE LORRIMER) Lady Chatterley's Daughter (cover by Coburn; 1961; 1st American paperback publication and PBO; ACE Star edition)

Listed as "The Sensational Modern Sequel to D. H. Lawrence's Famous Novel."

K-151 PIERCE C. FREDERICKS The Great Adventure: The Complete Story of the U. S. A. in World World 1 (1962; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; photo montage cover; non-fiction - WW I)

K-152 BRANT HOUSE (ed.; aka DONALD WOLLHEIM) Great Trials of Famous Lawyers (1962; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing and PBO; non-fiction)

K-152 (back cover)

K-153 REBECCA LISWOOD (M.D.) A Marriage Doctor Speaks Her Mind About Sex (1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-153 (back cover)

K-155 THOMAS R. HENRY The Strangest Things in the World (c.1958; 1962; 1st ACE printing of original publication by Public Affairs Press; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-156 CHARLES FORT The Book of the Damned (preface by Donald A. Wollheim; 1962; ACE Star edition)

K-156 (back cover)

K-157 E. H. G. LUTZ Miracles of Modern Surgery (original title: Man With The Golden Hands; c.1956; 1962; ACE Star edition; medical non-fiction)

Miracles of Modern Surgery takes you into the tense atmosphere of the operating theater to witness these difficult and dangerous operations:
The Needle in the Hear - The x-ray expert's story
Brain Tumor - The neural surgeon's case
 Coarctation of the Aorta - The surgeon's story
A Difficult Birth - The obstetrician's narrative
The Heart in Armor - An observer's account
The Grafting of Glands - A pioneer in surgery
A Hundred Minutes with Sauerbruch - An eyewitness's narrative
Pulmonary Embolism - The Theater Nurse's Story
Blue Baby - The family doctor's experience
Remote Control - Account of a ship's doctor
Eighteen Months to Live - A Surgeon experiments
Shell Fragment in the Right Ventricle - The surgical assistant's story
The Assassination - How Heydrich Died
A Case of Angina Pectoris - The Specialist's Narrative
Curare in the Operating Theater - The Anesthetists' story

K-158 PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY Thunder Heights (cover by Lou Marchetti; 1962; listed as "complete and unabridged;" ACE Gothic Novel)

This is probably the first of the ACE Gothic novels. Jerry Gross (an editor at ACE Books) attributed his insight to the importance of this audience to his mother, Helen, who told him that she had been re-reading the same copy of Rebecca because “they didn't make books like that anymore.”

Reference: Eric Pace (1973) Gothic novels for women prove bonanza for publishers. New York Times, 18 June 1973, v. CXXII, no. 42149, pp. 31, 34. Please note that some give 1960 as the copyright date for this volume.

K-159 ROBERT CHRISTOPHE The Executioners (1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; history/biography/French Revolution)

K-160 GUY ENDORE The Werewolf of Paris (1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; occult)

K-160 (back cover)

K-161 FREDERICK L. COLLINS The FBI in Peace and War (1962; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

Introduction by J. Edgar Hoover. Listed as "newly revised and enlarged edition."

K-162 RICHARD O'CONNOR Gould's Millions (1962; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-163 RUPERT FURNEAUX The Worlds Strangest Mysteries (c.1962; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

"Startling new revelations about twenty-six of the most mystifying scientific and historical enigmas that have baffled experts and laymen alike."

K-164 PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY The Trembling Hills (c.1956; 1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY (1903-2008) was an American mystery writer who wrote for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which featured exotic locations. In addition, her Gothic mysteries were the stepping stone for ACE Books Gothic genre line.

K-165 KATHERINE WIGMORE EYRE The Lute and The Glove (1962;  listed as "complete and unabridged"; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-166 SHIRLEY JACKSON The Sundial (cover by Richard Powers; 1962; 1st ACE printing)

K-166 (back cover)

Original cover art by Richard Powers (1921-1996). Mixed media on board. Image size 13" x 9.25." Signed lower right.

