This post includes a couple movie tie-ins, so that’s what I mean by ‘popular” not the major themes of pulps like horror, murder, mayhem, stuff like that. Though let’s begin with “desperate intrigue, romance, and violence in the Caribbean.”
Danger at Bravo Key by Ronald Johnston. P3007, Signet 1967. “He was a world-weary newspaper man…” What a cliche. Sometimes that’s the best way to begin, but good grief.
Gigi and Julie de Carneilhan by Collette. Signet S1525 1958. A tie in with the movie Gigi, which I didn’t care for.
This one is quite interesting. How to Profit from the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You’re Left Behind by Steve and Evie Levy as told to Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman. Little, Brown and Company, 2008. “The investment guide the Antichrist doesn’t want you to read.” If you really believe there’s a coming rapture where all the Christians are taken to Heaven, then wouldn’t you be one of the believers who will be taken? If you belive there will be a rapture, but don’t plan to go in order to get rich here on Earth, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) Frankly, I’m puzzled at the whole thing. “As told to”? Isn’t that usually used for biography or autobiography? How would you like to be named Evie Levy? And shouldn’t it be Stevie and Evie levy? Ok, now I’ve looked it up (this here internet thing is pretty cool) and it seems it’s a satire.
Back to the real world: The History of Little Orphan Annie by Bruce Smith. Ballantine 1982. A tie-in with the movie Annie. Which was quite good actually. Carol Burnett was very good.
Herbie Goes Bananas by Joe Claro. 1981. Walt Disney tie-in.