Thursday, June 09, 2022

PaperBack: “Girl in a Cage”

Part of a series honoring the late author and blogger Bill Crider.

Girl in a Cage, by “Carlton Gibbs,” aka Gifford Paul (Beacon, 1962). As the Facebook page Vintage Paperback & Book Covers explains, author Paul was “a pulp veteran who wrote in several genres; primarily westerns. As the 1960s started to swing, he used the Gibbs moniker to explore the carnal carnival exploding in the sub-divisions of post-war America as the station-wagon set shed an inhibition or six behind the doors of their split-level abodes.” Other of his Gibbs-bylined books include Neighbors and Lovers (1962), That Kind of Widow (1963), and Suburbia After Dark (1965). If you’re interested, the full text of Girl in a Cage can be read here, courtesy of the Internet Archive.

The cover art for Girl in a Cage is by Robert Maguire. That same illustration appeared on the 1964 Beacon Signal paperback Sex Around the Clock, by “Alex Carter,” aka Charles Boeckman Jr.

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