K-167 PIERRE ANDREZEL (aka KAREN BLIXEN) The Angelic Avengers (c. 1947; 1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

KAREN BLIXEN is better known for her other pseudonym - Isak Dinesen - author of Out of Africa. This attribution is given on the back cover of this volume.

K-168 R. DeWITT MILLER Stranger Than Life (original title: You Do Take It With You; cover by Cosimo Scianna; c.1955; 1962; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

R. (Richard) DeWITT MILLER (1910 - 1958) also was the co-author on ACE Double D-162 The Man Who Lived Forever with Anna Hunger (1956) and bound with Jerry Sohl's The Mars Monopoly. This story was actually modified from his "The Master Shall Not Die," published in 1938 in Astounding Science Fiction.

K-169 SCOTT SULLIVAN The Shortest Gladdest Years (c.1963; nd)

K-170 JOHN J. PUGH High Carnival (1962; historical fiction)

K-171 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Lady of Mallow (1963; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Romance)

This story was also released under the title Samantha.

DOROTHY ENID EDEN (1912-1982) was a novelist and short story writer. Born in New Zealand, she later moved to England in 1954. She wrote under the pseudonyms Dorothy Eden and Mary Paradise, often in the historical, suspense, and Gothic genres as well as contributions to magazines such as Redbook and Good Housekeeping.

K-172 PETER BOURNE (aka GRAHAM MONTAQUE JEFFRIES) The Golden Pagens (original title: When God Slept; 1963; ACE Star edition; historical fiction)

K-173 DOROTHEA MALM To the Castle (1963; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Mystery)

K-174 GEORGETTE HEYER The Grand Sophy (c.1950; 1963; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Romance)

Georgette Heyer (1906-1974) was a renown historical novelist and made the Regency Period her literary sandbox. Her first novel (The Black Moth) was published in 1921 (when she was 15) to amuse her convalescent brother.  In addition to her historical novels, she also wrote 11 detective stories.

K-175 VIRGINIA COFFMAN Moura (cover by Lou Marchetti; c.1959; 1963; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for K-175. Attributed to Lou Marchetti (1920-1992). Gouache on illustration board, overall size is 20.5 x 15, image size is 18.5 x 12.5. Although this painting portrays the usual genre trappings of a gothic novel (i.e. stormy / windy night, a single light shining in the foreboding castle in the distance), this is an unusual gothic cover, as it depicts 2 women instead of the normal lone damsel in distress. The relationship of the two women, based strictly on the artwork, is left up to the viewers perception.

An ACE Image Library user, the son-in-law of the artist Lou Marchetti, indicates that his wife remembers that she and her mother posed for this painting.

K-176 BRANT HOUSE (ed.; aka DONALD WOLLHEIM) Strange Powers of Unusual People (1963; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

"True, authenticated accounts of men and women whose remarkable talents defy science and confound the experts."

K-177 ANYA SETON My Theodosia (c.1941; 1963; listed as "First Paperback Edition"; ACE Star edition; ACE historical fiction)

K-177 (back cover)

My Theodosia was Anya Seton’s first novel and revolves around the life of Theodosia Burr (1783–1813), daughter of Aaron Burr.

K-178 PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY The Quicksilver Pool (c.1955; 1963; ACE Star Edition; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-179 GEORGETTE HEYER Venetia (c.1958; 1963; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing; ACE Romance)

K-179 (back cover)

K-180 MARGARET LYNN To See A Stranger (c.1961; 1963: 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-181 MARGARET SUMMERTON The Sea House (1963; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-182 DORIS WEBSTER and MARY A. (ALDEN) HOPKINS Instant Self Analysis (original title: I've Got Your Number; 1963; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; self-help)

K-183 PHYLLIS BENTLEY The House of Moreys (c.1953; 1963; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Romance/Mystery)

Original cover art for The House of Moreys. Close-up of protagonist. Gouache on board (20" x 15") with ACE letter-number series and title on verso.

