Saturday, February 14, 2015

It’s Bedtime, Baby! By Hank Janson

Happy Valentine’s Day!
This month I’m celebrating fifty shades of sexy pulp
and retro paperback action!

This 1964 Gold Star paperback can’t be ignored. Not when you’re a red-blooded male with a few bucks to spend and a taste for beautiful women and Scotch whiskey. By the time It’s Bedtime, Baby! was published the original “Hank Janson” author, Stephen Frances, had moved on. This one is attributed on the copyright page as being co-written by G. Gold and D. Warburton. The Hank Janson paperbacks are part of that forever distant past that so many of us recall with fondness. Those were the days when a spinning rack of paperbacks or comic books offered up treasures beyond comprehension. It was the era of five and dime stores and Route 66 and the Sinclair green dinosaur outside of gas stations. Hank Janson originated in England. The set-up being he’s a Chicago reporter and these books are his first-person account of his adventures. There are always beautiful women, usually in dire straits, and Janson, being a man that knows what he likes, decides to get involved. He’s in like Flynn, in the grandest of male traditions, and as hardboiled as an egg but a lot tougher. In It’s Bedtime, Baby! eleven college women get caught up in a weird sorority called The Virgin Club, and Janson discovers one of these gals is behind a string of brutal kidnappings. In order to unravel the mystery, Janson needs to get close to these ladies, real close. Hot and saucy action ensues, along with murder, punctuated by droll he-man dialogue. It’s fun to read, and the pages flip past rather quickly. I enjoyed revisiting this one, from those youthful days when spinning a paperback rack could get your blood boiling. Thanks to Steve Holland, I learned the cover is by Harry L. Barton.


  1. First post seemed to vanish. To reiterate 're Hanson. Those aren't the authors, they're the publishers, Godfrey Gold (whose gold RR bore the number plate GOD ONE) and David Warburton (who was my publishing partner on the first few issues of the large New Worlds but absconded when the bills came in while I was in America). Steve might know the surname of the main author after Steve Frances. It was Jim something. Probably him. I rewrote a couple of his that came out too short.
    Perceptive review of TWS. Thanks.

  2. Thank you Mr Moorcock for checking in and commenting! I appreciate learning the clarification re the copyright page names. Glad you saw my review of The Whispering Swarm. Bless your heart pardner, see you in the bookstores when the next one comes out!
    best wishes!


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