Item #8507 The Abortionists. John Dexter, pseud. of Harry Whittington.

The Abortionists

San Diego: Corinth Publications, 1966. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's stiff illustrated paper wraps, edges stained yellow.

1966 pulp paperback authored by prolific sleaze writer and mystery author Harry Whittington, under the pseudonym John Dexter, depicting the life of nurse Mary as she contends with the ethics of abortion against a Southern Gothic backdrop. Dubbed the "King of Pulp Originals," Whittington penned over 150 novels from 1946 to 1984 under a variety of pseudonyms. Housed in San Diego, the sleaze capital of the 1960s and 1970s, the Nightstand Books imprint was established by prominent pulp publisher William Hamling under Corinth Publications, one of his many company names (better known as Greenleaf Classics). Largely edited by Hugo Award winner Earl Kemp, the imprint issued hundreds of paperbacks between 1959 into the late 1960s. The Abortionists was one of "missing 38" of Harry Whittingon’s oeuvre (he issued a book a month for Hamling and Kemp between 1964 and 67), published when Nightstand was issuing books with unusual, nonerotic cover art as a means of flying under the radar while the publisher was facing charges for "conspiracy to mail obscene material." Issued as NB1790. Minor edgewear, else fine. Item #8507

$100.00

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