Detective magazines were some of the most popular reading material during the era of the pulp magazines. In late 1949, Ned Pines, publisher of Thrilling Publications, also known as Standard Magazines, Better Magazines, and Beacon Magazines, added a new entry into an already crowded field of whodunnit magazines. The unique feature of 5 Detective Novels, was the inclusion of five complete novels in a single pulp magazine. Admittedly, the definition of "novel" was stretched a bit, but even at 20,000 words per novel, the 25¢ magazine required 144 pages, much thicker than the normal pulp. In those pages could be found some of the best detective fiction writers in the field: Arthur J. Burks, H.M. Appel, Norman A. Daniels, George Fielding Eliot, Paul Ernst, Edmond Hamilton, Ralph Oppenheim, Robert Sidney Bowen, Fredric Brown, among others. After 17 issues, 5 Detective novels closed publication with the Fall 1953 issue. 5 Detective Novels returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
Blood, Sweat And Jeers
by Donn Mullally
The lovely victim was clad only in panties and bra
Thanks For Murder
by Ted Stratton
Who was the guy that poked the gun in Ron’s ribs?
Angels Die Hard
by Paul Chadwick
Vara wondered what it would be like to be a killer
Death Takes No Holiday
by W.T. Ballard
The blonde was a pippin, and the corpse was a lulu
Compliments Of A Fiend
by Fredric Brown
The slayer seemed to have come from another world
Killer Under Glass — Short Story
by David X. Manners
He meant business — and his business was murder!
The Dame From Chicago — Short Story
by Benton Braden
How could anyone be as dumb as she seemed to be?
The Lowdown — Feature
Dopey Doings — Feature
The Cryptogram Corner — Feature
The Too Good Deal — Feature