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The Cinema CrimesYou may recall that I had the fortune to acquire a large collection (~200 books) written by prolific British novelist John Creasey (who also wrote under many pseudonyms). I made available a checklist/bibliography of John Creasey’s works because all of the sites pertaining to Creasey I found online were incomplete, incorrect, or both. In my initial post I requested help in identifying errors and omissions in my own bibliography. One kind soul by the name of Morgan Wallace took up the challenge and contacted me to let me know that he had spotted an error. I had one of Creasey’s books, The Cinema Crimes, listed as a stand-alone children’s novel, as does every online resource devoted to Creasey that I know of. Mr. Wallace has a copy of The Cinema Crimes — I do not — and informed me that not only is it not a children’s book, but it was a Toff story (i.e., part of the long-running Toff series). I think that’s fascinating because no one that I have seen has ever listed this one as a Toff story. He was kind enough to forward me a high-quality scan of that book cover. I don’t believe this appears elsewhere online, at least not in this high of quality. As you can see from the cover, it’s definitely not a children’s novel.

Just one more mystery related to Creasey’s writing, I guess. I’ve updated my files and made the current version available on the blog here under “Resources.”

Oh and Morgan also pointed me to a great resource I was not aware of: The FictionMags Index, for which he has done a good bit of cataloguing. The good folks there have attempted to catalogue “the “Gaslight” magazines of circa 1880-1914, the pulp magazines of the first half of the 20th century, the “Big Slick” magazines of the mid-20th century, the digest-sized magazines of the 1950s and 1960s.” Wonderful! Please check it out if these kinds of magazines and authors are of interest to you.

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