The William Caslon Company published three mysteries
in its short period of existence, but they had plans for others.
The three books shown below came out in 1936, but I have in my
possession a catalog of forthcoming books for 1938. The
reason for the skipped year and for the fact that none of the
announced 1938 titles was actually published may be the same
Books had when they skipped a year of production in 1941:
financial problems which led first to a suspension and then the
eventual demise of the Caslon imprint.
three mystery novels that Caslon did publish, George
Too Tough to
Die is not a novel, as the cover states, but a collection of
four Red Lacey novelettes originally published in Popular
Detective. The two Elliot novels first appeared as lead
Dan Fowler novels in G-Men.
Caslon may or may not have been, like
Gateway, a subsidiary of Standard Magazines. Given the fact
that the three mysteries and the Westerns published under the Caslon
imprint all had their origins in Thrilling Group pulps, there had to be
some connection. Further evidence is that one of the novels
announced in the 1938 Caslon catalogue, Edward Churchill’s
flying romance Wings
to the Sun, was in fact published under the Gateway imprint in
Re the catalogue: As far as I know,
Black Magic by
George Fielding Eliot never appeared – a pity because the catalogue
copy makes it seem like good pulp fun in the vein of Eliot’s
other Dan Fowler mysteries. Also never published, at least
under the announced titles, were any of the mysteries listed on the
“Forthcoming Books” page: The Devil’s Playground by
John Benton, Corporal
Scott of the Mounted by Charles Stoddard, The Claim of the Little
Red Bugs (a great title!) by George Bruce, The Murder of a Good Man
by Will Levinrew, Black
Death by Robert Wallace, and Death Walks Alone
by G. Wayman Jones. Never published, that is, except in the pages
of Standard Magazines pulps.
Too Tough to Die
MAJOR GEORGE F. ELIOT
MAJOR GEORGE F. ELIOT
The Purple Legion
NEW BOOKS 1938
BLACK MAGIC A G-Man Detective Mystery
By MAJOR GEORGE FIELDING
HERE IT IS, Major
Eliot’s latest and best G-Man detective novel -- another adventure in
the series of mystery stories featuring Dan Fowler.
Any new book by the world-famous author of If War Comes –
one of the ten best non-fiction books of the season, is a literary
event. And certainly an important one for the detective fan.
Death and dusaster follow in the wake of a wizard of
evil who holds the strings while men in high places, bowed down by fear
and credulity, become his helpless puppets!
In Black Magic, Dan
Fowler, ace G operative, battles with the sinister forces of darkness
to uncover a vast crime ring that has attacked Washington itself,
seeking to strangle and crush the very life of American goverment.
Starting with the fiendish activities of one Doctor
Helvetius, astrologer and charlatan deluxe, to whose thriving offices
come statesmen, diplomats, and others of influence – Fowler follows the
trail of a carefully organized slaughter syndicate right into the
murderer’s lair! Black
Magic is a smashing novel – tense and taut and up-to-the-minute,
packed with surging, breathless thrills from the first word to the
last. The mystery will keep you guessing – and the astonishing
climax will come as a complete surprise! A worthy successor to Federal Bullets,
Purple Legion and The Navy Spy Murders
– is this new novel of Dan Fowler, special agent in the Department of
designed for the Lending Library
JUSTICE RIDES ALONE,
by Jackson Cole. Author of “Six-Gun Stampede,” “Black Gold,” etc.
PRONTO PETE, by Val
Masterson. Author of “Six-Feet Lightning,” etc.
THE BLACK RIDER, by
Will Garth. Author of “Lawless Guns,” etc.
THE SAGA OF SMOKY SARN,
by Johnston McCulley. Author of “The Mark of Zorro,” “Reckless
THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, A
G-Man Detective Novel, by John Benton. Author of “Duane of
the F.B.I.,” etc.
CORPORAL SCOTT OF THE
MOUNTED, A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Novel, by Charles
Stoddard. Author of “North of the Stars,” “Trooper MacLean,” “The
Wilderness Patrol,” etc.
CAPTAIN WILL-O-THE-WISP, A
Novel of the Civil War, by Marshall Adams. Author of “They
Fought for Liberty,” etc.
THE CLAIM OF THE LITTLE
RED BUGS, A Dr. Lawson Detective Novel, by George Bruce.
Author of “Too Tough to Die,” “The Claim of the Fleshless Corpse,” etc.
BRAND OF THE LAWLESS,
by Joe Archibald. Author of “Riders of the Shadows," etc.
PANHANDLE BANDITS, A Texas
Rangers Novel, by Tom Curry. Author of “Hate Along
the Rio,” etc.
THE MURDER OF A GOOD MAN,
A Professor Briarly Detective Novel, by Will
Levinrew. Author of “Murder on the Palisades,” “The Poison
BLACK DEATH, by
Robert Wallace. Author of “The Body on the Beach,” etc.
DEATH WALKS ALONE,
by G. Wayman Jones. Author of “Alias Mr. Death,” etc.
THE RANGE DOCTOR,
by Oscar J. Friend. Author of “The Bullet Eater,” “The
Mississippi Hawk,” etc.