K-184 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Whistle For The Crows (cover by Bob Schinella; c.1962; 1963; listed as "first American edition," ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art by Bob Schinella for Whistle For The Crows. Note the tape markings used to outline the image area for the cover. Close-up of cover art. Gouache on board (22.5" x 16") and signed lower center. Probably one of the best examples of art depicting the Gothic genre in ACE.

K-185 SHIRLEY JACKSON Hangsaman (interior drawing by Jack Gaughan; c.1951; 1963; ACE Star edition; Gothic Suspense/Romance)

K-185 (back cover)

K-186 ROY GARN The Magic Power of Emotional Appeal (c.1960; 1963; ACE Star edition; self-help)

K-186 (back cover)

K-187 HENRY BELLAMANN Victoria Grandolet (c.1943; 1963; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-188 RICHARD E. BYRD Alone (c.1938; 1959; 1963; 2nd ACE printing; non-fiction - Arctic)

Alone was originally published as ACE K-102 (1959). Same cover art and back cover blurb as ACE K-102.

K-189 DOROTHY CAMERON DISNEY The Hangman's Tree (cover by Lou Marchetti and interior frontis illustration by Jack Gaughan; c.1951; 1963; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-189 (back cover)

Original cover art for The Hangman's Tree by Dorothy Cameron Disney. Artist is Lou Marchetti (1920-1992) and the medium is gouache on board (image size 20" x 13.5"). Artist name, as well as book number and title, on verso.

Jack Gaughan provided a frontis illustration at the top of page 1 of a hanging tree in this edition (nicely done and I wish I had this illustration - take a look).

K-190 JIM EGELSON and JANET FRANK EGELSON Parents Without Partners (1963; 1st ACE printing and PBO; non-fiction)

K-191 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) The Brides of Bellenmore (cover by Bob Schinella; 1963; ACE Gothic Novel)

The Brides of Bellenmore was also released under the title My Dearest Elizabeth.

Original cover art for The Brides of Bellenmore by Anne Maybury. Artist is Bob Schinella and the medium is gouache on board (image size 20" x 13.5"). Signed in lower left.

K-192 SHEILA BISHOP The House with Two Faces (cover by Bob Schinella; c.1960; 1963; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for The House with Two Faces. Artist is Bob Schinella and the medium is gouache on board (image size 19.5" x 12.5"). Notice the degree of editorial cropping used for the cover art. Signed on verso, as well as book number and title.

K-193 FRANKLIN S. KLAF (M.D.) and BERNHARDT J. HURWOOD A Psychiatrist Looks at Erotica (cover by Cosimo Scianna; 1964; 1st ACE printing and PBO; non-fiction)

K-194 MARGARET SUMMERTON Nightingale at Noon (c.1962; 1964; 1st thus; ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

Original cover art for Nightingale at Noon. Mixed media on board (image size 19" x 12.5").

K-195 Dr. FRANCIS J. SCHAUKOWITSCH How To Avoid Marriage (1964; self-help)

K-196 JOSEPH SIDNEY KARNEKE and VICTOR BOESEN Navy Diver (c.1959; 1962; 1964; non-fiction)

Originally published in Argosy Magazine (February 1960), the attribution in that article is 'Joseph Sidney Karneke as told to Victor Boesen.'  A hardbound volume was published in 1962 by G. P. Putnam's Sons and attributed as 'Joseph Sidney Karneke with Victor Boesen.'

K-197 DORIS MILES DISNEY Who Rides A Tiger (original title: Sow The Wind; c.1964; 1967; ACE Gothic Novel)

Here is a question. Holroyod (2003) has ACE K-197 (as well as ACE K-179) listed for GEORGETTE HEYER Venetia (c.1963; 1964; ACE Romance).  I have a source that suggests ACE K-197 is DORIS MILES DISNEY Who Rides A Tiger (1967; ACE Gothic Novel).

20 October 2010 update: I have found a copy of Who Rides A Tiger (K-197) and this indicates that the Holroyod (2003) listing is probably a misprint.

