Cabinet 2: Australian Pulps
Attila Zohar, Kings Cross Black Magic. Sydney: Horwitz, 1965. Pulp Literature Special Collections GN475.5 .Z185;
James Holledge was a prolific writer for Horwitz Publishers, putting his pen to subject matter ranging from the exploits of Australian soldiers in World War II, to flying saucers and gambling. Here he is as ‘Attila Zohar’ on the ‘mysterious sinister’ Satanic séance-world of Kings Cross in Sydney.
Real-life crimes provided great copy. Jazz-age party-goer Linda Agostini was identified as the ‘Pyjama Girl’, murdered on a stretch of road in Albury, New South Wales, in 1934. In 1944, her Italian husband Tony Agostini admitted to killing her.
This issue also contains ‘The Shark Arm Case’, another riveting read on ‘crimes that rocked Australia.’