Cabinet 12: War & Espionage
James Gant, Escape to Hell. 1st ed. Sydney: Horwitz, 1958. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.G36 E82
J. E. Macdonnell, The Weak Link. London ; Melbourne: Horwitz, 1959. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR6063.A1692 W42
In 1963, Horwtiz had eight full-time and almost as many part-time writers punching out 45,000 word novels each month. While generating business for local writers and artists, the firm also acquired overseas materials and reprinted them with title and cover changes, often complying with Australian censorship guidelines.
James Gant, war correspondent, not only did war pulps, but ‘non-fiction’ titles such as Columbus (1971 Lancer paperback) and The Beseiged (Sphere, 1972), a novel of Masada. Ex-naval officer J. E. Macdonnell focussed on naval adventures, romance, and spy thrillers, while W. R. Bennett wrote many air force adventures.