K-198 JOSEPHINE BELL (aka DORIS BELL BALL) Stranger on a Cliff (original title: To Let, Furnished; c.1952; 1964; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-199 BARBARA O'BRIEN Operators And Things (c.1958; 1964; occult/paranormal)


K-200 J. L. H. WHITNEY The Whisper of Shadows (c.1964; 1964; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star Edition; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-200 (back cover)

K-201 GEORGETTE HEYER April Lady (c.1957; 1964; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing; ACE Romance)

K-202 WILLIAM BURROUGHS Junkie (c.1953; November 1964; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Star edition)

First ACE single edition published under the author's real name. Originally published as an ACE Double D-15 (1953) under the pseudonym William Lee, which is actually his mother's maiden name. Although this printing consisted of over seventy-five thousand copies (compared to the 150,000 copies listed by the Maynard and Miles bibliography of William S Burroughs for ACE D-15), it is not particularly common. Listed as "originally published under the pen-name of William Lee."

K-203 JAN HILLIARD (aka HILDA KAY GRANT) Morgan's Castle (1964; 1st ACE printing; frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-204 ROBERT PAYNE Charlie Chapin (original title: The Great God Pan; c.1952; 1964; 1st thus with new epilogue)

K-204 (back cover)

1952 edition was titled The Great God Pan. This volume contains photo stills on front and back cover

K-205 RUTH WILLOCK The Night of the Visitor (cover by Lou Marchetti; 1964; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for The Night of the Visitor. Cover art by Lou Marchetti, gouache on board, 15" x 20." Unsigned, but title, number, and editing notations on verso.

LOU MARCHETTI (1920 - 1992) was a free-lance illustrator and portrait painter. He was born in Fondi, Italy and attended Bryant High School on Long Island, New York. He studied for five years at The Arts Student League with two scholarships. As an illustrator, he had numerous commissions for Dell Books, Pocket Books, Lancer Books, Paperback Library, ACE Books, and Popular Library. His work also extends into other field: preparation of posters for the motion picture industry; for television, I Spy for NBC; and magazine illustrations in Man's Magazine, Galaxy, and Reader's Digest.

K-206 FRANK EDWARDS Strange World (1964; 1st ACE printing and PBO; occult/paranormal)

FRANK EDWARDS (1908 - 1967) was an early radio broadcaster and writer who was also well known for his series of books about UFO's and other fringe science topics.

K-207 LADY ELEANOR SMITH A Dark and Splendid Passion (original title: The Man in Grey; cover by Lou Marchetti and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; c.1941; 1964; ACE Gothic Novel)

An ACE STAR book "by arrangement with Margaret, Countess of Birkenhead, on behalf of the estate of Lady Eleanor Smith."

K-208 NICOLE MAXWELL The Jungle Search For Nature's Cures (original title: Witch Doctor's Apprentice; interior illustration possibly by Jack Gaughan; 1961; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

K-208 (back cover)

K-209 AILEEN SEILAZ The Veil of Silence (1964; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Gothic Romance/Mystery)

K-210 HANS HOLZER Ghost Hunter (1964; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

Dr. HANS W. HOLZER (1920-2009; he often did not use the middle initial; Masters in comparative religion and a Ph.D - from London College of Applied Science - with speciality in parapsychology, was an Austrian-born paranormal pundit and prolific nonfiction author who studied the 'Amityville Horror' case and wrote two novels about it as well as supernatural fiction that includes the "Randy Knowles: Psychic Detective" series. He wrote more than 140 books on various "other side" phenomena, a number of them published by ACE Books.

K-211 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) The Pavilion At Monkshood (1964; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-212 SHEILA BISHOP The Durable Fire (1964; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; Historical Romance)

K-213 EDWINA NOONE (aka MICHAEL AVALLONE) Dark Cypress (1964; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-214 JOAN O'SULLIVAN 100 Ways To Popularity (1964; self-help)

K-215 ROHAN O'GRADY (aka JUNE O'GRADY SKINNER) The Master of Montrolfe Hall (original title: Pippin's Journal; c.1962; 1964; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-216 JAN ROFFMAN (aka MARGARET SUMMERTON) The Reflection of Evil (original title: The Death of a Fox; 1964; ACE Gothic Novel)

The other title this story was released under is Winter of the Fox.

