Yellow is for Fear + Pickwick Bookmarks


Title: Yellow is for Fear and Other Stories
Genre: Suspense Fiction
Author: Dorothy Eden (1912-1982)
Illustrator: Unknown
Publisher: Ace Books, a division of Charter Communications, Inc., New York, New York
Series: “An Ace Gothic”
Year: Unknown (circa 1975 reprint of 1968 collection)
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback, mass market format.
Provenance: Vague notations in pencil and ball point pen inside front cover and on front page, including “omb 1/4/78.”
Stories: “Yellow is for Fear” (1966); “Obsession” (1958); “Miss Pickering” (1963); “The Chinese Puzzle” (1960); “Catch a Goose” (1959).
Opening Sentence: “The telephone rang just as Janet was changing for the party.”
Random Passage: “A doctor at Richmond. Doctor Henry Bean. Could it be? Could Claire have been so grateful to him that in breaking out into a new life she had assumed his name?” (from “Catch a Goose”)
Goodreads Review: “[3.5 stars.] A quite solid collection of stories if unsurprising. I am a huge Dorothy Eden fan, and if you’ve read a lot of her work then you will see the recurrence of her favorite tropes: the mysterious voice on the phone line; spy stories couched in domestic dramas; her worshipful if slightly condescending love of all things ‘Oriental;’ the quasi-mystic power of paintings. Never trust a hot, milky drink in the world of Dorothy Eden, I’ll tell you that much. All of these themes are explored to much greater impact in her novels. As story collections go, I think her ‘House on Hay Hill’ was more memorable. But if this is your introduction to Eden, it's a very good sampler. Or if, like me, you just can't get enough of her, you will enjoy it.” — Joshua Ian, July 2, 2013.
Notes: Another entry in the oft-used “frightened woman fleeing in a diaphanous gown” cover art trope, this Dorothy Eden paperback scores bonus points with a healthy dose of Bookman Swash Italic goodness. I’m also including two bookmarks from the Pickwick Bookshops chain out of Southern California. According to this fond article in Daily Kos, Pickwick was founded in 1938 by book lover Louis Epstein. Beginning with a single used-book store in Hollywood, Pickwick soon expanded to several L.A.-area locations. Epstein eventually sold his stores to megachain B. Dalton in the ’70s. Pickwick closed all locations by 1995.

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