Re: RARA-AVIS: Paperback original by Pauline C. Smith

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 25 Sep 2001

On Mon, 24 Sep 2001, Bruce Southworth wrote:

> I was recently at a garage sale and picked up a few old paperbacks
> including one called "Nothing but Blood" by Pauline C. Smith. It was
> published by Chicago Paperback House Originals in 1962. I've done some
> quick searches on the internet and Ms. Smith (1908-1994) was apparently
> published mostly in short story form (both mystery and scifi) and was even
> nominated for an Edgar in 1971 (for, "My Daughter is Dead" from AHMM). I
> can't find any reference to this novel. could any one here tell me if this
> was her only novel, or anything else about her?

Abebooks finds at least three novels, besides "Nothing but Blood". These are: "Carnal Greed", Newsstand Library 1960, "Brush Fire!", Westminster 1979 (hardback), "The End of the Line", Barnes 1970 (hardback). There's an anthology with a Smith story from 1997, I don't know if it's a reprint. There's also a South African anthology with a story by one Pauline Smith - could she be the same? Note: this one is without C.

"Carnal Greed" has a blurb that goes: "His constant search for new sensations--the ultimate thrill--the timeless passion--all these she promised with every urgent gesture."

Pauline C. Smith seems to have had two same publishers with Charles Willeford: Newsstand Library and Chicago Paperback House. She must've written for AHMM at the time when Willeford was an assistant editor. Betsy, are you still there - do you know anything about Smith?


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