K-217 CHARLES FORT Lo! (c.1931; 1941; 1964; ACE Star edition)

This edition has on the copyright page the following:  "An ACE STAR BOOK by arrangement with Mrs. Tiffany Thayer." Just before Fort's death in 1932, his disciple Tiffany Thayer founded the Fortean Society to promote and encourage Fort-like attacks on science and scientists.

K-218 ROSS SANTEE Cowboy (cover by Ross Santee; c.1928; 1964)

Ross Santee was an Arizona artist, illustrator and author.

K-219 JOAN AIKEN The Silence Of Herondale (1964; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-220 SUSAN HOWATCH The Dark Shore (c.1964; 1965; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-221 VIRGINIA COFFMAN The Beckoning (cover by Lou Marchetti; 1965; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for The Beckoning by Virginia Coffman. Artist is Lou Marchetti (1920-1992) and the medium is gouache on board (image size 19" x 14"). On verso is artist name, book title, and letter-number series.

Sequel to Moura.

K-222 JOHN MACKLIN Strange Destinies (1965; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-223 EDWINNA NOONE (aka MICHAEL AVALLONE) Corridor of Whispers (cover by Bob Schinella; 1965; ACE Gothic Novel/Mystery)

K-224 BRANT HOUSE (ed.; aka DONALD WOLLHEIM) Strange Powers of Unusual People (c.1963; 1965; 2nd ACE printing; occult/paranormal)

Strange Powers of Unusual People was originally published as ACE K-176 (1963).

K-225 HELEN ARVONEN The Summer of Evil (1965; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

K-226 GEORGETTE HEYER Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle (1965; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing; ACE Romance)

K-226 (back cover)

K-227 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Green Fire (c.1963; 1965; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

This story has a different twist on the Gothic genre as the tale takes place in the Far East. Note the pagoda in the cover art.

K-228 JOAN WINSLOW (aka WARE TORREY BUDLONG) Griffin Towers (1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic novel)

K-229 R. DeWITT MILLER Impossible: Yet It Happened! (original title: Forgotten Mysteries; c.1962; 1966; 2nd ACE printing; occult/paranormal)

Originally published as ACE F-137 (1962).

K-230 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) The Pretty Ones (c.1957; 1966; listed as "First American Edition"; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-231 LANE PETER Promise Him Anything.... (cover by Gray Morrow; 1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

K-231 (back cover)

K-232 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) The House of Fand (1966: ACE Gothic Novel)

K-232 (back cover)

This story was published under the same title by the pseudonym Katherine Troy.  Note that the back cover advertises three more Gothic romances in the ACE STAR edition line.

K-233 PATRICIA ROBINS (aka CLAIR LORRIMER) Lady Chatterley's Daughter (1966; 1st ACE printing)

This is a sequel to the D. H. Lawrence novel. Listed as "now published for the first time in America."

K-234 VIRGINA COFFMAN The Devil Vicar (1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-234 (back cover)

The Devil Vicar was later revised as The Vicar of Moura (see ACE 86220), even though it was reprinted as ACE 14293. Listed on the headline banner as "first in gothics" with the stylized woman in the full moon symbol.

K-235 GEORGETTE HEYER Spring Muslin (c.1956; 1966; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing; ACE Romance)

K-236 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Bridge of Fear (original title: Afternoon for Lizards; 1966; listed as "first American publication," ACE Gothic Mystery)

K-237 S. ROBERT TRALINS Strange Events Beyond Human Understanding (1966; occult/paranormal)

K-238 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Someone Waiting (c.1961; 1966; might be first publication for ACE)

This novel was also released under the same title by the pseudonym Katherine Troy.

