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From Ghouls to Gangsters: The Career of Arthur B. Reeve: Vol. 2 Paperback – November 15, 2007
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"The Career of Arthur B. Reeve" consists of roughly 50 pages describing Reeve's rise and fall as a popular writer. Alas, it is written in some alien language that only vaguely resembles English. Typical sentences, both from the same page (19): "THE MASTER MYSTERY, as did the rest of Houdini's abbreviated film career, fell short of expectations which, in part, is attributed to the failure of Houdini's illusions to trump the illusions of film itself." Ahem. And, "Grey was back as Reeve's co-author, the first of four straight films from the pair." Do what? Whatever language this is, a recent biography of Talbot Mundy is entirely written in it also.
A collection of articles and letters from Reeve take up about another 50 pages, and another hundred take note of Reeve's magazine fiction and nonfiction, published books, newspaper contributions (including two comic strips!), abortive stage adaptations, Reeve's radio series on crime prevention, his film work, and a syndicated Craig Kennedy TV series from circa 1950. So much of Reeve's output is both obscure and unavailable that any such bibliography must be incomplete, but this one offers many more listings than I have seen anywhere else. There are discrepancies due to hasty editing. For example on p, 223 the editor says, "... we're not aware that Craig Kennedy ever spoke over the airwaves," but at the bottom of the same page we see that MURDER CLINIC (on WOR) dramatized a Craig Kennedy adventure in August of 1943.
The most interesting section of the book consists of about 40 pages of reproductions of magazine covers featuring Reeve's name, plus a few relevant full-page ads. It's sad that the budget did not permit reproducing a few of these in color. I'd love to see DIME DETECTIVE (October 1933) and COMPLETE UNDERWORLD NOVELETTES (August 1934) in full-page fully-garish color! (There are thumbnails on the back cover, but they only serve to whet one's appetite.)
If you have any interest in Reeve or his fiction, you need both of these volumes. Like all the trade paperbacks I have seen from Off-Trail Publications, this example is well-printed and bound, with no misprints to speak of.