K-239 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) The Sleeping Bride (cover by Koenig and frontspiece by Jack Gaughan; c.1959; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-240 SUSAN HOWATCH The Waiting Sands (1966; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

Note the top of cover banner "ACE * First in Gothics."

K-241 BRAD STEIGER Strange Guests (1966; ACE Star edition; listed as "First Time In Paperback," occult/paranomal)

Introduction by Ivan T. Sanderson.

K-242 RUTH COMFORT MITCHELL The Legend of Susan Dane (cover by Koenig and frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic novel)

K-243 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) The Deadly Travellers ( frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; c.1959; 1966; ACE Gothic Novel)

Note the top of cover banner "ACE * First in Gothics."

K-244 KURT SINGER (ed.) The Gothic Reader (1966; listed as "first time in paperback," ACE Star Special Edition)

Collection of gothic romance, mystery, and suspense stories by Daphne du Maurier, Marie Belloc Lowndes, Enid Bagnold, August Derleth, and Dorothy Eden.

K-245 MARIE GARRATT Dangerous Enchantment (original title: And Then Look Down; cover by Koenig; 1966; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Mystery/Romance)

K-246 JOAN GRANT Castle Cloud (original title: The Laird and The Lady; c.1949; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-246 (back cover)

Castle Cloud, using the original title of The Laird and the Lady, was first published in London in 1949.

K-248 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Whisper in the Dark (c.1961; 1966; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-249 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) The Brooding Lake (original title: Lamb to the Slaughter; cover by Jerome Podwil; 1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Gothic Novel)

Note the top of cover banner "ACE * First in Gothics."

K-250 WEBB B. GARRISON (Dr.) Strange Bonds Between Animals And Men (original title: Codfish, Cats & Civilization; c.1955, 1956, 1957; 1966; 1st ACE printing)

The original editions were released under the pseudonym Gary Webster.

K-251 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Shadow of a Stranger (c.1960; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-252 PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY The Trembling Hills (c.1956; 1962; 1966; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

The Trembling Hills was originally published as ACE K-164 (1962). This edition uses the same cover art.

K-253 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Lady of Mallow (c.1963; 1966; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Lady of Mallow was originally published as ACE K-171 (1963). This story was also published under the title Samantha.  Uses the same cover art as ACE K-171.

K-254 RUPERT FURNEAUX The Worlds Strangest Mysteries (c.1961; 1966; occult/paranormal)

The World's Strangest Mysteries was originally published as ACE K-163 (1961).

K-255 R. DeWITT MILLER Impossible, Yet It Happened! (original title: Forgotten Mysteries; c.1947; 1966; nd; 3rd ACE printing; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-255 (back cover)

Impossible, Yet It Happened! was originally published as ACE F-137 (1962) and later reprinted as ACE K-229 (1966).

K-257 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) I Am Gabriella! (1966; ACE Gothic Novel)

This was also released under the title Gabriella.

K-258 BARBARA BLACKBURN City of Forever (c.1963; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

K-259 MICHAEL HARVEY Strange Happenings (1966; listed as "first American publication"; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-260 JOAN RICH and LESLIE RICH Dating and Mating By Computer (1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; self-help)

K-260 (back cover)

And for your amusement, the Table of Contents.

K-261 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Night of the Letter (alternate title: Darling Clementine; c.1955; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Original cover art for Night of the Letter. Acrylic on board (23" x 15") and not signed.

K-262 RONA RANDALL (aka RONA SHAMBROOK) Walk Into My Parlor (c.1962; 1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Walk Into My Parlor was later revised and released under the title Lyonhurst.

K-263 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) The Night My Enemy (c.1962; 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Novel)

Listed on the headline banner as "first in gothics" with the stylized woman in the full moon symbol.

K-264 JANE BLACKMORE The Dark Between the Stars (1966; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Romance/Mystery)

K-265 GEORGETTE HEYER The Reluctant Widow (c.1946, 1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Romance)

K-266 THOMAS R. HENRY The Strangest Things in the World (c.1958; 1962; 1966; nd; 2nd ACE printing; occult/paranormal)

K-266 (back cover)

The Strangest Things in the World was originally published as ACE K-155 (1962).

K-267 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Listen To Danger (c.1958; 1967; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-268 BRAD STEIGER Treasure Hunting (1966; ACE Star edition; treasure hunting)

K-269 RONA RANDALL (aka RONA SHAMBROOK) Seven Days From Midnight (1966; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-270 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Silver Ladies (1966, ACE STAR edition; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

An "Inspector Finch Gothic #1" mystery. This is also cross-listed in the ACE SINGLES MYSTERY section.

K-271 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Falcon's Shadow (1966; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

This story was also published under the same title using the psuedonym Katherine Troy.

K-272 HANS HOLZER Yankee Ghosts (c.1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-272 (back cover)

This is a paperback original (PBO) edition of the original Bobbs-Merrill hardcover (1966).

K-273 RONA RANDALL (aka RONA SHAMBROOK) The Willow Herb (original title: Murmuring Willow; 1967; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-274 REBECCA LISWOOD (M.D.) A Marriage Doctor Speaks Her Mind About Sex (c.1962; 1966; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

This title was originally published as ACE K-153 (1962).

K-275 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) Crow Hollow (c.1950; 1966; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Crow Hollow was originally published in UK in 1950.

K-276 BERNHARDT J. HURWOOD Strange Talents (1966; ACE Star edition ; listed as "First Time in Paperback," occult/paranormal)

BERNHARDT J. (Jackson) HURWOOD (1926 - 1987) also wrote under the pseudonym of Mallory T. Knight with the 10 volumes of "The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T."

K-277 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) Stay Until Tomorrow (c.1961; 1967; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Romance)

K-277 (back cover)

K-278 HELEN ARVONEN Circle Of Death (1967; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Gothic Mystery)

K-279 JOHN MACKLIN The Strange and Uncanny (1967; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

Introduction by JOHN MACKLIN. Listed as a "new collection."

K-280 SUSAN HOWATCH Call In The Night (1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-281 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) No. 9 Belmont Square (alternate title: The House in Belmont Square; 1967; 1st thus: ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

This is listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic #2."

Original cover art for No. 9 Belmont Square. Gouache on board (21.5" x 13") and not signed.

K-282 ANNE MAYBURY (aka ANNE BUXTON) The Winds of Night (original title: Enchanter's Nightshade; c.1963; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-282 (back cover)

K-283 NANCY BUCKINGHAM Cloud Over Malverton (1967; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-283 (back cover)

K-284 MONICA DICKENS The Room Upstairs (c.1966; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

The Room Upstairs was originally published (1966) in hardcover by Doubleday.

K-285 RONA RANDALL (aka RONA SHAMBROOK) Hotel Deluxe (cover by [Sergio] Leone; 1967; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for K-285 by Sergio Leone. Gouache on board. Image size is 12" x 7.5". Close-up of figures.

Note that Holroyd (2003) has the artist as Sergio Leone rather than John Leone. Any AIL user with insight into this issue (am I missing a middle name)?

Update: 25 January 2012. It appears that there are two Leone artist who have provided cover art for ACE Books. This art is by Sergio Leone (although the book on gives credit to "Leone"). Sergio Leone was known primarily for illustrating children's books ("The Littlest Angel," "The Monkey in the Rocket," etc.), but he also worked in other genres - most notably Gothic illustrations for ACE Books.

John Leone, our second 'Leone," is best known today for fine art western paintings as well as creating scores of vintage paperback covers for publishers as Dell, Lion, Graphic and Pyramid books.

K-286 NANCY BUCKINGHAM The Hour Before Sunrise (original title: Victim of Love; cover by [Sergio] Leone; 1967; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-287 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) Old Mrs.Ommanney is Dead (1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Original cover art for K-287. Gouache on board. Image size is 21" x 15". Publisher notations as well as ACE number and title on verso.

An "Inspector Finch Gothic #3" mystery. This story was also released under the titles "The Dead Don't Speak" and "Fatal Relations." This is also cross-listed in the ACE SINGLES MYSTERY section.

K-288 STEWART ROBB Strange Prophecies That Came True (1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

K-288 (back cover)

K-289 JANE BLACKMORE Night of the Stranger (cover by Sergio Leone; c.1961; 1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art for Night of the Stranger by Sergio Leone. Medium is gouache on board (image size 15.5" x 8.25").

K-290 JAN ROFFMAN (aka MARGARET SUMMERTON) Ashes In an Urn (1967; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Novel)

Note the top of cover banner "ACE * First in Gothics" as well as the use of the gothic logo illustration.

K-291 BRAD STEIGER We Have Lived Before (1967; ACE Star edition; 1st ACE printing; occult/paranormal)

K-291 (back cover)

K-292 JOHN MACKLIN The Enigma of the Unknown (1967; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; photo cover; occult/paranormal)

K-293 ELIZABETH FORD (aka MARJORIE ELIZABETH SARAH BIDWELL) Dangerous Holiday (original title: A Country Holiday; cover by Gerald McConnell; 1967; ACE Romance/Gothic Novel)

K-293 (back cover)  Note this lists this volume as "published for the first time in America by ACE Books."

Original cover art for Dangerous Holiday. The artist is Gerald McConnell and this cover art is mixed media on board (image size 19" x 14").

K-294 JOAN AIKEN Beware of the Bouquet (cover by Charles McVicker; 1967; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

This story was also released under the title The Trouble With Product X. This story is difficult to classify and has been cross-listed under the ACE Mystery Singles.

K-295 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Woman at Belguardo (1967; ACE Star edition; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Mystery)

The Woman at Belguardo is that curious blend of gothic and straight mystery with Inspector Finch (listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic Mystery #4"). Because of its cross-genre approach, I have also listed these Inspector Finch stories in the ACE SINGLES MYSTERY section.

K-296 WARREN SMITH Strange Powers Of The Mind (frontspiece by Jack Gaugahn; 1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; occult/paranormal)

Introduction by Brad Steiger.

K-297 NANCY BUCKINGHAM The Dark Summer (1967; ACE Star edition; Gothic Novel)

K-298 RONA RANDALL (aka RONA SHAMBROOK) The Silver Cord (c.1963; 1967; ACE Gothic Novel)

This story was also released under the same title as by RONA SHAMBROOK.

K-299 RAE FOLEY (aka ELINORE DENNISTON) Fear of a Stranger (1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)


K-300 MICHAEL HERVEY They Walk By Night: The Enigma of the Paranormal (1968; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; photo cover; occult/paranormal)

K-301 DOROTHY EDEN (aka DOROTHY ENID EDEN) The Laughing Ghost (cover by Jeff Jones; c.1943; 1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

The Laughing Ghost was originally published by Macdonald & Co., Ltd.

K-302 NANCY BUCKINGHAM (aka JOHN SAWYER & NANCY BUCKINGHAM SAWYER) The Legend of Baverstock Manor (May 1968; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-303 JANE BLACKMORE Beware the Night (cover by Bob Schinella; c.1958; 1968; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

Original cover art attributed to Bob Schinella for Beware the Night. Watercolor and gouache on board, overall size 20" x 15" with an image area 19" x 10.5" but not signed.

K-304 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Family at Tammerton (alternate title: Take a Dark Journey; 1968; 1st thus; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic mystery)

An "Inspector Finch" Gothic Mystery, listed as #5 in the series.

K-305 JOHN MACKLIN Strange Encounters (1968; 1st ACE printing and PBO; occult/paranormal)

Listed as "the truth about ... the strangers who walk amongst us."

K-306 SUSAN HOWATCH The Shrouded Walls (1968; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Novel)

K-307 BRAD STEIGER (ed.) Occult World of John Pendragon (1968; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition; photo cover; occult/paranormal)

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